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Inclusivity and Health: Navigating Generational Trauma with Krosoczka’s HEY, KIDDO

Inclusivity and Health: Navigating Generational Trauma with Krosoczka’s HEY, KIDDO

Family legacy and generational issues are major influences on who we are. Especially when things go awry, we end up carrying these things through each new lineage, very often without someone to guide the newer crop as they navigate these waters. And unfortunately, we become the ones with the skills to begin dismantling them, while

Transmyscira: Koike’s LONE WOLF AND CUB Rules Everything Around Me

Choose the sword, and you will join me Choose the ball, and you join your mother, in death You don’t understand my words, but you must choose So, come boy, choose life or death – Ogami Itto, Shogun Assassin   After this, there is no turning back. You take the blue pill—the story ends, you wake

The Comics Classroom: SAILOR MOON and the Heroine’s Journey

A few years ago, while taking a course relating to Critical Theory, I had two encounters with an instructor that profoundly helped to shape my views on Joseph Campbell. At one point during discussion, Campbell’s name came up, to which I asked whether he was or was not still a viable figure within academic discourse.

Cómix Latinx: Hector Rodriguez on EL PESO HERO: BORDERLAND

A few years ago, we couldn’t have imagined a world where a reality TV show actor could be elected President of the United States. Then we couldn’t imagine our children being taken from their parents and being held in cages where some die. These realities make belief in a super hero that come and save

KIRBYOLOGY!: The Cosmic Science of Charles Glaubitz’s STARSEEDS

A bazillion years ago, my current atoms — and yours — arrived on Earth thanks to exploding stars. About a month ago, I heard about painter-turned-graphic-novelist Charles Glaubitz’s Starseeds, specifically the publication of volume two from Fantagraphics. At my local comic book store, I picked up volume one, which blew my brain into my mind

Health and Inclusivity: Jeremy Whitley on Representing Mental Illness

Nadia van Dyne’s exploits as the latest Wasp have created an all-new, all-different legacy for the Marvel Universe. From adventures with the Avengers to scouring the world for new Agents of G.I.R.L., an organization designed to specifically find, support, and highlight the work of genius women all over, she has added a quirkiness befitting of

Transmyscira: Time Dies Screaming in SUPREME BLUE ROSE

We discover possible pasts at the same time as we feel the opening up of possible futures. – Peter Wollen, Raiding The Icebox: Reflections on Twentieth Century Culture   We look at the present through a rear-view mirror. We march backwards into the future. – Marshall McLuhan   If the zoo bans me from hollering at

MISTER MIRACLE: How One Man Got Off Scott Free (and You Can, Too)

It’s been a really bad few years in America. Crushing years in terms of anxiety and fear. We all know the external force that is burgeoning anxiety. I feel stuck between fear for myself, guilt over those who have more to fear than I, and a relentless desire to want to fix it all. Fight.

Health and Inclusivity: Exploring an Emotional SPIDER-VERSE

It’s been a while. “Representation and Health 101” was my former exploration of themes related to health and well-being in comics. Now, updated to Health and Inclusivity, I want to take a similar journey through the page and panel, but maybe do a deeper dive into the connections between the comics medium and our everyday

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