Category: Writing

Reading Kosuke Fujishima’s classic manga rom-com Oh My Goddess! reminds me of watching one of my (many) favorite ’80s or early ’90s movies. To be specific, it reminds me of rewatching them now, as a 30-something. First, there’s that familiar sense of wistful nostalgia. Oh, to be back in the simple days of big hair, […]

If you know nothing else about Svetlana Chmakova’s Awkward, know this: it needs to be on the shelves of every school and public library. That may sound bombastic, but Awkward deserves the high praise. It’s one of the best reads I’ve had—comic or otherwise—in years. Middle schooler Penelope (Peppi) Torres is new in town. That’s […]

Dream Fossil, Satoshi Kon, Vertical May 2015

Dream Fossil is a trip. The collected stories of Satoshi Kon have little in common other than their creator and the fact that they’re all snippets and facets, daydreams of life. As he honed his artistic and storytelling craft, Kon’s topics ranged from baseball to robots to historical Japan. Are they all amazing? Nope. To […]

Swords of Sorrow continues! The latest installment of this massive crossover event features classic pulp characters Dejah Thoris and Irene Adler. In London in 1894, a lion-like monster has eaten members of Parliament, and notoriously competent and discrete Irene Adler is put on the case by the elder Mr. Holmes (not to be confused with his […]

So you pull up your game console or log in on your computer and you’re there in another realm. Maybe you’re there alone, intent on battling through the enemies or solving the puzzles on your own. Maybe you’re there with friends—physically next to you on the couch or virtually next to you via the magic […]

Giuseppe_Castiglione_-_View_of_the_Grand_Salon_Carré_in_the_Louvre

You have blank walls. You like fine art. You’d like to combine those two things, but your household doesn’t pull in an astronomical amount of money. That’s a pickle. How do you upgrade your mass-market poster of Gustav Klimt’s The Kiss to an original print, painting, or drawing? (By the way, no judgement! I had […]

xxxHolic Omnibus 3 pg. 23. © CLAMP/Kodansha Ltd. All rights reserved.

Watanuki Kimihiro sees spirits. Even worse, they want to eat him, and so they chase him. All the time. Big, scary, coiling masses of darkness, shadows, eyes, and pointy teeth find him on his way to or from school. He scrambles away, running and hiding from these things that only he can see, hear, and […]

Bruce Lee on the set of "Way of the Dragon". Courtesy The Wing Luke Museum. ® & © Bruce Lee Enterprises, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

I have a confession to make. In spite of being relatively well-rounded in other areas of nerdom (video game RPGs, tabletop games, anime and manga, sci-fi and fantasy novels, and 80s movies), there is one area in which I have fallen resoundingly flat. I hope my friends will still speak to me after reading this. […]

Seraphim 266613336 Wings, Satashi Kon, Mamoru Oshii, Dark Horse 2015

Suppose the end of humanity approaches in a manner different than that depicted in the Book of Revelation, the Poetic Edda, the Vedic Scriptures, or any other written account of the end of days. The apocalypse is a time of transformation, after all. (You thought it was just about death and destruction? Think again!) What if […]

Marvel's Agent Carter, 2015

Let me start by saying that I’ve had a blast watching Agent Carter. There are many reasons why the show is fun and important and awesome and all those good things. Others (including the amazing Rachel Edidin) have already done a great job outlining the good stuff; there are some good critiques out there too, […]