#savepepe – Matt Furie fights to reclaim Pepe the Frog from white supremacists


Speaking of politics, one of the strangest stories this year has been the appropriation of Pepe the Frog as a symbol for white supremacist hate groups. Pepe was created by artist Matt Furie as part of his stoner comedy Boy’s Club, and but as the image spread on 4Chan and Reddit is has been used […]

Game of Thrones started being a fantasy the minute the women started taking over


“The Winds of Winter,” the finale to the sixth season of HBO’s Game of Thrones was one of the most thrilling episodes of television ever. It was triumphant, revelatory, sad, powerful – all the feels. Ramin Djawadi’s score was extraordinary, and brought a tear to my eye. And after six years we started to see […]

Column: A World Without Superman


Years ago I found myself in Sofia, Bulgaria as part of the production team on a Dolph Lundgren movie I had written (in three days because that’s how the low-budget action kingdom works), kept around to do last-minute changes as is sometimes the case in filmmaking. Bulgaria was a remarkable place, a country with a much older history than America, a history you felt in the architecture, in the manner and the speech of people who had not forgotten the old ways.

Comics toxic heritage strikes again as DC editor named as sexual harasser


The firing of Shelly Bond after more than 20 years of loyal service to DC has had an unintended consequence. Although referencing incidents utterly unrelated to Bond’s dismissal, it did stir outrage among those who detected a pattern of powerful women editors getting removed at DC while men who had  severe HR problems stayed. And so on […]

Meet Lilly Wachowski, trans filmmaker


The second of the Matrix moviemakers, and sometime comics scripter/publishers (they had their own comics company called Burlyman for a while), has now come out as trans, introducing herself as Lilly Wachowski to the world. (She was formerly billed as Andy; sibling Lana Wachowski, who previously worked as Larry, came out as trans in 2010.) […]

Gender and Feminism in the Jem and th Holograms comic


We’ve been writing quite a bit in the last year about the slow death of comics media, and one of the reasons is that it’s hard for a small, passion run site to compete with…the New Yorker? Here’s a think piece on the Jem and the Holograms comic by Stephen Burt whose bio tells us […]