In Warner Bros. early summer flick Max, an ex-Military Working Dog manages to overcome the trauma of losing his beloved handler and saves his owner’s life from the criminal who killed his older brother. He is shown as a dog that would be the perfect addition to the average American family and given the influence Hollywood has on the general public, clueless moviegoers probably wanted a Max of their very own.
However, Malinois owners around the world beg you: please, don’t get one of these dogs just because you saw a heartwarming family-friendly movie.
|Recommended by Amanda Ferris||Thursday, August 20th, 2015||No Comments »|
Many fans of George R.R. Martin’s hit fantasy series A Song of Ice and Fire are very disappointed with the way Game of Thrones executive producers David Benioff and Dan Weiss have handled the source material. If you’re sick of seeing the violence against women being used as a shock tactic in Game of Thrones or felt the writing was lagging in the fifth season, then read on to learn why you’re better off sticking with Martin’s original novels.
|Recommended by Amanda Ferris||Friday, July 31st, 2015||1 Comment »|
If the history of nations could be whittled down to one element, it would be violence. War, the domineering force of endless violence, is central in the re-telling of any history, whether its a comedic depiction like in Catch-22 or a brash exposé like in Slaughterhouse-5. However, Mario Vargas Llosa’s gruesome fourth novel, The War of the End of the World, elicits this phenomenon more coyly, making it a masterful tragedy that still echoes so poignantly today.
|Recommended by Rhys Dipshan||Wednesday, July 22nd, 2015||No Comments »|
If you are a Millennial, chances are that you grew up watching Sailor Moon on television and reading the English adaption of the manga. Even if you weren’t a die-hard “Moonie” as a kid, there’s no way that you didn’t catch at least a few episodes of Sailor Moon on television while fervently wishing you would meet a talking cat who would give you the power to save the world from the Negaverse.
A story about a high school girl who becomes a superhero might seem like it could be easily dismissed as “childish,” but the series continues to have a popularity and a loyal following that is unmatched. Not only is VIZ Media re-airing the original subtitled ’90s television show on Hulu, but they’re also re-dubbing the series and releasing the new reboot, Sailor Moon Crystal, too.
Sailor Moon has a fairly progressive legacy, showing television networks that a children’s show can still be popular and feature strong, empowered female characters. So, whether you are a die-hard “Moonie” or fondly remember watching a few episodes of Sailor Moon as a kid, here’s why Usagi’s story is one of the best feminist tales ever.
|Recommended by Amanda Ferris||Thursday, July 9th, 2015||No Comments »|
When it first came out, I liked Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace. I thought Jar Jar Binks was funny.
I’m going to now step back and allow the internet to collectively spazz out and vomit a little before explaining.
|Recommended by J. Harbinger||Friday, April 24th, 2015||No Comments »|
During the first few seconds of Taylor Swift’s video “Style,” a man stands in the mouth of a cave that’s superimposed over Taylor’s face. As the video goes on, we see more shots like this. There’s one of Taylor’s profile superimposed with an image of a tree, and then another of Taylor’s silhouette filling up with a cloud of smoke. This effect of superimposing one image on top of another is a photography technique known as a double exposure–and it’s everywhere.
|Recommended by Tiffany White||Friday, March 13th, 2015||No Comments »|
For many aspiring cartoonists, the effort of launching, creating, and maintaining a webcomic is a solo undertaking. It’s a long process that, while a labor of love, can prove arduous, especially if those creators are trying to make an income off of their work. For a long time there was no formal support system for these creators, whose work would likely never get picked up by a major print publisher and whose readership and revenue were entirely dependent on internet notoriety.
However, the comics collective Hiveworks, founded in 2011, is vastly improving the experience for online comics creators. Branding themselves as a combination publisher and studio, Hiveworks is offering the support and mentorship necessary for turning webcomics into sustainable businesses. The group provides a wide array of services including web hosting, ad placement (which increases both readership and revenue), facilitating web stores, marketing and product design, and even participating in Kickstarters. The result is a vast and diverse collection of comics and creators who can focus on the quality of their work, rather than the confusing and often overwhelming task of marketing that work.
I was fortunate enough to be able to speak with professional illustrator and Hiveworks Co-CEO Isabelle Melançon, whose popular webcomic Namesake I recommended last year. Here’s what she had to say about her work with the collective:
|Recommended by Marie Anello||Monday, March 2nd, 2015||No Comments »|