Holes Shaped Like Our Fathers

“Tell me the story of home.” Black Panther’s opening dialogue, of a father telling his son (and us, the audience) the story of Wakanda, serves to set the scene for the film. It’s a great opening, exposition-wise, and gives us context before the first action scene of the story (set in Oakland, 1992)—but it wasn’t until the day after I saw the film that I realized something. Namely: that the boy asking for a story is the child who will become Killmonger. He longs for a home he has never seen, and is relying on his father to illustrate his… [Continue Reading]

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Dresden Cookies

Dresden Files rang a bell when a buddy of mine recommended it last month, but when he said “It’s like a detective series, but he’s also a wizard”, I was immediately curious. (Plus the fact that, weirdly, he thought of it cuz I’d been telling him about the classic cyberpunk novel Snow Crash.) Harry Dresden is a well-conceived character. He’s got that Sam Spade swagger, a bit of Friendly Neighborhood Spiderman banter, and takes his work seriously enough that you’re invested in that journey for something more than wanting to know how the magical locked-room-mystery ends. One of my favorite traits of… [Continue Reading]

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Reflections In Soup

In my first article for SPUF on 100 Bullets, I gave the run-down on Agent Graves and his mysterious offer of retribution-without-consequences (via the titular case of untraceable ammunition, and a file of dirt on the scumbag who ruined your life) (It’s worth seeking 100 Bullets out and giving it a read – you can read a bit about it here and get it on Amazon over here.). I said something about Brian Azzarello and Eduardo Risso – the team who (along with Dave Johnson on the covers) brings the world of 100 Bullets to dynamic, cynical life. There’s more to say,… [Continue Reading]

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Window Dressing

Richard Feynman, in one of his autobiographies (if memory serves: Surely You’re Joking, Mr. Feynman!), talks about losing his wife. She was diagnosed with tuberculosis, which at that time (the 1940s) was untreatable/incurable. In SYJMF, he says that he didn’t cry at her funeral, or precisely accept that she was dead. Until two weeks later, when he was walking down the street, glanced in a shop-window, and thought “Arline would love that dress.” That was when it hit him, and he started to cry. Yesterday, I went to an alumni (Sarah Lawrence, 2013) event. Someone asked who my don (SLC’s system:… [Continue Reading]

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Picture-To-Word Ratio

You know that thing about how a picture’s worth a thousand words? Attention-spans are short, and scrolling through another 971 words (as of ‘another’) is a bit much. Plus which, my tendency to get on rolls and tangents, once I get going. So. I had a thought. Instead of trying to write a full review for comics I love, I’m gonna focus on a single panel, and spin off from there. (Count: 66 words.) This is from awhile ago, when my main outlet for creative commentary was through Twitter. The comic is 100 Bullets (written by Brian Azzarello, and illustrated by Eduardo… [Continue Reading]

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Spanish For Snow White

In Spanish, the familiar fairytale princess whose skin is white as snow is called ‘Blancanieves’. You’ve probably seen Disney’s take (1937) on the story – and I’d highly recommend checking out Lotte Reiniger’s shadow-puppet animation Aschenputtel (1922). But tackling fantasy in the flesh is different from animation – where a creative mind like Reiniger’s could fashion magic from stop-motion. Where the vision and high standards of Walt Disney could produce an unprecedented spectacle like their eighty-three minute masterpiece. Pablo Berger’s 2012 film Blancanieves stands on its own – there is literally nothin’ else quite like it. And here is Why. It’s a Spanish… [Continue Reading]

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PONY ISLAND: Secretly Is Satanic

Before I say anything about PONY ISLAND, or we get to what insights Dan Mullins (the creator) had on building it, you should watch the Steam trailer: Okey-doke. From the title, you know that it’s a game about ponies… but (as you can now see) the game delights in misinforming and misleading us. “…or Treat?” Mine had been a stressful October, so when this game was recommended to me and I was told it was on sale (Steam Halloween Horror Games!), I bought it without registering more than “oh, the trailer had cool weird energy” and that it was for… [Continue Reading]

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