Why Black Panther is more than previous Marvel heroes

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A little over a week ago I watched Black Panther at a preview event, and while teaching and getting sick might have gotten in the way of me posting, it hasn’t kept the film and it’s lead character T’Challa off of my mind, for a few big reasons. Minor spoilers below.

The first reason being IT’S SO GOOD! Those are the exact words, with the exact applied emphasis used when I told a co-worker the very next morning.

I typically refrain from using all caps in my posts, because it feels like I’m shouting, but since I literally had shouted about how good this movie was it felt appropriate. Everything from the visuals (especially of Wakanda) to the story to the acting was fantastic! Continue reading “Why Black Panther is more than previous Marvel heroes” »

Why Captain Marvel’s Green Costume Doesn’t Matter… Sort of

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A couple days ago Marvel fans started to reacting to images of Brie Larson in her Captain Marvel costume. And the details look great, except for one tiny problem, the color. As someone who has LOVED Captain Marvel since before she donned her current costume, I have a few thoughts.

Let me start by saying I’ve always been a Carol Danvers fan. It didn’t matter when she was a human woman, when she was half-kree, when she was Binary, or anything in between.

The reasons I admire Carol Danvers have NOTHING to do with what she wears, and considering she’s fabulous feminist who came to her powers in the 70’s, what a superhero wears should for the most part be secondary to the content of their character. Continue reading “Why Captain Marvel’s Green Costume Doesn’t Matter… Sort of” »

What’s in a name? A lot for Comic Conventions

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Like New Years resolutions, big changes in January are becoming a thing for what is now formerly Phoenix Comicon. Last year it was the shift from volunteers to paid staff,  and a little over a week ago Square Egg Entertainment changed the name of its summer comic convention from Phoenix Comicon to Phoenix Comic Fest. This was announced on their social media platforms in a statement (listed below). And for the most part, since the nature of the show isn’t changing it’s easy for attendees to ask “what’s the big deal?”. When you consider though that this is likely the first of several conventions to begin making name changes to avoid a costly but frivolous lawsuit, it’s a bigger deal than most think.

While Phoenix Comic Fest doesn’t explicitly reference the recently decided lawsuit between San Diego Comic-Con and Salt Lake Comic Con, their comment about the term comic con becoming “litigious” might as well have “we’re changing our name to avoid being sued” in parenthesis. And I get it. If any business owner becomes aware of a risk, they’re going to do what they need to do to avoid that risk. That being said, I have a question or two.

While this may be a bit of a complaint is why Phoenix Comic Fest chose to keep “Comic” rather than “Convention” in its name (or why SDCC is fighting with that particular part of the term. While comics, authors and artists still have a place at comic conventions, they’re less and less why most fans attend. Conventions like Phoenix Comic Fest have been growing because of two interconnected reasons. The first is that nerdy things are getting more mainstream and acceptable (I mean I’m still the nerdiest person at my school, but no one bullies me for it 20 years later), and movies, tv shows and pop culture are why. So when a convention has to change its name, why keep the part of it that is now less representative of what you’re having people convene for?

Also, where does it end? Is SDCC going to find some way to sue other conventions that only keep part of the name? If it’s too costly for a single convention to go up against the biggest con, then certainly there’s a way for cons to band together and fight for the conventions they hold.

Maybe 50 years from now this will be no big deal, and if cons keep including the fabulous fandoms I love then I’ll keep attending, I just don’t know how I’ll explain to my non-nerdy friends that now I’m going to a “fest” that has nothing to do with an actual festival.

What are your thought’s on Phoenix Comic Fest’s name change and statement?

The Shape of Water Spoiler Free Review

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If I told you about The Shape of Water without spoilers, what would I say, I wonder? At first I had resigned myself to doing only a spoiler filled review, but upon further reflection I realized that not everyone I know has seen it yet, and to give it all away would be doing the film or potential fans a disservice. So, if you haven’t seen it yet, I’ll boil it down to three reasons.

Continue reading “The Shape of Water Spoiler Free Review” »

Star Wars: The Last Jedi did what it was supposed to.

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Let me start by saying that this post contains spoilers for The Last Jedi… but if you haven’t seen it by now then I don’t know how my post will tell you anything you haven’t seen or heard at this point.

That being said, reading will lead to spoilers, spoilers lead to anger, and anger leads to suffering, or something like that.

Also… this is not going to go the way you think. Continue reading “Star Wars: The Last Jedi did what it was supposed to.” »

Keeping and Making Friends – Game of Thrones season 7 premiere

Samwell-Game-of-Thrones-Season-7-Episode-1Hey Readers,

Season seven premiered and I, as usual have some thoughts. First of all if you haven’t watched it, here’s your chance to stop reading. Still here, great, let’s be friends, since that seems to be the attitude of two out of Westeros’ three monarchs. Continue reading “Keeping and Making Friends – Game of Thrones season 7 premiere” »

Discussing Breath of Earth and Call of Fire with Beth Cato

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At Phoenix Comicon, I caught up with Beth Cato again, and I had the chance to speak with her about her Blood of Earth series, including information on her next book, Call of Fire, coming in August.

Most of our discussion focused on the history that Cato has woven her story into, specifically the treatment of women and minorities and how relevant her series is, even though it’s set in the early 1900’s.

Watch the interview below, a review of Call of Fire is coming soon!

If you love history and sci-fi, check out my review of Beth Cato’s first book in the series, Breath of Earth.