Artifact: Cinema

  • Warts and All

    Warts and All

    The comic book as a storytelling medium is a remarkable and unique creature. Comic book icons have a flexibility and a capacity for redirection. Characters with solid decades-long histories and worldwide popularity, paradoxically, do not achieve it through a rigid retelling of the same stories, but through their endless ability to adapt their meaning. Well-known heroes and villains are very different people from one decade to the next, or in the hands of different writers and artists. When the way comic books are written undergoes a sea change, it inevitably ripples into all the other storytelling mediums.

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  • The Paragon & The “Psycho” Pathologist

    The Paragon & The “Psycho” Pathologist

    In this week’s installment of Chasing at Shadows, we’ll address the characters of Wonder Woman and Harley Quinn: their hidden similarities, their stark differences, and the importance of their influence on what it means to be a well-rounded, well-written female character in comics.

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  • Soundtrack to Your Escape

    Soundtrack to Your Escape

    Sonata of the Screen and Grid is an exposition on film and animation directors’ work and compositional comparison of the musicians and composers who scored them. For this piece we’ll look at the evolution of speculative fiction cinema scores and “Rise of the Synths”, dissecting their flirtation with cyberpunk style synthesizer riffs.

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  • The Dark and Haunted Prince

    The Dark and Haunted Prince

    I whole-heartedly believe that comics, movies, and television shows are imbued with all the power and meaning of the classic works we read in university classrooms—and as such, deserve to be written about critically, and linked to the pillars of literary theory. In this new series, a collection of academic close-studies of popular culture, I aim to do just that. For my first installment, we will examine the connections between the characters of Batman, Shakespeare’s Hamlet, and the true burdens of vengeance.

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  • The Mind of a Metahuman

    The Mind of a Metahuman

    What would be the psychological and sociocultural consequences of the emergence of a population of metahumans with a large and infinite variety of traits?

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  • Building a Better Predator: Zombies
  • Mythos & Majesty

    Mythos & Majesty

    In today’s installment of Zen and the Art of Screaming, we examine how, despite his faults, H.P. Lovecraft changed the way we think about—and experience—horror.

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  • The Languages of Dune

    The Languages of Dune

    Dune is a legendary piece of science fiction. Much as Tolkien did for Lord of the Rings, Herbert created several new languages, adding richness to his fictional universe.

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  • Beyond the Stone Table: Aslan Before & After Martyrdom

    Beyond the Stone Table: Aslan Before & After Martyrdom

    In today’s An Algebra of Archons, we explore how C.S. Lewis’ world of Narnia is both inspired by and interwoven with Christianity, and how its symbolism merges with scientific doctrine, philosophical and ethical questions of morality—and unpack, what that all means in the context of its narrative.

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  • Emerald Cities and Scarlet Queens

    Emerald Cities and Scarlet Queens

    Hayao Miyazaki’s Spirited Away is largely regarded as a modern classic, but the influences from the works of Lewis Carroll and L. Frank Baum cannot be ignored. Here we see which characters are takes on memorable figures from Wonderland and the Land of Oz, and we discern which themes carry through between the stories.

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