Artifact: Comics

  • Restoring Faith

    Restoring Faith

    Fat-bodied individuals are woefully underrepresented in media, and seeing them positively showcased is even rarer. As lighting rods for vicious stereotypes, this has profoundly negative effects on how fat people, and fans as a whole, relate to media. Let’s dig a bit deeper, into insidious effects on self worth, and positive steps for the future.

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  • Zen and the Art of Screaming—Series Conspectus

    Zen and the Art of Screaming—Series Conspectus

    Join us on an incisive deep-tissue study of the evolution and icons in classical and contemporary horror fiction, from monsters to slashers and less supernatural fare, as well as their varying manifestations, such as podcasts, radio plays, and other media.

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  • Building a Better Predator: Vampires

    Building a Better Predator: Vampires

    In today’s installment of Zen and the Art of Screaming, we take a deep dive into the origins of vampires—how they originated as an Eastern European myth, to how they came to represent “the Other,” to how the evolved into sexy supernatural beings in modern media offerings.

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  • An Algebra of Archons—Series Conspectus

    An Algebra of Archons—Series Conspectus

    Join philosophy student and avid gamer Ben Steiz in his examination of the various ethics, world views and metaphysics encoded across much of pop culture. This will include both a broad survey and robust analysis of the numerous speculative fiction works and franchises.

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  • Cracking the Cipher—Series Conspectus

    Cracking the Cipher—Series Conspectus

    A trained linguist and sci-fi/fantasy enthusiast guides us through an examination of the various languages and surrounding cultural effects of numerous ‘constructed’ societies throughout  speculative fiction, from Dothraki to Klingon, with a side of Fus Roh Da!

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  • The Languages of Star Wars

    The Languages of Star Wars

    While some of the 50-plus languages in the Star Wars universe exist only as fun-to-say phrases, others are impressively constructed with consistent phonology and syntax.

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  • Some Assembly Required

    Some Assembly Required

    Having poured over the “who,” “what” and “why” of this endeavor, we shift focus inward a bit towards the training, recruitment, revision of process which comprise “how.”

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  • The Pride

    The Pride

    Welcome back to our post-millennial analysis of the current state of fandom. Today we examine a superhero comic where each character is based upon a gay/queer archetype. The Pride and its efforts at satire may sometimes land flat, but its exploration of diversity and acceptance makes it worth the read.

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  • Ableism, Sidekick Agency and Ageism

    Ableism, Sidekick Agency and Ageism

    Welcome back to our intersectional look at how fandom, feminism, LGBTQ representation and other generational dog whistles are portrayed. Today we look at Bucky Barnes, onetime kid sidekick of Captain America, and both hero and antagonist in his own right with his own resonant internal and deeply personal struggle.

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  • Courting Disaster – Series Conspectus

    Courting Disaster – Series Conspectus

    An overview of otaku and gamer fandoms, their interrelations, and engagement with pop culture. From GamerGate to syncretic mythology, to the underlying social justice issues, this telescopic lens will be aimed through the prism of intersectional feminism that pulls no punches and takes no prisoners. From Amazons to Zelda, we’re going to get gritty with it.

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