Topic: Flavor

Articles surrounding identity issues, travel and multinational topics, spirituality, and all points in between. Hold tight, it’s about to get real.

  • Play it Loud—Series Conspectus

    Play it Loud—Series Conspectus

    Fandoms haven’t always been the most welcoming to outsiders, ironically enough—given their history in Americana. Join us on an exploratory tour of this inter-sectional paradox, through the various demographics and their respective welcome (or lack thereof) to the LGBTQ community, through the eyes of one who traverses both worlds. From board and tabletop gaming, to pop culture and new media, this exposition strives to be comprehensive, yet digestible.

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  • Bleaching the Kool-Aid

    Bleaching the Kool-Aid

    Representation matters, and how People of Color are represented in speculative fiction and pop culture matters even more. Join a former U.S Navy electrician, father, cosplayer and African American public speaker as we take a look at African American Stereotypes Appropriated in Fiction: Cowboy Bebop, Space Dandy, and The Lone Ranger.

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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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  • Bright Lights, Big City

    Bright Lights, Big City

    An epic journey for our exclusive travel blog, examining various geeky and nerdy scenes. Today we’ll examine all the great opportunities New York City has for appreciating fandom.

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  • Blaxploitation Throwbacks

    Blaxploitation Throwbacks

    Representation matters, and how People of Color are represented in speculative fiction and pop culture matters even more. Join a former Naval electrician, father, cosplayer and African American public speaker as we look back at some significant (signifying?) central characters and their contexts.

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  • GamerGate, A Look Back

    GamerGate, A Look Back

    What was GamerGate? How did personal attacks devolve into something criminal and how did women in geekdom react? Explore what can happen when fun and games turns ugly.

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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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  • A Hint of Color – Series Conspectus

    A Hint of Color – Series Conspectus

    Representation matters, and how People of Color are presented in speculative fiction and pop culture matters even more. Join a former Naval electrician, father, cosplayer and African-American public speaker as he delves deep. From pulp and comic-inspired blockbusters to the heights of sci-fi, we’ll examine the many ghoulish caricatures and celebrated victories along the way.

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  • Fandom Without Borders – Series Conspectus

    Fandom Without Borders – Series Conspectus

    An epic journey for our exclusive travel blog, examining various geeky and nerdy scenes. From Japan and Ireland to major cities across the continental United States, join this whirlwind trek and partake of our robust sample of “local flavors”.

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