Author: highprimate

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Gratuitous

It’s no secret comics have a long-standing and questionable history with how women are depicted. From Wonder Woman’s weakness of bondage to the whole Comicsgate nonsense, women being presented poorly has long been a problem. The most glaring is obviously the incredibly salacious nature of how superwomen are often depicted, fighting crime and world beaters …

personal development

Fables

2019 is upon us and I feel like maybe we ought to talk about fables. I’ve read Aesop’s Fables. Beyond being this bizarre tool for both anti-authoritarian propaganda and “know your role” classism (amongst the various racist and misogynist tendencies it has), it makes me think of New Year’s resolutions and the fables we tell …

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The Irony Of Self-Help

The problem with self-help books is that they love to paint pictures of success that most of us will never see, and often don’t exist. They purveyors of these “truths” aren’t always multi-millionaires like they’d have you believe. The people they use as examples, as models to emulate, often only tell a very skewed part …

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Benefits To Bad Guruism?

Tony Robbins. Eckhart Tolle. James Altucher. All self-help “gurus” with a tendency to be more interested in self-promotion and your pocketbook than actually helping people. I’ve often railed against these purveyors of “guruism”, where they place themselves as some sort of saint of personal development and tailor their messages (if not their actions) to ensure …

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Good Crossovers

Yesterday, I complained about bad crossovers, mostly on the heels of something I read a few weeks ago. It reminded me that I should mention that sometimes, crossovers are great. Mark Waid, who I picked on a couple of posts ago for hurting his own storyline with insufficient editing in Hunter Killer, funnily enough, redeemed himself …

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Bad Crossovers

There’s nothing worse than building something up to find out it’s just shit. I had this feeling that Avengers: Infinity War was going to be like this, and was pleasantly surprised to find it was not.  All the characters received a justified level of screen time, their personas weren’t completely dismantled and Thanos, despite getting …

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Conspiracy Theories

Most conspiracy theories read like Mark Waid’s Hunter-Killer, which  although I loved Mark Waid, had so many plot holes and mistakes that it proved to me that even with a veteran at hand, an editor is a crucial part of telling a good fiction. And it’s not that I didn’t love the premise.  Shadow organizations, secret …