philosophy

Non-Conformity Beyond Rebellion

I’m a non-conformist at heart. I know, I know. If you know me or meet me, you might not think it. At times, I don’t think it. I’ve had hair in all colours, but I’ve never been the seventeen piercings or mohawk guy (except once after doing the century club and letting my buddy at …

politics

Totalitarians

In reading through the Aphrodite IX/IXth Generation series, I ran into a couple of those reference books that Matt Hawkins likes to use. In the one for IXth Generation, he lists all the different types of states that the IXs created in their individual territories. With styles as diverse as neofascist state, autocratic anarchy, theocratic dictatorship and …

comics

Crossovers Over Timelines

I know it’s been done, but I always appreciate when someone’s able to do a crossover well. And not just any crossover, but a crossover between two entire disparate timelines or events that somehow impact the overarching storyline. I thought Avengers: Infinity War did that well, with two entirely separate stories that didn’t really touch except …

work

Seamless Recreations

It’s been a bad couple of days. I was planning on writing about how much I love it when someone reboots/re-imagines something and actually makes it better, while still leaving room for the old material to fall into continuity. However, this weekend, I spent an evening with my wife at my old job’s Christmas party, …

comics

Reference Books

I’ve always wondered whether these were popular or not in the comic world. I suppose there’s always some subsection of fan that can’t resist digging deeper, and it’s a way for a creator to add a little extra monetary juice and get all his or her prep work out there. It’s a little “making the …

comics

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 …

personal development

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 …