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Batman’s Greatest Power Is His Mysterious Teen Years

Everyone knows that Ma and Pa Kent raised Ka-El after he lost his parents in the destruction of Krypton. But who raised Bruce Wayne after his parents were killed? It took decades for DC to decide on the canon. Beyond comics, the general public has seen multiple Batman movies, TV shows, cartoons, video games, but the […]

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The Warped Lessons I Learned from Cartoons

Some of what I learned from cartoons is dumb but it didn’t really change my life, like how I used to think invisible meant “had a white outline”. Or that so-called “secret doors” were activated by bricks that are clearly a different colours from the rest of the wall. But some of what I’ve learned […]

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Too Many Old Men Toys

In a recent interview with Shane Black, he said Marvel corporate didn’t want his Iron Man 3 villain to be female. They wanted a male villain because they thought that would sell more toys. It’s been pointed out that there pretty much are no Aldrich Killian toys, so it’s not like female Allison Killian would have […]

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The Power of Genres

THE STRUCTURE OF GENRE PLOTS Genre stories are about power. Or at least, that’s one way to look at their plots. Each genre has a typical way of discussing power. Not every story follows these guidelines, and sub-genres switch things up, but this can be a useful way to start thinking about the broad tropes […]

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Post-Apocalypse Now!?

POST-APOCALYPSE IS THE NEW CRUSOE If you were stranded on a desert island, what sci fi genre would you take with you? With a surge in video games, movies, comics, and novels, it might be post-apocalyptic. But, most people haven’t realized that the post-apocalypse is just the deserted island castaway story all over again. In […]

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The Continuity Trap

THE CONTINUITY TRAP Most adults are able to carry multiple versions of characters in their head. James Bond is Sean Connery, Roger Moore, and Daniel Craig. But when the creators and fans of the stories insist that all incarnations are the same person, that becomes a challenge for some people. Rather than accepting there can […]

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