Hello everyone and welcome to Brain Food, wherein today I review the newest book from Denny Upkins, West of Sunset!
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I’m still trying to wrap my head around the fact that somehow when no one was looking, Archie became the coolest kid in the room. Forget 90 percent of the titles being churned out by the Big Two. If you’re looking for quality and progressive comics, Archie is where it’s at. Yes Archie. Yes, you read that sentence correctly. No, I am not joking. Yes, we could be in Bizarro World. Let me get back to you on that one.
Continuing the West of Sunset Virtual Book Tour, yours truly sits down for a one on one interview where I discuss diversity in urban fantasy and speculative media in general, the bigotries and hurdles that minority artists face in our day to day, my inspiration for penning my latest release, West of Sunset and what’s on the horizon.
Trigger Warning: Rape Survivors
This video illustrates why Charisma Carpenter is a true heroine both on and off screen.
As an affirmed movie buff, it’s not unusual for me to see a movie I like several times. Until Maleficent came out, The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King held the title for Most Number Of Times RVCBard Spent Way Too Much Money On Tickets And Popcorn and Candy To See This Shit. I saw that shit 5 times at the movies. That’s right. Five times my eyeballs were sore from 3 hours of staring at a big-ass screen. Five times I sat there with my bladder about to burst.
Maleficent broke Return of the King‘s record twice over.
That’s right. I saw Maleficent ten times. No, no, not ten times on my laptop. Ten times on the big screen.
Anybody who knows me knows how particular I am about the things most people don’t think about when they watch a movie. Things like media representation, subliminal messages, and other stuff that people pretend not to notice. If I’m watching something ten times, you best believe there’s some real interesting shit going on with that.
I’m sure this is all objective and has nothing to do with the fact that Dixon’s career has tanked because enough of us have gotten fed up with his bigoted bullshit.
As if that wasn’t pathetic enough, fellow racist and homophobe John “Blonde Latinas/Hispanic Women Look Like Hookers” Byrne is throwing a hissy fit his damn self because that uppity colored boy is going to portray the Human Torch in the Fantastic Four reboot.
I find it interesting that I never hear about the whitewashing that takes place in comic book movies (Fox from Wanted, Talia and Bane from Dark Knight Rising for starters). But let some PoCs get some screentime and then it’s nerd rage with swastikas to boot.
And before they or their apologists start crying about free speech or first amendment, a message from our friends at xkcd.com
And for the Dixons and Byrnes of the world, I only have one question to ask: