Goodbye, Ars Marginal

It’s been a good run, and I appreciate everybody’s contributions to this space. Your posts, comments, signal boosts, follows, and other activity has made Ars Marginal special, and I’m truly grateful for everybody’s support.

However, it’s time for me to end it.

I’m going to retire Ars Marginal by the end of this week. I won’t delete the blog because there is so much here that I want to preserve even as I don’t tend to it anymore. But all future comments will be blocked, and no one will be able to post to it anymore.

This is a decision I’ve been weighing for a while, especially now that other opportunities require my time and attention. Additionally, there are new directions I want to go in for critical media analysis. In particular, I want to do more writing and analysis centered on women of color and fandom. I haven’t yet decided what format this new direction will take, but look for something sometime next year.

Thank you all for everything you’ve done to make Ars Marginal what it is. Please keep me posted on what you’re doing and feel free to reach out to me to talk more about arts and entertainment and critical analysis. I look forward to the great things you will be doing in the future.

Fandom Sickness – Episode 2

Hello everyone, and welcome to another episode of Fandom Sickness, wherein I call out the silent enablers who do nothing, say nothing, to help women who are sexually harassed at conventions.

This came about after hearing of yet another groping done at the SDCC this year, which you can read here.

As for some of the things I talk about in the video?

Lucille Ball SAVED Star Trek before it was ever on the air.

The Scarlet Pimpernel.

Review: Kevin Keller Mini-Series #1-4

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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.

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Rise of the Urban Fantasy Author

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.

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Why I saw “Maleficent” 10 times at the movies

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.

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White Rage

So noted homophobe and racist douchebag Chuck Dixon and some other loser not even worth mentioning are throwing a hissy fit and demanding we bring back white supremacy to comics.

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

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And for the Dixons and Byrnes of the world, I only have one question to ask:

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