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.
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 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:
Hello everyone and welcome to a Top 5 list of Graphic Novels that you should check out that are NOT superheroes nor are from Marvel or DC Comics.
There is also a really good review of Kevin Keller’s mini series, which is part of the collected work that I reviewed, done by my good buddy Dennis Upkins that you can check out here and here.
In looking at the list, you’ll notice a few things about it:
1. No books on the list have a straight, white, cisgender, and able bodied male as the lead.
2. Women and women of colour are the leads in 4 of the 5 books.
3. There is LGBTQ representation in 3 of the 5 books.
Yes, I collect some Marvel and DC Comics, but those comics are few and far between, and more often than not they’re not the new comics coming out today. If the Big Two are not willing to change for the better and faster, then people WILL go elsewhere for comics, and they’ll find better alternatives that reflect who they are.
A true storyteller can often have the best insight on human condition. After all, in order to tell our stories, bards must have an intimate understanding of the forces that drive us. Within most of us, there is a struggle, an arc, a journey that is ruled by an internal conflict.
Often the key to said conflict can stare back at us the entire time.
Which brings us to the Dark Knight, the second of Christopher Nolan’s trilogy which I had the opportunity to rewatch the other night.
As for the movie itself, I think everything that needed to be said has been said: Christian Bale was a solid lead; the late Heath Ledger actually surpassed all the hype in his performance and Aaron Eckhart didn’t get the credit he deserved for his role as Harvey Dent.
Throughout the film, Bruce Wayne was seeking a white knight for Gotham. Someone pure…