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Sadly, I haven't been able to keep up this community like I used to; school is starting to wind down and work has taken over most of my free time. However, I do have some relevant content, an essay on the analogy of Obama/Superman during the election and how this relates to American Bartheian myths.

I'll try to make this short... I am (mostly) going to leave LJ behind and therefore trying to reduce the number of communities I am involved in. So I looked for someone to "adopt" comics_meta and, fortunately, arionhunter was willing to take the comm, lock, stock, and barrel.

Despite my utter fail at posting content recently (and I'm not proud of that), comics_meta has always been my "baby". Arion has already contributed hir fair share and I'm certain the community will be in good, comics-loving hands.

I enjoyed reading your entries and comments, and would like to thank you for your interest and support over all this time.

22 May 2007 @ 12:07 pm
As research for a project I'm currently working on, I have a questionnaire for those who were at one point members of scans_daily, but left the community for whatever reason.

Any help is appreciated!
22 March 2007 @ 01:24 pm
I'm beginning a series called the Frank Miller Politics Project, wherein I look at his works, public statements, and the evolution of both. A key question I'd like to answer is: What is Miller bringing to the conversation, especially highlighting any positive elements that could be found? All posts will be in my LJ, under the "frank miller project" tag.

Any help is highly appreciated.
11 January 2007 @ 08:55 pm
A question that's been bouncing around my head since BoP #101:Collapse )

I'm not really sure of the answers here, but the idea makes me wonder.
03 December 2006 @ 09:39 pm
Meta commentary has always been a critical weakness of mine, and this essay just pounced on me while I was trying to head off to sleep. Lots of babbling about fantasy versus reality, children with power, loss of innocence, and the effect of a costume herein.


Recently I’ve been linking around and watching the discussion of the article on Stevie Long, the four year old who attempted to scare off robbers in his Mystic Force Red Ranger suit. It’s been interesting to see the reactions, but what caught my attention were those whose feathers were seriously raised by the assertion that Stevie was in no way a hero, but a child with no real concept of the difference between reality and fantasy. Why are people so angered when a person, in one case the voice of a parent, states their sincere worry at such a situation?

Can children truly understand and appreciate the magnitude of danger they’re faced with? Is it heroism when they stand up to it powerless, or misguided naiveté due to immaturity? And most importantly, how much of the ardent defense of Stevie’s choice, and of child heroes in general, is born out of one’s own childhood dreams of being a hero, never realized?Collapse )
11 November 2006 @ 01:23 pm

There's a survey over at fanthropology for the people involved in comic book fandom, though it's focusing more on creators and distribution.

Some questions leave me a bit confuzzled, but my linguistic skills definitely aren't good enough to delve into a discussion. However, here's the link.

11 October 2006 @ 04:43 pm

Stumbled across an interesting blog entry over at "Written World":


About the terms fanboy / fangirl, the stereotypes / images associated with it, and the gendering of fan-terms in general. The second commenter ("Elayne") also adds some thoughts on how the meaning of "fangirl" has changed over time.

10 August 2006 @ 10:09 am
puttin the cards on the table, letting you know what kinda PRO i am. i totally make shit up. everything up! or, i have been. now that i am older and growing more conserned about actual salty story depth. i'm attempting to culture myself these days because i'm scared of how little i know about everything else in the world aside from my own things. i vastly want to soak in what is special out there to other people and fuse it into my stories. i want to tip my scale from just being superficial, to having some real meat and potatoes. i can relate all these feelings to real life. my social abilities, my abilities to love, everything. i have more ups than downs. still, i have a great urge to be more.

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From the ever-delightful Corey "The Reyyy" Lewis comes this heartfelt self-examination. Much more behind-the-scenes than most cartoonists ever let us see.
10 August 2006 @ 09:25 am
A rant/review regarding writer Devin Grayson, almost entirely positive, found here, focusing on her runs on Gotham Knights and Nightwing.