That Ambition Of Mine

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File this under why you should always check your spam box.

Last week I found out that a buddy sent me a Comixology gift card……2 years ago as a token of thanks for appearing on a comic book podcast.

Needless to say I decided to go shopping.

But what to purchase?

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Top Television Shows of 2017

2017 had more than a few surprising gems as far as the small screen goes. While a few excellent shows didn’t make it past the first season, most of them at least gave us a satisfying conclusion.

2017 was bittersweet as we had to say goodbye to some favorites. The usual suspects definitely delivered in their respective seasons. 2017 was a very satisfying year and 2018 is looking to be even better.

As is the tradition from January to December, I compile a list of the best TV shows released throughout the year. One of the main purposes is to promote diverse and progressive works for those searching for quality artistry.

In order for a series to make the list, it must pass my Media Litmus Test.

So without further adieu, on to the countdown.

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Queer Tropes Redux

As many of you know, June is the month of LGBTQ Pride and I couldn’t think of a better time to call out a few tropes that inundate comics and media when it comes LGBTQ characters/themes.

Tropes that if I never see again for the rest of my existence, I’d be eternally grateful. While this by no means covers every trope/issue/fail, it definitely hits the major ones.

Take thorough notes, I’m gonna move fast, and this will not be pretty. Class in session and you’re about to get schooled by Prof. Upkins himself!!!

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The Portrait Of An Artist: Remembering Michael Turner

Little known fact. The late Michael Turner was one of my personal heroes. He was also one the catalysts who inspired me to go to art school and get my BFA in computer animation. It was on the path of getting my BFA that of course eventually led me to becoming a published author and a comic book nerd seraph that you’ve all come to know and feel morally ambivalent about.

And to think none of that might’ve happened had a chance meeting not occurred.

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Color Commentary: Iron Cyst and the Return of the Draggin’

Just when Marvel thought it was safe.

Color Commentary is back and this time we’re breaking out the Snark Fu once more on arguably the biggest disaster of 2017: Netflix’s Iron Fist.

That’s right. Myself and Madame Gao will once again be providing the tea, the shade, and the truth on all things Discount Arrow.

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But wait. There’s more. For this Ben-Hurring sequel. I’m not alone. That’s right, I’m bringing backup.

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Normally I’d be providing a disclaimer at this point and juncture but if you’re stanning and caping for this tripe, then you deserve to have your fee fees hurt.

 

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National Coming Out Day, Queer Self Love and Becoming Midnighter

Today is National Coming Out Day. This year I’ve been reflecting on the trending hashtag #QueerSelfLove which emerged in response to the Orlando and LA Pride (attempted) attacks this past summer. It’s an initiative for LGBTQs to reclaim their power and celebrate who they are. It’s a great idea and I’m happy to see so many people have taken to it.

Truth be told, me loving myself has never been the issue when it comes to the systemic oppression I face in my day to day. It also goes without saying that one of the main battlefronts for said oppression is fandom.

For me to survive much less thrive, I find myself constantly channeling my patronus. In short, when they come for this Clark Kent, they in turn meet Lucas Trent.

Midnighter Mode in 3…..2……1……..

Midnighter

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The Inconvenient Truth In Advertising 

So recently Rose McGowan made headlines expressing outrage over the X-Men: Apocalypse billboard ad that showcases Ivan Ooze, I mean Apocalypse, choking Mystique, claiming that it promotes violence against women. 
Fox has since issued an apology for the billboard. Which I think was the right call for the studio. The right call would also be for Fox to apologize for the fustercluck that is X-Men: Apocalypse itself but I digress.

Now while I personally like McGowan, I have to keep it 100 and say the timing and her complaint is more than a bit suspect, not to mention hypocritical.
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