Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain…

Wizard magazine

If I get anything wrong here, feel free to correct my lousy memory or bad hearsay: Daniel Millwee recently asked over at Whitechapel, “What’s up with Wizard?” and while he was referring to this and the discussion includes this, it’s a good question to ask in a larger sense. My take there on what happened … Read more

Why I hate the Autobots

The Autobots are jerks in Michael Bay's 2007 Transformers

Payoff is everything. It’s been a couple of years since I went to see Transformers for a friend’s birthday and walked out of the theater angry. Angry at the flick, and for awhile, angry at myself for caring. After all, I have no great nostalgia for the franchise (I save that for Bravestarr and Bionic … Read more

Mad Men & sexual roles

The character Salvatore Romano on AMC’s Mad Men is particularly repressed. While his fellow ad agency employees stifle their desires and dreams in roles carved out for them by society’s expectations, they are able to sublimate them into imperfect but acceptable relationships. Not so, Salvatore, whose homosexual identity is stymied at every expression. His co-workers, … Read more

Prose Wednesday

Some folks love this poster. Some think it adds unnecessary sexuality to what ought to just be a kick-ass warrior. In a chain-mail bikini. Which you have to figure gets cold in the Ukraine. But it’s a worthy point — why is she simulating adult acts with a phallic symbol when she should just be … Read more