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Shojo & Tell Podcast: Ep. 18: Princess Jellyfish Pt. 1
"Covers volumes 1 to 8 of PRINCESS JELLYFISH by Akiko Higashimura
Chances are you’ve heard heaps and heaps of praise bestowed upon this manga about a jellyfish otaku whose life is changed forever by a crossdresser. That praise is HELLA ACCURATE. Carrie McClain (an editor at Black Nerd Problems) and host Ashley reveal how much they’ve become PRINCESS JELLYFISH otaku by fangirling all over the Amars and Kuranosuke, dissecting how Higashimura explores identity politics through the narrative..."
Low TradePaper Vol 2 Back Cover Quote
A Quote of mine from Low Vol 2 Trade Paper Back Back Cover: Before The Dawn Burns Us from Images Comics. "Remender explores the theme of hope thoroughly once again here and we are reminded of just how powerful it is a a catalyst to move people." Published: November 11, 2015.
'Black Panther' Film Review (Feburary 2018)
We got the gang together to talk about "Wakanda Forever"
Black Nerd Problems website: www.BlackNerdProblems.com
[I talk cinematography and the importance of having women in your film crews]
Long Lost TradePaper Back Back Cover Quote
A Quote of mine from Long Lost #1 from Scout Comics. "Terrifying and Odd, 'Long Lost' is a Page Turner." for Trade Paper Back of collected Issues due for June 2018
Get Inspired, Get Seen: Why I Needed ‘A Wrinkle In Time’
" A Wrinkle in Time, first and foremost, allowed me to see myself on screen, something that doesn’t happen often. Black girls don’t often get to be the hero, the one to overcome tragedy and trauma and win.
Further, A Wrinkle of Time allowed me to see myself on screen as a non-perfect girl, a girl on the struggle bus, a girl flawed through and through. Someone who keeps disappointing and tripping and not being who she’s meant to be until she starts to get it right. A girl who becomes the warrior."
Quote by Me on Back on Bitch Planet Triple Features Vol. 1.
Being quoted on the back of the Trade Paper Back from Image Comics for the Bitch Planet Triple Features Vol. 1. (Being quoted from a review I wrote for Black Nerd Problem)
“Where No Black Woman Has Gone Before”: An Interview With Diana Adesola Mafe
As an associate professor of English at Denison University, Diana Adesola Mafe makes her stride in the resistance where she teaches courses in postcolonial, gender, and Black studies. Her newest published endeavor is described to include “in-depth explorations of six contemporary American and British films and shows, this pioneering volume spotlights Black female characters who play central, subversive roles in science fiction, fantasy, and horror.” I was able to steal her away for a moment...
Airstrike Enterprise Vol 1 Quote & Review
"Airship Enterprise proves to be an engaging adventure full of Steampunk elements, fascinating characters, an obvious love and influence of Star Trek and really good pacing throughout. My one true complaint would be the crew’s adversary that makes their appearance with a great opening speech but gets lost in the madness that follows, they soon become forgettable. Overall, this is a trip I wouldn’t mind taking, a crew that I’d be motivated to work in sync with and a Captain that I’d be proud to serve under."
Comic: ‘Cloudia & Rex’ #1: A Black girl with the power of a hundred Gods? Take all my money | AFROPUNK
I remember seeing the cover for Cloudia & Rex #1 on Twitter some time ago and dropping whatever I was doing. Look, I wouldn’t lie to you, the cover had me hyped. I like seeing Black girls in comics, I like seeing Black girls on comic book covers. Speaking of the cover–I had no clue what was going on but it looked hella intricate and I was hell interested.
Cloudia and Rex are two sisters who are traveling with their mom, maybe a road trip, but it looks to me like they are moving, after just recently losing their dad. It’s a somber mood in the car and no one is truly happy at the moment. Teenage angst and the almost overwhelming presence of grief set the stage for some explosive panels that transitions to real life explosions in another realm where Gods and other beings of varying shapes and sizes meet with each other. All these beings are frazzled and looking for a solution to a very serious problem: their survival.
Daniel Irizarri serves up the art for this comic and I’m going to strongly suggest a reread for those who pick up this issue solely based on the artwork. You may focus more on the otherworldly beings and their place of origin or the gorgeous landscapes on Earth on your first read through. On my second read through I paid more attention to the fine coloring job that enhanced the mood of different scenes.
Thank you Carrie Fisher: From One Carrie to Another
Thank you Carrie Fisher: From One Carrie to Another
I never particularly loved my name, I always thought it was too old fashioned. Certainly not cool enough although I never went to school and shared a classroom with another like all the Brittanys, Jessicas, Marias or Fatimahs. I was named after my grandmother, Carrie and yet I never found a reason to start liking my name until the fabled vhs tape of Star Wars: Episode IV — A New Hope) found its way into the hands of my brothers and I one fat...
On Accessing Art as a Amateur: Faith Ringgold – Carrie McClain – Medium
Instead I can only see Ringgold as a sort of wizard, a time traveler in my head. She knew.
As did the black women, her ancestors before her and those before them: this land we call home will not always recognize us. This land we call home will not always make or feel welcome or loved or wanted.
America for better or worse is ours, even on days when she turns her face away from us.
Yes, even on days when we aren’t sure if she sees us trying to manage our fears and anxieties on daily basics whenever we leave home which are amplified on a day like today.
A Nerd Girl's Adventure to the Broad Museum | Website dedicated to ...
I can think of the fear that momentarily paralyzed me as I first laid eyes on the gigantic black and white photograph titled, ‘Untitled’ (Ferguson Police), of a line of armed, heavily padded police officers in motion stepping toward the viewer. Overall, The Broad is a work of art within a work of art. It has a collection that inspires, provokes and even bewilders. Most importantly The Broad’s collection opens up dialogue on art itself and what we deem significant in today’s fast paced world where some mistakenly believe that art has taken a backseat. It appears to be a museum that caters to preserving art of the past and more modern artists creating a blend that reaches a wide audience which I predict will have a solid following in the future.
For #WonderWoman75: Inspiration from my Favorite WW Comic Book Cover – Medium
What do we teach girls about their bodies if we keep praising a certain type of body type?
To take it further: what do we teach girls about their bodies, their self worth and their self-esteem if we only praise a certain type of body, a certain type of skin color, a certain type of hair type, a certain level of able-bodyness?
What women have we shamed out great places and from great opportunities because they did not the idealized image of beauty or appearance?
It’s comic books we are talking about and most artists are men — I don’t have to tell you about how even teenage girls are hypersexualized because this week has brought it. I love this particular cover to this WW comic because it presents a muscular, beautiful Diana standing tall. She is however an image on a poster upon a wall. But that doesn’t stop two little girls: one imitating her and the other one pointing but both with grins on their faces from engaging in what they see Wonder Woman doing.
In Clothes Called Fat by Moyoco Anno Review
In Japan, where reading manga is a national pastime, there is manga for everyone, for every age. You may be familiar with the shōjo and shōnen genres that preteen to teenage girls and boys avidly read. Josei manga has a different audience: slightly older women. Targeting a more mature readership, josei manga features older characters, not usually children or teenagers, and focuses on more adult themes such as careers, aging, financial means, and having families. Nor does it shy away from more realistic portrayals of romantic relationships, which may depict explicitly drawn material. Moyoco Anno’s In Clothes Called Fat is a gem in the sea of josei manga that succeeds in drawing the reader into a captivating tale of one woman’s quest for happiness in a body that just won’t allow it. Or so she thinks.
Accessing Art as an Amateur: Charles Dickson — Medium
A work is sculpture that exists in my local area is piece located in the city of Watts California and is near the world famous Watts towers which is also an great sculpture piece. The particular work of art that I’m speaking about is the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial art piece created by sculptor Charles Dickson.
I’m originally from Los Angeles and frequent that area because I have family members living in the area so I’ve been walking past that sculpture my whole childhood