Revisiting the End of Batman in The Dark Knight Rises

By Robby Karol When the folks at Deadshirt mentioned they were doing a retrospective in the lead up to the release of Batman v. Superman, I knew I wanted to do The Dark Knight Rises. When it came out, the capstone of Christopher Nolan’s Bat-trilogy Read More …

“What is this, the High-Hat?” The Hidden Ethical Concerns of Miller’s Crossing

By Robby Karol Miller’s Crossing has always ranked neck-and-neck with The Big Lebowski as my favorite Coen Brothers film. And I think part of that is how both of them take a sideways approach to two of my favorite writers, Dashiell Hammett and Raymond Chandler. If The Big Read More …

Mr. Robot: Decoding 2015’s Most Relevant TV Series [Review]

By Andrew Niemann “Hello, friend.” With these two words, we are introduced to Elliot (Rami Malek), an emotionally disturbed hacker who works for a security firm called Allsafe. He is quickly drawn into the world of fsociety, an Anonymous-like group led by the eponymous Mr. Robot Read More …

Jay Ackley’s Rest Of 2015: Nephew in the Wild & Manhattan

  Advance Base – Nephew in the Wild Jeffrey Lewis & Los Bolts – Manhattan Owen Ashworth (Advance Base) and Jeffrey Lewis (Jeffrey Lewis & Los Bolts) have a lot in common as songwriters and artists. Their expansive and lyric-driven discographies use simple chord progressions Read More …

The Underappreciated Artistry of Simpsons Comics

By Tom Speelman The Simpsons is a strange beast. Once hailed as the finest satire in American television history and condemned by a sitting U.S. president, it’s now an omnipresent force. I’m 22 now, born three years after the series debuted in 1989; I’ve literally never Read More …

King on Screen: Maximum Overdrive (1986)

It’s October. With Halloween hot on our heels, we thought it appropriate to take a look at legendary horror author Stephen King’s best, worst, and strangest translations from page to screen. Baby, can you dig your man? by Jake Arant Released in 1986, Maximum Overdrive is Stephen Read More …

Queer Sci-fi/Fantasy Anthology Beyond Goes Above and [Review]

By Rachel Stevens  If you asked me for a description of the crowdsourced comic anthology Beyond, it would have to be one word: essential. Asking me to expound on that, I’d continue with this—we need more folks who aren’t cisgender straight white men creating worlds and sharing stories Read More …

Zone 1: Hedgehog Evolution Hills

By Jake Arant The more limited your artistic toolbox, the more creative you have to be when it comes to painting a picture. Something that has interested me for a long time is the clever way 8- and 16-bit video games conveyed audio and visual information Read More …