I was hesitant to start writing a blog considering how many other writing projects I always have. That said, I have enjoyed exploring some of the little ideas that don’t fit anywhere else here and plan to keep producing something once a month or so. Interestingly, this side project has already opened up a few other opportunities and I have gotten to practice this form of writing other places too. To make up for the months where I didn’t produce a blog post, I thought I would share a couple of guest blogs I did:
In honor of the twentieth anniversary of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Sheffield Gothic (a blog ran by a group of gothically inclined postgraduate students at the University of Sheffield) put together a blog series that explored each of the show’s seven seasons. I contributed a piece titled “In Defense of Season Four: Identity Crisis” where I argue that the big bad in season four is not the main villain that the Scoobies must face, but the struggle to take that first step in finding one’s identity:
The Middle Spaces (name taken from Jonathan Lethem’s The Fortress of Solitude) is a largely academic blog that put together a round table on Kelly Sue DeConnick and Valentine De Landro’s comic book series Bitch Planet, and I was given the opportunity to pitch an idea that could be formulated as a response to one of the questions therein. I chose Dr. Rebecca Wanzo’s titular question, “What is the Liberatory Potential of Bitch Planet’s Exploitation Aesthetic? In response to her question, I argue that, by placing the reader in the position of the male gaze, DeConnick and De Landro draw out the way in which this positionality is wrongly normalized within our current patriarchal society and enables them to provide a means of neutralizing the power in the gaze:
You can also find my thoughts and opinions in many of the reviews I did for Comic Crusaders when I was still a part of their team:
As a final link, I recently made a Ko-fi Page because I figured it couldn’t do any harm. If you feel like sending me a few bucks to help fund my research for the Gardner Fox biography, you can find my page here:
I will continue to see where this project leads me and, if I do any further guest blogs, I will be sure to post them here so that you can all easily find them. In the meantime, thank you for going on this journey with me.