The Graveyard Book

Neil Gaiman The was a hand in the darkness and it held a knife. Without having read the book in several years, I can still recall the iconic opening line perfectly. Gaiman is a talented writer, and this book shows it well; from the masterful opening line to the clever and effective illustrations interspersed throughout. Even with such a violent opening and with death as … Continue reading The Graveyard Book

Over the Garden Wall

From fairy tale tropes to singing frogs, to witches and heroic quests, this quaint, animated miniseries captures the feeling of a perfectly whimsical eternal autumn. At ten episodes, each only twelve minutes long, OTGW is a quick, extremely satisfying watch. The animation is simple, with bright, autumnal colors and unique character designs; it is used to the fullest to inject a heavy dose of fantastic … Continue reading Over the Garden Wall

Sadistic Beauty

By Woo Yunhee To be frank, this is a femdom BDSM porn comic. With plot and interesting characters. The romantic relationships that slowly build up around the beautiful, accidentally seductive, Noona all have their own unique chemistry… and BDSM theme. If you can’t choose between wanting to read about a cute, blossoming relationship between a submissive boy and an older woman where everything is safe, … Continue reading Sadistic Beauty

Jack Frost

By Jin-Ho Go There are many interpretations of Jack Frost found across all types of media, but only one interpretation pegs him as a supernatural assassin living in a school for the dead called Amityville High. Amityville High is where the dead go to finalize their deaths – by killing each other. The unfortunate protagonist, Noh-A, finds herself there under unusual circumstances which upset the … Continue reading Jack Frost

Madoka Magica

If Yuki Yuna is an attempt at introducing cosmic horror, agency, and the personal consequences of power usage, then Madoka is the end all be all of magical girl deconstruction. It’s pastel, adorable, friendship centered, and absolutely horrifying, in the best way. Whether you watch the original series or the two recap films, the series is both beautiful and fascinating to watch unfold. Both series … Continue reading Madoka Magica

Johnathan Strange and Mr. Norrell

By Susanna Clarke Weighing in at over 780 pages, Johnathan Strange and Mr. Norrell is a hefty, plot dense book that will tide you over for days. Despite its remarkably few characters for such a long work, it manages to entertain and reason with the most patient readers. Following the traditions of a comedy of manners as well as a historical novel, the book uses … Continue reading Johnathan Strange and Mr. Norrell

ASL Shakespeare

ASL Shakespeare, The American Sign Language Shakespeare Project. Website. Berson, Jessica. “Performing Deaf Identity: Toward a Continuum of Deaf Performance.” Bodies in Commotion: Disability and Performance, edited by Carrie Sandahl and Philip Auslander, University of Michigan Press, Ann Arbor, 2005, pp. 42–55. Bradford, Shannon. “The National Theatre of the Deaf: Artistic Freedom and Cultural Responsibility in the Use of American Sign Language.” Bodies in Commotion: … Continue reading ASL Shakespeare

The Ring Companion

Meikle, Denis. The Ring Companion. Titan Books, 2005. For my resources on Ring and The Ring: click here, or here for my Ring novel review. While this a definitive resource on the facts surrounding the various Ring films – of which many are included and examined in this book – the author’s tone is remarkably pretentious. He introduces his research by stating that his book … Continue reading The Ring Companion

Magic, Witchcraft, and Paganism in America

Melton, J. Gordon. Magic, Witchcraft, and Paganism in America: a Bibliography. Vol. 1. Garland Publishing, INC: New York, 1982. This 212 page book is an incredibly concise and thorough resource for its title subjects. Having been published in 1982, its more than a little outdated, but if general historical eras or certain dates are what’s needed, this book delivers. It covers an eclectic selection ranging from … Continue reading Magic, Witchcraft, and Paganism in America

The Autograph Man

By Zadie Smith This book went beyond bittersweet; it felt intently personal and very human. Every dilemma and desperate search for answers is laid out clearly for the reader by the transparent protagonist, Alex-Li Tandem, in such exquisite, yet simplistic detail. This book was very much a coming of age story about someone who was too scared to search too deeply into himself when he was … Continue reading The Autograph Man