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 Having been published in 1982, its more than a little outdated, but if general historical eras or certain dates are what’s needed, this book delivers.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

Hellsing

By Kouta Hirano Much like how Tolkien’s Ents were spawned from Great Birnam Wood’s failure to actually come to life in order to defeat Macbeth, Hellsing arose from the cursed ashes of Dracula’s death. Hellsing creates an alternate ending for Dracula in which Abraham Van Helsing uses his knowledge of monster hunting and the powerful tomes he has captured from witches over the years to … Continue reading Hellsing

Johnny the Homicidal Maniac

By Jhonen Vasquez Vasquez has produced such familiar works as Invader Zim and Stanley; outside of animation he also has several comic series. The longest series and probably his most known work is Johnny the Homicidal Maniac. The title is not a misnomer. It is about a homicidal maniac named Johnny – Nny for short – who murders his neighbors and various townspeople in increasingly … Continue reading Johnny the Homicidal Maniac

Mob Psycho 100

By ONE ONE, author of One Punch Man and Old Man of the Underworld, continues their writing career with another fantastic slice-of-life series: Mob Psycho 100. Much like their previous work, reality is minimized, injected with fantasy, and given a heavy dose of bittersweet acceptance. There is a melancholy feeling associated with ONE’s work that has much to do with their choice of protagonists and … Continue reading Mob Psycho 100

Keats

Barnard, John. John Keats. Cambridge University Press, 1987. Bell, Arthur H. “‘The Depth of Things’: Keats and Human Space.” Keats-Shelley Journal, vol. 23, 1974, pp. 77–94. Print. Bell, Arthur H. “Madeline’s House Is Not Her Castle.” Keats-Shelley Journal, vol. 20, 1971, pp. 11–14. Print. Peter, Baldwin. “The Eve of Saint Agnes and the sleeping beauty motif.” Keats-Shelley Memorial Bulletin. Ed. Dorothy Hewlett. Volume no. XXII. … Continue reading Keats