Wonder Woman, Truth, and a Bit of Bondage: ‘Lasso of Truth’ Review

Lasso of Truth based on Wonder Woman

The Guy (Matt Myers) and The Girl (Christen Orr), photo by BreeAnne Clowdus, courtesy of Synchronicity Theatre.

As befitting a play inspired by Golden Age Wonder Woman, Lasso of Truth flaunts a complex collection of seemingly contradictory themes including subjugation, freedom, betrayal, and the subjectivity of truth. Continue reading ‘Wonder Woman, Truth, and a Bit of Bondage: ‘Lasso of Truth’ Review’

Come See Me Talk Wonder Woman at Synchronicity Theatre’s ‘Lasso of Truth’ Talkbacks

Lasso of Truth Wonder Woman logo

“Lasso of Truth” logo courtesy of Synchronicity Theatre

Lasso of Truth opened this week at Atlanta’s Synchronicity Theatre and I’m thrilled to announce that I’ll be a guest speaker as part of the performance’s talkback series. Continue reading ‘Come See Me Talk Wonder Woman at Synchronicity Theatre’s ‘Lasso of Truth’ Talkbacks’

DragonCon 2014 Recap

DragonCon 2014 Kelly Sue DeConnick duckface selfie

Post-panel duckface selfie with Kelly Sue

So I realized it’s high past time for a DragonCon ’14 recap.

The con was amazing. Both panels were standing room only with topnotch audiences. People actually stood in line for 30 minutes to get into a Monday afternoon panel with the word “feminism” in the title. Bravo, folks.

And of course, Kelly Sue DeConnick was every bit as awesome as you’d expect. Continue reading ‘DragonCon 2014 Recap’

Abstract: Why Wonder Woman? Tracing the Rise of a Feminist Icon

Wonder Woman by H. G. Peters in The American Scholar

Art by H. G. Peters, originally appeared in “The American Scholar” Winter 1943-1944

DragonCon 2014 is almost upon us! As previously announced, I’ll be presenting new research titled “Why Wonder Woman? Tracing the Rise of a Feminist Icon” as part of the Annual Comics & Popular Arts Conference.

Check out my abstract below for a little sneak peek!

No other superheroine wields the cultural cachet of Wonder Woman. In the seven decades since her first appearance, Wonder Woman has transcended the printed page to become a real world feminist icon and cultural phenomenon. But why? What is it about Wonder Woman that allowed her to rise above her fellow four-color heroines and achieve this status? Continue reading ‘Abstract: Why Wonder Woman? Tracing the Rise of a Feminist Icon’

Come See Me Speak on Race, Gender, and Sexuality in Comics at DragonCon 2014

DragonCon 2014 logo

Come see me speak at DragonCon 2014 as part of the Annual Comics & Popular Arts Conference!

I’ll be presenting “Why Wonder Woman? Tracing the Rise of a Feminist Icon”  as part of “Comics and Feminism” with special guest Kelly Sue DeConnick (Captain MarvelAvengers AssemblePretty Deadly)!

I’ll also be a panelist on “Roundtable on Race, Gender, & Sexuality in Comics & Fandom” along with Kelly Sue DeConnick and Laurenn McCubbi (Rent Girl). Check out my full schedule below: Continue reading ‘Come See Me Speak on Race, Gender, and Sexuality in Comics at DragonCon 2014′

An Open Letter About Racist Caricature to the Creative Team Behind ‘She-Hulk’

She-Hulk #4 (2014) by Charles Soule and Javier Pulido

Dear creative team of She-Hulk,

It’s great seeing Shulkie back in an ongoing series, especially one as unique as She-Hulk.

Soule’s storytelling and Pulido’s art are engaging, fun, and wholly unlike anything else on the shelves, but we need to have a serious discussion about issue #4.

Since when is all crime in San Fran committed by racist caricatures? Continue reading ‘An Open Letter About Racist Caricature to the Creative Team Behind ‘She-Hulk’’

Come See Me Speak About Race, Gender, and Sexuality in Cosplay at Momocon 2014

Momocon 2014 Carnival Logo I’m happy to announce that I’ll be speaking at Momocon 2014 next month!

Specifically, I’ll be one of the round table participants on Serious Issues in Cosplay Part 1 (Race, Gender, and Sexuality).

I’ll be joining fellow academic Damien Williams, veteran cosplayer Kimihako Blade, and two representatives from the Southern Star Cosplay group who previously hosted the Cosplay is Not Consent panel during AWA 2013 to discuss issues of race, gender, and sexuality as they relate to the cosplay community.

You can catch the panel on Saturday May 24, 2014 in Panels 207 (Hilton room 206 and 207) from 10:00 PM – 11:00 PM. Hope to see you there!

Listen to ‘Wonder Women: The Strength Of Female Superheroes’

Wonder Women independent documentary title cardLast week, I had the pleasure of appearing on KCUR 89.3 FM’s Up to Date along with Kristy Guevara-Flanagan, the director of Wonder Women! The Untold Story of American Superheroines and Dr. Brenda Bethman, the Director of the Women’s Center at UMKC.  Continue reading ‘Listen to ‘Wonder Women: The Strength Of Female Superheroes’’

Catch Me Discussing Wonder Women on KCUR 89.3 FM’s Up to Date

KCUR's Up to Date LogoTomorrow, April 22, 2014, I’ll be a guest on  KCUR 89.3 FM’s Up to Date!

I’ll be discussing Wonder Woman and other Golden Age superheroines along with fellow guests Kristy Guevara-Flanagan, director of Wonder Women! The Untold Story of American Superheroines and Dr. Brenda Bethman, Director of the Women’s Center at UMKC.

I’ll be on air from 11am-noon CST. You can catch it on KCUR’s instant stream, available for both Windows and iTunes.

Jordan’s Human Torch and Repressentation: Multicultural Casting vs Color-Blind Casting

Michael B. Jordan will play Fantastic Four's Human Torch aka Johnny StormA new report that Michael B. Jordan will be playing Johnny Storm, aka the Human Torch,  in Fox’s upcoming Fantastic Four reboot has once again sparked heated debate. Many are praising the color-blind casting choice as a sign of progress, while others espouse racism under the guise of upholding the ever-sacred source material (which is itself a product of 1950’s racism).

I’m not going to bother directly addressing all the racist arguments because they’ve already been discussed and discredited ad nauseam. (If you need that discussion, allow me to recommend starting with The 5 Most Insulting Defenses of Nerd Racism.)

However, I would like to take this opportunity to discuss the alleged progressiveness of color-blind casting. Is color-blind casting inherently a form of positive representation?

No, not inherently. Continue reading ‘Jordan’s Human Torch and Repressentation: Multicultural Casting vs Color-Blind Casting’


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