Hegelian Sublation, Comic Book Continuity, and DC Rebirth

Hegelian Sublation, Comic Book Continuity, and DC Rebirth By Matthew William Brake Comic book continuity is a difficult topic to write on, to say nothing of Hegel. Both require an oversimplification in order to explain them to a newcomer, which often requires clarity at the loss of nuance. To begin, let’s briefly look at Marvel…

Choosing Smurfette

Choosing Smurfette Edwardo Pérez What’s a Smurfette? That’s the question that frames the narrative of the Smurfs: The Lost Village movie. In the film’s backstory (rooted in the Smurf mythology from the comic books and the 80’s television show), Smurfette – the only girl Smurf we’ve ever known (and in Lost Village, she’s voiced by…

Learning from David Bowie

Learning from David Bowie “It was his life’s work to show us that we are unknown to ourselves, and that being thrown into question by this alien dimension of ourselves is really a message, as if from on high, that there is freedom and joy and perhaps even peace to be found in being otherwise…

Hair and Hedonism, Trolls the Movie

Hair and Hedonism, Trolls the Movie By Andrea Zanin Originally cave-dwelling cretins roaming the annals of Scandinavian folklore, trolls – dense in constitution as well as intellect, unchristian and dangerous – were ripped from their mythological home by Thomas Dam in 1959 and ejected into the Danish town of Gjøl. Too poor to afford a…