Monthly Archives: February 2015

DC Comics’ Catwoman Comes Out of the Closet


Selina Kyle, Batman’s stealthy enemy and love interest, officially came out as bisexual in the latest issue of Catwoman.

The leather-clad cat burglar kissed another woman in Catwoman #39, illustrated by Garry Brown, confirming what many fans had long suspected about the flirtatious, hyper-sexualized character.

“For me, this wasn’t a revelation so much as a confirmation,” Genevieve Valentine, the series’ writer, said on her blog.

Catwoman’s coming out is just the latest of many efforts by comic book companies to diversify their characters. DC’s Batwoman has identified as a lesbian since 2006, and one Green Lantern, Alan Scott, is gay. In 2013, a trans woman of color was introduced as a character in Batgirl. Marvel’s Northstar, a member of the X-Men, married his partner in 2012.

Catwoman has been around for 75 years (her first appearance was in Batman #1 in 1940), and her relationship to the…

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Best Comic Creative Duos of All Time

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Like all great forms of art, comics are often times a team effort. It takes the perfect blending of writer and artist to create the best funny books around, and every so often two talents come together to give readers something truly memorable. Very rarely in the history of comics, there have been creative teams which not only compliment each other’s talents but also change the medium. So for all of you comic enthusiasts out there, these are the best comic creative teams of all time.


1. Jerry Siegel and Joe Schuster: In the city of Cleveland, two kids on the bottom rung of the social ladder came together, and on the back of old wall paper brought forth an idea which change the world. The two teens combined elements of; science fiction, mythology, and pulp novels to create the hero we know as Superman. Siegel penned tales which…

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Downton Abby Takes on the Sorting Hat

The cast of Downton Abby are sorting themselves into their respective Hogwarts Houses. Maggie Smith (Professor McGonagall) of course sorts herself into Gryffindor, but what of the others? Read the following short Times article and then enjoy the full PBS video of the Downton cast nerding out over Harry Potter. It’ll be a magically good time.


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Read “A Chameleon,” a short story by Anton Chekhov


“A Chameleon”


Anton Chekhov

The police superintendent Otchumyelov is walking across the market square wearing a new overcoat and carrying a parcel under his arm. A red-haired policeman strides after him with a sieve full of confiscated gooseberries in his hands. There is silence all around. Not a soul in the square. . . . The open doors of the shops and taverns look out upon God’s world disconsolately, like hungry mouths; there is not even a beggar near them.

“So you bite, you damned brute?” Otchumyelov hears suddenly. “Lads, don’t let him go! Biting is prohibited nowadays! Hold him! ah . . . ah!”

There is the sound of a dog yelping. Otchumyelov looks in the direction of the sound and sees a dog, hopping on three legs and looking about her, run out of Pitchugin’s timber-yard. A man in a starched cotton shirt, with his waistcoat unbuttoned…

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Natural Law

Fairy tales are more than moral lessons and time capsules for cultural commentary; they are natural law. The child raised on folklore will quickly learn the rules of crossroads and lakes, mirrors and mushroom rings. They’ll never eat or drink of a strange harvest or insult an old woman or fritter away their name as though there’s no power in it. They’ll never underestimate the youngest son or touch anyone’s hairpin or rosebush or bed without asking, and their steps through the woods will be light and unpresumptuous. Little ones who seek out fairy tales are taught to be shrewd and courteous citizens of the seen world, just in case the unseen one ever bleeds over.
S.T. Gibson
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We Are What We Read

I cannot remember the books I’ve read any more than the meals I have eaten; even so, they have made me.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
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How Does the Act of Writing Affect the Brain?


Visual News with a very cool info graphic giving us the skinny about writing and how it affects our craniums. Read the full article here:

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For The Grammar Police. . . .

Weird Al parodies Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines.” It’s funny, witty and definitely an improvement upon the original song.

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