Horizon Zero Dawn & The Dismissal of Cultural Appropriation

When I first saw the trailer for Horizon Zero Dawn, the amazing landscape, the robotic wildlife, and the cool gameplay took an immediate backseat to my first thought, which was:

“Why is a white woman playing at Cherokee princess?”

(Seriously, Aloy as a kid has fucking feathers stuck in her hair, what the hell…)

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Orisa and Efi!

Hello everyone, here’s a video I made on the newest characters on Blizzard’s online multiplayer FPS game, Overwatch and just what makes them so good.

Here’s the original video of Overwatch Developer Jeff Kaplan talking about Orisa and how she came to be.

And you can find the Overwatch Victory Theme remix by IncredFX Music.

And hey, check out this cool article I came across while doing some googling from Paste Magazine on just why Orisa is accidentally an Afrofuturist Icon.

Brain Food – Episode 57

Hi everyone, it’s another episode of Brain Food, wherein I talk about the Kamikaze book, which was brought about by a successful kickstarter!

Be sure to check out the webcomic, which is ongoing, here.

And be sure to support the amazing TeknoAxe and his wonderful music here.

Comic News & Views – Episode 1

Hello everyone and welcome to a new show I hope to keep going for a good while, where I talk and discuss comic book news.

In today’s episode, I look at some new series from Marvel, including Silk and Thor, discuss the revealing of bisexuality of Selina Kyle in Catwoman, as well as some movie news about a possible ‘black’ Spider-Man and Jason Mamoa as Aquaman.

For further information, I’ve included a number of links discussing the comics I talked about today.

Silk’s character, at Marvel Wiki.

An interview with Robbie Thompson, the writer of Silk.

Selena Kyle confirmed as bisexual.

The new Thor kicks the Absorbing Man’s Butt.

Jason Mamoa discusses his feelings on being Aquaman.

One further note I wish to add with regards to the new Thor’s costume… I do wish that they hadn’t gone with the boob-conforming armour. Overall, I love the costume, but you don’t need that in it. Yes, Thor is invulnerable, but still…

The Walking Dead – A Case of Ableism

I love the Walking Dead Talltale games because to me, they represent better characters and writing than the show did until its third and fourth seasons.

All of a sudden, we have a story that focused on a black male protagonist doing what he can to keep a young, black girl safe from this world that has become even more dangerous for them. 

In various mediums of entertainment, not to mention the real world, and especially in light of recent events, we’re told that the lives of black people, let alone other people of colour, do not matter, and here was this Walking Dead game that said otherwise.

However, it’s not without its flaws, and season 2 has shown us this in an incredibly horrific way with the death of Sarah, a mentally challenged latina.

And what’s worse than the fandom calling for her death?

When the creators agree with them as well, as discussed in this excellent post.

It’s disturbing and disgusting, and you can watch it here.Trigger warning as a bunch of asshats describe how happy they are that a disabled young girl of colour is killed off.

There are hardly any disabled characters that I can think of as of late, what with DC Comics getting rid of Oracle, and almost next to none that are people of colour to boot. While the Walking Dead has killed off plenty of characters, creating one simply to be fridged is nothing short of disgusting. 

So follow the link that the tumblr poster made and let Telltale games know that this is unacceptable.

The Top 5 Graphic Novels You Should Check Out

Hello everyone and welcome to a Top 5 list of Graphic Novels that you should check out that are NOT superheroes nor are from Marvel or DC Comics.

There is also a really good review of Kevin Keller’s mini series, which is part of the collected work that I reviewed, done by my good buddy Dennis Upkins that you can check out here and here.

In looking at the list, you’ll notice a few things about it:

1. No books on the list have a straight, white, cisgender, and able bodied male as the lead.

2. Women and women of colour are the leads in 4 of the 5 books.

3. There is LGBTQ representation in 3 of the 5 books.

Yes, I collect some Marvel and DC Comics, but those comics are few and far between, and more often than not they’re not the new comics coming out today. If the Big Two are not willing to change for the better and faster, then people WILL go elsewhere for comics, and they’ll find better alternatives that reflect who they are.

Brain Food – Episode 34

Hello everyone and welcome to the latest episode of Brain Food, wherein I discuss the latest series from Marvel written by G Willow Wilson, Ms Marvel!

And wouldn’t you know it? It’s a top seller at Comixology, actually beating out one Batman title as of the time of the release of its 4th issue!

Not bad for a new legacy character.