“Kiznaiver” is “The Breakfast Club” of Anime

I’m back, baby. Every season, a new crop of anime is tossed onto the scene (and the internet), appealing to new fans and old with original stories or adaptations of other work. The anime cycle is similar to Hollywood, offering up potential new series’ in hopes of garnering enough interest and capital for future seasons….

Laika Strikes Stop-Motion Gold Again with “Kubo”

Decades ago, people marveled at the simplicity and beauty of hand-drawn animation. In the mid-90s, computer generated images wowed audiences, and proved that a feature-length film could be achieved using only computer programming and some design savvy (“Toy Story”). Animation continues to push the boundaries of the medium, not just in CGI story-telling, but with…

Looking for a Weird Time? “Mirror in the Sky”

Hey readers! I wrote an in-depth review of Mirror in the Sky by Aditi Khorana over on Plotworm, and boy that book was a doozy. What starts off as a familiar plot to your usual dystopian YA, suddenly changes into an introspective look at the cusp of adulthood. There’s an alternate Earth, people changing their…

A Whole New Vibe with “Last Call”

Every once in awhile, it’s fun to see someone break the mold. For the genre of urban fantasy, I’d always seen the shelves stocked with plenty of detective series’ to shake a fedora at. So, when new author Paul Krueger decides to shake things up and throw some booze magic into the mix, I sit…

Comic-Con Update: The Hottest New Movie Trailers!

Hey y’all! Over at Plotworms, I gave my two cents on all the fantastic new trailers that debuted at Comic-Con International this past weekend. It was crazy as always, and there’s so much new footage to sort through and hype to enjoy.

How “Spotlight” Strengthened My Beliefs

If you were watching the Academy Awards this past February, you may have been just as surprised as I was that it wasn’t “The Revenant” that swept the Big One, even after winning Best Actor and Best Director. Instead, the top prize of Best Picture went to “Spotlight”, a quieter film about the investigative team…

“Small Town Witch”: A New Frontier in Graphic Novels

When I first got my hands on a copy of Small Town Witch, I honestly couldn’t believe it. I had been following the work of Alex Singer and Jayd Aït-Kaci for years, and finally I had something tangible of theirs in my hands. A real book. A real graphic novel of their own style and…

Guest Posting News!

Hello readers! I disappeared, but I have not given up on this blog! But in the meantime, I wanted to let you all know that I am also blogging on other sites as well. It’s more spiffy content to tickle your pop-culture-funny-bone. Plotworms I started this new site with some friends of mine, and it will be…

Don’t Believe the Critics: We Need More Warcraft

People have been panning “Warcraft” for all the wrong reasons. All those clickbait titles, “Sorry, It’s Bad”, “Don’t See It”, “They Failed Again,” are complete BS. What these critics did wrong is go into this movie with the wrong mindset. Whether you want to blame it on certain expectations, superhero fatigue, or just pandering to…

Hosoda Over Disney: What I Want My Children to See

I can imagine my parents growing up, thinking that Disney films were pretty cool. That great studio was practically unchallenged in the art of animation, and turned age-old stories into timeless classics that were forever enshrined in the countless VHS tapes of family homes. But it didn’t really hit me until now, that I am…

What’s This?! A Peter Pan/Alice in Wonderland Crossover?

It seems that Hollywood can’t get enough of reboots, and Disney is one of the worst offenders out there. However, compared to how the other studios are faring, Disney has been striking a chord with their audience. Their choice of reboots have been their most successful or classic properties, such as “The Jungle Book” and…

“Haikyuu!!” Gives Me Life and This is Why

For most of my life, sports-themed anime was some of the most boring content I’d ever seen. Most of the old-school stuff was hardly engaging, and I couldn’t help but want something more. Something flashy or exciting. Sports anime also tend to follow the same tropes, of underdogs trying to get an edge in an…