The Serpent-Bearer and the Prince of Stars – A Narrative Rich in Theological Reflection

Remember when I participated in that Book Tour a while back for C.S. Johnson’s The Birth of Gemini?  Well, much like musicians get hooked on the feel of it (and then spend lots of time working day jobs while unleashing musical transcendence for their audiences into the wee hours every night), I’m back on tour baby!  This time I’ll be offering my thoughts on Johnson’s The Serpent-Bearer and the Prince of Stars.  So let’s crank up the amps, buckle ourselves in, and get this show started.

Welcome to The Serpent-Bearer and the Prince of Stars blog tour! Read on to learn more about this beautifully illustrated graphic novel by C.S. Johnson, and a chance to win a copy for yourself! Continue reading

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The Birth of Gemini – An Engaging Hook For A New World

Okay, so, this is a first for my site.  I’m participating in the book tour for the new graphic novel The Birth of Gemini!  Unlike everything I learned about tours from Behind the Music (do you remember when that show was a thing??) though, this experience featured no wild bacchanalia, debauchery or explosive in-band fighting.  But it DID feature a short story in text and a manga adaptation that introduced me to a world I’m excited to learn more about.  Would you like to know more about this too?  Well, you’re in luck!  Read on my friend, read on.

Welcome to the tour for graphic novel, The Birth of Gemini by C.S Johnson! Make sure to enter for a chance to win a copy of the book! Continue reading

Fiction’s Fearless Females – Wendy Torrance

By Kalie Zamierowski of Just Dread-full

One of my favorite scenes in Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining is a two or three second shock during which a series of terrifying events happen.  At this point in the film, Danny has been replaced by Tony, who’s saying “Redrum” in a voice that’s robotic at first and amplifies in intensity and urgency as Jack’s presence gets closer.  As Danny—or “Tony,” his psychic alter-ego—screams “Redrum,” Wendy reads the words backward in the mirror.  The camera pans in on the word “murder” written in childish handwriting with blood-red lipstick.  Almost as soon as we, the viewers, read “murder” in the mirror, we hear the unnerving sound of an ax chopping through wood and the camera moves to Jack, who wields the huge, sharp, silver device and uses it to slice through the wooden door of the caretaker’s quarters, where Danny and Wendy reside.  As if this nexus of sensation weren’t enough to alarm us, the viewers, and pull as even a little more deeply into The Shining’s sinister, unpredictable world, Wendy’s voice intercepts this moment with a simultaneously frenetic and bone-chilling scream—a scream that we’ll hear different variations of for the rest of the movie.  In turn, we, as the viewers—at least a little bit—start feeling Wendy’s maddening fear, and our cognition is ultimately forced to accept a mis-en-scene and narrative moment that’s eliminated anything reassuring or comforting for us to latch onto.  We are, in a sense, in the void, and we are there with Wendy. Continue reading

Fiction’s Fearless Females – Rey

By Kiri of Star Wars Anonymous

I have heard that the opposite of love is fear, not hate, which may be first emotion that comes to mind due to the love/hate analogies we often make. If we go by that assumption, then someone who is fearless, or without fear, is someone who loves immensely. Continue reading

Fiction’s Fearless Females – Princess Leia

By Jeffrey Cagle of The Imperial Talker

There is a line in Star Wars: A New Hope which often gets lost in the greater scope of the film, a quote which points to the toughness of the movie’s lone female protagonist, Princess Leia. It comes when Darth Vader, the movie’s villain, speaks to Grand Moff Tarkin, the secondary villain in the film. Pacing back and forth as if annoyed, Vader admits that, “Her [Leia’s] resistance to the mind probe is considerable. It will be some time before we can extract any information from her.” Prior to this admission, we saw Vader enter Princess Leia’s prison cell with an interrogation droid floating behind him, a needle protruding from the droid and Leia’s face giving off subtle apprehension. Now, Vader states that it was for not, that the Princess has resisted this “mind probe” and that breaking her will take more time. Continue reading

Fiction’s Fearless Females – Scarlett

By Rob of My Side of the Laundry Room

When the subject of fearless women in fiction ever comes up, my thoughts instantly go to the first woman I ever idolized. Her name was Scarlett and she was a member of G.I. Joe. When I was a kid growing up in the 80s, G.I. Joe had three separate “universes”. There was the toyline, the cartoon, and the comic book. These three things weaved together from time to time but usually they distanced themselves from each other, only coming together with one goal in mind…making Hasbro Toys money. Continue reading

Fiction’s Fearless Females – Wonder Woman

By Kathleen of Graphic Novelty2

Nancy and I, as well as six other bloggers, continue to celebrate Women’s History Month with this latest installment in our #FictionsFearlessFemales series! Each post written thus far has featured a female character from mass media such as movies and TV shows. Green Onion started us off, with his excellent post about Ellen Ripley, from the Alien movie series. Nancy followed with her phenomenal ode to Captain Kathryn Janeway from Star Trek: Voyager. Then, Michael over at My Comic Relief penned a loving tribute to Amy Pond of Doctor Who. Man, I remember following Michael for our Great Chris Debate series too, and wondering how I could possibly top his post! (But, perhaps vainly, I assure you, dear readers… I didn’t feel that way this time ;D) Continue reading