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Barbara Ehrenreich Talks Donald Trump And The White Working Class

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I’ve been on the lookout for any kind of commentary from Barbara Ehrenreich on the election of Donald Trump. I anticipated coming across an essay, but it was on YouTube where I found Ehrenreich sharing her thoughts. Barbara Ehrenreich was a guest speaker at Washington College in April 2017. The event was hosted by Patrick Nugent, the Deputy Director of the C.V. Starr Center for the Study of the America Experience. Ehrenreich spoke much about her seminal work, Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America, a book that continues to have a profound effect on both my writing…

Dracula: The Journal Of Jonathan Harker

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Dracula: The Journal of Jonathan Harker captures the soul of Bram Stoker’s legendary gothic novel without weighing itself down in overwrought theatrics. Simplicity is key, and both director Melissa Firlit and actor John P. Keller understand this well — as did the play’s creator, Jim Helsinger, when he first adapted the novel for performance on stage. There’s only one voice in the play — that of Jonathan Harker — and through him we hear the story of Count Dracula and the band of heroes determined to destroy him. Such a simple approach might mislead you, but don’t let it. This…

What Does ADAM In BioShock And Vaseline Have In Common?

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Do these two stories sound familiar? In the 2007 sci-fi/horror first-person shooter BioShock, there’s a gene-warping drug called ADAM that’s extracted from bottom-feeding sea slugs. These creatures were discovered slithering around the underwater city of Rapture, a bizarre Art Deco metropolis founded by Ayn Rand-inspired corporatist Andrew Ryan. Players learn about BioShock’s vision of the world in 1960 through “Audio Diaries.” Among the 122 total Auto Diaries you can find in the game, there are those that reveal the discovery of ADAM by geneticist (and World War II survivor) Brigid Tenenbaum. As a child, Tenenbaum was put to work in…

Laura Harkcom And Chris Leone | Comic Book Creator Interview

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One of the freshest titles being published by Red 5 Comics today is We Kill Monsters, the brainchild of Chris Leone and Laura Harkcom. Both living in Los Angeles, CA, Leone and Harkcom bring years of entertainment experience to their original comic book title, most notably their dual endeavor of writing and executive producing the original Emmy-nominated Sci-Fi Channel miniseries, The Lost Room. They first met during college while attending Carnegie Mellon University, marking the beginning of their professional relationship. I recently had the opportunity to chat with Leone and Harkcom about their careers, creativity, and comic books. Steven Surman:…

Jeremy Massie | Comic Book Creator Interview

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29-year-old Jeremy Massie knows what he wants out of life and he’s going after it—a career in comics. His love for comics began at a young age when he loitered around his local drug store reading about the adventures of Superman. These stories inspired him to begin creating his own at a young age, and his aspirations ran wild ever since. He first attended college at Virginia Commonwealth University, but later moved to the Savannah College of Art and Design where he studied sequential art, the code word in academia for comic books. Now Massie works by day as a…

Bring Diablo To iOS | An Open Letter To Blizzard Entertainment

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There’s been a theme to my current Google searches for new iOS games: Games Like Diablo iOS Diablo Clones iOS Action RPGs Like Diablo iOS With that said, let’s raise the question: why doesn’t Blizzard Entertainment get its act together and bring Diablo and Diablo II (and don’t be stingy — the Lord of Destruction expansion set must be included) to iOS? Blizzard needs to finally immortalize its classic computer games digitally as a mobile-friendly experience. A Great And Worthy Game The original Diablo was my first true gaming experience, and one I will never forget, taking root when I…

Steve MacIsaac | Comic Book Creator Interview

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Steve MacIsaac is a superior storyteller of the human condition, and his independent series, Shirtlifter, operates as his ongoing magnum opus. MacIsaac, a gay man residing in Long Beach, California, certainly is not shy about sex—at least in his comics, anyway. His books boil with homosexual eroticism, and upon initial consideration, they’re easily labeled pornography because of the explicit content’s depth and breadth. But don’t be mistaken: they’re not just purely pornographic. They’re simply honest. Steven MacIsaac recently took the time to talk with me for Broken Frontier about his comics and the meaning behind them… BROKEN FRONTIER: Shirtlifter is a…

Colin Panetta | Comic Book Creator Interview

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26-year-old Colin Panetta is no stranger to the weird and fantastic. His original comic book, Dead Man Holiday is a freakishly fun ride through a fictionalized distant future loaded with monsters and mayhem. But don’t take my word for it—check out his stories at www.DeadManHoliday.com, where everyone is able to download free PDF issues of the book. Panetta’s creativity stems, in part, from his personal knack for adventure and wit—at age six he convinced his teenage babysitter to let him dive hungrily into a jar of grape jelly with a spoon. He also used to munch on whole onions as…

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