preterite
preterite

preterite

n. grammatical tense of events that took place in the past; adj. bygone, former; also preterit

A presidential candidate must often disavow choices of preterite campaigns.

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5 Best Current Animated Series That Pass the Mako Mori Test

This article first appeared in Luna Station Quarterly’s Chick on the Draw column on August 1, 2014.

Maybe you’re out of the cartoon loop. Maybe you don’t have cable TV. Maybe you’re a former fan who got super distracted by Breaking Bad. Well, there’s been no better time to reconnect. We live in a golden age of television, and animation is no exception–plus shows are passing the Mako Mori Test left and right (in most episodes, at least one female character has her own narrative arc distinct from any male characters’ arcs.)

If you have the time, these shows are ready to tickle your nucleus accumbens.

Here we go, in no particular order:

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Goldfish Grimm’s Issue 20 is out! Includes “The Call of Gold Cat”

Issue 20 of Goldfish Grimm’s Spicy Fiction Sushi is out! Includes my weird short story “The Call of Gold Cat”, plus an interview. This short story was heavily workshopped at Scribophile. Thank you to all the readers who provided guidance.

Issue also includes new flash fiction from Mari Ness, “Survival.”

Holy Table-of-Contents mates!

I hope you enjoy this raw fresh fiction. It’s good for you!

4 Reasons Why Cartoons Matter

This article first appeared in Luna Station Quarterly’s Chick on the Draw column on July 4, 2014.

It’s a pleasure to join Luna Station Quarterly’s new content lineup. I’ll be your friendly neighborhood animation commentator and theorist. Why? I’m so glad you asked. Of all popular media, animation is the truest mirror of our culture. Hold on to your caboose, because I brought the proof.

1. Cartoons gain amplification through simplification

As described by cartoonist and theorist Scott McCloud, this principle applies to every element of moving art, from character design to backgrounds to lighting to animation to the beats of the story being told. There is room for Miyazaki’s lack of baddies and Richard Williams’s compulsive detail, but generally speaking, the broader the strokes, the broader the appeal. Speaking of…

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Hiccup Toothless How To Train Your Dragon 2

5 Beefs with How to Train Your Dragon 2

What oh my God what.

Hiccup Toothless How To Train Your Dragon 2

There will be beefs

Let’s be clear. The original How to Train Your Dragon (2010) is excellent, structurally and emotionally. Both it and its sequel are gorgeous, imaginative, and animated by some of the greatest hands in the business. Each individual frame of How to Train Your Dragon 2 deserves nothing but high-fives down every cubicle row in Glendale.

But the story is a head-scratching mess.

Since 2010, the franchise has kept in fighting form with holiday specials and Riders of Berk on Cartoon Network. Though I’m not familiar with this series, I wonder if some of the best sequel ideas got spent there (a local studies dragon-training for his own nefarious purposes!), or whether an episodic story approach infected this script, because this story doesn’t have just a woman problem. This story has all kinds of problems.

Spoilers abounding.

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Apex Magazine Issue 61 cover Bleef

“Muscle Memory” available at Seizure Online, “Bleef” appears on June cover of Apex

“Muscle Memory” is available to read at Seizure Online. In it, a hard-working man’s body walks out on him, one piece at a time. David Henley provided the illustration, which is most excellent.

Working with editor Portia Lindsay was a treat and an education. Many thanks to Seizure for inviting me aboard.

Apex Magazine Issue 61 cover Bleef

Also my color illustration “Bleef” appears on the cover of Issue 61 of Apex Magazine.

Sincere thanks to Editor-in-Chief Sigrid Ellis for the invitation, and to Loraine Sammy for the interview that was so much fun it made me arm-flail a little.

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Meddling Auntie Recants: Fashion

meddling auntie fashion

meddling auntie fashion

A couple of years ago, I made a Meddling Auntie comic about Fashion to help parents explain to daughters why they might not want them wearing tight or revealing clothing. I hoped to provide a progressive alternative to the usual “you’ll send the wrong message” and “you’ll get what’s coming to you.”

Upon reviewing this comic, I see that I failed. The comic included the following problems:

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