Miss Universe 2015
Miss Universe 2015 You know, 2015 has been deeply questionable in innumerable ways, but one thing it has undeniably brought us is two Miss Universe contests in one year. We have seriously lucked out, getting TWO National Costume events at a pageant that has only this year escaped from under the repulsive thumb of Donald Trump and into the hands of corporate overlords who aren’t famous enough yet for us to know how repulsive they are.…
2015, In Writing
2015, In WritingHonestly, I can’t believe I’m writing this year-end post, because I genuinely don’t know how we got to December already. It’s been a year. This year in fiction: NOVEL: PERSONA, my near-future political thriller. It’s so hard for me to talk about my own work that I tend to just avoid it, particularly with this book, in which the plot actually matters enough that I try not to just spoil it all instantly.…
Recent Work: The SuperGoth Edition
Recent Work: The SuperGoth EditionSo, in October, Crimson Peak came out, and it turns out it was basically a Kodachrome bouncy castle of the High Gothic, which means I loved it. It heralded a Halloween season in which I basically couldn’t stop talking about things that go bump in the night. At AV Club, I talked about Crimson Peak at play in the family tree of the Gothic (a working headline they understandably changed for reasons of Too Victorian), including both its influences and the stylistic and thematic subversions del Toro employed.…
Catwoman 43 & 44!
Catwoman 43 & 44!Yes, I’m behind on Catwoman blog posts! (My excuse is very handy, given that I was busy writing Catwoman.) Catwoman 43, “Them That Bear It,” and Catwoman 44, “Fire,” are out in the world! (As always, available at Comixology, and maybe at your LCS, who knows?) I have had an absolute blast working on this arc, and watching it come to life with David Messina and Lee Loughridge continues to be a fantastic experience.…
Sleepy Hollow: Season 3 So Far
Sleepy Hollow: Season 3 So Far(A very artsy shot considering that in this scene they’re running from undead Redcoats summoned from the grave by an evil witch.) Sleepy Hollow is back – and it is so, so sorry about last season. My io9 recaps continue apace, and judging by the way I update the blog these days, you should probably plan to just follow along there.…
Reign: Season 3 So Far
Reign: Season 3 So FarSo, I am recapping Reign at AV Club this season, which is very fun for analytical purposes, but I missed talking nonsense about the dresses and Catherine’s facial expressions enough to come back and check in. As usual, a lot has happened! I actually sometimes forget how much plot goes into an episode of Reign until I watch another soap-paced show—even Scream Queens (which I watched as a sub-in on AV Club; it’s essentially an essay on manufacturing camp, because that show is trying to do it harder than any show has ever tried to do anything) doesn’t hold a candle to what Reign can do.…