Thaddeus Howze is a writer of speculative fiction, scientific, technological and cultural commentary from his home office in Hayward, California.
Is this question a precursor to whining diatribes about race-bending and gender bending of comic characters in the Marvel and DC Universes by white fanboys who hate seeing anyone besides white characters on the screen? You betcha.
#comics #popculture #racism
In this, the year of our Lord, 2015, we are poised upon a dilemma most of us are still in denial about or perhaps don’t even know is happening. Automation is catching up to us. The ability to automate and use robots, algorithms and other technologies to replicate or replace human labor entirely is growing at a staggering rate.
Automation, robots and algorithmic intelligence are poised to liberate millions from their terrible jobs. However, it doesn’t address what people need to do, when they’re not employable any longer.
#technology #automation #basic income #business
For these two characters, their appearance in the eighties was part of an explosion of new characters. Marvel seemed poised to try and find new ways of promoting superheroes and themes around drugs, teen homelessness, and the issues of teen interactions seemed ready for exploitation.
And for a while Cloak & Dagger could do no wrong.
#comics #analysis #Marvel
50 years ago a “wagon train to the stars” began a mission to explore the Human condition in a post-scarcity universe.
Star Trek, now called the Original Series, would exist for a brief moment, as the best and the worst of all things science fiction. What we could be, what we could create, what we could envision, in direct conflict with greed, profit and personal aggrandizement.
#startrek50 #popculture #sciencefiction
A discussion of modern media profiting from the films of police murdering people of color.
#media #racism #policebrutality
How many different heroes are comparable to Superman (or even stronger) with a similar power set?
#comics #Superman #historical
Doctor Stephen Strange was once a famed physician who surgical skills led to considerable fame and prestige. However, his ego matched his surgical skills and he was considered haughty and unbearable in polite company. As such is fate, Strange has a terrible automobile accident losing his fine motor control which costs him his surgical career.
#character #analysis #Marvel
The Short Answer:
Because on television, he doesn’t need to run at the speed of light for the television series to exist and tell compelling stories. He is only as fast as he needs to be. Right now, that is twice the speed of sound and it is perfect for storytelling with an ensemble cast.
#television #DCcomics #analysis
The discussion of the difference between the philosophy of DC’s comic creations and Marvel’s isn’t nearly as wide as it once was. The main difference was in the early approaches to the characters and their perspectives. Unfortunately, both mythologies have become a bit tarnished and it is more about a profit motive than maintaining their previous ideologies.
#comics #commentary #analysis
Answer-Man’s Archive: The Many Shields of Captain America
Captain America has had a number of metallic shields over the decades each having vastly different properties some which could be affected in some degree by Magneto’s electromagnetic powers.
For their fifth fully-animated feature-film collaboration, Illumination Entertainment and Universal Pictures present The Secret Life of Pets, a comedy about the lives our pets lead after we leave for work or school each day.
#review #media #movies
Lunella Lafayette, star of Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur, will be considered as Marvel’s smartest super-genius. She will be officially considered in Marvel canon as more intellectually capable than than all of the super-geniuses that have existed before her in the Marvel Universe.
#comics #analysis #intelligence
A series review of the Glyph award-winning comic starring Lunella Lafayette and Devil Dinosaur.
#comics #review #Marvel
Sesame Street is on the ropes. After 46 years of public support, the program is going private and will end up on HBO. Even public television is experiencing the effects of gentrification: too much money in too few hands and those hands aren’t all that interested in helping to educate the public.
Look at it. Don’t look away! No one there seems even remotely upset. This was business as usual. So much so, it was documented without fear of there ever being a time where this wasn’t acceptable. How bold! How fearlessly they engaged in this barbarism.
#society #racism #editorial