Author Archives: Zina

About Zina

Zina writes about comics, nerd history, and ridiculous romance novels when not working frantically on her first collection of short stories and complaining about stuff. One day, she'll settle down and write that novel.

Quick Rec: Horror Noire on Shudder

If you’ve got an hour and a half to spare and an interest in learning about the role of Black people in front of and behind the camera when it comes to the horror genre, check out this brilliant documentary … Continue reading

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Queer-Coding, Bad-Bat-Takes, And Why The Joker Isn’t That Important to Batman

Content Warning for stereotypes built from homophobia and transmisogyny that are present in the Joker’s portrayal across the years. “In some ways, the Joker is a dark reflection of who Batman is. The loss of Bruce Wayne’s parents could’ve driven … Continue reading

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Stitch Does Stuff in February 2019

What am I going to do in February 2019? Well, for the first two-weeks of the month… probably not that much. I’ll be visiting my elderly father in the USVI for a multi-purpose visit (he hasn’t been well, I won’t … Continue reading

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What Fandom Racism Looks Like: Misogynoir – Convenient Excuses

If you’re new here, start at the introduction! A 2011 article on pop culture website Oh No They Didn’t entitled “Fandom and its hatred of Black women characters” opens by asking readers “What do Martha Jones, Tara Thornton, Guinevere, and … Continue reading

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[Small Stitch Reviews] Lies Sleeping (Rivers of London #7)

Note: This short review contains some spoilers for the previous book in the series. Lies Sleeping, the seventh novel in Ben Aaronovitch’s Rivers of London series, is so good that I stayed up until 3 or 4 in the morning … Continue reading

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Stitch Takes Notes #1 – Kohnen Pages 19, 25-26

Stitch Takes Notes is an ongoing and flat out random feature now up on my website wherein I share the non-urban fantasy notes I take for various academic/academic-adjacent books I’m reading. I’m a huge fan of Screening the Closet: Queer Representation, … Continue reading

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Sporking For A Good Cause: Laurell K. Hamilton’s Shutdown (Anita Blake 22.5)

First things first here is a list of charities that you can (and should) donate to in order to help people directly affected by the government shutdown here in the US. Many of these people aren’t going to get paid … Continue reading

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Ships ‘n Shit: Symbrock

  One half of the ship is a down and out reporter who’s having a hard time of things. The other is a hungry-for-brains symbiote, an extraterrestrial blob that thinks violence is both the question being asked and the answer … Continue reading

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Fleeting Frustrations #4: What’s the Deal With Reverse Harem Romances?

There are only about three thousand books that come up when I search for “reverse harem” so let me start out by letting y’all know that I do get that it’s a small part of the overall genre and makes … Continue reading

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What Fandom Racism Looks Like – When White Characters (Somehow) Aren’t White

Let’s keep this short and salty: did y’all know that there are people – thankfully a minority in their respective fandoms – that will claim a white male character or actor isn’t white for some reason or another. Well, if … Continue reading

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