The Ultimate Beginner's Guide to Comic Books Part 1: The Basics

Benjamin Piñeros Benjamin Piñeros comic books guide

If you ever wanted to get into comic books but didn’t know where to start, or came across the need for a comprehensive beginner's guide to pass on to friends to allure them into the medium, look no further, this five-part guide right here, is all you need. Just like it happened in the 50s with monster films, or in the 60s with westerns, right now we’re going through a brand new craze; the age of the “comic book” movie. At the time of writing, Avengers: Endgame is close to becoming the most successful movie in the history of cinema,...

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If in doubt, stick to the classics?

Sean Campbell crime Sean Campbell

Over the last few years, you might have noticed something about crime novels: they’re all getting more and more samey. This convergence is no mistake. As the world of kindle has evolved, the style required has become quite prescriptivist both in terms of presentation as well as content. Take a look at the bestseller list. Now compare the beautiful, timeless elegance of an older Agatha Christie cover with the slick presentation of the newest Harlan Coben. Where the bestseller lists used to be filled with timeless, classically elegant serif fonts, you’ll now see mostly bold, modern sans-serif fonts. Part of...

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What Makes a Good Character?

Sean Campbell Sean Campbell

What makes a character likeable? Real life can be slow, mundane, routine. We read to escape, and the characters we adore reflect that. They’re larger than life, unique, everything we want to be. Whether you’re after a one-legged detective (like the eponymous Cormoron Strike), the epitome of evil (Lord Voldemort, Harry Potter) or everyone’s idea of a warrior-king (Aragon, Lord of the Rings), you need someone you can hate or someone you can root for. Emotion is the foundation to a good character, and we always need something to hang our hat on. Each (wo)man believes themselves to be the...

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Stumbling Into an Art Movement

Dave Webb David Webb science fiction

There’s a book that I’ve taken everywhere with me. It’s one of the three books I saved when I moved to the USA. It was the book that went into my hand luggage when I moved back. It’s hard to imagine life without my battered paperback copy of Neuromancer, by William Gibson, close at hand.First ImpressionsNeuromancer benefits from one of the best opening lines in a science fiction novel. It starts with “The sky above the port was the color of a television, tuned to a dead channel.” It’s a vivid, and at the same time bleak, image. It also...

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Where do Ideas Come From?

Dave Webb David Webb

The question that people love to ask writers, and the one they famously hate to answer, is “where do you get your ideas from?” Often the answer is “I don’t know, they just sort of turn up”, but occasionally you can trace the origins of a book to another book or story. A Day in The Life James Joyce is often held as the gold standard for literary endeavor. His works are the perennial topic of discussion on Literature courses, each reading of a Joyce novel producing a very personal experience of his work. Ulysses takes place over 24 hours...

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