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Stale Candy, Punk Rock, Failure, Assimilation and Punisher: War Zone

Stale Candy, Punk Rock, Failure, Assimilation and Punisher: War Zone

Screen Shot 2014-07-17 at 5.51.38 PMLast summer, the repairman who came to patch my kitchen ceiling, discovered I read comics and then kept asking me about different blockbuster superhero movies and shows. And I’d keep saying I wasn’t very interested. He stood on the ladder, shaking his head in a reverie, saying the superhero movies were like candy to him and “I can’t get enough.” Then je explained that Superman was boring and…

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Apologizing for “Manic Pixie Dream Girl”

Apologizing for “Manic Pixie Dream Girl”

At Salon, Nathan Rabin apologizes for coining the phrase, “Manic Pixie Dream Girl.”“I remember thinking, even back then, that a whole list of Manic Pixie Dream Girls might be stretching the conceit too far. The archetype of the free-spirited life-lover who cheers up a male sad-sack had existed in the culture for ages. But by giving an idea a name and a fuzzy definition, you apparently also give…

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Juggernaut is just one of the five supervillain pin-ups in the Sexy Supervillain postcard set available as a Gutterthon perk. He was drawn by Evan Munday and you can give him a new home while supporting thoughtful writing about disreputable art by donating to the Cultural Gutter’s indiegogo campaign here. Only 3 days left!

Juggernaut is just one of the five supervillain pin-ups in the Sexy Supervillain postcard set available as a Gutterthon perk. He was drawn by Evan Munday and you can give him a new home while supporting thoughtful writing about disreputable art by donating to the Cultural Gutter’s indiegogo campaign here. Only 3 days left!

Learning from DashCon

At On The Media, Alex Goldman tries to learn something from DashCon’s many, many problems: “So here I am trying to glean a point from something that just sounds like a disaster from to bottom. What is there to learn from this? Well, it speaks a bit to the nature of interaction on the web and how poorly it can translate to the real world.”

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At The Gutter: Einstein and the Bearded Lady

SF/F Editor Keith watches the 1970 Czech science fiction comedy, I Have Killed Einstein, Gentlemen.

I Killed Einstein, Gentlemen is a lovely reminder not just of how multi-dimensional, playful, and thought-provoking Czech cinema can be, but what it was like not so long ago when science fiction was more than just CGI explosions and action films in futuristic cargo pants. The bulk of the film takes place in the Prague of 1911, though the glimpses we get of the future are as gorgeously pop-art as you would want. There are no big action set-pieces outside of a falling chandelier. It’s ridiculous and spirited fun with a serious core should you care to look for it. I Killed Einstein, Gentlemen is from the days when science fiction as a genre was broadly defined, not risk-averse, not afraid to be about something (even if it’s wrapped in a bunch of silliness), and didn’t feel the need to scream at you.

"Character and the Audience: The Hyper-Capable Wounded Sparrow"

“Character and the Audience: The Hyper-Capable Wounded Sparrow”

Debbie Moon ponders the “Hyper-Capable Wounded Sparrow” and Captain America: The Winter Soldier: “The Hyper-Capable Wounded Sparrow is always male, and he’s that guy who can kill a roomful of people without breaking a sweat – but who is massively emotionally vulnerable, has no social support system, and is incapable of interacting with civilized society. Frequently he’s physically or temporally…

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Seven Strange “Indian” Creatures

Seven Strange “Indian” Creatures

Friend of the Gutter, Samit Basu shares “7 Strange ‘Indian’ Creatures” at Huffington Post. “I’ve never written an “about India” book — the closest I’ve come is setting large parts of a superhero novel, Turbulence, in India — but I did notice several British and American reviewers mentioning that reading it made them realize that people in India weren’t too different from them. Which always makes…

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General Zod plays without a safe word in this supervillain pin-up by Evan Munday. It’s included in our Gutterthon fundraiser's Sexy Supervillain postcard set.
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General Zod plays without a safe word in this supervillain pin-up by Evan Munday. It’s included in our Gutterthon fundraiser's Sexy Supervillain postcard set.

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Carnival and Clairvoyance: Why Casino Royale (’67) is Your New Favourite Bond

Carnival and Clairvoyance: Why Casino Royale (’67) is Your New Favourite Bond

Gutter Guest Star Matt Finch shares his favorite Bond film at Of Inhuman Bond Age: “Right at the start of Casino Royale, an alliance of world powers attacks the mansion of our hero, James Bond, an ageing World War I veteran. (Perpetually 35-ish no more.) Only such drastic invasion of privacy can motivate Britain’s happily retired super-spy to take on one last mission. David Niven plays this…

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