Posts tagged: children
So we’re faced with a choice. Do we want to micromanage our schools for ideological purity? Or do we want kids to learn something — even, sometimes, something with which we might disagree? If we want the first, we should keep on as we’re keeping on. If we want the second, we need to stop being so worried that teachers might teach the wrong thing that we don’t let them teach anything at all.
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This week, Guest Star Keith Allison commemorates horror’s sympathetic monsters.
What weird little kid didn’t understand and relate to Frankenstein? Who couldn’t see the pathos in poor, good-natured Larry Talbot turning into a beast? Or Frankenstein misunderstanding the throwing of pretty things into a well? As children, we lack the vocabulary to express ourselves, and we feel frustrated trying to communicate with adults who are not evil but simply cannot understand us. There is a cathartic reaction to seeing this alienation expressed via one of these monsters. At their best, they could manipulate our emotions and tug on our heartstrings with all the melodramatic aplomb of Shakespeare.
Read more of Keith’s work at Teleport City.
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More Women In Horror Month Fun with the cover to Swamp Thing #133, creepy daisies conceived of by Nancy A. Collins and drawn by Charles Vess.
Ming Doyle’s cover for Adventure Time #14 via Comics Alliance.
Comics Editor Carol shares 10 comics she liked in 2012:
Tales of derring-do! Girl adventurers! Occult mystery! Infernal foes! Secrets revealed! Love & loss! Betrayal! Intricate art bound in lovely hardcovers! Indie going mainstream! Original creations! It’s been an incredible year for comics. So many good ones that I can’t even begin to claim to know what would be the best comics of 2012. So here’s my list of comics I liked in 2012, in alphabetical order to avoid riling the many rogues contained herein.
(image: Prince Robot IV on the throne. Saga, drawn by Fiona Staples)
Screen Editor alex remembers watching horror classics in Grade 2:
When I was in grade two, my school thought it’d be a great Halloween activity to have a movie screening of old horror films. They showed us the 1931 adaptations of Dracula and Frankenstein, the original 1932 The Mummy, and the 1954 3-D classic, The Creature from the Black Lagoon. At age eight I had not yet acquired a taste for the macabre. That came a little later, with my grandfather’s old Chas Addams cartoon collections and the Edward Gorey “Gashlycrumb Tinies” poster my mother hung in her office. At eight, those movies gave me nightmares.
Cover from the upcoming Adventure Time with Fionna and Cake miniseries by Natasha Allegri! Click through for more.
Malefactors stole Romance Editor Chris’ computer, so SF/F James gallantly took her place this week, taking “a rambling walk through some recent semi-connected pop culture items, starting with a videogame reboot that’s actually worth playing, moving on to nostalgia for a nostalgia-based movie, and ending with a look at child actors, in reality and in novel form.”
(“Couple Walking In The Forest,” by Vincent Van Gogh)