Who Are the Superheroes of the 21st Century? (And a New Release!)

When I started working on THE MINUS FACTION, I decided that I wanted way more realism than you would find in a standard comic book. I also wanted to avoid mere replication of the classic superhero canon, which is to say: -a (usually white) male meta-human prince (Superman, Thor, Namor, Black Panther, etc.) -a (usually white) male titan of industry (Batman, Iron Man, Green Arrow, … Continue reading Who Are the Superheroes of the 21st Century? (And a New Release!)

Notes on the Japanese Aesthetic

I am not the world’s biggest Japanophile. I enjoy the country for its foreignness and follow The Economist, which said that the greatest experience of being foreign — for the Westerner anyway — still comes from time spent in Japan. But I don’t lust after her mysteries. I am a casual explorer. A one-night stand rather than a seasoned lover. I’m here because my friend … Continue reading Notes on the Japanese Aesthetic

SHUNGA! The Art of the Woodblock Money Shot

Last Sunday, my buddy and I went to see an exhibit on shunga, traditional Japanese erotic art, mostly dating to the Edo and Meiji eras. The term shunga translates as “pictures of spring”, a euphemism for sex, and many of the works were similarly titled — “Placing the peach in the golden vase.” It’s difficult to describe the Japanese attitudes on sex. On the one … Continue reading SHUNGA! The Art of the Woodblock Money Shot