Author: Megan Purdy

It’s the End of the World as We Know It: Apocalypse Fiction — WWAC Roundtable

This week the women of WWAC talked apocalypse fiction. What’s it all about? Why are we so fascinated by it? Megan P, Annie, Wendy, Claire, Jamie, Brenda, and Laura all chimed in. Content Note: Frank discussion of trauma, violence, disaster and apocalypse prepping, end times fundamentalism, and murder. Megan: I keep trying to write an essay called Your Apocalyptic Essay Is Some Bullshit. The topic is post-apocalyptic fiction and its unrealistic fantasies of total social collapse in the face of challenge. My argument will be that history proves that we are capable of overcoming social or economic apocalypses (apocalae?)...

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UNESCO Requests Report on Star Wars VII Shoot in Skellig Michael

Star Wars VII is set to shoot on a small, rocky island off the coast of Ireland, Skellig Michael. The location was chosen because of the island’s distinctive, craggy rock formations and its lush landscape. UNESCO though, is concerned that the shoot might interfere with the island’s inhabitants: birds. Skellig Michael, home to puffins, manx shearwaters, storm petrels, guillemots, and kittiwakes, was declared a World Heritage Site in 1996 in order to preserve the habitat for its native birds. Although the island was once home to a monastic settlement, these days it’s only home to wildlife and is patrolled by the Irish...

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Clone Club Takes On Comics! Orphan Black Is Coming to IDW

Orphan Black is a now comic! Rejoice! Coming soon from IDW — if you can call 2015 soon, and I guess I can — the ongoing series will tread new ground in the Orphan Black universe. Rather than retell episodes, or fill in the gaps, the series will focus on brand new stories — given the twists and turns and conspiracies within conspiracies of the show, finding material won’t be a problem. For the uninitiated (and how dare you — get thee to the internet TV outlet of your choice!), Orphan Black, a Space/BBC America co-production, is a science fiction thriller starring...

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Pakistan’s First Cartoon Feature: Three Braves, by Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy

Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy already has an Oscar. (And an Emmy!) She won in 2012 for Saving Face, a documentary short that she co-directed with Daniel Junge that follows London-based surgeon Mohammad Jawad, who travels to Pakistan to perform plastic surgery on acid attack victims. The film examines the lives of individual survivors and the structural inequalities in Pakistani society that lead to the attacks and their underreporting. Her subsequent films, 2009’s Children of the Taliban and 2011’s Transgenders: Pakistan’s Open Secret, garnered her even more accolades—an Emmy for Children of the Taliban, along with widespread critical praise. Now she’s preparing to release Pakistan’s first...

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That Goddamn Flash Trailer

As David Uzumeri said to me on Twitter, “not just me!” We are apparently alone in our disdain for the CW’s upcoming Flash television series. Team Superhero, you have lost me with this one — a bloodless, note-perfect execution of one superhero trope after another. But little more than that. We open with a slow pan across a cityscape and a vignette from our lead’s childhood — that inevitable sense of small town America within the big city, created and nurtured by a loving mother who assures young Barry that “it’s better to have a good heart than fast legs,” and...

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