Social Issues in Fantasy (Part 2)

Tantz_Aerine at 12:00AM, Feb. 10, 2024



Last time I'd talked about rather superficial and/or inappropriate attempts to weave commentary on real world social issues into a fantasy or scifi world. The discussion in the comments was FANTASTIC! I urge everyone to have a look if you haven't already.

The general consensus was that ...



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Social Issues in Fantasy (Part 1)

Tantz_Aerine at 12:00AM, Feb. 3, 2024



During times of censorship, or times where exploring issues in the real world might be tricky, using fantasy or science fiction to do it is a real and viable solution. Dressing up the thing you want to explore into something cute and fuzzy might be just the way to go ...

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The Language of Hands

Tantz_Aerine at 12:00AM, Nov. 11, 2023



So I know I got two pending articles to finish up my Religion and my Catharsis series but I'm too tired right now to talk about anything that requires sociopolitical analyses and extrapolations.

So let's talk about hands in comics!

One of the easiest way to mitigate the ...





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Children's Stories

Tantz_Aerine at 12:00AM, Sept. 18, 2021



When I was growing up in the 80s, stories that were marketed as ‘children’s' were occasionally brutal.

Characters got maimed or killed, tortured or traumatized, met with horrid ends in worlds that were anything but rosy. And this was a pattern that wasn't limited to, say, English literature ...



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Know Thy Bias

Tantz_Aerine at 12:00AM, Aug. 21, 2021



We like to consider ourselves open-minded, free of inflexible thinking and open to ideas. And we probably are- in certain areas. In others, we are not.

This is one of the few statements I still feel justified making in the absolute. Every person has biases. It's one of the ...



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Changing the World

damehelsing at 12:00AM, Aug. 8, 2021



I think a lot of us have dreams of growing up and changing the world. Impacting it in some great way. Or if you’re villain type, maybe in a bad way.

Anyway, now that I got your attention with changing the world.
I’m not talking about changing “our ...




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QUACKCAST 479 - Big ideas in fiction

Ozoneocean at 12:00AM, May 19, 2020

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My original idea for this Quackcast was: “Genre fiction is the best place to explore ideas, straight fiction doesn't do it as well”
What I meant ...




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Motivation, Ideology, Action 2

Tantz_Aerine at 12:00AM, Nov. 16, 2019



Last time we talked about motivation in people, and its relationship to behavior. And I must say you all had great comments I feel deserve to be addressed, so instead of a four-part tour to the world of what makes people tick, I will add a fifth part where I ...

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Beginner offense

Tantz_Aerine at 12:00AM, June 29, 2019



I've mentioned before in other articles how Twitter, and often comics/art Twitter especially, can be a total dumpster fire with flame wars erupting every two hours or so.

There have been many analyses on why this is happening, from efforts of established comic creators to gatekeep the field ...



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Working with Political Agendas

Tantz_Aerine at 12:00AM, June 15, 2019



Lately more and more comics and animated features seem to consciously, and more importantly loudly, incorporate political messages in their stories. From feminism to social stratification and discrimination, to racism and xenophobia or even depression and psychological trauma.

This is by no means a new thing, to incorporate themes and ...



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