Poems are just comics without the pictures

Working in a children's bookshop, it's pretty clear what most parents think about poetry and comics. Poetry is the highest form of literary art. Comics aren't. But switching between Lumberjanes: Beware the Kitten Holy and Aimee Lucido's upcoming verse novel Emmy In The Key of Code recently reminded me of a couple of their similarities. The first thing that … Continue reading Poems are just comics without the pictures

What Toy Story 3 can teach us about crafting villains

I’ve just finished re-watching the Toy Story trilogy, and not only do I think Toy Story 3 is the superlative movie of the franchise, I think it has one of the best villains of all time. Lotso is a real piece of work. He isn't just an obstacle for our heroes to overcome. He represents something … Continue reading What Toy Story 3 can teach us about crafting villains

The Stuff of Horror: The Unmapped Mind by Christian Donlan

If there’s one thing Christian Donlan's The Unmapped Mind has taught me, it's that it's a miracle anything makes sense at all. Shortly after the birth of his daughter, Christian Donlan began noticing symptoms of what he'd eventually discover to be multiple sclerosis (MS). MS is an autoimmune disease that affects the brain and spine. As one … Continue reading The Stuff of Horror: The Unmapped Mind by Christian Donlan