Speak the graphic novel by Laurie Halse Anderson and Emily Carroll

I read Speak as a high school freshman. It’s a painful and powerful story, that has stuck with me for over ten years. Anderson is amazing, and while Speak can be difficult to read, it’s necessary. When I saw the graphic novel on the shelf at Barnes and Noble, I knew that it had to come home with me. 

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A Holiday Wish List from Someone Who Doesn’t Really Like the Holidays

True confessions: I am not a Christmas person. Nope, Halloween is my holiday! It’s not that I don’t enjoy ‘the most wonderful time of the year’, there are genuinely some aspects of the holiday season that I love: homemade butter cookies we make with my Great Grandma’s antique cookie press, hot chocolate in front of a fire, decorating a big bushy pine tree, hanging out with my siblings… Making my dog wear adorable sweaters! (Cute dog+cute sweater is like my kryptonite!) But when they start putting Christmas items in stores before October has even begun and airing commercials for Christmas sales it kinda makes me wish I was a necromancer or mad evil scientist so I could unleash the zombie apocalypse the day after Thanksgiving on all the insane ‘Black Friday’ shoppers. I despise how commercial Christmas is, and hordes of holiday shoppers are practically zombies already… Yes, I know, it’s practically Grinchy! (Maybe if I put Santa hats on all the zombies?) If it was left up to me, I’d totally skip the nightmare of holiday shopping and I’d stay home enjoying a big cup of tequila spiked hot cocoa (add a pinch of cayenne for an adult version of Mexican hot chocolate!) and binge watch every Christmas horror movie ever made, starting with that perennial favorite, “Silent Night, Deadly Night.”

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Let’s Talk About: Smut Peddler

Fangirls, for quite awhile now I’ve been lusting over the 2013 edition of Smut Peddler, a beautiful erotic comic anthology.  A couple weeks back, Jess Fink came to my favorite comic shop, Earthworld Comics, and had some copies of the 2014 edition.  So I bought it, and promptly devoured it.

WARNING: this article features images that are not safe for work, and is intended for readers 18 and older. 

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Sherlock: “The Empty Hearse”

Sherlock3BBC’s Sherlock has been away for some time now. 2 years, in fact. That is quite a bit of time considering that they left us with the unexplained fact that Sherlock faked his death and left nearly everyone to mourn his passing in order to disassemble Jim Moriarty’s criminal network. Of course, the end of Series 2 was not even nearly that descriptive. We were just left with seeing Sherlock watching over John in the graveyard….for 2 years. Mix that with the internet, and all the fans’ feels, ships, and GIF making, and we’ve got a recipe for the general breakdown of sanity itself.Read More »