When does a story become more than just a story? What makes a work of fiction truly great? I would argue that the “magic element” is the presence of fascinating characters who not only entertain us, but who reflect the truth about ourselves. With this in mind, if I were asked to choose the one […]Read more "Spock and the Duality of the Christian Heart"
Detective stories have evolved dramatically through the years, becoming ever more violent as the real world has become an increasingly dangerous place to live. One fictional detective who will live forever in infamy is Dick Tracy – one of the grittiest, tough-as-nails crime fighters ever put into a comic strip. Charles Gould, the creator […]Read more "D: Dick Tracy Had It Easy! – Living In A “Not-So-Black-and-White” World"
The mighty Thor has had quite a long fall. Not only was he cast out of Asgard to walk among the mortals here on Earth, but he has also been reduced from the mighty Norse god of Viking lore to a mere scientific anomaly. Don’t get me wrong – I’m not at all concerned with […]Read more "The Fall of Thor (From Miracle to Science)"
Young. Idealistic. Courageous. Strong. I grew up on a steady diet of Star Wars films and novels, and from the day we first met, Luke Skywalker was my kind of hero. And something tells me I wasn’t alone. Just a few decades ago, what boy in their right mind didn’t dream of soaring to unknown […]Read more "Missing Luke Skywalker…"
Some tend to think of the comic strip as a childish or immature art form. A closer look, however, will reveal the powerful influence of this artistic medium. Like any other art form, comics have the ability to influence their readers through subliminal message – making subtle changes to their way of thinking. This is […]Read more "Superman, Wonder Woman, & the Subliminal Message"
Super heroes are everywhere these days – from cereal boxes and soda cans to t-shirts and amusement park rides. They’ve also swept the box office, providing us with new classics such as Spiderman, tolerable plots such as Man of Steel, and a host of movies that just make you want to stab your eyes out […]Read more "They Can’t Be Your Hero, Baby!"