In what feels like a lifetime ago, a rag tag bunch of rogue writers would sharpen their pens every Friday and celebrate the end of a long week with a Flash Fiction Contest. The contest ended in 2015, but now… five years later… Flash Friday is back. It’s a writer’s reunion, and we couldn’t be […]Read more "Flash Friday: Independent"
In 1919, pulp fiction writer Johnston McCulley introduced the world to Zorro, one of the many masked marvels who has graced the pages of our most beloved comic strips. The name “Zorro,” which is the Spanish word for “fox,” captures the crafty skill and sly cunning of Don Diego de la Vega, a wealthy nobleman […]Read more "Z: Zorro and the Danger of Hiding Behind a Mask"
When did our heroes begin wearing masks? My idea of a hero is someone who boldly stands for what they believe in, shining for all to see as a beacon of courage and resolve. But instead, our modern heroes tend to hide their faces out of fear – fear for their own safety, or for […]Read more "The Problem With Secret Identities…"
Disney’s “Maleficent” & the Truly Heroic Life “It took a great hero and a terrible villain to make it all come about. And her name was Maleficent.” Disney’s Maleficent (2014 release) What is the vital difference that sets heroes apart from villains? One loving choice? A single, defining moment? That is often how it works […]Read more "Disney’s “Maleficent” & the Truly Heroic Life"
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"