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Masculinity according to Full House

Why is it that when I watch older television sitcoms, I often find a more enlightened view on social constructs than appear on those currently airing? Seems to me that the late 80’s/early 90s was far more progressive than we ...

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AC/DC: Rose or Bust?

‘Are you deaf? You wanna hear some more?’ – ‘Rock ‘N’ Roll Ain’t Noise Pollution’, AC/DC (1980) Who plays bass for AC/DC? I’ll give you a minute. Then we’ll get to the question of who their vocalist is. There are bands ...

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Fullmetal Alchemist in the flesh

It is the era we live in. Old properties, and even those not long put to rest, are dredged up for live action remakes by soulless money-grabbing studios. The new announcement that one of my favourite anime/manga series and fan ...

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The Dark and Twisted Legacy of Miracleman

Last week we looked over the dense, messy and admittedly somewhat disputed publication history of Miracleman. Whilst the trajectory of the comic and character has dovetailed with some of the major events of the industry (usually waves of bankruptcy), the ...

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The Long and Sordid History of Miracleman

Sometimes great stories happen behind stories too. In an era where superhero comics dominate so much of other media, it is interesting to look at the more obscure tales that have nonetheless had a profound impact on the medium, industry, ...

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Gimmicks and sitcoms: A sustainable set-up?

Watching – and thoroughly enjoying –  The Grinder has prompted me to think about sitcoms and their use of ‘gimmicks’ as both a set-up for an entire series as well as for singular jokes. The Grinder is built around the gimmick of lampooning tropes ...

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