Back at the start of 2016, I spotlighted a little webcomic called Always Human as my web crush of the week because it featured a lovely queer romance and some fantastic art and music. Since then, it’s become one of my favorite web crushes (next to The Adventure Zone and They Call Us Bruce) not only because of the relationship between Austen and Sunati, but also because of the way that diversity of all sorts is seamlessly blended into the story. Always Human is set in a future version of our Australia, and while future Australia of course has various technological advances, it’s also filled with racial diversity, different sexual orientations and gender identities, and both polyamorous and monogamous relationships. I’m always excited to read more of Austen and Sunati’s slice-of-life adventures, but perhaps my favorite thing about the series is author Ari’s depiction of disability in a fantastical world.
Spoilers for Always Human below, as well as a trigger warning for discussions of ableism and fatphobia.
The Star Wars universe is no stranger to dark subject matter in both its live-action and animated narratives. Throughout the movies and shows (and I assume the canonical comics and books that I still have not read), the series takes us to some really gruesome places.
One recurring character in both The Clone Wars and Rebels is Rex. A war veteran, Rex is a capable and valuable member of the Rebellion and probably the most well-developed clone in the Star Wars universe. One of the problems with having a story filled with so many characters, though, is that the narrative doesn’t always have time to fully delve into their issues. At the very least, though, Star Wars tries, and while the story occasionally rushes through certain character arcs, its results are not horrible. This is most definitely the case with a recent Rebels episode “The Last Battle”, where we finally get to see more from Rex and his PTSD from fighting in the Clone Wars.
One of the things that I like about Final Fantasy VII is the wide array of characters to fall in love with. Some of the characters are handled much better than others, but after replaying the game again and re-watching the movie, I finally realized that Final Fantasy VII has a lot of characters with disabilities. From Barret’s missing arm to Cloud’s clear mental issues and struggles with his identity, FFVII has a lot to offer, and as I’ve been looking for disability fics recently, this fandom was a good place to start.
A while ago, I recced Welcome to Night Vale in ASL, a series that translated the popular Night Vale podcast into American Sign Language. The creator, Carlisle Robinson, seemed like an interesting guy, and after I’d finished watching the series to date, I went and checked out his website. I was pleasantly surprised to find that Welcome to Night Vale in ASL, as great as it was, wasn’t his only ongoing series. He’s also currently writing and illustrating an ongoing webcomic called The Satrians.
Last weekend, Nintendo gave players a chance to demo their new game, Splatoon, on a global scale. As it was only available for a select three different hours over a two day period, it seemed to double-function as a hype building exercise and a stress-test on their online servers. That said, the game looks and feels amazing! I’d love to geek out about it for hours, but now isn’t the time. However, during the one hour I played, the game felt just slightly awkward: it was hard for me to aim. In most shooting-based games (first, or third person) camera control and aiming is controlled with a second analog stick on the controller. Splatoon, on the other hand, has the vertical aiming controlled by tilting the Wii U’s controller. (I didn’t know at the time that it could be changed!) Being fairly experienced in the “typical” method, this threw me off to a high degree, which got me wondering: does everyone new to games feel this way?
If you’ve read enough of my articles, you know I’m usually a fan of DC Comics over Marvel. However, with DC’s recent record in the amazing game of “Let’s See How Many PeopleWeCanPiss Off,” I’ve started paying more attention to Marvel characters not named TonyStark.
Here is a shocker: Loki’s character is interesting as hell. But not because of his actions in the movies or comics. It’s not because Tom Hiddleston plays him so well (although he does). It’s the actions before we even see Loki the first time that make him so interesting.
Simply put, I had trouble trying to figure out how to discuss Dumbledore’s emotional situation because it’s so similar to Harry Potter’s situation. Both have lost family to dark wizards. But as I thought about Dumbledore, I realized that both Harry and Albus are still very different.
A while ago, I looked at the character Sheldon Cooper of The Big Bang Theory fame. I argued that the writers have written Cooper to have Asperger’s Syndrome without actually saying he is Asperger’s, solely to avoid the problems that come with poking fun at a man’s disorder.
I’m not the only one who feels this way. There have been multiple articles, including one on Slate.com in 2009 (link), that noted that Sheldon shows characteristics similar to an Autism Spectrum case study. In the article, TBBT co-creator Bill Prady is noted as saying that Sheldon is not Asperger’s, but rather just “Sheldony.”
We’re going to play that card, Prady? Okay. Let’s play.
I had it all planned out. I was going to write an article about how the musical Wicked, while amazing, gets disabilities wrong with its handling of Nessarose’s paralysis. I was going to complain that when Elphaba “cured” Nessa, the Wicked Witch of the West gave the message that the disabled are broken and need to be fixed. I had it all planned out.
But I got beaten to the punch. And I could not be happier.
Previously, I have discussed what makes two of the three main characters from the musical Chess tick.I’ve talked about Anatoly Sergievsky and Florence Vassy, and now it’s time to focus on the American (or British, depending on the version) chess champion, Freddie Trumper.