Goodbye, Foom: The Strange Saga of Pictures For Sad Children

Goodbye, Foom: The Strange Saga of Pictures For Sad Children

You've doubtless come across webcomics such as Cyanide and Happiness, or The Awkward Yeti, on your timeline at some point. The self-contained stories and gags, along with the simple, cute art make for easy sharing, and they're a great combination of hilarious and morbid. These comics, and several others like them, all rode the wave of a new kind of humour that was finding it's way on the internet. They tackled awkwardness, depression, and anxiety in self aware ways, with an absurdist layer that made them funny rather than depressing.

Samurai Champloo: Very Animated with Siddhant Mehta

Samurai Champloo: Very Animated with Siddhant Mehta

Samurai Champloo creator Shinichiro Watanabe is a tour-de-force in Japanese anime circles. If Hayao Miyazaki is the beloved Steven Speilberg type then Watanabe is  the genre-bending, pop-culture reference dropping manic Quentin Tarantino type. He seamlessly integrates anime and manga with music and influences from other worlds. Watanabe is best known for Cowboy Bebop, a free-flowing space opera inhabited by a gang of bounty hunters and the most atmospheric jazz you’ll ever hear.

Thoughts on a Feminist Alien Saga

Thoughts on a Feminist Alien Saga

I’ve told this anecdote more than a few times, but my brother scarred me for life when he showed me Ridley Scott’s Alien when I was the wee age of 6.It didn’t really register with me that there was a hero to the story all along, and that she wasn't the traditional male Hollywood leading man type. Ellen Ripley was a complete badass.

Riverdale OR Why the Status should not be Quo

Riverdale OR Why the Status should not be Quo

“This isn’t your parents’ Archie.” Variations of this sentence in many different articles have been used to describe Riverdale in the past few months since the show’s premiere, almost as a disclaimer. It doesn’t have very much in common with the classic sweater-vest-with-a-bowtie version of Archie, and by now, we ideally should be seeing that for the blessing that it actually is.

The Gray: Exploring the Darker Themes of the Force

The Gray: Exploring the Darker Themes of the Force

On the beloved occasion of Star Wars Day, where fans around the world display their affection for arguably the most celebrated franchise of all time, I decided to dive between the cracks of the Light and Dark, the fundamental reason why people flock the story of Star Wars. What goes beyond the story of family,  beyond good and evil?

Logan, Deadpool and The R-Rated Superhero Movie

Logan, Deadpool and The R-Rated Superhero Movie

After the success of Logan and Deadpool, Hollywood seems all set to dive into the trend of R-Rated superhero movies. DC is interested in exploring the idea (they did release an R-Rated cut of Batman V Sueprman), Sony has just announced a Venom movie that it has taken great pains to point out will be rated R, and Deadpool 2 looks like it will lean even harder into the sex and violence that was such a big part of the first movie.

The Hilariousness and Heartache of BoJack Horseman

The Hilariousness and Heartache of BoJack Horseman

Netflix's BoJack Horseman has spent it's three seasons casually traipsing back and forth across the line that separates the absolutely hilarious and the profoundly sad. The setup sounds like your typical loopy animated show: Will Arnett's BoJack is a former sitcom star trying to recapture his fame. But before you realise it, the show has you deep in a world full of complex characters, massive emotional peaks and valleys, and tons of silly animal puns.

Feluda: The Common Man's Detective

Feluda: The Common Man's Detective

We often associate the character of a super sleuth being someone who has upper class mannerisms, twirls in tweed jackets, plays the violin (I'm looking at you Hugh Laurie...and well, Sherlock) and quotes classical authors. Our local desi sleuth has no such qualms about him. Guest Writer Afza Shireen writes about the detective who stole her heart as young girl.