The Logan Institute for the Study of Superhero Masculinities

A blog for film fans, comic geeks, and aca-nerds.

Guitar SuperHero Hails Hydra

Gutterdämmerung‘s white masculine power fantasy

The first feature film from an artist, photographer, and former advert director, with a great rock music score? Well, Highlander became a classic of films so bad they’re wonderful. I was fully prepared to enjoy this rock-n-roll wannabe epic. Continue reading “Guitar SuperHero Hails Hydra”

The Old Man and the Seed

The trope of the hoary old warrior and the child is an old one in cinema, and central to James Mangold’s Logan, as the promotional images attest. It relies upon a set of tired binaries that fail to cohere into a coherent whole, much like this film.

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Logan and the Cinema of Epic Manpain

So I just saw James Mangold’s Logan. Phenomenal performance from Patrick Stewart, not nearly enough of Eric LaSalle and family, and some very impressive CGI for Logan on Logan action (yes I know exactly how that sounds, and I already have an alert set for that fic). But, I sort of feel like two different films got cut together, and neither got what it fully deserved. So this post comes in two halves… Continue reading “Logan and the Cinema of Epic Manpain”

Contemptibly Queer – bad guys and bisexuality

There are a lot of bisexuals on the bad guy beat this season.  Continue reading “Contemptibly Queer – bad guys and bisexuality”

Ask not what your heroes can do for you…

I haven’t posted recently because, as a grad student, sessional tutor, and spoonie, life got busy. But A Big Goddamn Hero just died, and she deserves to be memorialised on every page on the net that keeps the geek flag flying. Continue reading “Ask not what your heroes can do for you…”

Hey, why is Gabe drawing so many dicks?

“So, as most of you have probably noticed (or maybe haven’t until now), the majority of nude or sexualized images that appear in my work are of women. For the longest time, I thought there couldn’t be anything wrong with that… I began to notice that I was very uncomfortable with drawing men the same way I drew women, or even seeing them depicted that way…What I began to notice was that I had some pretty concrete expectations surrounding what is supposed to be sexy or sexualized, despite often arguing that I did not….” Read More from artist Gabe Sapienza on gendered representations of male sexuality

Posted by Gabe Sapienza on Tuesday, 1 November 2016

Luke Cage: Young, Gifted, and Black 

Given the amount of salty white tears on Twitter about the inherent blackness of Netflix’s new series, Luke Cage, I am not going to add another white voice to the critical or analytic chorus right now. This is television by black people, about black people, why would I resent the idea that it is – first and foremost – for black people? And that I would learn something by listening rather than talking right now. Continue reading “Luke Cage: Young, Gifted, and Black “

It’s been a while since I posted, but that’s because I have been doing awesome things. To whit:

1) Assisting with the administration for the excellent 2nd Global conference on The Superhero, run by the inimitable Danny Graydon and Barbara Brownie. I met so many awesome people, from around the entire globe, and learnt so much. Acanerds should certainly try and get to next year’s event – the Call for Papers will be on the announcements page as soon as it comes out!

2) Organising the annual conference Fear, Horror and Terror, which included some fantastic papers from literature, sociology, film and other disciplines.

3) Finishing off the final edits to my chapter – ‘Twenty Percent of His Body – scar tissue, masculinity, and identity in Arrow‘ for the forthcoming book Hitting the Mark with Arrow: Critical Essays on the Series and Its Characters, editors Jim Iaccino, Cory Barker, and Myc Wiatrowski. This will be published by McFarland Press in 2017, chock-full of really great stuff. I’ll put a link up as soon as we have a release date!

4) Writing a chapter on Neil Gaiman’s classic comic series The Sandman for the forthcoming  Handbook on Comics and Graphic Novels from esteemed German publishers  de Gruyter. This opportunity was made possible by one of the volume’s excellent editors, Dan Hassler-Forest – and if you’re not reading his stuff, then Grodd help you!

Normal service (for a given value thereof) will now resume.

Over-identify with the badguy? We’ve all been there. But which badguy is the important question, and why…

Continue reading “Scary Monsters and Super Freaks”

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