The Logan Institute for the Study of Superhero Masculinities

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

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”

Luke Cage is not here for your shit white people

This trailer, like Luke himself, takes no prisoners. Continue reading “Luke Cage is not here for your shit white people”

The best of what I read on the web about Ghostbusters

Continue reading “Ghostbusters Round-Up”

Reading Loki as Femme Fatale

Manipulative, emotionally volatile, and a drama queen: Loki is definitely a girly bad guy.

Continue reading “Reading Loki as Femme Fatale”

I Can Be Your Hero, Baby

I can kiss away your tears.

What the hell is with the Enrique Iglesias reference? We all know I have better taste in music. But I think it’s interesting that this pop song equates heroism with emotional support. I think the idea of a hero as emotionally engaged with the people they save is implicit in much of our superhero fictions. However, it’s rarely made explicit, except through romantic connections male heroes often form with women they save. Continue reading “I Can Be Your Hero, Baby”

The Science of Superheroism

It’s an old argument among comics fans: aim for realism, or enjoy the fantastic? Continue reading “The Science of Superheroism”

Does anything mean anything anymore?

Well, that’s a seemingly bleak opening. I wish this was a question that could be asked neutrally, explored academically – scientifically even – in a lab, with thick gloves on, carrying the dangerous material at arm’s length. However, meaning is messy. It overspills its container; after all, everything means more than one thing. If you ask a certain type of philosopher or artist, everything can mean almost anything, depending on context. So what does it mean that Captain America is Hydra? Continue reading “Does anything mean anything anymore?”

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