Writing & Editing: Samples

Writing Samples
Personalizing Feminism in Basara
This is a personally-framed essay on feminism in Yumi Tamura’s epic high fantasy series Basara, how it relates to the series’ politics as a whole and to my visceral identity as a feminist. This article was created as part of a week-long celebration of Yumi Tamura’s work.

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Apple censors still targeting LGBTQ content?
This article discusses apparent inconsistencies in Apple’s handling of sexual content in the App Store. In preparation for the article, I interviewed representatives from several manga publishers (requests for comment from Apple were ignored).

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Twilight & the Plight of the Female Fan
A request from The Hooded Utilitarian’s Noah Berlatsky for an article on Twilight inspired this discussion of women in genre fandom and how we’re conditioned to vilify our own.

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Voicing an Opinion: Manga Bookshelf’s Melinda Beasi Talks Canada Customs Case
I discuss criminalization of comics in Canada and how that impacts free expression here at home.

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Make Your Garden Grow
This blog post was written for students at Act Too Studio, to encourage musical immersion as a tool for serious study and to think about what “serious study” really means.

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Staff Stories: Unlocking Nerd Fitness
This was a blog post written in 2012 for National Physical Fitness and Sports Month, offering up my personal experience as a long-time nerd struggling to regain physical fitness.

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More Articles & Reviews
CLAMP MMF: Introduction & CLAMP Directory (Manga Bookshelf)
Review: Blade of the Courtesans (Manga Bookshelf)
Review: The Rough Guide to Manga (About.com)
Why You Should Read NANA (Manga Bookshelf)
Flower of Life: A Love Story (Manga Bookshelf)
Interview with Moyoco Anno, NYCC 2012 (The Beat)
More Roundtables & Other Features
The NANA Project (Comics Should Be Good)
Breaking Down Banana Fish (Manga Bookshelf)
Please Save My Earth (The Hooded Utilitarian)
Lets Get Visual (Soliloquy in Blue)
Off the Shelf: Moon Child (Manga Bookshelf)
Off the Shelf: Basara (Manga Bookshelf)