How Do You Defeat Superman Without Even Touching Him?

In my latest article, published by Area of Effect magazine, I discuss a 1980's comic book story where Superman's friend arrive at his Fortress of Solitude ... to discover someone's defeated him. Without using Kryptonite. Along the way, I discuss how the past creates who we are today, and how we can reconcile with it. …

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How to Fit Spiritual Themes in Stories (Part 4)

(Part 4 of 4, based on a workshop on fitting faith-based themes or symbols in mainstream stories. Here's Part 3 for those who missed it). Method 4: Talk about spiritual ideas openly, but in different words. The 2016 movie Dr. Strange (co-written and directed by Scott Derrickson, whom I mentioned in Part 1) shows this idea very …

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How to Fit Spiritual Themes in Stories (Part 3)

(Part 3 of 4, based on a workshop on fitting faith-based themes or symbols in mainstream stories. Here’s Part 1 and Part 2 for those who missed it). Method 3: Include spiritual themes/symbols along with other themes/symbols in the story. Grant Morrison's graphic novel Arkham Asylum provides a great example of how to do this. For those …

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When Does Doomsday Preaching Go Wrong?

  For a Christian, thinking about the end of the world isn’t always bad. The belief this world is temporary and Jesus is returning soon comes up multiple times in Paul’s epistles and can encourage Christians to always share their faith. One could argue the End Times focus of Revelation is encouraging, a reminder that …

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How to Fit Spiritual Themes in Stories Part 2

(Part 2 of 4, based on a workshop on fitting faith-based themes or symbols in mainstream stories. Here's Part 1 for those who missed it). Method 2: Explore characters who, by design or the role they play in stories, naturally have spiritual themes to them. One great example of this is Superman. As far as …

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