When Superheroes Need Cash

What happens when a costumed crimefighter doesn't have enough bucks for a Batcave? In a new satirical piece, published by the Odyssey on May 18, 2017, I answer that question. Captain Unbeatable, the relentless defender of an obscure American city known as Hooverville, resorts to sending out a newsletter for donations

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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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. great example. One great example of this is Superman. As …

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