Cover art for a blog post on Frank Miller. Black background with white text stating "Dark Knight Returns," "300," "Daredevil," "Ronin," "Holy Terror," "Frank Miller." The phrase Frank Miller is placed in front of a red stain. Graphic by Gabriel Connor Salter

Frank Miller, 9/11 and the heroism question

I'm sitting now in my backyard, thinking about Frank Miller and 9/11. These aren't things many people would put together, but for graphic novel fans with a strong sense of the genre's history (or people interested in Marvel's Daredevil) they've intertwined in a way that shows how artists can be deeply affected by catastrophe, and …

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Terry Pratchett, Frank Miller and Using Rage to Fuel Good Writing

Here's one of writing's funny paradoxes: experts often say you should write about the things which move you, the things that really get you excited or angry or sad. But writing about what makes you angry can create lopsided stories where you just rant instead of telling the story. Is there a way to write …

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How to fit Spiritual Themes in Stories (Part 1)

Several weeks ago I lead a workshop with Professional Writing students at Taylor University, entitled "Superheroes, Symbolism and the Third Space: Writing Christian-themed Stories in Secular Entertainment." What is a Third Space? Third Space is a term I’m basing on a quote Scott Derrickson, director/co-writer of Dr. Strange said in an interview w/ RELEVANT magazine. Derrickson’s …

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