Han Solo, He-Man, my dad, and Jesus Christ. These were my heroes as a kid. I would weave stories about them in my head, filling in the gaps as needed (this was the 80s after all—emotionally available men and endless streaming episodes of Masters of the Universe weren’t yet accessible). The myths and narratives I… Read More Review: Piccolo Is Black: A Memoir of Race, Religion, and Pop Culture
Your heroes will all eventually let you down. This was a particularly hard lesson for me to learn as I transitioned from childhood into adolescence. We all encounter this feeling to some degree as a part of maturation, but it was maybe especially harsh for one who worshiped at the foot of pop culture and… Read More Never Meet Your Heroes, Right, Renton?
I have a lot of anime DVDs sitting on my bookshelf (you can see some of them here, and at the same time enter our contest if you’d like, too!). Over the years I’ve culled it, selling dozens of series I once owned. One reason why is that I don’t want to be a collector… Read More Painting Pictures of Great Anime (and Pop Culture) That Weren’t