Last night was the fourth season premiere of HBO’s Project Greenlight—a Matt Damon and Ben Affleck passion project where they give first time filmmakers the chance to make a movie. It also provided a platform for Matt Damon to deliver a masterclass in whitesplaining—a whitesplaining sermon, if you will.
A male seahorse gets pregnant when his mate deposits her as-yet-unfertilized eggs into a pouch on his belly. He fertilizes them, then carries the developing embryos until they’re ready to feed themselves. At which point he forcefully shoots them into the world.
Humans didn’t invent masturbation. We get the urge because our ancestors did too, even back to the earliest mammals and reptiles. It’s likely that as soon as animals evolved brain circuitry that made stimulating sexual organs rewarding, individuals started taking the opportunity to reward themselves.
Greetings, folks. I know I promised you an extra-long “Postal Apocalypse” after last week’s absence, but I caught a mutant technovirus (head-cold) during my wasteland wanderings (plane travel). So here’s a regularly sized mailbag for your enjoyment — load me up with questions and I’ll owe you next week. »
We all want to see more characters of color in books and stories — but for a white writer, getting these characters right can feel like an impossible challenge. You want to avoid stereotypes, but you don't want these characters to feel like white people with non-European names. So what do you do? »
Many fans are demanding more diversity in comics, movies and TV. What you may not realize is that there's already a community of creators producing stories about diverse characters. Now is a great time to get into their work. »
Fear can be a healthy thing for a creator. Fear can drive writers and artists to strive to be their best, but as cartoonist and writer Gene Luen Yang points out in this thoughtful speech, it can sometimes prevent creators from writing characters with different backgrounds—and that's a shame. »
Looking for a few projects to fund this week? We've got some intriguing projects still searching for some generous patrons: a video game based on The Adventures of Dr. McNinja, an album filled with Star Trek jazz covers, a collection of racially diverse fantasy artwork, and a Grimm Fairy Tale animated series, with… »
Leslie Esdaile Banks, who died yesterday, should be an inspiration to writers everywhere — she successfully moved between the genres of fantasy, paranormal romance, crime fiction, African American fiction, and women's fiction, among others. And she also helped bring diversity to the worlds of fantasy and paranormal… »
Climate change could have devastating consequences for much of the world's ecosystems, but at least one area might benefit. Ancient rain forests thrived during severe warming millions of years ago, helping to create today's species diversity. »