The Hypocrites’ All Our Tragic is a brilliant piece of community theater, and by that I mean theater that turns the audience into a community. After hour 6, the energy in the Den really started to change and there was this surge of camaraderie with the other theatergoers. (It also helps that the script considerably improves in the second half, with a better balance of light and dark elements.) We were all in this marathon together—the audience, the actors, the crew, the creators—and the further along we went, the more supportive everyone became.
There was just a total sense of comfort and relaxation that I don’t normally feel in theater, and that pulled me further into the story, which grew progressively more fucked up with each act. Mad props to Miranda Anderson and the rest of the backstage crew for making that show run so smoothly; everyone had their work cut out for them, and they made it look easy. Also: Claire Alden is the best 12-hour theater partner in the world.
Strange Tales #1 (“The Blue Hair” - Marvel Knights - November 2009)
Writer/Illustrator: Nicholas Gurewitch
When the A.V. Club asked me to talk about what inspired me to get into comics, they meant for me to talk about a piece of media. Zara was that thing for me, when my brother bought it for me in New York in 2001. But I can’t talk about Zara without talking about the context in which I read Zara, as a tween suddenly on fire with the realization that my body was becoming a battleground. Since this comic was posted, I’ve been accused of basically lying in order to push an agenda, as if these experiences that make up my life are so unbelievable that I must have sensationalized them for some crass motive. I thought about juxtaposing the experiences of my white male schoolmates, to show how insulated and relatively uncomplicated their lives were at this time, as they related them to me. But I figured the bros in the comments would do justice enough to that, and they don’t disappoint.Predictably, when asked to imagine a world where men have no power and no human rights, some men get REALLY testy. Cue the accusations of misandry, cue the common-knowledge that women are too catty, bitchy, passive-aggressive, hysterical, and shrill to run the world, am I suggesting that women are somehow BETTER THAN MEN? Blah burp fart.HONEY is that world. And it’s a world full of horrors. But it’s a world lived on female terms. All I am asking is that you try to imagine it, and ask yourself if it is functionally any better or worse than the world we live in.HUGE thanks to my AD Oliver Sava for sticking up for me and getting this thing published.