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Article in Print: Tracking Sci-Fi Web Shows

Article in Print: Tracking Sci-Fi Web Shows

In the latest issue of Bitch, I expand on a blog post I wrote awhile ago about sci-fi web series by and about people of color. The article is only in print, but you can buy a digital edition for $5 on the magazine’s website by clicking here (or for $6 you can order a physical [...]

April 18, 2012 Aymar Jean Christian News and Updates 1

The End of Post-Identity Television

The End of Post-Identity Television

Thanks to NewforTVMajors for linking. Nothing ever “ends” in culture — and nothing is ever new. Conditions change. Culture changes, sometimes. Still, it does feel like a certain era is ending. That era might be called the post-identity era, which, in television, had its prime in the 2000s. “Post-identity” here refers to the casting of characters [...]

April 17, 2012 Aymar Jean Christian Features Comments Off on The End of Post-Identity Television

‘Mad Men,’ ‘The Hunger Games,’ and the Need for Consequential Characters of Color

‘Mad Men,’ ‘The Hunger Games,’ and the Need for Consequential Characters of Color

Thanks to Racialicious for linking. It was a blockbuster weekend if there ever was one. The Hunger Games shattered theatrical record after record, all the more admirable for what is essentially a feminist blockbuster — broad, violent and just as stirring other top earners Harry Potter and The Dark Night (blockbusters are so dark these days, aren’t they?). [...]

March 26, 2012 Aymar Jean Christian Culture 3

‘The Walking Dead’ and the Real Diversity Problem On (Some) Ambitious Dramas

‘The Walking Dead’ and the Real Diversity Problem On (Some) Ambitious Dramas

Thanks to Racialicious and writing to transgress for re-posting. UPDATE: The arrival of a new character signals a possible shift in season three. It’s an old and uninteresting complaint: black characters on TV — and horror movies — get killed or written off too early. Clearly, that is what’s been happening on The Walking Dead with T-Dog. [...]

March 12, 2012 Aymar Jean Christian Television and Film 7

Outsiders After Viral Video

Outsiders After Viral Video

Originally posted at Hacktivision If YouTube’s massive overhaul – many years in the making – revealed anything, it was our deep investments in the transformative potential of web video. Many observers have criticized the company’s move as selling out, a way to streamline the site’s chaos for the benefit of advertisers. (What else is a [...]

January 27, 2012 Aymar Jean Christian Culture Comments Off on Outsiders After Viral Video

Web Series Spotlight: ‘Mythomania’ Strives For Comic Book Stardom

Web Series Spotlight: ‘Mythomania’ Strives For Comic Book Stardom

If the 2000s taught filmgoers anything, it was “comics are marketable.” Hollywood mined superhero classics, artier graphic novels like The Watchmen got their due, and even original franchises like Inception were comic book’ed. Popularity opened up a space for edgier fare: Stan Lee and Alan Moore weren’t the only ones to profit. So did Derek Kirk Kim, [...]

January 5, 2012 Aymar Jean Christian uncategorized 2

Fan Production as Industrial Response in ‘Transformative Works & Cultures’

Fan Production as Industrial Response in ‘Transformative Works & Cultures’

Some of you may remember the web series The Real Girl’s Guide to Everything Else, a satirical show about Rasha, a Lebanese lesbian forced to date men to finance her book project. The series got a lot of coverage last year, from NPR to Jezebel, and a host of lesbian-focused blogs and websites. Super-syndicated across various [...]

November 15, 2011 Aymar Jean Christian News and Updates Comments Off on Fan Production as Industrial Response in ‘Transformative Works & Cultures’

Hollywood Needs Will Smith. Why Doesn’t It Make Another One?

Hollywood Needs Will Smith. Why Doesn’t It Make Another One?

In yet another great exclusive report on the industry, New York‘s Claude Brodesser-Akner writes today that Fox has been having a bit of trouble starting production on two possible sequels to Independence Day, in part because Will Smith is not yet signed on to star. Money problems. Smith, who’s been absent for years but is coming [...]

October 27, 2011 Aymar Jean Christian uncategorized 4

Web Series Spotlight: ‘Osiris’ Diversifies Sci-Fi With A Smart, Immortal Soul

Web Series Spotlight: ‘Osiris’ Diversifies Sci-Fi With A Smart, Immortal Soul

I recently explored the growth of diverse sci-fi/fantasy shows on the web using the new original series Osiris as a perfect example. The show, which has received some publicity help from the awesome Shadow and Act, is sleek thriller about a man named Osiris who cannot die, instead resurrecting each time after he’s killed. He’s 300 years old, [...]

September 28, 2011 Aymar Jean Christian uncategorized Comments Off on Web Series Spotlight: ‘Osiris’ Diversifies Sci-Fi With A Smart, Immortal Soul

Web Shows Trek Past Sci-Fi’s Color Line

Web Shows Trek Past Sci-Fi’s Color Line

Thanks to Racialicious for reposting! From Blacula to Sleep Dealer, filmmakers of color have always been interested in science fiction and fantasy. But these days in Hollywood, sci-fi/fantasy films demand big budgets, and it seems like only Will Smith and Denzel Washington are powerful enough to greenlight a genre film starring an actor of color. The [...]

September 28, 2011 Aymar Jean Christian uncategorized 6