Ron Swanson, Meat, and the Art of Being a Real Man

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(We here at the Rogue are huge Parks and Recreation fans. On January 13, it begins its final season at 8:00 PM EST. Jo Schaffer writes about her favorite character on the show)Some say that gender roles are dead. The “new woman” can do anything a man does and the “new man” is allowed his feelings, to love shopping for clothes and even the occasional manicure. While some of this may be progress there are a few things happening as a result that may be less than an improvement.In the book Bo … [Read more...]

2015: Yes, Marty, We’re in the Future (But Not Quite)

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We're now a week into 2015 and if you're anything like me, you might have noticed we've finally reached the year that Marty McFly and Doc Brown traveled to in Back to the Future Part II. The crazy unknown they zapped themselves into, aka the future. Back when the film was released in 1989, trying to picture 2015 was nearly as hard as trying to picture 3015. After all, while the world of the 80s saw some advances in technology, namely the VCR, it wasn't until the early 90s, and now the 21st … [Read more...]

Taking on Scott Farkus: Standing up to Your Bullies.

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 In writing my YA novel, Against Her Will, I had to immerse myself in some sad realities. The story follows the struggles of teens in a psych ward who battle their inner demons in a place where not everything that happens is for their own good. As a nurse in a facility, co-author, Serita Stevens, has witnessed the sometimes horrific outcome when young people have been the victims of mistreatment. The book has strong themes about bullying and the dire consequences it can have.In … [Read more...]

Dick Cheney is the White Witch of Narnia (and so is any Christian who agrees with him on torture)

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   Every other weekend, I drive from South Bend to St. Louis to be with the Hooligans (my kids). It’s a long drive and I listen to audiobooks to pass the time. A friend let me borrow her Chronicles of Narnia series by C.S. Lewis and this past weekend I listened to The Magician's Nephew.The sixth book in Lewis' series (or the first, depending on which numbering system you prefer) is Narnia’s creation story. The tale shows us how Aslan (Lewis' stand in for Jes … [Read more...]

SpongeBob SquarePants is Serious Business: How Pop Culture Helped My Family through a Horrific Struggle (with a message from the real SpongeBob inside!)

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 Pop culture often gets a bad rap, especially from those styling themselves as intellectuals and “real artists”.  Some argue that it dulls the senses, doesn’t encourage “higher thoughts” and deadens the cultural tastes.  A few critics would go further to say it poisons our minds. They are right in some ways. Popular culture wields a lot of power in defining the music, food, fashions and even the way we talk to others.There is no doubt that pop culture as a giant menu and we g … [Read more...]

Simpsons Executive Producer Al Jean: “Religion Will Be A Part of Character’s Death”.

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As I watch TV and movies, I'm often frustrated at how they treat the subject of religion. Pop Culture either ignores it (wouldn't want to offend anyone) or degrades it as much as possible (just about every episode of Family Guy). Very few shows or movies take religion at face value and address it in all of it's glory and absurdity.This is why the Simpsons are still one of my all time favorite TV shows. As much as church groups protested the show back in the early 90's, the fact remains that t … [Read more...]

Revisiting Star Trek: VOYAGER

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May 23, 1994 – a cheer erupted from a house packed with nerdy (and not-so-nerdy) high schoolers as the Riker-commanded three-nacelled Enterprise unapologetically demolished a Klingon bird of prey. Star Trek: The Next Generation was about to end. What was next? … [Read more...]

Salt Lake City Comic Con: Interview with Neal Adams: “Comics can Entertain and Make People think on a Deeper Level”

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(Salt Lake City Comic Con has been a mind blowing experience. I have so much to write about and I'll try to get to all of it in the next week. I'd planned to give a run down of the past two days in tonight's post. My plans got changed in a hurry.Why? Well, on Thursday, I walked the floor of the vendor hall before the crowds started to pour into the arena. As I toured the aisles, I stopped short when I saw a huge table with one of my all time heroes, comic legend Neal Adams, signing prints of … [Read more...]

Salt Lake City Comic Con to begin with a Press Conference

Tomorrow is Salt Lake City Comic Con! The madness begins.My day will start off at 11:00 P.M with the press conference at the Salt Palace Convention Center.What will this look like? From the official press release....The press conference is a chance for Dan Farr, the Show Producer and founder and Bryan Brandenburg, the Chief Marketing Officer and co-founder, to give updates and answer questions from the media about Salt Lake Comic Con. Farr and Brandenburg will be joined by a variety … [Read more...]

Top Five Things I’m Looking Forward to at SLC Comic Con

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The countdown to Salt Lake City Comic Con is T-minus two days. As of this time Thursday, I'll be giving my first panel discussion.So, what am I looking forward to the most at my first ever Comic Con?Here is the list.....5) Interviewing Cool People.Here's the thing, I'm not really a celebrity geek. I've got my favorites, of course, but no one I'd really fall over myself if I met them. When I do a celebrity interview, I'm interested in what motivates them as a creative … [Read more...]


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