Why the Light Fury is Infuriating (and Other Problems with How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World)

When the How to Train Your Dragon film crew finally emerged from their studios and The Hidden World was no longer just a title, nostalgic Berkians rushed to the cinemas to experience what would be the last official movie of the decade-long franchise. Like its predecessors, the third HTTYD film was wonderfully crafted, inspiring, exciting,Continue reading “Why the Light Fury is Infuriating (and Other Problems with How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World)”

Review: Refreshing and Affecting Fantasy in Marlon James’ Black Leopard, Red Wolf and Guy Gavriel Kay’s A Brightness Long Ago

This review contains mild spoilers.   If anyone ever tells you that fantasy literature is a stale genre with tired tropes, direct them to two 2019 releases: Booker Prize winner Marlon James’ epic fantasy debut Black Leopard, Red Wolf and the latest novel from Canadian mythweaver (and U of T Law alum) Guy Gavriel Kay,Continue reading “Review: Refreshing and Affecting Fantasy in Marlon James’ Black Leopard, Red Wolf and Guy Gavriel Kay’s A Brightness Long Ago”

Frankenstein vs. Prometheus: A Consideration

The fact that Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein was given the alternate title of “The Modern Prometheus” has always puzzled me. So being as mildly obsessed with mythology as I am, I started to consider just why Victor Frankenstein was casually likened to an ancient Greek titan Prometheus. When I previously thought about Frankenstein, I saw oppositionsContinue reading “Frankenstein vs. Prometheus: A Consideration”

The Heart of Hunter x Hunter

In a genre known for tough guys eager to duke it out for the sake of it, drawn-out tactical fights that can last episodes, power-levels, and edge-lords, the acts of love and understanding which denote Hunter x Hunter’s (2011) narrative climaxes seem somewhat out of place. As a shonen anime, Hunter x Hunter has aContinue reading “The Heart of Hunter x Hunter”

Ava’s Pick: Top 7 Female-Centered Fantasy Books

With the rise of TV shows like Game of Thrones and American Gods, the fantasy genre has has gained widespread popularity in recent years, reaching people who wouldn’t have even paid attention to fantasy stories before. The likes of Brandon Sanderson, J. R. Tolkien, Neil Gaiman and George R. Martin have become household names. TheContinue reading “Ava’s Pick: Top 7 Female-Centered Fantasy Books”

“One Piece”: A Review

One Piece – Why is it special? One Piece’s reputation precedes it. Setting a Guinness World Record for the most copies published for the same comic book series by a single author, it’s been in near-constant serialization for over 15 years and shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon. One Piece is a JapaneseContinue reading ““One Piece”: A Review”

“The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina”: A Review

Remaking old classics with a darker twist has been a common trend in film and television lately, and Netflix’s The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina is the latest example of this. Sabrina The Teenage Witch was a comic book series published by Archie Comics starring a spirited girl who lived with her aunts and had toContinue reading ““The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina”: A Review”

The Golem and The Jinni

In her debut novel, The Golem and the Jinni, Helen Wecker crafts a tale of two magical creatures who find themselves amongst the large mass of immigrants in 19th century New York City. Chava is a golem crafted from clay, recently created because golems are naturally bound to servitude and her master wanted an obedientContinue reading “The Golem and The Jinni”

From Inspiration to Illustration: An Interview with Koyorin

Koyorin is a Toronto-based digital illustrator whose work has appeared in conventions like The Toronto Comic Arts Festival (TCAF) and Anime North. Currently, they are working as a freelance artist after having completed their bachelor’s degree in design from OCAD university. In their free time, Koyorin draws fan art or original art, plays video games,Continue reading “From Inspiration to Illustration: An Interview with Koyorin”