Mortari

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Mortari is a life-long geek who can't get enough of superheroes. She's interested in how comics represent our social, cultural and political values, and particularly in the portrayal of women and minority characters. You can find her talking about comics on Tumblr or politics on Twitter.

Where next for The Avengers?

Where next for The Avengers?

Here at Slacker Heroes, we just loved Joss Whedon’s action-packed Avengers movie. And so did other fans and the public, leading to huge box office sales in the film’s opening week. The success of this opening has given a big boost to Marvel’s image and to the public’s interest in comics in general, as well as proving [...]

Do video games make people violent?

Do video games make people violent?

This week controversy about computer games has hit the news again, with the revelation that Norwegian mass-murderer Anders Breivik spent a year of his life playing World of Warcraft. Newspapers have wondered if the “secret to the Norwegian massacre” lies in his obsession with games, some retailers are pulling games from the shelves following the [...]

Living the Good Life: Superheroes and Ethics

Living the Good Life: Superheroes and Ethics

What does it mean to be a good person? What rules should we follow when trying to make a moral decision? What is the best way to interact with other people and our society? These are all questions of Ethics – a branch of philosophy that studies moral principles. As a philosophy student, I’m endlessly [...]

Faking It: the "Fake Nerd Girl' and Sexism in Geek Culture

Faking It: the “Fake Nerd Girl’ and Sexism in Geek Culture

  Meet the Fake Nerd Girl. She pretends to be into geeky hobbies so that guys will like her. She doesn’t really care about games, or comics, or programming, she just pretends for attention. Tara Brown at Forbes despairs over those like her: “Pretentious females who have labelled themselves as a “geek girl” [have] figured out that guys will pay a [...]

Africa is a Country: Colonialism in Comics

Africa is a Country: Colonialism in Comics

“I came to realize that Kenya was poor, not because of anything internal, but because the wealth produced by Kenyans ended in developing the western world.” - Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o “Imperialism leaves behind germs of rot which we must clinically detect and remove from our land but from our minds as well.” – Frantz Fanon One [...]

"Ms." Marvel? Actually, it's "Captain"

“Ms.” Marvel? Actually, it’s “Captain”

This week Marvel teased us by releasing a promotional image for a new Captain Marvel title, beginning this summer and written by Kelly Sue DeConnick. Many different people (and one alien!) have held the title of Captain Marvel, but the rumour is that the new captain will be much-loved Carol Danvers. Previously known as Ms. [...]

Homosexuality in 'Mass Effect'

Homosexuality in ‘Mass Effect’

Mass Effect 3 was released this week, much to the jubilation of fans everywhere. As the final part of a trilogy of action-RPG games by BioWare, the initial reviews have been generally positive and suggest that it meets the very high standards of the previous games. I’ve played the first few hours, and while I’m [...]

Girls Don't Read Comics

Girls Don’t Read Comics

The latest survey results from DC regarding the New 52 reboot make for interesting reading. The vast majority of the people surveyed (93%) were male, and this trend of low numbers of women purchasing comics is common. So perhaps then women just aren’t interested in comics? While I know plenty of people who would disagree, [...]

Picking Up New Titles: Advertising and Recommendations

Picking Up New Titles: Advertising and Recommendations

Too many comics, not enough time! We all know the feeling; there are so many great titles being produced that we’ll just never get around to reading them all. While I never find myself short of comics I want to read, I’ve noticed that I tend to stick to very familiar characters and titles. Even [...]