Crosspost: An Interview With Kat Barrell

Kat Barrell Discusses Clexacon, Fandom, the Power of Storytelling, and Diverse Representation in Media “At The Fandomentals, we’ve got you covered for all the most exciting ClexaCon news. We had…

Supergirl 2.08 “Medusa” Review

Supergirl 2.08 Review, “Medusa” Finally. It’s here. “ Medusa ”, the Thanksgiving episode of Danvers’ family awkwardness in all its glory. Gretchen and Elizabeth have been waiting for this episode…

We All Deserve an Eliza Danvers

Last night’s episode of Supergirl was a goddamn gift. A treasure, a beacon of hope and love in a world of grimdark. Every time I watch Supergirl I think they’ve reached a new…

Supergirl 2.07 “Darkest Place” Review

Supergirl 2.07 Review, “Darkest Place” Elizabeth and Gretchen are back for more Supergirl! Unfortunately, “The Darkest Place” had nothing to do with Thanksgiving dinner and Alex needing to drink lots of wine,…

Breaking Ranks

Breaking Ranks and the Cycle of Violence

Another Fandom Following article for you all, this time a character analysis of M’gann M’orzz from Supergirl and Finn from Star Wars, two characters who break ranks with their militaristic society to…

Supergirl 2.06 “Changing” Review

Supergirl 2.06 Review, ‘Changing’ Supergirl continues to thrill me and my co-reviewer Elizabeth with it’s raw, vulnerable, and thrillingly scripted coming out story for Alex Danvers. ‘Changing’ hits all the…

An Ode to The Survivors

In light of recent political events, there have been a lot of posts and articles going up about how to get involved and change things. Posts about volunteering and voting and getting involved in local chapters of national movements. Posts about the best ways to use time, energy, money, and skills. Posts about how to take care of marginalized minorities and protect them. These are all excellent things. We need to do these things. We need to protect other people, make a plan for the future, and try to change things for the better and those who can do all those things (or just some) ought to. I'm not here to talk to those people. I'm here to talk to the survivors. I'm here to say that not everyone can do those things and that's okay. Some of us have disabilities or chronic illnesses that make difficult to impossible to leave the house. Some of us have mental health concerns like depression or anxiety, ADHD or other executive dysfunctions, low energy, etc. The list goes on. Not everyone can do 10 new things. Not everyone can help every at risk minority or important cause. We all have limited resources, but some of us are more limited than others. I'm here to say it's okay. If you can only add one new thing? Good for you. Do that thing. If you can't add anything? That's okay, too. If 'all' you can do is take care of yourself (and sometimes even that is difficult, let's be honest), do that. Don't feel pressured to add stress or anxiety to your life. Focus on taking care of yourself. That's valuable in and of itself. I value that choice, I value you.

Crosspost: Light in the Grimdark

I now present you with a call to hope from my editors over at The Fandomentals: “Normally, we at The Fandomentals resolve to keep our site focused on the media we…

Supergirl 2.05 “Crossfire” Review

Supergirl 2.05 Review, “Crossfire” My friend Elizabeth and I tackle last night’s episode of Supergirl ‘ Crossfire ‘, including Alex’s coming out scene (OMG!!!!), Lena’s mother being head of Cadmus,…

Monstress-ly* Good

A Review of Marjorie Liu's and Sana Takeda's Monstress Volume 1 (Issues 1-6)

coverI've been eyeing it for weeks, but I finally picked up Monstress at my local comic book store. Let me tell you's it's worth it. If you like diverse representation, rich art, interesting worldbuilding, Lovecraftian horror, and a healthy dose of the macabre that is. It's a dark world, so beware, but the honest exploration of slavery, war, PTSD, and coping with feeling like a monster on the inside (and actually being one) makes it worthwhile.

*Trigger warnings for a rape threat, death and maiming (including children), cannibalism, gore, and body horror.*