Author: Travis McMaster

How Am I Supposed To Celebrate Halloween? (Seriously)

” If you need ideas — it’s Halloween which evidently is the entire month of October now. “ This is a line Audrey Kearns, editor of GGA, included in an email to me asking if I had any pitches for a new article. I was going to do a book review, but this sentiment stuck to my mind like caramel to an apple. It’s something I’ve seen echoed on social media, either as condemnation or celebration, myself firmly the latter. Halloween is my favorite holiday. Maybe, as a child, a couple of the gift receiving holidays slipped in with...

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If No One Else Is Going to Defend THE DARK TOWER, Then I Will!

I’m not up on my high horse here (you’ll know when I am, I promise.), I’m not going to shame you or deny you your opinions. I’m not being a contrarian or affecting a quirky love of something unpopular. I’m not a blind but faithful Stephen King fanboy pulling a defense of anything bearing his name. But I am going to defend Nikolaj Arcel’s The Dark Tower movie. Please, put down your pitchforks and hear me out. When I’m done you’re welcome to chase me down with torches, but for now, just listen. (Spoilers for the books ahead) For context:...

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THE TICK, Fun as a child, Important as an Adult

~Travis McMaster Now that we’ve all had time to binge the first half of Ben Edlund‘s latest The Tick TV show, I want to examine where it all began. There will be plenty of reviews and deconstructions of the new Amazon show (for the record, I loved it. I think it’s got a unique texture, which is so rare in this genre) so instead, I want to go back to where it started for me, and most of us, and talk about exactly why The Tick speaks to so many of us in the same exact weird way. Context: In...

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