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From 2008 to 2015 I wrote a weekly column for Synthesis Weekly under the name Zooey Mae. What started as an outlet to review graphic novels and comic books evolved over the years to cover everything from pop culture to whatever menial event was happening in my life. Looking back, I think I spent much too much time regaling Chico with tales of my allergies. 

Dial 911 & Ask For Obama

Originally published in Synthesis Weekly: March 2012

To anyone who reads my ramblings with any regularity, you know that I enjoy 1290AM, the staunch Republican talk radio station. Obviously I don’t agree with their inane rants, but I do find it entertaining, which of course is the name of the game in the angry talk radio pundit arena. With all the nonsensical idiocy that spews from the speakers as Michael Savage, Sean Hannity, and of course Rush Limbaugh flap their mouth pieces about, it’s always interesting to me when one of the comments garners nationwide attention. That’s exactly what happened a few weeks ago when Limbaugh opened his overfed trap to call Sandra Fluke, a slut for questioning the powers-that-be about the high price of birth control. It became apparent from his next few shows that he is, quite simply, a simpleton who doesn’t actually know how birth control works. This was pretty hilarious, but he’s definitely had other, shall we say “missteps” over the years. He’s also claimed feminism is for unattractive women (feminism was established so as to allow unattractive women easier access to the mainstream of society”), if kids are starving in America they should simply go dumpster diving (there’s the Dollar Menu at McDonald’s and if they don’t have Chicken McNuggets, dial 911 and ask for Obama. If he doesn’t pick up, there’s always the neighborhood dumpster”), and my favorite, that women’s lives are easier than men’s (women still live longer than men because their lives are easier). Oh Rush, you silly bastard. Maybe people would be more inclined to take you seriously if you didn’t look like someone inflated James Carville’s soon-to-be corpse with helium and hatred.

In the vein of female empowerment and malarkey, we turn our sights to the newest Fables spinoff called Fairest. Bill Willingham the creator of Fablesdescribed this monthly comic as “almost like a series of miniseries”, with each story arc focusing on a different fairytale heroine. Willingham himself is penning the first arc, which features Sleeping Beauty. Artist Phil Jeminez (Wonder Woman, Infinite Crisis, The Invisibles, New X-Men), will provide the artwork. The second story arc has been announced as focusing on Rapunzel, and will be written by South African writer Lauren Beukes. I’m not familiar with any of her work, so I look forward to seeing where she takes things. I picked up issue #1 today from the good folks at Collector’s Ink, as well as a smattering of other comics. 

Lastly, I recently watched the newest preview for the upcoming Avengersmovie, and I have to say, I’m excited. I’m not expecting anything groundbreaking or mind blowing, but I do appreciate the fact that the film studios seem to have figured out that the demographic for superhero franchises are widening and growing older, and they’re moving forward with that in mind. That’s all for this week, hope everyone’s midterms are going swimmingly. Later, nerds.

Arielle Mullen