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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. 

The Snozzberries Taste Like Disappointment

Originally published in Synthesis Weekly: September 2011

I am fairly certain that my parents ruined the prospect of ever enjoying smoking marijuana. As early on as I can remember they used to take my brother and I to parties in Magalia or down Honey Run Road where there were copious amounts of drum circles, dreadlocks, enough female armpit hair to make approximately seven toupees for George Costanza and of course, plenty of pot stink in the air. For me, I’m sure dear reader, you can understand, the smell and presence of pot has always been something that will always, first and foremost, remind me of those parties. So… I have to say, that when I find myself watching drum circles or fire dancers, as talented as they may be, my sense memory brings me right back to those potluck (emphasis on “pot”) parties I went to as a kid. Maybe I’m missing something, but stoner culture just bums me out in general. And yes, before I enrage the burners, I know stoner culture and fire dancing/drum circles might be worlds apart, but for the sake of this column and my small word count, lets just put them in the same category, shall we?

In any case, maybe I missed out on something. Or maybe these people are just on some next level that I simply haven’t reached yet. Who knows, check back in a year or two, maybe good ol’ Zooey Mae is going to be twirling fire around her head with pupils the size of dinner plates whilst surrounded by drummers drumming, (a la Twelve Days Of Christmas). I guess it’s a possibility… but I wouldn’t bet on it. Pot smoke makes me sneeze (nerdiest allergy ever) and the whole fire thing isn’t really my bag… but you know what I do love… comics! So let’s talk about them, yes?

First up we have Habibi, the newest venture from Craig Thompson. You might remember Thompson from his epic Blankets. Both drawn and illustrated by Thompson, Habibi is set in the Middle East and follows Dodola, a young girl sold into child marriage by her illiterate parents. After her husband teaches her to read and write, a string of adventures occurs that is nothing short of amazing. Habibi, much like Blankets, will captivate you until the last page. Pick it up at your local shop.

In other news, apparently DC got a little jealous at the attention that Miles Morales, the new half-black, half-Hispanic Spider-Man is getting. Bunker, the newest Teen Titan has officially thrown his pink and purple hat into the ring, and it is fabulous. No really, I’m not kidding, his costume is entirely pink and purple. Really DC? I shake my head at you. If you’re wondering who the winner of the diversity award goes to, it’s neither. According to www.toplessrobot.comArchie’s character Kevin Keller (who is a homosexual) is getting married. Well played, Riverdale… well played. 

Arielle Mullen