An early comics book writer inspired today’s TV writing. The Umbrella Academy (Netflix), based on the comic book by Gerard Way and Gabriel Bá, tops binge-worthy TV lists this month. Mary J. Blige plays Cha-Cha, an assassin that can travel through time.
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Our current golden age of TV storytelling is influenced by comic books, in particular, one writer: Chris Claremont pushed boundaries and gave audiences strong female leads and deeply involved dramas.
Although the show was rightly criticised for its lack of diversity, the First Slayer - she who begat all future slayers, including Buffy - was black.
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Buffy the Vampire Slayer, a cult classic, was a series with a diversity problem. News of a new season provides an opportunity for a different kind of storytelling.
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At the heart of this 20-year-old show is a critique of the quest for absolute power.
Gillian Anderson as Jane Bond.
It’s time for a new Bond – what about a woman? Two academics debate the cultural implications of changing the spy’s gender.
Christina Hendricks with the Mad Men costume sketches being archived by the Smithsonian. But academics were interested in television long before Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Mad Men.
Before Buffy The Vampire Slayer intrigued academics, shows like I Love Lucy dominated the cultural conversation. This is worth remembering, because Mad Men and The Wire didn’t emerge from nowhere.
For Buffy fans, Sarah Michelle Gellar will always be the Slayer.
Give them enough blood and vampires keep on feeding – but give academics Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997-2003) and the same phenomenon occurs. Much Ado About Whedon: The 6th Biennial Slayage Conference…