Con Watch: Animethon 23

Written by Cheryl Cottrell-Smith The time of year when anime fans and cosplayers unite to make downtown Edmonton residents uncomfortable is nigh. MacEwan’s green pastures await. All of the Pokemon WILL be caught. Back for its 23rd year, Animethon offers guests a whole slew of events, fan panels, special guests, and anime-related goodies. For three days, the convention will be taking over the downtown MacEwan campus and filling the grounds with the quirkiest, most passionate group of people you’ll ever meet. Join us for a weekend of excitement on August 5-7, pick up some collectibles, meet some celebrities, and maybe … Continue reading Con Watch: Animethon 23

Two sorts of people: a defence of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (2016)

Written by Cheryl Cottrell-Smith “There are two sorts of people in this world, those who like Jane Austen and those who like zombies. Do not mix.” The above quote, penned by Mary Jo Murphy in a New York Times list of Jane Austen film adaptations, takes to task the recent adaptation of Jane Austen’s most popular novel; namely, Burr Steers’ big screen version of Seth Grahame-Smith’s mashup novel, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (2009). Murphy’s sneering dig at the movie is clear: people who like Jane Austen novels, who revel in the mannerisms and propriety of the eighteenth century, are … Continue reading Two sorts of people: a defence of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (2016)