The Authority of Canon

Sam, What decides the canon of story? Does it matter which comes first? Which should hold more weight, book or film? Discerning canon is an important aspect of literary scholarship because the authority of canon decides which stories we will keep telling long after their authors have returned to the dirt. After all, myths have…

Be a Filter, Not a Sponge

Sam, You only have to participate in one writing critique group to understand theĀ vitalĀ importance of being a filter, not a sponge. The phrase “everyone is a critic” may as well be engraved on the tombstone of every artist because . . . everyone really is a critic. When it comes to art, every opinion matters…

Abandon Origins?

Sam, The past decade (and then some) has given us something many thought would never happen: comic book stories part of the cultural zeitgeist. This “revival” had allowed for the Muggles of comics to take them seriously. Accordingly, there has to be a proper introduction to the characters and worlds they operate in. This is…

World-Building

Sam, So there’s this new story I’m working on and am actually quite excited about. Whenever I want to avoid doing homework or readings or have some down time on the bus or between classes, I take to doing something that I have missed since before I started writing Project Stripes almost three years ago:…