Tower-ing Fiction #10: The Seven/Vought Tower, The Boys (2019)

Amazon’s recent series The Boys (2019), an adaptation of a comic-book series of the same name, features The Seven Tower (owned by Vought International), a digital creation built to blend in with the New York City skyline while also extending the show’s real-world filming location in Toronto.

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On Comics: Fiona Smyth, "Skin of Fate," in Nocturnal Emissions #3 (1991) & #4 (1992)

Shawn Gilmore examines Canadian comics artist and illustrator Fiona Smyth’s “Skin of Fate,” originally published in her magazine Nocturnal Emissions #3 (1991) and #4 (1992), using the surreal tale as an introduction to some of the shared stylistic and conceptual elements in her work.

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“Appreciate the Art”: Complicity and Collaboration in BioShock (2007) and The Evil Within 2 (2017)

Kelly Williams argues that both BioShock (2017) and The Evil Within 2 (2017) use the archetype of the mad artist and the mandate to “appreciate the art,” demanding complicity from players, who are forced to comply with a system created by their respective artists (the game developers), following a scripted plot progression, inhabiting a virtual world with prescribed limits, and using mechanics that are all designed by the developers.

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Digital Ghosts: Nathan for You s02e01, "Mechanic/Realtor" (2014)

In the final (for now) entry in his Digital Ghosts series, Ryan Sherwood argues that in the “Mechanic/Realtor” episode of Nathan for You, the chimera of infinite filmability meshes fruitfully with a bold performance style—a gelid numbness that suggests itself as the only suitable response to the apprehension of the otherworldly via digital technology.

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Tower-ing Fiction #9: Glass Tower, The Towering Inferno (1974)

The Glass Tower is the site of the titular inferno in The Towering Inferno (dir. John Guillerman, 1974) and serves as both the site of the film’s blockbuster narrative and as one of the foundational towers of cinema. Constructed as an elaborate nearly 100’ tall model, the Tower is integrated into the film itself, establishing disaster tropes and their visual representations.

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Female Readership and Corruption in The Dark Phoenix Saga (1980) and Dark Phoenix (2019)

Kelly Williams argues that elements of the original Dark Phoenix Saga in its comic-book form—namely the presence of Jason Wyngarde/Mastermind and the illusions he casts to control Jean Grey—continue to be missing from film adaptions, such as the upcoming Dark Phoenix (dir. Simon Kinberg, 2019), suggesting that women cannot handle cosmic abilities and that once they gain power, corruption is inevitable.

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