Picking Teams: 12 Pop Culture Debates

by T. Mack

It came to my attention recently that there are certain battles within pop culture, specific disagreements among fandoms, particular debates that have no definitive answers. These topics divide the masses in a friendly, yet passionate way, and will likely do so forever.

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I hadn’t really thought about the existence of these divides within the culture, but once I did, I couldn’t stop thinking about them. Because I realized that I have a firm opinion about many of them. And furthermore, I’m staunchly ready to defend my position on these topics. At some point, without realizing it, I picked a side. I chose a team and didn’t even know it. So today, I’m claiming my colors and proudly proclaiming my stance on the really important issues, such as…


1. Pacey vs Dawson

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Fandom Funnies!

by T. Mack

This week, we’re picking teams. Come back Friday for a discussion of some of pop culture’s most intriguing arguments. Find out which side I land on and tell me which teams you rep. Today, we’re starting with this throwback from the boys at ERB.

Unapologetically Black, Unequivocally Funny (A Review of “A Black Lady Sketch Show)

by T. Mack

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Black women have a unique voice in the world of comedy. When I write this, please don’t read subtext. This certainly isn’t to say that others don’t have unique voices as well or that the voices of black women in comedy are somehow more valuable than others. Mine is just a simple statement of truth. Black women do indeed have a unique voice within the world of comedy. With A Black Lady Sketch Show, some of today’s most talented black comediennes come together to create a hilarious experience that’s quite unlike anything we’ve ever had before. Continue reading

Fandom Funnies!

by T. Mack

If you haven’t done so already, you should definitely check out A Black Lady Sketch Show on HBO. Come back this Friday for my full review of this hilarious show. Click below to get a taste of what you’ve been missing if you haven’t seen this series yet.

**NSFW, so put in those headphones.**

Terrifically Twisted Tales (“Second Hand Curses” Book Review)

by T. Mack

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Giving classic fairy tales a new twist isn’t a novel concept. However, the way that Drew Hayes brings them all together in a string of unexpected connections and creative new perspectives is original, unique, funny, and totally worth your time as a reader. In Second Hand Curses, we follow Jack, Frank, and Marie (a.k.a. The Bastard Champions) on their journey across magical kingdoms. The trio have specific skill sets. For a price, they are willing to take on odd, dangerous, and nigh-impossible jobs that may or may not include hunting, maiming, or killing someone who has taken advantage of someone else who didn’t deserve it. Did your fairy godmother forget to mention that in return for the prince’s love you must spend the rest of your life in her servitude? Did a mysterious piper whisk away all the children in your village and refuse to return them without a very handsome ransom? Were you tricked by a frog into trading places with him before he ran away and left you to fend for yourself as a lowly amphibian? Then The Bastard Champions are here for you… for a price, of course. Continue reading

Perhaps “Villain” is a Relative Term (“The Rules of Supervillainy” Book Review)

by T. Mack

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The Rules of Supervillainy by C.T. Phipps is the first in a series of books deemed The Supervillainy Saga. The book follows the adventures of Gary Karkofsky, who inhabits a world filled with superheroes and supervillains. Gary, is just a regular guy, though, until he randomly inherits the magical cloak of his city’s most celebrated hero, who is recently deceased. Gary doesn’t dream of being a hero, however. He dreams of being rich. So he takes the hero’s cloak and becomes Merciless, the Supervillain without Mercy. Now he just has to convince his wife to go along with his plans, figure out his powers, prove that he’s more than just a schmuck in a borrowed cloak, and keep from being arrested. Along the way, he’ll meet up with a few old friends and make a few new, as well as an enemy or two. At least it won’t be boring. Continue reading

Marvel Phase 4 Breakdown

by T. Mack

Marvel Studios has announced their plans for Phase 4 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). Though, technically, the universe isn’t simply cinematic any more. It now features TV shows on the upcoming Disney Plus streaming service that are directly connected to the films. While there have been Marvel shows on TV during the previous Phases (see the Netflix Marvel series Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist, plus Agents of Shield on ABC and Cloak & Dagger on FreeForm), this will be the first time the TV shows have been announced in conjunction with the films and touted the same characters and actors that were featured in the movies. The official slate for Phase 4 was announced last month during San Diego Comic Con 2019 and I’ve got the complete breakdown and lots of details for you right here.

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