Natalie Sheppard

Natalie Sheppard

Recent M.A. graduate, taking advantage of my time off to read, write, travel, and chill with my cat. I like Comics and Russian literature. Sometimes I write about that stuff.

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The Dystopia We Know in Welcome to Night Vale and Kakos Industry

Welcome to Night Vale and Kakos Industries are both podcasts styled off of town or company announcements in fictional places. Both also feature strong elements of dystopia, but in both podcasts these elements are embraced and normalized. It’s also interesting to note that in both podcasts, traditionally positive imagery is subverted and made evil, such as the "smiling god" in WTNV. This article would focus on what this means for things we believe to be dystopian or utopian and good or evil.

  • This would be a fascinating topic - it might be worth looking at how they're podcasts influences the way they communicate these subversions of good and evil too. – Hannah Spencer 6 years ago
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Russian Influences on The Grisha Trilogy

Leigh Bardugo’s Grisha Trilogy is set in a fantasy world loosely but obviously based on Russia. I’d like to write a detailed article about how exactly Russia influenced the world of Ravka, aside from the obvious aesthetic similarities, I’d like to look at the use of symbols to establish that connection, as well as the history and culture Bardugo was influenced by in constructing her actual story.

  • I might be good to discuss the Grisha trilogy's relationship to modern literature and pop culture. How does it in to certain genre or thematic guidelines to attract wider audiences? – Thomas Munday 6 years ago
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Natalie Sheppard

Understandable, but Swamp Thing is widely regarded as genius.

Dante and Swamp Thing's Journey Through Purgatory
Dante and Swamp Thing's Journey Through Purgatory
Natalie Sheppard

Swamp Thing is definitely one of the most intriguing characters in DC’s arsenal.

Dante and Swamp Thing's Journey Through Purgatory
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You’re welcome! I find that even when comics are “just” those things, they can still tell us a lot about our cultural values.

Dante and Swamp Thing's Journey Through Purgatory
Natalie Sheppard

The 80s produced some of my favorite and least favorite comics, it seems everything was either really good or just terrible.

As opposed to the 90s when everything was just awful.

Dante and Swamp Thing's Journey Through Purgatory
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Loved the article, and though I haven’t read the book I can’t help but think someone like Tarantino might do great things with it.

Blood Meridian: What Makes a Book “Unfilmable?”
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Sandman was actually inspired in part by Moore’s Swamp Thing, so that’s an apt observation.

Dante and Swamp Thing's Journey Through Purgatory
Natalie Sheppard

The batfamily and rogue’s gallery are honestly the best part of the batman universe. Robin has always been vastly more interesting (to me, anyway) than Bruce himself.

Well done.

The History of Robin: The Significance of Superhero Sidekicks