Posts Tagged "nonfiction"

Fandom: Not Just Funny Business

by on Dec 2, 2014 in Nonfiction | 1 comment

3850 WORDS As I supervised the towering pile of tentacle hentai, my boss started cursing behind me. “Dammit, dammit! Sell it all, sell it all! They’re going out of business.” While I had always known a company somewhere made the products I helped sell, that was the moment I realized that conventions were more than costumes and fun. An entire industry runs on the backs of the fans. For me, the revelation hit late for sure, but it has stuck with me as I’ve continued to go to conventions and been on various sides of the table. Over the years I’ve been just an attendee there to enjoy the panels and items for sale. I came to meet some of the celebrities, show off my...

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Interview with Artist Nello Shep

by on Dec 2, 2014 in Interviews | 0 comments

1000 WORDS Nello Shep is a digital painter, whose work centers around surrealistic scifiscapes, and dreamlike depictions of outer space and the universe. Shep recently started working as an environmental concept artist on several indie games, and has spent the last few years studying physics and fine art in college. This month’s cover features Shep’s beautiful, otherworldly piece “Ouroboros.” APEX MAGAZINE: Many of your works feature a solitary figure in a much larger environment, as “Ouroboros” does. Is that something that strikes you before you start working on a new piece, or partway into creating it? NELLO SHEP: The lone figures in my work are always intentional,...

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Interview with Marie Vibbert

by on Dec 2, 2014 in Interviews | 0 comments

2200 WORDS IT professional by day, writer by night, graduate of Clarion, and member of the Cajun Sushi Hamsters since she was sixteen, Marie Vibbert can tell you exactly which roller coasters she’s ridden. Her short fiction has appeared in Lightspeed Magazine, Intergalactic Medicine Show, and Escape Pod, and her poetry has appeared in Asimov’s, Eye to the Telescope, and Sanitarium Magazine. Nearly everyone will recognize the opening conversation in “Keep Talking,” in which a parent has gotten a new job, and must convince their family that moving away from everything they know won’t be the end of the world. Subtly and elegantly layered, Vibbert handles the prickly issue...

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Statistics vs. Story

by on Nov 4, 2014 in Nonfiction | 0 comments

1734 WORDS As an author of historical fiction, there are several debates about what to do and what not to do as an author that I don’t hear as much in regard to other genres. “Realism” has more rigid boundaries for many people, sensitive topics like racism, sexism, religion, and politics cause even more friction through the author’s treatment of them, and everyone has their own ideas about how much research serves a story versus how much it gets in the way. In discussion forums and at conventions, variations on these same topics rear their heads afresh anytime new people get involved in the dialogue. Of course, as an author, the job is to tell a good story, not to make...

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Fandom Activism for Change in Visual Entertainment Media: We Have the Power

by on Oct 7, 2014 in Nonfiction | 0 comments

‘Why bother?’ It may seem innocuous, but this question is one of the most prevalent — and sometimes most damaging — when it comes to social activism. In fandom activism specifically, it can be a death knell to any campaign that seeks better and more diverse representation in its entertainment media. ‘Why bother?’ This question keeps television and movies stagnant by steamrolling over legitimate, holistic critiques of visual representation. It is derived from a ‘majority rules’ mindset: a perception that if most fandomers in any one fangroup isn’t talking about representation, then representation must be irrelevant. This is a question that maintains the status quo of...

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