The Battle of Antietam/Painting: CC/Thure de Thulstrup, 1887/Wikipedia
Don’t jump to conclusions about ‘Confederate,’ the latest in forthcoming productions from HBO. This, comic-con horror stories, and more in our Daily Blunt.
HBO insists everyone should wait and watch their new series “Confederate” before leaping to any conclusions about how responsibly it will handle its particularly charged subject matter (the announced series takes place in a fictional world where the South won the Civil War). However, as The Atlantic points out, the network itself is guessing about the contents of the show, which the showrunners haven’t even written yet. The magazine calmly lays out a firm rebuke, insisting that until our society actually confronts the parts of the Confederacy that have survived to the present day, there’s no way to responsibly raise these questions: “The show’s very operating premise, the fact that it roots itself in a long white tradition of imagining away emancipation, leaves one wondering how ‘lost’ the Lost Cause really was.”
Even major comic cons like SDCC result in horror stories — you simply can’t gather that many people in one place without letting some of them down. Kentucky’s Fandom Fest, however, seems to have set a new record for letting down the most people. According to Comics Beat, the event (which was moved at the eleventh hour from the local expo center to an abandoned mall) was marred by celebrity cancellations, a “caveat emptor” refund policy, and a lingering dead animal smell. Consider the plight of former “Doctor Who” star Colin Baker, who tweeted mournfully from his hotel room for hours as his con-organized transportation to the event simply never arrived.
More encouraging news from the world of comics: This Halloween, Marvel will be paying tribute to the horror comic boom of the 1970s by releasing a collection of Tomb of Dracula as well as Marvel Horror: The Magazine Collection. Meanwhile, Salon pleads with Marvel to keep Jane Foster in the Thor helm for a little while longer, describing this iteration of the character as “not only a critical and financial success, it’s a vital step forward.” Whether or not Foster’s three-year tenure ends up drawing to a close, this will remain “an especially delicious rebuke to anyone who thinks diversity is killing Marvel.”
If you simply can’t wait for next week’s eclipse, keep yourself occupied in the meantime with The Book of Miracles, a sixteenth-century text that’s stuffed to the brim with illustrations depicting its author’s apocalyptic visions, Biblical and otherwise. This German tome is enjoying a reprint by Taschen in new, compact format, which makes it easy to take along as you indulge in a little astronomical event tourism.
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