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Patreon + Tweaking Blog Subject Matter

Me! Technically, I’ve had one for a while, but I’ve spent the last six months trying to figure out how to come up with consistent content for it. Finally, it occurred to me that the best thing for me as a creator and for an audience of patrons would be to use Patreon as a sort of accountability system.

Basically, I’m going to try and use Patreon as my daily work journal. When I’m working on a post — for example, I have an essay in the queue about temporal inconsistencies in the X-Men movies — I’ll post ‘WIP Updates’ to show what I’m working on that day. Essays like that one will also go up on Patreon three days before I’ll post them here, too.

Obviously, my news reporting will still be over at Capeless Crusader, because I love them over there.

Another sort of big thing that’s going to be happening is this: I’m expanding the scope of this blog. Superhero media is no longer going to be the only focus, and instead, I’ll be drawing from science fiction, fantasy, and horror as well. Additionally, I will also be covering a limited amount of video game stuff, because I follow a few incredible gaming YouTubers, and I’ve gotten back into gaming a little bit in the last couple of months.

So! We’re making some progress in 2018. Hope you’re all as excited as I am!


Hi everyone!  Welcome to the new blog!  If you came from any of my social media, this is the exciting new blog where I’ll be writing longform analysis on stuff that maybe isn’t immediately newsworthy, as well as talking about my endeavors as a journalist, aspiring supervillain, and screenwriter/filmmaker.

The name of the blog, No More Metaphors, is a reference to the infamous House of M storyline in Marvel comics, and particularly these panels:

Wanda Maximoff's No More Mutants

Wanda Maximoff during the House of M storyline, weeping as she declares, “No more mutants.”

I wanted to reference this because the X-Men have always served as a sort of allegory for all manner of minority groups, but often the stories have been focused around straight, able-bodied white people.  Very rarely are things like gender, sexuality, disability, and race dealt with explicitly in X-books.

And I’m tired of that.  I’m tired of only being able to see myself as a metaphor as opposed to a real person.  I want mutants, sure, but I want them to be like me, not just using my stories as a queer disabled person as fodder for their allegory.

I want more books like Iceman.  Over at DC, I want more books like Midnighter, Batwoman, and DC Bombshells.  Lion Forge’s Catalyst Prime looks promising, but still, one line and an occasional solo miniseries isn’t enough.

So, this blog was conceived, and named.  I used to host it on Tumblr, and all of my old posts can still be found there.  Everything new, however, will be posted here and only linked over there.

Thanks for stopping by, and I hope you follow along as I work to analyze existing texts through queer and disabled lenses, call for more and better representation, and just talk about my life as a queer, disabled superhero fan and comics press reporter.  I’m looking forward to sharing more than ever here!