Whenever the feminist games-critic and survivor of countless outraged misogynist stalkers Anita Sarkeesian’s name is invoked, there follows a flood of men who want to explain that she brought it on herself, that she isn’t a gamer, that she isn’t a good critic, and assorted related rubbish….

In this excellent New Statesman piece, Ian Steadman picks apart the many arguments raised by Sarkeesian’s critics, painstakingly explaining the many ways in which they have (seemingly willfully) entirely missed the point…


if you are the kind of person who feel the need to threaten and harass another for pointing out what is obviously wrong — and can and should be changed at no one’s expense and to everyone’s betterment — then what justification can you make for your own value to the world?  then what are you other than a cog in a machine that profits from fear?



I’ve just read Cecil Castellucci’s 2005 debut novel Boy Proof and it’s delightful to discover that she’s every bit as talented a novelist as she is a graphic novel writer (The Plain Janes, the first volume in the outstanding Minx graphic novel series) and a rock musician (Nerdy Girl/Bite).

do as Cory says and read the work of cecil castellucci!

i’m so writing this as a fanfic…

a few people have asked me to elaborate on my tweet about how “jessica raine as verity lambert” should be the doctor’s next companion…

OK… here’s my pitch… as a child growing up in canada, sydney newman spent a lot of time traveling through space and time in the company of a man he believed at the time was his grandfather.


upon his return — following the unexplained disappearance of his grandfather — newman’s parents quickly convinced him that his adventures were simply his dreamlike embellishment of a series of travels taken to historical landmarks…

newman was so taken by the man he believed was his grandfather that, upon becoming the head of drama for the BBC, he pitched a series based on his memories of childhood adventure. this pitch eventually became “doctor who”…


…and when a man showed up at the BBC… in a blue box, claiming to be newman’s grandfather but looking nothing like the doddering, white-haired man described by newman, no one believed him…


…no one, that is, other than a very talented young woman looking to break free from the patriarchal order around her and find new worlds of adventure…





My new book, THE WITCHES OF ECHO PARK, is available for pre-order through these establishments:

Murder By The Book


Mysterious Galaxy


It comes out January 6 - which is 2 days before my 38th birthday! Wanna get me a great birthday treat? Pre-order the book! :)

hey world - the awesome amber benson’s awesome new book is coming out - go pre-order it! 


howdy, middle-kateers!  

ready for some good news? 

thanks to our crack team - artists les mcclaine and armando zanker, colorist ryan hill, inker terry blas and graphic designer lee thompson - “the middleman - volume 5: the pan universal parental reconciliation” is off to the printers along with the signed bookplates and all of your addresses!

we expect the printer to complete production and ship the books by mid-september - at which time we will also post the video of the live reading to our site

and if you are missing any middle books, don’t delay, they are all available now at and at amazon - both in the unites states and internationally.

we are weeks away from completing this project - the crowd-funded franchise resurrection could never have happened without your support, and we at o2stk are infinitely grateful!

oh, you want a sneak peek at the book?  OK!

here’s the special cover lee thompson has designed EXCLUSIVELY for campaign donors…

and here’s the cover everyone else will get from after the campaign donors get their copies!

nifty, huh?