Updates in the Archives
You might have noticed there's been a lull in updates to the site recently. One reason is just life in general. When you're one person committing to watching and examining an insane amount of media for the purposes of noting where and when archives and archivists appear, it can get a bit overwhelming. Breaks are needed.
Another reason is I took on some freelance writing. I was asked by the lovely people at Milkfed Criminals to write a couple of backmatter essays for Pretty Deadly: The Rat, issues #4 and #5, the first of which is available for purchase online or at your local comic book store. They were immensely fun to write, but they also took up a lot of time and brain bandwidth. I have a special relationship with Pretty Deadly. It was the first book I ever felt a connection to on an emotional level and Kelly Sue DeConnick was kind enough to use one of my early reviews for a blurb on the trade paperback for Vol. 1, The Shrike, oh so long ago. Since then, I've done some panels deconstructing the symbolism behind the book and you may or may not have seen my #DeconstructingPrettyDeadly threads going through the animal motifs as well. Suffice it to say, I'm a fan and I wasn't going to squander the opportunity to officially write something for the book.
Again, breaks were needed. It's also the holidays and I've got a family to annoy as well.
So, what does that mean going forward?
Hopefully, I'll have more time to consume more media and post more often. There are a lot of brief archival appearances in some movies and television shows that I can knock out of the park fairly soon. But, I'm also interested in what the readership would like to see featured. So, if you have a suggestion for a movies, television show, comic book, podcast, etc. you'd like me to over-analyze, please feel free to drop me a line at the website's email account (firstname.lastname@example.org). Or, you can suggest via Twitter @darling_sammy. Either way, I'll try to prioritize suggestions, but keep in mind these things take time.
And, yes, I will eventually get around to talking about the Gondorian "Archivist" in Lord of the Rings. It's on the list. I have a list.
Otherwise, thank you for reading and sticking with the website. Or, if it's your first time reading something here, I promise there's more to come!
Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!