More Weird Politics

shoggoth

My essay “Sympathy for the Shoggoth” is now up on Infinite Earths! It’s based on a talk I gave at last year’s Weird Council Conference at Birkbeck and now features a lot of additional material as well as awesome illustrations by John Coulthart, Abigail Larson, K.L. Turner, and Nicholas Kole. (Thank you for letting me use them!)

Teaser illustration above: “Shoggoth” by K.L. Turner.

Weird Superheroes

Here’s a link to my Alluvium article on identity and consciousness in China Miéville’s superhero comic series Dial H. I love this series, and it never ceases to surprise me with the most wonderful plot-twists, literary cross-references and meta-commentary on the genre of superhero comics. It’s a shame that it was cancelled, and there will be no more issues after #15 (which will be 48 pages long). Let’s hope that the series will return some day (as it’s done before). In the meantime, I’ll run around enthusiastically recommending it to everyone around. Seriously, take a look at it. It will blow your mind.