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5 Umbrella Academy Plot Points That Aren’t in the Netflix Show

Gerard Way and Gabriel Bá’s The Umbrella Academy made its Dark Horse Comics debut in Sept. 2007. After years of rumors that the comics would be adapted for the screen, Netflix premiered the Steve Blackman-run series on Friday, Feb. 15. With 10 hour-long episodes in its first season, The Umbrella Academy alters the plot of the original comics to be more fitting for TV, which means keeping some elements and eliminating others, of course.

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Netflix’s Umbrella Academy Centers Female Rage but Falls Prey to Damaging Tropes

The women in Netflix's The Umbrella Academy are angry, and they have every right to be. From the jump, the series seeks to center female rage and the violence that often comes from it. Although showrunner Steve Blackman does an excellent job of that in his adaptation of the comics created by Gerard Way and Gabriel Bá, the series also falls prey to damaging tropes that ultimately do more harm than good.

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Netflix’s Umbrella Academy Series Succeeds by Leaning Into Absurdity & Showcasing Stunning Performances

The Umbrella Academy leans hard into the absurdity of Gerard Way’s and Gabriel Bá’s comic series, while also expanding the original character arcs in meaningful ways. When we meet the late Sir Reginald Hargreeves’ adopted children—numbered one through seven and given human names by their “mother,” a robot built to care for them—they are maladjusted, superpowered adults who’ve been brought back together after 13 years due to their father’s death. At least, that’s the simple version.

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Superhero Faith Herbert Gives Me Hope for a Fat-Positive Future

The first time I read one of Jody Houser’s Faith Herbert comics, I felt seen. Someday soon, I'll get to see her in a movie theater, and that means so much to so many people.

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Cosplaying While Fat Roundtable: Experiences With Community and Cosplay

Cosplaying while fat can be pretty fraught—much like every other part of existing while fat. However, there are several people in the cosplay community who are actively fighting against fat stigma and creating incredibly intricate cosplays that challenge our ideas of who can be a fan, and how. I reached out to three of these cosplayers via email to discuss the cosplay community, its attitudes toward body diversity, and their favorite cosplays.

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Please, Please, Please Give Me More Coffee Shop AUs

There is always, always more room for coffee shop AUs in fandom, and the world at large. If you have suggestions for where I can take my coffee-loving, hopeless romantic attentions to next, I’m all in.

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We Need to Talk About Handmaid’s Tale Author Margaret Atwood

On the eve of Hulu premiering season two of The Handmaid’s Tale, the author of the 1985 novel, Margaret Atwood, was one of five honorees at Variety’s 2018 Power of Women luncheon. In the accompanying interview, Atwood made some fairly wild claims, but also refused to engage with one particular question beyond the surface level.

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A Wrinkle in Time Calls Out an Invisible Evil That Real Children Deal With, and It Hits Hard

There are so many tear-jerking moments in this Ava Duvernay-directed film, adapted from the first book in Madeleine L’Engle’s Time Quintet series. It is a powerfully acted, beautifully shot, emotionally rich movie made for kids, starring kids, dealing with problems that real kids face—even if tessering to alternate universes isn’t (yet) possible.

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We Need More Fat Heroes in Comics

I can count on one hand how many fat superheroes I’ve encountered in comics, and these characters are still mostly white, mostly blonde, and almost always played by thin people if they ever make it to TV or film adaptations, which is honestly just infuriating. Our limited positive representation in comics is stripped away as soon as audiences have to look at those characters on-screen.

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When the American Education System Failed Me, Neopets Was There

When we invest in young girls and their interests, we create spaces in which they can learn the skills they need not only to survive, but to succeed and thrive. Neopets did that.

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