I Want Off This Culture of Hype


Last week, I saw Mad Max: Fury Road, and I really enjoyed it. Yes, I found the film refreshing for all the much-discussed feminist reasons — although consider for a minute what it says about us as a society that we think a film with a strong female lead who is on equal footing with her male counterpart is unusual and refreshing — but I also found the movie refreshing for another completely unexpected reason: for the first time in a very long time, I had a chance to just fall in love with a movie and its franchise.

I’m a child of the 80’s, but I never saw the Mad Max movies. When the decision was made to reboot the franchise, I knew nothing about it. The first time I saw the Mad Max: Fury Road trailer was in a movie theatre. I was ignorant of any online spoilers or speculation. I knew nothing about the premise or the formula of Mad Max movies. My introduction to the Mad Max character was in the opening scene of Fury Road. As the film unfolded, I was able to discover the Mad Max world and its characters — and the story of the movie (such as it is) — how George Miller intended for me to learn about them: as finished products.

It was incredible. It was amazing. I didn’t even realize how much I had missed that feeling.

And, that’s when I realized how much of what passes for fandom today has spoiled so much of what I love about being a fan.

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Why I’m glad Jubilee wasn’t in X-Men: Days of Future Past

Jubilee concept art for X-Men: Days of Future Past, as designed by Louise Mingenbach and illustrated by Phillip Bouette Jr.
Jubilee concept art for X-Men: Days of Future Past, as designed by Louise Mingenbach and illustrated by Phillip Bouette Jr.

Earlier last week, Phillip Bouette Jr. — costume concept illustrator for several major blockbuster films including X-Men: Days of Future Past — set the fandom into a tizzy when he released early concept art for the latest X-Men film, which included unused concept designs for Jubilee. That’s right, Jubilee.

adore Jubilee. Jubilee is my girl. Obviously.

So you’d think I’d be delighted at the notion of Jubilee showing up (wearing Jaime Chung’s face, perhaps?) in the latest X-men movie, right? You’d think I’d be furious that she got cut from the slate of future mutants, right? Wrong.

I gotta say, folks — this concept art left me decidedly underwhelmed. My whole reaction to the concept art was a blase “meh”. I’m actually really glad that my girl Jubes never showed up in X-Men: Days of Future Past, and here’s why.

This post contains spoilers of X-Men: Days of Future Past. Read on with care.

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I was Jubilee for Halloween this Year…

So, this year, for Halloween, I went as Jubilee. I was so happy with this costume, I just needed to post pictures.

Full body Jubilee costume (minus the earrings)

I forgot my earrings when I went into work today, so here’s the full costume with the earrings included.

Pretend there's fireworks coming out of my hands.

Closeup of the accessories (also, I was told to pose, and I couldn’t think of something to do):

I LOVE these gloves.

… and, my trademark, tongue-sticking-out picture. People who know me know there always has to be one.

Jubes, rockin' out.

I am such a dork.