5.1: January 2017, The RuPaul’s Drag Race issue.Charisma. Uniqueness. Nerve. Talent. What do these characteristics have in common? We don’t know, we’re not scientists. What we do know is that all of these traits are shared by an elite group of 100 men in wigs who have grabbed the attention of the (gay) world through the rigorous and challenging arena known as RuPaul’s Drag Race. These entertainers have stolen the hearts of millions of fans across the world (even in countries where the program is banned) and it’s no surprise why. So, start your engines and may the best reader WIN!
4.4: November 2016, The Empire issue. Blood is thicker than water, and music is stronger than violence. So what happens when your family is full of monsters who make music, like vodka better than water, and have a pension for violence? Join us as we examine the relationships of a family in turmoil and how they cope through music in a cut-throat industry. You may not want our money, but you’ll definitely want our Empire issue.
4.3: May 2016, The Jane the Virgin issue. [Latin Lover Narrator]: Telenovelas have always featured a unique style, complicated relationships, and family values. Jane the Virgin has found a way to combine these familiar traits with the American dramedy, catching the hearts of fans from so many diverse backgrounds. In this month’s issue, we explore the mixture of storytelling techniques, and the relationships within them — romantic, platonic, and familial. We hope this issue captures your heart too (or we’ll have to kidnap it!)
4.2: April 2016, The X-Files issue. Viewers have always had an intense connection with The X-Files, which had one of the first major fandoms. It’s fitting that this month’s issue is about connections – between humans and aliens, between old fans and new, between two FBI agents who need each other more than they realize. We’re all looking for connection, and like the truth, we’ll find it somewhere out there. In the meantime, we hope this issue connects with you.
4.1: March 2016, The Steven Universe issue. Steven Universe is a children’s show about grief, gender, and giant women; in other words, its identity is as complicated as its characters. Some contain multiple personas, while others are missing a crucial part of themselves. Some try to change their future, while others wrestle with their past. This month, we explore Steven Universe’s fusion of identity and fandom.
3.8: December 2015, The WWE issue. After 50-plus years on the air, WWE has a legacy that rivals most soap operas. It follows larger-than-life characters through decades-long storylines. It features feuds, failures and flawed feminism. And it inspires fan tributes both big and small. WWE is a show that has always been forced to contend with its legacy, and this month’s issue explores why you just can’t pin WWE down.
3.7: November 2015, The Community issue.Just as college unites students from various backgrounds, Community excelled at combining disparate worlds into one narrative, like Dan Harmon’s personal Dream-Atorium. This month’s issue brings together various elements of the show and its fans, using several mediums to analyze its use of imagination, psychology and alternate timelines. From study groups to fandoms, this month we explore how a Community comes together.
3.6: October 2015, The Comic Books Issue. TV shows based on comic books were once considered niche genre fare. But while comic adaptations are more popular than ever, it’s important to consider history. Whether it’s a revision of characters’ backstories, a history of TV superheroes, or an analysis of the genre’s struggles with representation, consider this issue the origin story of comic books on television: a look back so we can see what the future holds.
3.5: Sep. 2015, The Papers + Think Pieces Issue. Within these pages, you’ll find an academic year’s worth of TV analysis that we found striking, including a study of fan vidders (by Kimberly Lynn Workman), a deconstruction of sexism in How I Met Your Mother (by Rayna McKinley), and an explanation of how The Americans gets American viewers to side with Russian spies (by Liron Cohen, Contributor of the Month).
3.4: May 2015, The Game of Thrones Issue. In the game of thrones, you win or you die. But first, you’re utterly transformed. Through parody and paintings, gifs and gore, the fans of HBO’s Game of Thrones explore how this world of bloodshed shapes the lives of Westerosi. Spread across the Seven Kingdoms and beyond, the Starks each navigate an avalanche of violence, loss, and manipulation, forming the centerpiece for the show — and our issue.
3.3: Apr 2015, The Parks and Recreation Issue. From personal growth to evolving relationships to professional advancement, Parks and Rec has always been about the growth of a community – in both the fictional town of Pawnee and its real-life fandom. So join us for one last ride as we say farewell to Parks and Recreation. We’ll miss you in the saddest fashion.
3.2: Mar 2015, The Mad Men Issue. Shut the door and have a seat as we explore performance in Mad Men – and not just the performances from the cast. Whether they’re changing their identity, performing their gender, or pretending they’re not as messed up as their parents, everyone’s acting like something they’re not. But there’s no false advertising here – our Mad Men issue is the real deal.
3.1: Feb. 2015, The 30 Rock Issue. Get ready, nerds, because we’re exploring the detachment, delusion, and emotional distance in the relationships of 30 Rock. This issue is all about making connections: with our mentors, with our coworkers and – in a pinch – even with ourselves.
2.9: Dec. 2014, The Hannibal Issue. Peer beneath the maniacal person suit of Hannibal this month as we draft a psychological profile of the show’s intimate encounters and deep wounds. From the show’s display of power dynamics to its flux of erotics to its take on literary beauty, our diagnosis of Hannibal can only be that it is insane—insanely complex.