What’s up with Dana?

Hey Fab Bats! It’s been a busy time of year so bear with me. Shouting this out real quick: if you want regular updates about my cartoon life, I’m always active on Twitter and Facebook.

Here is a quick rundown of what is scheduled to be posted:

  • Part II of the commercialization of goth series
  • A look into race and a radical Japanese subculture from the early 2000s
  • More on getting into gothic music!
  • Comics, coffee and bat-shaped cookies

I will see all of you wonderful batlings (and grown ghouls of course) very soon this month!

Stay spooky,

Dana

Budget Bat: Fun Goth DIY for every batling

Hey Fab Bats! Because we missed several Frivolous Fridays (woe, so much woe), I decided to compensate for it with a highly requested article. In a previous post some of you rabid readers mentioned that you tried and tried but just could not DIY. Hopefully this article will help you make easy projects and rid your fear of needle and thread. Grab some scissors and safety pins and let’s go!

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The Commercialization of Goth Part I: Hauls and Materialism

There has been a debate going around the web surrounding the commercialization of goth. I would like to briefly address this idea within the context of lower-class participants in the subculture who feel goth has become an unaffordable lifestyle due to its supposedly expensive aesthetic. Since we each do our part to keep the scene inclusive, I hope the questions posed and topics addressed in this three-part series will launch constructive discourse.

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Black Characters in Gothic Fiction

Traditional gothic fiction is characterized by an atmosphere of mystery and terror caused by the unknown with strong themes of repression, paranormal, melodrama and an emphasis on setting which often features religious dualities of good and evil (morality and immorality). The genre being named after the architectural movement: cathedrals, castles and monasteries which are imagined to be laden with somber corners, underground passages, secret rooms and trap doors represent inner turmoil coming from the main and surrounding characters. A large part of the gothic focuses on the return of the settings’ hidden past (sometimes a buried family secret or an unspoken history) as well as the taboo (sexuality, abortion, murder – especially matricide/patricide – violation of religious beliefs…etc). This could be done through omens or foreboding atmosphere. Would the genre be shaped or redefined if it was given an African diasporan framework, and featured black characters? Could Octavia Butler, Toni Morison, Maryse Condé and Aimé Césaire be described as authors of gothic novels? Or would their narratives redefine the genre? Perhaps they might even create something new entirely…

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Goths that Cook: delicious batty recipes!

Happy Frivolous Friday! Winter just makes me hungry all the time. Primarily for sweets… Guess that’s why I’m just sitting happily on a giant cupcake? Oh the joys of being a cartoon character. Lucky for you Fab Bats, getting in on spooky recipes is easy. I baked up a batch of goths cooking goth recipes especially for you…

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