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Carol

Carol Borden was editor of and a writer for the Toronto International Film Festival’s official Midnight Madness and Vanguard program blogs. She is currently an editor at and evil overlord for The Cultural Gutter, a website dedicated to thoughtful writing about disreputable art. She has written for Mezzanotte, Teleport City, Die Danger Die Die Kill, Popshifter and she has a bunch of short stories published by Fox Spirit Books including: Godzilla detective fiction, femme fatale mermaids, an adventurous translator/poet, and an x-ray tech having a bad day. Read and listen to her other shenanigans at Monstrous Industry. For her particular take on gutter culture, check out, “In the Sewer with the Alligators.”

Sequential Tart interviews Erika Moen (Girly Queer Vibrating Comics), who gives this advice: “Don’t wait. Do it now. You can’t call yourself an artist and then only do art when you’re ‘in the right mood’ or ‘have the time.’”

In the ongoing adventures of Shoot Club, Tom Chick gets around to trash talk: “Trash talk is like politics or religion: there’s a right time and a right place for it. And even then, you handle it differently with different people.”

The screenwriter of the upcoming Doom movie dreams big in this interview: “I never thought of it as a video game movie. I wanted to write first a great movie, then a great science fiction movie and then a video game movie.”

What makes a good sex scene? Sara Donati of Storytelling investigates, with the basic rule: “If you can substitute ‘and then they had sex,’ the scene is useless.” With 10 examples.

The cultural gutter indeed! How about an overview of comics based on video games: “This is not what worried parents had in mind. Comic books were bad enough, but reading comic books about games could be likened to brushing one’s teeth with icing sugar.” [Site has annoying ads]