Backstories: Why Black Characters In Fantasy Need Them

A commenter with the supremely awesome nom de plume Rom, Spaceknight (I’m going to be Magnus, Robot Fighter in comment sections from here on) left an interesting question in the comments of my Dragon Age: Inquisitioning While Black post: I think African flavored fantasy is cool, and I have no problem with it at all…

Here (Not) Be Dragons: Mirror Empire and the Search for Imaginative Fantasy

A Quick History When I say Fantasy Novel, you say– You probably sighed and said “Swords”. Or “Castles”. Or “Wizards”. Or “Dragons” or “Eternal Evil” or “Destiny”. And you’re not wrong. Many of the works that are considered canon for the Fantasy genre feature these elements because of the genre’s roots in supernaturally embellished tales of old: …Homer’s…