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CAOS, Caliban, Chaos -- and Sycorax

There are bound to be a lot of commentaries on the latest series of Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, the latest in the comics adaptations aimed at getting young adult audiences (and the not so young) to binge on the tales of teen sex and magic. The creators have fun with the links to Riverdale of course, and horror movies (showrunner and comics writer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa grew up on comic books) as well as magic and the occult. You can already find a couple of thoughtful responses from Cunning Folk Magazine and the Media Witch.

No doubt there is a lot to untangle and most of it is probably not as deep as our analyses will go nor as seriosu (as we know) but I am struck by the use of Sycorax without using the most well-established aspect of her as Caliban's mother. In this series of CAOS Caliban is 'made of clay' like a golem (!) I guess for reasons to do with plotting. This move erases lineage but it also erases race. Sycorax as created by Shakespeare in The Tempest is Algerian and banished to this island presumably in the Mediterranean between Italy and Tunisia where Claribel, Alonso's daughter, was to be married to the prince.

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Pagan News Beagle: Airy Monday, May 8 2017

What's Marvel's Iron Fist have to do with Buddhism? Thoughts on what it takes to make erotic fantasy work in a video game. And a look at what The Magicians has to say about magic. It's Airy Monday, our segment about magic and religion in popular culture! All this and more for the Pagan News Beagle!

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Pagan News Beagle: Airy Monday, May 1 2017

Two of the most famous occultists in comics clash. A look at how Resident Evil 7: Biohazard fits within the horror franchise it belongs to. And Neil Gaiman discusses what might be his next book. It's Airy Monday, our segment on magic and religion in popular culture! All this and more for the Pagan News Beagle!

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Pagan News Beagle: Airy Monday, February 27 2017

Netflix announces a new TV series based on the Castlevania video game series. A sprawling fantasy epic video game inspired by Japanese folklore is reviewed. And a look at what makes The Magicians' approach to magic different. It's Airy Monday, our news segment about magic and religion in popular culture. All this and more for the Pagan News Beagle!

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Pagan News Beagle: Airy Monday, February 20 2017

One of the writers behind Doctor Strange pens another fantasy film, this time about a fallen angel hunter. In honor the recently departed Gene Wilder, a film critic revisits Haunted Honeymoon. And a look at a new women-centric fantasy comic. It's Airy Monday, our news segment on magic and religion in popular culture. All this and more for the Pagan News Beagle!

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Pagan News Beagle: Airy Monday, February 13 2017

A list of some favorite romantic movies for Valentine's Day. Another fantasy novel series gets adapted to television. And a look at a fantasy comic that tackles both the familiar and the strange. It's Airy Monday, our news segment about magic and religion in popular culture! All this and more for the Pagan News Beagle!

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Pagan News Beagle: Airy Monday, October 3

What's so appealing about mythology? Hayao Miyazaki offers his opinions of Studio Ghibli's most recent collaborative film. And one person explains why they think The Magicians TV series is better than the books. It's Airy Monday, our weekly segment about magic and religion in popular culture. All this and more for the Pagan News Beagle!

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