About David Fairbanks

I am the Creative Writing Editor for Loser City as well as a freelance writer, poet, and artist. I specialize in pop culture but have affinities for marketing, comics, poetry, and music.

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The Problem of Respect: A Question of Entitlement

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  In the latest issue of Poets & Writers, Steve Almond contends that young writers have a Problem of Entitlement (he claims it’s “A Question of Respect”), and despite the title of his article, I was intrigued enough to give it a read. I probably should have known better, but having spent a semester in […]

Fiction: This American Life-On-Closed Circuit by Shea Hennum

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The pocket knife Allison Squibb had carried since she was thirteen was dull, and she strained as she cut into her arm to remove the small ident device lodged in the musculature, pressed tight against the skin on the underside of her elbow. Allison carved around the zit-sized bump and pulled out a small blinking […]

The Spider-Verse Spinoff Marvel Won’t Make

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Last week, images of a brand new Spider-Woman design hit the internet, compliments of Robbi Rodriguez.  Calling the fan response anything less than excited would be the comics understatement of 2014. It had people like me, who are currently only reading Hawkeye, pause and take note. It had artists like Ramon Villalobos knocking out a […]

The Fault, Dear Brutus, is Not in The Fault in Our Stars

The Fault in Our Stars

The title of what is likely the hit young adult romance of the decade—The Fault in Our Stars—is a riff on Shakespeare’s famous lines from Julius Caesar: The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, But in ourselves, that we are underlings. Volumes could be written about this couplet, about its implications for privilege […]

Having Your CAKE and Eating it Too

Chicago Alternative Comics Expo 2014

As a lifelong Illinoisan, Wizard Worlds and hotel lobby “cons” served as my only respite for the drought plaguing the midwest comics scene. Cholera-laden wells if ever there were any, I quickly learned that there were few other options than to either drive or fly a significant distance from Central Illinois or to accept the […]

Faithful to a Fault: Where Amazing Spider-Man 2 Went Wrong with Gwen Stacy

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Warning: Some spoilers are contained in this editorial The new Spider-Man films have had their issues, but you’ll be hard-pressed to find even the harshest critic not give credit to the casting choices. Although much of the development of characters and relationships seems to occur off-screen, the strongest traits of characters like Gwen, Peter, and […]

Advance Review: Genesis (Image Comics)

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I don’t scour Previews to see how frequently it happens, but if I had to guess, the square-bound 64-page comic is a rarity these days. Complete with ISBN, this is the kind of low-priced release that is targeting the bookstore-driven sales records like New York Times Best Sellers lists with tactics that have worked pretty […]