In January 2021, Polygon – one of the most popular pop culture-focused websites in the world – embarked on a year-long campaign to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings trilogy. Branded “The Year of the Ring” and spearheaded by Polygon’s entertainment editor Susana Polo, this ambitious series of 52 articles covered an impressive range of topics by a diverse range of writers – including me!
Published on 13 October 2021, my Year of the Ring article explored how Peter Jackson’s portrayal of Lord of the Rings baddie Sauron represents a drastic departure from how the character is depicted in J.R.R. Tolkien’s books. Along the way, it covered everything from symbolism to Middle-earth marketing, and explained how Jackson won fans over with his radically different take on this iconic villain.
This was my first article for Polygon, but it wouldn’t be my last. A few months later I penned the website’s coverage of the controversy surrounding Amazon’s overhaul of the ComiXology digital comics platform. Published on 17 February 2022, this news article outlined how Amazon’s changes made it harder to read, shop, and publish on the most popular source of digital comics in the US.
Next, Polygon commissioned me to interview a representative from tech start-up Respeecher about the voice cloning services it supplied on Lucasfilm’s Disney+ shows. I spoke with CEO Alex Serdiuk about how Respeecher’s technology de-aged the voices of Star Wars veterans like Mark Hamill on hit series like The Mandalorian, The Book of Boba Fett, and Obi-Wan Kenobi. The article was notable for highlighting the overlooked human element behind the synthesised vocal performances Respeecher produces and was published on 22 June 2022.
More recently, Polygon gave me the green light to write an article that explored how the Thor films sum up the entire history of the Marvel Cinematic Universe itself. The article unpacked all four entries in the franchise – from 2011’s Thor through to 2022’s Thor: Love and Thunder – spotlighting how each movie shares the same storytelling traits as the MCU phase in which it was released. It was published on 25 July 2022.
Check out my Polygon articles below!
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