Editor’s Notes #192

Good evening, blog readers! I hope you’ve been enjoying this weekend. It’s time for another round-up of our recent blog posts. But first, I have some very exciting news!

The latest issue of the Jet Fuel Review — issue #13 — is now available! We are very excited to present this new issue, with beautiful cover art from Damon Locks, a Chicago-based visual artist and musician. Be sure to check out this new issue because it contains work from some truly amazing writers, including a group of high school students from across the world in our special dossier.

On the blog, we have some new tunes for you to jam out to! Be sure to check out this post from a few weeks ago, as well as our recent late night edition of the Jet Fuel Jukebox.

As always, we have some stellar media reviews here on the blog. In her Book Corner, Sabrina recently reviewed My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick. Quinn Stratton, our comics blogger, wrote a post about Dan O’Bannon’s The Long TomorrowAnd finally, music blogger Dan Fiorio wrote a review of Gorillaz’ latest albumHumanz.

I hope you’ve all enjoyed our recent posts on the blog. Be sure to check out issue #13 of the Jet Fuel Review!

— Blog Editor, Mary Egan


Editor’s Notes #191

Hello, blog readers! I hope that spring weather has come to you wherever you live. Good news: Issue #13 of the Jet Fuel Review is on its way! In the meantime, I encourage you to check out the Review website for some announcements. While you’re there, be sure to check out our previous issues as well. Now let’s check in with the blog!

If you’re looking for some new music to listen to, or if you just need a playlist for your daily routine, look no further than the Jet Fuel Jukebox! There are three new playlists for you check out!

If comics are more your speed, we’ve got you covered. Be sure to check out the two new posts from Quinn Stratton, each of which reviews a title from Junji Ito. In these recent posts, Quinn reviews Uzumaki and Gyo.

Of course, we’ve got tons of film content on the blog this month. Our Casual Critics reviewed the documentary Searching for Sugarman. You can check out two perspectives on the film — one from Reno Stramaglia, and one from Donatas Ružys. Recently, Michael Lane reviewed two new movies. Be sure to check out his thoughts on The Belko Experiment and The Fate of the Furious.

In addition, our managing editor — Sam Gennett — weighed in on The House of the Devil, a film that some editors reviewed a few weeks ago. You can also read a new review of The Babadook from two Lewis U students — Courtney Dial and Ahimme Cazarez.

Finally, if you’re looking for some book recommendations, be sure to check out the new posts in Sabrina’s Book Corner. Lately, she has reviewed As You Wish by Jackson Pearce, Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen, and The Remedy by Suzanne Young.

Until next time, keep an eye out for more updates to the blog!

— Jet Fuel Blog Editor, Mary Egan

Editor’s Notes #190

Hello, blog readers! I hope you’re all enjoying the weekend. Now that the reading period for the Jet Fuel Review‘s latest issue is closed, our editors are hard at work reviewing all of the submissions. Issue #13 is well on its way! In the meantime, lots of new material has gone up here on the blog. Let’s take a look back at some recent posts.

Of course, we’ve had several additions to the Jet Fuel Jukebox lineup. Be sure to check out the three latest playlists curated by Michael Lane and Jake Johnson!

Several weeks ago, a new series called Día Con Miguel began here on the blog. This series is brought to you by Miguel Soto, our Special Sections Editor. So far, Miguel has written three posts in this series. Right now you can read his analyses of We came all the way from Cuba so you could dress like this? by Achy Obejas, I Am Not Your Negro by James Baldwin, and The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy.

If you’re looking for opinions on films and comics, we’ve got that as well! Film Blogger Donatas Ružys recently reviewed Kong: Skull Island. And our Comic Blogger, Quinn Stratton, has written what he calls an “introductory spiel” on Mickey Mouse.

In recent weeks, Sabrina Parr has written several more reviews for her Book Corner. Be sure to check out her posts on Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson, The Cellar by Natasha Preston, and Embrace by Jessica Shirvington.

Last, but not least, we have a new student feature up on the blog. In this installment, Lewis University students Heather Ray and Courtney Dial offer their takes on the retro horror film The House of the Devil.

I hope you’ve enjoyed what the blog has offered throughout the month of March. We hope to see you around as we count down to the next issue of the Jet Fuel Review.

— Blog Editor, Mary Egan

Editor’s Notes #189

Hey, blog readers! I hope you’re all doing well. Before we take a look at some recent posts from our editors, I want to remind you about the Jet Fuel Review‘s current reading period. We are accepting submissions until March 15th, so you still have a few more days to submit your work! If you’re interested, you can send us your stuff right here.

As always, Michael Lane and Jake Johnson have selected some songs for our Jet Fuel Jukebox playlist. Check out this post from the end of February, as well as their first post in March. In addition, Michael Lane wrote a great review of Jordan Peele’s directorial debut, the horror film Get Out.

There have been two new additions to Sabrina’s Book Corner. These posts review Old Magic by Marianne Curley and Nearly Gone by Elle Cosimano. Gina Capperino’s latest “romantic inquiry” focuses on The Longest Ride by Nicholas Sparks.

Our comics blogger, Quinn Stratton, recently reviewed Daniel Clowes’ newest graphic novel, Patience. And our “casual critics” have reviewed some new films. Donatas Ruzys reviewed M. Night Shyamalan’s Split, and Reno Stramaglia reviewed Hacksaw Ridge.

At the beginning of the month, we posted another Artist’s Portfolio post. This time around, we featured the work of Lewis student Larissa Barnat. Check out the post to learn more about Larissa and to see her stunning oil paintings.

Finally, be sure to check out the last two “Meet the Editors” posts of this semester. In recent weeks, we featured Miguel Soto, our Special Sections Editor, and Jacqueline Nelson, our Art & Design Editor.

Stick with us next week for more awesome posts!

— Jet Fuel Blog Editor, Mary Egan


Editor’s Notes #188

Happy Sunday, everyone! I hope the world has been treating you well. Before we take a look at what’s been posted on the blog recently, I want to remind you that the deadline for submissions to the Spring 2017 issue of the Jet Fuel Review is approaching. You can submit your art, fiction, nonfiction, and poetry right here until March 15th. If you’re interested, please take a look at the Review’s main site and send us your work!

We’ve had lots of interesting new posts on the blog lately. To begin with, some new series have begun and some new bloggers have now joined our team. “Casual Critics” is a new series written on alternate weeks by Reno Stramaglia and Donatas Ružys, two new film bloggers. Their inaugural post included a review of The Founder. They followed that up with a review of The Godfather.

There is also a new series called “Words an’ Pictures,” in which comic blogger Quinn Stratton reviews and expounds upon all things related to comics. Right now, you can read his introduction post and a post he wrote about Entertaining Comics (E.C.). If you want to learn more about Quinn, he was the subject of this semester’s first “Meet the Editors” post.

If you’ve missed out on the Jet Fuel Jukebox, there are plenty of new playlists for you to listen to! Check out this post, this post, and the Jukebox’s special Valentine’s Day playlist.

Blogger Sabrina Parr has returned to her “Book Corner” posts this semester. Check out her latest posts, which focus on Spelled by Betsy Schow and The Opposite of Me by Sarah Pekkanen. Gina Capperino has also returned to continue her “Romantic Inquiries” series. Her first post this semester discusses the film La La Land. Also, be sure to check out Michael Lane’s review of John Wick: Chapter Two.

Finally, check out another one of our “Meet the Editors” posts, this time featuring our new Layout Editor and Assistant Fiction/Non-fiction Editor, Kayla Chambers.

I hope you have a wonderful week!

— Jet Fuel Blog Editor, Mary Egan

Editor’s Notes #187

Hello, blog readers! I haven’t posted an editor’s notes round-up since before the holidays. But we have some new posts on the blog now, so it’s time to take a look at what our editors have been up to in recent weeks.

But first, please be aware that the Jet Fuel Review’s submission period for its Spring 2017 issue is now open. We are accepting submissions until March 15th, so check out our submission form if you have poetry, fiction, non-fiction, or art that you think we need to see. You might just end up in our next issue.

Now, let’s dive right in! Back before the new year, Michael Lane posted a review of the Oscar-nominated film “La La Land.” Dan Fiorio posted his pre-order alerts for new music coming out in January of 2017. Although it’s February now, you can still check out his post to see music that’s available now.

At the beginning of the year, Michael Lane posted a retrospective of his top 10 films from 2016. Also, the Jet Fuel Jukebox made its valiant return with a new playlist.

More recently, Michael Lane posted a review of Resident Evil 7: Biohazard. Sabrina Parr returned to her “Book Corner” blog posts with a review of The OutsidersHaley Renison returned to her “Poetic Playlist” by discussing the song “First” by the Cold War Kids.

I hope you’ve been enjoying the Jet Fuel Review in the new year. Stay tuned for more exciting posts in the coming month! And don’t forget about our submission period.

— Jet Fuel Blog Editor, Mary Egan

Editor’s Notes #186

Hello, blog readers! I hope you’ve been having a great month so far, and that you’re getting excited for the holidays. First things first — Issue #12 of the Jet Fuel Review is now available for you to peruse. As always, we’ve got some great poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and art from amazing authors and artists. You can read the new issue on the Jet Fuel website, or you can download an eBook version of the issue. Check it out if you have some free time over the holidays!

Now let’s take a look at some recent posts here on the blog. Firstly, Michael and Jake have been hard at work on several Jet Fuel Jukebox posts. A few weeks back, a regular playlist was posted. More recently, they have created playlists of their top 20 worst songs of 2016, as well as their 50 best songs of 2016. Be sure to check out the highs and lows of music that came out this year.

If you’re looking for even more music posts, Jake and Michael also wrote about their top 10 albums of 2016. In addition, Dan Fiorio wrote about his top 25 albums of the year. You can read all about those in part one and part two of his post. Michael Lane also wrote a review of “Bleed for This.”

We’ve also had several special features posted to the blog in recent weeks. First, you can see some amazing photography and art in our Artists’ Portfolio posts. At the end of last month, we profiled Mervyn John, a photographer, and Alex Turner, a painter, who are both talented artists attending Lewis University. Be sure to check out these posts!

Finally, Michael Lane posted an interview with Chicago-based musician and artist Damon Locks. And we posted our last “Meet the Editors” post, and this one featured Keanu Taylor, the Assistant Communications Manager and Assistant Web Designer for the Jet Fuel Review. 

I hope you enjoy all of these posts, and I hope you have a wonderful holiday season!

— Jet Fuel Blog Editor, Mary Egan