As we close the book on another year here at The Kallipolitan Magazine it is time to reflect. I took this opportunity to ask each member of the staff what their favourite article was; with one stipulation though, they cannot choose their own article. And now for your reading pleasure we here at The Kallipolitan Magazine would like to present our favourite articles of The Kallipolitan. We would also love to hear from you, your favourite articles and what you hope to see in the next twelve issues.
1. Gundam Wing by Osvaldo Guillermo Turco, (Ahmed’s Pick): A vibrant articulation of the highest principle of humanity, found in an anime no less, and how they relate to our perceptions of war and peace.
2. For Redwall by Ahmed Latif, (Kamran’s Pick): I was particularly intrigued by the juxtaposition of an on-point analysis of the Middle East’s political context and a well-developed cartoon/novel series.
3. Tbilisi: City at the Cross-roads by Zurab Andronikashvili, (Madeleine’s Pick): This article’s poignant and intelligent depiction of the city resonated with me and gave me a profound connection with the city.
4. The Art of Utopia by Osvaldo Guillermo Turco & Zurab Andronikashvili, (Gabriel’s Pick): This beautiful article inspired me to no end. It captured the spirit of anybody who dreamed of a better life and a better tomorrow.
5. From Korea with Love by Toshiro Diggs, (Antonio’s Pick): A very informative and interesting piece, it opened the whole new world of Korean cinema to me, a world of inventive and minimalist movies.
6. Communista Fashionista by Madeleine Caprosz, (Osvaldo’s Pick): A transcendent and charming article that leaves you nostalgic for the aesthetic of the socialist world, regardless of your idealogical or political leanings.
7. The Art of Swag by Kamran Dadi, (Rahman’s Pick): An absolutely dynamic discussion of basketball culture in post-modern terms; it is post-everything, to me it is the singular benchmark for discussions of art and culture.
8. The Halloween Tree by Gabriel Zultanic, (Zurab’s Pick): This article brought me a lot closer to a holiday I often found to be vain and meaningless; it brought a palpable sense of humanity and fear of mortality to the forefront of my thoughts.
9. Adventure Time by Rahman Ismail, (Anders’ Pick): For every fan of the cartoon Adventure Time is more than a show, it is not a lifestyle but a statement on lifestyles; this article maintains such a proud tradition.
10. Batman Beyond by Anders Douglas-Svensson, (Toshiro’s Pick): An in-depth look into the origins of cyber-punk culture; finally someone pays homage to a cartoon long ignored when in fact it is the cornerstone of a counterculture movement.
11. Best Article: A Discussion of Christmas by Rahman Ismail, Kamran Dadi & Ahmed Latif, (Consensus Pick): You cannot help but smile and feel immersed in warmth reading this article. Its shining thesis is the endearing humanity we all share. Blood, tears, and laughter know no race, gender, language, ethnicity, religion, or sexual orientation. This article unites us all in a celebration of each other.