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On July 19th 1860, one of the most infamous women in history was born. Lizzie Borden was an upstanding member of her community. She taught Sunday school at her local church and was a member of the Woman’s Christian Temperance League. Then on August 4th 1892, Lizzie allegedly picked up an axe and murdered her father and step-mother in a most brutal fashion. The general belief is that Borden did commit the murders, but she was acquitted of the crime. We can never definitively say if Borden ever wielded that axe, but as a tribute to her, here is a look at some of the best axe wielders in pop culture and literature.

Diminutive do-gooder Ant-Man hits the silver screen this weekend, making him the smallest superhero yet to carry a feature film (and that includes Dustin Hoffman's performance as Rain Man). But if Ant-Man’s suddenly too busy to pick up the superhero hotline, don't worry. He's far from the only economy-sized powerhouse to take up the tiny cause of justice. In fact, he’s not even the first! Comics have a long history of super-small heroes. Some, like DC’s Atom and various friends and alternate identities of Marvel’s Ant-Man (The Wasp, Yellowjacket, various other Ant-Men), are fairly well-known by today’s comics fans. But many others never grew an audience that outsized their stature. So let’s meet a few forgotten mini-marvels, some of the tiniest titans to have ever battled evil.

We're really excited about the movie Pixels. Aliens. ‘80s. Vintage video games. Peter Dinklage. This movie can straight up suck and we're still going to be happy watching Pac-Man confronted by his creator, Toru Iwatani.

So in true Quirk fashion, our brains start to spin out some weird (or possibly genius) ideas. In this case, what if vintage video games infiltrated literary classics? Hope you're ready, player one.

CAMP PLOT-A-WANNA is a weekly 8-part series where Quirk Books staffers reimagine famous authors as pre-teens, stuck together at summer camp. Check out the rest of the posts here. It is also an entirely fictional place. Please don't have your parents drop you off at our offices with sleeping bags.

If your summer has been nothing but blowing out flip flops, and stepping on pop tops, it looks like you could use a trip to Margaritaville. 


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