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Comic Books 101
by F+W Media

For a hobby with 60+ years of history, deciding where to begin reading comics can be daunting for folks new to it. This simple, accessible primer on everything related to comics gives you an easy-to-follow resource whether you want to enjoy the myriad of comics available today or rediscover the comics you grew up reading.

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The Man Who Watched Batman Vol. 1

The Man Who Watched Batman Vol. 1


This is an episode by episode in depth analysis of the first season of the critically acclaimed Batman: The Animated Series. This book takes a step by step looks at the first 28 episodes of what is considered by many to be one of the greatest Animated shows of all time. whether you can quote every episode line by line or watching the series for the very first time, we leave no stone...   [click here for more]
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Golden Agers: Super Sampler (in color)

Golden Agers: Super Sampler (in color)


Golden Agers offers this unique collection of classic comics FREE for anyone to check out! This features stories not shown in any of our other GA titles, including the premieres of Blue Bolt and Spurt Hammond, plus Avenger the Space Detective, jungle girl Tangi, and the original Blue Beetle! Superheroics, sci-fi, and amazing adventures in this fantastic FREE offering!...   [click here for more]
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Why Comics?

Why Comics?


"Why Comics?" is a 24-Hour Comic produced as an examination of why anyone would want to get into this crazy business in the first place. In the span of a few short pages, it covers the motivations behind comics collecting and creation, the requirements for getting started, and the roadblocks a creator can expect to encounter, coming at last to the reason we do it anyway. This book also includes "Comics...   [click here for more]
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ComicScape #3

ComicScape #3


ComicScape #3 Reviews, news, and views for May 2012. Top news stories include big successes for Marvel in their comic arc AvX and spectacular box-office smash, Avengers Assemble. 2000AD announces a partnership with IDW, whilst bringing back the Dark Judges to the weekly. Meanwhile, DC re-introduces Earth-2, as Image reveal the demise of Jack Staff. In...   [click here for more]
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Daring Dames Diaries

Daring Dames Diaries


Heroines & Villainesses of the Golden Age of comics and pulp magazines return in all new adventures. Thrill to tales of Amazona the Mighty Woman, Jill Trent: Science Sleuth, Moon Girl, Vivian Lachan, Flame Girl, Crimson Cobra, Madame Terror, and Rulah the Jungle Goddess. Plus original stories of Ms. Amazing, Lady Midnight, and the Wolf Queen. Written by Terry Alexander, Jason Bullock, Nate Hill,...   [click here for more]
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The Comic Art of War: A Critical Study of Military Cartoons, 1805-2014

The Comic Art of War: A Critical Study of Military Cartoons, 1805-2014


For military cartoonists the absurdity of war inspires a laugh-or-cry response and provides an endless source of un-funny amusement. Cartoons by hundreds of artists-at-arms from more than a dozen countries and spanning two centuries are included in this study--the first to consider such a broad range of military comics. War and military life are examined through the inside jokes of the men and...   [click here for more]
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Monster Book of Manga Drawing

Monster Book of Manga Drawing


It's the most mammoth book of manga drawing EVER! If there's one key to drawing manga, it's GO BIG--starting with this humongous book of step-by-step instruction and inspiration. Compiled from nearly 10 years of best-selling books by David Okum, these pages are teeming with the most popular characters--ninjas, wizards, cyberpunk kids, space pirates, evil queens, mindless goons and more--all broken...   [click here for more]
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Comic Books 101

Comic Books 101


60+ years of comic book exploits-on the page and behind the scenes. Welcome to Comic Books 101, the complete, definitive and super-cool guide to the universe of caped crusaders, irradiated spiders, fantastic foursomes, and the super-talents behind their creation. Want to know when Marvel, DC and so many other publishers got their start? Wonder why Spider-Man can't challenge Batman or why...   [click here for more]
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Golden Agers: Kegor

Golden Agers: Kegor


Golden Agers goes to the depths of the ocean to awaken the colossal kaiju known as Kegor! This rampaging reptile seeks out its stolen offspring from some greedy profiteers, and then gets captured by a dastardly dictator. Fans of Godzilla will thrill to this gigantic classic comic!...   [click here for more]
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Deadly Dames: Most Wanted (in color)

Deadly Dames: Most Wanted (in color)


Deadly Dames shows you the Most Wanted women in all of comics! Merciless the Sorceress ensnares some arctic explorers, Neptina-Queen of the Deep plans to take over the surface world, Her Highness and Silk hoodwink people out of their money, the tempting Tigerwoman leads men to their doom, Sorceress of Zoom attempts to conquer an Arabian kingdom, the Purple Claw fights a slinky snake woman, and Texa-The...   [click here for more]
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Golden Agers: Mysterious Men

Golden Agers: Mysterious Men


Men of mystery make the scene in this Golden Agers comic book collection. Shock Gibson, Manhunter and his canine comrade Thor, the dynamic Doll Man, Black Terror and his sidekick Tim, Fighting Yank, The Avenger, Solarman, Major Victory, Funnyman, the original Black Panther, Ted Parrish-Man of 1000 Faces, and The Last Super Hero. Masked marvels clash with criminals in these magnificent mysteries!...   [click here for more]
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Golden Agers: Heroes Vs. Villainesses

Golden Agers: Heroes Vs. Villainesses


Golden Agers pits good guys against bad babes! Heroes Vs. Villainesses sees Plastic Man meeting The Figure, Merlin the Magician runs across Nang Tu the High Priestess, Lady Serpent hypnotizes The Black Terror, and Quicksilver clashes with the evil Idaho. Sultry sirens meet their match in these superhero comics collection!...   [click here for more]
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Golden Agers: Ancient Magic (in color)

Golden Agers: Ancient Magic (in color)


Golden Agers goes in search of Ancient Magic. There's Phara the Living Goddess who protects her subjects from Nazis, Anubis is resurrected in Dead On Arrival, a schemer finds a Treacherous Genie, the Princess of the Past confronts the living dead, Kid Eternity uses spirits to free men from mighty Amazons, Dara of the Vikings is discovered by modern day men, the Lost Princess is found by a pair of intrepid...   [click here for more]
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HEROized Summer 2012 Portfolio

HEROized Summer 2012 Portfolio


A brief sample of the unique and original business branding, social media avatars and sequential comic art that HEROized can produce for any business, publisher or comic creator! ...   [click here for more]
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Fantasy Media in the Classroom: Essays on Teaching with Film, Television, Literature, Graphic Novels and Video Games

Fantasy Media in the Classroom: Essays on Teaching with Film, Television, Literature, Graphic Novels and Video Games


A common misconception is that professors who use popular culture and fantasy in the classroom have abandoned the classics, yet in a variety of contexts--high school, college freshman composition, senior seminars, literature, computer science, philosophy and politics--fantasy materials can expand and enrich an established curriculum. The new essays in this book combine analyses of popular television...   [click here for more]
McFarland  $29.95 $17.99

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Thunder

Thunder


That rumbling you’re hearing is the arrival of Thunder!, the new comic-sized magazine devoted exclusively to comic book heroes brought to life on film, television, and in animation. Our premiere issue features a complete guide to the animated series The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, going behind the scenes on every episode of the first season and featuring the comments of Jeph Loeb,...   [click here for more]
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The Meaning of Superhero Comic Books

The Meaning of Superhero Comic Books


For decades, scholars have been making the connection between the design of the superhero story and the mythology of the ancient folktale. Moving beyond simple comparisons and common explanations, this volume details how the workings of the superhero comics industry and the conventions of the medium have developed a culture like that of traditional epic storytelling. It chronicles the continuation...   [click here for more]
McFarland  $35.00 $19.99

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COMICOPOLYPSE - How To Survive The Comic Con Experience

COMICOPOLYPSE - How To Survive The Comic Con Experience


So you have decided to go to a comic convention! Get ready for a time of fun, fantasy and if you are not prepared... anxiety and anger! Once again, Matt (Matman) Herring, co host of the Secret Identity Podcast, has come to the rescue! 'COMICOPOLYPSE" is the guide to prepare, plan and survive a comic convention. Matt has been to hundreds of comic shows of all types and sizes and has put together...   [click here for more]
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Golden Agers: Aladdin and the Magic Lamp (in color)

Golden Agers: Aladdin and the Magic Lamp (in color)


Golden Agers brings you a fairy tale from the Arabian Nights! The youth Aladdin finds a magic lamp that takes him on the adventure of a lifetime with slave girls, sexy princesses, desert amazons, magic and more! Full color fun in this comic book fantasy!...   [click here for more]
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Getting Down and Digital: How to Self-publish Your Book

Getting Down and Digital: How to Self-publish Your Book


A Step-by-step, No-nonsense, No-hype Guide to Successfully Publishing Your Book Yourself In an age of self-publishing hype and scattered sources of reliable information, it’s difficult for the would-be self-publisher to learn how to properly launch their career and avoid the inevitable pitfalls the world of independent publishing is known for. Not anymore. Getting Down and Digital: How...   [click here for more]
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Daring Dames: Hot Heroines

Daring Dames: Hot Heroines


Sexy superheroines charge into action as Daring Dames collects three of the curviest costumes crimefighters into one cosmic collection! We've got two tales of the of the mighty magical miracle, Yankee Girl, a super-powered crusader who uses her abilities of flight and super-strength to protect the American Way. We also have the courageous Kitty Kelly, whose distracts deviants with her flashy outfit...   [click here for more]
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Taking South Park Seriously

Taking South Park Seriously


Critical Essays on Television's Shocking Cartoon Series No American television show of the past decade has been vilified as has Comedy Central's South Park. This is the show that has featured, in turn, a nine-year-old boy enmeshed in an affair with Ben Affleck, a maniacal Mel Gibson smearing feces everywhere, and the misadventures of Mr. Hankey, the Christmas Poo, a talking, bouncing,...   [click here for more]
McFarland  $35.00 $14.99

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Sexual Ideology in the Works of Alan Moore

Sexual Ideology in the Works of Alan Moore


Critical Essays on the Graphic Novels Alan Moore, the idiosyncratic, controversial and often shocking writer of such works as Watchmen, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, and V for Vendetta, remains a benchmark for readers of comics and graphic novels. This collection investigates the political, social, cultural, and sexual ideologies that emerge from his seminal work, Lost...   [click here for more]
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Heroes of Film, Comics and American Culture

Heroes of Film, Comics and American Culture


Essays on Real and Fictional Defenders of Home These essays consider the way that heroes and the domestic spaces they defend have been represented in 20th and early 21st century popular forms, especially film, comic books and material culture. The authors work in various academic disciplines such as English, film studies, history and human geography, thus bringing a rich variety...   [click here for more]
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Kermit Culture

Kermit Culture


Critical Perspectives on Jim Henson's Muppets By the end of its five-year run on television, The Muppet Show had transformed its motley cast from fistfuls of felt to multi-media celebrities. Sophisticated and highly individuated, each of the Muppets embodied a conventional character type from classic television comedy. Kermit functioned as straight man to the majority of the show's...   [click here for more]
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Animators of Film and Television

Animators of Film and Television


Nineteen Artists, Writers, Producers and Others In the words of Walt Disney, "Animation can explain whatever the mind of man can conceive." Part biography, part history, part artistic commentary, this volume looks at major figures in the field of animation and discusses how their contributions have affected the course of the industry--and, in many cases, popular culture...   [click here for more]
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The Simpsons in the Classroom

The Simpsons in the Classroom


Embiggening the Learning Experience with the Wisdom of Springfield The object of much debate, attention, and scholarship since it first aired more than 20 years ago, The Simpsons provides excellent, if unexpected, fodder for high school and college lesson plans. After all, laughing students are hardly sleeping students! But The Simpsons also provides a familiar student knowledge...   [click here for more]
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Anime and Memory

Anime and Memory


Aesthetic, Cultural and Thematic Perspectives The theme of memory has played a significant role in anime throughout its evolution as an art form and as popular entertainment. Anime's handling of memory is multifaceted, weaving it into diverse symbolic motifs, narratives and aesthetic issues. This study aims to provide a detailed analysis of a range of anime titles wherein different...   [click here for more]
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Anime and the Art of Adaptation

Anime and the Art of Adaptation


Eight Famous Works from Page to Screen Exploring a selection of anime adaptations of famous works of both Eastern and Western provenance, this book is concerned with appreciating their significance and appeal as independent texts. The author evaluates three aspects of anime adaptation--how anime adaptations develop their original sources in stylistic, aesthetic, and psychological...   [click here for more]
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Diversity in Disney Films

Diversity in Disney Films


Critical Essays on Race, Ethnicity, Gender, Sexuality and Disability Although its early films featured racial caricatures and exclusively Caucasian heroines, Disney has, in recent years, become more multicultural in its filmic fare and its image. From Aladdin and Pocahontas to the Asian American boy Russell in Up, from the first African American princess in The Princess and the Frog...   [click here for more]
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Investigating Heroes: Essays on Truth, Justice and Quality TV

Investigating Heroes: Essays on Truth, Justice and Quality TV


Premiering in September of 2006, the weekly NBC television series Heroes was an immediate commercial and critical hit, lasting four successful seasons. Heroes follows a group of interrelated characters who discover they have superhuman powers, with each successive episode exploring how these people react to and utilize their powers for good or for evil. This collection of essays explores a variety...   [click here for more]
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Learning from Mickey, Donald and Walt

Learning from Mickey, Donald and Walt


Essays on Disney's Edutainment Films Throughout its long and colorful history, Walt Disney Studios has produced scores of films designed to educate moviegoers as well as entertain them. These productions range from the True-Life Adventures nature documentaries and such depictions of cutting-edge technology as Man in Space and Our Friend the Atom, to wartime propaganda shorts (Education...   [click here for more]
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Golden Agers: Heroes Of Canada

Golden Agers: Heroes Of Canada


Take off to the Great White North with these Golden Agers from Canada. We've got hoser heroes like Red Rogue, the original Mr. Monster, Nelvana of the Northern Lights, Tricky Merlin, Mono the Air Cobra, Terry Kane, Black Wing, Cosmo, Ace Barton, The Crusaders, Capt. Wonder, plus Danny and his Magic Ring. Brush up on your curling as these Canadian superheroes save the day, eh?!...   [click here for more]
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Graphic Novels and Comics in Libraries and Archives

Graphic Novels and Comics in Libraries and Archives


Essays on Readers, Research, History and Cataloging To say that graphic novels, comics, and other forms of sequential art have become a major part of popular culture and academia would be a vast understatement. Now an established component of library and archive collections across the globe, graphic novels are proving to be one of the last kinds of print publications actually gaining...   [click here for more]
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Kyoto Animation: A Critical Study and Filmography

Kyoto Animation: A Critical Study and Filmography


Kyoto Animation, a studio with very humble beginnings, has gained recognition the world over as a uniquely inspired and inventive enterprise. This book examines Kyoto Animation's philosophy and creative vision with close reference to its anime. It focuses on the studio's choice of genres, themes and imagery while exploring its maintenance of high production values. The analysis highlights the studio's...   [click here for more]
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Magic as Metaphor in Anime: A Critical Study

Magic as Metaphor in Anime: A Critical Study


Since its inception as an art form, anime has engaged with themes, symbols and narrative strategies drawn from the realm of magic. In recent years, the medium has increasingly turned to magic specifically as a metaphor for a wide range of cultural, philosophical and psychological concerns. This book first examines a range of Eastern and Western approaches to magic in anime, addressing magical thinking...   [click here for more]
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Teaching Comics and Graphic Narratives

Teaching Comics and Graphic Narratives


Essays on Theory, Strategy and Practice The essays in this collection discuss how comics and graphic narratives can be useful primary texts and learning tools in college and university classes across different disciplines. There are six sections: American Studies Ethnic Studies Women's and Gender Studies Cultural Studies Genre Studies Composition, Rhetoric and Communication With a combination...   [click here for more]
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Write or Wrong: A Writer's Guide to Creating Comics

Write or Wrong: A Writer's Guide to Creating Comics


For over five years Dirk Manning's "Write or Wrong" column at Newsarama has provided aspiring writers with candid advice, anecdotes and inspiration about how to successfully meet artists, create comics, and get them published. At long last, Dirk collects key columns from his popular long-running series with each installment personally revisited by Manning in preparation for the book's release....   [click here for more]
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Soul of the Dark Knight: Batman as Mythic Figure in Comics and Film

Soul of the Dark Knight: Batman as Mythic Figure in Comics and Film


This is a book about the comics genre and language, how these were used to create Batman, and how that character's longevity is largely due to the medium's unique formal qualities. It argues that Batman's core appeal is his mythic nature which allows him to transcend changes in reader tastes, the vicissitudes of the comics industry, and the changing media landscape. While including some historical...   [click here for more]
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The Ages of the X-Men: Essays on the Children of the Atom in Changing Times

The Ages of the X-Men: Essays on the Children of the Atom in Changing Times


The X-Men comic book franchise is one of the most popular of all time and one of the most intriguing for critical analysis. With storylines that often contain overt social messages within its "mutant metaphor," X-Men is often credited with having more depth than the average superhero property. In this collection, each essay examines a specific era of the X-Men franchise in relationship...   [click here for more]
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All or Nothing Kickstater Strategy Guide by Kirk Lindo

All or Nothing Kickstater Strategy Guide by Kirk Lindo


Kirk Lindo is the author and artist responsible for the creation and publication of The Vampress Luxura, one of the longest running vampire characters in comics history. A recent Kickstarter campaign to collect all of Luxura's appearances was wildly successful and was funded to 2517% of it's original goal! Lindo has executed 3 successful Kickstarter Campaigns and has collected some of his insights...   [click here for more]
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Golden Agers: Strange Space

Golden Agers: Strange Space


Golden Agers sets off for the stars in this strange collection of space tales. In the spirit of Warlord Of Mars we see Myles Cabot transmitted to our sister planet to fight giant insects and woo a sexy princess in An Earth Man On Venus, then why protection against alien vixens is important in Encounter, then space explorer Flint Baker finds a new world filled with dinosaurs. Strange and unusual star...   [click here for more]
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The Ages of the Avengers: Essays on the Earth's Mightiest Heroes in Changing Times

The Ages of the Avengers: Essays on the Earth's Mightiest Heroes in Changing Times


Comic book audience expectations have fluctuated dramatically through the years, and comic book creators have had to adapt to shifting hopes, fears and concerns among readers. One of Marvel Comic's most popular franchises for five decades, The Avengers have always been reflective of their times, and have adapted to an evolving readership to remain relevant. This collection of fresh essays by popular...   [click here for more]
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Anime and the Visual Novel

Anime and the Visual Novel


Narrative Structure, Design and Play at the Crossroads of Animation and Computer Games This book describes the thematic and structural traits of a recent and popular development within the realm of anime: series adapted from visual novels. Visual novels are interactive fiction games in which players creatively control decisions and plot turning points. Endings alter according to the player's choices,...   [click here for more]
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Popeye: An Illustrated Cultural History, 2nd edition

Popeye: An Illustrated Cultural History, 2nd edition


It's a rare comic character who can make audiences laugh for well over half a century--but then again, it's a pretty rare cartoon hero who can boast of forearms thicker than his waist, who can down a can of spinach in a single gulp, or who generally faces the world with one eye squinted completely shut. When E.C. Segar's gruff but lovable sailor man first tooted his pipe to the public on January...   [click here for more]
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Comics Writing: Communicating with Comic Books

Comics Writing: Communicating with Comic Books


Comics Writing: Communicating With Comic Books unveils the basics in comics writing from Steven Philip Jones, a professional comic book writer and instructor. Comics Writing shows you the step-by-step process of creating a comics script and how it is turned into a finished comics page. With the help of examples and comic book illustrations, this book will introduce you to: the different...   [click here for more]
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Daring Dames Spotlight: Valkyrie

Daring Dames Spotlight: Valkyrie


Daring Dames spotlights the original bad girl-turned-good girl, Valkyrie! This voluptuous vixen, Liselotte von Schellendorf, first premiered as a Nazi foil for the heroic Airboy, but after a few make-out sessions, she switched from the Axis to the Allies. Valkyrie now helps Airboy with her all-girl Airmaidens shoot down nasty Nazi flyers, and the villainous grim reaper known as Misery. WWII wonder...   [click here for more]
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V for Vendetta as Cultural Pastiche

V for Vendetta as Cultural Pastiche


A Critical Study of the Graphic Novel and Film The 2005 James McTeigue and Wachowski Brothers film V for Vendetta represents a postmodern pastiche, a collection of fragments pasted together from the original Moore and Lloyd graphic novel of the same name, along with numerous allusions to literature, history, cinema, music, art, politics, and medicine. Paralleling the graphic novel, the film simultaneously...   [click here for more]
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