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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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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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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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Love on the Racks: A History of American Romance Comics

Love on the Racks: A History of American Romance Comics


This is the first book devoted entirely to the rarely studied world of romance comics. The text includes information on several types of romance comics and their creators, plus the history, numbers, and publishing frequency of dozens of romance titles. The author examines several significant periods in the development of the romance genre, including the origins of Archie Comics...   [click here for more]
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Machinima: The Art and Practice of Virtual Filmmaking

Machinima: The Art and Practice of Virtual Filmmaking


Unlike traditional animation techniques that use specialized 3D animation software, machinima--a term derived from the words "machine" and "cinema"--records the action in real-time interactive 3D environments, such as those found in video games, to create a cinematic production. No longer solely the province of hard-core gamers, machinima has become central to the convergence...   [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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Marvel Comics into Film: Essays on Adaptations Since the 1940s

Marvel Comics into Film: Essays on Adaptations Since the 1940s


Marvel Studios’ approach to its Cinematic Universe—beginning with the release of Iron Man (2008)—has become the template for successful management of blockbuster film properties. Yet films featuring Marvel characters can be traced back to the 1940s, when the Captain America serial first appeared on the screen. This collection of new essays is the first to explore the historical,...   [click here for more]
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Marvel Comics' Civil War and the Age of Terror

Marvel Comics' Civil War and the Age of Terror


Critical Essays on the Comic Saga Marvel Comics has an established tradition of addressing relevant real-life issues facing the American public. With the publication of Civil War (2006-2007), a seven-issue crossover storyline spanning the Marvel universe, they focused on contemporary anxieties such as terrorism and threats to privacy and other civil liberties. This collection of new essays explores...   [click here for more]
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Marvel Graphic Novels and Related Publications

Marvel Graphic Novels and Related Publications


An Annotated Guide to Comics, Prose Novels, Children's Books, Articles, Criticism and Reference Works, 1965-2005 This work provides an extensive guide for students, fans, and collectors of Marvel Comics. Focusing on Marvel's mainstream comics, the author provides a detailed description of each comic along with a bibliographic citation listing the publication's title, writers/artists,...   [click here for more]
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Marvel's Black Widow from Spy to Superhero: Essays on an Avenger with a Very Specific Skill Set

Marvel's Black Widow from Spy to Superhero: Essays on an Avenger with a Very Specific Skill Set


First appearing in Marvel Comics in the 1960s, Natasha Romanoff, a.k.a. Black Widow, was introduced to movie audiences in Iron Man 2 (2010). Her character has grown in popularity with subsequent Marvel films, and fans have been vocal about wanting to see Black Widow in a titular role. Romanoff has potent appeal: a strong female character who is not defined by her looks or her romantic relationships,...   [click here for more]
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Native Americans in Comic Books: A Critical Study

Native Americans in Comic Books: A Critical Study


This work takes an in-depth look at the world of comic books through the eyes of a Native American reader and offers frank commentary on the medium's cultural representation of the Native American people. It addresses a range of portrayals, from the bloodthirsty barbarians and noble savages of dime novels, to formulaic secondary characters and sidekicks, and, occasionally, protagonists sans paternal...   [click here for more]
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Neil Gaiman in the 21st Century

Neil Gaiman in the 21st Century


Essays on the Novels, Children's Stories, Online Writings, Comics and Other Works Neil Gaiman has emerged as one of the most influential literary figures of the 21st century. To borrow a phrase from his viral 2012 University of the Arts commencement speech, Gaiman "makes good art," from his graphic novels to his social media collaborations, award-winning fantasy fiction...   [click here for more]
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Not Just Batman's Butler: The Autobiography of Alan Napier

Not Just Batman's Butler: The Autobiography of Alan Napier


In January 1966, Alan Napier became a household name on ABC's hit series Batman (1966-1968) as Alfred Pennyworth, loyal butler to the show's title character. This "overnight success" came after 16 years of stage work (and the occasional film) in his native England and 26 years of film and television work (and the occasional play) in the United States. In the early 1970s, Napier wrote an...   [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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Riddle Me This, Batman!: Essays on the Universe of the Dark Knight

Riddle Me This, Batman!: Essays on the Universe of the Dark Knight


From his first comic-book appearance in 1939 through his many incarnations on the big screen, the archetypal superhero known as The Batman has never been far from the American consciousness. The character shaped the way we read comics and graphic novels, view motion pictures, and analyze the motifs of the Hero, the Anti-Hero and the Villain. He has also captured the scholarly imagination, telling us...   [click here for more]
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Rowena Sunder, Artist in New York

Rowena Sunder, Artist in New York


Rowena Sunder, still an artist in 2018, composes a meta auto-biographical book about five years of her life in New York City between 1965 and 1970. She escapes Toledo and her father's idea that she should marry and paint on Sundays and drives away in her VW bug. She sells one painting on the way, and arrives in the big city during one of its most exciting times. She works at the (invented) Museum of...   [click here for more]
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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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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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Southeast Asian Cartoon Art: History, Trends and Problems

Southeast Asian Cartoon Art: History, Trends and Problems


This is the first overview of cartoon art in this important cultural nexus of Asia. The eight essays provide historical and contemporary examinations of cartoons and comics in Indonesia, the Philippines, Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam, and sociocultural and political analyses of cartooning in Singapore, Myanmar, and Malaysia. The collection benefits from hundreds of interviews with Southeast Asia's...   [click here for more]
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Super-History: Comic Book Superheroes and American Society

Super-History: Comic Book Superheroes and American Society


1938 to the Present In the less than eight decades since Superman's debut in 1938, comic book superheroes have become an indispensable part of American society and the nation's dominant mythology. They represent America's hopes, dreams, fears, and needs. As a form of popular literature, superhero narratives have closely mirrored trends and events in the nation. This study views...   [click here for more]
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Superheroes and Gods: A Comparative Study from Babylonia to Batman

Superheroes and Gods: A Comparative Study from Babylonia to Batman


The work provides a unique study of superheroes and gods in literature, popular culture, and ancient myth. The author selects a number of mythological figures (e.g., Babylonia's Gilgamesh and Enkidu), ancient gods (e.g., Greece's Eros and Tartarus), and modern superheroes (e.g., the United States' Superman and Captain Marvel) and identifies the often striking similarities between each unique category...   [click here for more]
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Superheroes of the Round Table: Comics Connections to Medieval and Renaissance Literature

Superheroes of the Round Table: Comics Connections to Medieval and Renaissance Literature


Few scholars nursed on the literary canon would dispute that knowledge of Western literature benefits readers and writers of the superhero genre. This analysis of superhero comics as Romance literature shows that the reverse is true--knowledge of the superhero romance has something to teach critics of traditional literature. Establishing the comic genre as a cousin to Arthurian myth, Spenser, and...   [click here for more]
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Superheroines and the Epic Journey: Mythic Themes in Comics, Film and Television

Superheroines and the Epic Journey: Mythic Themes in Comics, Film and Television


The heroine's journey echoes throughout ancient legend. Each young woman combats her dark side and emerges stronger. This quest is also a staple of American comic books. Wonder Woman with semi-divine powers gives us a new female-centered creation story. Batgirl, Batwoman and Black Widow discover their enemy is the dark mother or shadow twin, with the savagery they've rejected in themselves. Supergirl...   [click here for more]
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Superman on Film, Television, Radio and Broadway

Superman on Film, Television, Radio and Broadway


First introduced in a 1938 comic book, Superman has since become an iconic character in American entertainment. This complete history covers Superman's appearances in film and television, from the 1941 introduction of the first Superman cartoon to the 2006 live-action film Superman Returns. The book includes several rarely seen photographs of the actors who have brought Superman to life for over...   [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]
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Tales of Superhuman Powers

Tales of Superhuman Powers


55 Traditional Stories from Around the World This book is a collection of 55 folktales that feature supernatural abilities. These tales represent powers--from invisibility to shape-shifting--that people have dreamed of, conjured up and strived for through the ages. Many of the powers are present in popular culture, making the superheroes who wield them the direct descendants of characters such...   [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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The 21st Century Superhero: Essays on Gender, Genre and Globalization in Film

The 21st Century Superhero: Essays on Gender, Genre and Globalization in Film


Superhero films are one of the most enduring genres of cinema, and their popularity is only increasing in the 21st century. These ten critical essays explore the phenomenon through the lenses of numerous academic disciplines, and cover topics such as the role of globalization in the formation of superhero narratives, the shifting nature of masculinity and femininity in the superhero world and the...   [click here for more]
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The Accidental Candidate: The Rise and Fall of Alvin Greene

The Accidental Candidate: The Rise and Fall of Alvin Greene


In 2010 a 32-year-old, socially awkward, unemployed African-American Army Veteran, who had been kicked out of the service and was living with his father in the South Carolina countryside while facing federal pornography changes, spent a significant portion of his life's savings on the filing fee to run for U.S. Senate in the Democratic primary to challenge incumbent tea party kingmaker Jim Demint....   [click here for more]
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The Ages of Iron Man: Essays on the Armored Avenger in Changing Times

The Ages of Iron Man: Essays on the Armored Avenger in Changing Times


Billionaire industrialist, cold warrior, weapons designer, alcoholic, philanthropist, Avenger--Tony Stark, alter-ego of Marvel Comics' Iron Man, has played many roles in his five decades as a superhero. From his 1963 comics debut in Tales of Suspense to the recent film adaptations--The Avengers(2012), Iron Man 3(2013)--hundreds of creators have had a hand in writing the character...   [click here for more]
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The Ages of Superman: Essays on the Man of Steel in Changing Times

The Ages of Superman: Essays on the Man of Steel in Changing Times


Since Superman first appeared on the cover of Action Comics #1 in 1938, the superhero has changed with the times to remain a relevant icon of American popular culture. This collection explores the evolution of the Superman character and demonstrates how his alterations mirror historical changes in American society. Beginning with the original comic book and ending with the 2011 Grounded storyline,...   [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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The Ages of the Incredible Hulk: Essays on the Green Goliath in Changing Times

The Ages of the Incredible Hulk: Essays on the Green Goliath in Changing Times


The Incredible Hulk is one of the earliest Marvel Comics superheroes. Through the decades, the character and his narrative elements--the causes of Bruce Banner's transformations, the Hulk's strength, intelligence and skin color, the stories' tone, theme and sources of conflict--have been continually reinvented to remain relevant. This collection of new essays explores Marvel's more than five decades...   [click here for more]
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The Ages of the Justice League: Essays on America's Greatest Superheroes in Changing Times

The Ages of the Justice League: Essays on America's Greatest Superheroes in Changing Times


The first superhero team from the Silver Age of comics, DC's Justice League has seen many iterations since its first appearance in 1960. As the original comic book continued and spin-off titles proliferated, talented writers, artists and editors adapted the team to appeal to changing audience tastes. This collection of new essays examines more than five decades of Justice League comics and related...   [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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The Ages of Wonder Woman: Essays on the Amazon Princess in Changing Times

The Ages of Wonder Woman: Essays on the Amazon Princess in Changing Times


Created in 1941 by the psychologist William Marston, Wonder Woman would go on to have one of the longest continuous runs of published comic book adventures in the history of the industry. More than 70 years after her debut, Wonder Woman remains a popular culture icon. Throughout the intervening years many comic book creators have had a hand in guiding her story, resulting in different interpretations...   [click here for more]
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The Amazing Transforming Superhero!: Essays on the Revision of Characters in Comic Books, Film and Television

The Amazing Transforming Superhero!: Essays on the Revision of Characters in Comic Books, Film and Television


This collection of essays analyzes the many ways in which comic book and film superheroes have been revised or rewritten in response to changes in real-world politics, social mores, and popular culture. Among many topics covered are the jingoistic origin of Captain America in the wake of the McCarthy hearings, the post-World War II fantasy-feminist role of Wonder Woman, and the Nietzschean influences...   [click here for more]
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The Animated Film Encyclopedia: A Complete Guide to American Shorts, Features and Sequences, 1900-1999, 2d ed.

The Animated Film Encyclopedia: A Complete Guide to American Shorts, Features and Sequences, 1900-1999, 2d ed.


A Complete Guide to American Shorts, Features and Sequences, 1900-1999, 2d ed In the course of its rich history, cinematic animation has developed from silent monochrome images to sound-filled shorts that ran theatrically with newsreels and adventure serials, and ultimately to prestigious feature films like Disney's Fantasia. This second edition of The Animated Film Encyclopedia: 1900-1979...   [click here for more]
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The Anime Art of Hayao Miyazaki

The Anime Art of Hayao Miyazaki


The thought-provoking, aesthetically pleasing animated films of Hayao Miyazaki attract audiences well beyond the director's native Japan. Princess Mononoke and Spirited Away were critically acclaimed upon U.S. release, and the earlier My Neighbor Totoro and Kiki's Delivery Service have found popularity with Americans on DVD. This critical study of Miyazaki's work begins with an analysis of the...   [click here for more]
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The Ascendance of Harley Quinn: Essays on DC's Enigmatic Villain

The Ascendance of Harley Quinn: Essays on DC's Enigmatic Villain


Since her first appearance in 1992, Harley Quinn—eccentric sidekick to the Joker—has captured the attention of readers like few new characters have in eight decades of Batman comics. Her bubbly yet malicious persona has earned her a loyal and growing fan base as she has crossed over into television, theater, video games, and film. In this collection of new essays, contributors explore...   [click here for more]
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The Batman Filmography, 2nd Ed.

The Batman Filmography, 2nd Ed.


This is a complete reference work to the history of Batman big screen works, from the 1940s serials through the campy 1960s TV show and film, and up through the series of Warner Bros. summer blockbusters that climaxed with Christopher Nolan's 2012 film The Dark Knight Rises. Chapters on each Batman feature include extensive film and production credits, a production history, and a critical analysis...   [click here for more]
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The Buffyverse Catalog

The Buffyverse Catalog


A Complete Guide to Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel in Print, Film, Television, Comics, Games and Other Media, 1992-2010 This bibliographic guide covers the "Buffyverse"--the fictional worlds of the acclaimed television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997-2003) and its spinoff Angel (1999-2004), as well as the original Buffy feature film of 1992. It is the largest...   [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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The Comics of Joss Whedon: Critical Essays

The Comics of Joss Whedon: Critical Essays


A great deal of scholarship has focused on Joss Whedon's television and film work, which includes Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Firefly, Doctor Horrible's Sing-Along Blog, The Cabin in the Woods and The Avengers. But Whedon's work in the world of comics has largely been ignored. He created his own dystopian heroine, Fray, assembled the goofy fannish heroes of Sugarshock, and wrote arcs for Marvel's...   [click here for more]
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The Encyclopedia of Superheroes on Film and Television, 2d ed.

The Encyclopedia of Superheroes on Film and Television, 2d ed.


It's a bird! It's a plane! It's a complete guide to over 50 years of superheroes on screen! This expanded and updated edition of the 2004 award-winning encyclopedia covers important developments in the popular genre; adds new shows such as Heroes and Zoom; includes the latest films featuring icons like Superman, Spiderman and Batman; and covers even more types of superheroes. Each...   [click here for more]
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The Fairy Tale and Anime

The Fairy Tale and Anime


Traditional Themes, Images and Symbols at Play on Screen Over the last few decades, anime has consistently come into fruitful contact with themes, images and symbols associated with the fairy tale tradition. This critical text focuses on the ways in which fundamental principles of the fairy tale tradition are deployed, and hence come to manifest themselves narratively and cinematographically, in...   [click here for more]
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The Galaxy Is Rated G

The Galaxy Is Rated G


Essays on Children's Science Fiction Film and Television Through spaceships, aliens, ray guns and other familiar trappings, science fiction uses the future (and sometimes the past) to comment on current social, cultural and political ideologies; the same is true of science fiction in children's film and television. This collection of essays analyzes the confluences of science fiction...   [click here for more]
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The Horror Comics: Fiends, Freaks and Fantastic Creatures

The Horror Comics: Fiends, Freaks and Fantastic Creatures


From the Golden Age of the 1940s, through the Silver Age of the '60s, up until the early '80s--the end of the Bronze Age. Included are the earliest series, like American Comics Group's Adventures into the Unknown and Prize Comics' Frankenstein, and the controversial and gory comics of the '40s, such as EC's infamous and influential Tales from the Crypt. The resurgence of monster-horror titles during...   [click here for more]
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The Law for Comic Book Creators

The Law for Comic Book Creators


Essential Concepts and Applications Since the creation of the comic book, there has been a lot of legal conflict and confusion where concepts such as public domain, unincorporated entities and moral rights are involved. As a result, comics creators are frequently concerned about whether they are protecting themselves. There are many questions and no single place to find the answers--that...   [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]
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