• Before the Hulk was Green: Pop Culture Literacy in the Composition Classroom

    Before the Hulk was Green: Pop Culture Literacy in the Composition Classroom0

    (This article was adapted from a presentation given at the TYCA-Northeast Conference in Fall of 2012) What is this professor talking about? I teach at a community college, which means I teach a lot of introductory classes. I can assume I’ll be teaching several sections of Standard Freshman Composition every Fall, and Writing about Literature

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  • About Those J. Scott Campbell X-Men Black Covers – Social Media Discourse in the “Blue Age” of Comics

    About Those J. Scott Campbell X-Men Black Covers – Social Media Discourse in the “Blue Age” of Comics12

    A week ago, I was presenting original research at the first annual Comics Studies Society Conference. My paper, “The Blue Age of Comic Books,” was about the digitization of comic books and comic book culture (you can read an early version here). “Blue Age” is a theoretical framework because it draws from my personal experience

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  • Great Power Verbs Great Responsibility

    Great Power Verbs Great Responsibility0

    It is common knowledge that Spider-Man’s heroism is driven by the realization that “with great power comes great responsibility,” but that tagline hasn’t always existed in that form. In the first appearance of Spider-Man in 1962’s Amazing Fantasy #15, the final panel of the story introducing the new superhero is overrun with words. It says,

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  • My First Comic: Enter Sandman

    My First Comic: Enter Sandman0

    Four years ago, everything I knew about comics came from Saturday morning cartoons (X-Men, BTAS, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) and the Marvel Cinematic Universe. I honestly didn’t read comics. I knew we had a local comic shop, but had never been there. I really wasn’t all that interested in comics as a storytelling medium.

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  • Marvel Rising: Why Does Marvel Hate New Readers #0

    Marvel Rising: Why Does Marvel Hate New Readers #00

    Back in April, or March, or some time long past, Marvel announced a new series. Marvel Rising is a new “multi-platform franchise,” aimed at young girls, a long-neglected audience, especially in the wake of DC’s smash success with DC Superhero Girls. The project includes a comic series that is focused on two of Marvel’s biggest

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  • My First Comic: Snikt, Bub

    My First Comic: Snikt, Bub1

    Honestly, comics have been a part of my life for so long that the details on where and when they first came in are fuzzy. They were one of the tools my cousin used to help encourage me to read, so I’m sure that I have a different, literal first, but the first one I

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