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The Comics Arms Race and the Failure of Diversity

March 18, 2013
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The Comics Arms Race and the Failure of Diversity

Retailer incentives like variant covers are nothing new, but are being emphasized strongly in today’s market.
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“Everybody Gets Wet?”: Class, Race and Region after Superstorm Sandy

November 9, 2012
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“Everybody Gets Wet?”: Class, Race and Region after Superstorm Sandy

A week after Hurricane Sandy, it is clear that media presentations of white ethnic working-class "shore" populations are distinct from, yet overlapping with, both those of the more privileged and more visible Manhattan, and also those of the poorer and more disenfranchised Lower 9th Ward after Hurricane Katrina.
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Klosterman, philosophy and cultural studies: An audio interview

May 4, 2012
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Klosterman, philosophy and cultural studies: An audio interview

An audio interview with Chuck Klosterman, accompanied by a discussion of how his work not only blurs things that us cultural studies professors celebrate by taking “low” culture seriously, but also in a way that inevitably makes us nervous.
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In Memoriam: Joe Simon, Co-Creator of Captain America

December 16, 2011
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In Memoriam: Joe Simon, Co-Creator of Captain America

Joe Simon may not have had the name recognition of some of his contemporaries, but his impact on the comic book medium was profound.
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The Media and the Riots in England: Unordered Thesis on Days of Disorder

August 13, 2011
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The Media and the Riots in England: Unordered Thesis on Days of Disorder

The two words that political leaders, have resorted to in the wake of the riots that have spread throughout England since unrest in Tottenham last Saturday night, are “simple” and "criminality”. However, none of these crimes is simple.
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Captain America and the Representation of Entertainment

July 23, 2011
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Captain America and the Representation of Entertainment

The USO sequence in Captain America: The First Avenger speaks to the influence of a cynical modern eye and a gendered dismissal of historical realism, comic book necessity, and the possibility of media effects.
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DC Comics Goes All In

June 18, 2011
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DC Comics Goes All In

Is the comics industry doomed or simply too insular?
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Your Friendly Neighborhood Araña: The State of Latinidad in Marvel Comics

November 15, 2010
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Your Friendly Neighborhood Araña: The State of Latinidad in Marvel Comics

Marvel Comics has quietly responded to the increased presence of Latinos in America with a corresponding, if tentative, increase in the number of Latino Marvel characters, as epitomized by this week's debut of a new Spider-Girl series starring Puerto Rican Anya Sofia Corazon.
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What Do You Think? The Chilean Mine Rescue

October 15, 2010
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What Do You Think? The Chilean Mine Rescue

The rescue of a group of Chilean miners this week has become a media phenomenon. We want your opinion on it all.
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