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Is ‘Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox’ the Darkest Superhero Film Ever?

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Can creators in essence separate the “super” from the “hero” and still be said to be working with the same character?

Something to Consider on the Eve of Comic-Con: Cosplay and Critical Thinking

Linda as Karuta: "This is my first attempt at making an outfit and wearing a wig. The skirt and outer top was made by me, while the white top was something that I already owned."

“We can look at cosplay as a medium that assists other media, anime and manga, by targeting a certain audience segment related to fandom.”

Confessions of a Cosplaying Librarian

Linda as Kagome: "

“The key idea is actually a media literacy one related to representation: no one in real life actually looks like an anime or manga character.”

Moriarty, Hannibal, and Despicable Me: How We End Up Rooting for the Bad Guy

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It’s okay to find the villain appealing in certain respects—in fact, much of pop culture depends on our doing just that.

‘Superman: Unbound’ and Why There’s No Such Thing as the ‘Superhero Genre’

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Superman, with a 75-year canon to draw upon, should be included in any curriculum that covers science fiction.

‘Tales of the Night,’ ‘The Dark Knight Returns,’ and the Problem of Animation for Teens

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What animation exists out there that’s regularly screened in schools or shelved in libraries that’s the equivalent of MG or YA lit—feature films (not TV shows) that speak to young people but not to “children”?

2012 Gift Guide for Pop Culture Geeks and Media Mavens

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The Dark Knight screenplays, a Doctor Who board game, The Princess Bride, and a lot more…