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Scrambling Our Brains with Pop Culture: A Sometimes Silly Conversation with Cartoonist and Author Dave Roman

Teen Boat in Action - by John Green

“I certainly have a lot of fun mashing these tropes and archetypes up. I think my style of writing is akin to putting all my influences into a blender and making a smoothie to enjoy with like-minded individuals.”

Mighty, Mighty Mythology: The George O’Connor Interview

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“Hollywood is going to change any story as they see fit, to make what they think is a better movie, so mythological inaccuracy doesn’t tend to bother me. As long as they capture the feeling, the essence of a story, I’m cool with changes…”

Media Read: Mirror Mirror

Who's Saving Whom? Gender Compromise Reigns in "Mirror Mirror." (Photo Credit: Jan Thijs. © 2012 Relativity Media. All Rights Reserved.)

Harsh critics of the new film may not realize that the nature of the “children’s movie” itself has changed in recent years. So what they could be interpreting as cynical moves to go after dual target audiences is actually a bull’s-eye in terms of today’s precociously hip kids.

Dickens The Media King (1): Exploring Author “Longevity”

"Blankets" art and text by Criag Thompson, and available from Top Shelf Productions.

Authors who achieve long-lasting fame and admiration represent an easy—dare I say fun?—way to incorporate media lit objectives into core curriculum.

Death by Media: The Hunger Games and Teen Authenticity (Part 2)

Hunger Games Teaser Poster-300p

“After dinner we watch the replay in the sitting room… And there I am, blushing and confused, made beautiful by Cinna’s hands, desirable by Peeta’s confession, tragic by circumstance, and by all accounts, unforgettable.”