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‘The Dark Knight Returns’: Some Critical Thinking Questions

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Here are some questions you can ask fans — questions designed to extend the critical thinking they’re most likely already engaged in…

On Clifford’s 50th Birthday, Four Questions for Norman Bridwell

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“I never found Godzilla attractive.”

A Question for Pop Culture Fandom: Strong Women… or Violent Women?

"Resident Evil: Retribution" opens in theaters tomorrow, but is Alice, the series' hero, a role model?

It’s the asking of tricky questions, not the providing of pat, politically-correct answers, that builds lifelong habits of mind in students.

Guest Post by Robin Brenner… This Summer’s Female Heroes: Fighting More Than One Battle (2)

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The mainstream comics industry has been roundly (and justifiably) criticized for its problematic representation of women as well as its reluctance to acknowledge women as a fanbase with valid opinions.

Guest Post by Robin Brenner… This Summer’s Female Heroes: Fighting More Than One Battle (1)

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It’s a tough time to be a superheroine fan…

Holmes and Watson: Too Archetypal For Their Own Good?

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Should fans be flattered, rather than annoyed, when their fan object achieves archetypal status… thus leaving itself open to myriad re-interpretations, including radical ones?

The Anti-Airbrushing Campaign: Now Girls Take Charge

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No longer is the topic of magazine covers solely the province of docs such as Miss Representation, adult feminists, the AMA, and media literacy folks like me. Now girls themselves are taking action.