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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.”

Oh, All That Annoying Movie Marketing: A Chat with Critic Eric D. Snider

Summertime means cross-promotion is in the air.

“Young people are pretty savvy about marketing…They don’t consider something ‘bad’ or ‘annoying’ just because it’s marketing, the way many of us in the previous generation did.”

The Pop Culture Propaganda of Ender’s Game, Pacific Rim, and G.I. Joe


These posters’ apparently value-free aspect is perhaps what’s most worth exploring with young people…

‘World War Z’ At the Movies: Some Critical Thinking Questions


Media literacy discussion points covering novel-to-film adaptations, marketing, genre, screen violence, and more.

BEA, Famous Authors, and Why We’re All Guilty of Promoting ‘Celebrity Culture’

BEA - opening day 2013

I guess there was some cosplay going on, but most participating attendees chose to dress up as publishing executives for some reason.

Book Giveaway: Informational Text Par Excellence… ‘American Comic Book Chronicles’


So does this sound like something that could get the teen and tween comics fans you know into nonfiction? Sure it does.

With ‘42’ in Theaters, Here’s a Free Movie Starring Jackie Robinson


Alfred Green’s 1950 film, made at the height of Robinson’s career, is in the public domain…