Shawn O'Rourke

Shawn O'Rourke is an Adjunct Instructor and Speech and Debate Coach at Orange Coast Community College. He has an MA in History and has presented papers at several academic conferences. He is on Facebook and can by followed on twitter (spo1981). Check out his blogs at www.spo1981.blogspot.com and www.futureofprint.blogspot.com.

Features // 19 Articles
Reviews // 42 Articles
Blogs // 11 Articles
//Features

More Story to Tell: “New Lone Wolf and Cub Volume 1” | 13 Jun 2014 // 12:29 AM

In the first year of The Iconographies, we took an in-depth critical tour of the wonder that is Lone Wolf and Cub. Now, as creator Kazuo Koike returns to his magnum opus, so do we…

Comic Con Explores the Digital Future of Comics | 18 Jul 2012 // 5:10 PM

Were the people downloading comics loyal fans who had forsaken their local stores for the allure of cheaper titles and ease of access? Or were they new readers who would never have stepped into a comic book store, but decided to download something directly to their smartphone or tablet?

//Reviews

The Exorcist: 3 July - 12 August 2012 - Los Angeles | 23 Jul 2012 // 5:03 PM

The overall feeling of The Exorcist challenges the viewer to let down their natural defenses when it comes to being scared.

The Evolving Anthropological Tone of Star Wars in "Dawn of the Jedi" | 8 Feb 2012 // 7:50 PM

When examining a work whose mythology is an expansive as Star Wars, it almost becomes a historiographical investigation as opposed to a literary one.

//Blogs

Jonah Lehrer and the Debate Over Self-Plagiarism | 11 Jul 2012 // 1:08 AM

In a world where ethical systems, religions, and legal codes identify both gradations and scales between various crimes, is it fair to use the word “plagiarism” in association with what Jonah Lehrer did?

Re: Digital: Thomas Pynchon (and Others) Succumb to E-Readers | 9 Jul 2012 // 12:00 AM

Stories are composed on Twitter, fan fiction can become literature, libraries are accessible around the world, and reader’s can explore classics on their Ipad. As literary holdouts come to accept digital reality, it's important to remember that the audiobook did not kill the paperback, and that new mediums don’t always replace the old ones.

//Mixed media
//Blogs

'Wanted' Is a Spaghetti Western That Will Leave You Wanting

// Short Ends and Leader

"The charisma of Giuliano Gemma and some stellar action sequences can't save this sub-par spaghetti western.

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