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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

Friday, June 13 2014

More Story to Tell: “New Lone Wolf and Cub Volume 1”

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…


Wednesday, July 18 2012

Comic Con Explores the Digital Future of Comics

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?


Wednesday, May 25 2011

When Superheroes Die

The death of Randy Poffo, aka Macho Man Randy Savage, once again revealed the dark history of professional wrestling. A history replete with drug abuse, murder and suicide. In this essay a writer and fan explores the varied reactions to Savage's death; a death which created more questions than answers.


Tuesday, November 9 2010

"What If Superman Was Hopelessly Insane?": Mark Waid's Irredeemable

The man who made me love Superman, now makes me terrified of someone with such god-like powers.


Wednesday, September 22 2010

The Future of Comic Stores in the Digital Era

Joe Field, owner of Flying Colors Comics and founder of Free Comic Book Day, shares his insights into comicbooks, new media and the prospect of a world without print.


Reviews

Monday, July 23 2012

The Exorcist: 3 July - 12 August 2012 - Los Angeles

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


Wednesday, February 8 2012

The Evolving Anthropological Tone of Star Wars in "Dawn of the Jedi"

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


Thursday, September 29 2011

Prodigal Sons and Daughters Return in Teen Titans #1

In Teen Titans #1 writer Scott Lobdell captures that youthful energy of characters both honoring a heroic legacy, and rebelling against their forebears who enshrine it.


Monday, September 19 2011

And… Action! It's 'Deathstroke #1'

In Deathstroke #1 writer Kyle Higgins' use of easily-recognizable action movie tropes is the farthest thing from derivative. Instead, it is a user-friendly shorthand for new readers to the little-known DC character.


Sunday, September 18 2011

Terry Moore Rising?

Rachel Rising feels very much like the third runaway hit for fan-favorite indie publisher Terry Moore. But will the notoriously protracted publication schedule finally be put aside to bring a mainstream success the creator so richly deserves?


Blogs

Wednesday, July 11 2012

Jonah Lehrer and the Debate Over Self-Plagiarism

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?


Monday, July 9 2012

Re: Digital: Thomas Pynchon (and Others) Succumb to E-Readers

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.


Friday, June 8 2012

Too Many Books, Too Little Time: The Synthetic Reader Solution

Audio and e-books help fill the need to get in as much reading as possible in one's limited, mortal lifespan.


Monday, May 21 2012

Dispatches from the E-Reader Wars

Amazon vs. Barnes and Noble vs. Apple. The E-Reader Wars are heating up.


Tuesday, May 31 2011

Can Viral Videos Be Art?

Is there such a thing as a highbrow viral video? We'll Never Know the Difference.


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Lone Wolf and Cub Part 3 (Graphic Novelties) [22.Feb.10]
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Jack Knight's First Team Up (Graphic Novelties) [25.Jul.09]
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