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A Case for Comics in College

My name is (insert name here) and I am a visual learner -- and other reasons why comics is a relevant subject for the college curriculum.

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Off the Radar - The Top 30 DVDs of 2008

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Capturing the Abstract in the Concrete

Shaun Huston
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Persepolis

This story reaches across barriers in language and experience to viewers who have never suffered exile.

Marisa LaScala
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A Gallery of Good Works: The Best Films of 2007

From Julian Schnabel's artsy The Diving Bell and the Butterfly to the legendary Coen Brothers splendid adaptation of Cormac McCarthy's No Country for Old Men, PopMatters counts down the 30 best films of 2007.

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Persepolis

Personal and political history is delivered with a sharp mix of comedy and tragedy (Marjane lies in bed, the "camera" hovering overhead as she declares herself a communist after learning her grandfather was jailed for same).

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Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood by Marjane Satrapi

Based on her experience of the Islamic Revolution in Iran, Marjane Satrapi introduces us to the effects of cultural change through the eyes of a child.

Sarah Tan
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