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 be followed on twitter (spo1981). Check out his blogs at www.spo1981.blogspot.com and www.futureofprint.blogspot.com.
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?
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?
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.
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.
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?
By reasserting the classic dilemmas of the original Swamp Thing, retooling these for a 21st century audience, and writing a superb, concise introduction to both the character and its setting, Scott Snyder may have crafted the first genuine hit of DC's New 52.
In a flourishing marketplace of the samurai literary canon do creators Wiseman and Benaroya bring something fresh to the story of a samurai clan under attack and assassination? The answer is more subtle than a simple yes or no.
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.
With Hellraiser #1 going into a second printing in less than a week off the back of a social media campaign that has gone viral, we turn our attention to a character that is fast becoming a phenomenon.