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.
The overall feeling of The Exorcist challenges the viewer to let down their natural defenses when it comes to being scared.
23 Jul 2012
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?
18 Jul 2012
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.
09 Jul 2012
Audio and e-books help fill the need to get in as much reading as possible in one's limited, mortal lifespan.
08 Jun 2012
When examining a work whose mythology is an expansive as Star Wars, it almost becomes a historiographical investigation as opposed to a literary one.
08 Feb 2012
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.
29 Sep 2011
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.
09 Sep 2011
Unlike the mock enthusiasm, he had prepared prior to the show, our writer found that he genuinely loved his first Broadway experience.
23 Jun 2011
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.
25 May 2011
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.
06 Apr 2011
How will comic book stores survive in the coming years when a fan can download titles directly to their computer or tablet without leaving their home?
03 Feb 2011
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