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Survey of Comic Book Cartoons: The Modern Age

With the new millennium, cartoons began to take leaps far beyond what they had completed before. The rise in popularity of Japanese comic books (Manga) and animation (Anime) in the United States led to a stronger influence on popular media. In the late 90s, comic book artists such as Joe Madureira became popular for artistic … Continue reading

The Monstrous Other: The Things That Bump In the Night

  Fear of the other remains a consistent figure in the horror genre, media devoted to the gruesome and dark. These stories explore humanity’s innate dread of the unknown and unwelcome. Stories about ghouls and goblins, told around campfires, evoke this primal reaction to the unknown. Renowned director John Carpenter reasons these stories seek to … Continue reading

Survey of Comic Book Cartoons: The Silver Age

When we last left off we were in the mid to late 80s and the X-Men just had a false start pilot, although it did become a rather popular arcade game, which is available on the Playstation network for those interested. At the beginning of the last decade of the 20th century no one could … Continue reading

Survey of Comic Book Cartoons: The Golden Age

So when I caught wind of G4’s plans to broadcast Anime versions of some of our favorite Marvel heroes I have to admit, my interest was piqued. I’ve always been a fan of the animated medium. I owe this in large part to the fact that my parents indulged my craving for super hero antics … Continue reading

The Unknown Other: What You Don’t Know Can Hurt You…

Last month we talked out the concept of the Other, a person or group outside of the common group, and its role in our history and culture. The practice of this concept in history saw the rise of the Third Reich and justification for Jim Crow Laws and Apartheid. So this begs the question. Have … Continue reading

The Other: An Introduction

One of the goals I had when I started Geek and Gamer Grad was to show the mainstream and academic worlds that our (Geeks and Gamers) culture is something that merits study, that matters, and can influence society. This article series is a step in that direction because we cannot truly step forward unless we … Continue reading

Geek U: The Rabbit and the Wormhole of TV and Time Travel Part 4

Part 1/ Part 2/Part 3/Part 4 Season Three When we left Heroes in season 2, an unknown assailant shot Nathan Petrelli just as he was about to expose the heroes secret to the world32. This plotline could have gone in any number of directions.  The company’s existence was well set up in season 2 to … Continue reading

Geek U: The Rabbit and the Wormhole of TV and Time Travel Part 3

Part 1/ Part 2/Part 3 Season Two After the critical success of season one, we waited anxiously with high expectation for the premiere of the second season, which hit the highest ratings for the series19. The season opened with several storylines within the first few episodes, much like the previous season. One big difference is … Continue reading

Geek U: The Rabbit and the Wormhole of TV and Time Travel Part 1

Part 1/ Part 2/ Part 3/ Part 4 Since we first joined H.G Wells and jumped through time in The Time Machine, several different mediums have taken their hand at recapturing and reimagining the magic of traveling through time and space. Stories about time travel can give us insight into plot and character in a … Continue reading

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