Category Archives: Pop culture

Thanks, Unemployed Man! You’re saving the day!


Back in November, I enjoyed and discussed Origen & Golan’s The Adventures of Unemployed Man: a timely commentary on just about everything that is timely.  I knew the authors were real when they responded to e-mails discussing my take on … Continue reading

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Literary mashup: killing Shakespeare, or another form of appreciation?


Good art should provoke strong reactions.  So let’s start here: I am shaking my head. I want to cry. I want to bitch slap whoever was involved with creating it. However, this kind of crap is nothing new. There is … Continue reading

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Discovery Channel sees the potential too!


Come December, The Discovery Channel will publish a new volume boasting “10 stories based on real events” surrounding everyone’s simultaneously favorite and most feared sea creature: sharks! Published by Silver Dragon Books, this new product aims to capitalize on the … Continue reading

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Illuminating America’s economic woes through parody and comics: The Adventures of Unemployed Man by Erich Origen and Gan Golan


In all honesty, Adam Smith isn’t particularly interesting to me. My high school economics textbook was Frank Herbert’s Dune (seriously – in addition to other student-centered projects), so it’s probably no wonder that I made a ‘C’ in ECON 2105 … Continue reading

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Fit for independent reading? @ Large, a Hip-Hop Manga by Ahmed Hoke


What happens when satire and social commentary fail to internalize in the audience the way the author likely hoped for? For example, what happened when less critical viewers misinterpreted skits on Chappelle’s Show on Comedy Central? What about MTV’s Beavis … Continue reading

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Replacing traditional texts?


A colleague proposed an interesting question to me today. I didn’t ask, but I’m assuming it’s okay to pose it here: Is it possible for graphic texts to replace traditional texts in classrooms? Is this something we — educators, literacy … Continue reading

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Blokhedz: created by the MadTwiinz, Mark and Mike Davis


Nevermind the corporate synergy at work for Gatorade here – just watch this preview: Trying to find a consistent link or updated information on Blokhedz (WARNING – my browser warns of viruses from this link) has proven difficult. However, getting … Continue reading

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