joker in academia

And I thought the topics and issues I am belabouring are somewhat exotic, or even strange … If I’d have the time, I’d love to submit something. On the other hand, that last note: ‘Note that invitation to submit a full essay does not guarantee inclusion in the volume.’ Quite frankly, and this isn’t meant arrogantly, but I do not see myself fit to meet rules like that—it’s simply a matter of time, the scarcest resource.     Anyway, here’s the worthwhile call for abstracts (although I do not think that the Joker himself will like being dissected academically—see above. … Continue reading

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omega legend

how the cyberpunk discourse infested the zombie genre  That may well be a truism, but ↑Stephen King is fond of zombie movies (1981: 134), of Romero’s classics of course in particular. Cyberpunk writers and fans are, too. But in ↑George A. Romero‘s debut ‘↑Night of the Living Dead‘ (1968) none of the canonical elements outlining cyberpunk as a genre can be found—with the exception of the postapocalyptic setting. Ten years later, during the historical threshold when the cyberpunk discourse reached critical mass and got manifest as a literary genre, the picture had changed. Richard Kadrey and Larry McCaffery sum it … Continue reading

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hugo strange

Since the late 1970s, when I first read the story arc ‘Dark Detective I’ (Detective Comics 469-476), aptly named ‘Strange Apparitions’ for a reprint, arch-villain ↑Professor Hugo Strange is my favourite Batman-enemy. ‘Strange Apparitions’ just had everything, the Joker, the Penguin, and with Silver St. Cloud one of the most beautiful spouses Bruce Wayne ever had. Most of the story arc was pencilled by ↑Marshall Rogers (1950-2007), besides ↑Jim Aparo (1932-2005) until today my favourite Batman-penciller. Hilary Goldstein ↑writes at IGN: There is a common misconception among comic-book readers that Batman books were terrible until Frank Miller came along in … Continue reading

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arkham

Superheroes are the new gods, and they come with a vast mythology. The two main universes, Marvel and DC, are huge accumulations of concepts, ideas, and narrative content, close to unmanageable. When you have played, or want to play ‘Batman: Arkham Asylum’, like I have done, you might long for background on Arkham. The above movie by gametrailers furnishes it in a comprehensive manner. SCHECHTER, HAROLD. 1980. The new gods: Psyche and symbol in popular art. Madison: Popular Press. … Continue reading

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mk vs. dc

  Since DC/Marvel’s crossover comic ‘Superman vs. the Amazing Spider-Man‘ from 1976 I am a regular fanboy of heavy crossovers, I have to confess. ‘Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe‘ is a somewhat perfect specimen. Besides Ed Boon, the co-creator of the ‘Mortal Kombat‘ series, narrating, what I especially dig in this movie, is Superman firing his heat-vision right into Scorpion‘s face at point-blank range (that sound!), and then slamming him through a dozen or so walls. To do this kind of over-the-top cartoon violence Tex-Avery style full justice, I’d welcome another crossover: ‘Mortal Kombat vs. Tom & Jerry,’ or, maybe … Continue reading

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