Reading children’s books is fun. Reading children’s graphic novels is even more fun. A major benefit of having kids (or nieces and nephews) is that you get to enjoy all sorts of things that you’re supposedly too old for: eating cotton candy, telling knock-knock jokes, playing Pac-Man, coloring, dressing up for Halloween. What, you already do all those things? Great, then you’ll have absolutely no shame in enjoying all these great fantasy graphic novels for kids. I MEAN, buying them for the kids in your life. Sometimes you just want a break from the intensity of adult books though, you know what I mean? When the sex, violence, and tragedy of Watchmen is getting to be too much for you, pick up one of these and let the childhood nostalgia wash over you as you get lost in a safer, happier world.
In the early twentieth century, the birth of the studio system was driven by technology. There was a newfound ability to make, edit and distribute moving pictures.
Everyone has fond memories of watching Nickelodeon when they were young. Whether you grew up watching Rocket Power and Hey Arnold or your childhood was filled with Drake and Josh, we all had Nickelodeon shows that we enjoyed. However, despite the numerous hours we all spent watching Nickelodeon, there are still some mind-blowing facts that most people don’t know. Check out these crazy facts you probably didn’t know about your favorite Nickelodeon shows.
With all the political uproar shaping what Americans thought of communism, Hollywood reacted in the way it knew how to, and best: by producing movies. These films were made after the blacklisting of the Hollywood Ten, and were great examples of media that got Americans thinking about communism in a different light than before. Some examples include The Red Menace, Invasion of the Body Snatchers, The Man Who Knew Too Much, and North by Northwest.
Over the years, South Park’s Trey Parker and Matt Stone have taken it upon themselves to address many controversial topics and social issues. From Scientology and Mormonism to homophobia and gender identity, South Park has tackled many issues that other shows feared to address and has done so in a way that considers all the possible angles. In a rare line of continuity between seasons, season 20 of South Park has begun where season 19 left off, in a divided society where political correctness has caused a tear between those who want social change and those who are content with society.
Pixar is so iconic that it’s hard to believe that there are people out there who have not seen a single Pixar movie. Pixar has made 17 movies and 16 of them are almost universally praised (I'm looking at you Cars 2.) While Pixar is famous for making great movies, they're almost equally as famous for hiding objects and characters throughout their movies.
With Marvel’s Doctor Strange on the verge of hitting theaters everywhere, the conversation regarding it is only getting louder ---- and, with that, the controversy. Said controversy kicked off the moment the film’s casting was announced, which is when it was revealed that the role of the Ancient One (an elderly Tibetan man in the comics) would be filled by . . . the white British actress Tilda Swinton. Cries of whitewashing were immediately out in full force, especially given the recent protests over Scarlett Johansson’s casting in the upcoming Ghost in the Shell remake. Here in Doctor Strange we have yet another Asian character being played by a white person. Pretty blatant, right?
With the recent release of Marvel’s Luke Cage on Netflix, and its overwhelming popularity, it’s not hard to see the impact that superheroes have on our culture. The show is a great example of the clever, in-your-face, modern superhero entertainment Marvel has been providing us with for almost ten years now.
From classics like Penny Arcade and VG Cats to newer strips like Intelligent Life, these satirical webcomics poke fun at gamers and geek culture while sharing inside jokes that never make it to mainstream comics and cartoons. Put down the controllers for long enough to dive into some of the best webcomics for gamers and geeks and emerge validated.