Fifty fictional legendary baseball players and their illustrated biographies. Bushers takes a whimsical look at the Deadball Era, long before free agency, luxury boxes and enormous salaries. It's a wild collection of baseball's greatest goofballs, wannabes, could've-beens and never-was's hailing from every state in the Union--representing actual towns like Nuttsville, Virginia; Parole, Maryland, and... [click here for more]
Essays on the Epic Graphic Satire of Dave Sim and Gerhard
In December 1977, struggling Canadian comic book artist Dave Sim self-published the first issue of Cerebus the Aardvark, a Conan the Barbarian satire featuring a foul-tempered, sword-wielding creature trapped in a human world.
Over the next 26 years, Sim, and later collaborator Gerhard, produced an epic 6,000-page graphic... [click here for more]
From 1985 to 1995, the syndicated comic strip Calvin and Hobbes followed the antics of a precocious six-year-old boy and his sardonic stuffed tiger. At the height of its popularity, the strip ran in more than 2,400 newspapers and generated a fan base that continues to run in the millions.
This critical analysis of Calvin and Hobbes explores Calvin's world and its deep reservoir of meanings. Close... [click here for more]
In 2010 a 32-year-old, socially awkward, unemployed African-American Army Veteran, who had been kicked out of the service and was living with his father in the South Carolina countryside while facing federal pornography changes, spent a significant portion of his life's savings on the filing fee to run for U.S. Senate in the Democratic primary to challenge incumbent tea party kingmaker Jim Demint.... [click here for more]
Embiggening the Learning Experience with the Wisdom of Springfield
The object of much debate, attention, and scholarship since it first aired more than 20 years ago, The Simpsons provides excellent, if unexpected, fodder for high school and college lesson plans. After all, laughing students are hardly sleeping students! But The Simpsons also provides a familiar student knowledge... [click here for more]