Raised by a Television: Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers, Social Issues, and Growing Up

Raised by a Television: Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers, Social Issues, and Growing Up

Like everyone else who grew up in the Americanized 90’s, I was part of the generation that gave birth to the phrase “raised by a television.” After that decade, growing up with and through shows on TV – particularly those aimed at children and teens – became a staple of modern living. There were plenty of shows out there that made an impact on me, one way or another, but there’s a certain group…

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Revisiting an Old Favorite: Crash by Jerry Spinelli

Revisiting an Old Favorite: Crash by Jerry Spinelli

Jerry Spinelli is the first author I legitimately fangirled over. I remember my fifth grade teacher reading us chapters of The Wringer and Maniac Magee during class. I read Stargirl in a matter of hours, and I just kept on reading his books. I loved him and his writing, and he’s the first author whose body of work I really admired. But the one book that has stuck with me the most, the one that’s…

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Viz Media releases THE ART OF PRINCESS MONONOKE

Viz Media releases THE ART OF PRINCESS MONONOKE

San Francisco, CA, August 20, 2014 – VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), the largest publisher, distributor and licensor of manga and anime in North America, captures the attention of anime fans and collectors with a special new edition of the acclaimed art book, THE ART OF PRINCESS MONONOKE, which features a new translation and beautiful hardcover presentation. The edition will debut on August 26th.

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REVIEW: Marvel 1602 by Neil Gaiman

REVIEW: Marvel 1602 by Neil Gaiman

Political intrigue. Secrecy. Discrimination. Government plots. Mysterious science.

No, it’s not present-day. It’s the Elizabethan Age – the year 1602, to be exact.

A little background on this title: In 2000, Joe Quesada, then a comic book editor for Marvel Comics’ Marvel Knights imprint, became editor-in-chief of Marvel. He approached writer Neil Gaiman in August of 2001 and asked him to write a…

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On Our List: August 2014

On Our List: August 2014

“Last night, I got on Netflix with one goal: find a good Robin Williams movie. Luckily, The Birdcage, a favorite since I was young, was available. Based on a musical, the movie tells the story of a gay couple whose son wants to get married to a conservative senator’s daughter. Needless to say, hijinks ensue. But it’s a lot more than a funny movie with drag queens and Republican jokes. It’s about…

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Classic Magical Girl Anime to watch NOW

Classic Magical Girl Anime to watch NOW

[dropcaps]B[/dropcaps]efore you head back to school or wrap up your summer for good, take some time to settle in for a magical girl anime marathon with your friends or your kids.

Why magical girl anime? The magical girl subgenre, written as mahou shoujo in Japanese, is iconic in anime: a teen or pre-teen girl in a feminine, fluffy dress who becomes a champion for justice and fights out of a sense…

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The Quiet Feminism of Anne Shirley

The Quiet Feminism of Anne Shirley

When anyone mentions books that introduce children to concepts of feminism, the titles that usually come to mind aren’t ones written at the turn of the 20th century, before women had the right to vote, when women were expected to become wives and homemakers and not much else.  But if I had to pick a book for a girl under 12 to help her understand the ideas that have motivated me since that age, A…

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Our Favorite Things: Pokemon

Our Favorite Things: Pokemon

I held my Gameboy Color tight that Christmas, flipping the switch to that yellow cartridge that led me into the world of Pokemon. Hours passed and I finally saved my game. PLAY TIME: 3:47. That couldn’t be three hours and forty-seven minutes, I thought. Surely, I’d only been playing for three minutes and forty-seven seconds… But it was true. I looked up from the now glaring (this was before…

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Nostalgic Games

It all started with a Game Boy Color and a copy of Pokémon Silver.

I got the Game Boy for my fifth birthday, and bought Pokémon shortly afterward. From then on, I was hooked. I was the kid who would spend hours in a game store, looking at the games I wanted and greedily eyeing the newest consoles. I played the games you might expect a child living in the early 2000s to play: Pokémon, Super Smash…

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Editor’s Letter: A Nod to the Past

Editor’s Letter: A Nod to the Past

The first time I read Anne of Green Gables and Anne of Avonleawas during my first year at college, when I had moved away from my parents’ house for the first time in 18 years, hated my roommates, and suddenly became very, very sick.  The aforementioned roommates went home for the weekend — “We don’t want to get sick” — which left me flu-stricken with only a 12-pack of ginger ale, some chicken…

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