Boy Culture An Encyclopedia 2 volumes

Next, the hero must begin the journey by crossing an initial threshold. In the
comic world, that tends to be the first story line for the hero. Superman, Batman,
and Spider-Man all have origin stories, initially told in the first issue of the comic
in ...

Author: Shirley R. Steinberg

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 9780313350818

Category: Social Science

Page: 527

View: 407


In this two-volume set, a series of expert contributors look at what it means to be a boy growing up in North America, with entries covering everything from toys and games, friends and family, and psychological and social development. • 166 entries on specific aspects of boyhood life in North America today, ranging from boy-centered toys, games, and media to issues of masculinity and confusing notions of manhood • Expert contributors from a variety of academic and professional disciplines, providing insight into a range of issues related to the lives of North American boys • Bibliographic listings of works cited and further reading in print and online • A comprehensive index

Superhero Therapy

Written by Dr. Janina Scarlet, the leading advocate of superhero therapy, a new technique that helps you to recover from common psychological and emotional problems by showing your concerns are mirrored in the stories of extraordinary ...

Author: Janina Scarlet

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 9781472136404

Category: Comics & Graphic Novels

Page: 112

View: 908


Did you ever want to become a Superhero? Did you ever wish you could get magical powers or travel through the universe, across time and space? This dynamic new self-help book is designed to help heroes who are struggling with anxiety, depression, anger, shame and trauma. Written by Dr. Janina Scarlet, the leading advocate of superhero therapy, a new technique that helps you to recover from common psychological and emotional problems by showing your concerns are mirrored in the stories of extraordinary superheroes from fiction. The book takes you through the core concepts of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) which will better arm you to face the challenges of your superhero quest. Illustrated by talented comic book artist Wellinton Alves, this book tells the tale of a group of troubled heroes enlisted at the Superhero Training Academy (inspired both by fictional characters and real-life people who have benefited from this therapy), learning to overcome their problems using the techniques of ACT. This will appeal to readers with a geeky side to their nature, or anyone just seeking to find their inner superhero.


A distinguishing factor of shōnen manga that separates it from American- style
heroic comics is its reliance on the initiation phase of the hero's journey. Unlike
American comic heroes, shōnen manga heroes spend the bulk of their narrative ...

Author: Toni Johnson-Woods

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

ISBN: 9781441107879

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 368

View: 860


Once upon a time, one had to read Japanese in order to enjoy manga. Today manga has become a global phenomenon, attracting audiences in North America, Europe, Africa, and Australia. The style has become so popular, in fact, that in the US and UK publishers are appropriating the manga style in a variety of print material, resulting in the birth of harlequin mangas which combine popular romance fiction titles with manga aesthetics. Comic publishers such as Dark Horse and DC Comics are translating Japanese "classics", like Akira, into English. And of course it wasn't long before Shakespeare received the manga treatment. So what is manga? Manga roughly translates as "whimsical pictures" and its long history can be traced all the way back to picture books of eighteenth century Japan. Today, it comes in two basic forms: anthology magazines (such as Shukan Shonen Jampu) that contain several serials and manga 'books' (tankobon) that collect long-running serials from the anthologies and reprint them in one volume. The anthologies contain several serials, generally appear weekly and are so thick, up to 800 pages, that they are colloquially known as phone books. Sold at newspaper stands and in convenience stores, they often attract crowds of people who gather to read their favorite magazine. Containing sections addressing the manga industry on an international scale, the different genres, formats and artists, as well the fans themselves, Manga: An Anthology of Global and Cultural Perspectives is an important collection of essays by an international cast of scholars, experts, and fans, and provides a one-stop resource for all those who want to learn more about manga, as well as for anybody teaching a course on the subject.

The Key

Back in the world of common day, the hero: will demonstrate that he or she has
been transformed by the experience of the journey (this will always be indicated,
no matter how short the return); may find the prize is not seen for the boon that it
is ...

Author: James N. Frey

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

ISBN: 9781429932288

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 272

View: 645


In his widely read guides How to Write a Damn Good Novel and How to Write a Damn Good Novel II: Advanced Techniques, popular novelist and fiction-writing coach James N. Frey showed tens of thousands of writers how--starting with rounded, living, breathing, dynamic characters--to structure a novel that sustains its tension and development and ends in a satisfying, dramatic climax. Now, in The Key, Frey takes his no-nonsense, "Damn Good" approach and applies it to Joseph Campbell's insights into the universal structure of myths. Myths, says Frey, are the basis of all storytelling, and their structures and motifs are just as powerful for contemporary writers as they were for Homer. Frey begins with the qualities found in mythic heros--ancient and modern--such as the hero's special talent, his or her wound, status as an "outlaw," and so on. He then demonstrates how the hero is initiated--sent on a mission, forced to learn the new rules, tested, and suffers a symbolic death and rebirth--before he or she can return home. Using dozens of classical and contemporary novels and films as models, Frey shows how these motifs and forms work their powerful magic on the reader's imagination. The Key is designed as a practical step-by-step guide for fiction writers and screen writers who want to shape their own ideas into a mythic story.

Mister Mercury A Modern Greek Myth

Hermes was just a few feet away on the bed, reading a hardcover copy of The
Hero With A Thousand Faces by Joseph Campbell. Even though Hermes was
well familiar with the Hero's Journey after reading more than twenty thousand
comic ...

Author: Giando Sigurani


ISBN: 9781304943330

Category: Fiction

Page: 372

View: 884


The Greek god Hermes has spent thousands of years in a mountain prison for disobeying Zeus. Emerging in a new world where the gods have been shunned by humankind, he hatches a plan straight from the comic books to revive the glory days of Olympus. As Mister Mercury, caped hero, he fights not for freedom, not for justice, but to put the Fear of the Gods back into the hearts of mortals everywhere- whether they believe it or not.

The Contemporary Comic Book Superhero

At themythic level,thework accomplishes a similar inversion. Black Orchid herself
experiences the hero's journey morein the ancient tradition of Perseus than his
successors, carrying forward majorelements oftwo disparate cultures, oneviolent,

Author: Angela Ndalianis

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781135213930

Category: Social Science

Page: 314

View: 573


Over the last several decades, comic book superheroes have multiplied and, in the process, become more complicated. In this cutting edge anthology an international roster of contributors offer original research and writing on the contemporary comic book superhero, with occasional journeys into the film and television variation. As superheroes and their stories have grown with the audiences that consume them, their formulas, conventions, and narrative worlds have altered to follow suit, injecting new, unpredictable and more challenging characterizations that engage ravenous readers who increasingly demand more.

Film and Comic Books

rity stay with them after they have taken up the hero mantle (which is very much
the case in Spider-Man 2). ... Enid's "dropping out" of a stultifying world of
normalcy, and her achievement of a literally impossible heroic journey to the "
margins," ...

Author: Ian Gordon

Publisher: Univ. Press of Mississippi

ISBN: 1578069785

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 328

View: 664


In Film and Comic Books contributors analyze the problems of adapting one medium to another; the translation of comics aesthetics into film; audience expectations, reception, and reaction to comic book-based films; and the adaptation of films into comics. A wide range of comic/film adaptations are explored, including superheroes (Spider-Man), comic strips (Dick Tracy), realist and autobiographical comics (American Splendor, Ghost World), and photo-montage comics (Mexico's El Santo). Essayists discuss films beginning with the 1978 Superman. That success led filmmakers to adapt a multitude of comic books for the screen including Marvel's Uncanny X-Men, the Amazing Spider-Man, Blade, and the Incredible Hulk as well as alternative graphic novels such as From Hell, V for Vendetta, and Road to Perdition. Essayists also discuss recent works from Mexico, France, Germany, and Malaysia. This book of essays that explore how comic books inspire film and create new realms of visual art - Provides an edited anthology that explores the aesthetics, economics, and critical/commercial reception of film adaptations of comic books - Contains commentary on recent critical hits and commercial blockbusters such as American Splendor, Ghost World, Spider-Man, and Dick Tracy - Includes essays on films and comics from a variety of countries outside America, including Germany, France, Mexico, and Malaysia - Features contributions from Timothy P. Barnard (National University of Singapore), Michael Cohen (La Trobe University, Australia), Rayna Denison (University of Sussex), Martin Flanagan (University of Bolton), Sophie Geoffroy-Menoux (University of La Ru̧̧nion-France), Mel Gibson (University of Northumbria), Ian Gordon (National University of Singapore), Kerry Gough (University of Central England, Birmingham), Jonathan Gray (Fordham University), Craig Hight (University of Waikato), Mark Jancovich (University of East Anglia), Derek Johnson (University of Wisconsin-Madison), Pascal Lef·̧vre (University of Leuven), Paul M. Malone (University of Waterloo-Canada), Matthew P. McAllister (Penn State University), Neil Rae (Goldsmiths College, University of London), Aldo J. Regalado (University of Miami-Florida), Jan van der Putten (National University of Singapore), David Wilt (University of Maryland) - Publisher.

The Presence and Power of the Hero Theme in Cultural Myth A Reflection of a Culture s Values

... stories of heroic figures, perhaps now more so than ever before with the recent
rise in popularity of comic book heroes. ... The outline of the monomyth,
introduced by Joseph Campbell, explores the stages of the hero's journey
throughout the ...

Author: Anthony Jaramillo

Publisher: GRIN Verlag

ISBN: 9783668201224

Category: Social Science

Page: 11

View: 810


Essay from the year 2015 in the subject Cultural Studies - Basics and Definitions, grade: 1, , course: Mythology, language: English, abstract: In this study the author explores how myths can reveal a culture’s value system and what they believe an ideal member of their society would be like. Though there are many similarities between the hero myths from each culture, their differences are what will convey the unique attributes and beliefs of a specific culture. This research addresses issues of myth origins and the social interplay between myth and the individuals of a culture. The hero myth has always played a major role in popular culture and has influenced thousands of stories that have been told and written in novels, movies, as well as comic books. The hero figure is so deeply embedded in the collective social conscience that it is hard to believe what a society would look like without it. Because of the profound impact the hero has on a culture, a researched study on its influence at the individual, societal and even global level yields an abundance of information that inform other areas of study such as psychology, religiosity, biology and many more.

Super heroes

This collection explores contemporary superhero narratives, including comic books and films, in a wider mythic context. Since the 1930s superheroes have come to dominate a variety of media formats.

Author: Wendy Haslem

Publisher: New Academia Publishing, LLC

ISBN: 9780977790845

Category: Art

Page: 416

View: 219


This collection explores contemporary superhero narratives, including comic books and films, in a wider mythic context. Since the 1930s superheroes have come to dominate a variety of media formats. Why are audiences so fascinated with heroes, and what makes the idea of heroes so necessary in society?

Heroes Masked and Mythic

With fresh insight into ancient Greek texts and historical art, this book examines modern superhero archetypes and iconography in comics and film as the crystallization of the hero's journey in the modern imagination.

Author: Christopher Wood

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 9781476683157

Category: Social Science

Page: 264

View: 565


Epic battles, hideous monsters and a host of petty gods--the world of Classical mythology continues to fascinate and inspire. Heroes like Herakles, Achilles and Perseus have influenced Western art and literature for centuries, and today are reinvented in the modern superhero. What does Iron Man have to do with the Homeric hero Odysseus? How does the African warrior Memnon compare with Marvel's Black Panther? Do DC's Wonder Woman and Xena the Warrior Princess reflect the tradition of Amazon women such as Penthesileia? How does the modern superhero's journey echo that of the epic warrior? With fresh insight into ancient Greek texts and historical art, this book examines modern superhero archetypes and iconography in comics and film as the crystallization of the hero's journey in the modern imagination.

Neil Gaiman s The Sandman and Joseph Campbell

The first scholarly book-length examination of the work of comics legend Neil Gaiman includes detailed analysis of his best-selling "Sandman" and "Death" series, a look at his work's relationship to Joseph Campbell, and such topics as ...

Author: Stephen Rauch

Publisher: Wildside Press LLC

ISBN: 159224212X

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 152

View: 718


The first scholarly book-length examination of the work of comics legend Neil Gaiman includes detailed analysis of his best-selling "Sandman" and "Death" series, a look at his work's relationship to Joseph Campbell, and such topics as "Living in a Desacralized World," "The Relationship of Dreams and Myth in Campbell, Jung, and Gaiman's Sandman," "Humanization, Change, and Rebirth: The Hero's Journey," "The Role of the Artist and the Art of Storytelling," and more. A fascinating journey behind the comics work of one of the most interesting and challenging popular writers of today, Neil Gaiman's The Sandman and Joseph Campbell: In Search of the Modern Myth is the book which Gaiman's fans have been waiting for!

A Comic Journey to Washington

A fine table was spread awaiting their arrival ; it was covered with all the
delicacies of the season , and our hero was entertained by Mr. Kerr in fine style ,
and in return responded in a neat speech . Merrick and Gannon expressed their
views on ...

Author: Charles Edwards



Category: Wagers

Page: 68

View: 453


Using Superheroes in Counseling and Play Therapy

... 293, 308, 311 Goodwin, Barbara, 72 Great Comic Book Heroes, The (book);
See Feiffer, Jules Green Arrow (superhero), ... The (hero creation software), 26–
28 Heroscape (RPG), 228, 230 Hero's Journey 76–77 Heteronormativity (concept
), ...

Author: Lawrence C. Rubin, PhD, LMHC, RPT-S

Publisher: Springer Publishing Company

ISBN: 0826101321

Category: Psychology

Page: 368

View: 685


Harness the Therapeutic Power of the Superhero! Application of the Star Wars Adoption Narrative Emotional Literacy and the Incredible Hulk Batman and Trauma What Would Superman Do--An Adlerian Approach? With an incisive historical foreword by John Shelton Lawrence and insight from contributors such as Michael Brody, Patty Scanlon, and Roger Kaufman, Lawrence Rubin takes us on a dynamic tour of the benefits of using these icons of popular culture and fantasy in counseling and play therapy. Not only can superheroes assist in clinical work with children, but Rubin demonstrates how they can facilitate growth and change with teen and adults. Early childhood memories of how we felt pretending to have the power to save the world or our families in the face of impending danger still resonate in our adult lives, making the use of superheroes attractive as well, to the creative counselor. In presenting case studies and wisdom gleaned from practicing therapists' experience, Lawrence Rubin shows how it is possible to uncover children's secret identities, assist treatment of adolescents with sexual behavior problems, and inspire the journey of individuation for gay and lesbian clients, all by paying attention to our intrinsic social need for superhero fantasy and play.

Teaching World Literature

When students propose to have an imagined hero enact a favorite television
show , I stress the project as involving not one ... They can identify modes of
narrative and representation relating to the course theme of the comic , heroic
journey .

Author: David Damrosch

Publisher: Modern Language Assn of Amer

ISBN: UOM:39015080838892

Category: Education

Page: 432

View: 622


This is an exciting, and unsettling, time to be teaching world literature, writes David Damrosch. Because the range of works taught in world literature courses has expanded enormously, both historically and geographically, the task of selection—and of teacher preparation—has grown more challenging. Teachers of this field must grapple with such issues as coverage, cultural difference, and the role of translation in the classroom. Should one emphasize masterpieces or traditions, concepts or themes? How does one avoid making a work bear the burden of representing an entire tradition? To what extent should anthologies be used? Can a course be global in scope and yet focus on a few works, authors, moments? This collection of thirty-two essays in the MLA series Options for Teaching offers an array of solutions to these challenges, reflecting the wide variety of institutions, courses, and students described by the contributors. An annotated bibliography is provided, with a listing of useful Web sites.

The Leadership Identity Journey

Let's be clear. Our research was not a plan to find educational heroes or heroines
in our schools. ... And the notion of a superhero or heroine emancipating schools
from oppressive forces would not even be the stuff of comic books. But we, like ...

Author: Carol A. Mullen

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9781475808599

Category: Education

Page: 146

View: 365


The perspectives described in this book are supported by school leaders’ insights into powerful iconic photographs relative to the five mythic life phases: the human condition, trials in life, human triumph, human transformation, and human crossing, with the addition of leadership as a dimension of the life-journey model. The authors conducted their study using selected photographs framed by the universal mythic framework inspired by mythologist Joseph Campbell.

The Comics Journal

Volume Nine, Journey to the Misty Isles (1944-45), is an unusually eventful book,
full of splendid landscape and figure drawing, replete with ... Foster comments
editorially that his hero is not very sophisticated about emotional matters.



ISBN: STANFORD:36105111756206

Category: Comic books, strips, etc


View: 139


The Soul of Popular Culture

JANE ALEXANDER STEWART's “ The Feminine Hero of The Silence of the
Lambs ” ( chapter 2 ) , with its stunning introduction , is a beautifully descriptive
and acutely analytic look at the heroic journey of the feminine . Clarice Starling , a

Author: Mary Lynn Kittelson

Publisher: Open Court Publishing

ISBN: 0812693639

Category: Social Science

Page: 338

View: 798


In The Soul of Popular Culture, leading writers and critics, many of them influenced by the thought of C. G. Jung, draw upon the insights of depth psychology to delve into the meanings of TV programs like Star Trek and Fawlty Towers, movies such as The Piano and The Silence of the Lambs, and other contemporary media, as well as the public preoccupation with such issues as abortion, AIDS, the O.J. Simpson trial, and our enduring fascination with Elvis.

The Southern Quarterly

The basic form of most of the novels in the Manuel Biography stems from a
joining of their epic, fairy tale and comic elements. (Of the five novels I am
considering, only The Silver Stallion lacks this shape.) Cabell's heroes journey
and seek in ...



ISBN: UCAL:B3650469

Category: American literature


View: 148


Chasing the Comic Muse

Not all heroes complete the journey in search of their selves , but those who do
are the agents of life . ... who completes the journey , overcoming the obstacles of
husbands and lovers , parents , conventional values , is the comic hero as well .

Author: Shakuntala Jayaswal


ISBN: WISC:89014455828

Category: English drama

Page: 556

View: 696


The Comic Book Heroes

The first story , written by Gerry Conway and drawn in a spooky , wild style by
Tom Sutton , told how the hero , Hank ... Malice , Baron Macabre , Lord Karnaj ,
Salamander K ' ruel - and took a personal , inward journey to learn his own true ...

Author: Will Jacobs

Publisher: Crown

ISBN: UOM:39015062497691

Category: Crafts & Hobbies

Page: 292

View: 553


Traces the history of superhero comic books from 1956 to the 1980s and discusses the changes in comic book stories and art