Mulling things over: Anime collectibles from Marc Steinberg’s closet

Dear reader: This is the first in a series of blog posts in which author Marc Steinberg invites us into his own world of anime collectibles, explaining what makes each object interesting and how it has contributed to the history and transformation of Japanese media culture. —– BY MARC STEINBERGAssistant professor of film studies at … More Mulling things over: Anime collectibles from Marc Steinberg’s closet

Zombies and Other Strangers: Thoughts on Robert Kirkman’s The Walking Dead

Actors Steven Yeun (from left, “Glenn”) and Andrew Lincoln (“Rick Grimes”) struggle to survive an undead apocalypse in AMC’s The Walking Dead. The author wishes to thank Mark Heimermann and Michael Lang for introducing him to the series. BY PETER Y. PAIKAssociate professor of comparative literature at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and author of From … More Zombies and Other Strangers: Thoughts on Robert Kirkman’s The Walking Dead

Remembering British punk icon and former Sex Pistols manager Malcolm McLaren

On April 8th, 2010 (six months ago today), former Sex Pistols manager and proclaimed inventor of punk Malcolm McLaren passed away at age 64 after a battle with cancer. The following material was posted to writer and interviewer Jon Savage‘s blog a few days after McLaren’s death. This material is reprinted with permission from the … More Remembering British punk icon and former Sex Pistols manager Malcolm McLaren

Peter Paik: Is mass violence justified if it brings about a better world?

Peter Y. Paik, author of From Utopia to Apocalypse: Science Fiction and the Politics of Catastrophe, has an interview in this week’s ROROTOKO about science fiction (and speculative narratives) that portray political upheaval and revolutionary change. His book covers works across the board that include the graphic novel Watchmen; popular films such as the Matrix … More Peter Paik: Is mass violence justified if it brings about a better world?