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When the Comic Industry Almost Died: The 1950s War Against Comics

In Arts and Culture, Columns, Comics, Spring 2015 by Dan SpinelliLeave a Comment

In November, Under the Button (Penn’s humorous student-run blog) went through Van Pelt Library looking for strange book titles. One of the gems uncovered during UTB’s trek through the library was none other than Seduction of the Innocent by Dr. Fredric Wertham, a nasty-looking tome published in 1954. For UTB’s …

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Sex Criminals and the Creator-Owned Revolution

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In my last column, I addressed the problem of stagnant storytelling in many major comics. Brian K. Vaughan, the acclaimed writer of comics like Y: The Last Man and Saga, put it best: “Something like Spider-Man, a book that never has a third act, that seems crazy.” Such complaints rightly …

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The Missing Link in Student Sustainability — Collaboration

In Columns, Uncategorized by Austin BreamLeave a Comment

Escaping the Penn Bubble in Search of Sustainability Opportunities From bike share programs to sustainability publications, vegan mentorship programs to divestment campaigns, cooperative communal living and everything in between, campuses in Philly as a whole are working hard on sustainability. Students are leading the way — pushing boundaries by making …

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New X-Men and the Question of Superhero Stasis

In Arts and Culture, Columns, Comics by Dan SpinelliLeave a Comment

In May 2001, Marvel Comics hired Scottish comics writer Grant Morrison to overhaul their flagship heroes, the X-Men. Morrison joined Marvel after a highly successful stint at DC Comics, where he coalesced the Justice League of America into the wildly successful JLA. Like Alan Moore and Neil Gaiman, two other …

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Sourcing Sustainability

In Columns, Culture, Spring 2015 by Guest BloggerLeave a Comment

Science and the humanities form opposite ends of a spectrum — science provides the facts and the humanities provide the story. United, the two motivate action much more strongly than either could alone. In the sustainability movement, though, the two often remain divided, a troubling claim in a time when …

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Seeing Music: What do you think about when you listen to music?

In Columns, Culture by Katie BehrmanLeave a Comment

After an evening straight out of a 1950s movie“college experience,” a few of my classmates and I were walking back from dinner at our English professor’s house. We had eaten stew prepared by a chef, played an Oxford card game called Ex Libris, and listened to classical music. As the …

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Resolutions Gone Wrong

In Columns, Culture by Holly KellnerLeave a Comment

As January comes to a close, the first month of the New Year is under our belts. Thirty-one days ago, you might have made a resolution. Has it lasted so far? Did it last a week, much less a month? Sure, you went to the gym every day until January …

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Articulating Humanity: Can art exist without suffering?

In Columns, Culture by Katie BehrmanLeave a Comment

“We have difficulty imagining it, yet it will come to pass and be quite natural—art without suffering, psychologically healthy, that confides without solemnity, that trusts without sorrow, an art that is on a first-name basis with humanity.” Adrian Leverkühn in Thomas Mann’s Doctor Faustus Published in 1947, Thomas Mann’s novel …

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The happiest season of all?

In Columns by Holly Kellner1 Comment

With all the Christmas songs, big annual sales, and “holiday cheer,” December is supposed be the happiest season of all. Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanza, or even Festivus, you will have some experience dealing with the December holidays. Perhaps you show up to a friend’s party, send some cards, …

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A Made Bed = A Made Mind

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        There’s a reason why hospitals and the military are known for perfect beds. In hospitals, it’s to ensure a clean environment and to reduce the occurrence of pressure ulcers for bed-ridden patients. For the military, it has to do with instilling a sense of order and a regimented routine. …

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