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The Superuniverse

Murray Pomerance

Murray Pomerance is an independent scholar living in Toronto, Canada. He is the editor of the Techniques of the Moving Image series and the Horizons of Cinema series, and co-editor, with Lester D. Friedman and Adrienne L. McLean respectively, of the Screen Decades and Star Decades series. Pomerance has written, edited and co-edited several books, including Virtuoso: Film Performance and the Actor’s Magic (2019), A Dream of Hitchcock (2019), Cinema, If You Please (2018), Moment of Action (2016), Alfred Hitchcock's America (2013), The Horse who Drank the Sky: Film Experience beyond Narrative and Theory (2008), and two BFI Classics on Marnie (2014) and The Man Who Knew Too Much (2016). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Film Cheat : Screen Artifice and Viewing Pleasure

Bloomsbury Academic, 2020

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...Production cheats have the power to modify intelligence. An example: one of the fashions prevalent in 1930s Hollywood filmmaking, something that made it delicious and imitable, was a recurrent snappy, smart, ironically angled...

Baoh – The Visitor (Baoh – Raihosha)

Philip Brophy

Philip Brophy is a film director, composer and sound designer. He is founder of the Cinesonic International Conference of Film Scores and Sound Design from which he has edited three books on film sound and music, the most recent being Cinesonic: Experiencing The Soundtrack (AFTRS Publishing, Sydney 2002). He has also written for The Wire, London, and Film Comment. He teaches cinema studies at RMIT University, Australia, and is the author of the BFI Screen Guides 100 Modern Soundtracks (2004) and 100 Anime (2005). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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100 Anime : BFI Screen Guides

British Film Institute, 2005

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...When Ikuro awakens from a fluid incubation chamber at the beginning of Baoh – The Visitor, he is a nobody full of nothing. As he emerges/merges into a psycho-genetic killing machine known as Baoh, he becomes an anti-body and a hyper-thing...

Synergy in Theory and in Practice: Comic Books and the Contemporary Media Conglomerate

Alisa Perren

Alisa Perren is Associate Professor in the Department of Radio-Television-Film and Co-Director of the Center for Entertainment and Media Industries at The University of Texas at Austin. She is author of Indie, Inc.: Miramax and the Transformation of Hollywood in the 1990s (2012), co-editor of Media Industries: History, Theory, and Method (2009), and co-founder and editorial collective member of the journal Media Industries. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Gregory Steirer

Gregory Steirer is Associate Professor of English and Film Studies at Dickinson College. A former National Endowment for the Humanities fellow and researcher for the Carsey-Wolf Center’s Media Industries Project, he has published extensively on digital media, comic books, and intellectual property law. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The American Comic Book Industry and Hollywood

British Film Institute, 2021

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...In late 2014, Marvel Comics surprised the comics industry by announcing at New York Comic Con that the February 2015 issue of Fantastic Four (issue number 645) would mark the end of the fifty-three-year-old comic book series. Comic book...

Black Magic M-66 (Burakku majikku M-66)

Philip Brophy

Philip Brophy is a film director, composer and sound designer. He is founder of the Cinesonic International Conference of Film Scores and Sound Design from which he has edited three books on film sound and music, the most recent being Cinesonic: Experiencing The Soundtrack (AFTRS Publishing, Sydney 2002). He has also written for The Wire, London, and Film Comment. He teaches cinema studies at RMIT University, Australia, and is the author of the BFI Screen Guides 100 Modern Soundtracks (2004) and 100 Anime (2005). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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100 Anime : BFI Screen Guides

British Film Institute, 2005

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...Only in anime could a secret department, buried deep within the military, engineer an unstoppable cyborg killing machine – and model it like a puppet. Black Magic M-66 is the official moniker of this machine, and its design replicates...

Battle Angel Alita (Gunmu)

Philip Brophy

Philip Brophy is a film director, composer and sound designer. He is founder of the Cinesonic International Conference of Film Scores and Sound Design from which he has edited three books on film sound and music, the most recent being Cinesonic: Experiencing The Soundtrack (AFTRS Publishing, Sydney 2002). He has also written for The Wire, London, and Film Comment. He teaches cinema studies at RMIT University, Australia, and is the author of the BFI Screen Guides 100 Modern Soundtracks (2004) and 100 Anime (2005). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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100 Anime : BFI Screen Guides

British Film Institute, 2005

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...A ‘Pinocchio effect’ – the desire to create a living being from an anthropomorphic doll – is sutured within the Japanese culture of puppets just like Pinocchio’s own invisible strings. Astro Boy is the seminal modern text, rewiring...

Introduction: The More Things Change … : The American Comic Book Industry and Hollywood in the Twenty-First Century

Alisa Perren

Alisa Perren is Associate Professor in the Department of Radio-Television-Film and Co-Director of the Center for Entertainment and Media Industries at The University of Texas at Austin. She is author of Indie, Inc.: Miramax and the Transformation of Hollywood in the 1990s (2012), co-editor of Media Industries: History, Theory, and Method (2009), and co-founder and editorial collective member of the journal Media Industries. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Gregory Steirer

Gregory Steirer is Associate Professor of English and Film Studies at Dickinson College. A former National Endowment for the Humanities fellow and researcher for the Carsey-Wolf Center’s Media Industries Project, he has published extensively on digital media, comic books, and intellectual property law. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The American Comic Book Industry and Hollywood

British Film Institute, 2021

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...‘Convergence is here! Not a dream! Not a hoax! Not an April Fool’s Day prank!’—DC All Access, June 2015Beginning in the 1980s, DC Comics and Marvel Comics semi-regularly devoted large chunks of their publishing schedule to big...

Vectors and the Transfer of Affect

Steen Ledet Christiansen

Steen Ledet Christiansen is Associate Professor of English at Aalborg University, Denmark. His research focuses on popular visual culture, particularly film and the burgeoning field of post-cinema. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Drone Age Cinema : Action Film and Sensory Assault

I.B.Tauris, 2017

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...When action films are considered as priming our bodies’ energies, transfer becomes central to our understanding of how these films work. I wish to discuss this particularly in relation to the new digital imagery employed so often...

All Purpose Cultural Cat Girl Nuku Nuku (Banno Bunka Neko musume)

Philip Brophy

Philip Brophy is a film director, composer and sound designer. He is founder of the Cinesonic International Conference of Film Scores and Sound Design from which he has edited three books on film sound and music, the most recent being Cinesonic: Experiencing The Soundtrack (AFTRS Publishing, Sydney 2002). He has also written for The Wire, London, and Film Comment. He teaches cinema studies at RMIT University, Australia, and is the author of the BFI Screen Guides 100 Modern Soundtracks (2004) and 100 Anime (2005). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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100 Anime : BFI Screen Guides

British Film Institute, 2005

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...Anime is surprisingly similar to Japanese cuisine. Flavour and taste in Japanese cooking is grounded in the sequencing of discrete and disconnected taste sensations, contextualised by the neutralising elements of plain rice or noodles...

Organizational (Dis-)Integration: Publisher–Hollywood Relationships in the Twenty-First Century

Alisa Perren

Alisa Perren is Associate Professor in the Department of Radio-Television-Film and Co-Director of the Center for Entertainment and Media Industries at The University of Texas at Austin. She is author of Indie, Inc.: Miramax and the Transformation of Hollywood in the 1990s (2012), co-editor of Media Industries: History, Theory, and Method (2009), and co-founder and editorial collective member of the journal Media Industries. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Gregory Steirer

Gregory Steirer is Associate Professor of English and Film Studies at Dickinson College. A former National Endowment for the Humanities fellow and researcher for the Carsey-Wolf Center’s Media Industries Project, he has published extensively on digital media, comic books, and intellectual property law. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The American Comic Book Industry and Hollywood

British Film Institute, 2021

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...Upon their arrival at the 2019 San Diego Comic-Con, regular attendees found themselves in for a big surprise: The standalone DC Comics booth, which for decades had been situated in the centre of the comic publishers’ section of the exhibit...

Mastery (Sonic C’est Moi)

New Screen Media : Cinema/Art/Narrative

British Film Institute, 2002

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...Earlier versions of some sections of this essay were published in Leonardo, vol. 28 no. 5, 1995. Sonic’s World: Physics and Geometry In some recent video games (such as the Sega signature series – Sonic, Sonic 2, Sonic 3, and Sonic...