Audio Books – The New Entertainment Trend

Audio books are now becoming a very popular entertainment source to many people from around the world with very different tastes and cultures. This is because audio books are now being produced primarily for entertainment purposes and to give a wider source of entertainment to the masses of people logging onto the Internet everyday.

One of the main reasons online fiction stories are becoming increasingly popular with today’s entertainment hungry audiences is because the online fiction stories that are made can only be enjoyed in the audio book form and not in any other media type such as movies, books or short story articles.

Audio books also offer a completely new type of entertainment, compared to other forms of media such as video and books where you have to concentrate on physically reading or watching while audio books can be played while you relax on your couch or lying on your bed.

Comics and Graphic Novels Pal Around With Librarians

In 1954 the U. S. Senate along with Dr. Fredrich Wertham almost destroyed the comic book business. Over time social approval for this kids entertainment medium, was blamed for various social conditions including juvenile delinquency. Wertham placed many of societies ills post World War II squarely at the feet of comic publishers and distributors. They focused on the growing popularity of crime and horror comics as their examples of the “seduction of the innocent”. Now, many decades later, graphic novels and comics have become favorites of teachers, instructors and librarians.

Comics as acceptable literature
Much less a very long time ago, kids caught hiding comics between your pages better quality yet less interesting reading through material were likely shipped towards the dean’s office. However comics, including classics for instance Superman and Batman but additionally their generally more refined, nuanced cousins graphic books, are not only seen regarded as educational tools by savvy teachers, they are also given serious attention as literature too by experts and popular entertainment commentators.

Comics might be a powerful way to pique reluctant readers’ interest and challenge individual students that are less than interested in moving to traditional literature. Many teens collect comics and therefore are dedicated to the heroic figures from the favorite comics. Fanatics frequently spend some time in comic stores, browsing and browsing anticipation for your latest delivery of comics. Some comics fans are enthusiasts of merchandizing comic and have them maintained in mint quality condition. Regrettably, the marketplace for collectors’ products is a guessing game.

Graphic books save the planet again
Many comics address subjects which are vital to a lot of pre-teens and teens, including issues of acceptance, nonconformity, prejudice, social injustice, transitional phase, overcome adversity, and private growth. The super-hero as modern mythology figures for instance Superman, Batman, and Spiderman represent identifiable cultural symbols and possibly, effective archetypes.

The graphic novel grew to become an economic blessing for the comic market generally and films too. Comics and graphic books now end up competing against their movie and tv alternatives.

Adapting comics with other media isn’t new comic adaptations to movies and radio were commonplace within the 30s and 40s. Most of the story lines and mythology around the most popular heroes really made an appearance first on radio and were later standard upon within the funny pages. Throughout the 50s the witch search by Congress and Dr. Wertham, triggered Hollywood, TV and radio to prevent any new adaptations due to the stigma which was starting to attach itself towards the color comics. The 70s and 80s saw a general change in attitude and acceptance of comics like a fun and important medium for children of any age.

Comics and graphic books address social issues
Because the seventies, comics happen to be the main thing on the trends of their day. The 4 printing in color press has carried out subjects for example drug abuse, spousal abuse, alcoholism, insufficient family and companionship, sexual orientation, plus much more. Lots of questionable subjects happen to be elevated and addressed in comics through the years. On many occasions a tale in regards to the specific addiction is offered an optimistic ending and often rather than a victory the storyline finishes in loss. Either in situation comics assistance to demonstrate that even people with amazing capabilities might have problems undertaking probably the most human of functions, or could have them much like everyone else can.

Top 25 Comic Book Superheroes

Like jazz, comic books and more specifically the superhero is a wholly American art form. Also, like jazz, it is an art form that has been underappreciated. As a result of the popularity of superhero films like the Dark Knight, Iron Man and the X-Men, superheroes have begun to enter into the awareness of the general public. The following is a list of the best superheroes that comic books have to offer. The list is designed to provide a starting point for the new reader. I have focused on the essential elements of the characters that I believe make them significant or interesting. I tried to distinguish between good characters and a good story or a good run of issues when I could but in some cases characters have been so significantly defined by a series or an issue that they made the list. Enough with the preamble, here we go:

9. Wolverine:He’s the best at what he does, but what he does isn’t very nice.He has been a mutant, soldier, soldier of fortune, secret agent, X-men and Avenger. Wolverine made his first appearance as a little guy dropped in the middle of the Canadian outback to fight both the Hulk and Wendigo. Who was this guy? From that start he became a member of the New X-men along with Storm, Colossus and Nightcrawler. There was still no answer as to who and where this little guy with the claws, cigars and bad attitude came.

8. Robin/Nightwing (Dick Grayson):Bucky, Captain Marvel Jr., Kid-Flash, Speedy, Aqualad, Pinky and everybody else owes their existence to Dick Grayson. When Batman took a young orphaned acrobat and turned him into a crime fighter he spawned a whole host of kid sidekicks. Dick Grayson however didn’t remain a child sidekick forever. The character has continued to evolve and grow through the years. He became the leader of the Teen Titans both “old” and “new” despite being the only non-powered member of the group. He went from Boy Wonder to Teen Wonder and as an adult he has assumed his own identity as Nightwing and become an A-list hero on his own.

7. Green Lantern (Hal Jordan): Before Jedis there was the Green Lantern Corps. 3,600 beings from throughout the universe armed with the most powerful weapon ever created and all working to conquer evil at the behest of the Guardians of the Universe.

6. Captain America:Similar to Superman, Captain America has always meant to inspire. In his very first appearance in Captain America Comics #1 he is seen punching Hitler in the jaw. This book was first published March 10, 1941. This was months before Germany formally declared war against the United States on December 11, 1941, and yet there is Captain America inspiring Americans to take a sock at Hitler.

5. Captain Marvel:The original Captain Marvel epitomizes every young boy’s fantasy, “to be big”. Simply by saying a magic word, “Shazam”, young Billy Batson is able to make all of his troubles disappear at the speed of lightning as he becomes Captain Marvel. Who armed with a mixture of abilities from different pantheons (Solomon Hercules Atlas Zeus Achilles Mercury) becomes the World’s Mightiest Mortal.

4. Wonder Woman: Part of the “holy trinity” of DC comics. Until recently Wonder Woman was the product of an immaculate conception and a gift from the Greek pantheon of Gods to aid man’s world. Created by William Moulton Marston in 1941 as a role model for girls, Wonder Woman has had varying characterizations in her past but at her best she falls somewhere between Superman and Batman. She is an inspiration but willing to get her hands dirty in order to make her vision of peace comes true.

3. Spider-Man: The proportional strength of a spider and still can’t get a job. What Stan Lee and Steve Ditko brought to comics in 1962 was the opposite of just about everything we had previously seen in comics. He wasn’t a millionaire philanthropist, a successful business man, or respected reporter, scientist or test pilot. Peter Parker was a teenager with real problems like how to make the rent. Yet despite the issues in his own life Spider-Man always remembered “that with great power comes great responsibility”.

2. Batman: How does one react to the loss of their parents? In fiction we are given a few examples. In 1912 Edgar Rice Burroughs wrote that fine breeding and good genetics could overcome any adverse situation when he created Tarzan. In 1954 William Golding wrote about a group of British school boys degenerating into savagery without parental guidance. In 1939 Bob Kane gave us something in-between. Bruce Wayne’s parents were killed by Joe Chill in what would become known as Crime Alley.

1. Superman: The first and in my opinion the best. All super-heroes stem from either the “tree” of Batman or Superman and without Superman there would be no Batman. For those who don’t like Superman because they can’t relate to him than they are missing the point. Superman is a concept that is meant to inspire. He is not supposed to be “one of us.” He is a strange visitor from another planet that is supposed to give us hope that one day we too can be “supermen”. Superman doesn’t actually fight for “Truth, Justice and the American Way” he fights for the “American Ideal.” He represents everything that we should aspire to be as people and as a nation.