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    Week 1/ August 27: Introduction                                                                           

    Maya Chinchilla, “What It’s Like To Be a Central American Unicorn, for Th […]

  • worchard posted a new page, on the site Theory 3 weeks, 6 days ago


    Questions Assignment Sheet


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    Schedule of Readings and Assignments


    WRITING / Extra Hour



    Week 1 […]

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    The Queens College Carroll and Milton Petrie Student Emergency Grant Fund has been created to […]


    Here is the study guide for the midterm.


    On Nicholasa Mohr’s Nilda
    On Tomas Rivera’s And the Earth Did Not Devour Him
    On Sandra Cisneros’s The House on Mango Street
    On Justin […]

  • worchard posted a new page, on the site English 701 5 months, 3 weeks ago

    Books for Book Review Assignment


    Bell, Janice. Clean, Well-Lighted Sentences: A Guide to Avoiding the Most Common Errors in Grammar and Punctuation. Norton, 2009. (MICHELLE)

    Dreyer, Benjamin. […]

  • worchard posted a new page, on the site Latinx Childhood 7 months ago

    General Instructions:

    Write a one-page, singled spaced paper, using 12 pt. Times New Roman font.

    Although these are short essays, they should contain a clear introduction and conclusion, and body paragraphs […]

  • Pew Hispanic Center Statistics on Latinx Groups

    Rita Moreno Performing “America”

    NPR on Pura Belpré

    Anne Lamott Story About Kid Giving Blood

  • worchard posted a new page, on the site English 701 7 months, 2 weeks ago

    James Harner, Literary Research Guide (Rosenthal Reference, Level 3, Z2011 H34 2008)

    Oxford English Dictionary.

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    Week […]


    Week 1                                                                        

    Jan 29
    Bomba Estéreo, “Soy Yo”

    Cardi B memes

    Jan 31
    Rhode M […]

  • The panels for tonight’s mini-conference are:


    Maria on Batman’s gothic elements
    Monica on vigilantism in The Dark Knight
    Todd on the Dark Knight’s women
    Tab on vigilantism […]

  • Hello all,

    This is just a reminder that your final paper can be turned in any time before December 20.

  • worchard wrote a new post, Final Blog Post, on the site Superhero 9 months, 4 weeks ago

    Hello all,

    For the final blog post, write a short response to the Hernandez’s God and Science. The response may do any of the following, but should draw our attention to a specific page from the text: […]

    • The Ti-Girls only group is a pretty cool superhero pack. One of the characters that want to be a superhero reminds me of the mother from the shadow hero because she has this idea for her son to be a superhero. The main character in Marvels also becomes a superhero in her own way. The idea of being a superhero, saving lives, fighting crime being one with a superhero team, or having your own superhero team, whether they have read about it, or to find a purpose in life. I also see in God and Science Return of the Ti-Girls when the one girl who lives with the landlord desires to be with the Ti-Girls and so becomes that superhero with the help of one of the Ti-Girls.

    • One of the strengths I noticed about this comic is how much more organic the characters and setting are compared to other comics we’ve read. Compared to the Green Lantern/Green Arrow series, the T-Girls book never seems forced or didactic nor does the cumulative effect of comics’ innate serialization ever muddle my understanding of what’s going on. I suspect that this comic had an influence on the America Chavez comic one way or another and that the “vibe” established in God and Science was one the America creative team was attempting to emulate. The light-hearted metafiction behind the pursuit of superpowers is a charming in-joke for hardcore comic fans without alienating newcomers to the series and the depiction of multiple generations of super-powered women assisting each other and relying on one another for comfort and advice is a stark contrast-and somewhat of a relief- from the MArvel/DC model of ultra-masculine hyperthyroidism. Those companies might want to pay closer attention if they wish to lure in more female readers.
      This comic might have been the most charming of all the books we’ve read. It establishes a world as fully realized as any of the best sci-fi and fantasy through an experiential impact rather than a massive world-building campaign.
      An excellent way to finish out the course.

    • This comic book’s plot by Jamie Hernandez was different than most comic books that we have read so far. One of the things that I liked about it was that the characters are all female illustrated with imperfect body images except for some characters like Penny Century. Penny Century actually reminded me of an amalgamation of Wonder Woman and Superman. She reminded me of Wonder Woman because of her physical features, wit and maternal instincts, especially in one instance where in the last panel, Wonder Woman is hugging a baby and praising motherhood. On the other hand, she reminded me of Superman because of her super strength compared to the other characters.

    • This reminded me of the campy Batman series of the late 60’s early 70’s and it felt a lot more lighthearted than some of the other comics we have read( I am looking at you Watchmen and TDKR). This comic did not take itself as seriously as some of its predecessors and that is a nice change of pace. I love that everything but the covers is in black and white it is a nice homage to the older comics.

    • “The Ti-Girls” was a pretty interesting read. As I read through it, it became clearer and clearer that it was a piece of creative criticism; not only did it tell a story using the graphic novel genre, but it also took time to address some of the pivotal publication issues there have been throughout history. One of the critical approaches this comic takes is its address of female heroism in publication history. There are very few male characters in this narrative, and none of them play a heroic role, so the emphasis is definitely placed on the function of female heroes. I was very amused by the self-actualized moment on page 82 of the comic when Angel’s mother is explaining “the gift” to her daughter. “No, no! That’s another special thing about it. Guys don’t get it. They gotta go out an’ have lab accidents and other stuff to get their cojones but we got it born right in us.” Not only is that quote hilariously accurate, but it also places power directly in the hands of the female characters here. Females are the only ones who naturally inherit powers in this world. I thought it was also significant that in such a female-empowered society, there was still the character of Dr. Zolar who sought to capitalize on the heroines’ powers and abilities. With all of Penny Century’s character flaws, I think it can be argued that he’s the real villain of this narrative; not only does he try to financially manipulate the superheroes, but he also romantically manipulates them and tries to pit them against each other, especially in the case of Espectra/Fuerza and Golden Girl. I think it’s certainly possible to read him as a symbolic representation of the masculine capitalist enterprise that has nonetheless taken advantage of empowered, individualistic female superheroes.

  • Hello all,

    I ran into problems with Interlibrary Loan locating the Oyola article on God and Science. I resubmitted my request before Thanksgiving, but it still hasn’t arrived.  So, this reading isn’t required […]

  • Revised Deadline for Draft + Outline: Saturday, November 17

  • It seems like many of you still need time to finish the bibliography and/or locate sources.  Since I am still grading your first papers, and hope to begin returning these to you tomorrow, let’s extend the […]

    • Thank you Dr. Orchard!

    • Thank You.
      Thank You.
      Thank You.
      Thank You.
      You are the greatest Superhero Professor.

      • He just replaced Professor X as THE Super Professor…Hey Tabish, do you think it’s possible we can earn bonus points if the class collaborates on a massive group project and creates a superhero comic based on Dr. Orchard?

        • OMG. I was actually thinking of giving him a Superhero name today. I swear to God!! yes absolutely. Do you think he will give us creative control?

  • The short paper and research paper assignment sheets have been added to the “Handouts” section of the course blog, in case you need to refer to them later.

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