Movies based on comic books and their characters have inspired many innovations to Hollywood's business model, with film franchises and transmedia storytelling helping to ensure the genre will continue its reign over popular culture for years to come. "Comic Book Movies" explores how this genre of film offers audiences modern-day myths, sometimes even incorporating ancient mythic figures while also engaging with the questions that haunt a post-9/11 world.
"Mastering Business for Strategic Communicators" provides strategic communications and public relations students and professionals with expert insights and advice into the various major business functions and departments. The authors also will host a book signing in the Loop Campus Barnes & Noble on Thursday, Jan. 18.
Fifty-five percent of the world's population - and growing - now lives in cities. "Urban Emergency Management: Planning and Response for the 21st Century" examines the concepts and practices of emergency management in the context of the complex challenges faced by the contemporary city.
Take a journey through the curious and wonderful science of Earth's smallest life forms, from the mammalian gut to the ocean floor, in "Planet of Microbes: The Perils and Potential of Earth's Essential Life Forms."
Did you know cockroaches care for their young? "Humans and Animals: A Geography of Coexistence" features short essays, packed with interesting information about the ways human and animal lives intersect.
"The Close Encounters Man," a biography of astronomer and UFO expert Dr. J. Allen Hynek, traces the full history of the modern UFO phenomenon in terms of its indelible and far-reaching effect on modern science and popular culture. Read on to learn more about the book and the astronomer who invented the concept of "Close Encounters" with alien life.
"GENTRIFIER" demystifies the idea of gentrification by opening a conversation that links the theoretical and the grassroots, spanning the literature of urban sociology, geography, planning, policy and more.