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Heroes in a half-shell and brown rice and vegetables: ECW Press announces the first two Pop Classics books

ECW is thrilled to announce that we’ve signed up the first two titles in our Pop Classics series of short books that offer intelligent but accessible arguments about the significance of various pop phenomena.

Film writer Adam Nayman (The Grid, Cinema Scope) declares a masterpiece what’s frequently celebrated as the “worst movie ever” in his exploration of Showgirls, the 1995 Paul Verhoeven film that won the Razzie and (for all intents and purposes) ended its star’s career. In this earnest argument, Nayman suggests that Showgirls is not so bad it’s good, it’s so good it’s mistaken for bad.

Writer and Broken Pencil fiction editor Richard Rosenbaum takes on the heroes in a half-shell in an examination of the evolution of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Rosenbaum argues that the turtles can't be written off as nostalgia, for they have mutability written into their very DNA.

Both titles are scheduled for publication in Spring 2014. We’re currently accepting submissions for future Pop Classics titles; guidelines can be found at  

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