Press Coverage

Why new generation of black activists say, 'No thanks' to 2016 election, Christian Science Monitor, 31 October 2016.

Surrender Now: The Women Taking Over the World of Comics, VICE/Broadly, 11 October 2016.

Transgression in Pulp: Doctoral Candidate Finds Roots of Democracy in Comic BooksInside Fordham, 11 May 2016.

Should colleges provide ‘safe spaces’?Christian Science Monitor, 12 March 2016.

For Black Lives Matter, MLK's kind of activism isn't the only wayChristian Science Monitor, 18 January 2016.

Review of "Carl Van Vechten: The Harlem Renaissance and Beyond":

"In this way, “Carl Van Vechten: The Harlem Renaissance and Beyond” works on several levels, as both an art exhibition and a tool for educational exchange. We are fortunate that five decades after Van Vechten’s death, his work survives, allowing new generations to engage with the historic figures of the part and to consider what their legacy means to us today, in the here and now."

—Miss Rosen, Crave, 7 January 2016

•"Folk City: New York and the American Folk Music Revival", Fordham Magazine, 9 November 2015.

"CIA's Human Rights Violations Honored By Fordham University", Huffington Post, 8 September 2015

•"Remembering Christopher Schmidt-Nowara, 1966-2015”, The Junto: A Group Blog on Early American History. 10 July 2015. Published remembrance.

•"Honorary degree violated Jesuit mission, some Fordham University faculty members say", National Catholic Reporter, 1 April 2015.

•"Scholars take comic books seriously at Wizard World", San Antonio Express News, 5 August 2014.

•"Spaniards insist: 'Referendum now'", The Stream, Al Jazeera English. 9 June 2014. Invited guest to discussion panel.

"O novo rei d'Espanha: Como será o reinado de Felipe VI, que já assume com multidões nas ruas pedindo a volta da República", IstoÉ, Brasil, 8 Jun. 2014. Magazine Interview.

•“Quiero escribir una historia de La Movida social y de la gente corriente

•"Occupy Wall Street seeks to hone message", News 12 Bronx, New York, 17 Nov. 2011. TV Interview.

“Tras el polémico desalojo ordenado por Bloomberg: Ocupa Wall Street entra en una nueva etapa”, El Periódico Mediterráneo (Spanish Edition), 16 Nov. 2011. Newspaper Interview.

•“Ocupem Wall Street entra en una nova etapa”, El Periódico de Catalunya (Catalan Edition), 16 Nov. 2011. Newspaper Interview.

•“Ousted, Protesters’ Future is Uncertain”, The New York Times Online, 15 Nov. 2011. Photo Featured.

•“Manifestantes de “Occupy” pueden regresar al parque Zuccotti sin carpas ni bolsas de dormir”, New York 1 News Español, 15 Nov. 2011. TV Interview.

•“Occupy Movement Takes Up Residence in the Bronx”, Norwood News, 19 Oct. 2011. Newspaper Interview.

•"Interesting Point Of View on A Growing Youth Movement", NYC Latino Politics Blog. 12 Aug. 2012. Reprinted essay.

•“New Light on Moon Masterpiece”, MSNBC Cosmic Log, 22 Aug. 2005. News mention.

 


Reviews of the "Truth, Justice and the American Way in Franco's Spain":

"If not for the intriguing title of the fourth essay—Truth, Justice, and the American Way in Franco’s Spain by Louie Dean Valencia-García—I probably would have set The Ages of Superman aside. But thank goodness I didn’t, because this piece in and of itself is worth the cover price for the way it casts the Man of Steel in a completely different light. Contained within are a number of revelations (for this lifelong Superman fan, at least). For example, when the character first appeared in Spain, his costume was re-colored to match that of the Spanish flag, his name was changed to Ciclón, el Superhombre, and his comics were soon banned because—even in his Hispanicized form—Superman was viewed as subversive and counter-normative by Franco’s fascist government. Mind = blown.

The aspects of the comic that the government found subversive are almost as fascinating as the fact that they did at all: Superman’s dual identity, his lack of proper machismo (HA!), and “Luisa” Lane’s bravado and challenge of acceptable gender roles, despite her lack of Superman’s powers. I’m merely scratching the surface of this brilliant essay, but it’s one that anyone with an interest in Superman, comics in general, diverse cultural perspectives, or life under a fascist dictatorship absolutely must read. Combined with another recent book—Grant Morrison’s Supergods: What Masked Vigilantes, Miraculous Mutants, and a Sun God from Smallville Can Teach Us About Being Human, which provides amazing insights into the thoughts of writers working under the draconian Silver Age Comics Code Authority—I can honestly say I have an entirely different perspective on this period in Superman’s history."

-Dennis Burger, Technology Tell

"Many of the pieces of writing are interesting and the best are fascinating. Louie Dean Valencia-Garcia delivers an intriguing piece on how that Superman was seen during the fascistic reign of Francisco Franco in Spain. I knew nothing about the culture of Spain under Franco before I read Valencia's article, and I was spellbound by his exploration of how a very specific sort machismo was the formal ideology of the dictatorship, an ideology that excluded Superman."

-Jason Sacks, Comics Bulletin

"One day I’ll throw a line like this into one of my reviews: “while the Spanish importation of the American Superhero certainly reflected American cultural imperialism of the post-war era, the fascist regime in Spain was especially aware of the capacity for Superman comic’s pluralistic tropes to subvert Francoist constructions of society, sexuality, and gender roles.” When I do, you’ll know that I’ve either attained a doctorate and started shopping at Whole Foods, or blatantly plagiarized a much smarter person. That line was taken from a particularly challenging, but enlightening essay exploring Superman’s effect on Franco’s Spain - just one of the many assessments of the character that I had hardly even considered before, yet it wound up being one of my favorite essays in the book."

-The Dean, AintItCool.com

Other Mentions: 

http://manofsteel360.com/2013/04/29/book-review-the-ages-of-superman-essays-on-the-man-of-steel-in-changing-times/