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Adapting Superman

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Adapting Superman by , Book Resume:

Almost immediately after his first appearance in comic books in June 1938, Superman began to be adapted to other media. The subsequent decades have brought even more adaptations of the Man of Steel, his friends, family, and enemies in film, television, comic strip, radio, novels, video games, and even a musical. The rapid adaptation of the Man of Steel occurred before the character and storyworld were fully developed on the comic book page, allowing the adaptations an unprecedented level of freedom and adaptability. The essays in this collection provide specific insight into the practice of adapting Superman from comic books to other media and cultural contexts through a variety of methods, including social, economic, and political contexts. Authors touch on subjects such as the different international receptions to the characters, the evolution of both Clark Kent's character and Superman's powers, the importance of the radio, how the adaptations interact with issues such as racism and Cold War paranoia, and the role of fan fiction in the franchise. By applying a wide range of critical approaches to adaption and Superman, this collection offers new insights into our popular entertainment and our cultural history.

Adapting Science Fiction to Television

Adapting Science Fiction to Television [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 1442252707
Author: Max Sexton,Malcolm Cook
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This book looks at the adaptation of science fiction from literary and film sources for television. The authors examine television as having a separate identity and separate aesthetic principles from film and draw appropriate comparisons.

Excavating the Future

Excavating the Future [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 1786948737
Author: Shawn Malley
Publisher: Oxford University Press
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Excavating the Future by Shawn Malley Book Resume:

Well-known in science fiction for tomb-raiding and mummy-wrangling, the archaeologist has been a rich source for imagining 'strange new worlds' from 'strange old worlds.' But more than a well-spring for SF scenarios, the genre's archaeological imaginary invites us to consider the ideological implications of digging up the past buried in the future. A cultural study of an array of very popular, though often critically-neglected, North American SF film and television texts - running the gamut of telefilms, pseudo-documentaries, teen serial drama and Hollywood blockbusters - Excavating the Future explores the popular archaeological imagination and the political uses to which it is being employed by the U.S. state and its adversaries. By treating SF texts as documents of archaeological experience circulating within and between scientific and popular culture communities and media, Excavating the Future develops critical strategies for analyzing SF film and television's critical and adaptive responses to post 9/11 geopolitical concerns about the war on terror, homeland security, the invasion and reconstruction of Iraq, and the ongoing fight against ISIS.

The Modern Superhero in Film and Television

The Modern Superhero in Film and Television [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 1317484509
Author: Jeffrey A. Brown
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The Modern Superhero in Film and Television by Jeffrey A. Brown Book Resume:

Hollywood’s live-action superhero films currently dominate the worldwide box-office, with the characters enjoying more notoriety through their feature film and television depictions than they have ever before. This book argues that this immense popularity reveals deep cultural concerns about politics, gender, ethnicity, patriotism and consumerism after the events of 9/11. Superheroes have long been agents of hegemony, fighting for abstract ideals of justice while overall perpetuating the American status quo. Yet at the same time, the book explores how the genre has also been utilized to question and critique these dominant cultural assumptions.

The Comic Book Film Adaptation

The Comic Book Film Adaptation [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 1626745153
Author: Liam Burke
Publisher: Univ. Press of Mississippi
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"There is no better, smarter examination of the relationship between comics and film." --Mark Waid, Eisner Award-winning writer of Kingdom Come and Daredevil In the summer of 2000 X-Men surpassed all box office expectations and ushered in an era of unprecedented production of comic book film adaptations. This trend, now in its second decade, has blossomed into Hollywood's leading genre. From superheroes to Spartan warriors, The Comic Book Film Adaptation offers the first dedicated study to examine how comic books moved from the fringes of popular culture to the center of mainstream film production. Through in-depth analysis, industry interviews, and audience research, this book charts the cause-and-effect of this influential trend. It considers the cultural traumas, business demands, and digital possibilities that Hollywood faced at the dawn of the twenty-first century. The industry managed to meet these challenges by exploiting comics and their existing audiences. However, studios were caught off-guard when these comic book fans, empowered by digital media, began to influence the success of these adaptations. Nonetheless, filmmakers soon developed strategies to take advantage of this intense fanbase, while codifying the trend into a more lucrative genre, the comic book movie, which appealed to an even wider audience. Central to this vibrant trend is a comic aesthetic in which filmmakers utilize digital filmmaking technologies to engage with the language and conventions of comics like never before. The Comic Book Film Adaptation explores this unique moment in which cinema is stimulated, challenged, and enriched by the once-dismissed medium of comics.

Adapting visual and structural features of comic books to film. Possibilities and limitations

Adapting visual and structural features of comic books to film. Possibilities and limitations [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 366870404X
Author: Matthias Kreuter
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Adapting visual and structural features of comic books to film. Possibilities and limitations by Matthias Kreuter Book Resume:

Bachelor Thesis from the year 2015 in the subject Literature - Modern Literature, grade: 1,0, University of Cologne (Englisches Seminar), language: English, abstract: Filmic comic book adaptations are not a new phenomenon, but throughout the last decades the amount of productions based on comic book material has highly increased. While some theoreticians note that both media share aesthetic qualities and formal properties that predestine comics for filmic adaptations, critics consider comics to be inherently unfilmable due to structural differences. This thesis examines how recent films have tried to adapt the visual and structural features characteristic to comic books and how those adaptation techniques have explored the limitations of both media. Robert Rodriguez film "Sin City" (2005) will serve as the primary point of reference. Thus, this paper will try to answer the question to what extent film is able to make comic books “come alive” and to what extent it is incompatible to do so. Filmische Adaptionen von Comics sind kein neuartiges Phänomen, nichtsdestotrotz haben sie in den letzten Jahrzehnten zugenommen. Viele Theoretiker merken an, dass Film und Comics entscheidende ästhetische Qualitäten und formale Aspekte teilen, die das Medium Film geradezu prädestinieren, Comics in Bewegtbild zu verwandeln. Kritiker entgegnen, dass Comics naturgemäß unverfilmbar sind. Grund seien strukturelle Unterschiede beider Medien. Diese Bachelorarbeit geht der Frage nach, wie zeitgenössische Filme versucht haben, neben Handlung und Figuren besonders die visuellen und strukturellen Eigenschafen des Comics zu adaptieren, und wie die dabei verwendeten Techniken die Grenzen beider Medien aufgezeigt haben. Robert Rodriguez Film "Sin City" (2005) wird dabei den primären Bezugspunkt darstellen. In der Folge soll sich die Frage beantworten lassen, in welcher Weise das Medium Film Comics "zum Leben erwecken" kann und wo es in dieser Prämisse versagt.

The Ages of Superman

The Ages of Superman [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 0786489642
Author: Joseph J. Darowski
Publisher: McFarland
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The Ages of Superman by Joseph J. Darowski Book Resume:

Since Superman first appeared on the cover of Action Comics #1 in 1938, the superhero has changed with the times to remain a relevant icon of American popular culture. This collection explores the evolution of the Superman character and demonstrates how his alterations mirror historical changes in American society. Beginning with the original comic book and ending with the 2011 Grounded storyline, these essays examine Superman’s patriotic heroism during World War II, his increase in power in the early years of the Cold War, his death and resurrection at the end of the Cold War, and his recent dramatic reimagining. By looking at the many changes the Man of Steel has undergone to remain pertinent, this volume reveals as much about America as it does about the champion of Truth, Justice, and the American Way.

Movie Comics

Movie Comics [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 0813572274
Author: Blair Davis
Publisher: Rutgers University Press
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Movie Comics by Blair Davis Book Resume:

As Christopher Nolan’s Batman films and releases from the Marvel Cinematic Universe have regularly topped the box office charts, fans and critics alike might assume that the “comic book movie” is a distinctly twenty-first-century form. Yet adaptations of comics have been an integral part of American cinema from its very inception, with comics characters regularly leaping from the page to the screen and cinematic icons spawning comics of their own. Movie Comics is the first book to study the long history of both comics-to-film and film-to-comics adaptations, covering everything from silent films starring Happy Hooligan to sound films and serials featuring Dick Tracy and Superman to comic books starring John Wayne, Gene Autry, Bob Hope, Abbott & Costello, Alan Ladd, and Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis. With a special focus on the Classical Hollywood era, Blair Davis investigates the factors that spurred this media convergence, as the film and comics industries joined forces to expand the reach of their various brands. While analyzing this production history, he also tracks the artistic coevolution of films and comics, considering the many formal elements that each medium adopted and adapted from the other. As it explores our abiding desire to experience the same characters and stories in multiple forms, Movie Comics gives readers a new appreciation for the unique qualities of the illustrated page and the cinematic moving image.

Superman Supreme

Superman Supreme [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 1135297010
Author: J A Mangan
Publisher: Routledge
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Superman Supreme by J A Mangan Book Resume:

The supremacy of the global fascist superman never became a reality but was certainly an intention. This work explores the use of the image of the male body in European, American and Asian fascism of varying degrees and various interpretations, and the differences and similarities involved.

The Oxford Handbook of Adaptation Studies

The Oxford Handbook of Adaptation Studies [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 0199331014
Author: Thomas Leitch
Publisher: Oxford University Press
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The Oxford Handbook of Adaptation Studies by Thomas Leitch Book Resume:

This collection of forty new essays, written by the leading scholars in adaptation studies and distinguished contributors from outside the field, is the most comprehensive volume on adaptation ever published. Written to appeal alike to specialists in adaptation, scholars in allied fields, and general readers, it hearkens back to the foundations of adaptation studies a century and more ago, surveys its ferment of activity over the past twenty years, and looks forward to the future. It considers the very different problems in adapting the classics, from the Bible to Frankenstein to Philip Roth, and the commons, from online mashups and remixes to adult movies. It surveys a dizzying range of adaptations around the world, from Latin American telenovelas to Czech cinema, from Hong Kong comics to Classics Illustrated, from Bollywood to zombies, and explores the ways media as different as radio, opera, popular song, and videogames have handled adaptation. Going still further, it examines the relations between adaptation and such intertextual practices as translation, illustration, prequels, sequels, remakes, intermediality, and transmediality. The volume's contributors consider the similarities and differences between adaptation and history, adaptation and performance, adaptation and revision, and textual and biological adaptation, casting an appreciative but critical eye on the theory and practice of adaptation scholars--and, occasionally, each other. The Oxford Handbook of Adaptation Studies offers specific suggestions for how to read, teach, create, and write about adaptations in order to prepare for a world in which adaptation, already ubiquitous, is likely to become ever more important.

ScripTipps: Superman & Superman II

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Author: Dan Margules
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ScripTipps: Superman & Superman II by Dan Margules Book Resume:

Richard Donner’s SUPERMAN (1978), a re-imagining of the comic book and kiddie show as an epic fantasy with biblical undertones, made “verisimilitude” the template for all superhero movies that followed. The complex history of the writing, rewriting, and re-rewriting of the multiple versions of the two-part tent pole, are analyzed in this special double-length ScripTipps ebook that uncovers valuable screenwriting tips which can be used to enhance any screenplay, big or small. In this ScripTipps screenplay study guide, Superman will teach you the secrets of writing strong character arcs and meaningful action sequences, telling stories visually, updating familiar genres with a new spin, avoiding and fixing plot holes when rewriting, and much, much more. ABOUT THE SERIES Everything you need to learn how to write a screenplay is readily available without an expensive film school education. Movies themselves are the best learning tool of all. But watching a movie once is an exercise in entertainment. To absorb screenwriting how-tos, a movie needs to be studied, watched and re-watched, and analyzed in depth. ScripTipps are intended to aid aspiring screenwriters in learning the craft of screenwriting through in-depth analyses of select screenplays that exhibit excellence in story structure, character development, and scene construction. Each ScripTipps screenplay study guide analyzes one movie and its story and screenplay in full, scene by scene, from beginning to middle to end, gleaning useful and practical screenwriting tips along the way. NOTE: This ebook does NOT include the actual screenplay being discussed. ALSO AVAILABLE: ScripTipps: Bridesmaids ScripTipps: Carrie ScripTipps: The Descendants ScripTipps: The Hangover ScripTipps: Star Trek ScripTipps: Waitress COMING SOON: ScripTipps: Arrested Development ScripTipps: Breaking Bad ScripTipps: Communit ScripTipps: The Fault in Our Stars ScripTipps: Sleepy Hollow

Was Superman a Spy?

Was Superman a Spy? [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 1101046562
Author: Brian Cronin
Publisher: Penguin
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Was Superman a Spy? by Brian Cronin Book Resume:

Fascinating and often bizarre true stories behind more than 130 urban legends about comic book culture. Was Superman a Spy? demystifies all of the interesting stories, unbelievable anecdotes, wacky rumors, and persistent myths that have piled up like priceless back issues in the seventy-plus years of the comic book industry, including: • Elvis Presley's trademark hairstyle was based on a comic book character (True) • Stan Lee featured a gay character in one of Marvel's 1960s war comics (False) • Wolverine of the X-Men was originally meant to be an actual wolverine! (True) • What would have been DC's first black superhero was changed at the last moment to a white hero (True) • A Dutch inventor was blocked from getting a patent on a process because it had been used previously in a Donald Duck comic book (True) With many more legends resolved, Was Superman a Spy? is a must-have for the legions of comic book fans and all seekers of “truth, justice, and the American way.”

Dear Justice League

Dear Justice League [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 1401297250
Author: Michael Northrop
Publisher: DC Zoom
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Dear Justice League by Michael Northrop Book Resume:

The greatest heroes in the DC Comics universe, the Justice League, answer mail from their biggest fans--kids!--courtesy of Michael Northrop, New York Times bestselling author of TombQuest, and artist Gustavo Duarte. Does Superman ever make mistakes? What was Wonder Woman's eleventh birthday like? Does Aquaman smell like fish? In this new middle-grade graphic novel, iconic heroes are asked questions both big and small, and when they are not busy saving the world, the Justice League even finds time to respond. Their honest and humorous answers will surprise and delight readers of any age, as it turns out that being a superhero is not too different from being a kid. Full of feats, follies, and colorful illustrations, Dear Justice League gives readers the inside scoop into everyday heroics, no matter who wears the cape!

Of Cigarettes, High Heels, and Other Interesting Things

Of Cigarettes, High Heels, and Other Interesting Things [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 1349953482
Author: Marcel Danesi
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Of Cigarettes, High Heels, and Other Interesting Things by Marcel Danesi Book Resume:

This book deals with one the most interesting aspects of human life—the search for meaning. It discusses how the science of semiotics is equipped to provide insight on what meaning is and how we produce it. Why is it that certain people routinely put their survival at risk by smoking? Why is it that some women make locomotion difficult for themselves by donning high-heel footwear? Are there unconscious forces at work behind such strange behaviors? This book will attempt to answer such questions by claiming that these behaviors are meaningful in culture-specific ways. The discipline that studies such behaviors and their relation to meanings is called semiotics. Semiotics probes the human condition in its own peculiar way, by unraveling the meanings of signs, which motivate not only the wearing of high heel shoes, but also the construction of words and art forms. Now in its third edition, this landmark introduction to semiotics has been updated with a wealth of new content, focusing on the many developments in digital culture since the previous edition. With the addition of topics such as memes, Selfies, social media profiles, and even Mafia discourse, the new edition comprehensively covers new trends in culture while streamlining treatments of basic semiotics contents.

Is Superman Circumcised?

Is Superman Circumcised? [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 1476644411
Author: Roy Schwartz
Publisher: McFarland
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Is Superman Circumcised? by Roy Schwartz Book Resume:

Superman is the original superhero, an American icon, and arguably the most famous character in the world--and he's Jewish! Introduced in June 1938, the Man of Steel was created by two Jewish teens, Jerry Siegel, the son of immigrants from Eastern Europe, and Joe Shuster, an immigrant. They based their hero's origin story on Moses, his strength on Samson, his mission on the golem, and his nebbish secret identity on themselves. They made him a refugee fleeing catastrophe on the eve of World War II and sent him to tear Nazi tanks apart nearly two years before the US joined the war. In the following decades, Superman's mostly Jewish writers, artists, and editors continued to borrow Jewish motifs for their stories, basing Krypton's past on Genesis and Exodus, its society on Jewish culture, the trial of Lex Luthor on Adolf Eichmann's, and a future holiday celebrating Superman on Passover. A fascinating journey through comic book lore, American history, and Jewish tradition, this book examines the entirety of Superman's career from 1938 to date, and is sure to give readers a newfound appreciation for the Mensch of Steel!

Popeye

Popeye [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 9780786426874
Author: Fred M. Grandinetti
Publisher: McFarland
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Popeye by Fred M. Grandinetti Book Resume:

It's a rare comic character who can make audiences laugh for well over half a century--but then again, it's a pretty rare cartoon hero who can boast of forearms thicker than his waist, who can down a can of spinach in a single gulp, or who generally faces the world with one eye squinted completely shut. When E.C. Segar's gruff but lovable sailor man first tooted his pipe to the public on January 7, 1929, it was not in the animated cartoon format for which he is best known today (and which would become the longest running series in film history). Instead it was on the comics page of the New York Journal, as Segar's Thimble Theatre strip. Over the decades to come, Popeye was to appear on radio, television, stage, and even in a live-action feature film. This comprehensive and lavishly illustrated history is a thoroughly updated and revised edition of the highly acclaimed 1994 work. Animated series and films are examined, noting the different directions each studio took and the changing character designs of the Popeye family. Popeye in other media--comics, books, radio, and a stage play--is thoroughly covered, as are Robert Altman's 1980 live-action film, and Popeye memorabilia.

Superman Vs. Hollywood

Superman Vs. Hollywood [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 1569765014
Author: Jake Rossen
Publisher: Chicago Review Press
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Superman Vs. Hollywood by Jake Rossen Book Resume:

Tinseltown's fascination with the comic icon is detailed in this book, encompassing all the behind-the-scenes machinations that helped shape Superman into a screen legend--and all the derailed projects that have vilified everyone involved. These newly uncovered stories about the odyssey of bringing the Man of Steel to the big screen include the challenge of making Superman appear to fly, and the many casting processes, which at various points had Superman being played by the likes of Bruce Jenner, Robert Redford, Sylvester Stallone, Neil Diamond, Nicolas Cage, Justin Timberlake, Keanu Reeves, and even Muhammad Ali. Based on extensive interviews with producers, screenwriters, cast members, and crew, this expose spills the beans on all the various TV shows, from the classic The Adventures of Superman to the current hit Smallville; the various animated efforts on both the large and small screens; and the movies--from 1979's smash hit Superman: The Movie to 2006's wildly expensive Superman Returns .Also included are the stories about the Superman movies that never made it to the screen, helmed by maverick directors Kevin Smith and Tim Burton, and featuring expenditures on scripts and sets that are even more eye-popping than the films' special effects.

Superman Is Jewish?

Superman Is Jewish? [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 1416598456
Author: Harry Brod
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
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Superman Is Jewish? by Harry Brod Book Resume:

From a brilliant and witty comic book aficionado, this “scholarly but lively narrative” (Kirkus Reviews) reveals the links between Jews and the iconic superheroes of Jerry Siegel, Joe Shuster, Stan Lee, and Jack Kirby. Many of us know that the superheroes at the heart of the American comic book industry were created by Jews. But you’d be surprised to learn how much these beloved characters were shaped by the cultural and religious traditions of their makers. Superman Is Jewish? follows the “people of the book” as they become the people of the comic book. With great wit and compelling arguments, Harry Brod situates superheroes within the course of Jewish-American history: they are aliens in a foreign land, like Superman; figures plagued by guilt for abandoning their families, like Spider-Man; and outsiders persecuted for being different, like the X-Men. Brod blends humor and sharp observation as he considers the overt and discreet Jewish characteristics of these well-known figures and explores how their creators integrated their Jewish identities and their creativity. Captivating, poignant, and packed with historical insights, this guided tour travels from the Passover Haggadah’s exciting action scenes of Moses’s superpowers through the Yiddish humor of Mad magazine to two Pulitzer Prizes awarded in one decade to Jewish comic book guys Art Spiegelman and Michael Chabon. “A witty, insightful exposé” (Publisher’s Weekly), Superman Is Jewish? is an endlessly fascinating American saga about an immigrant group that used comic books to see itself in new, empowering—and laughable—ways. You don’t even have to be Jewish to get a kick out of it.

Superman and the Bible

Superman and the Bible [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 1476633886
Author: Nicholaus Pumphrey
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Superman and the Bible by Nicholaus Pumphrey Book Resume:

In 1938, Superman debuted, jumping off the pages of Action Comics #1. In the cultural context of the Great Depression and World War II, the U.S. would see the rise of the superhero not only in comic books but in radio programs, animated cartoons and television shows. Superman forever changed one’s concept of the hero and became permanently engrained in both American and worldwide culture. This study explores the Man of Steel’s narrative as a fresh perspective on readings of the Bible—his character is reflected in such figures as Moses, Samson and Jesus. The author argues that if we read the Bible it can be said we are reading about Superman.

Superman's Not Coming

Superman's Not Coming [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 1524746975
Author: Erin Brockovich
Publisher: Vintage
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Superman's Not Coming by Erin Brockovich Book Resume:

From the environmental activist, consumer advocate, and renowned crusader—a stirring call to action that gives us the tools we need to take action ourselves, to make our voices heard, to ensure our water is safe, and to finally bring about change. Clean water is as basic to life on planet Earth as hydrogen or oxygen. In her long-awaited book—her first to reckon with the condition of water on our planet—Erin Brockovich shows us what’s at stake. She writes powerfully of the fraudulent science disguising our national water crisis: Cancer clusters are not being reported. People in Detroit and the state of New Jersey don’t have clean water. The drinking water for more than six million Americans contains unsafe levels of industrial chemicals linked to cancer and other health issues. The saga of PG&E continues to this day. Yet communities and people around the country are fighting to make an impact, and Brockovich tells us their stories. In Poughkeepsie, New York, a water operator responded to his customers’ concerns and changed his system to create some of the safest water in the country. Local moms in Hannibal, Missouri, became the first citizens in the nation to file an ordinance prohibiting the use of ammonia in their public drinking water. Like them, we can each protect our right to clean water by fighting for better enforcement of laws, new legislation, and stronger regulations.