August 17, 2016 |
Ask any comic-reading child to name his or her favorite superhero, and the answer may range from Spider-Man to Wonder Woman. Someday, such a child might also name civil rights activist and now comic-book protagonist U.S. Rep. John Lewis (D., Ga.). The 76-year-old congressman recently released March: Book Three , the final installment of a graphic novel trilogy about his life working for civil rights. The saga takes us through Lewis' life, from growing up in the 1940s on 110 acres of farmland in Pike County, Ala., to his speech at the March on Washington on Aug. 28, 1963.
August 15, 2016
As the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' new temple in Logan Circle opens for public viewing, consider Philadelphia's ties to early Mormon history. Though the church was founded in New York and associated with Illinois and Utah, Philadelphia played a significant role in its early history. Missionaries had reached Chester County and parts of central New Jersey by the 1830s. In 1839, the Philadelphia branch of the church was organized by Joseph Smith Jr. while returning from Washington, D.C. Smith and fellow early converts met on the corner of Seventh and Callowhill Streets.
August 14, 2016
By Donald Ray Pollock Doubleday. 365 pp. $27.95 Reviewed by Kevin Grauke It's 1917, but along the border of Georgia and Alabama, it might as well be 1817. There, the three Jewett brothers eke out a miserable life along with their father, Pearl, who looks forward to dining at the heavenly table, where there will be "no scrounging for scraps," a table only for "them that shun the temptations of this world. " Pearl has not always been so pious, however. According to the narrator, his sons' names - Cane, Cob, and Chimney - are what one should expect "when a man who's been off the sauce for a while consumes too much whiskey and then insists on having his way. " But The Heavenly Table isn't merely Southern Gothic.
August 8, 2016 |
Big City Comics Founder Jeffrey Kaufman is excited about changes in his company's publishing plan-and a unique new offering. "We used to allow other people to publish our books for the last seven years and since we decided to go monthly with single-issue books, it was just silly for us to go through other people," Kaufman said. "So, Big City Comics became its own publisher. We went to Diamond . . . and they were fully satisfied. " "Our model is very clear-publishing with a purpose," Kaufman continued.
July 30, 2016 |
Q: I love books. I love going to bookstores, libraries, and looking through the book sections in antiques stores. I have quite a few, and the thought of parting with even one book breaks my heart. But my husband thinks they look messy. My dream is to have a dining room/library. How can I do this and make it look good? - W. A: Books are a great way to make a home feel lived in, and I love the idea of a dining room/library. I especially appreciate oversize older coffee-table books about art or design.
July 24, 2016
Edited by Ann and Jeff VanderMeer Vintage. 1,216 pp. $25. Reviewed by Jim Higgins Surprisingly, the literary spirit that haunts Ann and Jeff VanderMeer's massive new anthology, The Big Book of Science Fiction , isn't Arthur C. Clarke or Isaac Asimov or even H.G. Wells. It's Jorge Luis Borges, the creator of miniature fables of humans' grappling with their double-edged longing for and terror of infinity and omniscience. He's represented by a signature story, name-checked in another one, and appears to influence several more.
July 22, 2016 |
Comic book legend Stan Lee is about to get personal with a new digital graphic novel. God Woke is a tale of humanity's quest for meaning with a flipped perspective that has God searching for the same, will take readers from Lee's time-honored superhero works and leave them questioning their purpose in life. Reminiscent of philosopher Albert Camus ' theory of the absurd, Lee worked on the project with Deadpool creator Fabian Nicieza . The philosophical God Woke will first be released in print and later as a Cinematic Graphic Novel (CGN)
July 17, 2016
Her Again Becoming Meryl Streep By Michael Schulman; HarperCollins. 293 pp. $26.99 Reviewed by Carrie Rickey 'Superlatives stick to her like thumbtacks," Michael Schulman writes early in his chronicle of the making of America's most-acclaimed actress. It is a sign that he comes not to bury her, but to puncture her with praise. The book's title comes courtesy of Streep's 2012 Oscar acceptance speech for her role as Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady . "When they called my name," she said, "I had this feeling, I could hear half of America going, 'Ohhh, no. Oh, come on. Why?
July 15, 2016 |
If you have been to a recent Wizard World Philly or are a fan of VH1's Mob Wives , chances are you are familiar with Marissa Jade. Jade's profile looks to get far bigger in the near future, as a character she helped create for a comic book, "Destiny: Queen of Thieves", has just been green lit for a feature film! In an exclusive interview with Daily News Comics Guy, Jade shared how excited she is about the project, how it came to be and why she feels it will be a huge success.
July 10, 2016
Name: KidsTravel Books.com. What it does: You can browse children's books from all over the world to learn about other cultures, prepare for a trip, read book reviews and author interviews, get family travel tips, and more. What's hot : The depth of global coverage on Kids TravelBooks is unexpected and comprehensive, with books arranged by continent and country. I want to go to the Dominican Republic, but I'm not quite ready to book a flight. I wondered if it had any kids' books on it, clicked the link, and found four books that I could buy that might help me make a decision.