March 17, 2012
Jean Giraud, 73, a French comic-book artist whose dark, intricately drawn fantasy worlds profoundly influenced graphic novels worldwide and U.S. science fiction films like Alien , Tron , and Avatar , died last Saturday at his home outside Paris. Mr. Giraud was seen in the comic-book world as a kind of artist-avatar of the unbounded interior human landscape. Mr. Giraud's pen name, Moebius, referred to the disorienting, curved plane known as the Mobius strip. In France, where the line between popular and serious art often blurs, he was a source of national pride.
February 24, 2012 |
THEIR FACES ARE distorted, coiled into extreme expressions, their eyes slanted shut - these are some of the stereotypical drawings found in American comic books featuring Asian characters. The Asian Arts Initiative is taking a closer look at depictions of Asians and Asian-Americans in the exhibit, "Marvels and Monsters: Unmasking Asians in U.S. Comics, 1942-1986," brought to Philadelphia by New York University's Fales Library and Special Collections. The exhibit draws from the extensive collection of William F. Wu, a science-fiction author and cultural studies scholar.
February 23, 2012 |
DALLAS - The bulk of a man's childhood comic-book collection, including many of the most prized issues ever published, sold at auction Wednesday for about $3.5 million. A copy of Detective Comics No. 27, which sold for 10 cents in 1939 and features the debut of Batman, got the top bid at the New York City auction. It sold for about $523,000 with a buyer's premium, said Lon Allen, managing director of comics for Heritage Auctions, the Dallas-based auction house overseeing the sale.
February 23, 2012 |
ADELE -MANIA CONTINUES. The British singer's "21" has spent 21 weeks atop Billboard's top-200 albums chart, and its 21st week is the best yet in terms of sales. Nielsen SoundScan reports that "21" sold 730,000 copies the week after Adele's Grammy sweep on Feb. 12. It's the longest stint for a woman at the top of Billboard's album chart, ironically displacing Whitney Houston's "The Bodyguard. " "21" has now sold 7.3 million copies. Actors in fight scene The AFTRA merger has hit a SAG. According to the Los Angeles Times , " Mary Tyler Moore Show" costars Ed Asner and Valerie Harper are teaming up in an attempt to take down the proposed merger of the Screen Actors Guild and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists.
February 10, 2012 |
Create your own superhero on Saturday as the African American Museum in Philadelphia concludes its four-part series, "Outlined in Black: Creating Superheroes - A Comic Book Workshop for Youth and Young Adults. " The workshop, taught by acclaimed illustrator and artist Eric Battle, is inspired by the life of enslaved African American Robert Smalls who became a Civil War hero and a five-term U.S. Congressman from South Carolina. Families also can learn about the significance of black superheroes and the meaning of heroism.
February 10, 2012
* THE WALKING DEAD. 9 p.m. Sunday, AMC. * COMIC BOOK MEN. 10 p.m. Sunday, AMC. IN THE AGE of the DVR, caring about audience flow is supposed to be, well, so 2007. We record what we want, we watch when we can. AMC must not have gotten the memo, because starting Sunday it's following the return of "The Walking Dead" with the premiere of Kevin Smith's "Comic Book Men. " It might look like a match made in geek heaven, but it's more than the pairing of a show based on a comic book series with one about the people who buy, sell and obsess about comics.
February 9, 2012 |
His skin is a preposterous shade of yellow more appropriate to a Kool-Aid flavor. His bald oval head is crowned with a topknot tied with a red bow; he has squinty eyes and buck teeth that extend over his lips and the most garish yellow-on-green outfit you'd ever find in a circus supply store. Meet Chop-Chop, a comic book character who made his debut in 1941 in the first issue of the long-running superhero comic series, Blackhawk . Ugly, almost inhuman, the rotund guy would make for a great villain.
October 28, 2011 |
This week's DVD releases are topped by films about people who fight injustice and evil. Captain America: The First Avenger, Grade C-minus: Chris Evans - the guy who put the heat in the Human Torch in the Fantastic Four movies - steps into the boots of the latest comic-book-inspired film champion. He plays Steve Rogers, a 90-pound weakling who, through the magic of science, becomes the hunky Captain America. The film isn't a major disaster, but it generally could use some work.
September 28, 2011 |
We all know how the story goes: book becomes bestseller, bestseller becomes Hollywood blockbuster. It's expected that our favorite reads will one day leap off the page and onto the silver screen. But today, popular volumes are finding a second life on the shelf, visually reimagined as comic books. A seemingly limitless number of classics are available in kid-friendly comic versions, from 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea to A Tale of Two Cities. The Diary of Anne Frank, Fahrenheit 451, and even The Book of Genesis have all been transformed into comics.
August 23, 2011
Invincible. Amazing. Unstoppable. When I was a kid, such larger-than-life language sucked me into the world of comic books. They featured ordinary people for the most part, who through a set of bizarre circumstances acquired powers that made them superheroes. The Avenging Angel. The Diabolical Dr. Doom. And my all-time favorite, the Uncanny X-Men. The combination of great illustrations, over-the-top prose, and riveting story lines kept me spending my 25 cents each week for the next cliff-hanger.