February 21, 2013 |
Tiaira Rodgers has a sweet sparrow of a voice but knows how to make herself heard in print. "I feel like some adults think, 'Oh . . . they're just kids, they don't know anything,' but that's not true," she wrote. "I'm a Philadelphian, I know what goes on here. I understand that if one person suffers, we all can suffer. If one person succeeds we all can succeed. " Mighty Writers, a grand name, is a rec center for the mind. The passage is from her "Letter to Philadelphia," a testament of hope.
November 25, 2012 |
We're selling the house our parents bought for $8,500 in 1956. My five siblings and I moved out many years ago, but we've always been able to come back - from college or the military - for a celebration or crisis to the modest house in North Adams, Mass. So it's hard to imagine that soon, no one named Riordan will be living there. Perhaps you have, or had, such a house yourself: the backdrop for those first-day-of-school photos, the setting for the family's favorite stories. Like the one about our youngest brother breaking his collarbone on Mother's Day two years in a row. Or our mother somehow getting between two of her sons as they had a fistfight - over a doughnut.
August 18, 2012
Joe Kubert, the influential comic book artist and writer whose rugged, hyper-masculine artwork included Tarzan, the flying super-hero Hawkman, the World War II infantryman Sgt. Rock, and graphic novels about the Bosnian war and the Holocaust, died Aug. 12 at a hospital in Morristown, N.J. A spokesman at Mr. Kubert's comic trade school, the Dover, N.J.-based Kubert School, said the cause was multiple myeloma. Mr. Kubert, whose career spanned more than seven decades, started in comic books during the industry's infancy as a boy prodigy.
August 6, 2012 |
Shakespearean classics as comic books? Dante reduced to some sleazy strip out of the Sunday funnies? The Great Books - all those texts teachers told us to revere as holy, inviolate - increasingly are showing up on the graphic-novel shelves. For some, it's a potential nightmare: Homer's Iliad sitting next to Homer Simpson; Shakespeare's Tempest next to Peanuts . Yet artists and teachers alike are embracing recent graphic novelizations of a dozen great books, from the Bard of Avon's greatest tragedies to novels and short stories by Franz Kafka.
July 25, 2012 |
Local comic-book publisher Zenescope is on a roll and the latest proof is that Lionsgate TV is going down "‘Alice in Wonderland's" rabbit hole. The studio that brought you "Mad Men" has emerged the winner for TV rights to Zenescope's "Wonderland" graphic novels, the company's editor in chief, Ralph Tedesco, told People Paper Comics Guy Jerome Maida. "I recently went to Los Angeles to pitch the property for TV, which was the first time we really focused on pitching for television," Tedesco said.
July 12, 2012 |
ST. MARIA Goretti High School is a home for orphaned vampire girls. An abandoned Fishtown factory is a space station infiltrated by werewolves. A Jefferson frat house is the home of murderous, demon-possessed sorority sisters. At least in the minds of Tony Trov and Johnny Zito, two South Philly-born-and-bred comics writers who transform Philadelphia into their own fantastic, dark playground. In a panel from their comic La Morte Sisters, about a version of Goretti (now Ss. John Neumann and Maria Goretti High School)
May 18, 2012 |
The 11th annual East Coast Black Age of Comics Convention celebrates the African American experience in comic books Friday and Saturday. The convention will offer an awards ceremony, film screenings, youth workshops, a parade, a comic-book marketplace, and other events at the African American Museum in Philadelphia and the Enterprise Center in West Philadelphia. Convention activities begin at 6:30 p.m. Friday at the museum, with a free reception and ceremonies for the Pioneer and Glyph comic awards.
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 |
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.