September 26, 2010
Sunday Illustrated classics Over the last 25 years, what were once called comic books have become "sequential art" or "graphic novels. " They're still comic books to us, and we always thought they were art. The Michener Art Museum exhibition LitGraphic: The World of the Graphic Novel , running until Jan. 10, traces this art form's development with paintings, drawings, storyboards, photographs, and film. The show features work by Will Eisner ( The Spirit ) - whose 1978 work A Contract With God is considered the first graphic novel - and Art Spiegelman, whose Maus: A Survivor's Tale won the Pulitzer Prize.
July 23, 2010 |
Big ideas - about science, the solar system, Apollonian cones, man's relationship to man, to woman, to God - tumble excitedly from , an oddball historical drama set in the Roman-ruled Egypt of the fourth century. There, in Alexandria, the philosopher Hypatia (a bright-eyed and toga-clad Rachel Weisz) invites her young followers to contemplate the stars, to wonder about mathematics and the meaning of life. She is beautiful as well as brainy, and both her slave, Davus (Max Minghella)
June 21, 2010 |
When dynamite decided to do a comic adaptation of "The Expendables," an August film release featuring arguably the most colossal collection of action stars ever to appear together, there was only one choice to write it. Chuck Dixon has become legendary for scripting butt-kickers - due in large part to lengthy runs on Punisher and Batman - and he is more than up to the challenge of writing this prequel comic. The action is fast and furious, and there is adrenaline crammed into every panel.
February 9, 2010 |
"Books should offend you," a professor told my literature class 30 years ago, when I started college. "They should make you squirm and sweat. They should keep you up at night. " He paused for effect. "Have a nice a day," he concluded. Everybody laughed, of course. But the joke was on us. Americans want to feel good, and they want the same for their kids. So we try to protect them from books that hurt. Look no further than J.D. Salinger's Catcher in the Rye, which remains one of the most frequently challenged books in American schools and libraries.
February 8, 2010 |
With the launch of its new "RoboCop" series, Dynamite has masterfully adapted a classic 1980s movie franchise while respectfully and powerfully making it relevant to today's readers. In the world of "RoboCop," a terminally wounded police officer returning to the force as a powerful cyborg haunted by his memories, things are looking bad for America and her economy, unemployment is skyrocketing, the country is fighting two wars overseas and some of our biggest corporations are failing.
January 18, 2010 |
The big news last week was Sony's shake-up of its lucrative "Spider-Man" movie franchise. While fans seem horrifed at the idea of a reboot without director Sam Raimi and star Tobey Maguire, here's what some folks inside the comics industry think about the idea. (For more on comic books, see Page 44.) "I actually think it's a good idea," said local writer/artist JS Earls ("Pistolfist"). "It's all about communication and if you keep telling stories with the same actors and directors, it's more difficult to communicate with your audience effectively.
September 15, 2009 |
There's this misconception in the West that every Iranian is scum, that all men force women into marriages, then beat them, and that everybody is a fanatic. It's like arguing that Western society is typified by the Inquisition. - Marjane Satrapi Next year, Philadelphians will have the chance to think, discuss, and argue all things Iranian, thanks to Iranian-French author Marjane Satrapi's graphic novel, The Complete Persepolis, which will be announced today as the selection for the 2010 One Book, One Philadelphia.
September 8, 2009 |
Incredible as it may seem, a dozen Labor Days have gone by since Princess Diana's tragic death in a car crash during that holiday weekend in 1997. At the time, Comics Guy felt the media attention was overplayed. Diana was famous for being famous, part of a royal family with no real power, and she was lauded for visiting AIDS patients as if she was Mother Teresa. In fact, Mother Teresa herself died a few days later and her passing received only a fraction of the coverage Diana's death received.
September 1, 2009 |
Iron Man and Spider-Man are joining the family of Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, and Cinderella in a $4 billion deal announced yesterday in which Walt Disney Co. will buy Marvel Entertainment Inc. Under the deal, which is expected to close by the end of the year, Disney will acquire the rights to 5,000 Marvel characters. Many of them, including the Fantastic Four and the X-Men, were cocreated by the comic book legend Stan Lee. Disney chief executive officer Robert Iger said Marvel's comic books, TV shows, movies, and video games amounted to "a treasure trove of content.
June 29, 2009 |
Although most of the public thinks of comic books as "kids' stuff," there are few titles being published for small children. Indeed, the average superhero comic is either too violent, sophisticated or boring for those 10 and younger. There are far more "Mature Readers" titles like "The Boys: Herogasm" (see below) than books like "Scooby Doo. " The convenient excuse is that with so many other entertainment options available to them, kids have left comics. In reality, comics have left kids - young boys and girls will happily read comics that are aimed at them and that engage them.