March 9, 2011 |
Critics of "Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark" complain that it's an expensive, self-serious production with little heart. So, what would happen if a show about superheroes tried to do the exact opposite? Save the Day Productions is on it. In the monthly production "Superheroes who are Super!" a group of actors brings the comic books from page to stage, verbatim. On Saturday, the company will take to two venues - the Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts (as part of MERGE, an evening of short works by local professionals and students)
October 11, 2010 |
Dynamite is starting to make magnificence monotonous. The company has again taken an aged, beloved property which hasn't been seen in any medium for awhile, kept the essential elements that made it stand the test of time while expanding the story to include elements that will make it more contemporary and compelling. Shake, stir and voila! There's another . . . ahem . . . Dynamite book on the shelves, in this case "Warlord of Mars," the first issue of which just hit comic shops at the extremely affordable price of one dollar - the best value of the month.
October 1, 2010 |
This week's top DVD releases offer comic-book backgrounds. Astonishing X-Men Marvel Motion Comic, Grade A-minus: This DVD release exists somewhere between live-action film and animation. The original words and drawings from the comic book on which it is based have been used to create this hybrid style. Three talented people came together to make the unique and entertaining film, which features Wolverine, Beast, and the rest of the mighty mutant cast. Gifted - originally written as a comic book - comes from Buffy the Vampire Slayer master Joss Whedon.
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.