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May 15, 2009 | By Kta S. Sullivan INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Comic-book artists and writers hope their super creative powers will attract families to the East Coast Black Age of Comics Convention here this weekend. Focused on literacy, the convention will bring award-winning comic-book creators to the Free Library tonight and to the Crowne Plaza Hotel all day Saturday. The convention was conceived by a small group of visual storytellers, artists, and their fans, who began meeting 20 years ago in relative secret in Philadelphia. They had recognized one another's talents from a distance by admiring comic books.
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December 26, 2008 | By Steven Rea INQUIRER MOVIE CRITIC
Hard-boiled and half-baked, The Spirit mashes vintage comic strips with new-fangled CGI, sucking the very life out of a mid-century pop icon in the process. Frank Miller, who began his career as an artist for Marvel (Daredevil was one of his early assignments), now seems bent on transposing the multi-panel, word-balloon format of comic books to live-action film in the most soul-crushing ways. Having collaborated with Robert Rodriguez on the green-screened, pinup pulp of Sin City, Miller takes his solo directing shot with The Spirit.
NEWS
December 25, 2008 | By Steven Rea INQUIRER MOVIE CRITIC
Hard-boiled and half-baked, The Spirit mashes vintage comic strips with new-fangled CGI, sucking the very life out of a mid-century pop icon in the process. Frank Miller, who began his career as an artist for Marvel (Daredevil was one of his early assignments), now seems bent on transposing the multi-panel, word-balloon format of comic books to live-action film in the most soul-crushing ways. Having collaborated with Robert Rodriguez on the green-screened, pinup pulp of Sin City, Miller takes his solo directing shot with The Spirit.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 5, 2008 | By David Hiltbrand, Inquirer Staff Writer
Punisher: War Zone wastes no time in getting down to its nasty business. The opening credits have barely stopped rolling when our title character, a vicious vigilante, bursts into a mansion straight out of a bad Godfather fantasy and wastes every gangster and button man in this casa nostra . They're human garbage and the Punisher (Ray Stevenson, Titus in HBO's Rome ) is here to take out the trash. Oops, sorry. This film gets you thinking in hardboiled cliches.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 27, 2008 | By JEROME MAIDA For the Daily News
Just in time for Halloween, Zenescope has launched perhaps its most chilling comic yet. "The Chronicles of Dr. Herbert West" is a six-issue miniseries that adapts the classic H.P. Lovecraft story "Herbert West: Reanimator. " It complements the Fort Washington-based publisher's other dark titles. Zenescope president Joe Brusha was such a fan of the source material that he decided to co-write the title with Ralph Tedesco, Zenescope VP and editor-in-chief. The results are impressive.
NEWS
October 16, 2008 | By GARY THOMPSON, thompsg@phillynews.com
Basing movies on video games is like basing the world economy on adjustable rate mortgages. Yeah, there's a quick payoff, and the smart guys probably get their money out the first week, but in the long run, isn't the whole process bound to be exposed as a fraud? "Super Mario Brothers?" "Doom?" "Resident Evil" has yielded an entire trilogy, each entry worse than the last. When will folks realize they've been had? Not until next week, hope the makers of "Max Payne," another laughably bad movie based on a popular video-game title.
NEWS
July 16, 2008 | By GARY THOMPSON, thompsg@phillynews.com
"The Dark Knight" stands poised to dominate the box office this weekend, for reasons that it's hard to feel completely good about. The movie has its built-in comic-book audience, of course, but also a joker in the hole: a TMZ culture fixated on train-wreck celebrity, anticipating Heath Ledger's Joker as some kind of suicide note. Will we see evidence of the bleary, reckless spiral that claimed his life? Is he Hollywood's Van Gogh, a mad genius appreciated now in death?
ENTERTAINMENT
June 13, 2008 | By JEROME MAIDA For the Daily News
With the Hulk poised to smash the competition at cineplexes this weekend, it would seem the ideal time for him to do the same in the industry that gave him birth. However, while Marvel's comics division undoubtedly would like to capitalize on the film's release, there really has not been one Hulk ongoing title - except the character's "Marvel Adventures," which is aimed at very young kids - that have had the Hulk everyone knows as the star. His longtime ongoing "Incredible Hulk" series has been taken over by Hercules and his new "Hulk" series has starred a red Hulk and focused on a murder mystery; it is totally unlike what people will see onscreen.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 24, 2007 | By JEROME MAIDA For the Daily News
What happens when the ultimate killing machine faces off against someone virtually impossible to kill? That question isn't merely philosophical, it's a storyline being played out on printed comics pages as one of the baddest girls on the block, Painkiller Jane, faces off against the meanest machine of them all, the Terminator, in a 4-part crossover that starts in the just-released "Painkiller Jane" No. 4. The crossover will then continue in...
NEWS
October 21, 2007 | By Kristin E. Holmes INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The comic-book character created by Al Wiesner has the superhero M.O. He can fly, wears a leotard over bulging muscles, and can save the world on his lunch break. But when the plot requires a feat of derring-do, this superhero emerges from his secret identity at the sound of a distinctive call to action: "Oi-Vay. " Within seconds, it's Shaloman to the rescue. Wiesner, of Warminster, is the artist behind what he calls a pioneering "Kosher Crusader. " Shaloman wears a yarmulke, and the insignia on his chest is a Hebrew letter.
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