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Reading the Screen: Cowboys & Aliens (Book to Screen)
By October 27, 2011 0 Comments Read More →

Reading the Screen: Cowboys & Aliens (Book to Screen)

Before there was Cowboys & Aliens the movie — a splendid movie, why didn’t more of you go and see it? — there was Cowboys & Aliens the graphic novel, published in 2006 by Platinum Studios and created by Scott Mitchell Rosenberg. With words by Andrew Foley and Fred Van Lente, and terrific artwork by Dennis […]

2011 Eisner Award Winners Announced at Comic-Con

2011 Eisner Award Winners Announced at Comic-Con

The best of the best in comics, er…graphic novels for you literary types, were announced at San Diego Comic-Con over the weekend. Here’s a sampling of the winners circle: Best Continuing Series Chew, by John Layman and Rob Guillory Best Limited Series Daytripper, by Fabio Moon and Gabriel Ba Best Publication for Kids Tiny Titans, […]

Reading the Screen: The Walking Dead
By February 4, 2011 2 Comments Read More →

Reading the Screen: The Walking Dead

I finally had a chance to catch the first season of The Walking Dead on AMC. Engineered by three-time Academy Award nominee Frank Darabont, the series is based on the comic book series created by Robert Kirkman and Tony Moore. The Walking Dead, if you’re not familiar with it, follows Kentucky deputy sheriff Rick Grimes […]

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Reading the Screen: American Psycho: the Musical?
By December 14, 2010 0 Comments Read More →

Reading the Screen: American Psycho: the Musical?

This isn’t strictly movie-related, but it does relate to a previous post about Bret Easton Ellis’s American Psycho, and it’s just too delightfully weird not to mention it here. According to this article at shocktillyoudrop.com, there is going to be a stage musical based on the novel.  As a fan of the book, and its […]

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Weeklings: Literary Elephantiasis, Stefhaufmannchen, Forbidden Books, Bad Sex, and Tintin as You've Never Seen Him Before
By November 24, 2010 0 Comments Read More →

Weeklings: Literary Elephantiasis, Stefhaufmannchen, Forbidden Books, Bad Sex, and Tintin as You've Never Seen Him Before

A quick roundup of the last week and a half before I don my camouflage coverall, smear my face with dirt, and go hunting for wild turkeys with my bare hands. Just kidding–who am I, Ted Nugent? Good old cranky Robert McCrum–why, he even scowls in his headshot! Last week, took books to task for ballooning […]

Don't Be Messin' with My Hardy Boys
By November 23, 2010 8 Comments Read More →

Don't Be Messin' with My Hardy Boys

I really don’t have anything against mash-ups. I loved Classic Comics as a kid, and only a few years ago I saw a version of King Lear at Chicago’s Goodman Theatre that was set in an unnamed Balkan country. Lear, played by Stacey Keach, was portrayed as a Slobodan Milosevic-like dictator ready to retire and […]

Weeklings: Apocalypse Amazon, Luxury Books, and Grawlixes

Weeklings: Apocalypse Amazon, Luxury Books, and Grawlixes

In “Before the Flood,” Margaret Atwood describes what made her go back to the dysopian future in “The Year of the Flood” (by Guy Dixon, The Globe and Mail): One of the things people are working on now, and were working on in 2001 when I was actually halfway through Oryx and Crake, is the […]

Harvey Pekar, R.I.P.

Harvey Pekar, R.I.P.

Harvey Pekar, one of the founding fathers of underground comics, died this morning in his Cleveland home at the age of 70. His ongoing autobiography, American Splendor, is among the finest examples of what I internally refer to as neurotic comics curmudgeonliness, but more than that proved that the map of what comics can tackle, […]

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Graphic Novel Webinar

Graphic Novel Webinar

Last Thursday we did a pretty neat webinar–Let’s Get Graphic: Kids’ Comics in Classrooms and Libraries–sponsored by TOON Books, Rosen Publishing, Scholastic Graphix, and First Second. In fact, we were having such a lovely time spreading the good word that we ran over the planned hour, and didn’t have a chance to get to some […]

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Reading the Screen: Lehane on the Big Screen (Again)
By April 24, 2010 0 Comments Read More →

Reading the Screen: Lehane on the Big Screen (Again)

So Sam Raimi is making a movie out of Dennis Lehane’s 2008 novel The Given Day. You know Raimi from the Spider-Man movies, the Evil Dead movies, and Darkman, but wait: you think of those as horror or fantasy movies, but all of them feature well-drawn characters and stories that revolve around the characters. Raimi also […]