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Archie Comics has been pretty much insane lately. They introduced Kevin Keller, the first gay dude to get married in mainstream comics. They did an Archie Meets Kiss miniseries, in which Kiss cures Riverdale from being obsessed with boring vampires. Archie sort of had a baby with Valerie from Josie and the Pussycats. They have this whole ongoing comic called Life With Archie that has parallel storylines, and in each one Miss Grundy dies. Things are nuts. That’s when Eisner Award-winning artist Francesco Francavilla did his one-off variant cover for Life With Archie #23. Francavilla did some really nifty retro alternate covers for Archie Meets Kiss, and this one was even more kick-ass. He titled it AFTERlife with Archie, and boy was it full of zombies. Bad girl Veronica crawling out of the grave, ponytailed Betty shambling about, and Jughead reaching his arms out toward a living Archie, his crown tilted on his dead skull. »
- Kevin Quigley
Fox has one of its better slates coming your way with the new season, especially if you take the midseason shows into account. Some of these shows may not jump out at you now as must-see, but some of them are going to take over, if I’m any judge anyway.
Clear showcase offerings Dads, Almost Human, and Us & Them are guaranteed to take off early. Almost Human has J.J. Abrams recognition to pull people in, though it looks to be a show that could flounder after a few episodes, even if I hope it doesn’t. The other two are going to become hits. Unfortunately, we have to wait until mid-season for the Gavin & Stacey remake.
Rake also looks like a winner, as long as the translation can be made to work as an Americanized product, and the show actually delivers what made the Australian original so brilliant.
- Marc Eastman
More than a decade before Freddy Krueger and his knife-hands existed, another sadistic and maniacal monster roamed the cinematic screens in Brazil. Jose Mojica Marins is the writer, director, and actor most commonly known in horror circles as Coffin Joe. Coffin Joe’s legacy all started with At Midnight I’ll Take Your Soul in 1964, the first film in a trilogy of terror-filled tales all starring the man himself. He often addresses the viewer directly in his films, bringing us into the screen and completely immersing us in the horrors of his world. What is truly remarkable about Coffin Joe’s films is threefold: he started making horror and exploitation very early on; he made extremely controversial films in a deeply religious (Catholic) country; and his mode of filmmaking was 100% Diy. Not only did Coffin Joe direct, write, and star in all of his films, but he also handled most »
- Lianne Spiderbaby
3 items from 2013
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