11 items from 2013
Villordsutch chats with comic book writer and editor Rob Anderson...
Rob Anderson is a comic book writer and editor. He is the writer of Big Dog Ink's Rex, Zombie Killer and Idw's My Little Pony: Spike Micro. His most recent editing gig was on Strange Nation, published digitally by Monkeybrain Comics. In his day job, he's also General Manager of Andy Schmidt's Comics Experience.
Whilst Rob was working with a current deadline looming I thought it would be a good time to ask him a few questions on his life around bring a comic book writer...
Villordsutch: Who would you say was a main inspiration for you, someone that helped you come to the decision that comic book writing was your path to follow?
Rob Anderson: I grew up reading comics -- really I learned to read from them, so all those early comics I read made me want to make comics. »
- Gary Collinson
Article by Tom Stockman
Though he may have been but an animated model given life through primitive special effects, King Kong, with his doomed loved for the beautiful blonde, has become one of the most beloved of all movie characters, revived in remakes, sequels and knock-offs. But Kong wasn’t the only massive simian to grace the silver screen. Here’s a look at the ten best giant ape movies.
Honorable Mention: A*P*E
The ad campaign for the 1976 Korean film A*P*E warned “Not to be confused with King Kong”. A captive giant ape, after escapes from a freighter and sets his destructive sights on Seoul, Korea where he falls for an American actress (Joanna Kerns ) filming a movie there. A*P*E was originally filmed in 3-D so there are countless shots of a man in a moth-eaten ape suit throwing Styrofoam boulders at the camera. »
- Tom Stockman
Lana Turner movies: Scandal and more scandal Lana Turner is Turner Classic Movies’ "Summer Under the Stars" star today, Saturday, August 10, 2013. I’m a little — or rather, a lot — late in the game posting this article, but there are still three Lana Turner movies left. You can see Turner get herself embroiled in scandal right now, in Douglas Sirk’s Imitation of Life (1959), both the director and the star’s biggest box-office hit. More scandal follows in Mark Robson’s Peyton Place (1957), the movie that earned Lana Turner her one and only Academy Award nomination. And wrapping things up is George Sidney’s lively The Three Musketeers (1948), with Turner as the ruthless, heartless, remorseless — but quite elegant — Lady de Winter. Based on Fannie Hurst’s novel and a remake of John M. Stahl’s 1934 melodrama about mother love, class disparities, racism, and good cooking, Imitation of Life was shown on »
- Andre Soares
The final ballot for the 2013 Harvey Awards is now available. Named in honor of the late Harvey Kurtzman, one of the industry’s most innovative talents, the Harvey Awards recognize outstanding work in comics and sequential art. The 26th Annual Harvey Awards will be presented Saturday, September 7th, 2013 as part of the Baltimore Comic-Con.
If you are a comics professional, you can vote online at harveyawards.org/2013-final-ballot/. This will enable easier and faster methods for the professional community to submit their nominees. Ballots are due by Monday, August 19, 2013.
And the nominees are…
Chris Eliopoulos, Cow Boy: A Boy And His Horse, Archaia
Jack Morelli, Archie, Archie Comics
Chris Ware, Building Stories, Pantheon
Laura Allred, Ff , Marvel Comics
Tito Pena, Archie, Archie Comics
Ed Ryzowski, Gutters, http://www.the-gutters.com/
Fiona Staples, »
- Glenn Hauman
Two weeks from now Sdcc 2013 will be winding down, so are there enough horror offerings to entice attendees back to the show for Day 4 (July 21)? With "Supernatural" kicking things off bright and early, we say, "Yes!"
Also on the schedule for Sunday (traditionally the family-themed day of the event) are "Under the Dome," an update on the adaptation of George R.R. Martin's werewolf/Pi/serial killer mashup novella The Skin Trade, a chance to build your own monster, surviving in a post-apocalyptic world, a Neil Gaiman Spotlight panel, a look at what's coming from Diamond Select Toys, a how-to on creating suspenseful, exciting, anxiety-inducing stories, and per usual, a screening of "Buffy the Musical: Once More with Feeling" to close things out.
Since the horror offerings are so light, we've expanded our Day 4 highlights list to cover such topics as the future of sci-fi novels, the 50th anniversary of "Doctor Who, »
- The Woman In Black
Early birds get a special look at The World's End; artist Gris Grimly and others discuss the latest trends in Ya graphic novels; Syfy brings "Defiance" and "Helix"; and along with the aforementioned RoboCop, Sony's showing off The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones. Special screenings are taking place for "The Paranormal and Extraterrestrial Squad," "The 100," and "Almost Human"; Warner Archive and Scream Factory will be talking up their awesome B-movie releases and incredible Blu-ray/DVD collector's editions, respectively; TV Guide holds its popular "Fan Favorites" panel, and one nice surprise on the schedule is a sneak peek of a film we've been talking about for a while now - David Hayter's Wolves.
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- The Woman In Black
Article by Jim Batts, Dana Jung, Sam Moffitt, and Tom Stockman
Special effects legend Ray Harryhausen, whose dazzling and innovative visual effects work on fantasy adventure films such as Jason And The Argonauts and The 7th Voyage Of Sinbad passed away last month at age 92. In 1933, the then-13-year-old Ray Harryhausen saw King Kong at a Hollywood theater and was inspired – not only by Kong, who was clearly not just a man in a gorilla suit, but also by the dinosaurs. He came out of the theatre “stunned and haunted. They looked absolutely lifelike … I wanted to know how it was done.” It was done by using stop-motion animation: jointed models filmed one frame at a time to simulate movement. Harryhausen was to become the prime exponent of the technique and its combination with live action. The influence of Harryhausen on film luminaries like Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, Peter Jackson, »
- Tom Stockman
If you are a fan of comics, sci-fi movies, or sci-fi TV – in other words, if you are a SciFiMafia.com reader – you need to be listening to the weekly live radio broadcast of Where Monsters Dwell. Hosted by Remington J. Osborne and Monster Mike, Where Monsters Dwell is a weekly live dose of pop culture talk radio.
Spanning such topics as comics, movies, TV and games, Where Monsters Dwell also features live creator interviews every week along with their own perspective on pop culture news and happenings. You can tune in live around the world on Wednesdays at 8:30/7:30c at WhereMonstersDwell.ca, where you can also download previous broadcasts. Do that.
They’ve been on the air for almost 5 years and in that time have aired nearly 250 episodes and interviewed comic creators both new and established, including Mark Waid, Tony Moore, Darick Robertson, Todd McFarlane, Jamal Igle, »
- Erin Willard
Elia Kazan is one of my top five favourite American filmmakers of all time, and so I decided to ask our staff to rank his films. If you are not yet familiar with the filmmakers work, now would be a good time to start. Kazan was one of the most honoured and influential directors in Broadway and Hollywood history and introduced a new generation of unknown young actors to the world, including Marlon Brando, James Dean, Warren Beatty, Carroll Baker, Julie Harris, Andy Griffith, Lee Remick, Rip Torn, Eli Wallach, Eva Marie Saint, Martin Balsam, Fred Gwynne, and Pat Hingle. Noted for drawing out the best dramatic performances from his cast, he directed 21 actors to Oscar nominations, resulting in nine wins. The source for his inspired directing was the revolutionary acting technique known as the Method, and Kazan quickly rose to prominence as the preeminent proponent of the technique. During his career, »
Ray Harryhausen dies at 92: Jason and the Argonauts, One Million Years B.C. special-effects ‘titan’ Long before the computer-generated imagery of Jurassic Park, Avatar, The Avengers, and Iron Man 3, there were special-effects wizard Ray Harryhausen’s painstakingly created stop-motion models, which graced dozens of movies from the late ’40s to the early ’80s. Earlier today, Ray Harryhausen died at age 92 in London, where he had been living since the early ’60s. Among his movie credits are Jason and the Argonauts, One Million Years BC, and the original Clash of the Titans. Born in Los Angeles on June 29, 1920, Harryhausen became interested in cinema’s visual effects after watching Merian C. Cooper and Ernest B. Schoedsack’s 1933 blockbuster King Kong, featuring stop-motion effects by Willis H. O’Brien. "I came out of the theater awestruck," Harryhausen would reminisce to the Chicago Tribune in 1999. "It was such a totally different, unusual film. »
- Andre Soares
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Good morning, Brewbies!
Good news: Comic Book Resources ran an interview with Batwoman writer/artist J.H. Williams yesterday, in which he said that our favorite lesbian superhero has a long future ahead of her, one that will include her girlfriend, Detective Maggie Sawyer:
Haden and I are super excited over this new direction for Kate and Maggie. We love that Kate did the proposal and revealed herself to be Batwoman all at once. It's like she is saying to Maggie, "You want to know what I've been doing, who I am, this is who I am, will you still love me?" We're planning this to be a prolonged story. The couple has a lot of issues to work out between them, and they both have baggage from other relationships that they bring to the table. It's not going to be easy. This is the »
11 items from 2013
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