17 items from 2012
In last Monday’s New York Times Media Watch columns, they ran a list of the ten films released this year that had the highest box office ion their opening weekends. What’s amazing to me is that the top five (Marvel’s The Avengers, The Dark Knight Rises, Hunger Games, Amazing Spider-Man and Twilight: Breaking Dawn: Part 2) can all be classified in the fantasy genre, or, as I like to call it, nerd stuff.
Of the next five (Skyfall, Brave, Ted, Madagascar 3 and Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax), three are aimed primarily at children, and one is a James Bond film, which has its own separate but overlapping geek audience. Only Ted could be considered a movie aimed at what was once the wide, mainstream audience, and even then, because it is an R-rated comedy, that limits the wideness.
When did our beloved nerd culture become so dominant? »
- Martha Thomases
Yes, there are comic books and novels at Nycc – key word being comic. I got to interview several people at the convention, including people from Random House Audio, Pantheon Books and Ossm Comics.
First up, Rachel Tripp from Random House Audio was there talking about their audio books.
I’m Rachel Tripp and I’m here with Random House Audio. Promoting different audio books, like how we have a lot of different adult and children audio books- and today we’re featuring Star Wars. We’re doing a bunch of other audio books which are pretty cool. We’re featuring a narration project where people can be a narrator can come and record one of 4 clips from Heir to the Empire, which is a Star Wars extended universe. So people can come and they can do their cool Star Wars character voices and we’ll send recordings back after the »
- Catherina Gioino
Banned Books Week is celebrating its 30th anniversary. The annual event focuses on publications that have received censorship challenges over the years. As one of the supporting organisations, the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund (Cbldf) has published a list of 19 graphic novels that have been the subject of attempted bans. The list includes the acclaimed graphic novels Bone by Jeff Smith, Art Spiegelman's Pulitzer Prize-winning Maus, Fun Home by Alison Bechdel and perennial comics classics (more) »
- By Hugh Armitage
(In honor of Banned Books Week (September 30-October 6, 2012) we are reprinting this list from the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, and will be reprinting lots of stuff from them over the coming week to highlight their efforts. Donate now! —Cm)
Banned Books Week is upon us, and it’s telling that the event is more relevant than ever in its 30th year. Given their visual nature and the rampantly held misconception that comic books are for children, comics are among the most challenged and banned books in libraries and schools. Let’s take a look at some frequently challenged and banned comics…
• Location of key challenge: A middle-school library in Millard, Nebraska
• Reason challenged: Sexual overtones
The parent of a 6-year-old who checked out the book filed a complaint and took the story to the media »
- Betsy Gomez
So it came to my attention by way of an amazingly nice lass that some forward thinking teacher-types are slowly coming around the bend. Yup, they are looking toward comic books, those evil things, as potential fodder for their classrooms. Gasp! And, as it would seem, this very nice girl asked me – little old me – to give my two cents on the matter. And because I love killing two birds with one stone, I figured this outta make a great li’l rant to share with you, my adoring public. Of course, I realize now I admitted to the glee I feel when I commit aviaricide. Well, there went my fan-base. Tally ho!
I know back in the olden days, comics were largely seen as kitchy wastes of ink and paper. Kids buried in them were potentially violent sociopaths just waiting to commit crimes of laziness. But by the time »
- Marc Alan Fishman
Well, Saturday’s schedule for this year’s San Diego Comic Con is now live. So far, we’ve been reporting horror specific events and panels scheduled for the convention. Saturday’s schedule is interesting, though. While they have enough fright themed panels slated for the day, we noticed that Saturday would be better presented as a mixed bag. With everything from Django Unchained and True Blood, to the much anticipated Silent Hill movie sequel and a nerdsplosive panel featuring Roger Corman And William Shatner, Saturday looks like it’ll hold up it’s end of the bargain as being an all out blast!
Seriously, there’s so much to highlight! I’m just going to shut up and command you to check out the list we compiled below.
10:00-11:00 Comic-Con How-To: Anatomy of a Fight Scene, Part One— Stories are about conflict, and there is no purer »
- Aaron Pruner
Another day, another schedule for the 2012 San Diego Comic-Con. Next up is Day 3 - Saturday, July 14th - which is just about as chock-full of events for the horror crowd as Friday the 13th!
As always, our focus is the horror panels, but included are a few others that we think will be of interest as well. Remember that times and participants are subject to change so keep your eyes on the official Sdcc site for updates. And hopefully they'll provide a fix soon for the Sdcc smartphone app - in years past it's been extremely helpful.
10:00-11:00 Comic-Con How-To: Anatomy of a Fight Scene, Part One— Stories are about conflict, and there is no purer form of conflict than a good ol' fisticuffs-style brawl-or sword fight, laser battle, western shootout, or even two chicks pulling each other's hair. How do you put that much action down on »
- The Woman In Black
I am of the opinion that “bad taste” is a good thing. It’s the most ridiculously subjective concept imaginable: what offends me (admittedly, very little) might be absolutely awesome to you, and we each have a right to our opinions.
I was fortunate enough to be the editor and, along with ComicMix co-conspirator John Ostrander, co-conceiver of a DC Comics series called Wasteland. It was the black hole of humor, a monthly love-letter to bad taste. The stories usually had a point with enough wiggle-room in each concept to cause the reader night sweats. John wrote the series, often in tandem with improv legend Del Close, and we had a rotating gaggle of extraordinarily gifted artists as our visual collaborators. We’d have four going at any one time: three doing interior stories and one doing the cover. The one who did the cover in month one would do »
- Mike Gold
A two-evening cycle in Los Angeles, Seeing and Awakening: New Films by Nathaniel Dorsky at Redcat on Monday — Pastourelle (2010), The Return (2011) and the world premiere of August and After — and A Quartet of Recent Films by Nathaniel Dorsky at the UCLA Film & Television Archive's Billy Wilder Theater on Friday — Sarabande (2009), Compline (2009), Aubade (2009) and Winter (2008) — is the occasion for an appreciation by Manohla Dargis in the New York Times:
Because the films are silent and don't come with explanatory on-screen text, you can luxuriate in the visual complexity of the images. You may, amid all this loveliness, worry about what it all means. Although Mr Dorsky gestures in certain interpretive directions, notably with his titles — "Compline" is the name of the final prayer of the day in the Roman Catholic Church — he never forces you down this or that path. Then again, what can the image of eye-poppingly purple flowers mean? »
Pretty much the comic book Oscars, the 2012 nominations for the Eisner awards have been announced. There is quite are large showing from Marvel in the superhero department, not so much from DC. Surprising, considering the company’s high profile New 52 relaunch. Save for Jeff Lemire’s nomination for Best Writer, most of DC’s nomination are pre-relaunch, or from their Vertigo imprint which has been left untouched by the New 52. The nominations are usually as controversial as the Oscars, with books and whole companies being left out, much to fans, sometimes, anger and confusion.
A full list of the nominations are below, courtesy of Bleeding Cool, and the award will take place at this years San Diego Comic Con.
Best Short Story “A Brief History of the Art Form Known as Hortisculpture,” by Adrian Tomine, in Optic Nerve #12 (Drawn & Quarterly) “Harvest of Fear,” by Jim Woodring, in The Simpsons’ Treehouse of Horror #17 (Bongo) “The Phototaker, »
- Tom White
Want to know Michael Eisner's new plan for a box office hit? The former CEO of Disney plans to make a movie based on disgusting collectible cards that were popular 25 years ago. How can his plan go wrong?
According to Deadline, Eisner's Tornante Company is developing a feature-length movie based on the Garbage Pail Kids trading cards. Created by Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist Art Spiegelman, the Topps trading cards featured images of Cabbage Patch Kid faces on otherwise horribly disfigured children. The cards were extremely popular with kids in the mid-1980s, and a creepy feature, The Garbage Pail Kids Movie, was made in 1987; it made a whopping $1.5 Million in Us theaters. Apparently, the time seems ripe for a Garbage Pail Kids reboot, with collections of cards currently selling for literally dozens of dollars on eBay.
It seems that Eisner, who owns Topps, is hoping the movie will create a new generation of Gpk lovers. »
- Mandy McAdoo
Seeing as 1987’s The Garbage Pail Kids Movie is widely considered one of the weirdest and worst movie adaptations of all time, you might think that ever getting another live action film about gross little doll-like kids who mutilate themselves would be too much of a long shot to actually happen. But, in thinking this, you would be giving Hollywood too much credit. The Garbage Pail Kids are something that people vaguely remember from the 80s, and Transformers proved that something people vaguely remember from the 80s could theoretically translate to box office dollars, so we’re all going to get another chance to spend time with beloved characters like Greaser Greg and Valerie Vomit. Those whose history doesn’t go as far back as the 80s might be wondering what the heck The Garbage Pail Kids are. Well, they were a series of trading cards launched back in 1985 that parodied the Cabbage Patch Kids phenomenon of »
- Nathan Adams
Michael Eisner, the former CEO of The Walt Disney Company, is financing and producing the development of a feature film based on "Garbage Pail Kids," the trading card line published by Topps. Eisner bought the card company in 2007. The new movie will be directed by Pes, an award-winning creator of many popular shorts. His latest is "Fresh Guacamole," which you can watch below. "Garbage Pale Kids" will be written by Michael Vukadinovich, whose "The Three Misfortunes of Geppetto" made the Black List, which is a list of the best unproduced scripts. Hatched in 1985 by Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist Art Spiegelman, the "Garbage Pail Kids" launched as an irreverent parody of the "Cabbage Patch Kids." The cards became wildly popular, mostly for being banned by many schools. There was also a feature film done in 1987. It grossed only $1.5 million and has a 0% fresh rating on RottenTomatoes. "Fresh Guacamole" by Pes: »
The only comfort I take from the news that former Disney chief Michael Eisner’s production company is planning a new big screen version of the popular gross-out Eighties trading cards The Garbage Pail Kids is that it cannot possibly be worse than 1987's live-action abomination.
We all know that one of the current memes in Hollywood is “if it was popular in the 80’s, we have to revive it for the big screen”, but a movie based on a line of trading cards that haven’t been popular for a quarter of a century that already spawned one of the worst movies in the history of cinema?
Deadline Hollywood stunned the world today breaking the exclusive news that Michael Eisner’s The Tornante Company will finance and develop a new feature film based on the controversial 1985 Garbage Pail Kids trading cards that were brought to life by Pulitzer Prize-winning »
Topps’ Garbage Pail Kids—the Art Spiegelman-created trading card series that gave an entire generation of children nicknames they then funneled into still-simmering, scattershot rage—will get another chance at a movie adaptation, because you have heard of it. Deadline reports that Michael Eisner’s Tornante Company will produce a film to be written by Michael Vukadinovich (of the recently acquired Three Misfortunes Of Geppetto) and directed by the enigmatically named Pes, whose short films like Western Spaghetti, Game Over, and Fresh Guacamole have all become web hits. While that’s certainly some unique talent to put behind a film »
Just when you thought that Hollywood's obsession with '80s nostalgia couldn't get any worse, well... someone goes and decides to make a new movie based on the the Garbage Pail Kids. As you may know, Garbage Pail Kids were a series of collectible trading cards produced in the '80s that parodied the wildly popular Cabbage Patch Kids dolls. They were the brainchild of Art Spiegelman and had pun-oriented names like Up Chuck, Fartin' Martin and Potty Scotty, accompanied by grotesque and sometimes controversial imagery. They were so popular that they eventually spawned a feature film, The Garbage Pail Kids Movie, which is still hailed to this day as one of the worst movies ever made. Now Michael Eisner's The Tornante Company is setting up a brand new Garbage Pail Kids movie. It seems unlikely that it will be a direct remake, but it is possible that it »
Exclusive: Michael Eisner’s The Tornante Company will finance and produce the development of a feature film based on Garbage Pail Kids, the trading card line published by Topps. Eisner bought the card company in 2007 and this is his first feature spinoff project. Toby Ascher is producing. Pes (that is what he goes by) will direct the film, which will be scripted by Michael Vukadinovich, who most recently set his Black List script The Three Misfortunes Of Geppetto at Fox and Shawn Levy’s 21 Laps. Pes, an award winning creator of shorts, developed the story with Vukadinovich. His latest film is Fresh Guacamole, and his other shorts include Roof Sex and Western Spaghetti. All of them have been wildly popular viral videos. Hatched in 1985, the Garbage Pail Kids launched as an irreverent parody of the Cabbage Patch Kids (Topps eventually settled a lawsuit brought by Cabbage Patch-maker Coleco). Hatched by Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist Art Spiegelman, »
- MIKE FLEMING
17 items from 2012
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