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Mike Gold: Snappy Skippy Williamson

Skip Williamson (L), Jay Lynch

In this space two weeks ago, I wrote about the death of cartoonist and comix legend Jay Lynch. I noted his half-century friendship with Skip Williamson; despite their physical distance, I don’t think two people could have been closer.

As fate would have it, Skip died eleven days after Jay. Each was 72 years old. For long-time friends of the pair, for long-time fans of the pair – and I count myself among both groups – the timing was crippling. Skip long had heart problems so even though it was shocking, it wasn’t totally unexpected. However, there’s a kind of appropriateness about that timing that makes complete sense.

I won’t repeat their mutual history other than to mention the first comic book they pioneered was Bijou Funnies. Both had contributed to Harvey Kurtzman’s Help! Magazine and, later, to Playboy. Skip’s most revered character was Snappy Sammy Smoot,
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Mike Gold: Jay Lynch – Um Tut Sut!

Every town must have a place / Where phony hippies meet / Psychedelic dungeons / Popping up on every street • Frank Zappa, “Who Needs The Peace Corps?”

The late Sixties really did live up to its reputation. In my home town of Chicago hippie central was the Lincoln Park neighborhood around the iconic Biograph Theater, where, 34 years earlier, the FBI allegedly shot John Dillinger to death. Today, hippies can’t even afford to drive down Lincoln Avenue.

The area sported many blues and folk bars, giving such local talent as Steve Goodman, John Prine, Hound Dog Taylor and Harvey Mandel a place to strut their stuff. It was Mecca to the storefront theater movement, creating world-renown companies such as the Steppenwolf and the Organic Theater a home for newcomer writers and actors like David Mamet, Joe Mantegna, Laurie Metcalf, John Malkovich, and John Ostrander. A mile down the street was The Second City,
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Sausage Party – Review

So… we’ve seen what our playthings do while we’re away in the Toy Story trilogy. And just a few weeks ago we saw what our animal companions do when we’re off to work and school in The Secret Life Of Pets. Well, what’s left? Ya’ ever wonder what happens at the grocery store once the lights are out and the doors are locked? No, seems that Seth Rogen and his pals have been curious about everything on the shelves and in the bins. And, no big surprise, their imaginations have come up with something more than a touch adult. With their help, animation will burst through the confines of “all ages” entertainment, which has happened several times in the last five decades. Feature adult animation’s first big hit was the 1972 Ralph Bakshi adaptation of R Crumb’s underground comic Fritz The Cat. A sequel quickly
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Comic Biography Alan Moore: An Extraordinary Gentleman Available Free for iPad

Press Release:

Sequential Releases Free Alan Moore Biography Comic to Celebrate His 60th Birthday

London, November 11th, 2013

Sequential, the digital graphic novel app, has today released a free biography comic of the legendary Alan Moore, to celebrate the writer’s 60th birthday this November 18th.

Alan Moore: An Extraordinary Gentleman is free to download and is available exclusively via Sequential for iPad. It has been created by comics writer and aficionado Gary Spencer Millidge, author of Alan Moore: Storyteller and the critically acclaimed comic book series Strangehaven.

The comic strip was originally created in 2003 for a tribute book compiled to celebrate Alan Moore’s 50th birthday, using images from Moore’s own comics to illustrate his journey, literally and metaphorically. A decade later, Gary Spencer Millidge has revised, updated and expanded the original comic, upgraded images, and re-sequenced panels, to produce a reasonably accurate, albeit highly condensed, slightly simplified,
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Newave! Underground Mini Comix of the 1980s

Newave! Underground Mini Comix of the 1980s

by Michael Dowers (Editor) Fantagraphics Books

Seems like the malaise of 1970s America inspired a lot of people to take matters into their own hands and create art outside of the mainstream. This was certainly true of the underground music scenes that were percolating on both coasts and in many cities in between. Tired of the passionless music, the flared out fashions and the earth tone colors, independent artists and musicians began creating their way out of a funk that had turned everything green shag and ugly brown.

The dissatisfaction of the times may have sparked a call to action, but the creative inspiration came from the 60s underground comics movement pioneered by artists like Robert Crumb and Gilbert Shelton. That inspiration met as well with the anti-pop ideas of the New Wave of music coming out of the UK. This happy new
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Neil Gaiman’S Lost Tales, Get It For Free And Donate to Charity

It’s always nice to get your hands on a collection of words written by the amazing Neil Gaiman. It is a complete bonus to get those words for free. But to get those words in the form of his early comic work from the 80′s, for free, And have money donated to the charity Malaria No More UK is straight up over the top. Neil Gaiman! For Free! And Donate to Charity! What do you have to lose?

Neil Gaiman’S Lost Tales: A Free Digital Graphic Novel To Fight Malaria

British author Neil Gaiman is a phenomenon, with an international fanbase, nearly two million Twitter followers and a string of best-selling books and graphic novels to his name. Today, Knockabout Comics, publishers of comics legends including Gilbert Shelton, Robert Crumb and Alan Moore, and Sequential, the digital graphic novel iPad app, announce the release of an exclusive – and
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Dave Borthwick obituary

My former colleague Dave Borthwick, who has died of pneumonia after a long illness, aged 65, was one of the world's leading animation directors. He pioneered a unique style mixing stop-frame models and pixilated live actors.

Dave was born in Bristol, and graduated in graphic design from the West of England College of Art (now the University of the West of England) in 1969. He went on to design and operate light shows and multimedia lighting which made extensive use of 2D animation techniques. Six years with the Crystal Theatre, a Bristol-based experimental theatre company, were followed by a postgraduate radio film and television course in 1977 at Bristol University, during which he made Recent Fiction, a live action film.

Dave worked as a cameraman in the film and TV industry in Britain and Denmark. He directed a music video for the Korgis in 1979 and short films for the BBC and Danish TV.
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Dave Borthwick obituary

My former colleague Dave Borthwick, who has died of pneumonia after a long illness, aged 65, was one of the world's leading animation directors. He pioneered a unique style mixing stop-frame models and pixilated live actors.

Dave was born in Bristol, and graduated in graphic design from the West of England College of Art (now the University of the West of England) in 1969. He went on to design and operate light shows and multimedia lighting which made extensive use of 2D animation techniques. Six years with the Crystal Theatre, a Bristol-based experimental theatre company, were followed by a postgraduate radio film and television course in 1977 at Bristol University, during which he made Recent Fiction, a live action film.

Dave worked as a cameraman in the film and TV industry in Britain and Denmark. He directed a music video for the Korgis in 1979 and short films for the BBC and Danish TV.
See full article at The Guardian - Film News »

Movie News Round-Up: “I, Frankenstein,” “Dredd,” & “House at the End of the Street”

Movie News Round-Up: “I, Frankenstein,” “Dredd,” & “House at the End of the Street”
Today we’ve got a ton of news, teasers, TV spots, posters, and more from a cavalcade of future releases. In this post, we focus on House At The End Of The Street, Dredd and I, Frankenstein.

House At The End Of The Street

Is there anything Jennifer Lawrence can’t do? She can act, she can shoot a bow, she can scream, and apparently she can sing in this new featurette for the horror movie that is coming out This Friday.

The Mark Tonderai film stars Lawrence, Elisabeth Shue, Gil Bellows, and Max Thieriot.

I, Frankenstein

Bad news for fans eagerly awaiting the film adaptation of Kevin Grevioux’s graphic novel I, Frankenstein. Stuart Beattie’s film has been delayed from February 22nd, 2013, to September 13th, 2013, putting it in direct competition with Little Mermaid 3D… so, two films with exactly the same audience. No word on exactly why it’s being delayed,
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Eisner Awards: The winners are...

The Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards — largely considered the “Comic Oscars” — were given out Friday night at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront Hotel. And the winners are…

Best Short Story

“The Seventh,” by Darwyn Cooke, in Richard Stark’s Parker: The Martini Edition (Idw)

Best Single Issue (or One-Shot)

Daredevil #7, by Mark Waid, Paolo Rivera, and Joe Rivera (Marvel)

Best Continuing Series

Daredevil, by Mark Waid, Marcos Martin, Paolo Rivera, and Joe Rivera (Marvel)

Best Limited Series

Criminal: The Last of the Innocent, by Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips (Marvel Icon)

Best Publication for Early Readers (up to age 7)

Dragon Puncher Island,
See full article at EW.com - PopWatch »

Martha Thomases and Seth and Ted and Flash

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Pop culture can be a funny thing. I don’t mean “Ha ha” funny, although that is also sometimes true. I mean funny as in a head-shaking “Ain’t that a bitch,” kind of way.

For example, yesterday I went to see Ted. I didn’t want to, but it was the Number One box office hit this weekend and my son, the genius, is doing a blog on the subject, and he was in town for the Del Close Marathon. It’s not a very good movie, in my opinion, but I’m not a huge fan of Seth McFarlane. He’s okay, and I will always support him because his work points out the blistering hypocrisy of our shared alma mater . And I like fart jokes more than the average little old Jewish lady.

Still, I found myself tearing up. Did the film have unexpected emotional depth? No.
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Comic-Con 2012 - Wednesday and Thursday Schedules!

Comic-Con 2012 is so close we can taste it! The epically badass geek convention is set to invade San Diego from July 11th to July 15th, and we can't wait to get over there and get crazy!

Comic-Con International has released the full schedules for Wednesday July 11th and Thursday July 12th, and there's a ton of stuff going on! It's going to kick off with a great first couple of days that will give you plenty of stuff to do! Wednesday looks like it's going to be an awesome day of pilot screens and Thursday has got stuff like Twilight... (fart) and Disney will be holding their big panel, along with a ton of other great stuff to check out!

I've gone through the schedule and put a *** next to all the event's we hope to be able to cover. If there's anything on the list you would like information on please let us know,
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Rudolph Dirks, Harry Lucey for Eisner Hall of Fame

Rudolph Dirks and Harry Lucey will be the 2012 inductees into the Will Eisner Awards Hall of Fame. The Eisner Award judges have selected pioneering newspaper cartoonist and The Katzenjammer Kids creator Dirks and artist and Archie co-creator Lucey for the honour. A further four inductees will be voted in out of a list of 14. Those nominees are Bill Blackbeard, Howard Chaykin, Richard Corben, Carlos Ezquerra, Lee Falk, Bob Fujitani, Jesse Marsh, Tarpé Mills, Mort Meskin, Dennis O'Neil, Dan O'Neill, Katsuhiro Otomo, Trina Robbins and Gilbert Shelton. Dirks created The Katzenjammer Kids (more)
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A Journey Through The Eclipse Series: William Klein’s Mr. Freedom

F-r-double-e-d, D-o-m spells Freedom! We fight for freedom, for one and for all!

It’s you-and-me-dom, and ten foot tall! Freedom, freedom, and oh-can-you-see-dom!

We’ll always beat ‘em with star-spangled freedom!

Another Independence Day has come and gone in the USA, but before we bundle up the bunting, furl up the flags and blaze that last pack of firecrackers, let’s take a few minutes to celebrate the meaning and grandeur behind all that traditional hoopla: I’m talkin’ about Freedom!

Yeah, Freedom, that wonderful essential quality of life we all enjoy here in America, unique among the nations in granting Freedom as a birthright to its natural born and duly assimilated citizens. Freedom, that allows us to choose our own destiny, chart our own course, shrug off the rules that don’t apply to us and righteously snuff out any and all tyrants that dare to stand in our way.
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SXSW Releases Panels and Short Films Info

Diversity seems to be the key this year at the SXSW festival, which takes place in Austin, TX from March 12-20, as they’ve now announced the full lineup of Panels and short films that will be at this years event. As with the feature films schedule, this list of panels and shorts should provide an almost endless supply of diverse and interesting programming for attendees.

Following sre some highlights of panels we think are worth checking out. For a full list and descriptions, head over to the SXSW official site. Also, be sure to check back here at The Flickast as we’ll be at SXSW this year to bring you all the details on these great events and much more.

A Conversation with Michel Gondry

The stratospheric rise of Academy Award-winning visionary Michel Gondry is one of the great success stories of modern film. Working with fellow travelers like Spike Jonze,
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Me and Slackery News Tidbits

I thought we were having a slow news week, but the local film news really added up. Here are some of the highlights:

The Statesman's Out and About blog released the results of the newspaper's "Best Austin Movie Theater" poll. No surprise: All four Austin-area Alamo theaters were in the top four slots, although we're a bit disappointed that Village and its snazzy 4K digital didn't rate a bit higher. Bigger surprise: Tinseltown Pflugerville tied for fifth place with the Bob Bullock IMAX theater. Jette saw a movie at the Pflugerville theater in June and found the picture and sound quality atrocious -- some of the speakers weren't working at all. Readers, what charms of Tinseltown Pflugerville are we missing?Richard Linklater's latest film, Me and Orson Welles (pictured at right), now has an Austin release date of December 4. If you want to see it sooner, the movie will
See full article at Slackerwood »

"It's a twister! It's a twister!": Rating movie tornadoes

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Creating a tornado in a film has always been a test of the limits of special effects, but most people, luckily, haven't gotten up close and personal with enough of them to spot the differences.

Keith Cecere and Rich Ruggiero, both active storm chasers (and co-stars in IFC's storm-chasing mockumentary "Funnel of Darkness"), have.

That's why they've offered their judgments on five movies known for their wicked weather sequences, which they've rated (both for the effects and the acting -- hey, everyone's a critic) on the Fujita scale, a scale for rating tornado intensity, from f1 (weakest) to f5 (strongest).

"Twister" (1996)

Directed by Jan de Bont

Rich Ruggiero: This classic gets an F5. The effects are really good -- and it came out 13 years ago! In special effects time, that's like 200 years. There've been a lot of advancements since then, but the filmmakers did a sick job with what they had back then.
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