July 18, 2013 |
After the coffee. Before avoiding the onslaught of Comic-Con tweets. The Skinny: Really hard getting motivated this morning. I keep getting distracted by all the Emmy coverage and being amused by reporters trying to top each other with arcane tweets and alleged snubs. Anyway, Thursday's stories include early Emmy coverage and analysis, a shake-up at Turner Broadcasting and a preview of Comic-Con. Daily Dose: While ESPN and Fox prepare to duke it out for sports supremacy in the U.S., Discovery Communications is looking to become a player overseas.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 17, 2013 |
San Diego is swarming with fans assembling for Comic-Con. And the biggest story at City Hall is about Mayor Bob Filner and the accusations of sexual harassment that have led Republicans and some fellow Democrats to demand his resignation. KOGO radio has conflated the two events for a mock-warning to Comic-Con fans about a "serial hugger on the loose. " Take a listen: KOGO's PSA ALSO: Cost to fight Mountain fire near Idyllwild reaches $4 million Hollywood Boulevard workers recall frantic scene during robberies Community leader: Violent youths have 'hijacked' protest message Twitter: @LATsandiego firstname.lastname@example.org
July 16, 2013 |
Geek icons joined forces with Stone Brewing Co. to brew a collaboration beer to kick off Comic-Con International: San Diego , and Stone Farking Wheaton w00tstout is the nutty result. I sat down with "Star Trek: The Next Generation" actor, science fiction author and home brewer Wil Wheaton to share a bottle of the pecan-laced imperial stout and to discuss the genesis of the project and what it was like to turn pro brewer for a day. Wheaton said he took up home brewing more than two years ago as a way to connect with his adult son, and that he was quickly hooked by brewing's melange of art and science.
July 9, 2013 |
It was only yesterday that I asked my editor when Comic-Con begins, because the comics-related announcements seemed to be ramping up. Sure enough, Tuesday morning Amazon Publishing announced a new comics and graphic novel imprint, Jet City Comics. It will publish graphic novels by George R.R. Martin, of "Game of Thrones" fame, self-publishing sensation Hugh Howey ("Wool"), and Neal Stephenson's "Foreworld" series. And yes, Comic-Con is coming soon: it runs from July 18 to 21. There are many comics and graphic novel festivals, but the San Diego Comic-Con is the one to rule them all. In recent years, what was once a geek-fest has turned into a blockbuster-fest.
July 2, 2013 |
If you're traveling along any part of the Pacific Surfliner rail route July 19-21 -- the seasonal opening of Del Mar racetrack and Comic-Con -- make your train reservations right now or risk not getting a seat. That's the word Monday from Amtrak , which is requiring train reservations in anticipation of a heavy passenger load on the weekend of those two big events in the San Diego area. Comic-Con, which draws about 130,000 visitors, is set for the San Diego Convention Center from 9:30 a.m.-7 p.m. July 18 to 20 and 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. July 21. Farther north, the Del Mar racetrack in Del Mar opens for the season on July 17. The Pacific Surfliner operates daily service between San Luis Obispo and San Diego by way of Los Angeles, and Amtrak is requiring reservations for all passengers traveling during the mid-July weekend.
June 19, 2013 |
Kim Thompson, who spent more than three decades as co-owner and co-publisher of the Seattle-based comics imprint Fantagraphics Books , died Wednesday morning of lung cancer. He was 56. Thompson was born in Denmark and came to the United States in 1977. He was diagnosed with cancer in late February. At the time, he expressed his hope and confidence that he would “lick this thing.” After his death, his long-time friend and partner Gary Groth issued a statement defining Thompson's legacy as not just a matter of “all the European graphic novels that would never have been published here if not for his devotion, knowledge, and skills, but for all the American cartoonists he edited, ranging from Stan Sakai to Joe Sacco to Chris Ware, and his too infrequent critical writing about the medium.
May 31, 2013 |
Richard Pryor died in 2005 at the age of 65 from a heart attack related to multiple sclerosis. The unexpected thing, given his life and habits and health, was not that he died so young but that he lived so long. Marina Zenovich's enlightening biographical documentary, "Richard Pryor: Omit the Logic," which premieres Friday on Showtime, opens in the aftermath of Pryor's famous 1980 self-immolation - a suicide attempt, the film argues, and not an accident related to freebasing cocaine, as was speculated.
May 11, 2013 |
Christopher Guest, the director of "Best in Show" and "A Mighty Wind," has made a TV series for HBO. The eight-episode "Family Tree," which premieres Sunday, is his first work in seven years, and like his films it is sweet and funny and not a little melancholy. Guest gives the world a quarter-twist toward the ridiculous, without losing sight of the human dreams and strivings, obsessions and accommodations that are his main and constant subject. The new series, which opens in England before moving in its second half to America, stars Chris O'Dowd, an Irish comic actor who has been insinuating himself little by little into the American consciousness; he was in "Bridesmaids" and "This Is 40" and had a recurring role in the first season of "Girls," and many will know him as the star of the British sitcom "The IT Crowd.
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May 4, 2013 |
Fans waiting in line Saturday for the annual Free Comic Book Day event at Golden Apple Comics on Melrose Avenue witnessed firsthand the kind of high-speed car chase and police action regularly featured in graphic novels. Dozens of people in two lines streaming into the store and a nearby gallery and parking lot, where free comic book issues were being handed out, first heard sirens around 12:30 p.m. Then a yellow Jeep, its front bumper damaged, peeled south down La Brea Avenue, swinging left onto Melrose in front of Golden Apple, followed quickly by at least two police cruisers.
May 3, 2013 |
Funny and trying, "Maron," which premieres Friday on IFC, stars the comedian and podcaster Marc Maron as comedian and podcaster Marc Maron. Among self-referential sitcoms, it is somewhere on (or around) the continuum between "Curb Your Enthusiasm" and "Louie," less fanciful than the first and more conventional than the latter. As a character, he's angrier than Larry David and less sweet than Louis C.K., though they all share an inability not to act from the inconvenient, if honest, impulse.