September 4, 2009 |
The reader was outraged. The thrust of her question: How dare you? Her contempt arose in response to a column I wrote praising certain graphic novels. And she was not alone in her seething censure. I heard from several other readers as well, wondering why I had allowed myself to be seduced by the easy enchantments of comic books. Frankly, they expected better of me -- given my doctoral degree in English literature and my well-known and oft-alluded-to affinity for dense, difficult, high-minded novels by the likes of Virginia Woolf and Joseph Conrad.
August 16, 2009 |
Alan Moore, the writer whose comics work includes "Watchmen" and "From Hell," is collaborating with avant-hip-hop artist Doseone (Subtle, Themselves) and Andrew Broder (Fog) on music to accompany his upcoming graphic novel "Unearthing." This is far from Moore's first foray into music: He has collaborated with Tim Perkins and David J from Bauhaus. Looking back to R. Crumb's album cover for Big Brother and the Holding Company, it's clear that comics art and music have a long, interweaving relationship.
May 31, 2009 |
Whether the day's news tells of air strikes, a new general or a surge in troops, the constantly shifting uncertainty of Afghanistan's present has demanded our attention since 2001. A graphic novel offering an entry point into the country's not-too-distant past is, then, unusual, illuminating and, in this case, breathtaking.
April 3, 2009 |
Marlene Perez's "Dead Is the New Black" is a young adult novel with a noirish pink and black cover and a supernatural plot. If it ever becomes the next sensation, give some credit to middle-schoolers such as Geneva Lish. "It has an unusual plot and a unique power," says Lish, a seventh-grader. Lish didn't buy the book online or at a store. She was among the students at J.H.S.
March 9, 2009 |
Dressed in skinny black jeans and rocker T-shirts, teenagers Raven McGee and Charles Valencia were perusing comic books at a store in Glendale, capping what the two friends considered a perfect Saturday after seeing the superhero blockbuster "Watchmen." So-called fanboys of the genre, such as McGee and Valencia, helped propel the action film's weekend box-office domination with estimated ticket sales of $55.7 million, the biggest opening of any film this year.
March 3, 2009 |
From Shakespeare to SpongeBob, there is, apparently, nothing John Rhys-Davies can't or won't do. The plummy-voiced, English-born Welsh actor is best known here for his roles in "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy -- he played Gimli and gave voice to Treebeard -- and as Indiana Jones' faithful, portly companion Sallah. Indeed, Rhys-Davies is such a democratic actor that he appears in the film clip designed to entertain those waiting in line for the Indiana Jones ride at Disneyland.
February 1, 2009 |
In one of the 19 dreams re-created in David B.'s "Nocturnal Conspiracies," the French comic book artist's dream persona is a living shadow who can morph into the shapes of things around him. At one point, he takes the precise shape of a several-story building, matching it window to window so he can permeate the facade. This image captures perfectly the experience of the book: We permeate David B.'s nocturnal world through drawings that feel like shadows cast by dreams. Although David B.
December 30, 2008 |
The trailer for the highly anticipated superhero movie "Watchmen" promises intense on-screen action, larger-than-life characters and scathing social commentary. But lately the movie has become better known for its courtroom drama, with 20th Century Fox and Warner Bros. continuing to clash over interests in the film. Fox is trying to block Warner's scheduled March 6 release, claiming that it controls the rights to the movie through a series of deals it made with the producer, Lawrence Gordon.