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January 10, 2013 |
Richard McWilliam, hailed for revolutionizing the trading card and sports memorabilia industry as a co-founder and chief executive officer of Carlsbad-based Upper Deck Co., has died. He was 59. McWilliam died Saturday at his home in Rancho Santa Fe. While no cause of death has been announced, the company noted that McWilliam had a history of heart disease and had undergone heart surgery in 2008. McWilliam co-founded Upper Deck in 1989 and immediately set about challenging the leaders of an industry whose origins date to the late 19th century, when cards with pictures of baseball players were sold in packs of chewing tobacco.
December 6, 2012 |
There was a reason Alan Moore's "Neonomicon" was shelved in the adult section of the library in Greenville County, South Carolina: It contains adult content. And it was checked out with an adult library card -- but that adult library card was in the hands of a 14-year-old girl. When the girl asked her mother about an unfamiliar word she found in "Neonomicon," the trouble started. The mother, Carrie Gaske, filed an official challenge against the graphic novel in June. An official decision has now been made to ban it from the library.
December 2, 2012 |
My 14-year-old daughter, Sophie, is an indiscriminate reader. I don't mean in terms of what she reads - her taste ("Twilight," "Pretty Little Liars") is quite specific - but how: She moves from print to digital, phone to iPad to computer, without a second thought. I have to tell you that I love this, and not only because I love her. No, it's the fluidity that attracts me, the flexibility, the notion that she is oblivious to the boundaries, a digital native for whom "either/or" is irrelevant in a world where the more interesting and engaging choice is "and/both.
November 29, 2012 |
Air Force Capt. Harry "Skip" Brittenham was stranded in officers' quarters in Washington, D.C., during a snowstorm in 1964 when he found a copy of "The Fellowship of the Ring," the first installment of J.R.R. Tolkien's "The Lord of the Rings. " He couldn't put it down. The next day, he trudged through the snow until he found an open bookstore with a copy of the sequel. Today, Brittenham is arguably Hollywood's most powerful deal-maker, an attorney whose A-list clients have included Oprah Winfrey, Tom Hanks, and Bob and Harvey Weinstein.
November 23, 2012 |
Marbles Mania, Depression, Michelangelo, and Me A Graphic Memoir Ellen Forney Gotham: 248 pp., $20 paper There's a glorious manic edge to Ellen Forney's "Marbles," a graphic memoir about the artist's battle with depression, which was diagnosed in the late 1990s and remains ongoing, if now essentially controlled. To some extent, this has to do with the material; Forney is bipolar, which means she suffers manic episodes, as the book recounts. Yet even more, it's a function of how she puts "Marbles" together, by turns methodical and frenzied, as if channeling her emotions on the page.
November 23, 2012 |
El Iluminado A Graphic Novel Ilan Stavans and Steve Sheinkin Basic Books: 208 pp, $24.99 Halfway into the graphic novel "El Iluminado," a Spanish literature professor in an Indiana Jones hat wanders into a café in Santa Fe, N.M., and receives a pearl of wisdom from a gray-haired woman. "A Jewish soul is a Jewish soul," the woman says. "When you have it, you know. " The professor is a real person: Ilan Stavans, a Latino literary maven known for his insightful criticism, his authoritative anthologies and his quirky translation of "Don Quixote" into the mother tongue of millions of Americans, Spanglish.
November 13, 2012 |
Pittsburgh quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was the subject of an ESPN segment entitled "Dink and Dunk," which aired before the Steelers' game against the Kansas Chiefs on Monday night. An on-screen graphic promoting the piece, however, added the letter "R" to two of the words and completely changed the meaning of the title. In what might have been the work of some ESPN prankster that was never supposed to make it on the air, viewers were being promised a segment on the quarterback entitled "Drink and Drunk.
September 20, 2012 |
"Tears of Gaza" is both horrifying and frustrating. This documentary's goals are noble ones, but its execution is something else again. Norwegian director Vibeke Lokkeberg was motivated to make the film by watching television footage of the intense Israeli bombing of Gaza in 2008. Disturbed about the attacks on civilian targets and by Israel's refusal to allow outside crews into Gaza, she eventually contacted a handful of Palestinian cameramen who shot footage for her during the attacks, which she and her team later assembled.
September 15, 2012
Reader reaction was strong to Thursday's front-page photo of a mortally wounded J. Christopher Stevens, the U.S. ambassador to Libya. Stevens was killed Tuesday along with three other Americans in an attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya. As the article that accompanied the photo noted, he was the first U.S. ambassador killed in the line of duty since 1988. Some readers called the photo graphic, unwarranted, inappropriate, disgraceful, gratuitous and insensitive.
August 26, 2012
" Graphic novels, which present novel-length stories in an illustrated, are a growing segment of children's publishing. What follows is a selected guide to fall offerings. Cardboard By Doug TenNapel Graphix, 288 pp.: $12.99, for ages 10 to 14 The author-illustrator of "Ghostopolis" and "Bad Island" is back with another engaging story about a father who buys his son an empty cardboard box for his birthday, which they craft into a man who comes to life. (August)