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March 5, 2013 | By David L. Ulin, Los Angeles Times Book Critic
It's not accurate, exactly, to say that I've been waiting for James Vance and Dan E. Burr's graphic novel “On the Ropes” (W.W. Norton: 248 pp., $24.95) -- until I saw a copy, I had no idea that it was coming out. But it is the case that Vance and Burr's first book, “Kings in Disguise,” first published in 1988, is one of my favorite graphic novels - a stark bit of social realism tracing the travails of a 12-year-old named Freddie Bloch as he wanders through the Depression - and with this new work, which picks up the story in 1937, the creators have outdone themselves.
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March 5, 2013 | By David L. Ulin, Los Angeles Times Book Critic
It's not accurate, exactly, to say that I've been waiting for James Vance and Dan E. Burr's graphic novel “On the Ropes” (W.W. Norton: 248 pp., $24.95) -- until I saw a copy, I had no idea that it was coming out. But it is the case that Vance and Burr's first book, “Kings in Disguise,” first published in 1988, is one of my favorite graphic novels - a stark bit of social realism tracing the travails of a 12-year-old named Freddie Bloch as he wanders through the Depression - and with this new work, which picks up the story in 1937, the creators have outdone themselves.
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August 7, 1990 | CHUCK PHILIPS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Aunetta Roberson and Phyllis Vance lived in the same suburb for years. Their husbands frequented the same casinos. Their sons attended--and dropped out of--the same school. Outside of a few phone calls related to academic or legal problems their sons encountered, however, the women's lives rarely crossed. About the only thing they had in common was their mutual hatred for the loud heavy-metal music that their sons played for hours in the sons' rooms. Yet on Dec.
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August 7, 1990 | CHUCK PHILIPS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Aunetta Roberson and Phyllis Vance lived in the same suburb for years. Their husbands frequented the same casinos. Their sons attended--and dropped out of--the same school. Outside of a few phone calls related to academic or legal problems their sons encountered, however, the women's lives rarely crossed. About the only thing they had in common was their mutual hatred for the loud heavy-metal music that their sons played for hours in the sons' rooms. Yet on Dec.
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July 21, 1990 | From Times Wire Services
Subliminal messages or "gobbledygook?" That was a key question explored in a Washoe District Court here during the first week of a trial in which British rock group Judas Priest is accused of causing two teen-agers to shoot themselves in a suicide pact on Dec. 23, 1985. Attorneys for the parents of Raymond Belknap and James Vance are trying to persuade Judge Jerry Whitehead that subliminal messages in the band's "Stained Class" album led to the shootings.
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July 16, 1990
I've just lost a tremendous amount of respect and confidence in veteran reporter Fred Francis and the television network he works for. Mr. Francis contends that "Die Hard 2" reporter Richard Thornberg is an "unbelievable" character. Unlike the rest of America, Mr. Francis apparently remains clueless to the fact that the movie--unlike the events of real life which Mr. Francis reports on--is entertainment.
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October 26, 1992 | BETH KLEID, Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
Distinguished Docs: The International Documentary Assn. ended its first annual congress last week by presenting its career achievement award to Walter Cronkite and its preservation and scholarship award to Robert Rosen of the UCLA Film and Television Archive. Friday, distinguished documentary prizes went to David Hickman and Errol Morris for "A Brief History of Time"; David Van Taylor for "Dream Deceivers: The Story Behind James Vance vs.
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December 2, 1988 | JOHN VOLAND, Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
A man who sued the heavy-metal group Judas Priest, contending its music drove him to a 1985 suicide attempt, has died after lapsing into an unexplained coma, but his attorney vows the court case will continue. "The Judas Priest lawsuit is going forward. We are not daunted one bit. As a matter of fact, it's more important than ever," attorney Timothy Post said Wednesday. James Vance, 23, was pronounced dead at late Tuesday night at Washoe Medical Center in Reno, Nev.
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August 27, 1990 | TIMOTHY POST, Post is the attorney representing the mother of James Vance in the recent Judas Priest trial. and
On Dec. 23, 1985, in Sparks, Nev., a suburb of Reno, two shots were fired from a shotgun--killing Ray Belknap and maiming the face of James Vance. The boys were listening to the heavy-metal album "Stained Class" by Judas Priest. James Vance, who survived for three years, initiated a lawsuit against the band and CBS records. Consider those shots as warning shots for the music industry.
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December 5, 1986 | From Associated Press
The British rock group Judas Priest has been ordered to stand trial in a civil lawsuit that charges the band's heavy metal music induced two Nevada youths to shoot themselves. The lawsuit, which also names CBS Records Inc., was filed by James Vance and the mother of Raymond Belknap. Belknap, 18, died from the December 1985 shotgun blast, while Vance was left severely disfigured.
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July 21, 1990 | From Times Wire Services
Subliminal messages or "gobbledygook?" That was a key question explored in a Washoe District Court here during the first week of a trial in which British rock group Judas Priest is accused of causing two teen-agers to shoot themselves in a suicide pact on Dec. 23, 1985. Attorneys for the parents of Raymond Belknap and James Vance are trying to persuade Judge Jerry Whitehead that subliminal messages in the band's "Stained Class" album led to the shootings.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 16, 1990
I've just lost a tremendous amount of respect and confidence in veteran reporter Fred Francis and the television network he works for. Mr. Francis contends that "Die Hard 2" reporter Richard Thornberg is an "unbelievable" character. Unlike the rest of America, Mr. Francis apparently remains clueless to the fact that the movie--unlike the events of real life which Mr. Francis reports on--is entertainment.
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August 2, 1992 | CHUCK PHILIPS
One bleak December afternoon in 1985, 18-year-old Raymond Belknap jammed the muzzle of a sawed-off shotgun under his chin and pulled the trigger. James Vance, Belknap's 20-year-old best friend, reloaded the gun and turned it on himself. Belknap died immediately.
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