October 14, 2012 |
"Marvel Comics: The Untold Story" performs an act of what superhero comics fans might term "retcon" - or retroactive continuity - by returning to the beginning of the superhero industry and telling the tale again with a number of previously invisible heroes suddenly added to the story: the men and women who created superhero comics. Superhero comics has always been a bit of an oddball, a niche genre with a small but fiercely devoted fan base and a penchant for stories about flawed, outcast heroes who struggle not only to save the world but find their place in it. Sean Howe's book traces the byzantine histories of the colorful characters on the comics pages and in the Marvel offices, from the inception of the superhero in the 1930s through the modern era, and finds the real and the fictional equally laced with epic triumphs, tragic reversals of fortune, backstabbing and melodrama.
October 10, 2012 |
This post has been updated. See below for details. Stan Lee Media, an Internet company that shut down more than a decade ago and has been mired in litigation ever since, has filed a multibillion-dollar lawsuit against Walt Disney Co. The complaint was filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Colorado, where Stan Lee Media -- co-founded by the famous Marvel Comics writer, who is no longer an officer of the company -- is headquartered....
June 19, 2012 |
SHANGHAI — Hollywood and Chinese film veterans eager to take part in the world's fastest growing movie market gathered in this historic city to kick off the 15th annual Shanghai International Film Festival. China's movie ticket sales rose 30% last year to $1.2 billion, and a lot of those tickets were sold for American movies. Hollywood films accounted for about three-quarters of the ticket sales in China in the first three months of the year. Ticket sales also topped those in Japan for the first time, making China Hollywood's biggest export market.
June 18, 2012 |
SHANGHAI - "Spider-Man"creator Stan Lee's first Chinese superhero, "The Annihilator," topped the inaugural slate of feature film co-productions announced Monday by state-run National Film Capital. NFC, a Beijing-based entertainment industry fund management company chaired by former China Film Group President Yang Buting, will draw on an initial 2.6-billion yuan ($422 million) raised by the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China and other partners, NFC co-founder Kathy Peng, a former investment banker in Hong Kong, said.
April 18, 2012 |
If you want to do brunch with comic book impresario Stan Lee, it will cost you -- right now about $1,550. That's the current minimum bid for a shot at attending a VIP brunch at the Catalina Film Festival on May 5 with the co-creator of Spider-man, the Hulk and a slew of other famous characters. The winning bidder gets a seat at the table and other cool stuff, including passes to the film festival in Avalon on Catalina Island, two autographed comic books and ferry tickets to get there and back.
November 3, 2011
EVENTS Fanboys and -girls will unite at the inaugural Comikaze Expo, a two-day celebration of pop culture, comic books, sci-fi, horror, anime and gaming. Comics icon Stan Lee and horror diva Elvira are set to open the event, which also offers screenings, panels, portfolio reviews, games and a masquerade ball. Los Angeles Convention Center, 1201 S. Figueroa St., L.A. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Sat. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sun. $12 per day, $20 for two-day pass. http://www.comikazeexpo.com