January 24, 2010 |
Jackie Earle Haley, the former child star now being applauded for his gallery of memorably dark characters, is finally getting a chance to lighten up. Haley costars in Fox's "Human Target" as Guerrero, a mysterious hired hand always one step ahead of everyone around him, especially the bad guys. It's a return to more humorous parts for Haley, 48, who in the 1970s starred in hits such as "The Bad News Bears" and "Breaking Away" before a lack of more mature roles prompted him to drop out of Hollywood.
April 23, 2006
"Phone, Cable May Charge Dot-Coms That Want to Race Along the Internet," (April 9) touched upon a very disturbing idea: If the companies that own the telecommunication networks are allowed to control the information that passes through these networks, they become the Internet's watchmen. But who will watch the watchmen? The worst-case scenario: Information would be in the hands of the few, which would be in direct violation of the principle of egalitarianism that's become the Internet's central dogma.
July 24, 2008
OK, it's time to take the plunge and actually read a graphic novel. But where to start? Gerard Way, the lead singer of My Chemical Romance and writer of the acclaimed "The Umbrella Academy" comic, has 10 suggestions. "Watchmen," by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons (DC, $19.99). Graphic novel that changed the way I thought about superheroes and mainstream comics. I often refer to "Watchmen" as a gateway drug. "The Dark Knight Returns," by Frank Miller (DC, $14.99). A total deconstruction . . . this is Batman at 50 years old, at his grittiest, his darkest, and it paved the way for a whole generation of "darker heroes."
May 22, 2011 |
Relic Master Book One: The Dark City Catherine Fisher Dial: 372 pp., $16.99 ages 12 and up It's been 10 years since the final book in Catherine Fisher's "Relic Master" series was released in Britain. That was before Fisher wrote "Incarceron," a fantasy novel for young adults, and had a bestseller on her hands stateside. With the beginning of their U.S. publication this month, the Welsh author's acclaimed fantasy "Relic Master" books finally seem poised to capitalize not only on Fisher's bestseller status, but on the strong dystopian trend in current young adult literature, as well as readers' lack of patience for a series to play out. The "Relic Master" quartet is being released rapid fire, with the first book out earlier this month and the subsequent three released monthly through August.
November 4, 2008 |
In a batch of 20 new episodes, Charlie Brown and the gang have been brought back to animated life, much in the style of their classic holiday TV specials. But this time Lucy, Snoopy and the others have been remade for the Web in 3-to-4-minute videos taken directly from classic 1964 comic strips. The videos, produced with Flash animation, were made by Warner Bros.' Motion Comics, which has previously brought strips of Batman, Superman and Watchmen to animated life. The "Peanuts" project was done with the involvement of the Charles Schulz family and estate, which monitored the adaptation.
November 19, 2005
YOU can have your Batman, your Superman, your Aquaman and all the other super-dupermen (and women) one wants represented at the current Museum of Contemporary Art exhibit on American comics, but the absence of Carl Barks is inexcusable and insupportable ["Serious Respect for the Funnies," by Alex Chun, Nov. 12, and "Serious About Comics," by Geoff Boucher, Nov. 17]. Barks' erudite inventions for Walt Disney Comics, from Uncle Scrooge McDuck to the city and environment and fully realized citizens of Duckburg, USA, had a profound and positive influence on generations of American children and artists, including George Lucas and Steven Spielberg.