January 2008


BRIAN K. VAUGHAN: LIFE AFTER Y

by Zack Smith

Our week-long celebration of Y: The Last Man’s final issue continues today, as we get series writer and co-creator Brian K. Vaughan in for a special “Bonus Round” of questions about life after Y.

Vaughan’s got plenty of projects on his plate, from his DC/Wildstorm series Ex Machina with Tony Harris, to his new Marvel miniseries Logan with 100 Bullets’ Eduardo Risso to his continuing work on ABC’s hit series Lost, whose fourth season premieres this tonight. He’s even seeing his older work coming back into print with Batman: False Faces, a new collection from DC. Vaughan talked about everything from the Writers’ Guild strike to his plans for other mediums and more.

Full story here.
GOOD-BYE TO Y: PIA GUERRA

by Zack Smith

Our celebration of the final issue of Y: The Last Man continues today. Click here and here for our interview with writer and co-creator Brian K. Vaughan.

Pia Guerra was virtually unknown as an artist before Y’s release…but that quickly changed. Her work on the book, with its realistic designs, fast-paced action and expressive faces, defined the look of the “Unmanned World,” and brought her to wide acclaim from both fans and pros.

We caught up with Guerra literally as she was penciling the final pages of Y: The Last Man #60. Over the course of our talk, Guerra revealed how the book affected her as an artist and a person, the research required to bring Yorick’s world to life, and which cast member was based on a Gray’s Anatomy star.

Full interview (with SPOILERS) here.
GOOD-BYE TO Y I: BRIAN K VAUGHAN, II

by Zack SmithWarning: This interview discusses the death of a major character in the book’s last few issues. If you’re just picking up the trades…you might want to wait before you read this.
Part Two of our look back at the series is available here.
GOOD-BYE TO Y I: BRIAN K VAUGHAN, I

by Zack Smith

In the summer of 2002, a plague of unknown origin destroyed every last sperm, fetus and fully-developed mammal with a Y chromosome…with the apparent exception of one young man and his male pet.

Sixty issues later, Vertigo’s acclaimed series Y: THE LAST MAN has told the tale of this survivor…and we’ve got an in-depth look back at the series and its creators.
Click here for part one of an extensive interview with writer and co-creator Brian K. Vaughan.
TALKING METAL MEN WITH DUNCAN ROULEAU

by Zack SmithOver the years, DC’s Metal Men have always maintained a loyal cult following. From such Silver Age stories as “The Playground of Terror” and “Birthday Cake for a Cannibal Robot!” to their more recent appearances in 52 and Superman/Batman, their unique combination of cartooniness, characterization and real-life science has made them a favorite among fans and pros alike, resulting in multiple revivals and even a possible feature film.

Their most recent miniseries (issue #5 of 8 hit earlier this month), pitting them against the likes of rogue scientist T.O. Morrow, a force known as “The Nameless” and their dark counterparts the Death Metal Men, has proven to be their craziest adventure yet, a time-hopping tale has even their most loyal fans puzzling out where it’s all headed. To get an idea, we headed for the book’s writer and artist, Duncan Rouleau. Rouleau, who co-created the hit Cartoon Network series Ben 10 as part of the Man of Action collective, revealed some of the secrets of his Metal Men series, and what readers can expect as it heads into the home stretch.

Full interview here

Warren Rochelle

BY ZACK SMITH


North Carolina is better known for tales of ghosts in the hills than fairies and magic. But that didn’t stop fantasy and science fiction novelist Warren Rochelle from setting his latest book, Harvest of Changelings ($24.95, Golden Gryphon Press), against the backdrop of the Triangle.

Changelings concerns a Garner man who sires a child with a woman from Faerie, who must join with similar half-breed children to both battle mystic evil and survive human prejudice. “I’ve always believed on some level that fairy tales are true, even if it’s just a metaphoric truth,” says Rochelle, a Durham native. “I kind of felt that I needed to write out of who I was, and where I was from, and I liked the idea of having magic intersect with the real.”

Full story here.


Riverkeeper film fest returns, urgently
Streaming videos

BY ZACK SMITH



Longfin looks at the freshwater eel
Photo courtesy of Riverkeeper Film Festival

With global warming and water shortages keeping the environment on our minds, the ecologically focused films featured in the 2008 Riverkeeper Film Festival seem especially relevant.

The Riverkeeper Film Festival, which started in 2005, serves as a fundraiser for the Neuse River Foundation, which works to maintain, restore and education people about the Neuse River. The foundation’s work has become especially critical for the pollution-choked river; as reported by the Independent in May 2007, the Neuse appeared on the Top 10 Most Endangered Rivers list compiled by the American Rivers Foundation.

Full story here.

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