October 2009

Hillsborough house of horrors

Zack Smith · 31 Oct 2009, 11:39 AM · Comment

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Who wouldn’t want to live in a house where a strangely indestructible white-masked serial killer began his reign of terror? For many horror fans, Kenny Caperton is living the dream.

Caperton is the owner and proprietor of the Myers House North Carolina, a Victorian residence in rural Hillsborough designed to replicate the veneer of the house used as the residence of the Myers family in John Carpenter’s horror classics Halloween and Halloween II.
Read the full story here!

The hunt for fried October: the food horrors at the N.C. State Fair

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The Indy’s Zack Smith sends us this account of his journey through the “gastronomic snuff film” that is the food for sale at the NC State Fair.

What if A Comic Book Could Kill You?

By Zack Smith

What if there was a comic book…that could kill you?  Chris Wooding’s Malice holds the chilling answer.  The young-readers novel/graphic novel from Scholastic tells of a group of friends in the British town of Hathern, who discover that calling the name of Tall Jake six times will trap you in the deadly world of a comic called “Malice.”  And in Malice…there is no escape.

SMALL PRESS EXPO Shows The Diversity of Comics

By Zack Smith

One of the biggest gatherings for independent and self-published cartoonists in the U.S., SPX is also one of the highest-energy comic book shows you’ll encounter. 
My report (long-delayed due to technical difficulties) is online here!

Image, Marvel, Dark Horse: A Comics Renaissance Man

By Zack Smith

A year ago, Jim Rugg was almost ready to leave comics.  Now, he’s doing books with the likes of Courtney Taylor and Felicia Day.

Michael Chabon discusses children and popular culture

20 OCT 2009  •  by Zack Smith


Michael Chabon is the jack-of-all-trades of contemporary literature. His literate, humorous, elegiac books include everything from a Pulitzer Prize winner about comic book creators (The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay) to an alternate-world mystery in a Jewish free state (The Yiddish Policemen’s Union). Chabon’s making his first trip through the Triangle to promote his new collection of essays, Manhood for Amateurs: The Pleasures and Regrets of a Husband, Father and Son. In the book, Chabon discusses bonding with his children and explores memories of his own childhood. We got Chabon on the phone to discuss some of the ideas and themes in his book; here are some highlights of our conversation.

Read the full interview here!

A Robot From an Alternate History Visits Our World

By Zack Smith

Veteran comics creator Paul Guinan achieved an unusual cult following by crafting a series of faked historical documents and images depicting a robot named Boilerplate.  The mechanical man earned a huge following from historical buffs, online fans, and even a place in a parody of historical thrillers.  Now, Boilerplate finally gets his due with a new collection, Boilerplate: History’s Mechanical Marvel from Abrams Image that came out on Oct.1.  We chatted with Guinan about his fabulous hoax, whose  history you can read online here.

BOOM! The Muppets Take Neverland

By Zack Smith

BOOM! Studios has had a critical and popular hit this past year with its Muppet comics, and recently it launched its latest Muppet-tale with Muppet Peter Pan, written by writer and actress Grace Randolph.  Randolph gave us the inside scoop on the Muppet trip to Neverland.

The Last Unicorn

The Last Unicorn

Carolina Theatre books Gen X touchstones for Escapism Film Festival

Last chance to escape?

14 OCT 2009  •  by Zack Smith


Escapism Film Festival
Carolina Theatre
Oct. 16-18

One thousand tickets. That’s what the Escapism Film Festival, running this weekend at Durham’s Carolina Theatre, needs to sell if moviegoers want to see it around for another year.

Jim Carl, senior director of the Carolina Theatre, is blunt about this. “Basically, this festival, if the attendance isn’t there this year, and there’s no sense that there’s a demand for it, won’t be back for 2010. We’re a nonprofit, but this needs to at least make up its expenses.”

His solution? Nostalgia. With a lineup that’s geared toward movies most 30-ish Triangle residents will likely remember from their childhoods (and their parents will remember from their childhoods), this year’s Escapism is determined to get audiences to relive their fondest movie-going memories—or at least go out with a bang trying.

Read the full story here!

Altar Boyz
Raleigh Little Theatre
Through Oct. 25


Altar Boyz has quite a reputation Off-Broadway. A few years ago, I interviewed a former actor from the show who fondly recalled the loyalty of the “Altarholics” who’d seen the show dozens of times. The production at the Raleigh Little Theatre, which runs through Oct. 25, shows why—it’s one of the rare satires that appeals to both fans and opponents of what it’s satirizing.  

Read the full review here!

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