September 2010

Aaron Renier has just made a big splash with his new pirate-themed graphic novel for all ages, The Unsinkable Walker Bean from First Second Publishing. In it, young Walker Bean must honor his beloved grandfather by facing his fears and returning a pearl skull to its proper place…but finds himself caught up with a band of pirates and pursued by the terrifying Merwich sisters.

You can read an excerpt from the book here or get in the spirit with your very own Walker Bean pirate kit here. Filled with detailed drawings, tons of action and vivid colors by Alec Longstreth, Walker Bean has already earned acclaim from the likes of Caldecott-winner Brian Selznick (The Invention of Hugo Cabret) and Maurice Sendak, whom Renier is currently working with under a special fellowship.

Renier took time out from his busy schedule to talk with us in a special two-part interview about Walker Bean, what led to him creating the book and more. Strap on your eye patch, hoist high the Jolly Roger, and set sail for high adventure! Arrrr!

 Read part on of our in-depth interview here!

Even if you’ve never seen a Charlie Chaplin film, you know the figure of the Little Tramp, with his bowler hat, loose-fitting clothes, cane and, of course, that mustache.

But that’s only a portion of his body of work—and if you’ve never experienced a Chaplin film before, or only seen them on TV or video, the Carolina Theatre offers a special chance to check out pristine prints of Chaplin’s work on the big screen.

See what author Glen David Gold (SUNNYSIDE, CARTER BEATS THE DEVIL) has to say about this here!

Eric Shanower and Skottie Young helped introduce L. Frank Baum’s original Oz books to a new generation with their adaptations of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz and The Marvelous Land of Oz from Marvel Comics.  But their new adaptation, Ozma of Oz, may be their biggest and best story yet.    

Filled with some of Baum’s strangest and most memorable creatures, Ozma of Oz unites Dorothy with Oz’s princess, and introduces a whole new world of friends and villains – some of whom were used in the 1985 film Return to Oz and helped traumatize a generation (we’re looking at you, Wheelers).  

Shanower and Young got up with Newsarama to talk about their new adaptation, their love of Oz, and the Ozma of Oz from Marvel that you didn’t see.  And there’s some exclusive pages from the upcoming adaptation to boot!

Read the full interview here!

Zombies, cowboys, and politics.  What more could you ask for?

Moonstone’s Rotten has quickly earned a loyal following since it launched last year to raves from the likes of Ed Brubaker and Mark Waid.  In the old West, William Wade has been dragged out of retirement by the U.S. government – “stop-loss,” they call it – to investigate a plague of the undead with J.J. Flynn.  And things have gotten ugly so far – including a zombified girl whose family wouldn’t let her die and a fort full of troops who’ve posed zombie corpses in some…unflattering ways.

Getting some allegory here?

Read the interview with creator Mark Rahner here!

If you grew up in the 1980s, and you’d like to see some of your favorite childhood films in their original 35 mm formats, this weekend might be your last chance.

The Escapism Film Festival, which begins tonight at the Carolina Theatre, features a wide variety of genre films in 35mm prints. Of the 12 films at the festival, five of them are being screened from the last or next-to-last known prints in North America.

Read the full article here!

NC Theatre
@Raleigh Memorial Auditorium
Through Sept. 26


It’s rather odd how a retro-chic musical adapting a Roger Corman B-movie whose highlight is a giant man-eating plant puppet became a mainstay of musical theater. And yet, NC Theatre’s production Little Shop of Horrors proves the show remains as punchy and charming as ever, though “charming” is perhaps not the best phrase to describe a play where a key plot point involves dismemberment.

Read the full review here!

Dethklok. The most metal band ever. If you’ve heard either of their Dethalbums or watched Metalocalpyse on Adult Swim, then you know the raw power of such tracks as “Murmaider,” “Go Into the Water,” “Bloodrocuted,” “Thunderhorse” and more. In fact, by reading this opening paragraph, you’ve officially acknowledged the “Pain Waiver” that absolves us of any legal responsibility for violent injury, disfigurement or death you may experience from reading the following interview.

Having made everything metal from coffee to comedy to Christmas, Dethklok is poised to conquer comics with their new three-issue miniseries from Dark Horse, Dethklock Metalocalypse. Co-written by the team of creator Brendon Small, director/designer Jon Schnepp and Dark Horse’s Jeremy Barlow, this promises to be the single most brutal miniseries of the year, Siege and Cry for Justice be damned.

Jon Schnepp, who’s also doing covers for the book with The Goon’s Eric Powell, stopped by Newsarama to tell us about this new series, and to talk about the most metal comics of all time. You have been warned.

Read the full interview here…if you dare!

Fans of Joe Hill’s IDW series Locke & Key with artist Gabriel Rodriguez know that this tale of a family discovering supernatural keys – and terrible evil – is filled with chills, great characters and surreal twists (i.e. a key that literally gets inside your head).  

But now, a wider audience is about to discover the Heart-Shaped Box and Horns author’s vision of Lovecraft, Massachusetts.  Fox recently picked up a new TV series version of Locke & Key produced by a dream team – Steven Spielberg’s Dreamworks TV co-producing, Fringe co-creators Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci developing, and Terminator: The Sarah Conner Chronicles’ Josh Friedman as head writer.

 Read our full, exclusive interview with Hill on LOCKE & KEY here!

Emma Donoghue is having a good week when I call her up at her home in London, Ontario. The Irish-born author’s seventh novel, Room, has just been shortlisted for the prestigious Man Booker Prize and received what will be the first of two rave reviews in The New York Times. The book is already a best-seller in the U.K., and I’m speaking to her on the day it gets its much-anticipated release in the U.S.

But Donoghue, who appears at the Cary Barnes & Noble on Sept. 25, takes the hype in stride. “I’m really just looking forward to meeting actual readers of the book,” she says. “I love my children, but since they were born, touring is my one legitimate excuse for being away from them.”

Read the full interview here!

Gamma radiation certainly doesn’t affect Bruce Banner’s paternal ability. Not only does the Incredible Hulk now have a sword-wielding rapidly-grown son named Skaar acting out, but there’s the matter of Hiro-Kala, the long-lost-also-fully-grown twin of Skaar, who happens to have the cosmic-shaking Old Power, took down the planet-eater Galactus, and recently wreaked havoc in the subatomic Microverse.

While Hiro-Kala is poised to deal with his daddy issues in the new Dark Son miniseries, a number of people from the Microverse are out to, er, set some boundaries for the other Son of Hulk. And a few of them might be familiar to fans of Marvel’s old Micronauts series — Commander Rann, Marionette, Bug and more have formed the Enigma Force, and they’re ready to throw down on Hiro-Kala big time.

Scott Reed (The Overman) chronicled Hiro-Kala’s conquest of the Microverse earlier this year, and now he’s back with Incredible Hulks: Enigma Force to tell how Rann and company are poised to take revenge on Hiro-Kala. And there’s some exclusive art from the upcoming second issue to whet your appetite for a Son of Hulk-spankin’.

 Read the full interview here!

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