May 2011


Welcome to the conclusion of this round of Newsarama’s Wide World of Webcomics, the series where we interview the creators behind the coolest strips online. Today, we’ve got a special talk with one of the longest-running creators online, who’s responsible for one of the weirdest and funniest strips out there.

Read the full interview with the creator of such characters as Undead Hipster and Bad Decision Dinosaur here!

Welcome back to Newsarama’s Wide World of Webcomics, our continuing look at the best comics on the web. Today, we take a journey into the depths of outer space for one of the cutest comics for all ages to launch in the past year.

Read the full interview with creator Jim Anderson here!

You might know Anthony “Nedroid” Clark (www.nedroid.com) for his colors on Dr. McNinja or the hilarious comics on TV’s Lost he posted on Twitpic during its final scenes, which are archived starting here. But for many fans, he’s best known for Nedroid, his comic about the strange adventures of the incredibly self-centered bluebird Reginald and his friend Beartato, a bear who is part potato.

Read the full interview with the creator of this great strip here!

In the last year, Dustin Harbin has earned acclaim for hand-lettering every issue of the reissue of Matt Fraction’s creator-owned series Casanova, which he’ll continue into the new series. But he’s also been doing a variety of hilarious and insightful comic of his own, chronicled on his daily site www.dharbin.com.

Harbin was previously known among comic fans and pros for his work at the comic shop Heroes Aren’t Hard to Find in Charlotte, NC – and for helping organize each year’s Heroes Con, which is coming up June 3-5. Harbin, who recently did a stint as diarist for The Comics Journal’s website, spoke with us via email about going from retailer to creator, the unique challenges of the industry, some of his favorite books and more.

Read the full interview here!

Take a trip to Northampton in this interview with the creator of the hugely popular webcomic that’s already helped prompt the return of Pizza Girl!

Read the full interview here!

Can’t get enough kung fu action? This July, Top Shelf won’t just bring you kung fu…it’ll bring you Infinite Kung Fu. The fan-favorite indy series by writer-artist Kagan McLeod is collected and completed in a 464-page volume where the honorable Lei Kung must wander a post-apocalyptic Earth battling the ruthless forces of zombies, with friends and foes blurring as the action escalates.

To repeat: 464 pages of battling post-apocalyptic zombies with kung fu. We’re just going to let that sink in.

Jimmy works at the Oakland library. Jimmy’s best friend is Sara, who has decided to move to Williamsburg in New York City to try to break into publishing. Jimmy, who’s barely been out of his house, decides that this is the perfect opportunity to declare his love to Sara by taking a Greyhound to New York and meeting her on the top of the Empire State Building. Things don’t go nearly as planned.

Find out what happens next in Jason Shiga’s screamingly funny EMPIRE STATE, and read our interview with the creator here!

North Carolina Theatre’s production of Hello, Dolly! is one of the big “show must go on” stories of this past season. With mere days until the opening, much-hyped star Cybill Shepherd was sidelined with an injury, necessitating a last-minute replacement by Broadway veteran Jacquelyn Piro Donovan. Thankfully, Donovan ably fills the role of Dolly Gallagher Levi for the show’s biggest moments, though the old-fashioned musical might appeal most to older audiences.

Read the full review here!

Reprinted from yon Independent Weekly

Yon director Kenneth Branagh doth keep focus on characters in this adaptation of Marvel Comics’ long-running series of the God of Thunder, though its overstuff’d plot doth keep it from sitting alongside the likes of Iron Man and The Dark Knight in superhero film Valhalla. Chris Hemsworth of Star Trek doth portray yon hammer-wielding Odinson, whose hot-headed antics do see him exile’d from the glorious realm of Asgard by the All-Father (Anthony Hopkins, who toneth down yon mannerisms), to our mortal realm of Midgard, where he encountereth yon fair astrophysicist Natalie Portman and learneth humility to stop the machinations of the trickster Loki (Tom Hiddleston, whose layered antagonist stealeth with yon picture). Yea, this be a more female-appealing superhero picture than usual, as Hemsworth posseseth the build of a warrior but the charm of a sensitive soul, but some will say thee nay to yon contrivances involving Frost Giants,Odin’s Destroyer, the Rainbow Bridge of Bifrost, the Odin-Sleep, the Casket of Ancient Winters and the Warriors Three, and that mentions not the teaser for yon Avengers film for those who doth sit through the long and out-of-place song by the Fighters of Foo after yon credits. Worry not, though, as this mostly maketh sense, and art more charming than many a would-be summer epic. Though yon Kat Dennings, who boasts a tongue most sharp as Portman’s sidekick, needeth more to do when the gods of studios decree that yon sequel be forged. Also, careful when viewing yon “Real-D” version, which assaulteth the eyeballs like the Viking hordes themselves. Rated PG-13…eth.

Reprinted from the Independent Weekly

Gonzo Asian director Takashi Miike (Audition, Ichi the Killer) tones it down (somewhat) with this Kurosawa-esque tale of a group of samurai led by Koji Yakusho’s Shinzaemon plotting the death of the Shogun’s psychotic half-brother (Goro Ingaki). Gorgeous Japanese scenery and thoughtful, often witty dialogue dominate the first half as the plan comes together, while the second, involving the actual assassination, is a Miike specialty, a massive battle in a deserted town where the streets literally run red with blood. The title evokes almost double Kurosawa’s The Seven Samurai, and indeed, this is twice as psychotic as most period pieces, complete with some genuinely stomach-churning acts of evil and plenty of decapitations. But come for the sight of evil bastards getting impaled with spikes, and stay for a tale of honor and duty. And also spikes.

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