Carl Hiaasen Interview

Reprinted from The Independent Weekly Monday 2.02 28 JAN 2009 Raleigh Carl Hiaasen Quail Ridge Books and Music—Carl Hiaasen made his name with such crime thrillers as Lucky You and Basket Case, but in the last several years, he’s earned a new reputation for such acclaimed children’s books as Hoot and Flush. Like Hoot and […]

Gustafer Yellowgold Concert Review

Reprinted from the Independent Weekly Gustafer Yellowgold hooks kiddies early with alt-rock hooks 29 JAN 2009  •  by Zack Smith Gustafer Yellowgold The ArtsCenter Jan. 24 “Are you ready to soft-rock?” asks Morgan Taylor as he addresses a crowd of pre-teens and their parents at The ArtsCenter in Carrboro. It’s Saturday morning and a packed […]

Roger Langridge on THE MUPPET SHOW

Welcoming the Muppets Back to Comics By Zack Smith   BOOM! Studios aims to make a splash in all-ages comics this March. We already talked to Mark Waid about The Incredibles: Family Matters, and now we’ve got Roger Langridge on bringing one of the best-known all-ages concepts ever to comics – The Muppet Show. First […]


Mark Waid: Bringing The Incredibles to Comics By Zack Smith   Pixar’s Oscar-winning animated film The Incredibles is widely considered one of the best superhero movies ever made…and Mark Waid is widely considered one of the best superhero writers in comics. That in mind, it’s only natural that Waid be the one to bring the […]

Kevin Grevioux on UNDERWORLD

A Comic Book/Movie Love Child – Underworld’s Kevin Grevioux By Zack Smith posted: 22 January 2009 12:38 pm ET   Actor/writer/renasissance man Kevin Grevioux is a busy guy these days. His latest acting project is Underworld: Rise of the Lycans, the newest installment in the film series about the war between vampires and werewolves, or […]


Reprinted from The Independent Weekly Saturday 1.24 22 JAN 2009 Carrboro Gustafer Yellowgold The ArtsCenter—Parents, should you ever flip past the cable channel Noggin, you might find yourself confronted with any of a number of garish music videos from bands attempting to crack the lucrative children’s market dominated by the likes of Raffi and the […]


Comic Connections: Farmer on My Bloody Valentine: 3-D By Zack Smith     A while back, Newsarama talked with Todd Farmer, screenwriter of such films as Jason X and The Messengers, about his comics debut with the Image miniseries Alien Pig Farm 3000. Now, Farmer has his biggest film yet coming out this Friday with […]

Anthony Rapp on RENT

Reprinted from the Independent Weekly 14 JAN 2009 Durham Rent Durham Performing Arts Center—In the terms of its breakout song, “Seasons of Love,” it will soon be 6,832,800 minutes since Rent opened Off-Broadway in 1996, en route to becoming the second-longest-running Broadway musical. For original cast member Anthony Rapp, Rent has become a career within […]

Jonathan Hickman on DARK REIGN: FF and SECRET WARRIORS

Jonathan Hickman – Secret Warriors, the FF and More By Zack Smith   Jonathan Hickman is one of the success stories of the last few years, starting with his acclaimed Image series The Nightly News and continuing through such works as A Red Mass for Mars, Transhuman and Pax Romana. His work brought him to […]


Taylor Mac’s The Young Ladies of… 10 JAN 2009  •  by Zack Smith The Young Ladies of… PlayMakers Rep Through Jan. 11 One must give Taylor Mac credit. As he explained to Friday night’s audience at Playmakers’ production of his one-man show The Young Ladies of…, he had been rushed to the hospital for a […]