Carolina Ballet Meeting

Carolina Ballet decision prompts arts groups to meet with Mayor Meeker The controversial move by the Carolina Ballet to relocate some of its performances from Memorial Auditorium has prompted a meeting this evening between Raleigh Mayor Charles Meeker and representatives of several Raleigh arts organizations. But behind the scenes, the conflict over performance space centers […]

Felix Tannenbaum on CHRONICLES OF SOME MADE

Robots and Life: Tannenbaum on Chronicles of Some Made By Zack Smith   They might look like cute robots, but the characters in Felix Tannenbaum’s Xeric-winning graphic novel Chronicles of Some Made deal with some decidedly grown-up issues. The new collection from Passenger Pigeon Publishing tells two existential tales about holding on to love, finding […]

Jeremy Bastian on CURSED PIRATE GIRL

Jeremy Bastian – The Return of Cursed Pirate Girl By Zack Smith   Avast, ye Newsarama readers! Here now an’ listen! Last year, we showed some preview art from Cursed Pirate Girl, a new series that was then going to be published by ASP. Reader response was overwhelmingly positive, but unfortunately, behind-the-scenes issues resulted in […]

Don Wood on INTO THE VOLCANO

Don Wood: Taking Us Into the Volcano By Zack Smith   Ever wonder what it would be like to venture inside a volcano? Don Wood has done more than just wonder. He’s done it many times…and created an all-ages graphic novel about it. Into the Volcano, released through Scholastic, is the story of Duffy and […]

Judd Winick on THE BIG BOOK OF BARRY WEEN

Judd Winick: Reflections on Barry Ween By Zack Smith   Ten years ago, Judd Winick was mostly known for his role on the third season of MTV’s The Real World based in San Francisco. But a pointy-haired, foul-mouthed 10-year-old with a 350 IQ was about to change all that. The Adventures of Barry Ween, Boy […]

Barry Lyga on WOLVERINE: WORST DAY EVER

Barry Lyga on Wolverine: Worst Day Ever By Zack Smith   After years of working at Diamond Comic Distributors, Barry Lyga made a name for himself as a young-adult author with The Astonishing Adventures of Fanboy and Goth Girl, an award-winning novel about a comics fan that features a prominent cameo from Brian Michael Bendis. […]

Nevermore Film Festival Preview

Reprinted from The Independent Weekly Nevermore Film Festival Carolina Theatre Feb. 20-22 Ever since Kevin Williamson, a native of New Bern, N.C., wrote Scream, there has been a flood of increasingly lame horror movies in the American cinema. While he captured lightning in a bottle, perhaps, with his clever, hugely successful send-up of the teen […]

Theater Review: THE RECEPTIONIST

Reprinted from The Independent Weekly The Receptionist Manbites Dog Theater Through Feb. 28 In Franz Kafka’s The Trial, the victim of anonymous torment was a small-time bank manager. In Manbites Dog Theater’s production of Adam Bock’s The Receptionist, times have evolved enough that even the lowliest of underlings are subject to persecution. An increasingly dark […]

Theater Review: THE PRIME OF MISS JEAN BRODIE

Reprinted from The Independent Weekly The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie Raleigh Little Theatre Through March 1 In the latest issue of The Believer, Brock Clarke has a piece on the use of artifice and metafiction in Muriel Spark’s novels. In Jay Presson Allen’s theatrical adaptation of Spark’s most famous work, The Prime of Miss […]

Jim Ottaviani on T-MINUS

The Race to the Moon in Comic Form: Ottaviani on T-Minus By Zack Smith   In 1969, man first set foot on the moon. In 2009, a new graphic novel will show readers what it took to get there. Jim Ottaviani’s science-themed graphic novels have covered everything from fossils (Bone Sharps, Cowboys & Thunder Lizards) […]