Eric Shanower and Skottie Young on THE MARVELOUS LAND OF OZ

Return to The ‘MARVEL’-OUS LAND OF OZ    ENLARGE IMAGE   One of comics’ welcome surprise hits in the past year was Marvel’s adaptation of L. Frank Baum’s original novel of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by noted Oz comic creator Eric Shanower and Skottie Young.  Now, the series continues with The Marvelous Land of […]

Zack Meets Dan Akyroyd, and Discusses Skull-Vodka With Him.

Dan Aykroyd takes Glenwood South Soul man 23 SEP 2009  •  by Zack Smith It’s 10 p.m. on a Tuesday, and I’m on the roof of Solas waiting to see if I’m going to get to drink vodka out of a glass skull with one of the original Not Ready for Prime Time Players. A […]

SPARKCon Preview

  Reprinted from the Independent Weekly Local gaming joins the spark conflagration   Established and evolving storytelling mediums are at home at SPARKcon, as the annual event expands into new arenas—some stranger than others.   Even with video game sales down this year, games still represent a creative medium that has opened new doors for […]


It’s Raining Supernatural Cats & Dogs at Dark Horse By Zack Smith Dark Horse Comics is known for their fan-favorite supernatural books, from the over-the-top zombie-whupping of The Goon to the world-threatening menaces battled by Hellboy and the B.P.R.D..  But these supernatural heroes aren’t exactly into two-fisted action…in fact, they don’t even have fists. Though […]

Cinema Overdrive

Cheap celluloid dates at the Colony Theater’s Cinema Overdrive $5 pays for the whole seat, but you’ll only need the edge of it 9 SEP 2009  •  by Zack Smith How hardcore a cinephile are you? Sure, you occasionally take in an indie film or even head to one of the screenings of older movies […]

Interview with R.L. Stine (GOOSEBUMPS, FEAR STREET)

  The prolific R.L. Stine Tween screams 9 SEP 2009  •  by Zack Smith R Before J.K. Rowling and Harry Potter, R.L. Stine helped usher in the blockbuster age of children’s literature with his best-selling Goosebumps series. Stine’s short, suspenseful tales of everything from a haunted Halloween mask to an evil dummy spawned a cottage […]