Fried Food at the North Carolina State Fair

The hunt for fried October: the food horrors at the N.C. State Fair Share |   The Indy’s Zack Smith sends us this account of his journey through the “gastronomic snuff film” that is the food for sale at the NC State Fair.

Chris Wooding on MALICE from Scholastic

What if A Comic Book Could Kill You? By Zack Smith What if there was a comic book…that could kill you?  Chris Wooding’s Malice holds the chilling answer.  The young-readers novel/graphic novel from Scholastic tells of a group of friends in the British town of Hathern, who discover that calling the name of Tall Jake […]

Small Press Expo (SPX) Report

SMALL PRESS EXPO Shows The Diversity of Comics By Zack Smith One of the biggest gatherings for independent and self-published cartoonists in the U.S., SPX is also one of the highest-energy comic book shows you’ll encounter.    My report (long-delayed due to technical difficulties) is online here!

Jim Rugg on AFRODISIAC, ONE MODEL NATION, THE GUILD with Felicia Day and More

Image, Marvel, Dark Horse: A Comics Renaissance Man By Zack Smith A year ago, Jim Rugg was almost ready to leave comics.  Now, he’s doing books with the likes of Courtney Taylor and Felicia Day. Read his story here!

Michael Chabon Interview

Michael Chabon discusses children and popular culture 20 OCT 2009  •  by Zack Smith   Michael Chabon is the jack-of-all-trades of contemporary literature. His literate, humorous, elegiac books include everything from a Pulitzer Prize winner about comic book creators (The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay) to an alternate-world mystery in a Jewish free state […]

Paul Guinan on BOILERPLATE

A Robot From an Alternate History Visits Our World By Zack Smith Veteran comics creator Paul Guinan achieved an unusual cult following by crafting a series of faked historical documents and images depicting a robot named Boilerplate.  The mechanical man earned a huge following from historical buffs, online fans, and even a place in a […]

Grace Randolph on MUPPET PETER PAN

BOOM! The Muppets Take Neverland By Zack Smith BOOM! Studios has had a critical and popular hit this past year with its Muppet comics, and recently it launched its latest Muppet-tale with Muppet Peter Pan, written by writer and actress Grace Randolph.  Randolph gave us the inside scoop on the Muppet trip to Neverland.   […]

Ecapism Film Festival at the Carolina Theatre

Carolina Theatre books Gen X touchstones for Escapism Film Festival Last chance to escape? 14 OCT 2009  •  by Zack Smith   Escapism Film Festival Carolina Theatre Oct. 16-18  One thousand tickets. That’s what the Escapism Film Festival, running this weekend at Durham’s Carolina Theatre, needs to sell if moviegoers want to see it around […]


Altar Boyz @ Raleigh Little Theatre Through Oct. 25   Altar Boyz has quite a reputation Off-Broadway. A few years ago, I interviewed a former actor from the show who fondly recalled the loyalty of the “Altarholics” who’d seen the show dozens of times. The production at the Raleigh Little Theatre, which runs through Oct. […]