Reprinted from the Independent Weekly A TOWN CALLED PANIC—French animators Stéphane Aubier and Vincent Patar capture an odd tone in this tale of stop-motion-animated toys dealing with such minor crises as ordering too many bricks over the Internet or underwater wall-stealers (it makes sense on screen, honest). The film is an expansion of a Belgian […]

Matthew Cody on POWERLESS

Young Adult Novelist Explores When Heroes Become POWERLESS By Zack Smith Matthew Cody’s first novel, Powerless has a unique take on superhero stories for all ages.  In the town of Noble’s Green, all children have superpowers…until the age of 13, when they lose them and all memory of what they could once do.  But Daniel […]

Steve Englehart on THE POINT MAN

Englehart Delivers Novel Sequel 20 Years in the Making By Zack Smith  Steve Englehart became one of the first major post-Silver Age superhero writers with his character-and-action-heavy runs on such characters as Captain America, Batman, Dr. Strange, the Avengers and more.  In addition to his groundbreaking superhero work, Englehart was also one of the first […]

Eric Wight on the new FRANKIE PICKLE

Cartoonist Continues Adventures of FRANKIE PICKLE For Kids By Zack Smith  Writer/artist Eric Wight hit it big with kids last year with his comics/prose hybrid Frankie Pickle and the Closet of Doom.  Now, his imaginative protagonist is back with Frankie Pickle and the Pine Run 3000.  Wight talked with us about his new book, and […]

Interview with Writer/Director Peter Hedges (WHAT’S EATING GILBERT GRAPE, DAN IN REAL LIFE) and Mary Pope Osborne and Natalie Pope Boyce (THE MAGIC TREE HOUSE)

A double-interview focusing on two sets of writers returning to North Carolina,  and the success they’ve achieved since their time there. Read the full article here!

Jack Kent’s KING AROO at IDW

IDW Adds KING AROO To Its Library of American Comics By Zack Smith  Though it’s not one of the best-known American comic strips, Jack Kent’s King Aroo is regarded as a classic by those who’ve had a chance to read it. Now, a comprehensive collection of the strip is finally available after almost six decades […]

Review: THE FULL MONTY At NC Theatre

N.C. Theatre’s The Full Monty 3 MAR 2010  •  by Zack Smith   The big moment arrives in “The Full Monty.” Photo by Curtis Brown Photography   The Full Monty N.C. Theatre at Raleigh Memorial Auditorium Through March 7 Popular culture has a sort of carousel-like relationship to real life; it starts off as relevant, […]

Peter Lerangis on THE 39 CLUES

Scholastic’s book series The 39 Clues  may represent the future of children’s series books.  Developed by Percy Jackson and the Olympians creator Rick Riordan, the series combines books written by a collaborative team of authors with trading cards and an online component that lets kids delve into the history and backstory of the series, winning […]