July 2010

Creator Tells a Modern Fable in GHOSTOPOLIS

By Zack Smith, Newsarama Contributor
Writer and artist Doug TenNapel has taken fans on some surreal adventures, whether it’s with video games such as Earthworm Jim and The Neverhood, cartoons such as Catscratch or such all-ages graphic novels as Creature Tech and Tommysaurus Rex.  


Now, TenNapel has put out his biggest graphic novel adventure yet with Ghostopolis, an all-ages, full-color graphic novel from Scholastic’s Graphix imprint.  

 Read the full interview here!


North Carolina Theatre
At Raleigh Memorial Auditorium
Through Aug. 1

On June 13, Little Orphan Annie ended its 86-year run on newspaper comics pages, finishing on yet another cliffhanger as the eponymous blank-eyed foundling is held captive by the “Butcher of the Balkans.” At this point, fewer than 20 newspapers still carried the strip.

Even with the strip gone (IDW Publishing has reprinted it in chronological omnibus editions), Harold Gray’s character has long outlived her Depression-era heyday, thanks to the nostalgic 1977 musical. With a new Broadway revival due in 2012, North Carolina Theatre’s production of Annie is a reminder of why the character and the concept remain so endearing—and oddly relevant.

Read the full interview here!

MATT BROOME Turns 25 Years Experience Into CreatorSafe.com

By Zack Smith

Mat Broome’s been working in comics and video games for nearly a quarter-century, collaborating with the likes of Alan Moore on WildC.A.T.S., Rick Remender on The End League and Kevin Grevioux on The Blue Marvel. But his new slate of projects – including an animated web series, designing the highly-anticipated DC Universe Online and a new social networking/content distribution site for creators – have him feeling like his career is just beginning.

Read the full article here!

The Life and Times of Illustrator DEAN HASPIEL

By Zack Smith, Newsarama Contributor

It’s a good time to be Dean Haspiel.  The prolific cartoonist has become a familiar face at Vertigo with such graphic novels as The Quitter with the late Harvey Pekar, The Alcoholic with Jonathan Ames, and the forthcoming Cuba: My Revolution with Inverna Lockpez.  He’s also been a regular presence on such webcomic sites as ACT-I-VATE and Zuda…and of course was the basis for Zach Galifinakis’ “Ray” on HBO’s Bored to Death, for which he recently received an Emmy nomination for his work on the main title design.

With all this Haspiel action going on, the time is ripe for Dean Haspiel: The Early Years this September.  It’s the first in a new series from IDW/Desperado spinning off the acclaimed Graphic NYC (www.nycgraphicnovelists.com) site.  The new volume, written by Christopher Irving, combines interviews with Haspiel with a heaping helping of his early comics and some all-new work.  The life and times of Dean Haspiel have yielded some unbelievable stories…and Irving and Haspiel sat down to let us know what to anticipate.

Read the full interview here!

SDCC 2010: Guggenheim Helps NO ORDINARY FAMILY Find A Start

By Zack Smith, Newsarama Contributor

Text Size: This fall, a new super-powered family will invade our TV screens.  The Powells were your average family, until a strange accident brought them together in  a way they could never imagine.  Now, they find they’ve got strange new abilities that might help solve the problems of their everyday lives…and put them in incredible danger.  But the experience may make them closer than ever before, as they discover they’re No Ordinary Family.

Read the interview with Consulting Producer Marc Guggenheim here!

SDCC 2010: Potentially Overlooked Panels

By Zack Smith, Newsarama Contributor

Here at Newsarama, we live to inspire dreams, not crush them like a cheese sandwich (™ Patton Oswalt).  But for those of you headed to the blue skies of Southern California for Comic-Con International: San Diego, we have some bad news about the big panels you want to attend: You ain’t gettin’ in.

Find out what you CAN get into here!

In its ninth year, the 10 by 10 in the Triangle festival at The ArtsCenter of Carrboro piles on the comedy in its dectet of 10-minute plays. In the program, one of the cast members describes it as the “tapas of theater,” which proves apt: There’s something for everyone’s taste, and if you don’t like one sample, then at least it’s only a bite-sized portion.

Read the full review here!

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