Jon J Muth and Mo Willems on CITY DOG, COUNTRY FROG, Pt.1

What happens when two acclaimed children’s book authors with close ties to comics team up? Mo Willems (www.mowillems.com) won six Emmys for writing Sesame Street and created Sheep in the City for Cartoon Network, where he also served as head writer for Codename: Kids Next Door before moving to such bestselling picture books as Don’t […]

Action Fest Recap with Reviews of SUPER, 13 ASSASSINS, IRONCLAD, HOBO WITH A SHOTGUN and Buddy Joe Hooker

If you’ve ever dreamed of pulling into a theater parking lot with BMX bikers doing half-pipe flips and a man preparing to be set on fire; ActionFest, Asheville’s annual “Film Festival with a Body Count” might be the cinematic event you’ve been waiting for. On a recent sunny weekend, I attended the second annual festival […]

J. J. Johnson on THIS GIRL IS DIFFERENT

Durham’s J.J. Johnson has earned excellent reviews for her young adult novel This Girl is Different (Peachtree, $16.95), and will do a hometown reading and signing at the Regulator Bookshop tonight at 7 p.m. We got Johnson on the phone recently to discuss her book and the challenges of writing for teenagers. Read the full […]

Rob Schrab on BUT I CAN’T DO ANYTHING ELSE! Pt.2

Our two-part interview with Scud: The Disposable Assassin creator Rob Schrab on his new collection But I Can’t Do Anything Else!: The Art of Rob Schrab concludes today. In this part, Schrab talks about his recent work directing TV, and what it would take for him to do a new comic book series. Read the […]

Rob Schrab on BUT I CAN’T DO ANYTHING ELSE! Pt. 1

In this special two-part interview, the creator of SCUD: THE DISPOSABLE ASSASSIN talked with us about his recent projects, his new retrospective book, and more! And of course there’s plenty of art – and some killer robots to boot. Read the full interview here!

Review: Ellen Hemphill’s STEALING HOME

Archipelago Theatre co-founder Ellen Hemphill’s solo performance piece Stealing Home at Manbites Dog is a sultry and at times poignant cabaret reflecting on love, lust and lost chances. Though there are a number of theatrical touches, ranging from costume changes to symbolic props to video projection, the piece works best when Hemphill—and her voice—are front […]

YOUR HIGHNESS: My Review

Reprinted from the Independent WeeklyDanny McBride and David Gordon Green’s parody of 1980s fantasy flicks such as Clash of the Titans and Willow unfortunately suffers from the misapprehension that simply having characters randomly make jokes about sex, profanity and marijuana in the midst of swordplay is funny in and of itself. Co-writer McBride stars as […]