William Shatner — Extended Interview

Did a short interview with William Shatner for a local paper — you can read it here Here’s the extended version of our talk. # He’ll forever be known as Star Trek’s Captain Kirk, but William Shatner’s willingness to embrace his campy persona has made him more prolific than most actors a quarter of his …

Antony Johnston on THE FUSE

COMICS Antony Johnston lights THE FUSE at Image Comics by Zack Smith, Newsarama Contributor Date: 03 January 2014 Time: 12:00 PM ET CREDIT: Image Comics View full size image Antony Johnston is no stranger to scifi worlds with his long-running post-apocalpytic series Wasteland at Oni. Now, the prolific creator is headed offworld with The Fuse, a new SF …

Michel Fiffe on COPRA

Michel Fiffe’s COPRA: the One-Man Written, Drawn, Self-Published Villain Epic by Zack Smith, Newsarama Contributor Date: 02 January 2014 Time: 03:00 PM ET CREDIT: Michel Fiffe View full size image He did it. In a world where it’s still a great challenge for entire comic book creative teams to get a book out on a …

Aaron Becker on JOURNEY

Going back to old policy of posting links to individual articles I publish this year.  Let’s see how long this lasts…   READING / INTERVIEWSAaron Becker takes children on an illustrated Journey Posted by Zack Smith @thezacksmith on Wed, Jan 1, 2014 at 10:36 AM   Aaron Becker Journey Cover Aaron Becker has worked on such big-budget CGI-animated films asThe Polar Express and A Christmas Carol. But …

Best Articles of 2013 Compilation

Here are the most best things I wrote this past year.  I think this averages out to one great piece per week.  I am pleased by this. COMIC BOOKS The Strange History of Marvel Comics’ ULTIMATE ADVENTURES with Hawk-Owl and Woody Peter Milligan and Brendan McCarthy, Pt.1 Milligan and McCarthy, Pt.2 Jeffrey Brown on VADER’S …

Sexual Harassment In Comics: A Male Writer Speaks Out

A lot of what goes on in comics outside the actual books tends to go over my head.  I stay off of message boards, avoid getting into arguments, and at cons, I just seek out who I want to meet, have dinner with my friends, and go to bed early. But lately, there are more …

In the Criminal Justice System…an Ode to LAW AND ORDER: SVU

I prefer my TV super-positive.  I have difficulty watching things I know to be violent, dark, depressing, etc. And yet, I am endlessly sucked in by LAW & ORDER: SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT. SVU, as it’s commonly known, is currently in its 15th season of busting rapists, pedophiles and miscellaneous, vaguely-sexually-related criminals.  It has hung onto …

FREE COMIC: “Decaffeinated” with Thomas Boatwright

                                    My recent giving-up of soda and most sugars has reminded me of this short story I did with artist Thomas Boatwright  for a local anthology of  coffee-themed comics a few years back. Here’s the tale for free — …

ADVENTURE TIME: “Grocery Time” Pt.2 is Out!

    SELF PROMOTION! The conclusion to my ADVENTURE TIME story with artist Brad McGinty, “Grocery Time,” is out in stores this week in ADVENTURE TIME #22!   You can buy an e-copy on ComiXology here. To answer two possible questions: 1) Yes, Part One ran two months ago in issue #20.  No, I don’t …

MIAMI CONNECTION: All 230+ Things I Love About this FIlm

WRITTEN OVER THE COURSE OF SIX DAYS BETWEEN INTERVIEWS, ARTICLES AND TWO CLASS LECTURES Over the past year, few things have brought me as much joy as the re-released 1987 lost martial arts rock classic, MIAMI CONNECTION. If you have not watched this masterpiece yet, it is on Netflix Instant for free.  To whet your …