Rob Schrab on Finishing SCUD THE DISPOSABLE ASSASSIN

ON FINISHING SCUD: TALKING TO ROB SCHRAB by Zack SmithTen years ago, a robotic assassin, cradling the dead body of his one true love, was told by the angels of Heaven to kill the Earth. His response? “I’ll do it.” Now, readers will finally find out what happened next. Since leaving his cult creation Scud …

Mike Wieringo

AUGUST 22, 2007 The untimely death of Durham artist Mike Wieringo A fantasist’s last sketch BY ZACK SMITH Mike Wieringo at the 2006 Heroes Con in Charlotte Photo by Donna Nolen-Weathington On Aug. 10, Durham-based comic book artist Mike Wieringo updated his Web site, mikewieringo.com, with a detailed sketch of Jarek, the hero of his …

Clark Duke (GREEK, SUPERBAD, CLARK AND MICHAEL) Interview (LINK FIXED)

 I got to talk with the talented actor and creator for Newsarama about his different projects and love of comics.  Here’s a sample of our conversation: NRAMA: What are some highlights of your collection? CD: I recently got the Morrison New X-Men Omnibus. I had all the single issues, but it’s great to have them …

Kyle Baker on SPECIAL FORCES

KYLE BAKER ON SPECIAL FORCES AND MORE by Zack SmithWhether it’s his hilarious observations on family life in The Bakers, the wild satire of such graphic novels as Why I Hate Saturn, The Cowboy Wally Show, or his dark look at slavery in Nat Turner, Kyle Baker has constantly proven to be one of comics’ …

Triple-A Baseball Heroes

Triple-A Baseball Heroes BY ZACK SMITH Illustration by John Watson/ Marvel Comics Yes, that’s Wool E. Bull cheering on the Hulk in Durham Bulls blues to a home run. …as far as Marvel giveaway comics go, this isn’t quite as bizarre as 1987’s Captain America Meets the Asthma Monster, or the infamous 1976 comic where …

SUPERBAD Review!

Superbad drops tons of F bombs, but has heart Seth and Evan go to the mini-mart BY ZACK SMITH Superbad is a hard-R teen comedy that contains no nudity, no intense violence, and sexual situations that would be considered tame by the standards of basic cable. The R comes from the language, an almost non-stop …

mc chris interview

RAPPIN’ WITH MC CHRIS by Zack Smith We’re smokin’ that Danger Girl! We’re smokin’ that Gen 13! — from “Wiid” mc chris (aka Chris Ward) is living large. The “nerdcore” rapper responsible for such cult hits as “Fette’s Vette” and “dq blizzard” recently finished his latest U.S. tour, reprised his role as the oft-reincarnated MC …

Comics Are Not Literature

SDCC ’07: COMICS ARE NOT LITERATURE PANEL by Zack Smith “I just want to say this is like the smartest audience ever!” enthused novelist Sara Ryan (The Rules for Hearts). Indeed, the “Comics Are Not Literature” panel at San Diego Comic-Con International on Sunday often sounded like an Ivy League debate society. A group of …

My UNDERDOG Review

From the Independent Weekly:  UNDERDOG—The original 1960s cartoon was charming because of the cute, limited animation and actor Wally Cox’s nerdy-but-intrepid readings of lines like “There’s no need to fear! Underdog is here!” The film version uses a live-action dog with the gravely voice of Jason Lee, and trades in the cuteness for lousy talking-dog …