Peter Bagge Article

TALKING TO CHRISTOPHER IRVING ON COMICS INTROSPECTIVE: PETER BAGGE by Zack Smith Christopher Irving made a big splash earlier this year with The Blue Beetle Companion from TwoMorrows. Now, he’s written the first in a new line of books spotlighting top independent comics talent with Comics Introspective Volume One: Peter Bagge, featuring the acclaimed Hate! …

John Kessel on MASTERS OF SCIENCE FICTION with Judy Davis and Sam Waterston

AUGUST 1, 2007 Raleigh author John Kessel to see work adapted on ABC Not-so-instant karma BY ZACK SMITH  John Kessel’s last brush with Hollywood was when a producer was interested in his short story, “Hearts Do Not in Eyes Shine,” about a couple who has their memories of one another erased. Then Eternal Sunshine of …

Many Faces of the Graphic Novel

SDCC ’07: MANY FACES OF THE GN PANEL by Zack Smith “Graphic Novel.” The phrase has been bandied about by countless critics, journalists and fans, becoming a term that’s sometimes seen as distinct from “comic books.” But what truly constitutes a graphic novel, and what are the realities of creating one? At the “Many Faces …

Fletcher Hanks: The Ed Wood of Comics?

SDCC ’07: FLETCHER HANKS PANEL by Zack Smith For years, the work of Golden Age comic book creator Fletcher Hanks lingered in obscurity. That recently changed with the release of Fantagraphics’ I Shall Destroy All the Civilized Planets: The Comics of Fletcher Hanks by Paul Karasik, which has introduced such surreal, vengeful characters as Stardust …

Simone Bianchi (ASTONISHING X-MEN) Interview

SDCC ’07: TALKING ASTONISHING WITH SIMONE BIANCHI With Simone Bianchi just announced as the new artist on Astonishing X-Men with writer Warren Ellis, we checked in to hear his thoughts on the upcoming project, and find out what was up with the “X” shaved into his hair at San Diego Comic-Con. Even without a script …

News of the WATCHMEN Film!

SDCC ’07: WARNER BROS. PANEL by Zack Smith Whiteout and Watchmen, two of the most-anticipated film adaptations of comics…well, ever, were previewed at San Diego Comic-Con International on Friday. Hall H, the largest exhibition room at the convention center, was packed wall to wall with thousands of fans waiting to hear some of the first …

Joe Hill (HEART-SHAPED BOX) Interview (LINK FIXED)

SDCC ’07: JOE HILL TALKS LOCKE & KEY @ IDW by Zack SmithAt their panel today at SDCC, IDW announced a new project by a known/unknown author (depending on what you’ve heard). Author Joe Hill is a young writer’s who’s just coming into his own thanks to the reception his novel Heart-Shaped Box has seen. …

Blount Street Commons: Revitalizing an Old Neighborhood

JULY 25, 2007 Building Blount Street Commons Linking one of Raleigh’s oldest districts to the new downtown BY ZACK SMITH 540 N. Blount St. in downtown Raleigh has seen better days. A thin layer of black dirt covers the outside, and if you want an invitation inside, you probably shouldn’t touch the broken plastic button …

Using Downtown Buildings

JULY 25, 2007 Empty warehouses, no trains What to do with TTA’s empty buildings in downtown Raleigh? BY ZACK SMITH The seven red-brick buildings adjacent to the large Dillon Supply building off of West Martin Street in downtown Raleigh are a melancholy sight. They’ve remained empty since late 2005, when they were bought out by …