ORIGINAL ESSAY: The History of Marvel Comics’ ULTIMATE ADVENTURES, with Special Guest Duncan Fegredo

On October 25, 2001, Marvel Comics issued a press release heralding the hiring of Ron Zimmerman, a TV writer best known as a regular contributor to Howard Stern’s radio program, as a writer on a variety of freelance projects. “Welcome to The House, Ron – we think you’ll find it even more strange than Hollywood!” it extolled.

Little did he know.

Two and a half years later, Zimmerman would be one of the most reviled names at Marvel, inciting a degree of Internet hatred so great that Joe Quesada himself would step in to publicly defend him. His legacy would be some of the strangest comics ever put out by the House of Ideas, including perhaps the most obscure Ultimate Universe book, Ultimate Adventures.

The true story of Ultimate Adventures is one that represents the nexus of Marvel’s output and attitude in the early 2000s, a combination of creativity and aggression that proved both admirable and regrettable.

Collection of Published Articles for 2013, Pt.1

UPDATED: This is going to be a repository for links to my published stuff for a bit. I haven’t been posting about toys because I got a paying gig blogging about them for MTV Geek!  Here’s my first few posts: Power Lords Return Django Unchained Toys Pulled from Shelves Django Unchained Toys Now Banned on […]

Things I Did in 2012 That Which Were Cool

Here are some things I wrote and things I did in 2012 that I thought were kind of cool and possibly of interest to people In January, I wrote some more offbeat pieces, such as an interview with literary novelist Michael Malone about his time writing the daytime soap ONE LIFE TO LIVE as that […]

Pop Candy Posts for Wednesday!

Hey readers, here’s my Pop Candy pieces for Wednesday — there were a lot of ’em! Early Buzz! Guest Logo by SAGA Artist Fiona Staples! (the version came out a little cropped, click on the thumbnail above for the full version) Crazy Halloween Specials — and Where to Watch Them Online! The Writers of TV’s SUPERNATURAL […]

My Best Recent Stuff

Yes, a new post!  I’ve been up to a lot, and haven’t been cataloging articles very much.  But the site’s about to get a lot of hits, and I want to make sure my best work is available… I recently interviewed ERAGON author Christopher Paolini. Talked with Hugo and Nebula winner Kij Johnson, an NCSU […]

Best of the Last Six Months

Yes, I haven’t updated this site in forever.  I was busy.  And sick.  And busy again.  And disorganized. Well, new year, new opportunities, and here is some of the stuff I wrote that is worth archiving. Pop Cultural and Nerd Icon John Hodgman came through town, so I talked to him about moustaches and the […]

Cynthia Leitich Smith and Ming Doyle on TANTALIZED

It’s time for a different take on Young Adult werewolves with Tantalize: Kieren’s Story, a new graphic novel from Candlewick Press that shows a YA favorite from a different point of view.  Author Cynthia Leitich Smith retells her own novel from an all-new perspective, teamed with artist Ming Doyle, who’s making her graphic novel debut […]

Webcomics: R Stevens on DIESEL SWEETIES

Since 2000, Richard “R” Stevens has brought us the pixilated human-cyber relations of Diesel Sweeties, the tale of Clango Cyclotron, a robot who is as confounded about relations with the opposite sex as most flesh-and-blood males. It doesn’t help that he’s in an on-and-off thing with the equally-complicated Maura (“on-and-off” meaning they broke up, then […]

Webcomics: John Allison on BAD MACHINERY

Today, we head over to merry old England for a chat with the creator of the one of the longest-lived and most popular comics online. John Allison has had one of the longest careers of any webcartoonist, starting in 1998 with the first of his comics set in the fictional English town of Tackleford, Bobbins. […]

Webcomics: Emma Capps on CHAPEL CHRONICLES

Newsarama readers, we would like to warn you – no matter who you are, this next interview is going to make you feel terribly, terribly inadequate. Emma Capps is a relatively new entry to the world of online comics, but she’s already earned high praise from the likes of Scholastic Books and Scott McCloud – […]