Did a chat session with my friend, film critic Craig Lindsey, which ran on the Raleigh News and Observer’s web site….along with that photo of me with Rosario Dawson.
Lindsey’s observations on the chat:
“But this convo is perhaps the most significant for me because Smith helped me deal with something that was tearing me up inside, something that no mature adult should have to deal with: my increasing hatred for ‘Transformers.’ I’ll forever be indebted to him for being there for me. You’re a true friend, playa!”
Aw! Right back at you, Craig!
You can read our chat here.
JONATHAN LETHEM ON OMEGA THE UNKNOWN
by Zack Smith
ENIGMA THE FIRST: the lone survivor of an alien world, a nameless man of somber, impassive visage, garbed utterly inappropriately in garish blue-and-red. ENIGMA THE SECOND: James-Michael Starling, age twelve raised in near-isolation by parents who (he discovered on the day they “died”) were robots. ENIGMA THE THIRD: the link between the man and the boy, penetrating to the depths of the mind and body, causing each to question his very reality of self.
In-depth interview with the MacArthur “genius” grant recepient about his upcoming series at Marvel Comics.
Read the Full Story here.
SIMONE BIANCHI: WRAPPING UP WOLVERINE
by Zack Smith
We talked with Simone Bianchi when his run on Marvel’s Wolverine started with issue #50, the first part of a massive storyline with Sabertooth that’s been presented in both color and black and white. With the story about to draw to a close with the much-hyped issue #55, we chatted with the enthusiastic Bianchi about his run on the book.
Full interview here.
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The Fish Heads Fugue and Other Tales for Twilight
The Hi Mom! Film Festival has always had a slight hint of chaos to it. Since it started in 1997, its creative direction as a short film festival has consisted of … showing a lot of short films. But in anticipation of its 10th anniversary, Hi Mom! will remind moviegoers why it received a 2007 Indies Arts award.
Full article here: http://www.indyweek.com/gyrobase/Content?oid=oid%3A156864
HITMAN: AN APPRECIATION, II – JOHN McCREA
by Zack Smith
With DC Comics revisiting the violent and hilarious world of Tommy Monaghan in September’s Hitman/JLA, we’ve been chatting with the demented minds who brought Tommy and company into our homes each month. To follow up on our talk with Garth Ennis, we called up the book’s artist, John McCrea, over in the UK.
Full article here.
“Look—this is a two-hour and 20-minute Michael Bay/Steven Spielberg film based on a toy line of robots. It is quite possibly the most commercialized film ever made: No product goes unplaced, and one kid actually shouts, ‘This is a hundred times better than Armageddon!’ The phrase ‘This isn’t Shakespeare’ was invented for this movie.”
Full review here: http://www.indyweek.com/gyrobase/Content?oid=oid%3A156556
Did a quick bit with Barry, who wrote THE ASTONISHING ADVENTURES OF FAN BOY AND GOTH GIRL, that just came out at Newsarama.
You can read it here.
The fan-favorite artist talks about his new project at Marvel, and talks about watching Mark Waid do karaoke.
Heroes Con was lovely, as I finally got to interview some people in person:
Did an interview with Fraction’s artist, Barry Kitson, that should run later this week.
From the Independent Weekly:
FANTASTIC FOUR 2: RISE OF THE SILVER SURFER—This sequel to the 2005 superhero adaptation is like being trapped in a room with a bad comedian for an hour and a half—though the fact that the film is only 90 minutes is immensely appealing in this summer of nearly three-hour sequels. No opportunity for a lame quip, pun and/or sight gag is missed in this retelling of a classic 1960s Stan Lee/Jack Kirby comic book. The story pits the dysfunctional quartet against the titular surfer (Doug Jones from Pan’s Labyrinth with Laurence Fishburne’s voice), the alien herald for a planet-devouring entity called Galactus&mash;who’s reduced from the armored titan of the comics to an inane-looking death cloud. Along with corny humor and dull effects, the pace is slowed by subplots about wedding woes and power-swapping. While not as offensively dumb as the first Fantastic Four film, the lack of tension and cliched dialogue will have fans of the comic pining for the cosmic melodrama of the original story. Rated PG. —ZS