My continuing tendency to get distracted and work on things not posted online means that I haven’t updated in a spell. Let’s rectify that with some of the better articles I’ve done over the last couple of months.

Kenny Caperton built an exact replica of the famous Michael Myers house from the movie Halloween in Hillsborough.

As I’m posting this on Halloween, here’s an article I wrote about some crazy haunted house events in North Carolina. You can read it here.

PHOTO BY JEREMY M. LANGE

And here’s an article I did on The Little Leviathan, a local oddiites shop that sells odd antiques, custom prop items (they’ve worked on TV’s SLEEPY HOLLOW) and much more you .You can read about their twisted world here.

If you’re enjoying GOTHAM on Fox, I wrote an extensive essay on BRUCE WAYNE, a previous attempt at doing a Batman prequel story for television by the screenwriter of THE IRON GIANT, that actually wound up inspiring a completely different superhero TV show. You can read about it here.

Or if you’re enjoying NBC’s romantic sitcom A TO Z, here’s an interview I did with creator Ben Queen, where he reveals himself to be a major fanboy. You can read it here.

I did a series of interviews counting down to the Small Press Expo (SPX) in September, each an in-depth talk with a different independent creator.

Celine Loup on HONEY

Emily Carroll on THROUGH THE WOODS

Farel Dalrymple on THE WRENCHIES

Jules Feiffer on KILL MY MOTHER

Eleanor Davis on HOW TO BE HAPPY

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This is a piece I did with writer/artist Scott Shaw on Captain Carrot, who appears in the new DC miniseries MULTIVERSITY and has a cult following from his 1980s appearances. You can read it here.

Speaking of the 1980s, here’s an interview I did with Brian Froud, designer of THE DARK CRYSTAL and LABYRINTH, on his new book FAERIES’ TALES. You can read it here.

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And speaking of SF and fantasy, here’s an interview I did with my friend Samuel Montgomery-Blinn on his magazine BULL SPEC. You can read it here.

I talked to Ben Acker and Ben Blacker, creators of the podcast THE THRILLING ADVENTURE HOUR, about their two new ongoing titles at Image Comics based on the show, SPARKS NEVADA and BEYOND BELIEF. You can read the interview here.

So and So Books makes its mark

Here’s a look I did at local Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill independent bookstores and how they’re doing.  You can read the full piece here.

And finally: I followed up my in-character interview with Cartoon Network’s Lumpy Space Princess with an in-depth talk with REGULAR SHOW star Muscle Man. Read the madness here.

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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 LITTLE PRINCESS, A MATTER OF LIFE and More

BATMAN: THE ANIMATED SERIES 21st Anniversary

Paul Pope on BATTLING BOY

GRENDEL Retrospective with Matt Wagner, 1

GRENDEL Retrospective, 2

Fantagraphics Reprints Crockett Johnson’s BARNABY

Nick Offerman of PARKS AND RECREATION talks AXE COP, Comics and More

BONE Creator Jeff Smith on Self-Publishing

NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD Creator George Romero on EMPIRE OF THE DEAD

Jonathan Hickman and Mike Costa on GOD IS DEAD

Priest and Bright on the Return of QUANTUM AND WOODY

TOYS!

The Many (Toy) Faces of Sylvester Stallone

How to Build Your Dragon: Putting Together Mattel’s MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE Classics Granamyr Toy

Tracking down the ADVENTURE TIME Marshall Lee Plush Toy

Sillof and Patton Owsalt’s FASTER, EMPIRE!  STRIKE!  STRIKE!

Masterpiece Transformers Soundwave

CHILDREN’S BOOKS

Caldecott Winner David Wiesner on MR. WUFFLES

Jhn Agee (LITTLE SANTA) and Loren Long (OTIS)

A look at the musical MARY POPPINS and P.L. Travers’ original books (done in Feb., before SAVING MR. BANKS came out)

Jan Brett on CINDERS

Phyllis Rowan’s THE DAY BEFORE YESTERDAY

THE DARK IS RISING Author Susan Cooper

In Memorial: E.L. Konigsburg, Author of FROM THE MIXED-UP FILES OF MRS. BASIL E. FRANKWEILER

Zilpha Keatley Snyder on BELOW THE ROOT

Weird Picture Books That I Enjoy

More Weird Children’s Books: The Mushroom Planet, Chicken Trek, Suzuki Beane and More

LOCAL NORTH CAROLINA ARTS

Nice Price Books in Carrboro to Close

SERENA Author Ron Rash on NOTHING GOLD CAN STAY

Craig Zobel on Directing COMPLIANCE

Golden Age Bakery Puts Comics on Cookies

Elizabeth Strout on THE BURGESS BOYS

TV Production in NC with HOMELAND, BANSHEE, UNDER THE DOME and More

INSPECTOR LYNLEY Author Elizabeth George Visits

Attempting to understand CATS in a local production

Local Produce Delivery Startups

COMICS I WROTE:

Unseen REGULAR SHOW Script: “Bad Grammar”

My REGULAR SHOW story “Sombrero World”

Interview on “Sombrero World” in USA Today

Another Interview on “SomBrero World” in the News and Observer

My ADVENTURE TIME Story “Grocery Time” (Pt.1)

My ADVENTURE TIME Story “Grocery Time” (Pt.2)

FREE COMIC: “Decaffeinated” with Thomas Boatwright

MISC. TV

Shows You WON’T See This Fall

31 Loose Ends from Season 4 of ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT

Dean Norris Talks BREAKING BAD and UNDER THE DOME

Hugh Dancy on HANNIBAL: Season One

Why I Heart Megatron: A Transformers Post

400 or so SIMPSONS Quotes

More than 60 BEAVIS AND BUTT-HEAD Videos

The anniversary of the end of ST. ELSEWHERE

My Strange Obsession with LAW & ORDER: SVU

MISC. ESSAYS/ORIGINAL COMPILATION POSTS

THE HEARTBREAK KID, SAVE THE DATE and other films for singles on Valentine’s Day

Thunderbirds are Go(ne): A Tribute to Gerry Anderson

Miami Connection: All 230+ Things I Love About this Film

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Check these out as part of a “What Our Writers are Reading” holiday feature — and maybe find some gift ideas!

Read the reviews here!

 

Imagine a comic strip where anyone could show up – where Blondie might stroll through, or Prince Valiant might charge through on his mighty steed. Imagine a strip where all artistic styles co-existed, produced without the aid of cut-and-paste or Photoshop.

Now imagine that strip existed almost 50 years ago…and people didn’t get it.

Read the full article here!

Catching Up with a Legend: Talking to Jules Feiffer

By Zack Smith

The Oscar and Pulitzer-winner talks his new Obama-themed children’s book, and his career.

Read the full interview here!

Unappreciated Genius: Craig Yoe on Boody Rogers

By Zack Smith

The last few years have seen an unearthing of many of the strange, unusual and downright craziest creators in comics history. But this March, one of the craziest will be unleashed on the world again withBoody: The Bizarre Comics of Boody Rogers, published by Fantagraphics.

Rogers’ cartoony work seems innocent at first glance…but his stories often took a turn into the completely insane. An average tale might feature insect-women, shrinking, mad scientists, crazed hillbillies and more. Though Rogers’ comic career was relatively short (he retired in 1952 to run a couple of art supply stores), his work has earned a loyal cult following.

If you don’t believe us, check out this story featuring his best-known creation, Sparky Watts. Or, if you’re feeling more bold, try this three-part epic starring “Babe, Darling of the Woods:”

Part One
Part Two
Part Three

Now that we’ve whet your appetite, it’s on to our main course – a talk with Craig Yoe, the editor of Fantagraphics’ Rogers retrospective. Yoe’s book is a unique combination of Rogers’ best work along with interviews with the late creator, who passed away in 1996. Yoe was happy to talk with us about his relationship with Rogers, and the effect Rogers’ work had on his fragile psyche.

Read the full interview here.

Turning the Clock Back – Greg Sadowski on Supermen!

By Zack Smith

 

The late 1930s and early 1940s gave rise to dozens of legendary heroes who are still around today, including Superman, Batman, Captain America and the Spirit.

And then…there were the rest.

Greg Sadowski, best-known as the author of the award-winning retrospective on Bernie Krigstein, B. Krigstein, is about to take readers back to the early days of comics, when heroes weren’t just heroes…they were Supermen!. The upcoming anthology from Fantagraphics features some of the earliest comic book superheroes and some of comics’ most legendary creators, including Will Eisner and Jack Kirby, along with an introduction by Jonathan Lethem (Omega the Unknown). We talked with Sadowski about the origins of his book, and the madness readers can expect to find inside.

And as a special bonus, we’ve included a story that was cut from the final book that just happens to star a character soon to be revived by DC.

Read on to find out more…