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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Interview: Comics writer Daniel Way on going indie again after superhero success

Posted By on Wed, Apr 15, 2015 at 10:01 AM

After getting his start in self-publishing, comics writer Daniel Way made his name in the mainstream superhero world, especially with a long run scripting the irreverent Marvel Comics character Deadpool, who is to be played by Ryan Reynolds in a feature film next year. But these days, Way is focused on his own, even more off-center creations—and living in Morrisville, to which he moved from Georgia about 18 months ago. He chose to bypass the big publishers and their distribution systems for his upcoming title, returning to his independent roots with the kind of sex-and-violence satire the mainstream usually avoids....

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Monday, February 23, 2015

A new shop in Raleigh, a pair of new conventions and other local comics news

Posted By on Mon, Feb 23, 2015 at 8:10 AM

A new comic shop opens in Raleigh Comic book fans in Raleigh now have a new option for getting their fanboy fix, Fight or Flight Comics, which just opened at 6675 Falls of Neuse Rd., Suite 015. Named for the classic human psychological response—as well as the action of many a superhero comic book—it was founded by former clerks from Hillsborough Street comics mainstay Foundation’s Edge. Fight or Flight’s Daniel Foust says the store was placed in this part of Raleigh so as not to compete with existing shops, such as Foundation’s Edge or Capitol Comics II. It’s actually gotten...

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Friday, November 14, 2014

Opinion: The legend of Old Zeekle

Posted By on Fri, Nov 14, 2014 at 10:58 AM

NC Comicon Durham Convention Center Saturday, Nov. 15–Sunday, Nov. 16 I’m sitting at a table in a hotel ballroom at an undisclosed location on the East Coast. To my left, a Stormtrooper with a boom box that’s been playing the X-Files theme on a loop for the past two hours has decided to dance in front of his table. He appears to be doing the Electric Slide. To my right, a vampire clown is attempting to bum a cigarette from the now-adult actor that played the little kid in the Child’s Play films. This is not a dream. This is...

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Thursday, October 2, 2014

Comics roundup: A civil rights legend, Congressman John Lewis, visits Durham in comics and real-life form

Posted By on Thu, Oct 2, 2014 at 11:00 AM

“Durham Reads Together” and The Durham Comics Project A major public figure with an connection to comic books will be in Durham this weekend: Georgia Congressman John Lewis, the legendary Civil Rights Movement leader who is the last surviving speaker from the 1963 political rally in Washington, D.C. where Martin Luther King Jr. gave his “I Have a Dream” speech. Rep. Lewis’ life and experiences have been adapted into the graphic novel trilogy March from Top Shelf Comix, which has published acclaimed works such as Alan Moore’s The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen and Craig Thompson’s Blankets. The first volume of March...

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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

The Pull List: Southern Bastards worth keeping company with

Posted By on Wed, Aug 27, 2014 at 1:50 PM

Southern Bastardsby Jason Aaron and Jason Latour Image Comics The Image Comics series Southern Bastards is a tribute to the South, both its warm, sunny side and its sordid dark side. If you’re from the South, you approach such projects with wariness. They tend to ladle on the magnolias and moonshine with a heavy hand and, depending on the writer’s viewpoint, overdo the reverence or, more often, soak it in so much vitriol that it collapses in a soggy mess. But read three pages into Southern Bastards and the fictional Craw County of rural Alabama will feel real. What transports...

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Friday, July 11, 2014

Heroes, wizards and signings, oh my!

Posted By on Fri, Jul 11, 2014 at 11:31 AM

San Diego Comic-Con International officially opens on July 24, but for Triangle residents unable or unwilling to travel 3,000 miles to stand in line with thousands of other fans, there are a number of comic-related events coming up in the Triangle, ranging from visits from top creators to superheroes coming to “life” on stage. One of the most surprising events comes on Saturday, July 12, when Chapel Hill Comics owner Andrew Neal says goodbye to retail with the store’s self-proclaimed “Greatest Signing of All Time,” featuring creators Jim Rugg (Street Angel, the comic book version of TV’s Adventure Time), Tom Scioli (Transformers vs....

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Monday, May 26, 2014

The Pull List: Letter 44

Posted By on Mon, May 26, 2014 at 4:47 PM

Letter 44 No. 6 by Charles Soule and Alberto Jimenez Albuquerque Oni Press  Conspiracy theorists' fantasies take to the page in Letter 44, a new series currently unspooling from Oni Press. Its central premise is established when, on inauguration day, the 43rd president of the United States (that would be George W. Bush in real life, thinly veiled as Francis T. Carroll in the comic) leaves a letter for the 44th (Barack Obama in reality, Stephen Blades here) revealing that yeah, he lied to start wars in the Middle East. But he did so because the truth would have been...

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Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Free Comic Book Day swag picks

Posted By on Wed, Apr 30, 2014 at 12:25 PM

Following this week's article on Free Comic Book Day, Zack Smith picks a few freebies to watch for this Saturday. Guardians of the Galaxy—This team of C-list cosmic heroes is aiming for the A-list with a movie this summer. Marvel Comics offers a tie-in to the ongoing series, written by superstars Brian Michael Bendis and Dan Slott, as well as a kid-friendly spotlight book on Rocket Raccoon, a fierce space-critter poised to be the film’s breakout star. “I think people are really going to respond to that book and that character,” Ultimate Comics owner Alan Gill says. “When the film comes out, every kid in America is going to...

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Thursday, April 24, 2014

The Pull List: Afterlife with Archie

Posted By on Thu, Apr 24, 2014 at 10:27 AM

Afterlife with Archie No. 4 by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and Francesco Francavilla Archie Comics As an elevator pitch, it must have sounded unthinkable: “It’s Archie meets The Walking Dead!” That’s just a hair less outrageous than, say, Care Bears meets The Killing. (Okay, that actually might rule.) Our carrot-topped klutz has had some unusual crossovers before—remember when he met the Punisher?—but those were still cheesy gags that conformed to Archie’s bright, cartoonish world. It’s hard to imagine how post-apocalyptic zombie horror could ever dovetail with the squeaky-clean teenage fantasyland of Riverdale, and harder still to imagine that its copyright-holders would ever sign off on it....

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Wednesday, March 5, 2014

The Pull List: Alex + Ada

Posted By on Wed, Mar 5, 2014 at 8:54 AM

Alex + Ada No. 4 by Jonathan Luna and Sarah Vaughn Image Comics  In the first issue of Alex + Ada, Alex comes home from a surprise birthday party to find a large crate in his living room. He opens it and discovers a beautiful young woman standing inside, motionless as a mannequin. Reading from an instruction manual, he tugs her earlobe. “Hello,” she says expressionlessly—or is there the hint of a smile?—and steps out of the crate, into one of the most thought-provoking and timely comics stories currently on the stands. In a world after Siri and Kinect, the idea of talking to...

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Monday, February 24, 2014

The Pull List: Daredevil

Posted By on Mon, Feb 24, 2014 at 10:19 AM

Daredevil No. 36 by Mark Waid and Chris SamneeMarvel Look, I like superhero comics, but let’s be real—a lot of them are mediocre at best and sheer garbage at worst. It’s too easy for the big publishers to rely on the strength of franchises rather than storytelling. It’s almost as if Marvel knows I’ll buy the crappiest X-Men books just because I need to know what the X-Men are up to. Though I’m an admirer of Brian Wood’s creator-owned series The Massive, I kind of hate his current flagship X-Men title—why must Wood fill every book he writes with characters spouting...

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Monday, February 17, 2014

The Pull List: Trillium

Posted By on Mon, Feb 17, 2014 at 5:31 PM

Trillium No. 6 by Jeff Lemire Vertigo Traditionally, mainstream comics are made by assembly line. This guy writes the story and that guy draws the pencil art. Another inks it in, while two more add color and text. It’s a practical consideration for companies managing a lot of monthly books, but it’s also what makes comics a singularly collaborative medium. These roles aren’t as rigidly defined as they sound: Some writers give loose directions while others plot out every panel; some pencillers define each wrinkle while others leave detail to inkers and colorists. So each gestalt of creators has a...

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Thursday, February 6, 2014

The Pull List: Mind MGMT

Posted By on Thu, Feb 6, 2014 at 1:56 PM

Mind MGMT #18 by Matt Kindt Dark Horse Comics Imagine if every paranoid fantasy of remote surveillance, dangerous psyops and government mind-control was real—it doesn’t feel like much of a stretch from our current vantage, does it?—and embodied in a CIA-like organization, all wrapped in a deft literary puzzle-box. You have just imagined Mind MGMT. In the latest issue of comics auteur Matt Kindt’s brain-bending postmodern thriller, a young girl named Ella discovers that she can intuit and influence the feelings of animals. She's soon recruited into the secret espionage organization after which the book is named. The issue climaxes when Ella meets...

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Thursday, May 2, 2013

From Iron Man to Funky Winkerbean, a guide to upcoming comic book events in the Triangle

Posted By on Thu, May 2, 2013 at 2:35 PM

This Friday Iron Man 3, which was partially filmed in Cary and throughout North Carolina, will blast into theaters after already taking in $200 million internationally. While it's the biggest comic-book-related event in the Triangle, it's not the only one, as a series of local and national creators are headed through the area during the next few months. These events help emphasize the variety and diversity of the medium. Image via FCBD siteSaturday sees the annual Free Comic Book Day event, where comic book retailers provide sample books created by publishers designed to hook new readers of all ages. Though...

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Friday, April 26, 2013

"The world's best artist" Mitch O'Connell brings modern kitsch to Raleigh

Posted By on Fri, Apr 26, 2013 at 1:47 PM

Image provided by Mitch O'Connell Mitch O'Connell's colorful, crazed pop-art illustrations have appeared everywhere from the cover of Newsweek (four times) to a recent full-page story in The Wall Street Journal, but you'll have to forgive him for hoping for a good-sized turnout at his appearance at Nice Price Books in Raleigh on April 27. "I’ll be in North Carolina meeting my fiancé’s father," says O'Connell, on the phone from his home in Chicago. "My only goal is that hopefully a respectable line is in place to impress him. "So I impose this responsibility on the people of Raleigh—hopefully it’s...

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Saturday, September 22, 2012

Questions for Brian Regan, a hard-working, good-guy comic

Posted By on Sat, Sep 22, 2012 at 1:25 PM

Photo by Brian Friedman BRIAN REGAN@ Durham Performing Arts Center7 p.m. Even if you’ve never heard of Brian Regan, the minute you see him perform, you immediately fall in love with the guy. A 30-year veteran of the stand-up scene, the Miami-born, Vegas-based comic is well-known for his clean but still utterly uproarious stand-up. His humor has definitely given him not just fans but famous fans, like Jerry Seinfeld (who drove him around during an episode of his Web series, Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee) and Marc Maron (who had him as a guest on his WTF with Marc Maron...

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Friday, March 9, 2012

How John Carter is the grandfather of modern fantasy

Posted By on Fri, Mar 9, 2012 at 4:16 PM

It is a testament to how poorly Disney has handled the John Carter property that the non-geek public still knows very little about the movie, much less that the character is celebrating its centennial this year. Indeed, audiences might be excused if they think the new Disney movie is ripping off Star Wars, Total Recall, Avatar—hell, even Dances with Wolves—when it is Edgar Rice Burroughs' creation that curls throughout their DNA. The swashbuckling pulp hero first appeared in print in 1912, several years before Burroughs' other invention —Tarzan of the Apes—who, thanks to cheaply produced movie serials and TV shows...

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Thursday, February 9, 2012

Chapel Hill Comics owner draws cover for comic based on cult Adventure Time cartoon

Posted By on Thu, Feb 9, 2012 at 5:10 PM

On Saturday, Feb. 18, fans will head to Chapel Hill Comics to pay $15 for a comic book with a locally drawn cover depicting a princess made of bubblegum and a vampire rocker who drinks the color red instead of blood, and was traumatized by her father eating her fries as a child. And I will be among them. From the Adventure Time episode "It Came From the Nightosphere": Marceline the Vampire Queen sings of the traumatic childhood incident where her father ate her fries. The comic book, Adventure Time, is based on an Emmy-nominated animated series on Cartoon Network...

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Thursday, March 17, 2011

An older and mellower Tom Green: a conversation with the creator of Freddy Got Fingered

Posted By on Thu, Mar 17, 2011 at 6:20 PM

Courtesy of Marleah Leslie & AssociatesIn the late 1990s and early 2000s, Tom Green rose to superstardom through such gross-out humor as putting a sculpture of his parents having sex on their front lawn and the novelty hit “The Bum Bum Song.” There was also the debatable cult classic Freddy Got Fingered. (A highbrow appreciation is here.) But these days, the one-time MTV sensation who famously broadcast his testicular cancer surgery on the air has embraced a perspective he calls “conservative.” “I just talk about things that make me laugh, and that the mainstream doesn’t necessarily talk about,” says Green...

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Friday, October 2, 2009

Punchbuggy Tour: Teen homosexuality, herpes and other topics fit for comics

Posted By on Fri, Oct 2, 2009 at 5:10 PM

PERKINS LIBRARY, DUKE UNIVERSITY—Those who maintain that comic books are merely for children would have encountered powerful arguments to the contrary at Duke's Perkins Library on Tuesday, where a trio of young creators discussed comics covering such topics as teen homosexuality, living with herpes and hooking up with a way-too-young waitress on a business trip. The library played home to the Punchbuggy Tour, a two-week junket promoting the work of M.K. Reed, Liz Baillie and Ken Dahl. Each cartoonist read from their work, which amounted to narrating panels projected onto a screen via computer. Reed's deadpan Cross Country chronicles...

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