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A Goon For All Seasons: Interviewing Eric Powell

This is an interview I conducted with writer/artist, Eric Powell (creator of The Goon, Chimichanga, and Billy the Kid’s Old Timey Oddities) back in October of 2004. I no longer remember why it wasn’t published on any of the sites I was contributing to at the time and, based on the intro I wrote below, that reason is likely lost to posterity. It only ever saw the light of day when I eventually threw it up on Blogger just to get it out into the world. I don’t know if anybody really saw it there, but it’s pretty doubtful.
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Buffy The Vampire Slayer Post Mortem Week 5: Jeff Parker

I interviewed writer/artist Jeff Parker in April of 2004 for my Buffy Post Mortem project as he was the illustrator for a Jane Espenson penned story from the Tales Of The Vampires mini-series that was running at that time. I was a big fan of Jeff’s since I had read and enjoyed his Interman original graphic novel and had the pleasure of interviewing him after the release of that book for Silver Bullet Comicbooks. He was a collaborative subject and one of the nicest guys I have ever had the pleasure of interacting with as a comics jouorno.

Although a skilled draftsman, Jeff is much better known as a writer these days having done amazing work on several books for Marvel and DC including Agents of Atlas, Thunderbolts, and Future Quest. He has a great writer’s voice but I’ve always loved and appreciated his artwork and do miss seeing it from time to time. His work on “Dust Bowl” was exceptional and I was very happy to spotlight it, and Jeff, on the website at the time. Continue reading “Buffy The Vampire Slayer Post Mortem Week 5: Jeff Parker”

Scooby-Doo Comic Book Revue #03

My review of the third issue of the new Scooby-Doo comic book, Scooby Apocalypse. This one doesn’t fare as well as previous issues.

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Scooby-Apocalypse-3-2-600x923SCOOBY APOCALYPSE #3 (DC Comics)

  • W: Keith Giffen/JM DeMatteis
  • A: Howard Porter/Dale Eaglesham

In the modern comic book market the typical length of most serialized stories is five or six-issues. There are exceptions to this rule, sure, but this is an accepted and unsurprising practice. Not five or six-issues because they need to be, mind you, but because it makes it easier to bundle them up when it has completed its run on the comic book shelves so they can sell them in the bookstores for $25 a pop.

Why is this relevant, you ask?

Well, by adhering to this narrative structure the third issue of any story invariably ends up being one of two things: everything either starts to go off the chain and there’s a major paradigm shift for the story or the characters, or things get quiet and the characters get a chance to catch their collective breaths before their…

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Afterthoughts: Spring (2014)

A review I wrote for one of my favourite movies of the last few years, Spring. It’s a surprisingly warm, romantic, and charming little horror movie. Great stuff.

For Your Consideration

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It’s going to be a real challenge to talk about Spring without giving away any juicy plot points and, believe me, this is the kind of movie you want to go into and experience as fresh as you possibly can on your first viewing. It’ll be difficult but I’m going to try and say as little as possible yet still express how great this movie is and why you should seek it out and watch it before you spend any more time being the person who has yet to have the pleasure of having watched Spring.

I mean, how often does a smart, touching, and layered indie horror movie come along that totally subverts its genre and tropes and has the ability to appeal just as easily to a non-horror audience as it does to its core demographic?

Be warned, though, if you’re a hardcore genre fan looking for a visceral movie more akin to…

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For Your Information: George A. Romero Getting a Star on the Walk of Fame – It’s About Flipping Time!

A small piece I wrote about George Romero getting a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. I feel like it’s kind of a big deal, or at least about time.

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With the news dropping this week that the beloved father of modern zombie culture was getting a star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame in 2017 I think it can be said that there was one collective thought running through just about every horror fan’s head; it’s about time!

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Scooby-Doo Comic Book Revue #02

My review of the second, and very entertaining, issue of Scooby Apocalypse. It was a weird idea that shouldn’t have been as good as it is, but there you have it. If you’re fan and you’re not reading this, you should take the time to check it out. It’s fun stuff.

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SDOAPOC_Cv2_dsSCOOBY APOCALYPSE #2 (DC Comics)

  • W: Keith Giffen/JM DeMatteis
  • A: Howard Porter

After the surprising success of Scooby Apocalypse #1 I was a little worried about how the second issue would measure up. I enjoyed the new take on the characters as well as the writing and art so much that I was kind of waiting for the other shoe to drop. Was the first issue a fluke? Would it continue the same level of excellence and intrigue by building on this mysterious new H-B world and concept presented in the first issue?

The answer to all those questions is a resounding “Yes!”

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Scooby-Doo Comic Book Revue #04

I cannot even begin to tell you how hard it is to review these all-ages Scooby-Doo books. I want to bring my full critical powers to bear on them but they are very much targeted at a younger demographic and, as such, cannot be judged in the same way. It takes me twice as long to write one of these as it does any regular comic for a general audience.

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STL010819SCOOBY-DOO! WHERE ARE YOU? #71 (DC Comics)

  • W: Derek Fridolks/Sholly Fisch/Embla Malmenlid
  • A: Walter Carzon & Horacio Ottolini/Scott Jeralds & Jorge Pacheco/Scott Neely

Just a quick disclaimer before I get into the review. I’m going to try to approach these family oriented books with an eye towards finding a balance between reviewing them with a lighter touch because of their intended audience and treating them like any other book with my normal reviewing style.

In “Boo Recruits”, the first of three stories in this issue, we find the gang being called in by the military to help solve the mystery of the Scary Soldier. They report to a Sargeant Williams who tells them of the spectre of a soldier who has been wandering the grounds of the base and scaring the base personnel. In order to investigate, Fred, Daphne, Velma, Shaggy, and Scooby all have to pretend to join the army, boot camp and…

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Afterthoughts: The Legend Of Tarzan (2016)

I really enjoyed The Legend of Tarzan when I saw it a couple of weeks ago and fearing that it might go the way of another Edgar Rice Burroughs adaptation, John Carter, I thought I would write a review of it and challenge people to check the film out in theatres and not wait for it to come out on video to discover it. It’s a fun and engaging adventure movie. I’d hate to see it fail and fade away into the ether.

For Your Consideration

Tarzan

Cinema’s latest foray into adapting the world of pulp characters to the big screen has arrived in the form of The Legend of Tarzan, and while the film looks like it’s on track to go down the same road of apathy and missed opportunity as the last Edgar Rice Burroughs adaptation, John Carter, did four years ago, I felt I should throw my hat into the ring and say some words in support of this entertaining and fun adventure story most people probably aren’t going to see.

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Scooby-Doo Comicbook Revue #01

I started up a Scooby-Doo podcast and was now in the business of reviewing Scooby-Doo episodes, films, and comic books. This is my take on the first issue of DC Comics’ Hanna-Barbera Beyond book, Scooby Apocalypse.

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  • W: Keith Giffen/JM DeMatteis
  • A: Howard Porter

I was highly skeptical about Scooby Apocalypse when I first heard about it but my curiosity got the better of me when I saw who the creative team were that DC pulled together for this. I have been a fan of Giffen and DeMatteis for decades (both creators being responsible for some of my absolute favourite comic book stories of all time) and I really enjoyed Howard Porter’s work on Justice League 3000 so I figured the least I could do is check it out for myself. See what these guys have done with one of my favourite animated properties.

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