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Meanwhile… Interviews Stefan Petrucha

It was back in 1998 that I decided to do a big all-X-Files issue of Meanwhile… to coincide with, and celebrate, the release of the first X-Files feature film, Fight the Future. I struggle to remember what other X-File-related material I compiled and published at the time but this interview with comic book writer and novelist, Stefan Petrucha, as well as a conversation with the show’s location scouts, was certainly the main draw.

My first introduction to Petrucha’s writing was within the pages of the Topps Comics adaptation of the show that I loved so dearly. He seemed able to effortlessly capture the voices of the characters and he really just nailed the structure of the show, only in comic book form. Although it is much more common today for a licensed product to mirror the show or film it is based on, sometimes even being written or ‘executive produced’ by the show’s creator and writers, back in 1998 that was not a thing.

And sales for the book reflected that. I am sure that those early issues benefited a bit from the speculator boom of the ’90s but I think the fact that it stayed a best-seller for as long as it did had more to do with the quality of the work being produced than sheer momentum derived from the worldwide popularity of the series. Continue reading “Meanwhile… Interviews Stefan Petrucha”

APNSD! Comic Book Revue: SCOOBY-DOO! TEAM-UP #16

As part of my duties running a Scooby-Doo-centric podcast and blog I have been reviewing the Scooby-Doo comic books published by DC Comics. This is a review for Scooby-Doo Team-Up #16. These are especially hard to do as I try to balance the quality of the writing and art with the demographic DC is targeting with these books. I try to be honest but fair.

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  • W: Sholly Fisch
  • A: Dario Brizuela

In this issue of Scooby-Doo! Team-Up, the gang are summoned to Fawcett City to help find the miraculous Marvel Family who have gone missing, and only Mr. Mind and his Monster Society of Evil could be to blame!!

The story begins with Tawky Tawny and Uncle Marvel filling Mystery Inc. in on the disappearance of Captain Marvel, Mary Marvel, and Captain Marvel Junior. They are told that they were the best chance at finding the Marvels since their area of expertise is finding monsters. With the Monster Society of Evil undoubtedly behind their capture, they are the perfect match for the job.

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Afterthoughts: Lights Out (2016)

This is a review I wrote after watching the film, Lights Out. I wish I could have been kinder to it but there were just so many things wrong with it to give it a pass.

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I went to see Lights Out this weekend, the new horror movie written by Eric Heisserer and directed by David Sandberg. It comes as no surprise to me that the film was produced by James Wan as he seems to be behind just about every scary movie that has hit cinemas in the last few years, and Lights Out has that familiar vibe to it that we’ve come to expect from the likes of the Insidious movies and The Conjurings. One difference with Lights Out compared to those other movies, however, is the fact that it started life as short film of Sandberg’s that was then adapted  by Heisserer with a few tweaks to the story to accommodate the longer running time. Overall I’d say it’s a serviceable boofest but I have to qualify that I do have some genuinely mixed feelings about it.

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Considering…Alien: Covenant

A very brief piece I wrote in anticipation of the new film, Alien: Covenant, for my film-based podcast blog.

For five years I have been struggling with Prometheus as a film. I had trouble with some of the character motivations, the pathology of the black goo, and a number of other things. I have been revisiting the film off and on since 2012 when I first saw it in theatres and it wasn’t until this month that I was finally able to make sense of things to the degree that I can actually enjoy the movie. In fact, now, I can honestly say that I’m actually quite fond of it.

After doing some research and watching the marketing unravel for Covenant, I was finally able to fill the holes previously left gaping, answer questions left irritatingly unanswered, and giving me hope that Alien: Covenant would be the film that I hoped it would be. 

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aliencovenantOkay. I am officially in full deep-dive mode on Prometheus and Alien: Covenant as we go into the final couple of weeks leading up to the latter film’s release.

Originally, I had a lot of problems with Prometheus and have spent that last couple of years visiting and revisiting the story to try and find that place where I can enjoy it without getting angry. I love a mystery but so many questions left unanswered in an unsatisfactory way just leaves a bad taste in your mouth no matter how you slice it. Promises, however, have been made that many of the answers we, as fans, have been seeking for the last 5 years will be addressed and from what I have seen of early promotional material this may actually be the case.

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Afterthoughts: The Girl With All the Gifts (2016)

I wrote a movie review of the wonderfully done 2016 zombie film, The Girl With All the Gifts, for my film-based podcast blog.

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Although it hasn’t had a wide release in North America I had a chance to see The Girl With All the Gifts the other day at one of my local cinemas. I was pretty jazzed to see it based on the trailer I had caught on the internet a few months ago but wasn’t entirely sure what to expect other than that. I knew it was going to be kind of a zombie movie, it kind of reminded me a bit of 28 Days Later, and it was written by a writer I enjoy, Mike Carey. I am pleased to report that what I got from the film was both exactly what I expected and a whole lot more, as well.

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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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For Your Information: James Cameron’s ALIENS Was Released 30 Years Ago Today

A personal remembrance of my first viewing experience of James Cameron’s Aliens on its 30th anniversary.

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30 years ago today James Cameron unleashed his action/thriller masterpiece, Aliens, upon the world and, unbeknownst to him, on an unsuspecting 13 year-old kid from the sticks. This is his story.

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Plot Details For S.C.O.O.B. Have Been Released

Upon the release of Warner Bros. production details for the new movie, S.C.O.O.B., I wrote down some of my thoughts.

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Last week, and to everyone’s surprise, Warner Bros. released the plot summary for their 2018 film, S.C.O.O.B. The film, which is being written by Matt Lieberman and directed by Tony Cervone, is to be the first of several films Warner wants to make based off of the Hanna-Barbera stable of characters. Through this, they also hope to create a shared H-B film universe, much like Marvel Studios has cultivated and like Universal Studios is planning with their Universal Monsters characters.

The summary is as follows:

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Russian Emissary Speaks on Campus

This was a small article I wrote in 2001 shortly after the attacks on the World Trade Centre in New York City. The main library at the University of Saskatchewan was holding an exhibit involving the works of Alexander Pushkin and the Russian Cultural Attaché was scheduled to come down to campus and check it out. I was slated to cover the event as I was one of the main Arts and Culture writers at The Sheaf but a couple of weeks before he arrived things took an unexpected turn.

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