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Interview with Pi: The Book of Ants Artist Edward Ross Flynn

Back in 1998, pretty early on in the life of my online magazine, Meanwhile…, I was contacted by an artist by the name of Ed Flynn. Ed was promoting a comic book he was working on that was being written by a young filmmaker named Darren Aronofsky. Darren had a movie he had been working on and, as part of the process of putting the film together, he wanted to launch a four-part comic book story to act as a companion piece to the film. The film was his first feature entitled, Pi, and the comic book would be called, fittingly, Pi: The Book of Ants. Continue reading “Interview with Pi: The Book of Ants Artist Edward Ross Flynn”

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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STL005135SCOOBY-DOO! TEAM-UP #16 (DC Comics)

  • 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.

For Your Consideration

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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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A Podcast Named Scooby-Doo! Episode 07: Interview with Jon Colton Barry (Part One)

I recently had a conversation with Be Cool Scooby-Doo story editor, Jon Colton Barry, for my Scooby-centric podcast where we talked about the development process of the show and their new take on the characters.

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APNSD! is back again with another brand-new episode, this time featuring the first part of our long-awaited exclusive interview with Be Cool Scooby-Doo! Story Editor, Jon Colton Barry. In this first installment of our conversation, Jon discusses much of the thought process behind the development of the Be Cool show and some of the reasoning behind their take on the characters and the show’s particular brand of humour.


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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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Consider This: Valkyrie (2008)

For Your Consideration

I recently watched Valkyrie for the first time and I was surprised to hear that, upon its release in 2008, it was not at all received well by critics or theatre-goers. Most of them complained about Cruise and the accents or just said that they found it a bland thriller  that suffered from a lack of tension since we all knew Hitler survives the assassination attempt only to kill himself a year later. Having no knowledge/recollection of this attitude towards the movie I went into it thinking only of how the friends I have who had seen it had all spoken well of it. I went into the experience looking forward to seeing a powerful ensemble cast and just hoping I would get a solid World War II thriller out of it.

I believe this is exactly what I got, and maybe a bit more.

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For Your Consideration Captain America: The Winter Soldier (Audio Commentary)

This weekend I had two events sort of dovetail into each other: I saw Captain America: Civil War and circumstances outside of my control left me without a new episode of my podcast, FYC, to release. Rather than simply ignore the latter, I decided to combine it with the former and set about recording an audio commentary for its predecessor, and my favourite Marvel film, 2014’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Continue reading “For Your Consideration Captain America: The Winter Soldier (Audio Commentary)”

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