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Edward Ashton Talks His New Hollywood Sci-Fi Novel ‘Mickey7’ (Exclusive)

Existential themes of identity and immortality are carefully explored in Edward Ashton’s gripping new sci-fi novel “Mickey7” (St. Martin’s Press, 2022), a witty book filled with a refreshing dose of clever humor and old-school planetary adventure.

Billed as “The Martian” meets “Multiplicity” (with a touch of Duncan Jones’ “Moon”), “Mickey7” introduces readers to an Expendable human worker drone named Mickey who is tasked with performing dangerous tasks on the frozen world of Niflheim. These disposable employees are subjected to a variety of dastardly deaths before being regenerated as clones, with their original memories intact.

When Mickey7 is engulfed in a vast icy crevice, he is presumed dead and a new Expendable, Mickey8, is created to take his place in the system. But Mickey7 is miraculously saved by one of the planet’s native aliens, and when he returns to the colony base, he is shocked to see the replacement drone already inserted into his old life and habitat.

Now Mickey7 and Mickey8 must hide their dual existence from a society that frowns upon repetition as the native insect-like creatures roam the frigid and hostile environment and an interspecies conflict brews that threatens both sides. .

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Edward Ashton’s new novel “Mickey7” is heading to Hollywood, with Bong Joon Ho signed on to direct. (Image credit: St. Martin’s Press)

Deadline recently reported that Oscar-winning director Bong Joon Ho (“Snowpiercer,” “Parasite”) has signed on for the Warner Bros. adaptation. for Brad Pitt’s Plan B Entertainment, with Robert Pattinson (“The Batman”) attached in the lead role.

Space.com spoke with Ashton about the story elements he hoped to inject into “Mickey7,” his good fortune regarding the next version of the Hollywood feature film starring Pattinson, and how an original children’s cartoon helped shape the alien creatures that inhabit the novel’s colonized ice planet.

Space.com: What was the genesis of “Mickey 7” and why was this story essential to tell?

Edward Ashton: This book was born in several stages. I wrote a short story a few years ago that explored the idea of ​​saving your conscience and after being killed, being regenerated, and in that way having some kind of shitty immortality like I describe in “Mickey7”. It was set in a more contemporary earthly setting so I liked the idea and wanted to see how it could be expanded if you pair it with an exploitative social structure where the people who are able to do it are essentially used as crash test dummies for the rest of humanity. Mickey comes from a lower class background, and everyone else on the mission is the elite of their society, and he’s the one who has to do all the dirty work and die for them over and over again.

Space.com: What surprising research paths have you encountered in your writing process?

Ashton: There is a good dose of science in this book. I’m definitely more on the side of hard sci-fi. I’m a scientist myself and like to make sure everything I put in my books is at least plausible. I teach quantum physics, so I sort of understood most of this stuff, but I had to dig a bit to make sure I understood the details. Like what happens in the interstellar medium, and what is the distribution of macro objects in the interstellar medium. These are things that we don’t know very well about, but we have some ideas about it.

Space.com: How do you balance the hard science and the soft science of the novel to appeal to the widest audience?

Ashton: I myself have my feet in both worlds. I started writing contemporary fiction before I started working on science fiction, but I have always been a fan of science fiction since I was a child. I was taught to make sure the heart of the story is the characters and their interactions and not to focus too much on the science. A lot of science fiction starts out wanting to tell a story about a brilliant technical idea, then puts cardboard figures around that idea to illustrate it. If you’re a fan of that stuff, it can be really fun, but if you’re not, this kind of book can be somewhere between boring and inscrutable. I try not to go that route.

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Author Edward Ashton. (Image credit: St. Martin’s Press)

Space.com: Did you have fun writing this book and delivering your fun cocktail of humor and science fiction?

Ashton: I hear people say that writing is such a struggle. If writing was painful or difficult, I wouldn’t. I have other things I can do with my life that are enjoyable. I love to write and I had a lot of fun writing this book. I made myself laugh and made myself cry once or twice. The tone I wanted to give it was like you’re sitting in a bar and Mickey is telling you this story.

Space.com: What was your entry into science fiction growing up?

Ashton: I was a voracious reader as a child. Some of my favorite books that I re-read are ones that I read many years ago. George RR Martin had a series of books set in a universe not unlike “Mickey 7”, long before “A Song of Ice and Fire”, of course. “Dying of the Light” is the best of them. “Tuf Voyaging” is another absolutely fantastic one. I think I read everything Clifford D. Simak wrote before I was 15. In particular, he had a very short but incredibly powerful book called “Shakespeare’s Planet” that I read when I was 11 or 12, and it never left me. I gave copies to all my children. It is required reading in the family. Later, I became a big fan of David Brin, especially his early stuff.

Space.com: How did you find the planet’s insectoid? aliens called Creepers?

Ashton: It’s a little awkward, but the origin of the Creepers and their physical presence was an episode of a cartoon called “Steven Universe” that my kids were watching. There was this giant centipede-like creature with multiple mandibles, and I thought I had to do something with it.

Space.com: Bong Joon Ho has chosen “Mickey7” for his next film, with Robert Pattinson attached. What was your reaction to this news and will you be involved?

Ashton: It’s been crazy the last few days, but I’ve had time to think about it more than most people. Plan B, Brad Pitt’s production company, went for the script even before I sold the US rights in 2020. I had a call with director Bong about a year ago because they were really interested to make him work with us. We talked about the manuscript, so I already knew he was interested.

But the ad that just came out, where they confirmed he’s on board and Robert Pattinson is on board, I found out because my agent sent me the press release. There was radio silence about it for over a year. I knew the option was about to expire, but I expected them to say they had decided not to. 99% of the time, when you decide on a property, that’s what happens. But that’s not what happened here.

Officially, I’m an executive producer, but I think that’s probably an entirely symbolic title. Director Bong does his own thing and he writes the script. He asked my opinion on a few points early on. Like some details that I hadn’t considered when I was writing the book, like, How do Creepers reproduce? It was a great question, and we discussed it.

A lot of people have asked me if I’m nervous because he has a reputation for hijacking source material. My answer was absolutely no. This man is a genius. I’ve seen all of his movies, and he’s never made a bad one. I don’t think he’s going to start with “Mickey 7”. He will do a fantastic job.

by Edward Ashton “Mickey7” is available now in bookstores and major online outlets.

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Science fiction: origins and history

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Science fiction, as a literary genre, explores the impact of scientific technologies on societies. Hard science fiction uses realistic scientific arguments and extrapolates to make a logical argument based on science and its impact on society. Soft science fiction, on the other hand, includes wacky stories based on science and the use of futuristic technologies. For example, Star Trek and Star Wars are interesting stories. However, the concept of time travel, space jumping, and human encounters with extraterrestrial civilizations are purely fictional accounts. They are stories carved out of our imaginations and curiosity about whether life exists across the universe and whether humans can travel across vast regions of the universe.

When it comes to science fiction novels, Isaac Asimov, Robert A. Heinlein, and Arthur C. Clarke are considered the three greats of the genre. Their imaginative ideas, creative flair and storytelling remained unparalleled. Isaac Asimov’s The Foundation series is a literary classic that appeared as short stories in print between 1942 and 1950. The story is about a galactic empire, a government established in the future. Hari Seldon is the protagonist who is a mathematician. It determines a theory of psychohistory and predicts the future of large populations.

Science fiction: origins and history

Stranger in a Strange Land (1961) by Robert A. Heinlein is the story of Valentine Michael Smith, a human who was raised by Martians. When he returned to Earth, the planet became a strange place for him as he tried to understand human customs. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) by Arthur C. Clarke reveals the presence of a monolith in Africa in the year 3 million BC. He is placed there by an invisible alien force. The monolith’s subliminal psychological influence grants humans the power to develop tools. The story takes the main characters from our solar system to the future and to unknown alien worlds. While the science fiction genre was propagated by Asimov, Heinlein, and Clarke, their predecessors laid the foundation for the genre. They were Jules Verne, HG Wells and Hugo Gernsback.

Journey to the Center of the Earth (1864) by Jules Verne is the story of a geologist, Professor Otto Lidenbroc. He goes on a journey to the center of the Earth to find lost worlds. In 1865, Verne published From the Earth to the Moon, where he talks about three men traveling to the Moon. In 1872, Verne explored the seabed by publishing Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea. The story is that of Professor Pierre Aronnax who, together with his two colleagues, tries to hunt a sea monster which turns out to be Captain Nemo’s futuristic submarine. HG Wells in his novel The Time Machine (1895) takes its protagonist through different eras. He explores the advances of civilizations and criticizes the social structure of his time which holds firm today. In his other novel, The War of the Worlds (1898), Wells uses extraterrestrial life forms attacking humans on Earth as a metaphor to show how Western nations invaded Third World states for vested interests. It was, however, the Luxembourgish inventor, writer and magazine publisher Hugo Gernsback who first designed a magazine publishing stories related to science fiction. He founded Amazing Stories in 1926. Gernsback is considered the father of science fiction.

Science fiction: origins and history

The magazine itself facilitated the development of the genre. Through this post, Gernsback put forward a concept he called “Scientifiction” which was “a charming romance intertwined with scientific fact and prophetic vision”. Although considered the most influential writer of science fiction, it was not Gernsback but William Wilson who used the term “Science-Fiction” in his 1851 book on poetry.

Science fiction as we know it today was once a primitive form of writing. Traces of it can be seen as early as the 2nd century. A true story written by Lucian of Samosata has several science fiction elements, including space travel, extraterrestrial life, and interplanetary colonization. In 1420, an anonymous French writer explored the underwater voyages of Alexander the Great. Perhaps the first fictional accounts of a man traveling to the moon were shared by Francis Godwin in his book The Man in the Moone published in 1638 – nearly 331 years before Neil Armstrong set foot on the Moon. The story is about Domingo Gonsales who reaches the moon after traveling around the world. The concept of utopia in science fiction stories was first presented by Margaret Cavendish in The Blazing World (1666). The novel is considered a precursor to science fiction. The satirical story explores an ideal monarch, social hierarchy, and various styles of government.

Science fiction: origins and history

Speculative fiction – a subgenre of science fiction – was first explored in 1733 when Samuel Madden published Memoirs of the Twentieth Century. Madden explores how the world would be in the 20th century and how the realms of politics and religion would function during that time. In 1818, Mary Shelley wrote a major work of science fiction when she published Frankenstein. With themes of ambition, family, and alienation, she brought forward a concept that redefined the genre. She used galvanism with gothic horror-based creativity to create Frankenstein.

A speculative fiction novel of the dystopian era was The Air Battle: A Vision of the Future written by Herrmann Lang in 1859. Lang’s future had remarkable political implications. It showed a time when the British Empire was no more and the United States was divided into small states. He set his story in the year 6900 when African Americans and South American races ruled the world.

In 1979 Douglas Adams published a science fiction novel with comedy elements. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy follows the misadventures of Arthur Dent, the last man to survive the destruction of Earth. Dent explores the universe with a strange team including Prefect, a human-looking alien who is a writer documenting his travels through the galaxies for his electronic travel guide.

Science fiction: origins and history

In Pakistan, science fiction is still an unexplored genre. The Light Blue Jumper (2017) by Sidra F. Sheikh is a science fiction story set in a time different from our own. Zaaro Nian is an alien who clashes with the Interplanetary Forces (IPF) after a calamity strikes his ship. Exit West (2017) by Mohsin Hamid is a science fiction/speculative fiction story about the refugee crisis and emigration. Seventy Four by Faraz Talat (2020) is a Pakistani science fiction short story set in a dystopian era, in a post-pandemic world. It’s a commentary on how the actions of humans led to their demise. Midnight Doorways: Fables from Pakistan (2021) by Usman T. Malik explores various characters in various settings through speculative fiction. Pakistani writers including Kehkashan Khalid, Nihal Ijaz Khan, Nur Nasreen Ibrahim and Sameem Siddiqui have ventured into the genre of speculative fiction. Over time, the genre of science fiction will develop. We have creative writers; they will tell stories by creating their own worlds – and take readers on wonderful adventures.

The writer is a fiction writer, columnist and author of Divided Species – a sci-fi story set in Karachi

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The sidekick can solve this problem

Franchised media are constantly working on the same handful of marketable concepts that gradually become meaningless as they are over-explained. With a massive franchise, unexplained corners that could hold new and interesting stories are often ignored in favor of the same fan-favorite material.

Russian doll Co-creator Leslye Headland probably isn’t the first designer fans would have placed in the showrunners’ chair for an upcoming Star Wars series, but The Acolyte is on its way. There isn’t a ton of information about the show, and filming hasn’t even started yet, but there is one important detail about the show that clearly sets it apart.

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The Star Wars timeline, as depicted in the movies so far, spans approximately 67 years. Time is divided into calendar eras, much like our Common Before Era and our Common Era, known as Before the Battle of Yavin (BBY) and After the Battle of Yavin (ABY). The Battle of Yavin takes place in A new hope, the prequel trilogy begins about thirty years before that, and then the sequel trilogy takes place over the following thirty. The franchise has occupied this relatively brief period, with fairly significant gaps of uncharted territory, but there are almost constant references to times past. If there’s ever another sequel trilogy, the franchise will likely expand further into the future, but there’s so much implied history to explore. Headland’s new series The Acolyte is about to be the franchise’s first dive into the distant past, and it’s a brilliant direction to take Star Wars.



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One of Star Wars’ biggest problems is the single-minded, unbreakable focus on a small handful of marketable characters. The entire franchise is tied to the Skywalker family, a line of chosen ones who must play a part in every Star Wars story. Whether it’s the main character role, a mentor-like supporting appearance, or a completely out-of-place cameo, they always have to be there. Other pillars may command attention, but they simply function as separate symptoms of the same problem. There are no Skywalkers in Solo, because this whole movie is an exploration of a different marketable character. Somehow, Luke always makes his way into Boba Fett’s only solo project, no matter how distracting his appearance. The franchise is shackled to them, and the only way to leave them behind is to set a new Star Wars story in a time when the important characters don’t exist.


The Acolyte is set in the High Republic era, a period that has only been given a name and a few details in recent years. The only marketable characters that are likely to be alive at the time are characters with inconceivable lifespans like Yoda. Basically, nothing from this period has been depicted, but a few have been casually mentioned. Fans of the Star Wars movies could reasonably skim through a list of events from the time period and come away with little to no new information. Some fans understand every aspect of the canon, some would claim to know better than the creators. Placing the story in a period that feels like a blank canvas allows a creator to go wild without fear of enraging the fan community’s need for continuity.


Setting is hugely important to any story, but in a universe like Star Wars, there are a few that the franchise can’t help but return to. Almost every entry in the franchise finds time to make landfall on Tatooine, the planet that started it all. Boba Fett’s Book takes place almost entirely on this desert planet. The Acolyte, thanks to its new setting, will likely have no reason to return to fan-favorite spots. Tatooine will probably be completely unrecognizable, just like other famous places like Yavin-4 or Kashyyyk. Whether the idea is Headland’s or someone else’s, it’s a brilliant solution to the biggest problem in Star Wars and franchise media in general. It’s almost playing the game with a handicap, deliberately limiting the franchise’s worst impulses and simplest tricks to create a better project overall.



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Marketing has been scarce during The Acolyte, apart from the basic information and the logo, there is not much to say. The big red flag will be ads promising to show the first version of fan-favorite characters and concepts. Hopefully this represents Disney and the Star Wars brand finally doing what every discerning fan has long hoped they would do. Anything with the Star Wars label is guaranteed strong returns on investment, so why not just let creatives do new things with the universe people love. It was only by letting people experiment that someone invented Star Wars in the first place. The Acolyte seems like a huge step in the right direction, hopefully it stays in that direction.

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Recommended reading for computer science: non-fiction, fiction and philosophy

You can learn a lot about coding just by trying it. But for expert advice and insight into the past and future of the computer science field, you’ll want to open a computer science book.

Computer science textbooks build useful skills, while computer science fiction can be fascinating, fun, and informative all at the same time. Computer science books on philosophy provide insight into the relationship between computers, logic, and human experience.

Here are our recommended computer science reads to get you started.

Craftsmanship: the best books for teaching computer science

Computer textbooks and non-fiction provide insight into computer systems, processes, and technologies. They also provide advanced information to enhance your knowledge as you explore the latest ideas in computing.

Computer books range from comprehensive to extremely specialized. From training manuals to textbooks, works like these take up space on the shelves of computer science students, professionals and hobbyists.

Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Mat

By Douglas R. Hofstadter

This book explores maps and the links between formal systems. Hofstadter identifies formal systems as the foundation of all mental activity. He uses Kurt Gödel, MC Escher and Johann Sebastian Bach to illustrate the nature of human intelligence and mind. Short stories, puns and riddles flavor the work.

Introduction to the Theory of Computation

By Michael Sipser

The book facilitates a clear understanding of simple and complex computer theory topics and concepts. Practical exercises and exercises accompany the practical and philosophical exploration of theorems, proofs and comparable mathematical treatments.

land of lisp

By Conrad Barsky

This book is an accessible guide to one of the oldest and most influential coding languages, LISP. Barski’s comics, games, and pictures introduce LISP syntax and semantics. Readers learn how to program games, use advanced features like macros, and build a web server with LISP.

The design of everyday things

By Don Norman

Norman’s book presents simple rules for functional design. The work incorporates ideas from ecological psychology, ergonomics, behavioral psychology and communication. Computer scientists might appreciate his advice on user-centered design.

The little schemer

By Daniel P. Friedman and Matthias Felleisen

This book presents computer science as an outgrowth of mathematics via the Scheme programming language. It uses illustrations to explain complicated ideas. The book’s conversational tone helps make a difficult topic accessible to computer novices and advanced programmers alike.

Types and programming languages

By Benjamin C. Pierce

Pierce presents a comprehensive guide to type systems and programming languages ​​from a theoretical and practical point of view. Programming examples and exercises accompany each section. Topics include simple type systems, universal and existential polymorphism, and type operators.


Fiction: the most entertaining books on computer science

Computer literacy isn’t just in textbooks. The novels explain the history of computing, its role in today’s society, and how it could influence our future.

Computer science fiction books can give you insight into a new aspect of the field or explain something you couldn’t quite grasp in textbook form. They can also bend your mind, give you a sense of escape, and make you think about the relationship between humans and computers in a completely different way.

Colossus

By DF Jones

The first book in the trilogy of the same name, the book explores the creation and power of a supercomputer called Colossus. The speed, artificial intelligence and authority acquired by Colossus propel the creation of a rival, Guardian. Struggles of man against machine, of machine against machine, of man against man run through the work.

The divine machine

By Martin Caidin

Published in 1968, Caldin’s novel follows Steve Rand, a cyber technician working on an artificial intelligence project for the government. Dubbed Project 79, the creation quickly spirals out of control, prompting Rand to take action.

Cryptonomicon

By Neal Stephenson

Stephenson intertwines the lives of Lawrence Pritchard Waterhouse and his grandson, Randy. This quick and seemingly prophetic work explores technological developments and the aftermath of World War II, the rise of the Internet, and the importance of data encryption.

Dopamine

By Mikhail Voloshin

Voloshin’s main character, Danny, lived as an obscure computer scientist until tech investor Jason Tuttle brought down his employer. Danny offers Tuttle his IT services. The new job goes awry when Danny gets mixed up in the Russian mafia.

The moon is a harsh mistress

By Robert Heinlein

Heinlein’s classic sci-fi novel is set on the moon, where a self-aware supercomputer rules a penal colony. The book sheds light on the complex relationships between humanity, technology, morality and freedom.

When Harlie was a

By David Gerold

Harlie (short for Human Analog Replication Lethetic Intelligence Engine) works like an artificial intelligence machine. Harlie is tasked with understanding human behavior. Its creator, David Auberson, panics when he realizes that Harlie knows a lot more than he could have imagined.


Philosophy: Required Reading for Computer Scientists

Why combine philosophy and computer science? Philosophy uses logic and reason to answer humanity’s biggest questions and examine the human experience – goals shared by some computer scientists.

Philosophy and computer science have their foundations in logical reasoning. The former is concerned with words, while the latter applies numbers and symbolic forms.

Books on computer science and philosophy explore how the two disciplines relate and inform each other and how they can progress together.

Checklist manifesto

By Atul Gawande

This book encourages the use of checklists for large and small tasks. Using stories from around the world, Gawande highlights the effectiveness of checklists and how they can promote change. Computer scientists will appreciate the book’s focus on getting it right.

Ethics in the Information Age

By Michael Quinn

This book advocates careful consideration of the long-term and short-term consequences of technology by examining its social and ethical advantages and disadvantages. Quinn uses ethical theories to discuss and analyze issues facing IT professionals and contemporary computer users.

how the mind works

By Steven Pinker

This work asks fundamental questions about the human mind. Pinker combines cognitive science, evolutionary biology, information technology and art to explain how humans think and behave. Combined, these disciplines can provide insight into the future of the human mind and artificial intelligence.

Buyer beware – and enjoy

The computer science books on this list give you different perspectives on the discipline. Some are more technical, while others are aimed at a general audience. Reviews can help you decide if each book belongs on your reading list.

Old computer manuals can be hard to find, so be sure to use a reputable seller or publisher. Some sellers may offer scanned and printed or digitally produced editions at a lower cost. Always check reviews (and make sure they match the product being sold) before buying a book from a third-party seller.

Most importantly, enjoy diving deeper into computing.

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Indie Comic The Unearthians is developing a live-action adaptation

Moras Productions and the Kaczmarek Digital Media Group announced earlier this month that they had reached an agreement for KCMG to portray the acclaimed 2019 comic book series. The Unearthians. Omar Mora, owner of Moras Productions, is the creator and writer of the original 2019 comic, which launched at Comic Con International in San Diego in 2019. The 12-issue maxi-series drew positive reviews, including on Comic Book Resources. ‘ list of the top 10 independent titles of this year. KDMG represents original concepts for TV series and movies, working with decision makers from major digital retail platforms including Amazon, Netflix, Hulu, Hallmark Channel, BET Network, Starz Network, and more.

Moras Productions is an independent Los Angeles-based production company focused on movies, TV series, and comics. The announcement was unclear, but it seems likely Mora will write the script for the adaptation they’re buying.

“I’m thrilled to have KDMG in our corner. They can open great doors for our story. I can’t wait to start pitching our series to studios and big streamers. I already have plans for three seasons and But I don’t want to get ahead of the curve, I just want to secure Season 1. It’s always good to be prepared,” Mora said. “I really like our story. It’s a new take on vampirism, where they come from and what happens when they interact with extraterrestrial beings. I can’t wait to see it in action and share it with the world.”

You can see the official synopsis of The Unearthians below.

The Unearthians is an original sci-fi story where good versus evil clash for a greater cause and an unconventional team comes together to fight fascism and the powerful. An action-packed sci-fi tale, two best friends are abducted and transported to an underground base somewhere on earth. During the abduction, Mateo and Carter set out to uncover the truth when they discover the dark agenda the aliens have in store for not just Earth, but the entire galaxy. With the help of other beings – Naurax, Ecraptor and Flex – they decide to fight this injustice. But Mateo and Carter also have a secret of their own, which they will use to their advantage; a secret the aliens never saw coming – they are vampires.

Things are still in their infancy, with no clear indication of how close a deal is, or even if they’re aiming for a feature film or TV adaptation.

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RIP Miguel Ángel Sanjurjo, creator of JIBARO SAMURAI and Puerto Rican giant of independent comics

It is difficult to determine the exact moment when I met Miguel Angel Sanjurjo, ‘Guelo’ to his friends. It’s hard because he was so ingrained in Puerto Rico’s indie comic scene, so present, that he feels like he’s always been there. Like I always knew he was there. That’s perhaps the best way to describe Sanjurjo’s place in our comic community: a constant supporting presence that’s impossible to separate from the very idea of ​​comics on the island.

Simply put, Sanjurjo was a loud creative force, in your face, and he wanted you to make comics.

News of Sanjurjo’s passing reached his fans and friends on February 15.and2022. His domestic partner Carmen A. Gagot Velez posted the announcement on social media, briefly commenting on Sanjurjo’s recent health issues.

Sanjurjo cemented his comic book legacy with the hugely popular Jibaro Samuraia series he released under his own imprint titled Algaro Comics. The comic’s first issue came out in 2007 and ran for over 10 years in a sort of interconnected anthology format that featured stand-alone stories about Goyo Gotay, a Puerto Rican samurai who fought evil in feudal Japan. The character wore classic samurai robes, but he wielded a machete as a katana, and his headgear was uniquely Puerto Rican: a wide straw hat known as a “pava” (which can also be described as an inverted Chinese coolie or a bamboo hat). ).

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Jíbaro Samurai, by Miguel Sanjurjo

Sanjurjo liked to inject Puerto Rican phrases and words into his story, which made his version of feudal Japan very Creole (Puerto Rican only). Every time Goyo unleashed one of his signature attacks, for example, he shouted “Yuca Slash!”, referencing a type of food readers would immediately recognize as their own.

Goyo was accompanied by a martial arts-trained goat called Mofinga (a play on the word “mofongo”, another staple of Puerto Rican cuisine made from green plantains). Together they would fight characters like Dracula or aid in the misadventures of Don Quixote and other pop culture figures. Sanjurjo often turned to literature to find characters that would test Goyo’s skills while enriching the world he was sworn to protect.

Each Jibaro Samurai The story attempted to top the previous one, with alien invasions and literary icons coming to Goyo from all sides. Being a particularly self-aware type of story, not a single page was without a comedic element adding to the flavor. In fact, it’s what kept the action fast, kinetic and explosive. It was obvious that Sanjurjo’s artistic style in Jibaro Samurai was inspired by the classic cartoon samurai jack and it captured the spirit of this show in terms of action. The story, its humor and its heart, however, were all Sanjurjo’s.

Goyo Gotay from Jíbaro Samurai

In addition to this comic, Sanjurjo has also worked on individual artworks featuring experimental geometric form similar to that seen in stained glass art. Well-known fictional characters and popular Puerto Rican figures and symbols were among his most impressive, though his abstract sci-fi/fantasy pieces had a sense of eerie wonder that made them a delight to dissect.

I had the opportunity to interview Sanjurjo as part of my Puerto Rico Comic Con ’19 cover for cartoon beat, an event he has never missed (having one of the most eclectic stands on the floor each year). He offered one of the smartest and most practical advice I’ve heard for new comic book creators: publish your work but never forget to socialize and make sure you produce as many one-shots as possible. in the beginning.

Sanjurjo was adamant about the importance of showing up to conventions, the necessary task of talking to people and offering help in the community building process. On top of that, in terms of self-publishing, he’s always said it’s better to come up with stand-alone stories that showcase your ability to tell a story from start to finish rather than starting a series that you don’t may not be able to continue later, for whatever reason.

It’s advice I’ve given repeatedly whenever I’ve spoken to creators at indie conventions, always quoting the man who invented it. This desire to create comics and build a community of creators has always been at the forefront of Sanjurjo, and he has conducted himself in accordance with this vision.

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Sanjurjo was a towering figure who embodied the kind of knowledge and authority we should all aspire to project, the welcoming and collaborative kind who is as invested in creating culture as it is in building strong, lasting bonds. The Puerto Rican comic community is losing one of its strongest and most supportive voices for Sanjurjo, and that loss will be felt, but the work he did and the advice he gave will remain. . That’s the thing with giants, they leave quite a footprint behind.

Descansa en paz, Guelo.

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High-Maintenance Creator Ben Sinclair Set To Adapt Lauren Oyler’s New Fake Accounts For TV

Lauren Oyler’s Iconic Conspiracy Theory Novel Fake accounts is set to get a TV series adaptation at the hands of High maintenance creator Ben Sinclair and famous playwright Jen Silverman, famous writer of the Netflix drama series City Tales. The duo are currently developing the project, which will be produced by ozark star Julia Garner through her new production banner, with Anonymous Content’s AC Studios developing the series.

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She [Oyler] has captured the zeitgeist of our recent past in the pages of this book, deploying his unparalleled critical eye and talent for putting into words what we all feel but cannot name. We are thrilled to bring his incisive book to television with such a talented creative team.

“All Star” seems like an apt description for the creative minds handling Oyler’s spectacular book. Ben Sinclair is well known for starring, directing and creating the HBO comedy High maintenance which lasted almost a decade (from 2012 to 2020). He also appeared in the 2020 sci-fi/comedy film Save yourself!, a hilarious film about a couple who decide to put their phones away for a week and travel to a remote cabin, only to be unaware of an alien invasion on Earth.

Jen Silverman wrote for Netflix’s 2019 limited series City Talesand is currently developing the feature film Sybil exposed for the Annapurnas. Silverman’s credits also include pieces such as Witch and The room mate. She will handle writing and executive production Fake accounts with Sinclair.

Julia “Ruth Langmore” Garner, the famous ozark actress, will produce this upcoming project under her banner, Alma Margo.

Lauren Oyler’s Fake Accounts Take Readers On A Gripping Journey From A Shocking Revelation


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Published by Catapult in February 2021, Fake accounts follows a young woman who, on the eve of Donald Trump’s inauguration, snoops into her boyfriend’s phone and makes a startling discovery: he’s a rather popular conspiracy theorist on the internet. Familiar with internet fraud, irony and outrage, the anonymous protagonist isn’t exactly shocked by the revelation but rather relieved. Her boyfriend has always been a little unknowable, and she plots to end their floundering relationship during a self-congratulatory stay at the Women’s March in DC. However, discovering his double life is just the first in a series of bizarre twists that expose a world where truths are shaped by lies online.


Looks like a lot is about to happen on screen with the Fake accounts TV shows. But fans will have to hold their breath a bit longer as no official release date has yet been revealed.


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Andy Serkis will likely follow Venom 2 with an Animal Farm adaptation for Netflix

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Karen Joy Fowler examines an American anti-hero

Karen Joy Fowler takes her time. After all, it takes time to transport readers to new worlds and through time, and to imagine the kinds of characters readers feel they already know to make those journeys.

Speaking via Zoom from her bright dining room in Santa Cruz, Calif., Fowler has the energy of a cool librarian who feels a bit guilty for having the chance to work among stacks of books. Her blue eyes light up when discussing how and why certain stories haunt their writers before they can enchant readers.

Fowler is the author of six acclaimed novels (two of which became New York Times bestsellers) and four collections of short stories (two of which won the World Fantasy Award). Her 2004 novel Jane Austen’s Book Club was made into a cult film directed by Robin Swicord, and in 2013 We are all completely beside ourselves won the PEN/Faulkner Prize and was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize in 2014.

But Fowler’s new novel may be his most ambitious yet. Booth, coming from Putnam in March, tells the story of the Booth family, focusing on a handful of John Wilkes’ siblings, to paint a picture of the time, place and people who produced the man who assassinated Abraham Lincoln.

Fowler’s own story begins in Bloomington, Indiana, 71 years ago. A decade later, his family took over and headed west to Palo Alto, California. She has always had an interest in writing and was the editor of her high school’s creative writing journal. However, it never occurred to him that writing could be a career. So instead, she graduated from UC Berkeley with an undergraduate degree in South Asian studies and earned a master’s degree in Northeast Asian studies from UC Davis.

“Exactly what job I thought I would get with those degrees is a mystery that remains to this day,” Fowler says with a laugh. “I just loved the stories. The stories of the arrival of the Europeans, the misunderstandings – sometimes innocent, sometimes not – that occur when two cultures meet. The story of all the stories embedded in the history of the place is the part that I really like.

Fowler had a daughter during the last spring break of her master’s program. After graduating, she stayed home to raise him and, later, his son. Fowler was 30 when her son started elementary school and she suddenly found herself with free time. She figured out how to fill it when she joined a writing workshop in Davis.

She is, according to Putnam Senior Vice President and Publisher Sally Kim, “a writer’s writer, in addition to a readers’ favorite.” Kim adds, “Honestly, I’ve lost track of all the authors who have told me they count Fowler as one of their favorite literary influences. Part of her appeal is how she is able to write a completely different book each time.

Perhaps Fowler’s curious eye is what his far-reaching books and stories have in common. She doesn’t anticipate it, but she can’t help but find new links between disparate sources. While writing about the California Gold Rush, she was reading about the construction of the London Underground system and found a “strange but fair” detail she could use. This constant cross-pollination of ideas helps keep his timeless stories feeling fresh again and again.

Fowler’s breakthrough came when her sci-fi short story “Recalling Cinderella” was published in L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future, Vol. 1 in 1985. Long since his first novel, Sarah Canary, who arrived with a bang in 1991, she went on to write fantasy short stories and won a World Fantasy Life Achievement Award in 2020. Her science fiction collections What I didn’t see and Always won her the Nebula Award, and her short story “The Pelican Bar” won the Shirley Jackson Award.

In fact, it was a short story she wrote about time travel and the Lincoln assassination that sparked Fowler’s interest in the Booths. While researching this story, she read how the Booths settled in a cabin outside Baltimore in 1822, where some of their 10 children would help them become one of the nation’s leading theatrical families. Fowler found herself reading about older brother Edwin’s return to the stage after Lincoln’s death (and writing another short story). She wrote a third story about the funeral of their father, Junius Booth Sr., once held for carrier pigeons. At that moment, she could no longer look away.

Donald Trump was elected president while Fowler was knee-deep in his early search for Booth. The day after the election, she went to her local pet shelter and returned with a puppy, a white poodle mix she named Lily. Lily became his comforting companion on walks during the long dark days.

The shock of Trump’s rise to power left Fowler desperate and feeling stuck for nearly a year. “It seemed pointless to write about anything else, and it took me much longer than necessary to realize that I wasn’t writing about anything else,” she says. “The more I read Lincoln’s warnings about the tyrant and the mob, the more I immersed myself in the years leading up to the Civil War, the more the road from here to here became brightly lit.”

John Wilkes Booth still mystifies Fowler. He was a white supremacist fanatic, insensitive to the suffering of enslaved black people but deeply moved by the suffering of white people during the war. He hated Lincoln for pushing the country toward emancipation. Booth was not alone in this, of course, but on April 14, 1865, he followed through on his grievances.

Booth is an epic tale, saturated with details unearthed over time. “For all my books, even my contemporaries, I spend about a year researching before I start writing,” Fowler says. “Doing the research, in many ways, is when the story starts to take shape, when I see what I have.” It’s slow work, but she loves to dig.

She knew she didn’t want to write a book about a man who needed attention and got a lot of it. So she centered the story around her sisters, Rosalie and Asia, and her talented brother Edwin to produce a vision of a nation at war for its identity, revealed through the rise and fall of a family.

The search for the Booth family reminded Fowler of a discovery she had made long ago. Early in her career, before publishing anything, she had heard writing advice from poet Carolyn Forché that she would never forget: “Don’t expect the muse to hunt you down. grocery store. If you’re not at your desk, she’ll find someone who is.

Fowler agreed wholeheartedly. But she couldn’t sit still. “I’ve never been able to squeeze more than three days of writing together,” she says. “I tend to write in spurts. I’ve been doing this for over 40 years now, so I decided to drop that part of me.

In fact, this is where Fowler starts with his own creative writing students. “I tell them you’ll hear all kinds of ways writers make books, and you’ll think it sounds so smart, so much better than the way I do it,” she says. “But the way you do it when you’re just starting out and groping your way up is your process. If you demand things of yourself that didn’t come naturally, the thing that will be lost is the joy you felt there. There are all kinds of ways to write a book, and the way you do it is fine.

Victoria Scanlan Stefanakos wrote for Forbes, Newsweek, and working mother.

A version of this article originally appeared in the 01/31/2022 issue of Weekly editors under the title: American Antihero

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Book of Boba Fett and The Witcher take over

Boba Fett book earned the No. 1 spot on the TV Demand charts nearly a month after its release on Disney+.

The Space Western series is created by an acclaimed actor and director Jon Favreau and features actor Kiwi Temuera Morrison as a former bounty hunter Boba Fettalongside co-star Ming Na Wenlike Fennec Shand an assassin under his service.

Over the past week, Boba Fett book was 29.65 points above the market average in Australia and 23.04 points above the market average in New Zealand.

Meanwhile Netflix the witcher moved up the rankings with a gain of 25.28 points above the market average in Australia.

It comes after the streaming giant renewed the popular series for a third season months before season two was released in December.

the witcher creator, showrunner and executive producer Lauren Schmidt Hissrich also signed a big multi-year deal with Netflix last year, cementing his place with the streaming service.

“I am so thrilled to have found my home at Netflix, and I look forward to continuing what has been an incredibly fulfilling creative partnership,” she said in a report from Deadline.

“While my heart belongs to the witcher Franchise, I also look forward to participating in other exciting projects for their global audiences in the years to come,” she added.

The second season of the fantasy drama, starring Henry Cavill, outperformed Karate Kid spin-off series Cobra Kai in Australia with 23.35 points.

In New Zealand, he took fifth place with 13.14 points above the market average.

Amazon Prime Video’s sci-fi series The extent slipped to fourth place with 21.49 points above the market average, but remained strong in New Zealand in second place with 17.55 points.

Completing the top five is The Mandalorian featuring Pedro Pascal like Din Djarin with 21.26 points above the market average in Australia, while in New Zealand it comes in sixth place with 12.3 points.

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Hackney author talks independent publishing

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Indie Novella, a not-for-profit book publishing agency, is gearing up for an exciting launch in Highbury next month.

The organization, based in north London, facilitates and inspires the work of emerging local authors.

Both a bookseller and a publisher, Indie Novella offers collaboration opportunities, tutorials and short courses for authors.

Damien Mosley, British-Sri Lankan author and Newington Green resident, is a founding member of Indie Novella.


Full Wire by John McMenemie is one of the books published by Indie Novella
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Damien said: “We formed Indie Novella on the idea that there are actually a lot of really good stories out there that haven’t been discovered – so why not find them and then publish them?

Indie Novella was founded after a group of writers, including Damien, met in writing classes four years ago.

“We were looking to find publishing agents or self-publish, but realized the agent route was a difficult process.

“We had this idea that there should be common ground – authors should be able to come together and work together to use the skills that a publishing house would offer, such as editing and proofreading ability,” Damien said.


North London author and musician John McMenemie

North London author and musician John McMenemie
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The organization prides itself on being a “community publisher” – encouraging new and emerging authors to collaborate, share their expertise and expand their contacts in the book industry.

Run by volunteers, Indie Novella offers free advice to authors of all ages and economic backgrounds.

Damien said, “Having a volunteer-run organization can be tough…but when it works, you actually get people who are super passionate and do it for the love of the books.


Mr Jones is a new book by local author Alex Woolf

Mr Jones is a new book by local author Alex Woolf
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When Damien started writing 10 years ago, he found that the industry had many hurdles and getting publishing advice usually cost thousands of pounds.

This accentuated minorities, making entry into the industry nearly impossible for some.

“It causes this fracture and if you don’t know the essential tips and tricks you’re really at a huge disadvantage,” he said.

“What we want to do [at Indie Novella] is to take what we’ve learned and research and provide it for free.”


AuthorAlex Woolf

AuthorAlex Woolf
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This manifested itself in a free online writing course – held last December – where participants could participate at their own pace, from the comfort of their own homes.

Indie Novella will host the nine-week course again, starting January 25.

Damien said: “The course brings people together – I’ve personally found that the best way to learn to be a writer is to review other people’s work.

“We’re a small publisher, but we’re the only small publisher to offer free online writing courses, as far as we can see.”

Indie Novella brings together volunteer editors, graphic designers and publicists, to develop the work of their community of writers. New authors are encouraged to get involved by submitting their work to the Indie Novella website.

January 26 will mark the release of the first batch of Indie Novella writers, all based in North London.

Authors include Damien himself, children’s author Alex Woolf, musician John McMenemie and former Disney animator Sarah Airriess.

Damien’s book, Join Up, is a comedy-drama that explores post-depression life in the style of David Nicholls.

With the other books ranging from comedy to sci-fi, the release promises to be “colorful and exciting.”

On February 3, Indie Novella will also hold a launch event at independent Islington [email protected] Bookshop in Highbury.

This will be followed by a series of author readings at All Good Bookshop in Turnpike Lane.


Disney Host Sarah Airriess' Graphic Novel The World's Worst Trip

Disney Host Sarah Airriess’ Graphic Novel The World’s Worst Trip
– Credit: Sarah Airreiss

Both of these events will be an exciting and engaging way to learn more about Indie Novella’s mission and opportunities.

“We would really like to involve more authors from Hampstead and Highgate who love fiction, who have written fiction and want to submit something,” Damien said.

“We’re trying to grow the community, if anyone wants to get involved in any way we’d like them in part.”

More information can be found on the Indie Novella website at www.indienovella.co.uk

To find out more about the [email protected] launch, visit www.ink84bookshop.co.uk/product-page/thur-feb-3rd-indie-novella-launch-joined-up-mr-jones-full -wire-6-30pm

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Denver shooting suspect Lyndon McLeod’s books go missing from Amazon

The books written by the suspected shooter in Monday’s Denver and Lakewood shooting have been removed from Amazon, after remaining on the e-commerce giant’s platform for at least two days after the attacks.

Sanction was a science fiction trilogy written by Lyndon James McLeod under the pseudonym Roman McClay. McLeod, 47, is believed to have killed five people in Monday afternoon’s rampage and was later killed by a police officer whom he shot dead.

It was not immediately clear who was responsible for the purge.

Amazon did not respond News weekrequest for comment from, and McLeod’s author profile on Amazon is still live.

In Sanction II, the protagonist “Lyndon MacLeod” commits a mass shootout, killing six people. In this sequence, MacLeod the character was wearing tactical gear and murdered two tattoo artists.

This revealed parallels to McLeod’s murder spree on Monday, in which he was dressed in tactical gear and targeted two tattoo shops.

Denver shooting suspect Lyndon McLeod, who used the pseudonym Roman McClay, wrote a trilogy of sci-fi books which he sold on Amazon. McLeod’s books have since disappeared from the platform.
Amazon / Roman McClay

The shooter’s first stop was at Sol Tribe Tattoo and Piercing in Denver, where he killed tattoo artists Alicia Cardenas, 44, and Alyssa Gunn-Maldonado, 35. Sol Tribe piercer Jimmy Maldonado, who is Gunn-Maldonado’s husband, is in critical condition after sustaining injuries from the shooting.

At one point during his rampage, the gunman entered the Lucky 13 tattoo parlor, where he killed 38-year-old tattoo artist Danny Scofield.

McLeod also broke into a building on the block which he described in the murder sequence of the second book. He fired shots, but no one was injured in this incident.

McLeod’s other victims are Sarah Steck, 28, who was killed while working at the reception desk at Hyatt House in Lakewood, and builder Michael Swinyard, 67, who was shot dead in his Denver apartment.

Authorities believe that each of the victims targeted by McLeod, with the exception of Steck, was “known to him”.

According to Denver Post, McLeod’s books named both Cardenas and Swinyard as murder victims. In I sanction, Lyndon “MacLeod” the character kills a Michael Swinyard in his apartment.

The self-published series, released between 2018 and 2020, also contained shameless racist and misogynistic language, and was widely praised by Amazon critics overall.

the Denver Post reported that McLeod co-owned a tattoo shop in 2013 called All Hearts Enterprise, which was also called Flat Black Ink Corp. Flat Black Ink was listed as the publisher of his novels.

The store was located in the block where McLeod had his fictional self-murdering tattoo artists in the second book.

At least two people targeted by McLeod on Monday, including Danny Scofield, worked with him there. A former All Hearts Enterprise employee told the Denver Post the business failed because of McLeod’s aggressive attitude towards employees.

The address of All Heart Industry was finally taken over by Sol Tribe, owned by Alicia Cardenas, in 2016.

Denver Police said the books were included in authorities’ investigation into the shootings.

Police work after shooting at tattoo shop in Denver
Police work on the scene outside the Sol Tribe tattoo store on Broadway where two women were shot and killed and one man injured on December 27, 2021 in Denver, Colorado.
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Islamic comic book content finds growing audience

(RNS) – During a panel in November at the famous San Diego Comic-Con, Sohaib Awan described “Beyond the Forest”, an upcoming series of graphic novels, as “a Muslim Narnia”, referring to fantasy novels written by British author CS Lewis (a series which itself includes a handful of references to Islamic culture).

“Beyond the Forest”, by Noor Yusuf, Tati Nuari and Anny Maulina, focuses on a group of children guided by a supposed “wise woman” who helps the group travel to a mystical land in a magical mihrab – or a prayer niche that points to Mecca. The fantasy series is part of Fictional Frontiers, a new initiative announced at Comic-Con, which aims to support Muslim voices with key roles in the development of creative storytelling.

Fictional Frontiers will launch in early 2022 as a fully digital subscription platform for telling stories that often, but not exclusively, have an Islamic frame of reference. While comics will be a key part of the content offered, Fictional Frontiers also hopes to develop prose, poetry and video.

“Graphic novels are often a way to test new stories and new ideas that are ultimately developed into TV shows or movies; everyone is hungry for great content right now, ”said Awan, CEO of Jabal Entertainment, which is behind this new effort.

The initiative’s first two comics were announced at Fall Comic-Con, including “Beyond the Forest,” which draws on fantasy themes. The other, “MODAL”, a sci-fi series written by Ink and Hack and drawn by Dedy Koerniawan, takes place in the near future, where data is used to micromanage the lives of ordinary people.

As July Comic-Con draws 130,000 attendees to San Diego, the smaller fall event focuses on industry insiders for next year’s developments.


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Awan, who is both of Czech and Pakistani descent, had no intention of getting into the comic book industry when he came up with the idea for a comic book series. But its unique story of battles between jinn and aliens has caught the attention of one of the major publishers in the comic book industry. When the publisher offered to buy it, the Philadelphia-area lawyer found himself refocusing on his creative endeavors.

Sohaib Awan. Photo courtesy of Fictional Frontiers

“I just knew there would be interests in dynamic storytelling outside of superheroes, wizards and dragons,” Awan told Religion News Service. Awan started the Fictional Frontiers radio show, initially focusing on the Philadelphia area. It has become, as Awan said, “the only weekly radio show in the country devoted to serious discussion of popular culture.”

Awan’s partner in the new Fictional Frontiers initiative also has a background outside of the comic book industry. Sarah Mughal is a literary fiction writer who practices kung fu in her spare time and has experience in creating more inclusive spaces for creative content. Mughal founded #APIpit, a Twitter pitch event in May 2021 designed to draw attention to self-identifying writers and illustrators in Asia and the Pacific Islands. A second event is planned for 2022.

“The entertainment industry has often limited representations of Islam to certain archetypes acceptable to Muslim characters and an overuse of the desert aesthetic as well. Yet most Muslims are not from the MENA region, ”Mughal told RNS, referring to the Middle East and North Africa.

The Pakistani-Canadian writer is based in the suburbs of Toronto. His writings are inspired by the Koranic tradition and are also devoted to exposing the violent history of colonialism.

The duo believe the initiative comes at the right time as the consumer base of comic book stories has diversified. The November panel was reportedly the first since the event’s inception in 1970 to feature Islamic content developed and written by Muslims.

But while Muslim heroes are not yet visible on the big screen, fans of Muslim comics are increasingly finding themselves at comic book conventions, such as the attention-grabbing Muslim women group that appeared at Comic Con. from New York dressed as different Avenger characters.


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The San Diego Comic-Con 2019 event included a panel titled “SuperSalaam: Muslim Nerds, Geeks and Fandom”. Equally of note was Blair Imani, a Muslim woman who attended the cosplay panel as the character of “Star Trek” Geordi LaForge – with the addition of a hijab.

His costume garnered international media coverage and praise from LeVar Burton, the actor who played LaForge in the “Star Trek: The Next Generation” television series. Imani reported Comic-Con attendees opposite her inclusion of a hijab, but she pointed out that LaForge may have been of Muslim descent, given that the fictional character was born in Somalia.

While Fictional Frontiers and Muslim cosplay may be popular reflections of the growing engagement of Muslims in comics, a number of new initiatives are underway by major studios to bring Muslim actors and heroes to the screen. . Egyptian-American actor Abubakr Ali was chosen this year to play the hero of Netflix’s upcoming “Grendel” series. He is the first Arab Muslim to be cast as a superhero in a major franchise.

Meanwhile, Disney is working on the new “Blade” and “Ms. Marvel” streaming series. Both projects will include significant Muslim talent. “Blade,” which begins filming next year, will feature two Muslim Americans in leading roles – actor Mahershala Ali in the title role and Bassam Tariq as the film’s director. “Ms. Marvel,” slated for release in early 2022, will be the first comic-book-based streaming series to feature a Muslim character in her lead role.



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Space Ghost’s awakening in the 1980s predicted the future

Welcome to the 149th installment of Adventure (s) Time, a look at the animated heroes of the past. This week, a hero of the Baby Boom generation who received a nostalgic ’80s tribute comic book that was strangely ahead of its time. And if you have any suggestions for the future, let me hear them. Just contact me on Twitter.

Debut in September 1966 in the Saturday morning cartoon series Space Ghost and Dino Boy, Space Ghost has joined the superhero trend of television as an intergalactic crime fighter, originally from the mysterious ghost planet. Space Ghost isn’t literally a ghost, as far as we know, but he does have a belt that makes him invisible, which is apparently close enough to earn him the name. (As for Dino Boy, it’s an independent creation of Alex Toth – a modern day kid who lands in a South American valley where dinosaurs still roam.)


Space Ghost is helped by teenage sidekicks Jan and Jayce, and their pet monkey, Blip; it’s hard to imagine a self-respecting Hanna-Barbera hero without an animal sidekick. And while Space Ghost has the ability to fly through space unscathed, he navigates the cosmos in his sleek Phantom Cruiser ship.

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THE SURPRISING INFLUENCE OF SPACE GHOST


Space Ghost and Dino Boy

The series wasn’t too concerned with providing origin for the hero, or even much of a personality, but the character design of legendary comic book artist Alex Toth captured the imaginations of young viewers. Toth’s precise line drawing has also inspired a new generation of artists. Steve Rude’s design for a more adult intergalactic hero, Nexus, was inspired by Toth’s Space Ghost work. Bruce Timm also cited Space Ghost as an influence on his Batman: The Animated Series drawings.


The simple plots and limited animation of Space Ghost and Dino Boy Probably wouldn’t withstand the scrutiny of today’s audiences, but the imaginative lineup of villains and charming voice of Gary Owens (famous as a baritone announcer for Rowan and Martin’s laughter) was enough for Space Ghost to gain a cult following. The series remained in syndication through the 1970s, and following the success of Star wars, Hanna-Barbera was motivated to revive the hero in the early 1980s.

NBC Space stars The anthology series harnessed the revived sci-fi fashion, allowing Space Ghost to star in 22 new episodes. Owens returned to the voice of Space Ghost, new villains were introduced, and the Phantom Cruiser was redesigned to make it look similar to the spaceship seen in Star wars. The rebirth episodes didn’t have the impact of the originals, but it wouldn’t be Space Ghost’s last appearance in the 1980s.


RENEWED FOR THE 80’S, WITH A PRESTIGE COMIC


December 1987 Space ghost was a special one-shot from independent publisher Comico, run by Link artist Steve Rude, a die-hard Toth fan. He co-wrote the story with writer Mark Evanier, while animation historian (and lead layout artist for the 80s Space Ghost cartoon) Darrell McNeil received credit for the help with the plot. Rude drew the comic, Willie Blyberg providing inks. The impressive creative team was completed by Ken Steacy, whose painted colors mimic the look of animated cels.

It’s clear Comico Space ghost was intended as a love letter to the original show. The comic opens with a text by Rude, praising his lifelong admiration for the hero. The first page of the art shows Rude duplicating the title screens from the original cartoon (and Steacy showing off some of his skills with an airbrush), as Space Ghost poses dramatically alongside the title of the story, ” The Sinister Specter “.


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On the prison planet of Gaolworld, we are reintroduced into the evil space mantis Zorak, who dreams of revenge on Space Ghost. A mysterious masked figure appears, providing Zorak with one of Space Ghost’s power bands and causing a massive prison break. It’s no surprise that Zorak’s fellow inmates are also creations of Toth who faced off against Space Ghost in the 1960s.

Meanwhile, Jan and Jayce (spelled “Jace” throughout the comic) enjoy a beach vacation, lamenting that the overworked Space Ghost can’t join them. The hero abruptly calls them back to the ghost planet (his loosely defined homeworld that probably doesn’t house a single ghost) to watch for emergency broadcasts while he’s away facing villainous Rob-Corp. Fans of the series recognize this as a reference to the episode “Attack of the Saucer Crab”.


It’s all part of the mysterious villain’s ploy, who soon mocks Space Ghost via a holographic projection, boasting that he knows all of the hero’s thoughts and possesses all of his powers. As Space Ghost wonders why this villain – the titular Sinister Specter – looks so familiar, his sidekicks are ambushed by another resurrected foe with a memorable design, Metallus. Blip the Monkey does his best to help, in a fun sequence that shows every classic character is going to have their moment, even the pet sidekick.


In fact, it’s Blip who uses his invisibility belt and, as a “ghost”, pits the gallery of thugs against each other, distracting their attention from the gauntlet of every villain who receives his hit, Space Ghost is supposed to cross. Another clever element is Zorak’s inflexibility which he can kill Space Ghost, so he pleasures his fellow villains with all that gauntlet stuff… and sometimes gets into trouble himself when you’re too close to killing the hero.


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WHO IS THE LOSS SPECTRUM?


Having completed the gauntlet, a tired Space Ghost faces the evil Specter, who turns out to be, in fact, Space Ghost! Was that previous line about Space Ghost overworking himself a devious foreshadowing, a clue that the stoic hero finally broke down? Did the creators trick audiences into buying a cynical reimagining of Space Ghost, messing it up for the dark, grainy ’80s? Well, no, actually. It turns out that the “evil” Space Ghost is just Rob-Corp’s double android.

With the help of his sidekicks, Space Ghost blasts the android off a cliff, where it lands conveniently next to Zorak. The villain believes his greatest wish has been granted, as he detonates “Space Ghost” into nothingness.


Zorak’s joy is soon deflated, when he is rounded up with the rest of the villains Toth by the heroes and returns to his space prison. We end not only with Rude’s version of the show’s “The End” card, but also with a lean joke worthy of the show’s shameless silliness.


COMICO’S SPACE GHOST FORECASTS FUTURE TRENDS

The story is slightly more sophisticated than what viewers would have experienced on the ’60s show, but it still feels like it’s part of this world. Evanier and Rude craft the comic with affection for the material, avoiding any fashionable attempt to rearrange a classic concept. It is clearly not a “mature” or “realistic” version of Space Ghost. More like a lost episode, filled with all the villains fans would want to see rendered by Steve Rude.


In recent years, pitting a hero against his rogue gallery has become a sales-boosting ploy, perhaps most famously used in Jeph Loeb and Jim Lee’s “Hush” screenplay for Batman. While these arcs often seem artificial, “The Sinister Specter” offers fan service while striving to tell a clear story. There is a bit of bad leadership, fun at Zorak’s expense, and situations that allow each protagonist to have their hero moment.

Another element that hints at the future is the comics’ use of animation-inspired coloring techniques. The production values ​​for this comic are fantastic, and predate Dreamwave and Udon’s attempts to mimic the color design of anime in the comics by more than a decade. Considering the advancements in digital coloring and printing techniques since the 1980s, it’s a shame that the comics produced by major publishers today don’t look as good as Space ghost.



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For generations of readers who only really know Space Ghost from its parody talk show in the ’90s (a precursor to Cartoon Network’s irreverent Adult Swim lineup), it’s hard to see why so many pros have taken on the hero. seriously. Yet the same impetus continued into the next generation, as 1980s properties like Masters of the Universe and Transformers received their own serious redesigns from creators who maintained their childhood affection for heroes.

While Space ghost possibly previously a licensed book crafted by an indifferent creative team, Comico’s one-shot was an early indicator that previously rejected properties may hold real value. Evanier, an accomplished television writer, and Rude, considered one of the best comic book artists, probably could have worked on any property they wanted. But what they wanted was Space Ghost. Years later, creators like Alex Ross would dedicate their energy to reviving long-abandoned properties like Battle of the planets. Nostalgia was previously a niche market within comics, but Comico Space ghost became oddly prescient in the years since its release.


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James Cameron recounts 50 years of cinematic art in lavish ‘Tech Noir’ book (exclusive)

As one of the preeminent filmmakers of our generation, writer / director James cameron took us to the nightmarish world of the killer cyborgs in “Terminator”, to search for bugs on LV-426 in “Aliens”, aboard the cursed liner for “Titanic” and to the alien planet of Pandora in “Avatar” .

But few are aware of his incredible artistic skills exhibited in decades of concept art, pre-production sketches, storyboards, and technical plans created for his Hollywood film projects, both produced and non-produced. . Today, a new luxury book from Insight Editions brings together nearly fifty years of Cameron’s artwork dating back to his high school days in Ontario, Canada.

Tech Noir: The Art of James Cameron“(2021) is a breathtaking 392-page volume weighing nearly seven pounds, filled with unpublished material from the visionary creator’s personal archives and curated by Cameron himself with insightful commentary for each work.

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It is a unique exploration of the filmmaker’s daydreams and the development process expressed using pencils, pens and paints before any choice of casting or camera shooting. Beginning in the 1960s, Cameron was obsessed with the monsters, aliens, and spaceships that cluttered the pages of notepads and sketchbooks. Entering the film industry in the 1970s after his family moved to Southern California, Cameron made money making film sheets and wild concept art for B movies. of Roger Corman who would further perfect his abilities.

“Tech Noir” brings together a fantastic range of private and commercial art by Cameron where the seeds of his blockbusters and unrealized projects have been sown, from amateur monster contests and ambitious space operas, to the evolution of classic hits like ” Terminator, “” Aliens, “and” Avatar. “

Space.com spoke to Cameron from his studio in Wellington, New Zealand, where he is putting the finishing touches on “Avatar 2” to find out how art became the catalyst for a career of limitless imagination. .

Space.com: Art for your never-realizeed The “Xenogenesis” space opera project in the early 1980s is featured extensively in the book. Why was this such a crucial part of your creative development and have you ever dreamed of resurrecting it in some form or another?

James Cameron: Well I just read the script recently and it’s actually not such a bad story. There are some good ideas in it. It’s a pretty busy field now, forty years later. Nothing others have done in pieces, I don’t think so. But you could see that I was fascinated by space travel and the enormous physical challenge of traveling to other star systems.

I studied physics and astronomy in college and enjoyed how difficult it would be and how many models of spaceships in the movies were quite fancy. So I had the idea of ​​a spaceship with the engine section far away because of radiation and so on. I could just go down that nerdy rabbit hole to figure out the tech, and I think I’ve kept that as a motif throughout my sci-fi work.

My example I am using is the LEM, the lunar module. We had all these movies that showed pointy rockets with fins at the bottom. And that’s how they landed and went to other planets. When we finally got to the moon, we went into the most unlikely device that had never been anticipated by decades of Hollywood designers. But if you understand why this was so, it makes quite logical technical sense. So I thought in my science fiction shows, I’m going to start with engineering and let that guide the design, and that’s what we’re going to build.

Although I don’t really do “Xenogenesis”, the way I have framed my work process is still the way I apply today, unless I am doing something completely whimsical. I give myself a lot of permissions in “Avatar” and I just remind people, “Hey, it’s a world with floating mountains, we can give ourselves permission to do improbable things.”

Although even there I had a rationale for the Floating Mountains, that Unobtanium was a Type 2 superconductor, and the Meissner Effect flux pinning would keep them above ground if there was a magnetic field of sufficient strength. Yet, for the average viewer, it’s a world with floating mountains. If that doesn’t give you permission to do whatever you want, I don’t know what does.

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Space.com: “The Abyss” is an often overlooked Cameron classic that was a pioneering film in many ways. What can you tell us about the concept art created for this and will there be high definition 4K transfer at some point?

Cameron: Yeah, we finished the transfer and I wanted to do it myself because Mikael [Salomon] did such a great job with the cinematography on this movie. It’s really, really beautiful cinematography. This was before I started asserting myself in terms of lighting and asking the cinematographer to do certain things. I would compose with the camera and choose the lenses, but I let him have the lighting. He did an amazing job on this movie which I enjoy better now than I do even as we were doing it.

I would also like to point out that he took a look at the dailies of the first day of underwater lighting and went out and learned to scuba dive. He came the following Monday morning, the world’s worst diver, but he reinvented underwater lighting. He went for indirect lighting and got everyone to do things that weren’t just outside of their comfort zone, they never even thought about it. Suddenly the underwater shots start to measure up to the surface photography.

So I just finished the high definition transfer a few months ago, so there will probably be some Blu-rays and it will stream with a proper transfer from now on. I appreciate what you said about the film. He didn’t make a lot of money back then, but he seems to be well appreciated over time. The designers were basically Ron Cobb on the one hand, and Steve Burg on the other, who was the lead designer of NTI, the non-terrestrial intelligence, the look of their city, their bodies, and their faces. Steve was a guy I worked with on “Terminator 2” after that. He was quite young at the time and relatively new to design.

While Ron Cobb was pretty well seasoned. He had done “Blade Runner” and “Alien” and worked with me on “Aliens”. Ron did all of the manned technology of the subsea oil rig. I’m sure there have been people who saw the movie and thought we just went and filmed on one of those underwater oil rigs that they have. What they don’t do! But it looked real enough that you thought it was a real setup. It looked like the real deal if there had ever been such a thing.

Steve of course had to be completely whimsical and use a very flourishing design language. I used the same pattern I did on “Aliens,” which involves choosing seasoned artists to create different design cultures. So there is the culture of human technology and then there was the alien culture.

Space.com: You mentioned in “Tech Noir” how instrumental Jack “King” Kirby was to you as a young artist. What role did comics play growing up in Canada and Orange County, California?

Cameron: For me in particular, it was Marvel Comics, and I think it was really the golden age of creation for Marvel. This was the period that Spider-Man appeared and The Hulk appeared and the X-Men were new to the scene at that time. And I’m talking about when I was 14, 15, 16 in the late 60s.

I loved comics, it was a great way to learn to draw. There was an artist who drew some of the early Spider-Man comics named Steve Ditko. And he made these amazing hands, just beautifully sculpted. And there were other artists who seemed to specialize in different things, like gestural movement. I just thought Marvel artists were mostly doing cool stuff. Jack Kirby, of course, was so multi-talented. He made alien machines that were … I mean where did it even come from?

So I was inspired by all of that. This is a time when science fiction in TV and movies was still in the Stone Age in terms of this kind of broad gestural design. So we had to turn to fantastic art and there was no Internet. You would see it in the magazine cover paintings. Frank Frazetta and artists like Kelly Freas. That’s why I always liked science fiction paperbacks, because they had good art. Today you can go online and spend days, weeks, years looking at all the fantastic art out there. But there were very few at the time. So you have studied everyone and you have learned from them.

You can see a Kirby influence in my drawings. You can see when I intentionally try to channel Frazetta with the muscular guys and the gesture movement with battle axes and swords. I know all my benchmarks there because there were only a handful of truly world class artists. Today there is such a proliferation. It’s pretty amazing how much fantasy and sci-fi art, both fan art and professional, has just exploded.

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What is ‘Station Eleven’ 2021 about and what is it based on? Book parcel

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Now that Eleven station landed on HBO Max, many are wondering what to expect from the limited series. Presented as a dystopian drama, the show is surprisingly different – and much more promising – than many of its genre. So what Eleven station more or less exactly?

Well, believe it from the showrunner himself: “It’s a show about a small group of interconnected people before, during and after a pandemic,” Patrick Somerville recently said. Entertainment tonight, adding that “the fault line at its center is this major disaster.” Again Eleven station is more comparable to shows like Leftovers-another fan favorite on HBO, rather than post-apocalyptic dramas such as The walking dead, because it explores more existential questions about humanity and meaning even in the face of disaster.

If you’re wondering why so many fans think this fictional pandemic show is still worth watching in the midst of our real one, keep reading; we have the feeling that you will be pleasantly surprised to see what Eleven station is really about.

What is Eleven station based on?

Eleven station, a 10-part limited series from HBO Max, is based on a 2014 sci-fi novel by Emily St. John Mandel from the same period. The book, which has sold over 1.5 million copies to date and won the Arthur C. Clarke Award among others, has seen renewed interest in 2020 and 2021 following the events. of our current global crisis. And that’s because the story itself revolves around a fictional pandemic and its aftermath, making HBO Eleven station perhaps the most timely show on television today.

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Of course, the limited series debuts at a time when its themes are likely to touch quite close to viewers. Yet that doesn’t mean that Eleven station will leave audiences already tired from the pandemic feeling even worse after watching. If anything, critics are touting the series as a momentary balm after nearly two years in our own pandemic. Viewers can start watching Eleven station knowing that the novel itself is rooted in hope despite the difficulties that surround its characters.

“It’s a story where civilization crumbles, but our humanity persists – maybe there is something people wanted to absorb,” author Mandel said. Squire recently. “At the same time, at the start of the pandemic, I remember the difficulty of adjusting to a life of pure uncertainty. I wanted clues as to how this might play out or how it might end. I wanted certainty for the future. Maybe that’s why people asked Eleven station, to try to force us to face what might happen.

What is the Eleven station book on?

Eleven station follows a group of characters navigating the start and aftermath of a devastating pandemic, triggered by an illness known as the Georgian Flu. The novel begins with a production by Shakespeare King Lear, during which a famous actor named Arthur Leander falls dead in the middle of the performance. While his death was believed to have initially been caused by a heart attack, it quickly becomes clear that the actor was one of the earliest victims of the Georgian flu.

The plot follows a whole series of characters who are related – in one way or another – at this very moment. There’s Jeevan, an audience member who tries to resuscitate Arthur and ends up welcoming Kirsten, a child actor who was part of the production of King Lear and is separated from her parents in the process. Readers also get to know Miranda, Arthur’s ex-wife and the creator of a sci-fi comic book, which the following novel and HBO series are named after.

Other figures include members of the Museum of Civilizations and a group known as the Traveling Symphony, nomadic creators who strive to maintain centuries of art and culture in the wake of this global collapse. Their mission indicates Eleven station central theme, which is that living to survive alone isn’t really a way of life at all – and that art and expression, above all, gives us a reason to stay alive every day.

Eleven station is available to stream on HBO Max. Here is how to watch Eleven station online for free.

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9 Negative Things Comic Book Creators Said About Marvel Studios

Marvel Studios and the MCU are film behemoths. They introduced millions of fans to characters that were previously only known to comic book fans. What these new fans might not realize, however, is how much movies and TV shows owe the characters, storylines, and details to those source comics.

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Interviews with some of these comic book creators revealed a vein of dissatisfaction – with Marvel in particular. While the movies literally make billions of dollars, the writers who inspired them are often left out of the loop altogether, often leaving a bad taste in your mouth.

9 Ed Brubaker says success of Winter Soldier makes him “a little sick to his stomach”


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When Falcon and Winter Soldier debuted on Disney +, writer Ed Brubaker recognized the benefits of working at Marvel in a bulletin. “… but at the same time, for the most part, all Steve Epting and I got to create the Winter Soldier and his story is a” thank you “here and there, and over the years, that is. become more and more difficult to live with. ” He added, “[…] I also can’t deny that I sometimes get a stomach ache when my inbox fills up with people wanting commentary on the show.

8 Anonymous creator explains bad deal he made


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The Guardian quotes a Marvel creator who wanted to remain anonymous. They explain the deal that was offered to them after the character they created became extremely popular in the movies. “I was offered a [special character contract] it was really, really terrible, but it was that or nothing, ”they said. “And then instead of honoring it, they send a thank you note and say, ‘Here’s money we don’t owe you!’ And that’s five thousand. And you’re like, “The movie made a billion dollars.”


seven Jim Starlin, creator of Thanos, says “Marvel tends to bring out the worst in me”


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In 2017, Thanos creator Jim Starlin said he was making more money with Warner Bros. for a minor character in Batman vs. Superman than he did for Thanos, Gamora, and Drax together. The pressure led to a renegotiation with Disney.

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“The cliché is that the squeaky wheel gets the grease,” Starlin said. Hollywood journalist. “The way these agreements are worded, Disney can be more generous if they wish.” In 2018 he said Newsarama, “[…] Marvel has a tendency to bring out the worst in me sometimes.


6 Ta-Nehisi Coates slammed the corporate side of the comic


Writer Ta-Nehisi Coates had a high-profile experience on the Black Panther comics that helped set expectations for the hit MCU movie. In an interview with Polygon, he mentioned compensation. “I wish Marvel would find better ways to pay the creators who helped make Black Panther, Black Panther. He noted that he was grateful for the opportunity. “The corporate side of this, though … the corporate side of it isn’t pretty. It’s not pretty at all. How you treat people who create the basis for this, I don’t like it.


5 Len Wein said his lack of credit for Wolverine was ‘frustrating’


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Len Wein created Wolverine and told an interviewer for the LA Times Herocomplex that he was frustrated that the X-Men movies didn’t even credit him. “Yes, of course that’s it [frustrating]. It’s less frustrating for the characters I created at DC. The money comes with anonymity, at least. I have contracts that guarantee me a small portion of the action. Lucius Fox made me a lot more money than Wolverine, although I will say that for the last movie, Marvel sent me a nice check.


4 Fans of artist David Aja want audiences to boycott Hawkeye


The work of artist David Aja has been featured extensively in marketing materials for the hit Hawkeye series. In particular, the cover of Hawkeye, Vol 2: Little Hits has been the model for several promotional materials.

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He confirmed that Marvel Studios had neither paid nor credited him in a Tweet in response to fellow creator Bruno Redondo, who tweeted a photo from the Hawkeye promo with the comment, “Stop crediting writers JUST, especially when l ‘visual tribute is… based on the @davaja cover. Comics are teamwork. Aja replied, “Better yet: stop crediting, start paying, haha.”


3 Artist Gene Colan didn’t fire any punches when asked about his take on Marvel


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Gene Colan was another key artist / creator for Marvel. Among his credits are Daredevil, Carol Danvers (who became Captain Marvel), Falcon, and Blade (which he co-created). In a 2001 interview with The comic book review, when the investigator mentioned “[…] you’ve been fooled a number of times, “Colan replied,” Oh, and how! And eyes open. The interviewer mentioned the movie Blade. “You wouldn’t want your kids to see it. They’re going to bring out another one. We are the ones who created the character. We will not take a dime out of it.




2 Writer Marv Wolfman noted his actions spoke louder than words


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Blade co-creator Marv Wolfman sued New Line Cinema and Marvel Entertainment over the 1998 film about the iconic Daywalker. Although he was successful in pressuring the company to give him credit for the character, he received no compensation. He lost the costume and left Marvel for DC, where he created the Teen Titans and others. When asked to work for DC vs Marvel in a email interview in 2008, his answer was short but precise: “I’m in DC. That should tell you something, ”he replied.


1 Iconic designer Jack Kirby saved his anger for Stan Lee


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Jack Kirby is a comic book icon, creator of Captain America, and under the direction of writer-editor Stan Lee created Thor, The Hulk, Iron Man, the X-Men and more. He gives few interviews, but in 1990 an interviewer from The comic book review asked him if he had spoken to Stan Lee about getting proper credit for his work. “You can’t talk to Stan about anything,” he said. When asked about Stan Lee’s public personality as the face of Marvel, he was blunt. “I think Stan has a god complex. Currently, he is the father of the Marvel Universe. He’s a guy with a god complex.

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10 Musicals To Watch Before “West Side Story”

Based on the classic tale of Romeo and Juliet, West Side Story takes place on New York’s Upper West Side, where rival gangs swear revenge, Puerto Rican beauties celebrate “America”, and unhappy love blossoms. There is a huge selection of movie musicals to sing along to before Disney’s ‘West Side Story’ releases December 10, including other Sondheim shows.

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These movie musicals have plenty of dance breaks, amazing soundtracks, and stories that range from the sci-fi horror of space man-eating plants to the mundane horror of messy breakups.

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Disney has a long history of movie musicals, but one of their lesser-known productions is News, a story of the abused Manhattan newspaper vendors. When the publisher of the newspaper they sell raises prices, the newspaper vendors go on strike and a catchy dance act ensues as they rally newspaper vendors across New York City, battling strikebreaker tactics and a vengeful orphanage director.

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News has gained a cult following since its catastrophic release, with a Broadway adaptation. Starring a youngster Christian bale in the lead role, and the music of Alan Menken – who also composed (in collaboration with Howard ashman) music for Disney classics such as The little Mermaid and The beauty and the Beastit’s great fun all around.

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Into the woods (2014)


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Another classic from Sondheim, In the woods is a twisted tale of fairy-tale characters whose wishes lead them to the woods where wolves and adulterous princes hide. The Baker (James Corden) and the baker’s wife (Emily Blunt) tie the stories together in their quest for a child after a witch (Meryl Streep) cursed the Baker’s father.

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Lyrically and thematically dense, the film opts in favor of a lighter tone than the Broadway musical, softening some of the darker moments while retaining its dark humor. Each of the characters ventures into the woods, for a child, or a festival, or to sell their cow, but they quickly learn to be careful what you wish.

Les Miserables (2012)


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Adapted to cinema in particular in 2012, Wretched is arguably one of the greatest French novels of all time. After the life of Jean Valjean, a convict who finds redemption and who has a second chance to live, he is relentlessly pursued by the legalist Javert. Along with one of the best soundtracks to sing, the story of the film also offers a condensed but no less moving tale of The set, with love – both unrequited and forbidden – a tragedy and a revolution. As West Side Story, more than a few tears can be shed, but it is well worth the emotional turmoil.


The last five years (2014)


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Anna kendrick and Jeremy jordan star in this film about the beginning and the end of a marriage, told by each of their characters in a different order. The last five years is played almost entirely in song, alternating between Cathy (Anna Kendrick) and Jamie (Jeremy Jordan), as they reflect on why and how their relationship fell apart. Despite the wit and exuberant energy of most songs juxtaposed against a dark subject, the tone of The last five years is difficult to define. The cinematography is not particularly inventive and the color palette too austere. It’s worth noting that the movie ditched the source material in many ways, but the chemistry between Kendrick and Jordan recovers the adaptation, and it’s a refreshing antidote for anyone who accidentally ingested too many sickly, sweet romance comedies.


Sweeney Todd: The Barber Demon of Fleet Street (2007)


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Tim burton and Sondheim are a match made in heaven. Sondheim’s delightfully macabre soundtrack perfectly complements Burton’s imagination bringing Fleet Street to life. Their imaginations are almost the only thing alive in this darker and sordid London, where Sweeney and her lover chop customers into meat pies while Sweeney seeks a chance to get revenge on the lewd judge Turpin. Sweeney todd has a fantastic score, Johnny depp and Helene Bonham Carter like the murderous duo, and a heavy dose of the macabre. Filled with twists and turns, this is the dark musical you never thought you wanted.

In the heights (2021)


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Another musical set in Manhattan – this time in Washington Heights – In the heights tells the story of the Latinx and Hispanic community navigating their own future and the changes in their beloved neighborhood. The music and dance sequences are extremely fun, with a charming cast playing romantic youngsters, chatty hairdressers, and those with big dreams trying to ‘get by’. The song “No Me Diga” perfectly sums up the energy of the film: playful, intelligent, with an excellent staging that gives the scenes as much personality as the actors. Lin Manuel Miranda expressed his love for the Hispanic diasporas, and In the heights is built on his own experiences as the son of Puerto Rican immigrants. The film is intimate and inviting; absolutely a wellness feature.


Rent (2005)


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While we are in an empire state of mind, To rent must be mentioned. A brutal exploration of the East Village during the AIDS epidemic, the film follows several “bohemians,” New Yorkers making art, love, and the best they can with their lives. The film is a candid exploration of drug addiction, sexuality, the AIDS crisis, housing insecurity, and the ways people negotiate to find love and community despite their struggles. Heartbreaking and exhilarating, some characters are more developed than others and To rent can sometimes seem a little lost in itself. But there’s a reason the musical remains a culturally important work of art. To rent is a testament to the queer people lost at such a tragic time.

The Ball (2020)


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Step aside Candid, Prom gives ‘glitter and be gay’ a whole new meaning. Prom is full of references to musical theater, so this might not be everyone’s proverbial cup of tea. But there are sweet songs and Meryl Streep playing a self-centered diva, as well as a positive LGBT + message. A young girl is banned from taking her girlfriend to prom by local homophobes, so the stranded Broadway stars make sending her to prom their new role.

Prom it’s charming, it’s cliché, and it falls back on too many stereotypes to be particularly naive, but Jo ellen pellman shines as the breakout star playing Emma, ​​the lesbian who fights for her and the inclusion of her girlfriend. More, Ariana DeBose, like his girlfriend, drew attention to the positive choice of filmmakers to specifically choose queer actors for queer roles.

Chicago (2002)


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One of the most popular musicals, Roxie Hart (Renée Zellweger) ends up in jail after his plans to be successful in showbiz go wrong Chicago. Sent to Murderess’ Row where she joins the prisoners in fishnets instead of overalls, Roxie ends up conspiring with a fellow inmate (and idol) to manipulate the press to secure their acquittal. The cinematography uses flashy cut scenes as a tribute to the original production, along with plenty of jazz hands, slaps and sultry hip movements. Chicago is less emotionally grounded, instead playing its dark, vaudeville-style humor with over-the-top twists and dance moves, but it remains one of the best musicals – both on and off the Broadway stage. .


The Little Shop of Horrors (1986)


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Three doo-wop singers functioning as a Greek choir chair “Skid Row” in New York City, home to a geek florist in love with her coworker, her sadistic dentist boyfriend and a Venus fly trap with a fondness for human blood. Just as campy as this motley collection of characters suggests, Little shop of horrors is a delightful horror comedy. It’s shot on a stage built for the movie and uses puppets like the original production, but this reinforces the quirky charm of the original production. Without forgetting that the music is Howard ashman and Alain menken (The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast), and it’s just as eye-catching as their most recognizable Disney classics.

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The author writes a compelling fiction exploring the concepts of good, evil, power and repercussions

HUNTINGTON BEACH, California, November 24, 2021 / PRNewswire-PRWeb / – Author Kerwin McLaughlin shares an action-packed fictional novel with The Vicious Circle readers ($ 20.49, paperback, 9781662832406; $ 9.99, eBook, 9781662832413).

McLaughlin’s book explores the good and bad and true consequences of his questionable actions. This story is a refreshing combination of classic literature and sci-fi action while still being grounded in today’s political climate. For readers who enjoy action movies, superheroes, and political thrillers, but are put off by their often anti-Christian leanings, this book will be a refreshing read.

This fictional story follows Edouard Gennaro, who by day is a wealthy financier and her daughter Rainbow, who is a famous socialite influencer. At night, the father-daughter duo finances their way of life by robbing drug dealers, robbing cartels, shaking up crime lords, and sabotaging competing businesses. Edward’s abundance of power sparks an invitation to join an exclusive inner circle that rules the country. Desperately in need of money to join the group, he enlists his daughter for a final heist in order to steal a priceless diamond. The effort tragically turns for the worse and Edward wakes up, buried alive, in a strange forest full of misery and death. Readers will accompany Edward on his frightening journey, battling horrors on the way to hell for all eternity. Will edward to persevere and escape hell to save his daughter and the world?

“Like most guys, I grew up loving action movies and comics,” McLaughlin said. “But the anti-Christian prejudices and the awakening agenda became too heavy for me, so I decided to write something that I would like to read. Entertainment today has an agenda but no truth and art without truth is not propaganda. “

Native New Jersey, Kerwin McLaughlin is a screenwriter and performer living in Southern california. He studied screenwriting and media arts at University of the City of New Jersey. McLaughlin has served as a corporate spokesperson, comedian, and worked for years in the film and television post-production industry. This book is his second novel. His first novel, Jerusalem, NJ takes Bible stories and places them in the world today.

Xulon Press, a division of Salem Media Group, is the world’s largest Christian self-publisher, with over 15,000 titles published to date. The Vicious Circle is available online at xulonpress.com/bookstore, amazon.com, and barnesandnoble.com.

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The DC Comics version of “Stan Lee” was actually two people

Like Marvel, DC Comics had their own character “Stan Lee” who shaped the company into what it is today – and he’s actually two people.

by marvel Stan lee is virtually unrivaled as a comic book creator, but did he have a counterpart in rival DC? “Distinguished Competition,” as Marvel calls the company, is known to be home to pillars of superheroes such as Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, and many more. However, DC was not shaped primarily by one person in the same way that Marvel and Stan Lee were – but that doesn’t mean there were some important figureheads who worked in the business and have it. cast in the publishing center that it is today. In fact, there were two of those people.

From 1961 on, Stan Lee’s comic ideas at the time were unknown. Superheroes without a secret identity treated like celebrities (the Fantastic Four), a gunmaker who saw his mistakes (Iron Man), and a teenage superhero who was the main character rather than the sidekick (Spider- Man). These heroes struggled with so-called “ordinary” issues as often as they fought supervillains – Peter Parker struggled to pay rent, Reed Richards and Susan Storm struggled in their marriage, etc. DC heroes were mostly created by different writers and as such didn’t have a unified creative vision like Marvel’s, so it’s up to two writers / editors to innovate: Julius Schwartz and Gardner Fox.

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Gardner Fox was a longtime editor at DC Comics and oversaw the company’s flagship books, particularly Superman and Batman. It was Fox’s idea to re-equip Batman in the mid-60s and get him away from the Silver Age silliness that defined the character and ultimately the Adam West. Batman TV show. He also pitched the idea of ​​a new superhero team book. The Justice Society first appeared in All-Star Comics # 3 in 1941, including Hourman, Doctor Fate, The Flash, Green Lantern, The Atom, Hawkman and others. The updated group would eventually become the Justice League of America.

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Julius Schwartz would influence the business in another way – by introducing the concept of legacy characters. In 1956, Schwartz relaunched popular brands like The Flash and Green Lantern, but bestowed the titles on new characters. Barry Allen was a forensic chemist who was struck by lightning and bathed in chemicals that allowed him to run at superhuman speeds; Hal Jordan was a test pilot who encountered an alien member of the Green Lantern Corps and obtained a ring, empowering himself as a Green Lantern. The reinvention of two of DC’s main heroes as sci-fi icons brought the Sparkle and The Green Lantern brands are regaining their popularity.

Overall, while Stan Lee’s ideas on the page were entirely new and imminently noticeable, Gardner Fox and Julius Schwartz had an equally profound impact. Neither man will be remembered for their characters or their individual plots. But with their work behind the scenes, they’re just as influential for DC as Stan lee was at Marvel Comics.

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New DC Gods movie canceled due to Snyder cut, director says

Ava DuVernay strongly implies that Warner Bros. has canceled his film, New Gods, due to narrative conflicts with Zack Snyder’s Justice League.

Writer and director Ava DuVernay strongly suggests that Warner Bros. canceled his film DCEU, New Gods, due to narrative conflicts with Zack Snyder Justice League. The film was first announced by the studio in 2018 and would have followed the titular characters of the same name, who debuted on the pages of DC Comics in 1971. Coincidentally, the New Gods share the same creator – legend from the comic book industry, Jack Kirby – like Marvel’s Eternals. Although the New Gods and the Eternals exist in separate continuities belonging to two rival societies, the books shared many thematic and aesthetic similarities, such as the titular characters of both franchises comprising an immortal race of divine beings.


Unfortunately, Warner Bros. announced earlier this year that DuVernay’s New Gods would not advance to the studio. Although no explicit reason was given at the time, some have speculated that the narrative overlap between New Gods and Zack Snyder Justice League may have played a role in the abrupt cancellation of the first. Before DuVernay and Tom King could finish writing the script, Snyder had already incorporated many key aspects of New Gods’ lore in her new cut of Justice League including mother boxes, the anti-life equation and – arguably the most famous new god – Darkseid.

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DuVernay may have subtly confirmed this theory in a recent interview with the Radio Andy show (via SiriusXM). She says Warner Bros. “chopped” New Gods “based on some of the things that were going on with another movie in this world.” At the time of writing, Zack Snyder Justice League is the only DCEU film to have addressed New Gods lore to a substantial extent. Thus, it is highly likely that the “another movie” it refers to Snyder. Check out the clip below:

Despite New Gods’ cancellation, Warner Bros. has made it clear that the project will remain in the hands of DuVernay and Kings if it were to proceed in the future. It appears the studio is currently focused on crafting their most iconic heroes (as evidenced by the upcoming list of Batman, The Flash, and Aquaman-centric projects) before expanding into their more esoteric cosmic lore. Ideally, the duo would return if the studio chooses to continue the New Gods in the future.

However, the studio may have dodged a bullet by removing New Gods. Criticism embargo for upcoming Marvel Studios film Eternals recently lifted, which could become the MCU’s first “rotten” rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Given the similar subject matter between the two franchises, it’s possible that Jack Kirby’s mythical sci-fi epics were just too hard to adapt for the film. Warner Bros. also showed no interest in pursuing Zack Snyder’s vision for the DC Universe, so it makes sense that the Snyder Cut was a key reason behind New Gods get canceled. Either way, given the work DuVernay and King have already put into the project, hopefully the movie will someday come to fruition.

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Invasion Is This Is Us with an alien twist, says creator

An alien Invasion comes to Apple TV +. The original sci-fi series, which launches with its first three episodes starting Friday, October 22, follows several characters scattered across the world in the midst of an alien invasion. In the course of their daily lives, they suddenly discover that their entire world is turned upside down by mysterious – and extraterrestrial – circumstances that overturn their families, their beliefs, and their view of humanity as a whole.

Speaking to CBR, Invasion long-time creator X Men Producer Simon Kinberg explained what sets his series apart from other alien invasion stories. He shared how much classic science fiction loves War of the Worlds, Encounters of the Third Kind and Lost inspired his approach to the show and why he needed his characters to be more important than the sci-fi elements. He also recalled working with astrophysicists and scientists at NASA to truly understand the “unknowability” of alien life, reflected on his work with the X Men deductible and more.


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CBR: These days it’s so rare to see an original series with that kind of funding. What do you think it is Invasion who invited that kind of trust from Apple?

Simon Kinberg: First of all, I really appreciate this. I think that’s true, and it was definitely the intention to create something really original in a space that has traveled a lot. There have been a lot of alien stories, and more specifically, even alien invasion stories, but I wanted to do something completely original and crazy, both holistic and so character-centric and character-centric. and emotional and spectacular. I mean, when I walked into Apple, I was like, “I want to do War of the Worlds meets Babel. “

The answer to why Apple said yes is that I don’t know! They may be crazy! Every step of the way, when I was like, “This is going to be too bold for Apple,” they would say, “No, that’s exactly what we want. We want it to be bold. They pushed me in terms of character. They pushed me to the level of daring and originality. So they were incredible partners.

If I had to try to figure it out, other than like, I just think they’re cool and they want to do cool stuff, maybe it’s in a world where there are 75 billion things out there. TV, you have to be bold and original to stand out – unless you’re a great IP! The Star wars and Marvel shows work great, don’t they? But if you are Apple and you don’t have Star wars and Marvel, you got to do some cool, fresh, different stuff and take some big bets, and that shows a big bet in the sense that it does some surprising things and isn’t a cheap show to do.

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Tell me a little more about the origin of this idea. You mentioned War or the worlds, but I would like to know more about your specific inspirations for this project.

The aspect of the alien invasion came second to me. I really wanted to tell a sci-fi story and didn’t know what sci-fi story yet, but I’m working in sci-fi. I mean, you know, I do a lot of science fiction work and it’s a genre that I’ve always loved – my favorite genre. So I wanted to tell a sci-fi story that was holistic, it was a set and I really wanted to work in long story TV. I wanted to be able to tell a story that was at least 10 hours long and hopefully longer if all went well with this season.

So it started there, and then I was like, “Okay, well, what is a global event that would unite the world? There are a lot of options out there! They made two films about an asteroid that was going to hit Earth. But pretty quickly, because I loved the book War of the Worlds – I am obsessed with Orson Welles’ radio play, I liked [Steve] Spielberg’s movie a lot, and then I liked a lot of others as well – I quickly turned to “Okay, an alien invasion is a world event.”

Specific movies or shows that influenced Invasion, I would say Encounters of the Third Kind was a great one, although it’s a unique perspective. I loved how small and characterful and complex and mysterious it was. I loved the mystery of Close encounters, as opposed to like showing, like, “Ah! Alien ships!” or detonate monuments and they are unleashed in the streets. I was really interested in the mystery of the tilt, the slowness of Close encounters, and the surprising choice made by Richard Dreyfus at the end.

One show I think about a lot with this show is Lost, because you really care about these characters largely because of the flashbacks of who they were before the crash, and then you really care about the mystery of the show because you lean in and say, “I never did. thought I would care that much about opening a hatch. ” So that’s the patient minutiae of it and how it really grabbed a whole world when this show came out. Those are two things that were touchstones for me doing the show.

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How did you go about balancing the drama of the characters with the sci-fi elements? How did you find the real heart of the series?

Well, I think the heart of it all has always been the characters for me. So I wanted to make sure that the characters’ stories, the crises they were going through, their dramas were interesting enough that if it was right It’s us with these characters, you would watch it.

Then I wanted the problem in their life to be such that when the alien invasion happens, this massive global trauma is like a magnifying glass on all of their issues, and it can expose those issues and help them deal with it. , or it can burn them and destroy them and the people around them. So I continued to think that the alien invasion was an accelerator of the little fires that I started with these characters. If the alien invasion becomes so overwhelming that it doesn’t actually move the characters in a direction other than scare them away, if it doesn’t move them in an emotional direction. I’m not doing a good job with the alien story.

As for the mystery of the history of aliens, I’ve spent a lot of time talking to a lot of specialists, astrophysicists, people who work at NASA, amazing and brilliant minds – well, well , well, much brighter than mine; I don’t know anything, nothing about science – and they’ve talked a lot about the unpredictability of what aliens would be like. So I really hung on to that, and I was like, “I want to solve this mystery so that there is just enough of it for you to lean forward, and our characters to lean forward, but not too much. so that you are ahead of the characters. “

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Before I let you go, I must bring up the X Men, for which you have been a producer for a while. Now that the property is at Disney and gearing up to join the Marvel Cinematic Universe, is this a world you can see yourself revisiting? What would be your greatest hope for these characters to move forward?

I mean, you know I love the characters. I love comics. I love [Marvel Studios president] Kevin Feige. I love what he did. I am such an admirer of what he has done with the MCU. I would always be willing to work on it, because I love the characters so much.

But there’s also a part of me that feels like I’m really interested to see what they’re going to do with it, to make it different if I’m not, or even if I am. , because it’s kind of like – not to sound bombastic, but it’s kind of like Shakespeare, where a million people played Hamlet. There have been tons of fascinating versions of Hamlet. I myself started with the original X Men threw then went into the First class throw them away and then put them together in a movie and pull them apart again and do something very different with them Logan than what we were doing with Wolverine and the X Men main franchise. So there are so many different ways to use tone and cast.

I can’t wait to see what they do. I have no hope for what they are doing. I know it’s gonna be cool because everything they do is cool and smart and really well thought out. As a fan of comics and a fan of Marvel movies, I literally can’t wait. So yes, I would definitely be open to being involved. If not, they’ll be on the front lines and very excited to see what they’re doing.

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11 biographies of comic book creators

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Superheroes may be fantastic, but their creators are very human: imperfect, flesh-and-blood individuals with talent and vision. In some cases, these real-life personalities are even more complicated and intriguing than the characters they put on the page.

Perhaps this is why there have been so many biographies of comic book creators in recent years – so many, in fact, that SDCC @ Home has devoted a whole panel to discuss four of the most recent. All of the books featured there are also featured here, along with a number of others on writers, artists, etc. Some of these are names you have probably never heard of before; others that you know better than your own. All of them have worked hard and often mercilessly to bring us the comics we love.

Like the comics themselves, white men – both as authors and as subjects – dominate this list. Fortunately, more recent studies seek to reverse this trend, as you can see below.

American Daredevil: Comics, Communism and the Battles of Lev Gleasom by Brett Dakin

Although he can’t remember well today, Lev Gleason was a comic book giant of the Golden Age. He even invented a whole new genre of comics: the detective comic. Ironically, the police comics helped hasten the demise of his own business (although his blatant Communist sympathies didn’t help in the ultra-paranoid 1950s). Gleason’s great-nephew, Brett Dakin, paints a compelling portrait of an influential and fearless publisher.

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Bill the Boy Wonder: Batman’s Secret Co-Creator by Marc Tyler Nobleman and Ty Templeton

If you’ve ever seen a cartoon, a Batman movie, whatever, you’ve seen “created by Bob Kane” marked somewhere in the credits. But was he yet? Nobleman and Templeton argue (and it’s now generally accepted among fans) that the answer is a harsh “ish”. This short, illustrated biography tells the story of Bill Finger, who never received the credit he deserved for bringing one of comics most iconic characters to life.

If you want Kane’s version of events, you can check out his 1989 autobiography, Batman and me. Given the appearance of his tombstone, however, I am preparing for some terminal self-glorification.

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Women in comics: characters, creators and culture in the golden age by Peyton Brunet and Blair Davis

Now available for pre-order, Cartoon women is a necessary counterweight to the male-centric biographies that dominate this list. Brunet and Davis take a fresh look at the early days of comics, focusing on the women who helped grow the industry – and who were later erased from the history books.

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Forgotten All-Star: A Biography of Gardner Fox by Jennifer DeRoss

Fox was a most unlikely candidate for an influential comic book creator. A lawyer hit hard by the Great Depression, he ended up writing comics for extra income. Along the way, he happened to help invent or reinvent icons like Flash, Hawkman, and Batgirl. He even, as I pointed out earlier, invented the very concept of a superhero multiverse.

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Invisible Men: Black artists who pioneered comics by Kevin Quattro

Like I said in the intro, comics have long been dominated by white voices. However, it was not always so seamless. In the early days, when comic book creation was nowhere near as respectable as it is today, color designers, including black men, were more common. Kevin Quattro’s Eisner Award book pays homage to these men, both as individuals and as contributors to an industry that seems eager to forget about them.

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Jackie Ormes: the first African-American cartoonist by Nancy Goldstein

Once upon a time, “comic book” did not refer to the comic strip books but to the comic bands. Jackie Ormes was the only black designer of her time. A talented and influential artist, Ormes nonetheless clashed with the FBI: unsurprisingly, in the mid-1950s his leftist politics were unpopular with the US government.

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Kirby, king of comics by Marc Evanier

In comic book history, there is only one man with the talent, versatility, vision, and impact to call himself “King”, and that man is Jack Kirby. Kirby’s friend and collaborator Mark Evanier tells the story of his life and how his seemingly endless creative energy enabled him to help create the Marvel Universe. The book also includes plenty of original Kirby artwork to drool over.

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Marie Severin: The Mitheuse Mistress of the Comic Strip by Dewey Cassell with Aaron Sultan

Colorists usually don’t get as much attention as these glitzy artists and writers. (They weren’t even regularly credited until the ’60s!) Of all the colorists, Marie Severin, who has spent decades working on some of Marvel’s biggest titles, is perhaps the most famous – and rightly so. title ! Cassell and Sultan tell his story through interviews, photos and of course, works of art.

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A Wonderful Life: The Incredible Story of Stan Lee by Danny Fingeroth

Lee is arguably the most famous – and most polarizing – figure in all of comics. This is probably why there are biographies about him everywhere. This book isn’t even the only one on Lee coming out this year! However, Fingeroth knew Lee and his associates personally, which gave him a unique perspective from which to write.

For Lee’s own take on his life story, you can check out his 2002 autobiography, Excelsior! : The Amazing Life of Stan Lee.

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Otto Binder: The Life and Work of a Comic Book and Sci-Fi Visionary by Bill Schelly

While his work on the Superman franchise (and this guy, I guess) is best remembered, Binder’s influence extends far beyond superheroes. In this book, you’ll learn all about how Binder’s work changed science fiction as we know it, as well as the terrible personal tragedies that darkened his later years.

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Super Boys: The Amazing Adventures of Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster – Creators of Superman by Brad Ricca

No list of creator biographies would be complete without a book chronicling the lives of the very first superhero creators, Siegel and Shuster. Even if you know the general rhythms of their history – how they created Superman together, sold the rights for $ 130 and had to fight for decades for even a small slice of the profits – this book will teach you. a lot about the Ohio teens who started it all.


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Talk about ‘MAÑANA: Latinx Comics From The 25th Century’ with JOAMETTE GIL

Located throughout Latin America in the 2490s, MAÑANA: 25th Century Latinx Comics (available now in English & Spanish) presents readers with a radical array of futures, ranging from post-apocalypse to liberationist utopia, to the magical realism of a slice of life. With over 270 comic book pages featuring 27 young adult sci-fi stories from Latinx creators in the United States and Latin America, Joamette gil is the editor of a project of such scope, as well as the head of Electric and magic press, the editor of MAÑANA. Joamette is also a designer, illustrator and letterer in several other projects. Our own reporter Duna had the chance to chat with Joamette about MAÑANA, its creation, its editorial process, its range of diverse visions for the future, etc. Here is the result.

Comic Watch: Thanks so much for speaking with us, Joamette! Well, first of all, can you tell us where the idea of MAÑANA came, and what are the things that helped it flourish in the 50+ creator anthology that we get?

Joamette Gil: MAÑANA, as a concept, arose out of two disparate places: the excitement I witnessed among my fellow Latins when Star Wars started recruiting more Latin actors, and the desperation I felt in the face of the child separation crisis at the border. Our imaginations revolve around the stars and the future, but our realities are complicated by violence and trauma, making many of us doubt a future. I wanted this anthology to reflect as many different Latin American cultures as possible and as many versions of the future as possible. We did the work of matching writers with candidate artists, and the result was the greatest creative team we’ve ever worked with at P&M Press.

CW: You are the editor and senior editor of Power & Magic Press, the press behind the edition. MAÑANA. How did this project get started?

JG: P& M Press started in early 2016 with the call for applications for POWER AND MAGIC: Queer Witch Comic Book Anthology. In a nutshell, I was not happy with my experience working in comics so far, especially the low pay. P&M Press is my way of giving other BIPOC and queer creators the chance to work on projects that center their experiences, treat them with respect and pay them fairly.

Desiree Rodriguez, Naomi Franquiz

CW: I have noticed the emphasis on LGBT + creators and creators at other intersections both in MAÑANA and in the other press anthologies. What do these diverse perspectives – sometimes in multiple ways – add to the books?

JG: They are the beating heart of our press! Adequate representation by / for / of marginalized people has never existed in the Americas. The most well-known and mundane story can become instantly fascinating just by inserting a BIPOC or queer person, because that’s how rare it is still to see us centered in any medium. But beyond adding us to the stories we already know, BIPOC and LGBTQIA + people have totally original experiences and perspectives that have yet to be told to a large audience. This is what interests P&M Press: the freedom of marginalized creators to invent and reinvent freely.

CW: Most visions of hegemonic sci-fi narratives (white, wealthy, European, male) focus either on a future completely detached from the past (“progress”) or on a future that repeats past failures, especially . In MAÑANA we have links with the past that seem much more enriching to us from the past and look at it in a totally different way. How do you think these voices can bring something different and important to science fiction?

JG: MAÑANA’s stories cover many different visions of the future, some totally utopian and others… rather dark! Darker futures always contain a seed of hope, if not a way out of potential disaster. Ultimately, each story is very human, focusing on the impact of the future on people’s bodies, relationships, working lives, beliefs, lifestyles, and philosophies. The past is omnipresent, as it indicates what each character values, how they live, what they have never known, and which choices were mistakes. In that sense, it’s a very Latin book. The shadows of colonization, capitalism and environmental destruction are there, as are the light of revolution, indigenous survival and black joy.

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CW: Some comparisons have been made of how many visions of dystopian fiction in pop culture tend to make their “scandalous and horrific futures” basic things that many BIPOCs already relate to: poverty, oppression, the emphasis on survival rather than passion. How do you think this futuristic story written by Latin challenges this vision?

JG: MAÑANA challenges this by ignoring “horrible futures” for the purpose of teaching empathy or warning the reader to “beware of consequences!” Whenever the future is far from perfect, our characters use their ingenuity to survive and thrive together despite everything (sounds familiar to you?), Or the story goes that our characters learn something about life under the circumstances. For example, in “A dream of a thousand stars” by Alberto Rayo and Sebastian Carrillo, the indigenous peoples of the Andes are the ones who master interstellar travel and harness the power of several suns… which leads to very, very big social problems. The story follows two queer Andean women (a scientist and a soldier) on a mission to save all lives. It merges the themes of human potential, pride, cooperation and religious conflict, in a future scenario that would be absolutely frightening.

Alberto Rayo, Sebastian Carrillo

CW: As the publisher of the book, how did you approach your writers by addressing themes that are somehow related to the land and its people (even though it’s a vast land and a great amount of cultures) ? Do you think this is any different from editing a supposedly “pure” book?

JG: Excellent question! I decided early on that I wouldn’t accept story pitches taking place anywhere the creators weren’t originally or had never lived. The rest is not much different from how I would edit anything, fictitious or not. One of my jobs as an editor, in my opinion, is reading and asking questions when elements of a specific culture that I’m not familiar with appear in a script, both to check for accuracy and to get a feel for what is respectful and what is not.

CW: In addition to being an editor, you are also a designer, illustrator and letter writer, having done comics for The Nib, Everyday Feminism and for Power & Magic Releases, and lettering for projects like Archival Quality (which was a 10 / 10 for our reviews) and Mooncakes. How do your experience as a publisher and your experience as a creator intertwine, and what do you like most about these multiple activities?

JG: Comics have fascinated me for a very long time, so I’m truly grateful that I was able to participate in almost every aspect of their creation! I would say this is my greatest strength as a publisher. I understand how every aspect of the process works, why it matters, how it can go wrong, and most importantly, what it feels like to make a comic.

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Author finds himself in the middle of his own novel as Covid-19 strikes

His science fiction work is acclaimed around the world. Now she writes from her home office in a well-known residential area in Palmerston North State. Jimmy Ellingham meets Laura Jean McKay.

As the world teetered on the brink of a pandemic, an author entered a recording booth where fantasy mirrored reality.

Laura Jean McKay voiced the audiobook of her first novel, The animals of this country, about a pandemic. Amid the initial confusion, the book’s zooflu was spreading similarly to Covid-19.

The novel was published in March 2020, as New Zealand was introduced to blockages, alert levels, bubbles, and mandatory walks.

It was a surreal time, especially for McKay, who rushed to Sydney, Australia from her new home in Palmerston North to check in before the borders closed.

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McKay's home office allows him to contemplate his garden and observe animals.

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McKay’s home office allows him to contemplate his garden and observe animals.

“I was in this sound booth for eight hours a day talking about scenes in my novel where people were panicking buying and wearing masks with strange symptoms.

“The government would make decisions, then I would leave the audio booth and the news cycle would have continued. I would go to the supermarket and the supermarket would just be emptied of toilet paper.

McKay’s real world had become that of her novel, and she saw the world in the same way as her first-person narrator, Jean.

McKay could never have envisioned the novel’s premonitory timing when she began writing seven years earlier.

“I was feeling very confused and confused and wondering how I got into my novel one way or another, and I also felt really worried.

“People were in pain and scared, and I didn’t want to make a mistake or create something that would upset people. “

The Massey University creative writing professor, 43, an Australian living in New Zealand, had nothing to worry about.

Critics around the world praised the work, such as The Guardian saying, “His writings about people… are dirty and cool and funny. It’s prose on high alert, spiky hair and bared teeth in every sentence. “

On top of that, there are the awards, including the 2021 Victorian Prime Minister’s Literary Awards and the best science fiction award, the Arthur C Clarke Award, named after the 2001: A Space odyssey author.

In beautiful symmetry, the first winner of the UK’s Best Science Fiction Novel of the Year Award was Margaret Atwood, author of The Handmaid’s Tale. McKay borrowed the title from Atwood’s poem The animals in this Country for his novel.

For years people have imagined talking to animals, but usually it’s in human terms. We imagine them chatting like we do with other humans.

But not in McKay’s novel, where animals communicate with infected flu through jerky, rambling snippets.

The animals are absent from his Palmerston North home. This is in part due to the traveling life of a writer and teacher – her partner Tom Doig is an author and also works at Massey. Years of Melbourne apartment living and commuting are not suitable for routine non-human creatures.

It is also in part thanks to his novel.

“I would really love to have a pet in my life, but after writing a book on inter-species communication, I don’t know how I would tell a dog that I was leaving for three days and that he would live in a kennel.

“It bothers me a bit that I can’t communicate well. “

However, she sits down and watches, often from her home office, the domestic cats roaming the large backyard of her property.

“Rather than getting mad at them, it’s good to sit down for a bit and be like, ‘OK, what are they doing? How do they work? Maybe I can make a space for them, which means they don’t dig my yard, but they’re fine.

“If a fly comes into the house, I talk to it and say, ‘Look, we don’t like you. You are not welcome here. Go out. We haven’t invited you. My partner said to me: “Are you talking to flies? “”

Writing such a work is a big investment. Although it took seven years to create, the seeds were sown over a decade ago, when McKay began recording his first thoughts on paper.

At the beginning of the book, there was a different beast, located on a farm rather than the animal park where it had settled.

McKay talks to his partner Tom Doig while signing books at Bruce McKenzie Booksellers in Palmerston North.

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McKay talks to his partner Tom Doig while signing books at Bruce McKenzie Booksellers in Palmerston North.

The turning point came a year or two into writing when McKay was in residence at a wildlife park in the Northern Territory, where she lived in a trailer for three months.

There were captive animals, but also their wild counterparts, and McKay recorded, photographed, watched and observed all she could for the atmospheric details so carefully woven into The animals of this country.

She also observed humans, such as how rangers grabbed their portable radios by the back of their belts like a cop would with a gun.

It was a special experience, even though she often waited to go to the bathroom.

“I was going to see a python in the reptile section and then I would come back to the trailer and there was this 3.5 meter olive python lying in front of my entry into the bathroom, and I couldn’t get in there. because she was there. She was taking the sun.

“Every day at the same time, she would go out and lay down in the sun, and she lived on top of the laundry, so when you went to do your laundry you would look up and see that face looking at you. It was just amazing.

McKay’s humility and quickness in congratulating others, like his “great editor” or the “wonderful in-laws” who sent him a congratulatory bouquet of flowers, comes after years of hard work.

Its success does not come from nowhere. Collection of stories Cambodia vacations – exploring the role of expatriates in the Asian country, where McKay has spent years traveling for humanitarian work and in residency to help writers – has been well received and his stories are widely published.

McKay views writing a novel as a three-step process. First, turn the 70,000 words into something that looks like a story. The next difficult step is to rewrite and reverse the work.

“This stage is really difficult and heartbreaking, and it can last for months to years. This is a really nasty step because your novel looks bad. You tear pieces of it out, you put pieces in it, and you think it’s never going to end. “

McKay has his novel.  In September, she won the Arthur C Clarke Award for Science Fiction Writing.

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McKay has his novel. In September, she won the Arthur C Clarke Award for Science Fiction Writing.

Finally, there’s the refinement, getting the job done in the kind of form an editor can work with.

“This third draft is quite pleasant. At this point you’re like, I have this thing. Not only is it 70,000 words, but it also makes sense and has characters and a story.

She has had enlightening adventures along the way. A trip to America included attending a chimpanzee rights court case and meeting Michael Jackson’s chimpanzee Bubbles at a retreat for retired animal showbiz stars.

It also includes a severe attack of chikungunya fever due to a mosquito bite in Bali. The effects lasted for a few years and were so severe that McKay remembers it being too painful to get out of his couch for a drink of water.

So far, it’s hard for McKay to say how his success sinks.

Since the 2020 lockdown, promotional tours have been held and awards have been held online, including the Arthur C Clarke.

Broadcast on the BBC, of ​​which McKay is proud, the ceremony began around 7.15am NZT. She got up at 6, got dressed, won the award and later that morning came back to real life.

“The zoom ends and I am alone in a room. I will go out and my partner will be able to make noise again. We do the dishes and watch television.

“I don’t really have a clue how it made a difference, how it might have affected the way people might read my work or how many people read it. “

McKay is working on another plot, but it’s still in its infancy.

Level 2 alert restrictions keep her at home and there is plenty of inspiration to be found as she strolls to her desk, on the floral patterned rug and in front of a bookcase filled with classic tomes and records. of music, including Bowie and The Beatles.

She has lived in Palmerston North for a few years, moving with Doig, her partner of 10 years and friend of 20 years.

“It’s been tough with the pandemic because when I moved to Palmerston North I was like, ‘Great, this is a place I can get on a plane and I can be home in seven hours if anything. something is wrong or if I just want to go back to my family ”.

“I had planned Australian tours for the book. I was going to do a lot of back and forth … but then the pandemic hit and I was only able to go home once. “

Palmerston North is similar to where she spent time as a child, Sale in Victoria.

The former McKay and Doig State House in the 1940s at Savage Cres is part of a project to strengthen the community. And, says McKay, decades later, it still works, as neighbors and passers-by regularly stop to talk.

They may not know it, but they are talking to a master of his craft.


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How many ‘Foundation’ episodes will there be?

Sci-fi fans and those who enjoy adaptations of the book on TV will likely be interested in the latest offering on Apple TV Plus: Foundation. The drama series, based on a set of stories by Isaac Asimov, follows a group of exiles who come together as the “Foundation” to try to plan the impending downfall of the Galactic Empire.

The streaming series stars Jared Harris as Hari Seldon, a math professor who expands the study of psychohistory to make predictions about the future through probability.

Six feet Under ground Actor Lee Pace plays Brother Day (Cleon XII), who is a clone and the leader of the Galactic Empire. The drama also stars actors Lou Llobel (Gaal Dornick), Leah Harvey (Salvor Hardin), Terrence Mann (Brother Dusk / Cleon XI) and Alfred Enoch (Raych Seldon).

The first two episodes of Foundation released on September 24, and viewers may be wondering about the rest of the Season 1 release schedule. Plus, read on to find out about creator and showrunner David S. Goyer’s ambitious plan for the continuation of the season. ’emission.

Will “Foundation” return for season 2?

Apple TV Plus has yet to announce whether the sci-fi series will be renewed for a second season, but creator and showrunner David S. Goyer has big plans for the future of. Foundation.

David wants the series to last eight seasons, and he’s already articulated that goal at Apple.

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“I don’t want to hurt myself, but Apple knew this was a big company and they wanted to make sure I was writing for something,” he shared with Decision maker. “They asked me the same question, they said, ‘In a perfect world, how many seasons do you have in mind?’ and I said, ‘Eight.’ They said, ‘Can you get us through the eight [seasons]? ‘ and for about two hours I took them through the eight [seasons], so I hope we get there. We’ll see.”

Although the series has already stood out from the books, there are still many sources that the authors of the series can refer to if Foundation keep on going.

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Galaxy of Madness takes readers on an “existential retrofuturistic adventure”

Magdalene Visaggio of Vagrant Queen’s returns in space adventures, this time with Michael Avon Oeming and Taki Soma of Powers. Together, they launched Galaxy of Madness, a “brilliant, fun and existential retrofuturistic adventure” following a second-generation space archaeologist who grew up in a universe who thought her parents’ theories were wrong – but she goes. prove them right, and justify his family.

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“Galaxy of Madness tells the story of Vigil Virgo, a 41st century space archaeologist,” Oeming told Newsarama. “In this story, she follows in the footsteps of her parents long lost in the forgotten and breathtaking history of the universe in a Kirby-esque world of Silver Age sci-fi – a trail that will put her on a collision course with her adoptive father, Ulysses Rex! “

Galaxy of Madness is expected to be a 12-issue series, and the first five issues are already drawn – with plans to serialize it monthly on Patreon ahead of a possible print edition. In addition to the comic book issues themselves, the Boss will include scripts, concept art, and “artifacts” from the world of Galaxy of Madness.

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“Mags and I have been discussing creatively for some time, and during the pandemic we decided to create something as independent as possible,” Oeming said. “We figured we could have a smooth roll-out and build audiences over time rather than trying to get them all at once like a comic in print. One of the many benefits of going digital is on board.”

Galaxy of Madness # 1 (of 12) is available now on Patreon.

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Sharon Pepper’s book ?? Jeremy Q. Taylor and the Cyborg in the Cellar ?? Presents the challenges of technology to humanity in the future

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What distinguishes humans from cyborgs?

In a sci-fi novel interspersed with action, adventure, robots and family love, Sharon takes us to the world of ?? Jeremy Q. Taylor and the Cyborg in the basement. ??

When 16-year-old Jeremy suddenly lost his mother, he was upset and in pain. The event left Jeremy with a tired heart and the inability to cope as well as his father would have liked. Wanting to help his son, Bob Taylor, a scientist working for Human-istic Ltd., a company dedicated to creating robots for all walks of life, created a cyborg named Addison. Bob wants Addison to become Jeremy’s big brother. Addison was almost perfect. With a physical appearance that can make any girl pale and the intelligence of a supercomputer, Jeremy at first felt inferior and envious, to the point that he hated Addison. On the other hand, Addison is not just a robot. He’s also partly human and never gave up on Jeremy. The two Taylor boys have become inseparable. However, the threat of reproducing Addison for commercial gain was looming. This puts the cyborg in danger and they find themselves in dire straits.

Can the Taylors overcome the dangers of greed and lust for power and money?

Discover a love story between a family that transcends species and the power of science to heal or destroy. Join Pepper and the Taylors. Get your copy.

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Sharon’s professional experience includes marketing, sales and administration of educational programs / services and materials.

His education includes an undergraduate degree in business administration from Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Florida. Additionally, she received her MBA from Cal State East Bay, California.

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Sci-Fi Author’s Book Explores Artificial Intelligence

At the end of June, author Hugh Miller, 51, published his sci-fi book Interview with Things.

It focuses on artificial intelligence and the future dilemma it might pose.

The author of Ellandshaven has been a graphic designer and web developer at his agency, HM Studio, since 2011. He was born in Welkom in the Free State in 1970 and moved to Johannesburg in 1992.

His book seeks to prove that humans seek purpose, free will, meaning in life, faith, and freedom, and that a conscious and conscious machine might desire the same things in the future.

Miller’s book has a subject that is not new, but an approach and a plot that is.

Love for writing

His desire to write started in school, where he wrote three science fiction books on a typewriter, but that’s where they stayed.

“It was also almost impossible to publish science fiction in South Africa at that time, but today the whole world is available. When I started my career in graphic design and advertising writing fell behind schedule and it wasn’t until my 50th birthday that I suddenly realized that I had forgotten to write, ”said Miller.

His love for writing and the important voice inside him started to scream. He felt a strong conviction to take up writing, 30 years later, and to pursue his passion for being an author.

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With the strong desire to write, he felt that the book needed a strong message and to combine it with his love for science fiction.

“The unique angle of this book is that most of the science fiction and robot themed novels come from atheistic evolutionary perspectives. The alternative may seem narrow-minded, but on the contrary, it has more evidence for it than against. It takes more faith to believe in anything like the saying goes, ”he said.

He said it would argue for a creator, right down to why AI even exists.

“From the impossible luck that a human cell would appear out of thin air to more scientists discovering the obvious DNA design and even age errors in dating fossils. God created Adam, Adam created the IA. We’re made like a creator. Androids are or will be made in ours, “Miller said.

The book argues these points through a sci-fi adventure with strong plot and action.

This raises human questions such as why is there something rather than nothing and what does it mean to be human, creator, or evolution?

“We live in a world where AI and robotic design are evolving very quickly and science fiction will soon become a fact. The goal for a Christian is to embrace a very plausible future and see evidence of a creator in everything, down to the complexity of music, ”he said.

To learn more about the book or to purchase online, visit www.interviewwiththings.com or Amazon.com


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Longlist Booker 2021 Reader’s Guide

PUBLISHED on August 22, 2021

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The long list of the Booker Prize is one of the highly anticipated literary events of the year. The thirteen titles nominated for the coveted prize, called Booker Dozen, were chosen from 158 novels, all published in the UK or Ireland between October 1, 2020 and September 30, 2021. The Booker Prize for Fiction is open to works by ‘writers of any nationality, written in English and published in the UK or Ireland.

This year’s jury was made up of president Maya Jasanoff, the historian; writer and editor Horatia Harrod; actor Natascha McElhone; novelist and professor Chigozie Obioma and writer and former Archbishop Rowan Williams.

Maya Jasanoff, president of the 2021 judges, said this about the novels on the long list:

“Many of them consider how people grapple with the past – whether it is personal experiences of mourning or dislocation or the historical legacy of slavery, apartheid and war. Many examine the strained intimate relationships and, through them, meditate on ideas of freedom and obligation, or what makes us human. It is especially striking during the pandemic that all of these books have important things to say about the nature of the community, from the smallest and most isolated to the immeasurable expanse of cyberspace. ”

Five novelists have already been awarded the prize: Damon Galgut, Kazuo Ishiguro, Mary Lawson, Richard Powers and Sunjeev Sahota.

Following the Booker’s decision in 2014 to include American authors among the nominees eligible for the award, the long list each year revives the debate as to whether this will lead to more inclusiveness or consistency in the edition. This year’s list consists of five British authors alongside four Americans and writers from Canada and South Africa.

The list of six finalists will be announced on September 14 of this year, and the winner, who will take home £ 50,000, will be announced on November 2.

So what can you expect from this year’s long list? Keep reading to find out.

A passage to the north – Anuk Arudpragasam

After his critically acclaimed debut, The story of a brief marriage, the Sri Lankan Tamil writer is back with another politically astute novel. His latest work of fiction is a dark discursive meditation on the collective amnesia of a nation. The story revolves around Krishan who sets out on a trip from Colombo to the war-torn Northern Province for the funeral of the caregiver of his grandmother, a woman who never recovered psychologically after having lost her two sons in the bloody civil war that lasted thirty years. . A breathtaking work of fiction about the generational trauma of war.

Klara and the sun – Kazuo Ishiguro

Having won the Booker Prize in 1989 with the famous The leftovers of the day which has also been adapted into an award-winning film starring Anthony Hopkins and Emma Thompson, this is the fourth time Ishiguro has been nominated for the award. Klara and the sun takes place in a world where parents buy androids called artificial friends to provide companionship for their children. Klara, one of these “friends” is brought home to Josie, a chronically ill girl. The plot and tone of this book most closely resemble the writer’s seminal work, Never let Me Go. With the same ingenious combination of naivety paired with artful observations on human fragility, both books push the boundaries of the sci-fi genre.

The promise – Damon Galgut

Previously shortlisted for In a strange room the South African writer marks his return to Booker’s long list with his most political work to date.The promise revolves around a fanatical South African family who renegs on their promise to make their black servant a legal owner of the house in which they live. This provocative, multigenerational family saga begins in the 1980s and ends in 2018, skillfully tracing the legacy of apartheid.

Second place – Rachel Cusk

In the wake of his critically acclaimed trilogy Contour who pushed the boundaries of fiction, Cusk marks his return with this domestic novel. Author’s Note Credits Lorenzo in Taos, Mabel Dodge Luhan’s 1932 memoir of DH Lawrence’s stay at his artist colony in Taos, New Mexico, as a source of inspiration. This fictional memoir deals with the strained relationship between a woman and the famous artist whom she invited to use her guesthouse in the remote coastal landscape where she lives with her family. While the story is weighed down by overly stylized and dense prose, this thin short story ultimately talks about the boredom of midlife and the double-edged sword of fame in the creative realm.

The softness of the water – Nathan Harris

One of the landmark debuts of the year, this propulsive novel takes place during the twilight years of the Civil War era. With keen insight, Harris paints a vivid and nuanced portrait of rural Georgia in the southern United States at a time of great political upheaval. The plot centers on two brothers recently released by the Emancipation Proclamation and their families. The novel features a cast of well-etched characters and a sensitive portrayal of complex interpersonal relationships.

An island – Karen Jennings

Dark horse of the long list, this novel by a South African writer struggled to find a publisher, eventually finding a home in a small independent publishing house with a circulation of only 500 copies. It is the story of a young refugee who is stranded unconscious on the beach of a small island inhabited by none other than Samuel, an old lighthouse keeper who is exiled from a cruel world. Their interactions revive memories of Samuel’s troubled past and the suffering he witnessed. An island ofdelivers a living and stimulating history that reflects racism, colonialism and its reverberations across generations. The book is already collecting comparisons with the works of another great South African literary, JM Coetzee.

A town called Consolation – Mary Lawson

The Canadian author was previously on the list of The other side of the bridge. The story of this novel revolves around three characters, each facing loss in their own way. Echoing the works of Anne Tyler and Elizabeth Strout, this novel deals with small town life, incorporating themes of family love, loss and togetherness.

Nobody talks about it – Patricia Lockwood

One of this year’s most high-profile debut novels, it captures the Internet’s zeitgeist in all its chaotic glory. Described as a Twitter novel and an autofiction, the book follows a social media celebrity who is “extremely online” and struggles to cope with her offline struggles with real life issues and her online fame. As sketchy prose polarizes, ironic, scorching humor and insightful observations on the vapidity of social media make this novel stand out.

Men of fortune – Nadifa Mohamed

Mahmood Mattan, a young Somali sailor living in Cardiff, was the father of three children and a petty thief. Since his Welsh wife left him he has been in trouble, but when a shopkeeper is brutally killed in Tiger Bay in Cardiff in 1952, he doesn’t expect to be charged with the crime. He was wrongly convicted and executed for a murder he did not commit in a horrific case of racial profiling. The British and Somali author’s fictionalized account of the real-life story of Mahmood Mattan is a mind-boggling literary feat. Overflowing with soul and grace, this book depicts the deplorable history of racism and bigotry.

Perplexity -Richard Powers

This novel marks the third entry on Booker’s Long List for the Pulitzer Prize-winning American writer. Astrobiologist Theo Byrne, 45, searches for life in space while his 9-year-old son Robin is determined to protect endangered animals on Earth. Recently bereaved, the father-son duo face the loss of Robin’s mother in an accident. As the grieving son’s behavior becomes problematic, in an attempt to keep him away from psychoactive drugs, Theo agrees to put his son on experimental neurological therapy. Meanwhile, ecological and political disasters are raging in the outside world. Perplexity is a poignant and timely reflection on how to protect ourselves and our loved ones from the perils of the outside world and our own minds.

China room – Sunjeev Sahota

No stranger to the Booker, Sahota was shortlisted in 2015 for The year of the fugitives.

The double story of China room follows Mehar, a young bride in rural Punjab during the lead-up to the score who spends most of her time sequestered in the “porcelain room” with her two sisters-in-law and her great-grandson who returned from London in 1999 in the Punjab to fight his heroin addiction on an isolated farm, where Mehar resided. Sahota masterfully evokes the sense of place and time in lush prose in this multigenerational novel that explores individual action, oppression and liberation.

Large Circle – Maggie Shipstead

Doorstop to a book of over 600 pages, this glorious feminist epic spans a century. Marian was a daredevil aviator in the mid-90s who embarked on her dream journey of flying around the world, over the North and South Poles. On the last leg of her journey, Marian and her navigator disappeared. A century later, the disillusioned actress Hadley Baxter agrees to try out the role of Marian in a film centered on Marian’s disappearance in Antarctica. From aviation to Hollywood, the worlds created by Shipstead are meticulously researched and vividly evoked. It’s an exhilarating novel about two women, separated by a century but united in their quest to find their own place in a society that demands submission.

Perpetual light – Francois Spufford

On November 25, 1944, a crowded Woolworths branch in New Cross was struck by a German V2 rocket, which exploded and destroyed the store and the immediate area, killing 168 people, including 15 children under the age of 11. Inspired by this real life incident, it is the story of five 20th century lives – the lives five London children could have had had they not been killed. We follow the lives of these five “children” at 15-year intervals and gain insight into the transformative years of post-war London history in this book on Redemption and Hope.


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Joseph Kosinski to Direct Sci-Fi Thriller “Chariot” for Warner Bros

Warner Bros. has hired ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ director Joseph Kosinski to tackle the film adaptation of the ‘Chariot’ graphic novel. According to Deadline, the studio recently won a competitive auction for the high-profile package.

Kosinski, also known for films such as ‘Tron: Legacy’ and ‘Oblivion’, will direct from a script by Julian Meiojas and produce alongside Shawn Levy and Dan Cohen of 21 Laps.

Described as a sci-fi thriller, the film is about a top-secret Cold War project that saw the government supply its star agent with a unique weapon – a state-of-the-art sports car. The Chariot, as it quickly became known, sank in the ocean with the agent. But after several decades, a petty criminal seeking to reform his life stumbles upon the Chariot and discovers that the agent’s conscience still controls him.

The graphic novel, published by Artists, Writers and Artisans (AWA), was written by comic book creator and screenwriter Bryan Edward Hill and drawn by Priscilla Petraites.

Kosinski is currently awaiting the release of Tom Cruise-starrer ‘Top Gun: Maverick’, a sequel to the Hollywood star’s 1986 blockbuster.

The filmmaker also directed ‘Escape from Spiderhead’, starring Chris Hemsworth, Miles Teller and Jurnee Smollett. The film will be released on the Netflix streamer later this year.

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Los Angeles, Jul 13 (PTI) Warner Bros has hired “Top Gun: Maverick” director Joseph Kosinski to tackle the film adaptation of the graphic novel “Chariot”.

According to Deadline, the studio recently won a competitive auction for the high-profile package.

Kosinski, also known for films such as “Tron: Legacy” and “Oblivion”, will direct from a screenplay by Julian Meiojas and produce alongside Shawn Levy and Dan Cohen of 21 Laps.

Described as a sci-fi thriller, the film is about a top-secret Cold War project that saw the government supply its star agent with a unique weapon – a state-of-the-art sports car.

The Chariot, as it quickly became known, sank in the ocean with the agent. But after several decades, a petty criminal seeking to reform his life stumbles upon the Chariot and discovers that the agent’s conscience still controls him.

The graphic novel, published by Artists, Writers and Artisans (AWA), was written by comic book creator and screenwriter Bryan Edward Hill and drawn by Priscilla Petraites.

Kosinski is currently awaiting the release of Tom Cruise’s “Top Gun: Maverick”, a sequel to the Hollywood star’s 1986 blockbuster.

The filmmaker also directed “Escape from Spiderhead”, starring Chris Hemsworth, Miles Teller and Jurnee Smollett. The film will be released on the Netflix streamer later this year. PTI RB RB RB


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Book Fair opens new chapter for e-commerce platforms and coffee culture

The annual Shanghai Book Fair will feature more individual bookstores and, for the first time, some e-commerce platforms, said Xu Jiong, head of the city’s press and publications administration.

An area will also be allocated on the second floor of the Shanghai Exhibition Center as a new “Reading + Coffee Culture” area for people to rest, exchange ideas and take a look at innovative cultural products.

“Readers need a more relaxing and comfortable space to read. Traditional bookstores have already followed the trend and the book fair should do the same,” Xu said on Monday. The opening of the fair is scheduled for August 11.

Traditional brick and mortar stores joining the event include Toyou Books, which turns into a pub at night, Will Commune, where readers can borrow books for free, the Xinchao women’s-themed bookstore, and the bookstore. Island on the theme of detectives.

Xu said the fair will put more emphasis on supporting and promoting the newly emerged special bookstores, and future fairs will all have a group of different brick and mortar stores as exhibitors.

This year, e-commerce platforms like JD and Douyin (Chinese version of TikTok) will have booths and provide online and offline services.

In public spaces, new environmentally friendly materials will be used in the construction of the stands instead of the old wood and paper products. Plastic bags and packaging will be replaced with more attractive recyclable book bags.

In order to improve the management of on-site catering, as well as to ensure the prevention and control of epidemics, a catering area will be installed near gate 9 of the exhibition center. Nearly 30 special dishes from nine popular food brands will be on offer.

Exhibitors from three districts will be specially represented – 800 Show from Jing’an District, Shanghai Music Valley from Hongkou District and Sinan Mansions from Huangpu District. The 16 districts will organize their own book fairs in different fields.

The 800 Show branch will focus on a “City of Future Reading” theme to demonstrate the nature of reading in the future. Leading science and technology companies will work with digital reading providers to organize activities such as reading, living, artificial intelligence, internet and big data. Big national names in both fields, including Huawei, electric car maker NIO and the China Literature and Spiritual Wealth Club, will showcase their own examples of culture in urban digital transformation.

The Shanghai Music Valley branch will blend elements such as music, reading, cultural tourism and cultural innovation and show how people can enjoy reading while traveling. Sinan Mansions will encourage a mix of social life and culture.

A map of local brick and mortar bookstore locations will be available to help visitors find their favorites. The book fair also has its own mascot, Doudian, whose head is shaped like a comma.

The first awards ceremony for local publisher Dookbook’s sci-fi writing competition, aimed at unearthing more talented young writers, will be held at the fair.

To celebrate the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Chinese Communist Party, several exhibitions on relevant publications and many new books on this topic will be presented.

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FFXIV Recipes Made Alive By The Official Cookbook

Square Enix and Insight Editions will release The Ultimate Final Fantasy XIV Cookbook later this year, featuring over 70 recipes from the MMO JRPG.

A Final Fantasy XIV– A themed cookbook is currently in the works, which means fans can sample Eorzea food this fall. Square Enix’s massively multiplayer online JRPG is still going strong even a decade after its launch, overcoming a rocky start and a major overhaul of its development team to bring together over 22 million registered players by April 2021.

Like most MMOs, part of Final Fantasy XIV success comes from the large and expansive world that players around the world can connect with, comprising four major cities and several different environments. Naturally, this setting has plenty of unique dishes for its citizens to dine after a long day killing monsters and embarking on epic quests, and players will now be able to try some of Hydaelyn’s best dishes from the comfort of their own. own kitchen.

Related: Final Fantasy 14: 10 Things You Need To Know About The Dancing Plague

According to Siliconera, Square Enix publishes a Final Fantasy 14 cookbook november 9 by rated Star wars, Harry potter, and Marvel comics associate editor Insight Editions. Twitter the Wario64 games news hunter posted a screenshot of a Simon & Schuster listing now edited to The Ultimate Final Fantasy XIV Cookbook, which has been described as exhibiting “Hydaelyn and Norvrandt’s favorite flavors and easy-to-follow instructions, this tome provides plenty of tips on how to get the most out of your ingredients”And contains 192 pages and over 70 recipes. The page in question has now been edited to simply read “licensed video game cookbook,“But fans can see the original post for the $ 35 hardcover in the post below:

This cookbook will come just like Final Fantasy 14 last extension, Endwalker, will launch on November 23. The update looks quite promising, with Final Fantasy XIV producer Naoki Yoshida stating that Endwalker will contain more stories and cutscenes than even 2019 Shadowbringer. This is good news for fans of Final Fantasy XIV, which recently saw a surge in subscribers on Steam over the past week.

A Final fantasy The XIV-themed cookbook may seem out of the picture (and some might argue that 2016’s Final Fantasy XV would be better suited for such a party member related to Ignis Scientia’s penchant for coming up with new recipes in the heat of the moment), but Hydaelyn’s expansive frame certainly contains enough interesting dishes to fill a hardcover of 192. pages. Fans will have the chance to sample meals from Final Fantasy XIV when The Ultimate Final Fantasy XIV Cookbook released in bookstores on November 9th.

Next: How To Unlock Eden’s Gate In Final Fantasy XIV

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Maverick Joseph Kosinski directs Warner Bros Chariot – Deadline

EXCLUSIVE: Warner Brothers won an auction for Tank, a presentation package that has Top Gun: Maverick director Joseph Kosinski is making an adaptation of the graphic novel recently published by Artists, Writers and Artisans (AWA).

The film will be written by Julian Meiojas, whose recent credits include Jack ryan and Flash. Shawn Levy and Dan Cohen of 21 Laps are producing with Kosinski. AWA’s Zach Studin is executive producer, and the project is the first for AWA Studios, the newly formed film and television arm of the graphic fiction publisher. This is AWA’s first project, but there are more to come.

Tank is based on the graphic novel written by comic book creator and screenwriter Bryan Edward Hill (American carnage, bitter root), designed by Priscilla Petraites (Rat queens) and edited by AWA Creative Director Axel Alonso. The photo was sold as a synthwave sci-fi thriller with strong roles for two leading actors. The Chariot was a secret Cold War-era government project to provide its star agent with a unique weapon in the form of a state-of-the-art sports car. He sank in the ocean decades ago, the agent with him. A petty criminal seeking to reform his life has stumbled upon the Chariot, and he’s about to discover that the officer’s conscience still controls him.

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Director Kosinski Top Gun: Maverick re-equips the director with Oversight star Tom Cruise and Paramount are releasing this film on November 19. Kosinski is in post-production on the Netflix filmEscape Spiderhead, which stars Chris Hemsworth, Miles Teller and Jurnee Smollet.

Rebecca Cho will oversee for Warner Brothers. Kosinski is replaced by CAA and Hirsch Wallerstein.

Most recently co-EP on HBO Max’s Ridley Scott series Raised by wolves, Meiojas adapts his new DNA for Amazon and Simon Kinberg’s genre films. Meiojas is replaced by CAA, Grandview and Jackoway.

Levy’s 21 Laps has the fourth season of Strange things coming to Netflix, and he directed Ryan Reynolds’ starrer Free guy, scheduled for release by Disney on August 13. Levy also finished The Adam project. 21 laps, it’s WME and Ziffren.

AWA is replaced by Grandview.


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Here is Ghost Of Tsushima release time 1.1 and how to start “Legends”

If you’re like me, many of you have woken up this morning trying to install the new Ghost of Tsushima Patch 1.1 which adds a new game +, loadouts and, most importantly, the new co-op multiplayer experience of Legends.

Well, it’s not live yet, but it will be soon, and maybe by the time you see it.

Ghost of Tsushima Legends Patch 1.1 will begin uploading at 8:00 a.m. PST, 11:00 a.m. EST, and may take an hour after that to go live in all regions.

Once you’ve installed the patch (I’m not sure how big it is or how long the “copy” will take on PS4), there are two ways to start the new Legends multiplayer mode. You can either talk to Gyozen in the main campaign or select Legends from the main menu itself to jump straight to it.

Keep in mind that there are still more pieces of Legends to come, including a raid that is expected to arrive in a few weeks. But to start, we will see the launch of Legends story missions and co-op survival missions that will allow you to rank the different classes and get new equipment.

As a reminder, the courses are:

  • Samurai (brawler)
  • Hunter (ranged)
  • Ronin (summons a ghost dog)
  • Assassin (single target damage)

I’m not sure which of these I’m going to do, but I’m leaning over to Ronin because of A) the awesome gear and B) I mean, the ghost dogs. Ghost dogs!

It’s a game that I probably thought would not neither getting multiplayer nor really needing it, and yet everything about Legends was really great in the first few glimpses, so I can’t wait to check it out today. I’m not sure if this is something I’m going to follow in the long run, but I guess we’ll have to see how it goes. I’m definitely going to be a little rusty since I haven’t played the game itself for months now after beating it and having pretty much everything on the map except the flowers. I’m not exactly the New Game + type, but I think the save uploads option will be ideal for people who are just starting out or maybe just getting started when they play on PS5 in a few weeks.

Either way, I’ll keep an eye on the patch and hope it stops copying by Saturday. Stay tuned for my thoughts on Legends later.

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