Waid, Heinberg, Grayson and Vaughan create a Comic Book Writer’s Manifesto live onstage!

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For those who live in the LA area!

Don’t make plans September 17, ’cause we’ve whipped you up a comics treat!

The West Hollywood Book Fair is proud to present the…

PULP GRIND MANIFESTO: Writing the Monthly Comic Book!!

Four firmly entrenched writers in popular comics…

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(Batman: Gotham Knights – the first ongoing Batman series created by a female! – Matador & the novel DC Universe: Inheritance)

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(Young Avengers, Wonder Woman & ABCs Grey’s Anatomy)

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(Pride of Baghdad, Y: The Last Man, Ex Machina)

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(52, Supergirl and the Legion of Superheroes, John Doe)

Are called upon to create the first ever Comic Book Writer’s Manifesto live, on stage!

Questions will format a spirited discussion on topics as diverse as the relevance of comics in broader culture, personal creative process, gender politics in the medium and the perceived aesthetic mandates of the comic book mainstream. Each discussion topic will be distilled into a single manifesto bullet-point whose language must be agreed upon by all four of these very different creators!

A signing with all participating creators will follow at the Golden Apple booth!!

Don’t miss this engaging, smart and above all, fun panel moderated by CHRISTINE BOYLAN (Superman: Secret Files) and conceptualized by JOSHUA DYSART (Swamp Thing, Captain Gravity and the Power of the Vril) and ROZ HELFAND (West Hollywood Book Fair Organizer)

When:
Sunday, September 17, 2006
1:30pm 2:30pm

(signing to follow! Bring your goodies!)
Book Fair from 10am to 6pm

Where:
Comics/Sci-Fi Pavilion!
West Hollywood Park
647 N San Vicente Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069

Why:
Because comics rock!

Not tired of reading yet?

Check this out!

Summer movie season is increasingly dominated by superheroes. A best selling novelist explores the American immigrant experience through the eyes of fictional comic book creators. Fine artists use comic book imagery to explore ideas of post-modern relativism. Even advertising now uses the graphic tools comics created. As the subjects, style and innovations of comics are “legitimized” by other media, how can comic creators keep the traditions of serialized pulp narrative alive while still breaking new ground and staying fresh? By writing a damn manifesto, fool!

See next week’s LA WEEKLY for more info!

Hitler Meets Christ

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“Shot in Vancouver’s seediest district on a budget of only $100,000 (Cdn), Hitler Meets Christ (from a stage play by actor Michael Moriarty) follows two mentally ill, homeless men, who have mysteriously assumed the personae of the polar opposites of good and evil…” – from the article “Just How Far Does God’s Love Extend?”

This Feature Length Film, based on Michael Moriarty’s play Hitler and Christ Meet Death at the Port Authority Bus Terminal threatens to be either brilliant, gloriously pretentious or both! Both is good by me.

Watch the trailer here.

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You can find the film on Myspace as well.

thanks Ricky!

Radio Interview on the State of Iraq’s Past, Present and Future

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Michael Gordon, chief military correspondent for The New York Times, was recently the guest on Fresh Air. He gave an amazing and engaging run down of his understanding of the Iraq conflict after having been embedded there since the 2003 invasion.

He openly talks about the difficulties of recruiting Iraq military forces, Sadam’s reasoning for lying about WMD’s, Rumsfeld’s famous “No Nation Building” speech and the White House’s redefining of the word “victory” in regards to our involvement there. Amazing stuff from someone who’s been with this thing from the very beginning.

Listen to the interview here.

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Iraq in a nutshell

HOW IT GETS IN (Free Comic!)

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I’ve wanted to write a researched political post lately, but I tend to get my head stuck up inside my own ass when I do that. While not entirely unpleasant, I do find it unproductive in there.

This morning, however, I remembered HOW IT GETS IN. A 22-page comic book that Allen Gladfelter and I created three years ago. In my opinion the material is still relevant. By posting it some time after its creation, I’m able to capture a sliver of the joy that is having my head stuck up inside my own ass, but without any of the productivity loss.

So… here you go… HOW IT GETS IN

On March 20, 2003 my nation executed a bombing campaign known as “Shock and Awe” against the dictatorship of Iraq. Later that week, after a telephone discussion with Allen, I – being obsessed with the notion of war as pornography – sat down and wrote this. Originally it was to be published in a black and white horror anthology, but that anthology never materialized.

If you enjoy this story, another piece of old work by Allen and I, entitled TIME TAKES US ALL can be found here (after clicking through the link, scroll down a bit). But even if you find HOW IT GETS IN to be too oblique, weird or stupid, you should still check in with the other piece. It’s a totally different project altogether and much shorter.

personally, I’m quite fond of both. Thanks for reading.

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Hundreds Watch ‘Corpse Flower’ Bloom

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Since working on Swamp Thing I’ve become fascinated with plants and their many mutations.

This one is truly amazing…

“Hundreds of visitors filed through a Virginia Tech greenhouse to get a glimpse, and a whiff, of a powerfully malodorous Corpse Flower as it bloomed.”

Read the full article here.

What the article doesn’t mention is that this flower is one of the, if not the, largest in the world. Coming in at virtually the size of the Audrey II. One was clocked in at 9 feet tall in May of 2003.

How bad does it smell?

From the article…
“It’s like several days old road kill on a hot, sunny day,” Wiley-Vawter said.

She said she went home shortly before midnight Friday and returned about 8:15 a.m. Saturday and could smell the plant from her parking spot about 100 feet from the greenhouse.”

The Corpse Flower
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… and the Audrey II
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