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May 8, 2012 | Elliott Serrano, For RedEye
When I first met Josh Elder , I knew almost instantly that he was a kindred spirit. We crossed paths at a comic convention where Josh was promoting his work on Mail Order Ninja , his charming "manga" for TokyoPop . He was also working on a project that resonated with me called Reading With Pictures . RWP works to create educational materials and curriculum for young readers, encouraging them to read through the use of comic...
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April 25, 2014 | By Elliott Serrano, @ElliottSerrano and For RedEye
The last time I spoke with him, Christopher Daniels was swinging through Chicago as part of the "Ring of Honor" wrestling promotion. Now the self-professed comic book geek - and one-half of the wrestling tag team known as "Bad Influence" - is back in town. This time though, it's not to wrestle but to promote his new comic book, a special edition that he wrote for Chicago-based publisher "Aw Yeah Comics. " This week has seen Daniels appearing at "Challengers Comics and Conversation" in Chicago, as well as the "Aw Yeah Comics" comic shop in Skokie, to...
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April 12, 2013 | Elliott Serrano, for Redeye
This has been an interesting year so far for Superman. After stirring up controversy with a questionable writing hire , DC Comics is vying to arouse fan interest - in advance of the upcoming “Man of Steel” feature film - with the launch of a new book titled Superman: Unchained by comic superstars Scott Snyder and Jim Lee . (The obvious question is what kind of chain was being used to bind the near-omnipotent kryptonian?...
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April 25, 2014 | By Elliott Serrano, @ElliottSerrano and For RedEye
Among the many stars of comic books and graphic novels to appear at C2E2 (Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo) this weekend will be DC Comics' Batman scribe Scott Snyder.  I first discovered Snyder after reading his breakthrough horror title “ American Vampire ” and have been a fan ever since.  He would achieve star status with his runs on “Detective Comics” and “ Superman Unchained ”, and is currently involved in planning for...
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June 21, 2013 | Elliott Serrano, for Redeye
The heroes of the Old West had plenty to contend with, whether it was death by six-shooter; at the end of the hangman's rope; or dysentery on the Oregon trail. In the case of the Western Comic Book, death can come from the indifference of a market that is focused on the exploits of the "spandex set" AKA superheroes. Still, there are comic book creators with a passion for the classic genre, who want to tell stories that take us back to the time when the law was defined by men wearing tin badges and quick-draw holsters.
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April 25, 2014 | By Elliott Serrano, @ElliottSerrano and For RedEye
Among the many stars of comic books and graphic novels to appear at C2E2 (Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo) this weekend will be DC Comics' Batman scribe Scott Snyder.  I first discovered Snyder after reading his breakthrough horror title “ American Vampire ” and have been a fan ever since.  He would achieve star status with his runs on “Detective Comics” and “ Superman Unchained ”, and is currently involved in planning for...
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December 26, 2012 | Elliott Serrano, for Redeye
Hey, thanks for stopping by! Welcome to " Dealing With Grief for Comic Book Geeks . " This is where you wanted to be, right? A lot of times people confuse us with the " Anger Management for Gamers " group. You wouldn't believe the number of guys I see rage quit and storm out of that room! Ha-ha! Anyway, I see that you're new here so please be sure to sign in at the table near the door and put on a name tag. There are refreshments at the table too, so feel free to have some coffee and donuts before...
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August 7, 2012 | Elliott Serrano, For RedEye
When I last spoke with the guys of Chicago-based Unshaven Comics , it was in the summer of 2010. That would be when the trio of Marc Alan Fishman , Matt Wright and Kyle Gnepper were busy promoting their anthology series Disposable Razors . A lot has happened to them since then, and prior to their appearance at the Wizard World Chicago Comic-Con this weekend, Marc Fishman took some time to get me caught up: ...
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October 9, 2013 | Elliott Serrano, for Redeye
When it comes to comic books, there is a lot of debate as to how to get them to sell as well as they did back in the late 80's and early 90's. Many say that the downturn occured when comic books went from selling in local convenience and grocery stores, to just comic shops (called the "direct market"). The market has since changed with the introduction of e-readers like the Kindle, Nook, and iPad. Comics are now available on these devices with apps like Comixology providing access to digital versions of countless titles from most every publisher.
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July 10, 2012 | Elliott Serrano, for Redeye
Considering that she started as a character in a line of greeting cards, Strawberry Shortcake really has endured. Created in the 70's, she went from greeting cards, to toys, to animated television specials and finally comic books. The Strawberry Shortcake comic book is currently being published by Ape Entertainment under their KiZoic imprint, and written by local author Russell Lissau . While working full-time as a reporter for the Daily Herald , Erwin also teams up with his daughter to create new adventures for...
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April 8, 2014 | By Elliott Serrano, @ElliottSerrano and For RedEye
If there's anything you can count on when it comes to comic book fans and their favorite characters, it's controversy over how certain costumes are interpreted for movies and television. You can go as far back as the first X-Men movie, when Bryan Singer swapped out spandex for leather in creating the mutant super-team's uniforms. I remember how that intially raised the ire of a few fanboys. It wasn't that long ago when Wonder Woman fans were up in arms over David E. Kelley 's take on the "Amazing Amazon" which involved her wearing...
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February 3, 2014 | By Mick Swasko, @swasko and RedEye
There's a new J-Law biography, and fans might find it downright comical.  "Fame: Jennifer Lawrence" is the latest release in an online comic book series that chronicles the lives of Hollywood stars. The print, digital and (oh-la-la!) animated interactive comic books are being released this week, all detailing "The Hunger Games" and "American Hustle" star's meteoric rise.  Samples sent by Bluewater Productions, the publisher behind the series, promise a look at Lawrence's rise from budding actress to Academy Award winner.
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January 22, 2014 | By Elliott Serrano, @elliottserrano and For RedEye
When I think about comic-book and sci-fi conventions, I think about having fun. I think about geeky folks dressed in colorful costumes, rummaging through countless boxes filled with old back-issues and meeting celebrities from their favorite TV shows and movies. But it's not all fun and games. The ugly side of conventions was exposed last week when organizers for Chicago's Chi-Fi Con, which celebrates geekdom with programming on genres including science fiction and fantasy, alternative history, British media and comics, pulled out...
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November 11, 2013 | By Courtney Jacquin @courtneyjacquin and RedEye
There aren't enough comic books about female country stars, said no one ever, but alas “Fame: Carrie Underwood” is being released Wednesday, Nov. 13. The comic book, available in print and digital, tells the story of Underwood's trials and tribulations as a small town girl on her rise to fame. From Oklahoma to American Idol, Underwood's story is told in 32 illustrated pages. “We get a lot of request on subjects to tell their stories in this unique medium,” Darren G Davis, publisher for Bluewater Productions, said.
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October 9, 2013 | Elliott Serrano, for Redeye
When it comes to comic books, there is a lot of debate as to how to get them to sell as well as they did back in the late 80's and early 90's. Many say that the downturn occured when comic books went from selling in local convenience and grocery stores, to just comic shops (called the "direct market"). The market has since changed with the introduction of e-readers like the Kindle, Nook, and iPad. Comics are now available on these devices with apps like Comixology providing access to digital versions of countless titles from most...
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September 4, 2013 | By Nikki Pierce, @nikkinikkip and For RedEye
In the immortal, most memorable words of Frank Zappa: So many books, so little time. Not in Chicago. We seem to have nothing but time, especially during our daily commute. And much like Zappa's pigtails and mustache say a million words about him, what we read says a lot about us. Or so we think. Here is a list of some of the most popular reading material I've observed on the CTA. I've broken it down by what the reader thinks it says, and what everyone's actually thinking (because when you play the game of reading on the train, you win or die - there is no middle ground)
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April 21, 2013 | Elliott Serrano, for Redeye
I wanted to ask a favor of my fellow comic-book geeks. With C2E2 quickly approaching, a colleague at the Tribune is writing an article on comic books and was looking to fans to help answer some questions. If you have a few minutes, could you please answer the following survey? You can cut and paste them into and e-mail and send your answers to cborrelli@tribune.com.   1. Which is better (right now, company wide, books, movies, etc.) - DC Comics or Marvel Comics?
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November 30, 2012 | Elliott Serrano, For RedEye
If you're looking for a stocking stuffer for the comic-book lover in your life, With Great Power: The Stan Lee Story hit the street earlier this month on DVD.  Directed by Terry Dougas (executive producer of Swing Vote and The Box ), Nikki Frakes and William Lawrence Hess , the documentary chronicles the life of the man who is credited for creating the "Marvel Universe. " The film takes viewers from his early days as a writer for Timely Comics , through the formation of the "Marvel Bullpen" to his current status as a...
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July 2, 2013 | Elliott Serrano, for Redeye
The concept of television shows being adapted into comic books is nothing new. Back when the show was at it's height, The A-Team had a comic book published by Marvel. Last I looked, there was a " Greatest American Hero " comic being written by the show's star William Kat t. But to see a publisher taking on the licenses for a number of live-action shows that are way past their sell-by date is a bit of a head scratcher. I mean, I can almost see a "Knight Rider" and "Air Wolf" comic, but "Saved by the Bell" ?
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June 21, 2013 | Elliott Serrano, for Redeye
The heroes of the Old West had plenty to contend with, whether it was death by six-shooter; at the end of the hangman's rope; or dysentery on the Oregon trail. In the case of the Western Comic Book, death can come from the indifference of a market that is focused on the exploits of the "spandex set" AKA superheroes. Still, there are comic book creators with a passion for the classic genre, who want to tell stories that take us back to the time when the law was defined by men wearing tin badges and quick-draw holsters.
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