Philosopher, pop-icon, shaman and story teller - as one of the most
influential comic book writers in the market today, Grant Morrison is
all of these things. His explosive and often controversial 30 year
career has made him a household name for comic fans, and he shows no
signs of slowing down. Morrison's career is now taking a new turn, as he
explores media beyond comic books.
Grant Morrison could be one
of the most important people you've never heard of, an inventive comic
book writer who's practically a god among hardcore fans for spawning
titles like Batman RIP, The Invisibles, All Star Superman and The New
The Story of Rock 'N' Roll Comics charts the short and controversial
life of publisher Todd Loren, whose scandalous series of unauthorized
comic book biographies of rock stars enraged and sometimes charmed his
subjects, all before he was savagely murdered in 1992. Includes first
hand accounts from many of the artists and writers who were inspired and
exploited by Loren.
With Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles making their return to the big screen, the folks at The Daily Buzz had me on to talk about why the Turtles are still going strong after 30 years. Check out the interview online.
With Guardians of the Galaxy setting box office records, Marvel Studios has rightly decided to reminds us all how they made it this far. At the end of the day, Marvel films are taking the best from 75+ years of comic book stories. With that much material to draw from, you can do great things. The company's success does go beyond having a deep history to exploit. In the end, Marvel's style differs from DC in an essential manner. While DC offers a pantheon acting as heroes (think Greek gods), Marvel has always been about real people rising to face a challenge. It is a easier and more accessible story to tell.
A great fan film based on Marvel's Black Panther. Over the last decade the quality and scope of films coming from fandom has skyrocketed. While major corporate owners are quick to stifle any attempt to make money, fan films continue to grow as non-profit exercises. Many showcase the skills of all involved. A smart move would be to create some path for these creators to move into producing content license holders. Top Cow's Talent Hunt competition does this in comics, YouTube can easily do this as well.