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    Thursday
    Jul312014

    INTELLIGENT LIFE - David Reddick Hits The Cosmic Treadmill AT FORCES OF GEEK

    nerd and geek set! With the popularity of such mainstream shows Big Bang Theory and The Wil Wheaton Project and superhero movies being the Hollywood go-to—perhaps the time is right for the real estate on the dwindling comic page to be geeked out!


    David talks to us about his ensemble comic strip Intelligent Life (King Features Syndicate) and how he uses social media to spark life into the characters.

    FOG!: Thanks for joining us, David! I love when I can catch a strip at the beginning, but now I just want more! How did Intelligent Life come about?

    David Reddick: Intelligent Life is a culmination of all the things I love. Anything geeky… nerdy… everything I’ve loved since I was a kid, and still do. It’s also a culmination of my previous experience in working with theStar Trek franchise in an official capacity, with the Roddenberry company, with Garfield, working for newspapers, etc. 

    I created the rough concept for Intelligent Life many years ago, actually, in the early ’90s. But the time wasn’t right, then.

    And, last year, in my thinking and desire to create a comic strip for syndication, I wanted to create a comic strip that was completely ME, and in asking myself, “If I could create any comic I want, ANYTHING… that is ALL ME… what would it be?

    Answer: GEEK STUFFFFFF.”

    And Intelligent Life came to life.

     

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    Wednesday
    Jul302014

    League Podcast and Dig Boston Picks of the Week July 30, 2014

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    Sometimes even the best comics ship late, but that’s OK for Kate! Hawkeye #19 hits shelves this week as Madame Masque goes after the female Hawkeye Kate Bishop on the latest in this West Coast Avenger adventure! … Did you even know that Neil Gaiman returned to Sandman this year? Well, the Dream King is on issue #3 of 6 in Sandman Overture #3 with art by our pal J.H. Williams III (Batwoman, Promethea). … Like swords and fierce red heads? Fear not, Batgirl’s Gail Simone gives you the best intro to the world of Sonja the Devil with Red Sonja #0 this week. Introducing Sonja’s long lost husband? Picks this week from the Uncanny LeaguePodcast.com.

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    Friday
    Jul252014

    DIAGRAM FOR DELIQUENTS (review) at FORCES OF GEEK

    equart takes on the Senator McCarthy of comics, Dr. Frederick Wertham in their latest deep dive into comic book history.

    Longtime fans of comics are familiar with the Comics Code Authority stamp on nearly every comic book cover until very recently, and those with a sharp sense of comic book history are familiar with Wertham’s damaging 1954 book,Seduction of the Innocent.

    The book blamed comic books and other media for the rising problem of juvenile delinquency in the United States and spearheaded regulation for the funny books.

    1954’s comic book hearings in front of United States Senate Subcommittee on Juvenile Delinquency had Wertham as the key witness. 

    From censorship to juvenile delinquency to the severed heads in EC Comics,Diagram for Delinquents looks at the tarnished side of the Silver Age and how one man changed the face of comics and book publishing forever.

    This documentary explores the nature of the censorship in the 50s and the lasting effects of how the Comics Code continues to ripple into how publishers make decisions to this day. 

    Wertham’s motivations are explored and his little known contributions to the African-American Civil Rights Movement are also spotlighted, showing that the man was complex, compassionate and not as much of a demon as everyone may perceive.

     

    [READ MORE AT FORCES OF GEEK]

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    Thursday
    Jul242014

    FOG! Chats With BOX BROWN, Author of ANDRE THE GIANT: LIFE AND LEGEND - COSMIC TREADMILL, FORCES OF GEEK

    Box Brown joins us today to talk about Andre The Giant: Life and Legend from First Second Books.

    The biographical comic about one of the most legendary wrestlers of all time is sweet but honest about some of his shortcomings.


    From the French countryside to The Princess Bride, André Roussimoff lived a full life, towering over his wrestling opponents literally and figuratively.

    FOG!: Thanks for joining us today, Box! Andre The Giant and comics. What brings the two together? Obviously, wrestling and comics were formative to our generation. Why paint a biography of Andre in comic form?

    Box Brown: I am a life-long fan of wrestling and was always kind of obsessed with it to a great extent. In the early 2000s I saw an A&E Biography about Andre so I had that background on Andre’s extraordinary life. I had an understanding of how tragic and compelling it was. Fast-forward to late 2010 I was reading about Andre online and read about how Samuel Beckett gave him a ride to school. I thought that would make a good comic and I just made it into a mini-comic. Then it just snowballed from there.

     

    You touch upon the myth, and truly Andre was like that for us kids. Did he eat a guy? Was he a monster? He was superhuman, a real life superhero. It seemed like that was rough on him. During your research did you find how he dealt with it? Drinking?

    Yes, I think drinking was one way he dealt with his issues. He was a person who I feel had trouble connecting to other people.

     

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    Friday
    Jul182014

    A BRONY TALE (Review) AT FORCES OF GEEK

    Ashleigh Ball is a voice over actress and singer for Canadian indie pop band Hey Ocean! who played at my nightclub in Cambridge, MA last year. Another performer to grace the same stage last year was the twenty-one year-old Silva Hound, an Atlanta, GA DJ that spins Brony remixes on a tour with Brony musicians as Musiquestria.


    A Brony Tale tells the story of Ashleigh going to her first BronyCon as the voice of Applejack and Rainbow Dash, main characters on the My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic animated TV show. 

    This is the second documentary about the Brony subculture to cross my desk, and the second to make me visit the show again as we see fandom’s most picked on rise above the negativity outside and embrace community inside. 

    [READ MORE AT FORCES OF GEEK]

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