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    Tuesday
    Feb242015

    Dig Boston and League Podcast Comics Picks of the Week for Wed. FEBRUARY 25, 2015

     

     

    COMICS

    Seems like you can’t spin a web in this town without hearing some Spidey News. From his team-up in Avengers to casting speculations, what we do know is that the Webb-era is behind us. Introducing Spider-Gwen #1, wherein the Spider-Verse cashes in on our wide-eyed favorite girlfriend of Peter Parker—this time with Spider-Powers! … You’ve been hit by, you’ve been struck by Brubaker’s Criminal. Criminal One-Shot that is, from Image this time. This ’70s crime series is already a hit and this is a brand new 48-page story. … Dungeons & Dragons Baldur’s Gate #5 wraps up the first arc with dragon slaying action! Go for the eyes, Boo! … Picks this week from LeaguePodcast.com!

     


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    Tuesday
    Feb172015

    Dig Boston and League Podcast Comics Picks of the Week for Wed. FEBRUARY 18, 2015

     

     

    COMICS

    American Vampire’s Rafael Albuquerque gives us a time bending tale with EI8HT #1 starring a chrononaut named Joshua trapped in The Meld. … Scarlett and the Joes are Rollin’ In Deep with Cobra - will anything change the tide? Find out in G.I.Joe #6! … The Doctor and Clara conclude The Swords of Kali storyline in Doctor Who 12th #5 out today! … Picks this week from LeaguePodcast.com!


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    Monday
    Feb092015

    Dig Boston and League Podcast Comics Picks of the Week for Wed. FEBRUARY 11, 2015

     

     

    COMICS

    The League has a great interview up today with Tom Scioli, writer/artist on Transformers vs. G.I. Joe #5 things are really heating up on Cybertron! … Spoiler Warning - we suggest Machete Order if you MUST include the prequels in your Star Wars viewing experience. Today, heavy breathing Daddy Darth Vader gets a new comic set right after the events in IV (A New Hope). … Lots of bad guys this week as Gail Simone’s Secret Six #2 returns to get to the bottom of Catman’s secret!… Picks this week from LeaguePodcast.com!

    Tuesday
    Feb032015

    Dig Boston and League Podcast Comics Picks of the Week for Wed. FEBRUARY 4, 2015

     

     

    COMICS

    Don’t forget Scott McCloud at the Brattle on Thursday celebrating the release of The Sculptor and his return to comics. Read our interview with Scott on DigBoston.com. From the mind of comics master Richard Corben (Heavy Metal) comes Rat God #1. …Yo Joe! The Autobots face both The Decepticons and Cobra in this all-out psychedelic Kirby-esque space battle in Transformers vs. G.I.Joe #5. Hear an awesome interview at LeaguePodcast.com with Tom Scioli! … Picks this week from League Podcast!

     

    Monday
    Feb022015

    INTERVIEW: SCOTT MCCLOUD ON SUPERHERO POWERS, COMMUNICATION, AND RETURNING TO COMICS - EARTH PRIME TIME AT DIGBOSTON

    INTERVIEW: SCOTT MCCLOUD ON SUPERHERO POWERS, COMMUNICATION, AND RETURNING TO COMICS

     

     

    Scott McCloud defined the language of comic book creation and critical thought with his lauded 1993 tome Understanding Comics: The Invisible Art. In advance of his appearance at Brattle Theatre in Harvard Square on Thursday, February 5, I got a chance to talk with him about his latest 500 page graphic novel, The Sculptor, and his glorious return to comics.
     
    What can readers expect from The Sculptor?
     

    For starters, it’s big. It’s just under 500 pages long and it is a story about a young sculptor in New York City who had a taste of early success and is now contemplating his life as a loser when he gets an opportunity from a visitor to have everything he needs to succeed — at least physically — but he has only 200 days to live. It’s a traditional Faustian bargain, [but] this time the supernatural visitor is Death, not The Devil. I’m not too keen on devils and Hell, being an atheist.
     
    The real challenge [for the main character] is an internal one because as soon as he has power to mold anything with his bare hands, he runs up against his own artistic limitations and desires, and finds it isn’t so easy. When all the other obstacles drop away, there are still those internal obstacles.
     
    Then he crashes headlong into this romance at the eleventh hour, and the question of how to spend one’s days becomes critical for him.
     
    It is a race against the clock in a way. He has a superpower and it’s about how he deals with having a finite number of days. He can also be penalized if he makes certain decisions, he then has less days. I was seeing these as very much comic book ideas.
     
    Yeah, and this is something I had to come to grips with myself, because I was going around for decades talking about how comics can be more than just superheroes. Then I have an idea that I love but it has that superhero quality to it. This is one of the reasons why when the book starts we see that this wish of his in part grows out of the thing he did as a kid. He made a comic where he had a power sort of like this.
     

    You are working with these huge archetypes. How did you go about laying out this whole story over 500 pages, incorporating superhero ideas? Was that all there at the beginning?
     
    Part of it was, the idea of Death was there. The conceit of what appears to be an angel at the beginning came to me [during] the actual making of it. There were a few decades before I started in earnest working on the project, then there were the five years that took me to make the thing.
     
    Is what prompted so many revisions was wanting to try different things out?

     
    It was more that the story was starting to come to focus in my mind. The first revision was about fixing things. With each revision, it became about excavating what was below the crap. Seeing the shape of the story of what it wanted to be and pull that story out. Occasionally I would have a neat little bit, something that works with comics or was interesting, and then I would realize that while it might be nice—it didn’t really belong. It didn’t really have anything to do with what that story was ultimately about. If you can pull it off, if you can have the parts reflect the whole, that’s hopefully a book that feels like it has a breathing heart, [that] breathes when it is on the shelf at night.

     

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