There's a moment in every Marvel comics movie where all the husbands/boyfriends in the audience whisper to their companions, "That's Stan Lee!" (The companions know it is Stan Lee, but endure this anyway.)
[Summer Guide 2014]
This time, it's Captain Asskick goes to Washington
Editor's note: In "Tweets Is Watching," Phillip Mlynar asks local artists questions based solely on the contents of their Twitter timeline. Pete Rock releases his collaborative project with the retro-tastic Camp Lo duo next week. Titled 80 Blocks From Tiffany's Part 2, the freebie download is inspi ... More >>
Your Crap Archivist brings you the finest in forgotten and bewildering crap culled from thrift stores, estate sales, and flea markets the lowest dregs of Amazon. Thanks to the dawn of e-readers and the death of the gatekeepers of traditional publishing, disenfranchised voices at last have the chanc ... More >>
Dan Slott faces his fans. Plus: Spidey's New York!
If things seem a little more heroic around you than usual, it's because today marks the start of the 2012 New York Comic-Con. The NYCC is one of the nation's biggest comic conventions, attracting fans, artists, industry types and celebrities from all over the entertainment world. The lines waiting f ... More >>
We're not sure what's more unsettling: the fact that an East Village business is selling tap water for $2.50 a bottle, or that countless idiots will probably buy it.That's right, a "water cafe" called "Molecule" is now open for business right around the corner from the Voice's East Village abode tha ... More >>
The spider becomes a man—and a joy—in The Amazing Spider-Man
Curious about Wendy's Foie Gras Rossini burger? Sure you are. C.B. Cebulski, the food-loving talent scout for Marvel Comics, recently gave it a go in Tokyo. And it was so rich, he couldn't manage more than two bites.
Talking comics at Columbia
This Friday, director Kenneth Branagh improbably meets Marvel comics when the big budget adventure Thor opens, bringing armour--and amour--down to earth from the realm of Asgard. I saw the flick last night in 3D--or actually in the West 30s--and star Chris Hemsworth turns out to be one of th ... More >>
But that brother from another mother sure does steal his thunder.
Grant Morrison in the video for My Chemical Romance's "Sing" Grant Morrison is a U.K. comic book writer known for known for highly singular--or insane, if you prefer, in a good way--takes on established mainstream properties like X-Men and Doom Patrol as well as his own, peyotesque original series ... More >>
Drawn and nickled and dimed
This is how he squandered his big chance to go straight.
Each Thursday, your Crap Archivist brings you the finest in forgotten and bewildering crap culled from basements, thrift stores, estate sales and flea markets. I do this for one reason: Knowledge is power. Three Godawful Coloring Books The coloring book industry now profits thousands of do ... More >>
It sounded good on paper: Julie Taymor. Bono and The Edge. A Marvel comic classic. But the reality is that superheroes generally don't fly on Broadway, unless you count Thoroughly Modern Millie, ba-dum-pum. And when a show is so elaborately technologically based, there are bound to be majo ... More >>
An email from a reader named Tony Macy-Perez commended me for talking straight about gay issues and pointing out how LGBTs are often applauded yet sent to the back of the bus at the same time. And he had some thoughts of his own:
Important New York superhero Spider Man will no longer be portrayed in movies by Tobey Maguire, because Spider Man 2 was so goddamn amazing it just didn't really matter, is why. No Spider Man movie with Tobey Maguire in it was going to get any better. So now, they're restarting the franchise, ... More >>
But that doesn't mean it's good
Louis Leterrier's summer dud, The Incredible Hulk, is out this week on DVD, and is available in full screen, widescreen, Blu-Ray, and—most incredibly—a three-disc special edition (no action figure included). The release affords another opportunity not to blast Leterrier's take on the Marvel supe ... More >>
In the shadow of Iron Man, the latest from Marvel can't live up to its billing
Criminal masterminds, shoehorn worshippers, President McCain
Core beliefs: Don't know much about geography
Alan Moore's Supreme Achievement
Incredible Bulks in Parent Traps
An Interview With Comic Book Artist Amanda Conner