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Friday, Sep 13, 2013
We've got Marshall McLuhan to thank for reminding us that the medium is the message. But what happens when the mode of production for the medium changes? Comics mavens have been trying to answer this question since the '90s, perhaps none more diligently than Top Shelf publisher, Chris Staros.

Here’s one of those crime scenes I return to frequently:


In Graphic Storytelling & Visual Narrative that Eisner is at his most seductive. Bemoaning the loss of daily news strip comics, Eisner suggests, “There is a major structural difference between newspaper storytelling strips and comic books. In comic books, stories come to a definite conclusion, a tradition that began when the early comic books advertised that each story was complete. A book is free-standing whereas newspapers are connected to the pattern of daily life. In a daily continuity, therefore, the storyteller need only segue into the next adventure. [Milton] Caniff understood that the story had to emulate the seamless flow of life’s experiences and that the human adventure doesn’t have neat endings. His work shows us how to tell a story that could make itself part of the reader’s daily life”.


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Tuesday, Jul 19, 2011
Gain unprecedented access at the San Diego ComicCon this year with Radical's PopMatters VIP giveaway.

To enter “Be Radical’s PopMatters VIP” giveaway send your name to comics at popmatters dot com, and answer the following question: “What is the title of the first collaborative effort between Radical Publishing and Sam Worthington’s Full Clip Productions?


 

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Monday, Jul 18, 2011
With the wonderhell that is San Diego's International ComicCon shortly upon us we piece together what we know about Radical Studios' convention booth. Remember you could be Radical's PopMatters VIP, by answering one easy question.

They’re a transmedia company, so they won’t be in it alone. The genius artist Leonardo Manco will be there daily from Thursday (7/21) thru Sunday (7/24). He’ll be sketching custom covers at every table signing. And he’ll be appearing at Radical’s panel with Full Clip Productions’ Sam Worthington and brothers Michael and John Schwarz. But that’s only the beginning of what Radical at Booth #3735 has in store.


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Tuesday, May 10, 2011
When you see The Last Days of American Crime in theaters next summer, would you recognize it as having come from a comicbook? In partnering with financing powerhouse IM Global, Radical scores a stealth victory for a new breed of popular culture.

It’s not the team they’ve put together, but what a team. Radical President Barry Levine and Exec VP Jesse Berger sign on as producers along with Sam Worthington (yes, that Sam Worthington, he of Clash of the Titans and Avatar fame), who brings his Full Clip Productions onboard to exec produce. Worthington himself is locked in as, Graham Bricke, the curmudgeonly charming lead, and F. Gary Gray (The Italian Job, The Negotiator) attached to direct. And Levine and Berger’s Radical Pictures partners with IM Global’s Stuart Ford to finance the now much-anticipated Last Days of American Crime. But it’s not the team they’ve put together. It’s the idea itself.


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Monday, Jan 3, 2011
In the wake of arguably the failure of futurism, can comics launch the much anticipated Internet of Things? Most likely not, but Johnny Zito is one of the generationally-definitive minds and worth spending some time with if your in Philly this Friday.

There’s a Romeo Y Julietta No.2 drawing to ash on the tiny table positioned right next to the oversized leather armchair in my office. A holdover from Xmas, it was the kind Churchill smoked, and it’s the only thing from last decade I’m really ready to tolerate near me right now. From the horror of its opening act, the shock & aww hell of it’s crescendo and the bitter disappointment at the new Executive branch of government, the noughties seem to gratefully have run their course.


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