Before they were married, Steve Koch tried to convince his then-girlfriend Carla to try joining him in something he loved: reading comic books. She was skeptical -- comics weren't really her thing -- but he selected a special book for her, X-Men No. 1, and insisted that she would like it if she just ... More >>
When we launched the annual Riverfront Times MasterMind Awards in 2008, we set out to seed a few innovative projects that would help shape St. Louis creatively and culturally. And even though all of our award winners have been talented and successful, we had no idea that one of the first MasterMind ... More >>
Comic books have seen a resurgence in popularity in recent years, thanks to film series revolving around The Avengers, X-Men and Superman. But with hobby reading in general going down nationwide, how can comic book shops ensure that younger generations will be interested in the adventures of Batman ... More >>
You're nervous. Excited. Sweaty. Impatient. You just know that everyone else has done it a million times while you're bumbling around on the Internet searching for any sliver of information that might help you to not look like an idiot. You may as well write "virgin" across your forehead. Don't wor ... More >>
Comic book hero creator Stan Lee, now age 90, was in St. Louis on Saturday for the Wizard World St. Louis Comic Con at America's Center. The man who helped shape Spider-Man, the Hulk, the X-Men, the Fantastic Four, Iron Man and Thor, among others, met with fans bright-and-early for a Saturday, 9 to ... More >>
Sometimes it takes an event like Wizard World Comic Con to prove that "nerd" doesn't necessarily mean "dork" nowadays. Tens of thousands of people swarmed the America's Center this weekend for St. Louis' first-ever Comic Con, a three-day event celebrating pop culture and science fiction. The event ... More >>
The Amazing Spider-Man -- this summer's comic-book movie spectacular that isn't The Avengers or The Dark Knight Rises -- opens on July 3. That means the Spider-Man promotional machine is kicking into high gear. Locally, the Hardee's at 2110 Hampton Avenue will host a Spider-Man event from 2-4 p.m. ... More >>
image viaNever mind if he's dead or alive, who the hell gets the money he's making?Sometime in the late 1960s, a Missouri-born comic book writer named Gary Friedrich came up with a new character: Ghost Rider, a motorcycle stunt rider who sold his soul to the devil and consequently exchanged h ... More >>
While a senator vows to stall the food safety bill in the Senate, the Chinese government takes a much firmer stance against producers of tainted food. The Associated Press reports that Chinese authorities will instate the death penalty against the worst food safety violators. Minnesota Public Radi ... More >>
7:30 p.m. Friday, July 2. The Chaifetz Arena, One South Compton Avenue.
(Via Boing Boing) Here's an interesting story developing around Elsinore's forthcoming release, Yes Yes Yes, which is due August 10 on Parasol Records. The Champaign, Illinois, indie-pop band used a painting by a friend for its album cover -- and subsequently received a notice from the estate ... More >>
For the uninitiated, the Lemp Neighborhood Arts Center is a smallish, non-profit venue that's all-ages and alcohol free. There's no stage, so there's no fourth wall, and it's the kind of place that artists love to play. "This is a very special venue for us," Xiu Xiu frontman Jamie Stewart said last ... More >>
Ghost World, the 2001 movie based on Daniel Clowes' graphic novels, will be screening tonight at the Schlafly Bottleworks as part of its Strange Brew: Cult Films series. $4 gets you in, and the film starts at 8 p.m. Starring Thora Birch and Scarlett Johansson, the film's use of music is superb and s ... More >>
Jennifer SilverbergBenjamin Sawyer, DJ Champ, and Tef Poe kick ass and create comicsAge of Illumination, the hip-hop-themed comic book project from Tef Poe, DJ Champ, and illustrator Benjamin Sawyer, drops tonight at Star Clipper, with a release party that kicks off at 6 p.m. Stop by, grab a ... More >>
While Barack Obama and John McCain took to the mics Friday night, MasterMind award-winner Tim Lane participated in a book-singing from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. for his book, Abandoned Cars at Subterranean Books in the Delmar Loop.
Saturday was Free Comic Book Day, and our freelance videographer Anastasia Folorunso hit the street to speak with flesh-and-blood superhero (impersonators) who had also managed to foil a would-be thief at Star Clipper. For the kid in all of us, read about the event and watch the video after the ju ... More >>
Comic-book artists are drawn to St. Louis.
Jim Mahfood Is Magic. If you've been watching the new The Sarah Silverman Program, well, you're one up on us; we no havey the cable. But people are either up in arms about the stupidity of the show, or ROFLTAO about the damn thing. We'd like to encourage both sets of viewers to take a closer loo ... More >>
kevinh.blogspot.com After a months-long tease, a couple delays and mounds of praise, Kevin Huizenga's highly anticipated first book, Curses, finally hit stores on Wednesday, and it's as great as reviewers have indicated. The St. Louis-based Huizenga, an RFT contributor, has accumulated a singul ... More >>
Week of July 6, 2006
Star Clipper Comics
Part Disney, part Barnum, the man who saved comics is all Stan Lee
Out of financial and creative bankruptcy, Marvel Comics is mighty once more
Can superheroes and alternative comic authors really get along?
Marvel Comics isn't going to give up Captain America without a fight
The House on the Borderland conflates the genres of horror and comics
Sandman author Neil Gaiman finds magic in the damnedest place
DC Comics places its superheroes in the RealWorlds