Archive for the ‘Storytelling’ Category

How producer Jon Peters and a giant spider nearly ruined Superman

June 12, 2013 4 comments

You may notice the name Jon Peters under the Executive Producer heading in this summer’s Man of Steel Superman movie.

Be glad you don’t see it anywhere else in those credits, because the man has a history of being one of the craziest comic book movie producers of all-time.
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How the Writers Guild of America strike of 2007-2008 shaped TV today

April 27, 2013 Leave a comment

Hollywood Writer's Guild of America 2007-2008 Strike

Strikes suck.

Teacher strikes, garbage strikes, and auto worker strikes disrupt daily life in a number of temporarily inconvenient ways, but when the writers of our favourite shows go on strike, it creates a narrative ripple effect that can last for years.

Plotlines get cut. Early draft scripts get used and drag down show quality. Shows go on hiatus, and some never make it back from the layoff.

All that happened in 2007, when the Writers Guild of America (WGA) went on strike and demanded a bigger piece of emerging digital revenues from the entertainment industry.

The WGA spent a total of 14 weeks writing picket signs instead of TV and movie scripts. The dispute was resolved in February 2008, but not before doing a whole lot of bad – and a little bit of good – for the television and film industries.
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Saga ban raises questions of censorship, homophobia in comics

April 13, 2013 Leave a comment

Saga #12 Comic drawn by Fiona Staples controversial image with gay sex on Prince Robot IV

On Tuesday, April 9, one day before its release, news broke over social media that Apple had banned Brian K. Vaughn and Fiona Staples’ Saga #12 through the digital comic distributor Comixology iOS app. The news touched off a firestorm of outrage across the comics industry, only to flame out 24 hours later when it was revealed that Comixology, not Apple, was responsible for the decision.

Comixology has since apologized and restored Saga #12 to the iOS app, but the damage has been done.

In an era of increased social acceptance for homosexuality and in a comic book community that’s more adult-driven than ever, this fiasco shows that homophobia and knee jerk censorship are still not things of the past.

(DISCLAIMER: This post contains no graphic images. Links are provided to the images under discussion.)

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The secret book sweatshop behind Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys

March 15, 2013 3 comments

The Hardy Boys Nancy Drew Mysteries Television Series

Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys have been foiling thieves, smugglers and pirates for a long, long time. So long, in fact, that their authorship is what you might call the Curious Case, or the Mystery, or perhaps the Secret of the Immortal Authors.

The Hardy Boys series was first published in 1927. Nancy Drew debuted in 1930. That’s over 80 years ago, yet every single book has been written by the same authors. Franklin W. Dixon has written about 400 Hardy Boys stories, and the ever-so-prolific Carolyn Keene has penned over 200 Nancy Drew cases.

Turns out that – as you’ve probably guessed by now – Franklin W. Dixon and Carolyn Keene are like the Dread Pirate Roberts from The Princess Bride.
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The long, troubled history of Wonder Woman on screen

XBox 360 Injustice: Gods Among Us video game Wonder Woman

She’s often considered the third member of DC Comics’ great triumvirate, after Superman and Batman, but Wonder Woman, a.k.a. Princess Diana of the magic island Themyscira, has struggled mightily to make it to the big or small screen these last 40 years. From Linda Harrison to Lynda Carter, Adrianne Palicki to Keri Russell, The few successful renditions of Wonder Woman have been hamstrung by repeated failure, which begs the question: will they ever do Diana right?

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