My favorite author currently working is Neil Gaiman. There are many others I like better, but unfortunately death has impeded their writing output. Gaiman is a master storyteller in any writing discipline. He writes fairy tales for adults and writes them better than anyone putting pen to paper (or fonts on a blank Word screen….you get it). His Sandman series is widely regarded as one of – if not the best – comic book series of all-time. His prose is just as good without pictures.
In novels like Neverwhere, Stardust, American Gods and The Ocean at the End of the Lane, Gaiman demonstrates an ability to create worlds that exist just out of the corner of our eyes and unlocks the door separating the adult from the child. Speaking of children, Gaiman has also written several books for a younger audience, from the YA novels Interworld and Coraline to picture books like The Day I Swapped My Dad for 2 Goldfish (If the image looks familiar to you, Counting Crows nabbed it for one of their album covers).
With the exception of Stephen King, no one has done more to preserve the short story than Gaiman. He’s released several of his own collections (Smoke and Mirrors, Fragile Things, M is for Magic) and contributed to and edited dozens more. This versatility is one of my favorite things about Gaiman (he even performs his own audio books). In my top 5, I’ve tried to skim the top of each of the fields in which Gaiman excels. In the last three decades, he’s put together an extremely diverse portfolio of work. All of it celebrates the extraordinary; the wonder and danger that lurk in everyday life. A new release from Gaiman is cause for celebration, whether it’s a children’s picture book, a guest issue of Batman or an epic novel. Here are my five favorite examples of his work. Continue reading Top 5: Neil Gaiman Books
In the game of chicken DC and Marvel were playing with May 6, 2016, Marvel got its way. Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice and Captain America 3 were both scheduled to open on that date and it was only a matter of time before one or the other hopped to a clear date. Batman v. Superman will now be coming out nearly three months earlier on March 26, 2016 where it’s only competition will be Brett Ratner’s remake of Beverly Hills Cop. (Bold Prediction: it will smush that film). Marvel’s stranglehold on the first weekend in May continues. Really it’s the sensible thing to do and fans are the winners as they get blockbusters spread out over the year rather than shotgunned at them in four weeks in May. Continue reading Batman v. Superman Has a New Release Date! DC’s Film Schedule Through 2020!
Check out this write-up from Coming Soon that gives us THREE DC films a year starting in 2016 to begin building their film universe. The next two projects, according to the report, is a solo Captain Marvel/Shazam movie, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s Sandman (which I maintain cannot be done in a film). Interestingly enough, if we didn’t already not consider Batman v. Superman a sequel to Man of Steel, Man of Steel 2 is on the slate for 2018. Looks like we’re going to be seeing two Marvel films, three DC films and a Star Wars film every year by 2016. Just…WOW.
Continue reading Rumored Schedule for DC Films Through 2018: Shazam, Green Lantern, Flash and more
Spider-Man 3 is not as bad as you remember it. Somehow, in the seven years since its release, Spidey 3 has become the Batman & Robin of modern comic movies. I saw Batman & Robin in the theatre. I left in a homicidal rage. I also saw Spider-Man 3 in the theatre and it’s not responsible for any cold cases. Continue reading My Favorite Scene: Spider-Man 3 – “The Birth of Sandman”
Neil Gaiman’s Sandman is my favorite comic series of all-time. It wasn’t the first time I read it, but I don’t know if it was time #2-7 but somewhere in there it bame #1. I’ve always thought that it was absolutley impossible to adapt it for the screen. My ideal scenario was an HBO series, because, though it has overarching big plots, it is at its heart, an anthology series. Continue reading Joseph Gordon-Levitt Will Star and Direct in Neil Gaiman’s Sandman!