tartysuz: (Jupiter Ascending)
A science fiction fairy tale melodrama? Sign me up! Here's my take:

"A friend asked me if Jupiter Ascending was any good. This was a hard question to answer! Its imperfections have been noted to the point of exaggeration. There is a lot of world-building exposition, there are long chase scenes, and there are characters that could be more realistic. But those downsides (some are really a matter of taste) are less than the sum of the parts in this big, bright, ambitious mash-up of space opera, science fiction, fairy tales, and romance."

Read more from me, [profile] kadymae and Erin, another member of Sequential Tart, at
tartysuz: (Supernatural)

My interview with Julian Richings, star of Canadian film and stage, multiple Death player.
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As usual, I'm having a blast covering Calgary Expo. This year, the expo rented an entire other building, so there was much more room, so fans and vendors were happy: fans were more comfortable and vendors were accessible.

Last night, I collected my Calgary Expo tweets so far.


MIDDLE EARTH (Richard Taylor, Dave Tremont, Mark Ferguson, Craig Parker)


SUPERNATURAL (Misha Collins, Mark Sheppard, Mitch Pileggi)


The media panels were all very entertaining, but the panel that made my jaw drop was David Finch's. He is so humble about his work and honest about the comic book industry. I almost cried when he said he hasn't painted in two years because DC is discouraging it: he could be turning out more pages in the time it takes to do a painting.

If you're not familiar with Finch's work, check out this step-by-step feature and take a look at this:

Batman, painted by David Finch
tartysuz: (Comics)
I interviewed Mike Grell, the comics writer/artist who inspired many aspects of the costumes, characters and stories on Arrow. He loves the show! He was tickled by the one reference to the corrupt "Judge Grell", which impressed his family: "My family after 40 years in this business suddenly thinks I am famous.


In other Arrow news, I came across a casting spoiler today, which HOLY CRAP. I won't hint or link to it (it's easy to find: the announcement made this morning). Suffice to say, HOLY CRAP.
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I got to interview Misha Collins at Edmonton Expo!


I only had about five minutes, but he was gracious and unrushed, despite facing a loooooong queue of fans for his autograph. He was a last-minute addition to the expo (his appearance was announced three days before), but sold the most number of photo ops and had, by far, the longest queues for autographs. It was funny because many attendees had no idea who he was, but were so impressed by the strength of his fan base that I heard more than one person say they should check out the show.
tartysuz: (Comics)
Katherine Keller did an amazing interview with comix legend Howard Cruse for Sequential Tart:

Cruse is best known for Stuck Rubber Baby, a milestone gay comics. His new book collects his work that does not deal specifically with gay themes. In speaking about the material, he shares his views on radical art, public funding of art (in a passage that is very relevant to this week's U.S. election) and the underground comix scene.
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[personal profile] devilc was invited by Henry Jenkins to speak on a panel about comics at Transmedia Hollywood 3.

By all reports, she acquitted herself very well and was an impressive representative for Sequential Tart -- no surprise there!

I Storyfied tweets about her comments. A video of the full panel is expected next week.
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Whoa, it's been a long time since I posted about my writing! Let's start with the most recent interviews, then the Supernatural Talks.

Today, I posted a column of 13 Questions that I asked ANDY GRABIA, curator of an exhibit of my late roommate's comics. Andy is an interesting fellow, but do take a look if you have an interest in how comics can work in a library setting:

Earlier this month, I posted an email interview with JO WALTON, author of the Small Change books, Tooth and Claw and the new book Among Others. I met Jo at the Pure Spec science fiction convention and Edmonton and she is a pure delight. We went into depth with Among Others in this interview: the book is her fastest-selling and in many ways her most personal book. What SF (or any other genre) book nerd can't relate to being a teenaged book nerd?

Last week, I posted a transcript of an hour-long phone interview I had with OLIVIA CHENG, known to Supernatural fans as Susan the Leviathan in episode 7.09 "How to Win Friends and Influence Monsters." Dick Roman creeps me out, but if Olivia were a motivational speaker, I'd follow her in a second. She has a couple of great stories about working with Jim Beaver, but I was most impressed how she describes her evolution from reporter to actor to … whatever might come next:

In December, I posted an email interview with REBECCA GUAY in two parts. The artist/project manager (seriously, how does she do it?!) had two books out this year, one at the beginning of the fall season, one closer to Christmas. Both are absolutely gorgeous and I encourage you to seek them out if you are a fan of fantasy and folklore.
Rebecca Guay on The Last Dragon
Rebecca Guay on A Flight of Angels

Finally, here is the latest batch of Supernatural Talks:
7.07 "The Mentalists"

7.08 "Season Seven, Time for a Wedding!"

7.09 "How to Win Friends and Influence Monsters"

7.10 "Death's Door"

Hope you find time to check into one or more of the above!
tartysuz: (Supernatural)
The first week of the Supernatural winter Hellatus is upon us! To help bide the time, here is what Sequential Tart thought of the middle episodes of the season so far.

7.04: Defending Your Life
The use of Osiris was… interesting.

7.05: Shut Up, Dr. Phil
The trouble with witches.

7.06: Slash Fiction
We loved this one, including its focus on Bobby. Little did we know!
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Supernatural's mid-season finale is on tomorrow night! At Sequential Tart, we look back, way back to the beginning of the season.

Episode 7.01: Meet the New Boss
Great start! I was impressed by the visual storytelling via an unusual 180-degree shot of Sam, a Hitchcockian tableau of Dean and Jimmy Novak's poor, much possessed body.

Episode 7.02: Hello, Cruel World
Leviathans! They've turned out to be a fascinating challenge to Sam and Dean.

Episode 7.03: The Girl Next Door
Rocky territory here. Maybe a bit too rocky.
tartysuz: (Supernatural)
Supernatural Talks are back at Sequential Tart! This week, we go back to the good old days of episode 7.01 Meet the New Boss:

I loved the first episode of the season. Here's one reason why:

My favourite bit of camera work was in the scene where Sam prays to Castiel. The shot starts directly and far above Sam, making him look quite small, then comes down and around so that Sam becomes a larger man as he reaches the strongest words in his prayer. Eventually, the camera comes down to the same level as the human — becomes grounded. Is this how Sam looks through Castiel's eyes?

Note: Our write-ups are done after we watch each episode, so it's entertaining to see what we got right and what we got so, so wrong ;)
tartysuz: (Comics)
I was introduced to iZombie this summer. WOW, it is gorgeous! That's maybe not surprising because Mike and Laura Allred did the artwork. Chris Roberson is a relatively new writer for DC. His Fables-spinoff, Cinderella, was a good start, but he really shines with iZombie, which is completely a universe of his own making.

We loved it so much at Sequential Tart that we're letting it go...in the form of a giveaway. Details on how to enter are in this roundtable discussion about why we love iZombie so much!

tartysuz: (Supernatural)
Does anyone read the Supernatural comics?

I've been wondering what people think of the new series, since it's being done by a bona fide comics writer who has not worked on the show. There is also a new artist.

I'm also up for a spoilery discussion of the previous Supernatural comic series in the comment section of this post.

Supernatural #1
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I posted a few more reviews of DC's "new 52" comics in Sequential Tart.

DC as a publishing company and the artists really invested themselves into the comics, so I haven't run into anything horrible, but I still question the girlfriendization of Madame Xanadu in Demon Knights and Power Girl in Mister Terrific.

No, I didn't read Catwoman. For the first time since the Ed Brubaker/Cameron Stewart reboot, I didn't sign up for Catwoman. I don't mind Guillam March's sexy Catwoman (see: Gotham Sirens), but I've never cottoned on to Judd Winick's superhero comics.

I'd like to hear what newbies thought of Legion Lost. It seemed like a good entry point for people who are not a whit familiar with the characters, but I've heard otherwise.

Demon Knights #1

Frankenstein: Agent of S.H.A.D.E. #1

Legion Lost #1

Mister Terrific #1

Resurrection Man #1
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All that writing I've been doing is being published now!

Let's start with Teen Wolf. I got into this after some good word-of-mouth, and I'm really glad that I did. [livejournal.com profile] kadymae was one of the enthusiasts who convinced me to give it a go. We got together to
write 5 Reasons we love the show:

Teen Wolf

I also did a profile of Canada's first artist-in-residence in a comic book shop. He's Daniel Schneider and he's based at my LCS. One of the things about the program is that it's designed to support an emerging artist. Dan's had work in the DC Fifty-Too project and he's working on try-outs for the big companies. He also helps to promote comics by explaining the process to customers and to school kids when the store goes on school visits. He's really articulate, so if you're wondering how an artist-in-residence program can work for a comic shop, check out the interview.

Daniel Schneider, Comic Book Store Artist-in-Residence

And my first bunch of DC New 52 reviews are up. I'm reading them in order of the week they're published and their place in the alphabet. My first reviews are of Justice League, Action Comics, Animal Man and Batgirl. They range from okay to very good:

DC New 52 Reviews
tartysuz: (Supernatural)
Sequential Tart concluded this year's Supernatural Talks with an overview of Season 6:

Overall, I enjoyed Season 6 and I'm looking forward to Season 7!
tartysuz: (Supernatural)
Sequential Tart looks at the Season 6 finale in SPN Talks this week:

Our overview of Season 6 runs next week.
tartysuz: (Supernatural)
OMG! I haven't posted links to SPN Talks in a while. Google News usually reminds me when they come up, but for some reason, the alerts skipped a bunch.

Here are the links:

SPN 6.18: Frontierland

SPN 6.19: Mommy Dearest

SPN 6.20: The Man Who Would Be King

SPN 6.21: Let It Bleed

SPN 6.22 will be posted next week. I'll be more on the ball for that! Meanwhile, I just noticed something about that episode while reviewing some screencaps.

Spoiler for SPN 6.22 )

In other SPN news, Eric Kripke sold a movie script. Sadly, it is not Octocobra.
tartysuz: (Comics)
Between Thursday night and Saturday afternoon, I interviewed:

Ray Fawkes
Amanda Conner
Mike Mignola
Dustin Nguyen
Jason Ask and Devon Jopling

They were all generous and amazing. The interviews will be published in Sequential Tart in July.


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