Friday, April 19, 2013

Bryant Has Issues #31...Pun-Intended Edition

No Stephen King comics this week, folks, but in lieu of material directly inspired by Uncle Stevie, I've got some stuff that comes from people who've worked with King before.

We'll start with Saga, which is the brainchild of Brian K. Vaughan, the scripter of the upcoming Under the Dome television series.  Why am I telling you this, given that you already know it?  Easy: I couldn't think of any other way to begin the post.  Hey, I'm a hack; what can I say?

But, yes, we are going to be focusing on Saga at the outset today, and I may as well tell you right here, right now: you are going to see penises.  Not real ones; they're drawn by Fiona Staples.  But whatever solace the easily-offended amongst you might take from the fact that they are made of ink and paper rather than flesh and blood is likely to be offset by what these particular penises are doing.  I think we can agree that the result is certainly one of the natural functions for those organs; whether the final destination for the material resulting from that function is natural or not ... well, that's where some of you might be jumping ship tonight.

So if you are opposed to homosexual activity, I'll catch ya next time.  Or, if you like, scroll down until you see the cover of an issue of Batman.

It's 'bout to get rainbow-colored up in here.

So, here's what happened: there was, in the days leading up to the release of Saga #12 (Wednesday, April 10, 2013), a controversial happening in which -- due, supposedly, to the graphic depictions of gay oral sex in two panels of the comic -- Apple refused to put the issue for sale on iTunes.  If I understand things correctly, what actually happened was this: comiXology, a company which is the primary vendor for digitally-distributed comic books, decided that Apple would probably not approve the content, and decided to simply not even bother submitting it for approval.  A day or so later, Apple is all like, "Huh?" and comiXology is all like, "Oops, our bad."

Saturday, April 13, 2013

A Review of "The Dark Tower Companion" [by Bev Vincent]

Released recently: Bev Vincent's book The Dark Tower Companion, which is described on the front cover as "a guide to Stephen King's epic fantasy."  This is not Vincent's first foray into writing about The Dark Tower; his exploration The Road to the Dark Tower came out in 2004, and is generally considered to be the most notable nonfiction work about King's magnum opus thus far.

The Dark Tower Companion cements Vincent's status as one of the preeminent King scholars working, and the preeminent Dark Tower scholar.  It's good stuff, and if you're a fan of the series, you really ought to add this to your collection.

That's the short review.

If you feel like reading a slightly longer review, one that'll give you a taste of the actual contents of the book, then step right this way; I can accommodate you.

Friday, April 12, 2013

TV Guide, April 26, 1997

All the talk about Glen Mazzara being hired to write the screenplay for Warner Bros.' prequel to The Shining (the Kubrick movie, not the King novel) got me to thinking about various things, and in the course of that thinking, I had cause to take my copy of the April 26, 1997 issue of TV Guide down off the shelf.

Doing that caused me to realize that I ought to scan in the pages that were King-centric, just so I'd have them in digital form.

Doing that made me think that maybe I ought to post some of those scans here.

And so I shall, although I may as well give you the bad news now: "Before the Play" will not be included among those scans.  I have no issue with posting some scans of an article about the making of the miniseries, but I'll have to draw the line at posting scans of an entire story.  Some artwork...?

That's a possibility.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

An Interview with Owen King

If you've been reading my blog of late, you'll know that I'm a big-time fan of Owen King, whose novel Double Feature was recently published by Scribner.  You may have read my review of it, or my review of King's first book (the excellent story collection We're All In This Together).

Well, today I'm pleased to announce that Mr. King agreed to take part in an interview, and to prove it, I'm going to post that interview for you to read.  I'm generous like that.

No need for further preamble; let's just dive right in to the questions, which Mr. King was gracious enough to answer via email.

photograph © Danielle Lurie
Bryant Burnette:  Double Feature reads like a novel written by someone who is utterly in love with movies, and with going to the cinema.  Assuming I've intuited correctly, is there a specific movie that you think might have started that love affair with cinema?

Owen King:  Movies have been a part of my life for about as far back as I can remember, so I'm not sure that there's a particular film that set me off.  Movies were just always there, you know?  I do recollect that the first film I ever saw on a big screen was Key Largo, which is odd because I'm 36 and that's an old one.  It must have been at a revival theater or something.  Anyway, as a whole it baffled me.  My one (not insignificant) takeaway was that Bogey was very, very cool. 

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Bryant Has Issues #30

Hip-hip-hooray!  We have a Stephen King comic this week!

I regret to inform that it is not particularly good.  In fact, in my personal estimation it is maybe one of the worst issues of the series so far.

The tale takes place seemingly a bit prior to the events of "The Little Sisters of Eluria," and involves Roland taking his slumber upon a bed of devil-grass.  The resultant bad dreams give us a window onto a scene from his past involving a raid upon an enemy camp between Gilead's fall and the battle of Jericho Hill.  Along for the ride are fellow gunslingers Cuthbert, Alain, Jamie, and Thomas.