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‘Unpresidented’ Will Be Available in April 2020 For Your Reading Pleasure

Just ahead of election season, the fan-favorite political cartoons of creator Kieron Dwyer (Last of the Independents, LCD: Lowest Common Denominator) will be collected into a hardcover titled, Unpresidented, and available from Image Comics this April 2020.

Taking aim at hypocrisy, greed, stupidity and cultural chaos in the age of Trump, Unpresidented features a wide range of sharp-witted illustrations lampooning the bizarre course of American politics and culture since the fateful escalator ride of 2015.

“Even as a young kid, I’ve always been drawn to editorial and political cartoons, both in style and substance. The exaggerated and loose qualities of them appealed to me much in the same way that the work of Mort Drucker and Jack Davis did in MAD Magazine,” said Dwyer. “The economy of information in an excellent editorial cartoon is, in my opinion, the highest form of graphic storytelling. In most ways, that is what I strive for in all my illustration work: simplicity and essence, true communication. Even before my professional comics career, my first published works were the editorial cartoons I did for my high school newspapers, both the official one and the anti-establishment underground one put out by myself and several friends. I feel I’ve just been refining that storytelling craft my entire life, but events over the last few years have had a catalytic effect on me and compelled me to express my feelings in this particular medium.”

Fans of political humor and social commentary should not pass Unpresidented by.

Unpresidented (ISBN: 978-1-5343-1587-7) will be available on Wednesday, April 29 and in bookstores on Tuesday, May 5. It can be pre-ordered at your local comic book shops on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-a-Million, IndieBound, and Indigo.

Unpresidented will also be available for purchase across many digital platforms, including the official Image Comics iOS app, Amazon Kindle, Apple Books, comiXology, and Google Play.

Key West Film Festival Announces Golden Key Award Recipients

Florida’s Key West Film Festival announced that Kimberly Peirce and Tom Skerritt will receive the prestigious Golden Key Awards at this year’s festival, running November 20-24, 2019.

Peirce, a Florida native, will be honored on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the release of the groundbreaking film Boys Don’t Cry. The festival will screen the film on Friday, November 22, and Peirce will join Eugene Hernandez from Film at Lincoln Center for a discussion at the screening.

To mark the 40th anniversary of the seminal sci-fi film Alien, fellow honoree Tom Skerritt will have a Q&A with Rolling Stone’s David Fear at the Thursday, November 21 screening.

The film will be preceded by a screening of the award-winning short film The Phantom 52, which premiered at Sundance 2019 and stars Mr. Skerritt. Director Geoff Marslett will also be in attendance.

Michael Tuckman, Director of Programming of the Key West Film Festival, commented: We are beyond thrilled and humbled to be able to honor both Kimberly and Tom on major anniversaries of two films that broke boundaries and rules for their genre and paved the way for so many future voices to express their creativity. And both mean so much to Key West, as evidenced by its thriving and active LGBTQ community and the constantly creative forces on display through events like Fantasy Fest, which is going on right now.”

Past Golden Key Award winners include: Burt Reynolds, Marisa Tomei, Paul Verhoeven, Alan Cumming, Harmony Korine, and Lois Smith.

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The Popularity of Marvel Movies Are a Reflection of Difficult Times

Cinema or Child’s Play? That is the question Marvel Studios has had to face recently. This month Marvel fans were dealt a one-two punch at the hands of Martin Scorsese and Francis Ford Coppola. At that start of the month, Scorsese compared the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) to theme park rides. Coppola backed this sentiment while being interviewed by journalists in France by claiming that “we expect to learn something from cinema, we expect to gain something, some enlightenment, some knowledge, some inspiration.” Coppola went on to say that Marvel films never fulfill those promises of real cinema and are, therefore, “despicable.” Ouch.

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Look who’s back!

 

 

I’m late to the game but, I knew Disney and Sony couldn’t stay mad at each other for too long. Spider-Man rejoins the MCU for at least one more movie. After that, I’m sure there will be some more negotiating between the two companies. I really hope that Sony can continue to knock it out of the park with their Spiderverse films to prove to Disney that they are capable of standing on their own two feet.

Spider-Man’s a solo act once more

Depending on the report you read, Sony and Disney have parted ways over money or scheduling. Which means our favorite neighborhood Spider-Man has left the MCU and is working with the little guy once more. Spidey has had success as a solo act before and I think Sony can pull it off again.

I mean, okay. Sony also made some err… interesting choices in the past, but they seem to be on a better path now. There are two more Spider-Man films in the works and Tom Holland is still attached to those, so I’d say we are off to a good start. If you’re still worried about Spider-Man’s future now that Disney removed Kevin Feige, just remember, Sony was able to pull off “Into the Spider-Verse” without Feige.

I’m curious to see what Sony will do, but I’m also disappointed we won’t see Spider-Man team up with any of Disney’s collection of super-heroes…for now. I’ve read hundreds of comic-books. I have a pretty good feeling I know what’s going to happen a few issues down the line in this will they/won’t they storyline.

Disney old pal, let’s have a chat. According to an article from Inside the Magic, you are getting ready to make a live-action feature of “Pocahontas.” I know that you have been stepping up your game in terms of diversifying your casting choices and believe me, I appreciate it. I love what you did with your “Aladdin” remake. “Mulan” and “The Little Mermaid” look like solid films as well. I can’t wait to see a Latina actress join the Disney princess line up in the future. However, if you want to enter a new renaissance of storytelling and pay respect to Native American culture, DO NOT remake “Pocahontas.” Just don’t.

We aren’t kids anymore. We know what happened to the real Pocahontas, and rehashing her story is going to upset a lot of people. While past movies required relatively minor changes like having Jasmine become sultan, I don’t see how you could update “Pocahontas” into a palatable story to put on screen for audiences of all ages to enjoy. She was kidnapped, converted to Christianity, and died at the ripe age of 20 due to sickness. I could be wrong. Perhaps you have an unknown piece of history that would get everyone on board with the remake. But honestly, I would feel better if you let this story go.

Here’s a better idea, partner with a tribe and do a live action film about one of their myths or legends. I’m sure they would be more than happy to tell their stories.

That’s all for now champ. I’ll let you get back to figuring out which childhood classic you are going to remake next.

“The Black Caldron” is ripe for the picking.

A Latina princess would be nice too.

Last thing, I promise. What if there was a Latina princess in “The Black Caldron”?

Think about it!

Throwback Thursday-‘Batman: The Movie’ (1966)

Adam West may have portrayed the goofiest version of Batman ever, but he is a crucial part of Batman’s history that shouldn’t be forgotten. When he hit the silver screen in July of 1966, Adam West made history as the first caped crusader to entertain moviegoers.

Levels of campiness were off the charts as actors leaned into their characters with all their might. And although fans of Christopher Nolans Dark Knight trilogy might be embarrassed by this chapter of Batman’s story, I for one am glad that this version of Batman exists in the world.

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Wizards Unite introduces players to a new world–slowly.

Roughly a week into Wizards Unite, I find myself switching back to Pokemon Go and wondering why Niantic and Warner Bros. are holding back. Yes the AR (augmented reality) is more sophisticated than Pokemon, yes we are doing more than tapping the screen to defeat enemies, and yes the skill trees add a nice layer of complication. But why can’t I send my fellow wizards and witches much needed energy? Why are energy caps only increased by ten when they cost 150 precious galleons? Why does this game feel bloated and empty all at once?

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