Friday, October 31, 2014

Comics Alternative Podcast: Halloween Special 2014

On this special episode of The Comics Alternative, Derek Royal and I discuss a whole lot of Halloween and horror-themed comics. From a bumper collection of Richard Corben's Poe adaptations, to the new and dark Chilling Adventures of Sabrina (the teen-age witch), to Scooby-Doo and the gang's team-up with Batman and Robin to solve the mystery of the Man-Bat(s?), this one's got tricks and treats!

As always, click the link above to stream the episode, or you can subscribe via iTunes.

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Monday, October 20, 2014

Batman Events this Week at the Albany Public Library - Including a Talk by Me!

I'll be giving a talk entitled "Holy Multiple Personalities! The Many Faces of (The) Batman" at two branches of the Albany Public Library later this week: Thursday, October 23rd at the John A. Howe Branch, and Friday, October 24th at the Pine Hills Branch, at 4:00 p.m. both days. Expect lots of illustrations, along with Bat-babbling by me.

Here are a few of the promo photos for the event (featuring Stef Preston, Pine Hills' Youth Services Librarian, and myself, along with Stef's poster and a few items from my personal collection), courtesy of APL's eServices Librarian Deanna DiCarlo:

And Stef's flyer for the Friday event:

The press release below gives more details on my talks and the other Bat-Events being held those days. Hope to see some of you there!

Contact: Stephanie Simon
Phone: 518.427.4344

Albany Public Library Celebrates Batman’s 75th Anniversary
With Talks by Comic Book Expert and Fun Activities Oct. 23-24

ALBANY, NY—Albany Public Library loves comic books and is celebrating a cool event in geek culture—the 75th anniversary of Batman (first appearance in Detective Comics #27)—with some fun programs on Oct. 23-24 featuring the Dark Knight. All programs are free and open to the public.

Holy Multiple Personalities! The Many Faces of (The) Batman
  • Oct. 23 (Thurs) at 4 to 5 pm – Howe Branch (105 Schuyler St., 472-9485)
  • Oct. 24 (Fri) at 4 to 5 pm – Pine Hills Branch (517 Western Ave., 482-7911)
In this discussion, comic book expert and author (and APL's own) Gene Kannenberg Jr. takes participants through a highly illustrated look back at the Caped Crusader’s many pop culture incarnations over the past 75 years: spooky, gun-toting mystery man from the 1940s; sci-fi adventurer of the 1950s; campy 1960s TV star; husky-voiced, armored avenger of recent films; and many more. This program is appropriate for all ages.

Batman Cupcake Battle
  • Oct. 23 (Thurs) at 4 to 5 pm – Pine Hills Branch (517 Western Ave., 482-7911)
Teens are challenged to decorate the perfect cupcake that only the Dark Knight or his arch nemesis, the Joker, would love. There will be two teams—one decorating in Batman style and the other with Joker flair. Cupcakes will be judged and the winning team gets a Batman-themed prize. This program is appropriate for ages 11-17. Registration is required at 482-7911 x230.

“Batman: Mask of the Phantasm”
  • Oct. 24 (Fri) at 5 to 6:30 pm – Pine Hills Branch (517 Western Ave., 482-7911)
This popular Batman animated feature from 1993 (rated PG) follows the Dark Knight as he searches for a shrouded vigilante who is knocking off prominent Gotham mob bosses. Attendees will also enjoy snacks, drinks, and Batman loot. This program is appropriate for all ages.

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