Review of Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Volume 1

CHILLING ADVENTURES OF SABRINA, Volume 1, Six issue Trade Archie Comics Author: Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa Art: Robert Hack, Jack Morelli Cover: Robert Hack Variant Cover: Andrew Pepoy 7/13 Sabrina Spellman is back. I’ve never read or watched Sabrina before this, and honestly, I don’t care. Whatever it was before doesn’t matter now–because Sabrina is back and her new adventures are blood-packed and disturbing. Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa has sent another hit from the Archie Horror department with the CHILLING ADVENTURES OF SABRINA. Along with the Archie and Jughead reboots, Sabrina’s story is being retold from the very beginning;...

11.22.63 Miniseries

11.22.63 Warner Bros. Home Video Adapting Stephen King can be a tricky thing. For my money it is best done in a longer format on TV and preferably on cable. This mini-series ran on HULU and making me very happy was released on DVD. The book was great and loads of fun but I’m going to look at this as it’s own entity. The tale opens in a small town in Maine with High School English teacher Jake Epping (James Fanco) signing divorce papers and kind of wondering about his life. A friend of his Al (played by Chris Cooper) who runs a diner gives him a shock by developing cancer overnight. With a promise of having all revealed Jake meets him the...

Harley Quinn: The bad gal with a heart of tarnished gold Aug20

Harley Quinn: The bad gal with a heart of tarnishe...

  Dr. Harleen Frances Quinzel. The delightful mistress of mayhem first appeared in 1992’s Batman the animated Series episode in the seventh episode called “Joker’s Favor”, created by Bruce Timm and Paul Dini*. At that point she was a mere devoted sidekick to the overtly psychotic Joker. One would think he would steal the show. Yet despite his antics, Harley developed her own following. A year later, she made her first appearance on paper in the comic based on the series**. In the twenty four years that have followed, she has become a fan favorite. This popularity is due in no small part to the fact that she’s...

Jon Interviews Writing Maven Wendy Corsi Staub

Jon: I want to start by digging into something that kind of blows my mind. You’ve written over eighty books. You have at least two books a year coming out. What is your schedule like?  Do you have time for anything besides writing? Wendy Corsi Staub: The short answers are hectic, and no. When I say I work seven days a week, 12-14 hours a day in my home office, I’m not exaggerating. When I’m not traveling, that is what I’m doing. It’s not ideal, and I worry that it’s going to kill me, but it’s been necessary. I’ve honestly had to sacrifice just about every shred of personal time to make this career work, with two exceptions. The first: I’ve...

The Joy of Anticipation: Writing and Reading a Series Aug18

The Joy of Anticipation: Writing and Reading a Ser...

When you pick up a book in a series you’ve read before, there is a moment of joy, the anticipation of renewed pleasure, like the days leading up to your birthday when you were a kid. Here come the goodies! There will be cake and ice cream and presents! With a mystery novel the eagerness for the next book in the series can be powerful. Why can’t she write faster? What’s he doing off writing a stand-alone? I need my visit from my old friends and I need it NOW. My first books were series mysteries where the main character solves the problem of who murdered the victim, and a few other issues as well. I love serial fiction, and adore finding a...