I find television very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go into the other room and read a book. - Groucho Marx


by Zack Kotzer
Oct. 23, 2014
“My dear Moebius,” wrote Federico Fellini in a fan letter to the poignant comic artist, “Everything that you do pleases me; even your name pleases me” (1). Fellini goes on to praise Jean “Moebius” Giraud’s abilities as a creator, reminisce of his joyous first encounter with Metal Hurlant (which Giraud helped to found, and which would become known in English as Heavy Metal), and suggests Giraud try his hand at film (though he does not directly suggest they collaborate on it). “I would never call upon you because you are too complete, your visionary strength is too formidable. What would there be left for me to do?” 

Moebius would never direct a film himself (the closest being a collaboration with Fantastic Planet helm René Laloux, which was entitled Time Masters). Still, his presence in film, if not all incarnations of genre, is important, if not irreplaceable. Directly, he influenced...

Zack Kotzer is a writer, editor, ghoul and ex-carnie living in his hometown of Toronto. As of now he has contributed to the Torontoist, The Onion AV Club, the SPACE Channel, Sharp Magazine, Dork Shelf and is the associate editor and Toronto head of Steel Bananas. Right now Zack is looking to see what it takes to start a print magazine because he is as dedicated as he is naive. Is that what deluded means? No wait never mind, don't answer that. @KingFranknstein

by Brian Correia
Oct. 18, 2014
For years, if people were talking Cronenberg, they were talking “body horror.” They were talking gore, they were talking dread, and they were talking mutation. Fair enough: he essentially invented the genre. That’s horror as in “oh, the horror!” not as in, like, Nightmare on Elm St. Those slasher films might get a couple cheap scares out of you but, nine times out of ten, they will not horrify you. It would seem that Cronenberg takes actually horrifying-as-in-horrifying his viewers pretty seriously. I'm still haunted on a regular basis by mental images of The Fly's inside-out monkey, The Brood's natal terrors, or James Woods' Betamaxed torso in Videodrome. In Cronenberg's case, though, all that horror is, without exception, in the service of a powerful message. And it's done with – panache is too slight a word – it is done masterfully...
Brian Correia is a budding computer scientist and aspiring writer from Boston, Massachusetts who couldn't decide which hip-hop lyric to put in his byline. The top three, in no particular order, were as follows: “cooler than a cucumber in a bowl of hot sauce,” “spiced out Calvin Coolidge loungin' with six duelers,” and “I got techniques drippin' out my buttcheeks.” He is on Twitter (@brianmcorreia) and Tumblr (brianmcorreia.tumblr.com) like the rest of the kids.

by A Wolfe
Oct. 16, 2014
When producer Albert R. Broccoli bought the rights to John Wyndham’s popular sci-fi novel Day of the Triffids in 1957, he thought this would be the film to launch his career into outer space, but he didn’t count on hiring a screenwriter who always said he wasn’t a screenwriter—sad-sap horror writer Jimmy Sangster—and the project fell into ruins, leaving Broccoli to get by on his little side project, James Bond. It wasn’t until ’62 that the Steve Sekely-directed plant-monster film we know and love went to public. And, strangely enough, those triffids bear a striking resemblance to broccoli…
A Wolfe is a writer and director in Los Angeles. awolfeswolfworld.wordpress.com

by Thomas Michalski
Oct. 15, 2014
Early on in the Seinfeld episode “The Tape”, Kramer tells Jerry about a friend of his who is becoming a minimalist and is giving away all of his possessions. “Is that the guy who likes fat women?” interjects George, to which Jerry quips, “Doesn’t the fat fetish conflict with the minimalism?” It’s a throwaway joke, a short detour before getting down to the business of the plot, but it encapsulates how pop culture understands minimalism: as space rather than substance, as emptiness only occasionally interrupted by the simplest of forms. But while that perception certainly applies to certain manifestations of minimalism, it’s far from the whole picture. 
Thomas Michalski is a writer and radio host from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. You can keep up with his comings and goings over at http://www.voodooinspector.com/

by Chris Martin
Oct. 14, 2014

In 2013, Roger Dean filed a lawsuit against James Cameron to the tune of 50 million dollars in damages against him after, allegedly, Mr. Cameron stole visual concepts wholesale from Dean’s classic work for use in his 2009 film Avatar. Comparisons have been put online comparing some of Dean’s work from the last 40 years next to stills from the five year old film and the similarities are extremely clear. The archways of stones that form the centerpiece altar of life (or something) as well as the tree-topped floating islands of Unobtanium (ugh) are pretty much cribbed directly from Dean.

It is no wonder that Cameron had his eyes set on this particular illustrator/designer, despite the fact that he isn’t particularly well known. Although his name may not be common knowledge, his work has been floating around record shops, music venues, and the sides of smoke-filled vans since the late 60s. Roger Dean is a rather prolific album art illustrator, creating the spacious, fantastic imagery found on every cover of the seminal progressive rock band Yes’s album covers since their essential Fragile in 1971. He has also done reoccurring collaborations with other classic rock bands such as Asia, Budgie, Greenslade, and Osibisa. Even if you weren’t interested in design and illustration as its own art form, if you listened to progressive rock in the last thirty years, you have encountered Dean’s work...

Christopher Martin recently graduated from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst with a degree in English and a specialization in Film Studies. Shockingly, he is currently underemployed. In his free time Chris likes to read old science fiction novels, enjoy what little nightlife Western Massachusetts has to offer, and watch as many films as possible. He also spends too much time on Tumblr.