Thursday, April 30, 2015

Nichelle Nichols, Billy Ingram, Rob Corddry on TV's Evil Twins

Oh that old TV cliche - someone's evil twin shows up to create confusion & choas. Not to mention cat fights! Plus... could you survive the Agony Booth?

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Jack Kirby's Reason Dr. Doom Wore a Mask Will Surprise You!

1985 interview with Jack Kirby conducted by John Hitchcock in 1985.

Creating Captain America in the 1940s:

Jack Kirby talks about his unique style:

Kirby on saving Marvel Comics in the 1960s:

Why Dr. Doom Wore a Mask - the reason will surprise you! It was not accepted by Stan Lee however so it's not a part of Marvel mythology...

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Netflix Adds 5 Million Subscribers as Daredevil Surges

I cut the cable more than a decade ago and it's a growing trend. Couldn't happen to a nicer industry, right? Feeding into that trend -  Netflix' investment in original content like House of Cards and the super-hot Daredevil series, it's paid off big time. This last quarter Netflix added 5 million new subscribers. Pretty clever for a business many analysts dismissed as the nation's DVD rental business was evaporating.

Daredevil has been renewed for a second round of episodes.


Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Amos 'n' Andy : Fine & Dandy?

Here's a free sample (PDF) of my book Hamburger² - a chapter on media phenom Amos 'n' Andy. I didn't realize what a startled reaction would result for including this, prompting me to go back and write an intro to the book (also included) where, among other things, I addressed why this series is important on many levels, including locally. 

Amos 'n' Andy was on radio and or TV for 40+ years yet resonates as a somewhat positive but mostly negative drag on society. Any search for truth means happily embracing controversy, as I pointed out in the introduction, "it’s important to recognize the unfortunate media landscape that existed leading up to the Civil Rights era. We need to autopsy the injuries, pick at the sores, otherwise we’re left with modern day assumptions based entirely on images."  

I would love any feedback you might offer. Here's the link to the Amos 'n Andy (PDF) article I spent the better part of a year researching... thank you!