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Monday, May 9, 2016

Stan Lee's Love Story is a Marvel

Posted By on Mon, May 9, 2016 at 12:30 PM

Father and daughter, Stan and JC Lee pose for pictures at the Stan Lee's Love Story book signing. - JAMES MACLEAN
  • James MacLean
  • Father and daughter, Stan and JC Lee pose for pictures at the Stan Lee's Love Story book signing.

Hundreds of comic fans lined up in the pouring rain to meet artist, photographer and author JC Lee at Amazing Fantasy Comic Book Store on Saturday. Marvel legend Stan Lee's only child and "greatest creation" was there on Free Comic Book Day, signing her new comic-style book Stan Lee's Love Story.

Inside, seated behind the counter and clutching her Yorkshire terrier, JC Lee poured through the pages of the book. "If you look at this, it's beautiful dogs everywhere," she says. "We were always into dogs. I didn't have brothers and sisters, so there are dogs. My father had his favorite dogs. Even now, Mom has four, and I have five."

Filled with never-before-seen, black-and-white and captioned family photos, Lee's book, which took three years to complete, gives fans unprecedented access into the lives of this mostly private family, headed by a creator of such popular Marvel Comics titles as Spider-Man, Iron Man, Hulk, Thor, Fantastic Four, Daredevil, X-Men, and Captain America, whose film sequel Captain America: Civil War has already raked in approximately 200 million in box office opening weekend.  

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Thursday, September 10, 2015

TONIGHT: Help the Cartoon Art Museum, at Night of 1000 Sketches

Posted By on Thu, Sep 10, 2015 at 1:00 PM

  • Richard Haick

The Cartoon Art Museum, soon to be dislodged from its current digs at 655 Mission, is hosting a fundraiser to make the move a little easier. (It’s the equivalent of buying animation fans a couple pizzas, basically.) But instead of cheese cubes with toothpicks stuck in them and Three-Buck Chuck furtively poured under a tablecloth to conceal the fact that it came from Trader Joe’s, the Museum is hosting Night of A Thousand Sketches.

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Thursday, May 28, 2015

The Men of Twin Peaks Pin-Up Project Is Pure Genius

Posted By on Thu, May 28, 2015 at 11:00 AM

  • Emma Munger
San Francisco illustrator Emma Munger has released the second half of a Sailor Jerry-inspired pin-up project inspired by the characters of Twin Peaks, and this time, it’s the men. They’re nearly all there, too: Pete Martell, fishing in short shorts; Leo Johnson, looking all pretty with that axe; Leland Palmer begging for someone to dance with him while his white-haired, possessed alter ego bursts forth; and Sheriff Harry S Truman, twirling his gun and a half-eaten donut. 

“I did the guys’ one because the women’s was so popular,” Munger told SF Weekly.

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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Paul Reiser Is Mad About Standup

Posted By on Tue, May 26, 2015 at 9:00 AM

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  • Paul Reiser

Don't get Paul Reiser wrong. The Mad About You star is thrilled to be back on both the small and big screens in such a big way, from FX's Married to films Behind the Candelabra, Whiplash and the upcoming Concussion (opposite Will Smith) and 6 Miranda Drive (opposite Kevin Bacon).  But he's even more passionate about his current standup tour, which teases such topics as love and relationships. The comedian joked with SF Weekly about his new show, why he loves the stage more than the screen and why there will never be a Mad About You reunion.

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Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Fred Noland, a Longtime SF Weekly Illustrator, Gets an Etsy Store

Posted By on Tue, Apr 28, 2015 at 8:00 AM

Free-Swinging Expression: San Francisco Nudists and the Founding Fathers For SF Weekly - FRED NOLAND
  • Fred Noland
  • Free-Swinging Expression: San Francisco Nudists and the Founding Fathers For SF Weekly

You might recognize the work of Fred Noland from Sucka Free City columns in SF Weekly, to which he's been contributing illustrations for years. Having amassed a sizable back catalog, he's doing what any artist of his caliber would do: spending three days sealed in a Lucite box in the Tate Modern's Turbine Room next to Marina Abramovic and Tilda Swinton.

OK, that's a huge lie. Noland is starting an Etsy store.

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Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Trangela Lansbury Gets Down with Superheroes

Posted By on Tue, Mar 5, 2013 at 11:53 AM


I first saw Trangela Lansbury as a gold-bearded Siren glittering across the stage at El Rio. Then there she was again at a California College of the Arts exhibit as a traditional Frida Kahlo, elegantly carrying her shining facial hair into flashing cameras while also showcasing her homoerotic drawings at the Batman on Robin show in the Mission.

Trangela, aka Diego Gomez, is a Bay Area native and as an artist he combines performance, illustration, design, painting, lingerie, and now theater -- he was cast for Tinsel Tarts in a Hot Coma, a Cockettes revival musical starting March 28 at the Hypnodrome. Heavily influenced by artists such as Jim Lee and Alphonse Mucha, he combines fantasy art, comics, and raw homoeroticism with a hint of trashy, genderbending imagery.

We spoke to Gomez about gaying up Batman, drag, and, as he notes on his Facebook page, the mad skills and verbosity that "could cut a bitch like a Lee Press-On Nail."

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Monday, February 11, 2013

The Walking Dead Is Back -- and Everyone's Making Bad Decisions

Posted By on Mon, Feb 11, 2013 at 11:00 AM


In case you've forgotten what was going on in The Walking Dead all the way back on December 2, you're not alone. It might be wise to refresh your memory with a recap of that mid-season finale -- because Episode 9 of Season 3 picks up directly where we left off: Daryl and Merle surrounded by Woodbury folk yelling for their blood, as a freshly one-eyed Governor watches on.

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Tuesday, January 8, 2013

The Hawkeye Initiative Pokes Fun at Sexist Comics, but Is It Backfiring?

Posted By on Tue, Jan 8, 2013 at 9:30 AM

On left, the extraterrestrial Teen Titan, Starfire; on right, the image redrawn for The Hawkeye Initiative by Lauren Armstrong
  • On left, the extraterrestrial Teen Titan, Starfire; on right, the image redrawn for The Hawkeye Initiative by Lauren Armstrong

The concept behind the hot new Tumblr, the Hawkeye Initiative, is simple: In order to demonstrate just how much superhero comics distort the bodies of female characters, fans take real comic art and redraw it, replacing the female characters with Hawkeye, perhaps the least interesting character ever to grace the pages of a Marvel comic.

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Love and Rockets Celebrates 30 Years of Queer, Punk Comic Genius

Good Vibrations Sex Summit Is a Veritable Sex-Nerd Orgy

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Thursday, December 13, 2012

There and Blecch Again: Mad Magazine's Lord of the Rings Parodies

Posted By on Thu, Dec 13, 2012 at 11:00 AM


So, after years of legal and logistical wrangling in which director Peter Jackson and New Line Cinema were suing each other over royalties from the Lord of the Rings movies and whether he'd direct the not-really-necessary The Hobbit, followed by Guillermo Del Toro signing on to direct and then dropping out again and Jackson finally signing on to direct what was only intended to be two movies -- whew! -- part one of the pointlessly three-part Hobbit saga is finally here. Just two more of them to go, and we can put it all behind us.

See Also:

How Much of The Hobbit Can You Read During the Running Time of The Hobbit?

Licensed to Blecch: Mad Magazine's James Bond Parodies

In Space, No One Can Hear You Blecch: Mad Magazine's Alien Parodies

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Tuesday, December 11, 2012

The 20 Most Memorable Cosplay Costumes Involving Cleavage

Posted By on Tue, Dec 11, 2012 at 7:30 AM

20. "My eyes are up here, guys." - CHRISTOPHER MORGAN
  • Christopher Morgan
  • 20. "My eyes are up here, guys."

We'll be honest, we didn't know what cosplay was until we googled it just now. For those in the dark who are, like us, no doubt carving blog posts out of stone tablets, cosplay, "short for 'costume play,' is a type of performance art in which participants wear costumes and accessories to represent a specific character or idea." We put together a slideshow of the best cosplay outfits of the entire year (Merry Christmas!), from comic book conventions, anime events, sci-fi shindigs, and more. Such representation helps to debunk the image of cosplay folks as pale, overweight men, shedding much-needed light on the outdated assumptions and stereotypes that plague our ... sorry, what? We couldn't hear you over all the boobs.

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Our full slideshow, 100 Memorable Cosplay Images of 2012 

Talk on Internet Dating Is Like a Blind Date With Group Therapy

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