Artist Gene Colan died on June 23, 2011, following complications from a broken hip, and liver disease. He was 84.
Colan was known for his work on Daredevil, Tomb of Dracula, Doctor Strange, 2 Nathaniel Dusk, Private Investigator mini-series, and a Detectives, Inc. graphic novel. He started his career in 1944, and won the Eisner Award for his work on Captain America #601.
Wired magazine recently posted an article about the upcoming demise of the local comic book shop, noting that the emergence of digital comics, and the growing popularity of tablets, spells the end of how we view comics in the future. I'm not sure I agree totally with that premise.
People have been predicting the end of bookstores for years now, with the popularity of the Internet. But many bookstores still survive, and the big-box stores like Barnes & Noble are bucking the trend by offering their own reader tablets; thus merging the old with the new. I think the same will apply for comic book shops.
Since comic book producers like DC and Marvel have a vested interest in seeing your local shop thrive, I think there'll be a balance of standard paper comics, digital downloads, and more comics being released as graphic novels. Perhaps you'll be able to download your favorite comic to a tablet, but only on Wednesdays, the same day the comics are released, or only after the paper version has been out for a month or so. Will digital comics be the norm in the future? Only if paperbacks and magazines go away, but I don't see that happening anytime soon.
What do YOU think? We'd love to read your comments!
Providence Community Library honors the city's native son with its second annual H.P. Lovecraft Film Fest, expanded to two nights this year!
June 27th at 6 PM
The Music of Erich Zann (Jared Skolnick, 2009, 38 mins), a horror film of haunting beauty and terrifying poetry paired with:
Lovecraft: Fear of the Unknown (Frank Woodward, 2008, 90 mins), a chronicle of the life, work and mind that created the Cthulhu mythos.
June 30th at 6 PM
AM 1200 (David Prior, 2008, 39 min.) Not a Lovecraft adaptation but very LOVECRAFTIAN in feel, AM 1200 tells the story of a man on the run, who finds himself the unwitting pawn of a possessed evangelical radio station and must ask himself whether it is better to reign in hell than serve in heaven, paired with:
Pickman's Muse (Robert Cappelletto, 2010, 77 min.) An artist, Robert Pickman, becomes obsessed by visions of unworldly horror, revealed to him through an ancient artifact discovered in an abandoned church.
Films begin promptly at 6pm on both nights at the Rochambeau Library, 708 Hope Street in Providence,
Hugo Award winning artist (and fellow RISFC member) Bob Eggleton will be at the Borders Bookstore, 190 Hillside Drive, Cranston, R.I., on Saturday, June 11, 2011, to sign copies of his master-class art instruction book, which has been nominated for a Chesley and a Locus award.
If you're in the area, stop by; Bob is an interesting and informative speaker, and his artwork is phenomenal!