The Rhode Island Science Fiction Club
Vortex Man is an environmentally-conscious comic series produced in Southington Connecticut. The hero is a Navy Seal who should have died during a special ops mission, but due to a combination of exposure to the Vortex Serum, and the hazardous plastics of the Pacific Ocean, became Vortex Man. Creators Isaac H. Shweky, and two former Marvel comic artists have collaborated on this new Independent series. The art is decent, the storyline is fun, and there are plenty of heroes and villains, all with unique superpowers to keep the kids and adults interested. A percentage of the proceeds from the sale of this book will go to help environment causes. For more information, go to their website: www.vortexman1.com
Martin Landau, the Oscar-winning actor who starred in television's Mission: Impossible and the films North by Northwest, Ed Wood, and Crimes and Misdemeanors, died Saturday, July 15, 2017, in Los Angeles. He was 89. Over the course of his career, Landau was nominated for three Academy Awards and five Emmys; his first Oscar was for his 1994 portrayal of Bela Lugosi in Tim Burton's Ed Wood. He also starred as Commander John Koenig in the TV series Space:1999, from 1975-1977.
Separately, legendary horror film director George A. Romero died in Toronto on Sunday, July 16, 2017, from lung cancer at age 77. Romero started the modern zombie genre in 1968 with his low-budget classic Night of the Living Dead, which he followed up with five more Dead movies and two remakes. Romero's zombies were always social or political commentary, stand-ins for perceived political or societal ills, including racism, conformity, materialism and mall culture, and class warfare.
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