Sunday, April 24, 2011
• Less than two days after its initial discussion of The Sandman: Dream Country, the National Public Radio “I Will if You Will” book club had nearly 100 posts from readers writing about the nature and content of “Calliope,” the first story in the collection. Some of those participants had been familiar with the series for years; some were new to the experience of reading a comic-book story. You can share your views on the series, its stories, and/or comics in general on the thread. Next up for discussion will be “A Dream of a Thousand Cats.” I can hardly wait to see what the commentators make of it. (Maggie Thompson)
• Looking well ahead on the calendar to the next holiday weekend (Memorial Day), the HDNet cable channel will show The Dark Crystal (1982) and Labyrinth (1986) in high definition May 30 beginning at 8 p.m. E.T. The double feature marks the first time the films have been on television in more than 10 years and they will only be shown once on the cable network.
In addition, through its association with the Jim Henson Studios, Archaia is producing a Dark Crystal comic book, with a preview being part of its Free Comic Book Day offering this year. And a 3-D sequel, Power of the Dark Crystal, is in production.
Archaia has also announced plans for a Labyrinth comic book and new videogames based on both properties are in development by Sandstorm Productions. (Brent Frankenhoff)
Yesterday’s Panel Quiz Answer
King Aroo’s advisor Yupyop’s first line in comics was, “Thank you — I’ll see that he gets it — ” He said it in the King Aroo strip for Nov. 15, 1950, the third strip in Jack Kent’s series.
It’s time for another twofer where the first character’s first line in comics was “That strange animal – firing lightning bursts from its antlers!” and the second character’s first line was, “We’ve got to shoot it – before it shoots us!” So what duo uttered these lines in their first comics appearance?
Howie Schneider (1930), comic strip writer and artist
Al Vey (1955), comics inker
John MacLeod (1957), small press comics creator
Ralph Griffith (1960), Arrow Comics founder
Randy Carpenter (1965), comics creator
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• It’s a night of Simpsons repeats on Fox. At 7 p.m. E.T., the network broadcasts Season 22, Episode 7 “How Munched is that Birdie in the Window?,” followed by Season 22, Episode 16 “A Midsummer’s Nice Dream” at 7:30 p.m. Cheech and Chong appear as themselves in the latter, while Danica Patrick and Rachel Weisz have guest voices in the former. At 8 p.m., you can catch The Simpsons Movie (2007).
• If you missed Cartoon Network’s showing of The Wizard of Oz last night, you can catch it tonight starting at 5:30 p.m. E.T.
This is the 55th installment of Today’s Comics Guide.