Tuesday, April 20, 2010


From today's Buffalo News:
We missed director Andrew D. Cooke's 2007 documentary, "Will Eisner: Portrait of a Sequential Artist," when it screened last year at the Buffalo International Film Festival, but now we have another chance, thanks to the Buffalo Jewish International Film Festival. The tribute to the pioneering comic book artist -- he created "The Spirit" and was inspiration to scores of graphic novelists -- shows at 7:30 p.m. in the Jewish Community Center Benderson Building on North Forest Road in Getzville. Introducing the film is comic book retailer Emil J. Novak, proprietor of the Queen City Bookstore. It screens again next Tuesday.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Welcome to Nerdville

Welcome True Believers,
This week is you final lesson in nerd speak. We're looking at the synergy between comics, movies, and pop culture. To this end, take a peak at Will Eisner's web page and check out Reading with Pictures. While America slept the comic book nerds took over. You thought it started Dungeons and Dragons, then the pc, the gaming industry, but that was just the opening wedge.

Here is some food for thought.

Scott McCloud Journal

Business / Media & Advertising
Disney Swoops Into Action, Buying Marvel for $4 Billion
Published: September 1, 2009
Disney’s acquisition of Marvel Entertainment will also add Spider-Man and Captain America to its array of businesses.

Jack Kirby’s Heroes in Waiting
Published: April 13, 2010
The artist, known for Marvel comics, died in 1994, but some of his characters have yet to be introduced.

Monday, April 12, 2010

films about journalism

The Fearless Press, and Other Legends

Published: April 9, 2010
Film Forum’s series The Newspaper Picture looks back at Hollywood’s ink-stained wretches, from “The Front Page” to “All the President’s Men.”

Tuesday, March 23, 2010


Checker's Speech Part I

Checker's Speech Part II

Kennedy/Nixon Debate

Nixon's "I'm not a crook" speech

Nixon/Front Interview

Bob Dole's Eulogy

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Do not adjust your television...

Twilight Zone intro

This week we're moving into the 50s (and touching on the 60s). The Belton reading introduces the television and its impact on Hollywood.

Howdy Doody

Duck and Cover

Let's All Go the Lobby

Drive Inn Movie Ads

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Alice, We're not in Wonderland Anymore.

Ok, my parady is a misquote.

This is cool.

Op-Ed Contributor
Algebra in Wonderland
Published: March 7, 2010
The other-worldly events in “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” can be interpreted as satire on 19th-century advances in mathematics.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

The Fountainhead

This week we're concluding our section of sci fi and moving on to the movie, The Fountainhead, written by Ayn Rand and directed by our old friend King Vidor. Here are some clips to help with class discussion.

Here is Mike Wallace being interviewed by Mike Wallace (1959).
Part I

Part II

Part III

Hayek's The Road the Serfdom was turned into a comic book. This a major work in libertarian, market-driven, economic theory. Here it has been converted into a short video (I can't vouch for the music).