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Rick Klaw

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Batman: Gotham Knight

Six animated visions of the Caped Crusader, as envisioned by six unique animé directors and six different writers

Screens Review, Jul. 18, 2008

Also New in Graphic Novels

Books Review, Jul. 11, 2008

Black & White

Former Austinite Lewis Shiner returns with a near-perfect novel of family and race in North Carolina

Books Review, Jul. 4, 2008

Indiana Jones: The Adventure Collection

The world's favorite whip-wielding archaeologist gets a new DVD reissue

Screens Review, May. 23, 2008

Kirby: King of Comics

A new biography of Jack Kirby successfully evokes the proper mystique and respect for this creative giant while revealing his human side

Books Review, Apr. 4, 2008

Animated Opinions

Korey Coleman and company deal out critique on

Screens Feature, Mar. 21, 2008

The Ten-Cent Plague: The Great Comic-Book Scare and How It Changed America

During the 1950s, comics came under societal and governmental scrutiny. David Hajdu examines this troubled time.

Books Review, Mar. 21, 2008

The Somnambulist

Barnes crafts one of the finest first novels of the young century

Books Review, Feb. 1, 2008

'It Came From Beneath the Sea' and 'Earth vs. the Flying Saucers'

Charles H. Schneer and Ray Harryhausen's collaboration produced 12 fantastic films in 26 years and a profound influence on the likes of Spielberg and Lucas

Screens Review, Jan. 25, 2008

Geek Out!

Gifts for Trekkies, Anglophiles, and arthouse obscurists

Screens Feature, Dec. 14, 2007

Books Gift Guide


Books Feature, Dec. 14, 2007

Gilded Lili: Lili St. Cyr and the Striptease Mystique

Author Kelly DiNardo recounts the fascinating life of 'the queen of striptease'

Books Review, Nov. 16, 2007


For many, Chinatown epitomizes the peak of Seventies Hollywood filmmaking and is perhaps the finest neo-noir ever made

Screens Review, Nov. 9, 2007

Best American Fantasy

Best American Fantasy replicates the success of the late The Year's Greatest Science Fiction and Fantasy series by combing nontraditional genre haunts and delving into mainstream, literary and online magazines

Books Review, Oct. 19, 2007

The Electric Church

In his debut novel, Jeff Somers attempts to create a 21st century cyberpunk novel

Books Review, Oct. 5, 2007

King Kung Fu

Production began in 1974, but due to financial constraints, it wasn't finished until 1987. What exactly the money was spent on is unclear.

Screens Review, Sep. 21, 2007

The Best of Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet

Reprints the finest fiction, essays, poetry, and other oddities from the zine's first decade

Books Review, Sep. 7, 2007

In Space

The Fiction Liberation Front

Screens Feature, Jul. 13, 2007

The Powerpuff Girls: The Complete First Season

Screens Review, Jun. 29, 2007

No Strangers to Drama

Austin couple rescues Vernon Plaza Theatre

Screens Feature, Jun. 15, 2007

Seraphim Falls

Screens Review, Jun. 1, 2007

Alice in Sunderland

In this epic tale, writer/artist Bryan Talbot draws on centuries of European history and graphic storytelling

Books Review, Jun. 1, 2007

It Rhymes With Lust

Dark Horse reprints the unabridged classic

Books Review, Mar. 23, 2007

Fast Forward 1: Future Fiction From the Cutting Edge

Editor Lou Anders looks for the lost art of the science-fiction anthology

Books Review, Feb. 23, 2007

Essential Man-Thing: Vol. 1 and Showcase Presents: The Unknown Soldier

No nostalgia: discovery and rediscovery

Books Review, Jan. 19, 2007

Rick Klaw's Best Books of 2006

Books Feature, Jan. 5, 2007


Plotted and paced like a thriller, Thunderstruck successfully weaves the concurrent stories of Hawley Harvey Crippen, his wife Belle Elmore, and Guglielmo Marconi into a fascinating view of early 20th-century life

Books Review, Dec. 1, 2006

Dark Harvest

Norman Partridge returns to his horror roots

Books Review, Nov. 10, 2006

James Tiptree, Jr.: The Double Life of Alice B. Sheldon

In the late 1960s, a new writer emerged on the science-fiction scene, producing powerful stories that explored the role of sexuality and gender unlike any author before

Books Review, Aug. 18, 2006

Shriek: An Afterword

VandeerMeer first introduced Ambergris in an intriguing series of novellas, collected as City of Saints and Madmen. This is his first full-length novel set in the mythical city.

Books Review, Jun. 30, 2006

Little Underground Worlds

Mary Harron on 'Bettie Page'

Screens Feature, Apr. 21, 2006

Monster Island

Zombies are inherently boring

Books Review, Apr. 21, 2006

The Notorious Irving Klaw

My grandfather's photography studio made him rich and Bettie Page famous. It also made him into a target for Fifties censors. So, what has director Mary Harron made of him?

Screens Feature, Mar. 10, 2006


The American-born, Australian-educated Kris Saknussemm has created the most original novel of the year with this wildly imaginative near-future satire

Books Review, Nov. 25, 2005

The Girl in the Glass

In Jeffrey Ford's 'The Girl in the Glass', reality is a con, at least according to illegal Mexican immigrant Diego, his foster father Thomas Schell, and ex-circus strongman Antony Cleopatra

Books Review, Aug. 12, 2005

The Plot: The Secret Story of the Protocols of the Elders of Zion

In his afterword, historian Stephen Eric Bronner describes The Plot as "a fitting legacy [to] a long and distinguished career." I couldn't agree more.

Books Review, Jun. 10, 2005

Batman the Animated Series: Volume 2 and Superman the Animated Series: Volume 1

The 1990s were a golden era for intelligent, uniquely designed superhero animation series

Screens Review, Mar. 11, 2005

The Coyote Kings of the Space Age Bachelor Pad

Afro-Canadian political activist, poet, and playwright Minister Faust's first novel, The Coyote Kings of the Space Age Bachelor Pad, begins at the end.

Books Review, Aug. 20, 2004

Summer Reading

In Texas

Books Feature, May. 28, 2004

The Portrait of Mrs. Charbuque

Books Review, Jun. 28, 2002

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