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Wizard World in the ATX
Austin gets on the comics convention circuit
DAILY Screens  January 6, 2010, by Richard Whittaker
"...In an e-mail to Shamus, Larry Nickels Jr. wrote, "There are many people that I know of personally who would love to attend the convention if it is returned to our great state."..."

Captains on Deck at Wizard World
Shatner and Bakula boldly go to Austin Comic Con
DAILY Screens  October 9, 2013, by Richard Whittaker
"...He laughed. "We are the first people ever on record to go to New Orleans to avoid a hurricane."..."

Wizard World: Wil Wheaton Versus the Burrito
'ST:TNG' star explains how Twitter helps bind the geekverse
DAILY Screens  October 27, 2012, by Richard Whittaker
"...He said, "Not everything in the world needs to be super-serious all the time. And I think it's very easy, especially as we have entered the silly season of the election, for people to take everything online so seriously." He called the Burrito Tweets"a contribution to the general positive silliness, to do things like that once in a while."..."

Wizard World: The Brothers of Destruction of 'The Walking Dead'
Reedus and Rooker talk hunting, fishing, and zombie killing
DAILY Screens  October 29, 2012, by Richard Whittaker
"...Rooker, no mean bowman himself, is a compound bow kind of guy. He said, "Usually people who shoot compounds and recurves, I don't want to say this, but they poop people who shoot crossbows..."

Levitation Live Shot: King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard
Australian crowd-surfing instigators stomp a tsunami
DAILY Music  May 2, 2016, by Libby Webster
"...Frantic sci-fi “Robot Stop” from brand new album Nonagon Infinity began the set, King Gizzard embarking on a cosmic journey of bizarro psych-punk-garage rock that possessed audience members with reckless abandon. Performing for just shy of an hour, the Melbourne septet incited a fun, riotous free-for-all where beer, glow sticks, shoes, and people were thrown across the crowd tirelessly..."

Wizard World: Five Reasons Why CM Punk Should Stay Champ
(or at least remain in the WWE title hunt)
DAILY Screens  October 28, 2012, by Richard Whittaker
"...The self-appointed voice of the voiceless remains brutally honest about certain aspects of the industry, like the WWE's seeming refusal to hire any women over the age of 25. He also took time to talk up current WWE US Champion Antonio Cesaro as one of the people to watch..."

Michael Sieben Illustrates a New Edition of 'The Wizard of Oz'
Austin's inkstained Okay Mountain man drops da Baum on us
DAILY Books  February 19, 2013, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"...Sieben will be introducing the gorgeous new tome at BookPeople at Sixth & Lamar this very night at 7pm, in fact. And who knows precisely what's in store for the man with the star-bright future after that?..."

Wizard World: The Wit and Wisdom of Patrick Stewart (Abridged)
Captain Picard talks Shakespeare, airline travel, and free drink
DAILY Screens  October 28, 2012, by Richard Whittaker
"...On loud talkers in planes: "I am a man of the people, but when it comes to air travel, to hell with the people."..."

Wizard World: Bernie Wrightson Versus Frankenstein
The comics legend defends the monster and blames the man
DAILY Books  October 27, 2012
"...For Wrightson, the monster is not evil. "Yes, he murdered people, but he didn't know any better..."

Wizard World: Star Trek's Marina Sirtis is a One Woman Bad Girl's Club
Counselor Troi on picking fights and scaring the boys
DAILY Screens  October 26, 2012, by Richard Whittaker
"..."I know some of the Voyager guys get together now and then, and I'm sure that happens with all the casts. I don't think any of the DS9 people keep in touch with one another, I have to be honest..."

Bruce Wagner: West Coast Wizard?
Is Updike's enthusiasm for Wagner warranted?
Books Story  January 25, 2002, by Roger Gathman
"...When Trina is not fashioning world-renowned landscape design, she spends much of her vast amounts of time cycling into and out of rehab places. In other words, these are the fabulous people..."

El Wizard Adrian Quesada's Multiplicity
Ex-Grupo Fantasma guitarist Adrian Quesada diversifies
Music Story  July 17, 2014, by Thomas Fawcett
"..."If I could make another five different records with people this year I would," he chuckles. "I like traveling, touring, and playing live, but my favorite thing in the world is to just make albums..."

The Wizard of Gore Returns
Herschell Gordon Lewis releases his inner Herschell Gordon Lewis
Screens Story  May 25, 2007, by Carson Barker
"..."Blood Feast wasn't an art film; it was a business venture," Lewis says. "I knew that many people would object to this kind of film, but I wanted it to affect enough people that wouldn't object to it so that it would turn a decent buck..."

Dark Side of the Potterverse
Brad Neely's 'Wizard People, Dear Readers' and the volatility of artistic alchemy
Screens Story  July 23, 2004, by Spencer Parsons
"...The God-Wheel of Fate has stopped for all these kiddies on Yes! Yes to life! And yes to magic! – Brad Neely, Wizard People, Dear Readers..."

Warner Bros.: Avada Kedavra, Healy
'Wizard People, Dear Readers,' Brad Neely's wonderfully wacked-out homage to 'Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone,' is no more
Screens Story  April 1, 2005, by Spencer Parsons
"...A little less than a year since the first public screenings, Warner Bros. has called the kibosh on performances of Brad Neely's Wizard People, Dear Reader, though no official legal action has been taken, and none appears imminent..."

Austin Gets the Geek Stamp of Approval
Wizard World Comic Con brings Lando, Lee, and the Centipede three to town
Screens Story  November 12, 2010, by Richard Whittaker
"..."Lee Majors hasn't done public appearances for 30 years, and for the first time ever, he'll appear with Lindsey Wagner." Is this a nostalgia trip? Absolutely and unashamedly so, Shamus said. "The shows really are a very emotional event for people..."

Oz the Great and Powerful
Neither a besmirching nor a instant classic, this sometimes clunky prequel in which James Franco plays the Wizard when he was a mere, young huckster also has Sam Raimi's ravishing visuals.
Film Review  March 8, 2013, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...”If you can make them believe, then you’re wizard enough,” says the witch Glinda (Williams) to the magician and con man Oz (Franco), who has been cast reluctantly as the prophesied savior of her people. Can the filmmakers, however, make the audience believe? That is the real question underlying Oz the Great and Powerful, and that question raises another: Is “wizard enough” good enough when you’re tinkering with a beloved movie classic?..."

The Present Beware! The Future Beware!
Austin animator Brad Neely drinks beer, hates British children
Screens Story  June 13, 2008, by Spencer Parsons
"...It's an odd recurring topic, British movie kids, but not entirely surprising given that Neely's two best-known works, Wizard People, Dear Reader and animated rap "Cox + Combes' Washington," unearth all manner of subtext from, respectively, the first Harry Potter movie's real chamber of secrets and the myth of our tallest founding father ("6-foot-20" and watching with disinterest as, just a few feet away, an English moppet is devoured by one of those lions that once roamed North America before Wal-Mart wiped them out). Laughing at the fortunes and misfortunes of rug rats from across the pond earned Neely enough attention for a cease-and-desist spell from the Dementors at Warner Bros..."

After Two-Year Hiatus Levitation Hits the Clubs
Droning on with Slowdive, Electric Wizard, Ian Svenonius, and Bedouine
Music Story  April 26, 2018, by Michael Toland, Dan Gentile, Tim Stegall and Rachel Rascoe
"...CS: Of course. We're quite melancholy people..."

Leaping Wizards
'Star Trek: The Next Generation' reunited cast, CM Punk, and 'Walking Dead' fresh kills gather at Wizard World Austin Comic Con
Screens Story  October 26, 2012, by Richard Whittaker
"...For him, Star Trek wasn't about exploring strange new worlds and seeking out new life and new civilizations. It was about, as Wheaton explained it, creator Gene Roddenberry's dream of "being able to work your way out of a problem when you have a whole bunch of people from different backgrounds and different lives and different belief systems all working together to improve life for everyone." That bright future beyond the solar system seems dim now, with the last space shuttle, Endeavor, a museum piece..."

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