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Jim Black

A Forgotten Comic Creator

Sometimes, creators will fade into obscurity.  The characters might live on but, as time moves on, the person behind them fades from memory.  Let’s take a look at some of the creations of a former science fiction author.  See if you can guess who the writer is (I will reveal it at the end). During his …

INTERVIEW: Bryan Thomas Schmidt

Bryan Thomas Schmidt (http://bryanthomasschmidt.net)  is the author of the exciting new space opera trilogy: The Saga Of Davi Rhii.  Book 1, “The Worker Prince”, will be available on October 4, 2011.  In addition to his new book, Bryan has published numerous short stories and 1 serial (The North Star Serial).   In his “spare” time, he …

Spider-Man and the Art of Science Fiction

A young unemployed artist named Vincent was looking for work when he landed a job with Krantz Films.  He became the background artist for the Spider-Man cartoon. The director of the cartoon was Ralph Bakshi, who went on to do an animated movie version of The Lord of the Rings. Eventually, Vincent moved up to …

Larry Niven and the History of Green Lantern

With the Green Lantern movie in theaters, I thought it would be a good time to take a look at science fiction’s influence on the history of character. Back in the eighties, two worlds collided.  Green Lantern was a superhero whose comic was based more on the adventure pulps than science fiction.  Larry Niven was an …