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Darryl 'DMC' McDaniels On Run-DMC

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Darryl "DMC" McDaniels is best known for being one third of the legendary hip hop trio Run-DMC -- famous for marrying rap and rock on tracks like “Walk This Way” and “It’s Tricky.” But these days, DMC is also marrying his passion for rap with his longstanding love of comic books. We talk with DMC about his new comic book imprint, called Darryl Makes Comics, which launches in January. 

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Soundcheck

Leaving New York; Darryl 'DMC' McDaniels' Makes Comics; White Denim Plays Live

Thursday, October 17, 2013

In this episode: In 1967, Joan Didion penned "Goodbye To All That," an influential essay about leaving New York City for the West Coast. Four decades later, New Yorkers are still grappling with the realities of life in the expensive and rapidly evolving city. Sari Botton, the editor of a new collection of essays titled Goodbye To All That, talks about loving and leaving New York.

Then, Darryl "DMC" McDaniels, a founding member of rap's first mainstream sensation, talks about life in Run-DMC, his new comic book company -- Darryl Makes Comics -- and his struggle with a vocal disorder. 

And the Austin-based garage-rock band White Denim perform new songs from its latest record Corsicana Lemonade in the Soundcheck studio.

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A Comic-Con Diary: The Eisner Awards

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Glen Weldon gets the stink eye from a legend of the comics industry, enjoys hijinks onstage, and has to pee in the middle of the ceremony.

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Slate Culture Gabfest

The Culture Gabfest: The "Hurry Up with My Damn Croissants" Edition

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Slate's culture critics Stephen Metcalf, Dana Stevens, and June Thomas discuss Kanye West's "Yeezus" with Forrest Wickman and Zack Snyder's "Man of Steel" with Glen Weldon. Also, they weigh the virtues of ambivalence.

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My Favorite Superman Story: When Jimmy Olsen Created Beatlemania

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Glen Weldon gives close attention to a story from what he calls "Superman: The Crazypants Years."

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Comikaze: Not Just The Other Comic Convention

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Dissatisfied with the scope and costs of the biggest fan convention in the country, one fan started a new gathering of her own, and she quickly brought some big names in to help out.

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New Jersey News

Auctioning Comics to Restore Jersey Shore Staple Post-Sandy

Tuesday, May 07, 2013

Comics have always been a big deal to the men in Brick Wenzel’s family. But when Sandy devastated his home and his business, Wenzel realized that the books had more than sentimental value – they had quite a bit of monetary value as well.

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Armor And Anxiety: Tony Stark Is The New Captain America

Monday, May 06, 2013

The latest Iron Man installment continues an argument begun in last summer's The Avengers about two very different kinds of American exceptionalism.

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Which Comics Should I Get? Your Free Comic Book Day Cheat Sheet

Wednesday, May 01, 2013

Our comics blogger rounds up a long list of comics you may be able to find for free this weekend at your local comics shop and tells you which ones might work best for you.

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Superheroines, Fighters, And Why Isn't There A Wonder Woman Movie?

Monday, April 15, 2013

A new documentary examines the history of women warriors and asks why we haven't had our Wonder Woman movie yet.

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Cook, Illustrated: A New Graphic Novel That Live-to-Eat Types Will Savor

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Cartoonist Lucy Knisley's culinary memoir/graphic novel Relish: My Life in the Kitchen is the work of a food enthusiast, not a food snob; she shares her love of delicious meals with an easy charm that'll send you into the kitchen.

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A Foolish Inconsistency: The Saga of 'Saga'

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Our comics blogger examines the controversy surrounding the decision not to release an issue of the popular SAGA series for Apple devices.

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Radiolab

Don't Go Near The World's Champion Rainbow Watcher. It's Mean. Very Mean.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

The Oatmeal

A few months ago on Radiolab, we did an hour on color, which included a segment on rainbow watching. We imagined a man, a dog, a sparrow and a butterfly all gazing at the same rainbow and we asked: How many colors does each see?

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The Takeaway

Debunking the Corrupting Effects of Comic Books

Thursday, February 21, 2013

It was 1954 and Dr. Fredric Wertham was testifying before Congress. "Are there any bad effects of comic books?  I may say here on this subject there is practically no controversy," he said. "Anybody who has studied them and seen them knows that some of them have bad effects."

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Chris Ware's Building Stories

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Chris Ware talks about Building Stories, a box set of a decade’s worth of work. As seen in the pages of The New Yorker, The New York Times and McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern, Building Stories is a set of comics that imagine the inhabitants of a three-story Chicago apartment building. Ware has been broadening the boundaries of what comics can be and what kinds of stories they can tell.

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WNYC News

'Take This Job And Planet!': Why Clark Kent Quit His Day Job

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Now that Clark Kent's abandoning print journalism for the web, our comics blogger ruminates on the reasons for his decision, and wonders where it might lead.

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WNYC News

Comic Con Descends on New York City

Friday, October 12, 2012

Costumed superheroes and villains, comic book lovers, sci-fi fans and video game avatars will descend on the Javits Center this weekend for New York Comic Con. Industry-watchers will be keeping a close eye out to see what trends will emerge from the second largest comic convention in the country.

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The Takeaway

Creations, Myths, and the Untold Story of Marvel Comics

Tuesday, October 09, 2012

Good guys, bad guys, and enforcers of the American way. No, we’re not talking about politics. We’re talking about comic book heroes! And specifically those from the multi-billion dollar powerhouse, Marvel Comics. The history of Marvel and its heroes is laid bare in the new book "Marvel Comics: The Untold Story." Sean Howe is the author. 

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Annotations: The NEH Preservation Project

Senate Subcommittee on Juvenile Delinquency: Wertham Versus Gaines On Decency Standards

Monday, August 27, 2012

WNYC

The investigation continues! The evils of horror comics are explicated by two contrasting witnesses, Dr.  Fredric Wertham, a reserved psychiatrist, and William Gaines, the chief purveyor of such lurid publications as The Haunt of Fear, The Vault of Horror, and Tales From the Crypt

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WNYC News

Catharsis In A Cape: On Comic-Book Heroes And Real-World Violence

Friday, July 20, 2012

In the wake of the Aurora massacre, our comics blogger explores the meaning of the violence that's such an integral part of the Batman mythos — and suggests that in the face of real horror, our fictional heroes mean more than ever.

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