Glen Weldon

Glen Weldon appears in the following:

After 25 Years, A Comics Publisher Pauses To Collect And Reflect

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Drawn and Quarterly, the Montreal-based publisher of comics and graphic novels, began life as a magazine, released in April of 1990. That first issue served as a de facto mission statement, laying out what the company would one day achieve on a grander scale – and what it would strive ...

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Pop Culture Happy Hour Small Batch: 'Sense8'

Tuesday, June 09, 2015

In this Small Batch edition of Pop Culture Happy Hour, I sat down with promising NPR up-and-comer Audie Cornish to discuss the new Netflix streaming science-fiction series, Sense8.

The show's about a group of 8 people scattered across the globe who suddenly become mentally and emotionally connected, and the hijinks ...

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Floating Eyeballs, Trained Bees: History's Most Cringeworthy Crusaders

Friday, June 05, 2015

Think about superheroes for a minute.

NO THANKS, you say. KIND OF SUPERHEROED OUT, you say. I'M TIRED OF BEING FORCE-FED AN ALL-SUPERHERO DIET IN MOVIES AND TV, SO ACTUALLY IT'D BE GREAT IF I COULD NOT THINK ABOUT THEM, AT ALL, FOR EVEN ONE LOUSY MINUTE, THANK YOU VERY ...

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Small Batch: 'Mad Max: Fury Road'

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Another sequel, another chance for Hollywood to hurl metal hither and yon and make with the flashy summer blockbuster blow-'em-ups. Yawn, right?

So you might think. But I asked Chris Klimek to help me unpack why so many critics are praising Mad Max: Fury Road as something altogether different. We ...

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Free Comic Book Day: A Guide To The Heroes, Musicians And Mutants

Friday, May 01, 2015

Another first Saturday in May, another blockbuster superhero movie set to bust our collective blocks, another Free Comic Book Day.

"What's Free Comic Book Day?" you ask, because you've managed to ignore the gallons of virtual ink I've spilled about it on this blog every year since 2009.

(No look ...

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The Comedy And Good Conversation Of Harris Wittels

Friday, February 20, 2015

Harris Wittels died Thursday. He was a stand-up comic, a television writer/producer, a musician, a frequent and dependably hilarious guest on comedy podcasts, and an author who unleashed the concept of the #humblebrag upon the cultural landscape.

He was 30 years old.

When anyone dies, our sadness is tinged with ...

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Wolverine's Death: Superheroes And The Cycle Of Eternal Return

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Nerd-about-town Glen Weldon explains to a non-comics-reading guy exactly what is up with the impending death of Wolverine. (That's not a spoiler; the miniseries is actually called Death of Wolverine.)

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A Hairy, Sardonic Fable In 'The Gigantic Beard That Was Evil'

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

(For stories are necessary lies.)

That statement comes as a seeming afterthought, tossed off at the bottom of the page toward the end of Stephen Collins' slyly exquisite graphic novel The Gigantic Beard That Was Evil. The book's absurdist narrative climax has come and gone, and in the quiet ...

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Cyborgs, Simpsons And Ticks: All About Free Comic Book Day

Friday, May 02, 2014

Here's the drill: This Saturday, May 3rd, is Free Comic Book Day. Walk into a comics shop (you can find the one nearest you at www.freecomicbookday.com/storelocator), and they will hand you some free comics.

Not any comics in the store, mind you, but a selection of comics specifically produced ...

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Moving Fables Of Gods, Men, Love And Monsters In 'Early Earth'

Tuesday, December 03, 2013

Despite its title, British writer and illustrator Isabel Greenberg's The Encyclopedia of Early Earth is not mere history, with its assiduous accounting of dusty facts, but is instead a compendium of funny, sad and surprisingly moving fables from the pre-history of a world that exists only in Greenberg's febrile imagination ...

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A Comic-Con Diary: The Final Day

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Monkey See contributor/longtime nerd Glen Weldon recently attended San Diego Comic-Con. He kept a diary during one of the largest media events in the world.

Saturday, 7:08 a.m. PT: After several minutes of technical glitches, I am taping an interview with Rachel Martin of NPR's Weekend Edition Sunday. I can't ...

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A Comic-Con Diary: The Eisner Awards

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Monkey See contributor/longtime nerd Glen Weldon recently attended San Diego Comic-Con. He kept a diary during one of the largest media events in the world.

8:28 p.m.: Jennifer and Matthew Holm are an adorable brother-sister team. They are standing at a podium less than 6 feet away from me and ...

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A Comic-Con Diary, Day 2: Man Of Steel, Man Of Urgency

Monday, July 22, 2013

Monkey See contributor/longtime nerd Glen Weldon recently attended San Diego Comic-Con. He kept a diary during one of the largest media events in the world.

9:30 a.m.: I file the Day 1 diary with Linda and send out a tweet asking Pop Culture Happy Hour listeners who are attending Comic-Con ...

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A Comic-Con Diary, Day One: Faces In The Crowd And A Book In The Middle

Friday, July 19, 2013

Monkey See contributor/longtime nerd Glen Weldon is headed to San Diego Comic-Con. He's filing periodic updates from one of the largest media events in the world.

Special note: If you're at SDCC, there will be an unofficial Pop Culture Happy Hour meetup in the Marina Bar at the Marriott Marquis ...

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A Comic-Con Diary, Day Zero, Part II: A Man Waits For A Batmobile On Preview Night

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Monkey See contributor/longtime nerd Glen Weldon is headed to San Diego Comic-Con. He's filing periodic updates from one of the largest media events in the world.

I am a 45-year-old man standing in line for a toy Batmobile.

The line begins at the Entertainment Earth booth in the 2300 section ...

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A Comic-Con Diary, Day Zero: A Nervous Man Ponders A Bag Of Sharp Objects

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Monkey See contributor/longtime nerd Glen Weldon is headed to San Diego Comic-Con. He's filing periodic updates from one of the largest media events in the world.

Glen and F's Apartment, Washington, DC.

4:00 a.m. ET: Alarm goes off.

4:05 a.m. ET: Alarm goes off.

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Theoretical Physicist Seeks Concrete Answers In 'Genius'

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Ted is a theoretical physicist facing a slew of resolutely concrete problems. His son is racing headlong into puberty. His daughter's prodigious intellect causes her to stand out at school — the very last thing the girl wants. His elderly father-in-law isn't remembering much, these days, save for the fact ...

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A Tale Of The Estranged And The Just Plain Strange In 'New School'

Thursday, July 04, 2013

Dash Shaw is a graphic novelist and animator whose previous books, including Bottomless Belly Button and Bodyworld, seethe with dark, mischievous intent. He sets out to unsettle, using the unique tools the comics medium provides to expose discomfiting truths about relationships both familial and romantic. A proud experimentalist, Shaw often ...

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Globetrotting Cartoonist Heads Home In 'User's Guide'

Thursday, June 27, 2013

It looks like a last-minute gift, like one of those tiny tomes that live near the register on the counter of your favorite bookstore, hoping to catch the attention (or at least the impulse) of shoppers in the check-out line. Given its digest-sized dimensions and jokey title, you'd be forgiven ...

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Women Find More Than They Bargained For In 'The Property'

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Israeli graphic novelist Rutu Modan's deceptively clear and simple line work — she can conjure a face in two dots and a single, expressive pen stroke — is a deliberate artistic choice. Narratively, Modan's work (including the acclaimed Exit Wounds and her Jamilti and Other Stories) lives in the realm ...

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