Glen Weldon

Glen Weldon appears in the following:

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 ...


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 ...


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.


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 ...


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 ...


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 ...


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 ...


Death Of A Puppy: An Exclusive Imaginary Excerpt From The 'Man Of Steel' Sequel

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

NPR has obtained [or invented, whatever] an excerpt of the draft script for Zack Snyder's much-rumored sequel to the hugely successful Man Of Steel. The script, which was found in a booth at the Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf on La Cienega, suggests that the distinctive tone set by Christopher ...


'Steel' Trap: Snyder's Superman, Between Worlds

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Take heart, ye spandex-haters: Zack Snyder's steroidal yet sensitive Man of Steel is not a superhero film.

Full disclosure: Over the past two years, this reviewer has spent a great deal of time thinking about superheroes in general and Superman in particular. Less than some, perhaps, but more — it's ...


My Favorite Superman Story: When Jimmy Olsen Created Beatlemania

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Hey, Monkey See readers. It's me, your old pal Glen. Look, I know you haven't seen me around these parts very much over the last year or so, but ...

Mm? What's that?

Why, yes, I have "put on a few," as you say. How nice of you to notice. ...


Graphic-Novel Gumshoe Rounds Up Unusual Suspects

Wednesday, May 08, 2013

Matt Kindt is a storyteller so fully in control of his gifts that his graphic novels — 3 Story, Revolver and others — read like quietly compelling arguments for the comics medium's narrative potential.

With his latest, the multilayered and slyly existential Red Handed, he assembles a mystery story that ...


Niffenegger Lets Fly With An Adult Fairy Tale In 'Raven Girl'

Thursday, May 02, 2013

In The Time Traveler's Wife, Audrey Niffenegger married her gently wry sensibility to a classic science-fiction conceit, and the result became a literary sensation — as much a tried-and-true staple of book-club culture as cheap malbec.

Now, with Raven Girl, Niffenegger sets out to create a new fairy tale bearing ...


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

Wednesday, May 01, 2013

This Saturday, May 4th, is Free Comic Book Day, the comics industry's annual attempt to sail out past the shallow, overfished shoals where Nerds Like Me lazily and inexpertly spawn, to instead cast their line into the colder, deeper waters where Normals Like You swim free, blissfully unconcerned about the ...


Stars In His Eyes, Sending Smoke Signals To Mars

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

In his slim but beguiling novel Equilateral, Ken Kalfus places us inside the heads of his characters with such deftness that the line between what is true and what they believe to be true fades to obscurity. It's no coincidence that the heads in question belong to scientists who pride ...


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

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Lucy Knisley eats better than you do.

Face it: she knows more than you about what makes food delicious and satisfying. She's a former cheesemonger who monged her odoriferous wares with verve and aplomb. She's spent her life in kitchens, and has developed the skills to prepare meals with passion ...


A Foolish Inconsistency: The Saga of 'Saga'

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

"Comics," a wise newspaper features editor once opined, back when the Earth had not yet cooled and icthyosaurs swam the turbid seas, "Aren't Just For Kids Anymore."

Her fellow editors, incredulous, seized upon this audacious truth. "Comics Aren't Just For Kids Anymore!," they intoned, seized with an evangelical fervor. "Comics ...


The Mundane World Illuminated In 'Hand-Drying In America'

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Ben Katchor's syndicated comic strips vary in subject — his Julius Knipl: Real Estate Photographer, for example, explores the surreal underside of our urban environment by documenting the inner lives of the spaces and storefronts we walk past every day, while The Cardboard Valise reads like a Fodor's guide to ...


'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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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 h...


Truth, Jawlines And The American Way: The Changing Face Of Superman

Thursday, December 01, 2011

Our comics blogger looks at the changing face of the Man of Steel, from his original smirk through his bad haircuts and flirtation with the '80s up to his newest incarnation.