San Francisco International Film Festival 57: The quirky, the scary, and the creepy

San Francisco International Film Festival 57: The quirky, the scary, and the creepy

sfiff57The 57th Annual San Francisco International Film Festival starts on April 24 with more than 100 films spanning two weeks. The more than 100 films screening at SFIFF captures the whole gamut of film genres from documentaries to dramas to the downright creepy. This post is mostly interested in the latter. Below you’ll find five films from this year’s film festival that will leave cinephiles with…

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Presidio Trust’s Lucas Arts Cultural Museum decision opens door for Chicago

Presidio Trust’s Lucas Arts Cultural Museum decision opens door for Chicago

The Lucas Cultural Arts Museum, once a leading candidate for a coveted spot in The Presidio of San Francisco, may be heading to Chicago. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has begun pulling out all of the stops to convince the Star Wars director that the Windy City is the right place for the proposed cutting edge multimedia arts museum.

For more than two years the Presidio Trust considered proposals on…

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Signing: East of West’s Nick Dragotta at Escapist on April 12

Signing: East of West’s Nick Dragotta at Escapist on April 12

The always affable Nick Dragotta, who’s currently blowing minds dragottaillustrating East of West, will be signing at Escapist Comics, 3090 Claremont Street in Berkeley, this weekend. Dragotta will be making his in-store appearance on April 12 at 3 p.m. and Escapist will have a number of East of West issues with blank covers on hand for those who desire  illustrations.

Wednesday saw the second East of…

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Exhibit: Celebrate Giant Robot with little robots at OMCA

Exhibit: Celebrate Giant Robot with little robots at OMCA

SuperAwesome

SuperAwesome

The 20th anniversary of the Asian-American pop arts and culture magazine Giant Robot is coming to the Oakland Museum of California in the form of a three month long exhibit. To kick off the exhibit the museum and magazine will be hosting a “preview” party on April 18 which will feature music, food, art and much more. As part of the exhibit Giant Robotwill be unveiling a series of…

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Signing: Paul Jamison at Mission: Comics and Art April 9

Paul Jamison will be signing copies of Paragon at Mission: Comics and Art, 3520 20th Street in San Francisco, at 5 p.m. on April 9. The independently published title is wholly unique in both concept and paragonpresentation. Jamison released two versions of the first issue. The first version of issue one tells the story with pure exposition providing frames for the striking painted visuals of Godfrey…

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The case against a shared Spider-Man/X-Men/MCU Universe, part two

The case against a shared Spider-Man/X-Men/MCU Universe, part two

Oh right. Spider-Man once had six arms. That happened.

Oh right. Spider-Man once had six arms. That happened.

Contrary to the possible misrepresentationof Sony Co-Chair Amy Pascal’s comments, an expanding Universe based solely around Spider-Man has a great deal of potential. Yes, there is a risk of Spidey exhaustion (although the reboot being so successful in spite of it being less than five years after the Raimi trilogy suggests otherwise), but I…

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The case against a shared Spider-Man/X-Men/MCU Universe, part one

The case against a shared Spider-Man/X-Men/MCU Universe, part one

Silver Surfer

Silver Surfer

My life’s been better since I learned to stop worrying and accept the Marvel films rights status quo. If all of the heroes were under the Disney/Marvel roof it’d be unlikely we’d see as many Marvel heroes on the big screen in a single year as we do now. Theoretically, if Disney/Marvel had X-Men, Fantastic Four, and Spider-Man they’d be less likely to start gambling on films like…

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Bay Area Comic Crowdfunding: The Rattler

Bay Area Comic Crowdfunding: The Rattler

The Rattler prismatic

The Rattler prismatic

Why did I invest in the Kickstarter for Jason McNamara and Greg Hinkle’s horror graphic novel The Rattler? Because if I’m going to trust anyone to put out a solid horror comic it’s going to be the guy who says he writes graphic novels because he wants “every child in America to believe Two-Face wants to chop them into little pieces.”  Bonus: It includes an artist who went on

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