Saturday, May 21, 2016

Comic books – concept to big-screen

Over the past few years, it has been a wonderful time to be a comic book fan! While there have always been the one-off movie series (i.e. Superman in the 1980s, the original Batman movies from 1989-1990s, the first Spiderman movies from early 2000s, and a dismal showing of not one, but 3 different Incredible Hulk movies), it seems Hollywood and the general public have now reached an insatiable pinnacle in their desire for more and more comic books brought to silver screen. This is leading to reboots of the original movies, as well as introducing characters and plot-lines heretofore only known to the most die-hard fans.

Lately, the tie-ins are exploding into so many entertainment mediums: television shows tying into current subscription comic book plot lines, tying into movies, which link into video games for a seamless plotline that can drive the average fan crazy in trying to follow. It is, indeed, a great time to be a comic book fan!

But how does all of this start? Here’s a few titles from the Holman Library collection to answer that question, and then some.

Filmish : a graphic journey through film / Edward Ross
Call Number: 741.4309 R823f 2015
ISBN: 9781910593035

Cult pop culture how the fringe became mainstream / Bob Batchelor
Call Number: 306.0973 C9683 2012
ISBN: 9780313357800

The comic book film adaptation : exploring modern Hollywood's leading genre / Liam Burke
Call Number: Available online
ISBN: 9781626745193

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