Friday, January 30, 2015

Pop Culture Roundup: David Tennant; Norm Breyfogle

Former Dr. Who David Tennant follows in the footsteps of Christopher Eccleson and Karen Gillan to portray a Marvel Comics villain. He'll star as Zebediah Killgrave, a.k.a. the Purple Man on the studio's upcoming Netflix series, "Jessica Jones."
Killgrave, the Yugoslavian spy, was accidentally exposed to a chemical that turned his skin permanently purple and also gave him the ability to control others at will. He first appeared as a villain to Daredevil but his history with Jessica Jones is much darker and far more controversial. He kidnapped her while she was the superhero Jewel and forced her to do terrible things.

Her life as a superhero meets a tragic end, so the series will explore Jones while she rebuilds her life as a detective. This hopefully means any references to Killgrave and Jones’ past will be just that – references. Perhaps Killgrave will resurface and become a villain again but either way the writers will have to handle this with care, given the controversial realities of Killgrave in the comics.

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Fans of comics artist Norm Breyfogle have been rallying DC Comics to release a collection of  his Batman work in hopes it will generate attention and royalties for Breyfogle in the wake of a stroke. Now such a collection is on the way.
....DC Comics appears to have rushed solicitation of Legends of the Dark Knight: Norm Breyfogle, Vol. 1.
 
The 54-year-old artist was hospitalized in mid-December following a stroke that paralyzed his left side, including his drawing hand. Breyfogle has no health insurance, and his savings was eaten away by the hospital stay, leading his brother and sister-in-law to launch an online fundraising campaign to help pay for months of care and physical therapy.


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