Friday, February 20, 2015

Pop culture roundup: Dr. Seuss; Stan Lee; Adam West; Curt Swan; Elvis Costello; The Spirit

Move over, Harper Lee: A new Dr. Seuss book is on the way this summer.
...Geisel's manuscript with illustrations, called "What Pet Should I Get?," will be published July 28. The publisher also plans for at least two more books from materials discovered in the late author's La Jolla home in 2013.

A box filled with pages of text and sketches was found and set aside shortly after the author's death in 1991 when his widow, Audrey Geisel, was remodeling their home. It was rediscovered in fall 2013 by Audrey Geisel and the author's secretary.

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Stan Lee and Adam West are among the celebrities getting the Simpsons treatment in a new line of collectible figures.

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A 95th birthday salute to the great Curt Swan.

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Elvis Costello has an autobiography coming out next fall. Seeing as how he's among the most literate of pop stars, it could be a good read.
From his release, with The Attractions, of My Aim is True in 1976, Elvis Costello has been one of the most popular and genre-bending entertainers of our era. Born to a musical family outside of London and relocated to Liverpool, Costello created his own form of punk, became one of the first artists to exploit the newly-burgeoning MTV-Video world and managed to make himself a huge reputation in the UK and the U.S. through both his catchy tunes, provocative, poetic lyrics and more than a few instances of bad behavior. Now, having just turned sixty, Elvis is in the pantheon of elder statesmen musician/rockers, collaborating often with the likes of Paul McCartney, great ballet and opera companies, hip-hop groups, jazz ensembles while appearing frequently in venues like Carnegie Hall and on shows like David Letterman and Jimmy Fallon.
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Matt Wagner will pen a new ongoing comics series featuring Will Eisner's Spirit from Dynamite Comics.


"I discovered 'The Spirit' via the black-and-white, magazine-sized reprints of the mid-70s," Wagner said via press release. "It was the first time that I truly perceived sequential narrative as a legitimate art form, of the immense creative power of a comic-artist in his prime. I can honestly say that seeing and experiencing The Spirit in my formative years ultimately led to my career as a comics author. It's such an immense thrill and a professional honor to have the chance to contribute to Will Eisner's legacy on the milestone 75th anniversary of his most influential and iconic character."

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