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October 01, 2012

Hero Complex: The future begins now

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Jeffrey Jones as Criswell in Tim Burton’s “Ed Wood.” (Touchstone Home Video)

“Greetings, my friends – We are all interested in the future, for that is where you and I are going to spend the rest of our lives.”

– Criswell, “Plan 9 From Outer Space”

Welcome to the new iteration of Hero Complex. Well, not entirely new, as we’ll continue to bring genre fans the smartest possible stories from the worlds of science fiction, fantasy and horror across all media – film, TV, comic books, video games, literature and the Web. But what is new is me – I am delighted to now be the lead writer and editor of Hero Complex. I thought it appropriate to take a quick minute to introduce myself.

I grew up in Indianapolis, and every Friday night, my dad and I would stay up watching late-night monster movies hosted by local ghoul Sammy Terry (and his pet rubber spider George). My dad was also the person who took me to see “Star Wars” in a neighborhood theater when I was probably far too young to go – being a fundamentally responsible parent, he also was willing to leave the movie when I got scared during the cantina scene. Fortunately, we tried again a few weeks later, and I was hooked. I still have the Han Solo action figure I carried with me for a lot of years during grade school, though it would probably take me a minute to find it.

My passion for fantastic tales has never wavered. It led me to launch a horror magazine called Wicked — during its brief life, I had the chance to spotlight some of the people who most inspire me — Clive Barker, Neil Gaiman, Tim Burton, among them. And some of you might have noticed that I’ve contributed as a writer to Hero Complex for a while as well, interviewing filmmakers including Sam Raimi, Guillermo del Toro and, yes, Burton (most recently about his upcoming return to stop-motion, “Frankenweenie”). I’ve also written quite frequently about “True Blood” and “The Walking Dead,” and I’ve even turned in a couple of book reviews and an essay here or there.

Me, with a couple of very famous faces on the set of “The Muppets” last year.

With Geoff Boucher moving on to the next phase of his career, Hero Complex, too, is embarking on a new future, which means you’ll be hearing from me far more frequently, and probably seeing me, too, at IMAX screenings of new films and other events around town, not to mention Comic-Con International in San Diego next July.

I can’t tell you how much I’m looking forward to the future. Hope to see you there.

– Gina McIntyre

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