Artist at Work

Oct. 22, 2009 | 1:01 p.m.

Adam Byrne conjures up the dark magic of ‘H.P. Lovecraft’ [UPDATED]

ARTIST AT WORK: ADAM BYRNE This is the second installment of our new series Artist at Work, where we put the spotlight on a single artist and have a conversation about craft, inspiration and process. Last time it was Dean Haspiel, an established star of the New York scene, but for this edition the focus is on a building success story here in Southern California: Adam Byrne, whose vivid work on “The Strange Adventures of H.P. Lovecraft” has caught the eye of a lot of industry observers (myself included) as well as the attention of Ron Howard and Imagine Entertainment, who are now developing the property as a film. H.P. Lovecraft began skittering around the edges of Adam Byrne’s imagination at the start of this decade, which is why he jokingly calls “The Strange Adventures of H.P. Lovecraft” his “10-year overnight success.” It was in 2000 that Byrne crossed paths with […]
Sept. 22, 2009 | 12:27 p.m.

When Spike met Maurice: Bringing ‘Where the Wild Things Are’ to the screen

It seems like everyone at the Los Angeles Times wants to write for Hero Complex now, and I couldn’t be happier. This blog reached 1.2 million hits in July and is one of three finalists in the category on blogging commentary at the upcoming Online News Assn.’s Online Journalism Awards in San Francisco. One of the key reasons is the excellent exclusive content contributed by my fellow Times colleagues. Today, Chris Lee, a star writer for the Calendar section, writes up this conversation with Spike Jonze, who has some “Wild Things” on the horizon. – Geoff Boucher When bestselling children’s author Maurice Sendak contacted Spike Jonze at the start of this decade and broached the idea of a big-screen adaptation of his illustrated classic “Where the Wild Things Are,” the filmmaker demurred. The book was a childhood favorite for Jonze, but how could he possibly translate a sweet story of […]
Aug. 17, 2009 | 2:59 p.m.

Dean Haspiel and Billy Dogma’s broken heart

ARTIST AT WORK: DEAN HASPIEL This is the first installment of Artist at Work, something I’m hoping will be a semi-regular feature here at Hero Complex. Essentially, this will be a conversation with a comics artist about the craft and his or her process. I’m very happy to say we’re launching this with New York illustrator Dean Haspiel, who has done exceptional work in recent years on projects such as “The Alcoholic” with Jonathan Ames and “The Quitter” with Harvey Pekar. In October, Dean Haspiel will be one of 18 creators featured in the hardcover collection “The Act-I-Vate Primer,” which brings to the printed page the inspired spirit of Act-I-Vate Comix, the routinely outstanding Web-comics collective. Haspiel’s contribution is a story with his signature character, Billy Dogma, who this time around is reeling from a broken heart. It was a challenging and special story for Haspiel to put together but not […]
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