Feb. 08, 2012 | 5:56 p.m.
Yes, “The New Deadwardians” is another comic about vampires and zombies, but the new miniseries from Vertigo also throws in a generous helping of Sherlock Holmes and a dash of “Downton Abbey.” The miniseries follows Chief Inspector George Suttle, a lonely detective in post-Victorian England, where members of the lower class are zombies, and members of the upper class voluntarily become vampires to escape them. The first issue doesn’t come out until March but is previewed in the “Vertigo Preview 2012” free sampler, which hits comic stores today. “The New Deadwardians” is illustrated by I.N.J. Culbard and written by popular comics writer Dan Abnett. Culbard has made a name for himself in the comics world, turning classic books into graphic novels — among them Oscar Wilde’s “The Picture of Dorian Gray,” Arthur Conan Doyle’s “The Hound of the Baskervilles” and most recently H.P. […]
Sept. 14, 2011 | 3:30 p.m.
An Art Deco Los Angeles theater and a spooky short story are both celebrating their 80th anniversary this year. San Pedro’s Warner Grand Theatre and Rhode Island-born H.P. Lovecraft’s “The Whisperer in Darkness” may have never crossed paths, so to speak, in the days of their 1930s origins, but this weekend the two will be celebrated together at the H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival, haunting its way into Los Angeles for a second year. Kicking off Friday night, the festival is a celebration of the stories by the sci-fi/horror icon and adaptations of his work. This year’s festival will include screenings of short and feature films with many of the filmmakers in attendance, readings by Lovecraft-inspired authors and an exhibit of props and costumes from that timely adaptation of “The Whisperer in Darkness,” which was first published in “Weird Tales” magazine […]
Dec. 13, 2010 | 3:00 a.m.
A few years ago, Guillermo del Toro met with a number of video-game publishers to pitch an idea, but things didn’t go well. The fan-favorite director of such pictures as “Hellboy” and “Pan’s Labyrinth” found most companies weren’t interested in spending tens of millions of dollars to develop a completely original idea conceived by an outsider. “They were all very resistant and conservative,” Del Toro recalled. “It was like the worst version of a movie studio meeting.” Now, del Toro is one of the most in-demand directors in Hollywood and finally has found his home in the video-game world too. The filmmaker is partnering with THQ, a midsize Calabasas-based publisher still seeking its first big hit not based on a license, to create a trilogy of games called inSANE. Del Toro describes the games as “Lovecraftian horror adventure” with a […]