Daily Archives: November 21, 2012

Apocalypse November: Guest Blogger Richard Crouse On Stalker

Once again, we’re hugely honoured to have Canadian film critic, television and radio personality and author Richard Crouse join us, this time as part of Apocalypse November. Richard, whose great new book Raising Hell: Ken Russell and the Unmaking of The Devils is available from our good friends at ECW Press, chose to highlight the Andrei Tartovsky film Stalker. In a sad coincidence, just a few days after writing this piece we found out that, Boris Strugatsky, co-writer of the original story which became Stalker, had passed away at the age of 79. We post this in his memory.

“The Zone wants to be respected. Otherwise it will punish.” — Stalker (Alexandr Kajdanovsky) in Stalker: A Film by Andrei Tartovsky.

Patience, we were all told as a child, is a virtue. It’s a virtue that will stand you in good stead while watching the sprawling 163 minutes of Stalker (Russian title: Сталкер), a punishing but fascinating Russian art sci-fi film.

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There’s No Inoculation Against This Retrovirus On The Wednesday Run – November 21, 2012

It’s a new world, isn’t it, this twenty-first century? Facebook. Twitter. Linkedin. Blogs. This Pinterest thing that I’m not really understanding.

And comic books, that very twentieth of centuries method of visual storytelling that we all still love so much, well, it’s a new world for that kind of art form, too. Your computer, your tablet, your smart phone (my new iPhone – huzzah!) have seen to that. But as much as comic books are adapting to new ways of transmission, so too are comic book creators adjusting to new ways of creating.

Case in point: Kickstarter and the advent of today’s Retrovirus.

Yeah. Go ahead. Call the CDC. They’ll even tell you it’s so.  Read the rest of this entry

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