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The Squirrel King Aims For All-Ages Transmedia Artcraft

In our hypermediated millennium, it’s often (way) too easy to watch rather than make. The Squirrel King wants you to do [...]

Does The Daily Show's Jon Stewart Cower Before Power?

I have an editor at AlterNet who routinely puts me on the controversial path. He’s unleashed me on autism, tasers and much more. This time around, he asked me to look into The Daily Show, which has snarked truth to power since last century but has nevertheless displayed an unfortunate pattern of bowing down to [...]

We Really Need To Go Where Star Trek: The Next Generation Has Gone Before

Newest, Youngest Doctor Who Matt Smith Metamorphs Into Comics

I’m an old-school Doctor Who fan, who’s always loved its subversive sci-fi on television and in comics. The latest Time Lord is Matt Smith, who’s a hoot, who’s finally getting his comic-book close-up this month. I probed Doctor Who comics brainiac Tony Lee for details, for Wired.

Merlin‘s Magical Sci-Fantasy Catches Fire

One of my guilty television pleasures is the BBC’s reboot Merlin, which mashes Arthurian legend through the teen soap trope with surprisingly funny and rewarding results. I took the opportunity to chat up its chief wizard Colin Morgan for Wired as Merlin‘s satisfying third season finally crossed the pond and its collected second season hit [...]

Genndy Tartakovky Powers Up Sym-Bionic Titan

For animation and anime lovers, Genndy Tartakovksy is toon royalty. He’s made crossover kids’ stuff Dexter’s Laboratory and The Power Puff Girls, and more mature essentials like the award-winning Samurai Jack and Star Wars: The Clone Wars. Now he’s back at last after years working on films like Iron Man 2 with a whole new [...]

The Last Airbender Blows Controversial

M. Night Shyamalan’s cinematic compression of Nickelodeon’s stunning animated series Avatar: The Last Airbender has serious fandom boots to fill. And it needs much more time to fill them.

Like the Fire Nation’s obsessive, disgraced Prince Zuko, Shyamalan’s The Last Airbender, the first installment in a planned film trilogy, could use more patience and less tortured [...]