Archive for April, 2012

After the impressive attendance for Ghost World at our last screening, we here at Graphic Content decided to keep the second last film of our first season relatively grounded as well, before the big crazy finale next month that is! In that spirit, for May we’re offering up Canadian auteur director David Cronenberg’s adaptation of the 1997 graphic novel A History of Violence. Here’s your information about the screening, along with our awesome poster design from Erik Grice! Look how great it is!

A History of Violence poster

Tom Stall (Viggo Mortensen) is an average, middle class diner owner who is suddenly thrust into the public eye after stopping a brutal attack at his restaurant. The media attention he receives for this heroic action has an unintended consequence; a gangster from Philadelphia named Carl Fogarty (Ed Harris) insists that they have unfinished business together, namely the matter of his scarred eye.

Based on the 1997 graphic novel by John Wagner and Vince Locke, May’s Graphic Content selection is a meditation on the role of violence in our society, not to mention an inversion of one of comic-dom’s most sacred tropes, the secret identity.

Tuesday, May 15 at 9:15 PM. The movie is rated 18A and runs for 96minutes. Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for students/seniors. Metro Passes will be accepted. Box office opens at 8:30, so come on by early to check out the comics we’ve selected to go with the movie. RSVP on Facebook.

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For this month’s booklist, we chose to feature books that deal with some of the same issues that Daniel Clowes touched on in Ghost World, like teen angst, living in the modern world, and urban anomie. Enjoy them, if you’re into that sort of thing.

Ghost World cover

Ghost World: Special Edition (originally serialized 1993-1997)

The inspiration for this month’s screening, Ghost World is a classic tale of cynical young women struggling to stay sane in the face of dullness and decay. Enid Coleslaw and Rebecca Doppelmeyer have become much more than the characters in a comic book, by now they are the crystallization of a moment in time personified. In our current era of corporate control, rampant franchises and the Internet, it’s interesting to revisit how it felt at the moment these forces were only just beginning to seep into our everyday, meaningless existence.

Black Hole cover

Black Hole (originally serialized 1995-2005)

Imagine you live in an alternate universe, when instead of directing, say, M. Butterfly, Canadian director David Cronenberg instead helmed the good natured high school coming of age movie Dazed and Confused. And he was given free reign by the studio to add as much of his signature “body horror” as he wanted to. This Frankensteinian mash-up is perhaps the best way of quickly explaining the feel of Charles Burns’ Black Hole. It takes place in the Seattle suburbs of the 1970s, where a strange disease known only as “the Bug” is drastically changing the lives of local teenagers by making them grow new body parts. Where Ghost World makes its point about the distances people nowadays have between us somewhat subtly, the way in which it is difficult for real connections to be made is grossly apparent in Black Hole, as its social ostracism leaves very real marks.

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Local (originally serialized 2005-2008)

Megan Mckeenan is a restless wanderer, a vagabond. No matter where she goes she can’t seem to settle down and fit in, nor does she want to. She picks up various jobs and friends, but nothing sticks, so she moves on in search of another place to call home. In writer Brian Wood and illustrator Ryan Kelly’s Local, we follow Megan and she travels across North America looking for her place in the world. Made up of 12 individual but connected storieseach set in a different real life city, Local explores how the places we come from and live impact our lives and shape our identities. In Ghost World, Clowes explored the malaise and doldrums of the American suburbs on the teenage psyche; Local examines the effects of place on a much grander scale, examining one young girl’s life journey and how hard it is to escape where you come from.

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Ghost of Hoppers (originally published 2006)

Margarita “Maggie” Chascarillo is the manager of a seedy apartment building found somewhere in the San Fernando Valley. She’s not what she used to be, she’ s in her thirties now,  no longer an ace mechanic/punk rocker and occasional wrestling enthusiast. Now the only things she’s wrestling with are demons from her past, mostly the turbulent relationship she had with her now distant best friend/lover “Hopey” Glass. Ghost of Hoppers is a stand-alone entry from Jaime Hernandez’ half of his and his brothers’ comic odyssey Love and Rockets, one of the best series of all time. It shares with Ghost World a similar art style and worldview; at times you could imagine this as an end point to the friendship of Enid and Rebecca as well.

All these books will be on sale at Metro Cinema before and after our screening of Ghost World on April 17th at 9:00, as well as at Warp One Comics and Games all month afterwards.

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Phew! It’s been a busy month for the Graphic Content team: we traveled to Seattle for a bit of a vacation and to check out the Emerald City Comicon. Seattle is also home to Fantagraphics Books, “publisher of the world’s greatest cartoonists since 1976,” including Daniel ClowesGhost World, which was adapted to the screen by director Terry Zwigoff in 2001, with Clowes on screenwriting duties. Due to overwhelmingly popular demand from our Twitter followers, we’ve selected Ghost World as our April film!

Enid (Thora Birch) and Rebecca (Scarlett Johansson) are two alienated young women surviving life in a nameless, hellish American town. The two pseudo-intellectual outcasts connect with society in small yet profound ways: Rebecca finds out that she could become a talented artist after taking a mandatory class to graduate high school, while Enid begins a strange sort of relationship with Seymour (Steve Buscemi), a manager at a local fast food chain who is an avid record collector. Eventually, the girls must make some important decisions about where their lives are going, but will their future plans involve each other? The adaptation of Daniel Clowes’ seminal work, originally serialized in Eightball, is one of the most highly regarded comic book films ever made. Its approach to adolescence and the ennui felt by teenage girls growing up in modern suburbia makes it a must see!

Tuesday, April 17 at 9:00 PM. The movie is rated PG and runs for 108 minutes. Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for students/seniors. Metro Passes will be accepted. Box office opens at 6:15, so come on by early to check out the comics we’ve selected to go with the movie. RSVP on Facebook.

Hope to see you all there!

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