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Utah Haunted Houses

Thrills and chills at scary attractions

By Trevor Hale
POSTED // Oct 3,2011 - You might think that if you’ve seen one haunted house, you’ve seen them all—but that’s not entirely true. Though there are common themes, no two haunts are exactly the same.

Comics

Event Fatigue

Comics publishers trot out still more universe-changing —and wallet-lightening—plot developments.

By Trevor Hale
POSTED // Mar 28,2011 - Big, company-wide event comics have long been a standard of the industry.

Comics

Comics: Lessons Learned

What the comics world taught me in 2010.

By Trevor Hale
POSTED // Dec 22,2010 - Another year gone and another box full of comics packed away. Before we move to 2011, there are a few things I noticed...

Comics

Derek Hunter is a Fuck

A local comic-book creator's new book reveals his past life as a jerk.

By Trevor Hale
POSTED // Sep 13,2010 - Despite the title of his new book, Derek Hunter is actually a stand-up guy. But before marriage, babies and ...

Comics

Comic Books on the iPad

Comic Bytes: The move to digital could forever change comic-book collecting.

By Trevor Hale
POSTED // Aug 16,2010 - I love comics. I love the way that a good writer can take his time crafting a long-form story combining subtext, bold ideas and Batman fighting the Joker.

Comics

The Rocketeer: The Complete Adventures

Jet Set: Dave Stevens’ Rocketeer tales are finally gathered in one place.

By Trevor Hale
POSTED // Jun 23,2010 - In 1981, Steve Schanes—publisher of Pacific Comics—approached Dave Stevens about filling the back six pages of an upcoming book ...

Comics

Comics to Movies

Graphic Designs:Comics and graphic novels—even obscure ones—become perfect movie fodder.

By Trevor Hale
POSTED // Apr 14,2010 - In the early 1990s, Joe Eszterhas scribbled a movie concept on a cocktail napkin and sold it for millions of dollars ...

Comics

The Chill, Siege, Kick-Ass

Cold Pulp: The Chill overtalks its attempt at detective noir.

By Trevor Hale
POSTED // Mar 10,2010 - Starr makes an admirable jump from prose to comics, but needs a little more practice. It's clear that he would love to flesh out all of the characters and small details with densely written passages, but...

Comics

Comic Books 2009

A rundown of the best comic books of 2009.

By Trevor Hale
POSTED // Jan 13,2010 - From the Big Two publishers all the way down to the unknown independents, 2009 was a solid year for comics ...

Comics

Scalped

No Reservations: Scalped joins the ranks of classic Vertigo titles.

By Trevor Hale
POSTED // Nov 11,2009 - The world is a terrible place full of bad people—and Vertigo Comics wants to keep it that way.

Comics

Marvel’s Ultimate Universe: Is it in good hands?

Another complete reboot of the comic begs the question, “Why?”

By Trevor Hale
POSTED // Aug 26,2009 - The old adage goes, "If it ain't broke, don't fix it"—and comics used to swear by it. For years, things in the big two (Marvel and DC) universes stayed ...

Comics

Re-Bored

Just like we thought: A dead character returns— and way too soon.

By Trevor Hale
POSTED // Jul 22,2009 - It was bound to happen. Sure, it’s an integral part of the medium—and a basic component of serial storytelling—but still, it’s just too soon.

Comics

Northlanders

Norse Star: Brian Wood explores the breadth of the Viking world in Northlanders.

By Trevor Hale
POSTED // May 27,2009 - One aspect that makes the book unique is that even though it is a monthly, ongoing series, there's no central character. Each story focuses on a new protagonist, a new location and sometimes even a different era ...

Comics

Motion Sustained

Spider-Woman heralds a new era of comics moving—literally—online.

By Trevor Hale
POSTED // Apr 1,2009 - It’s a rough time to be in the print business. Newspapers are closing all over the country. Magazines are cutting staff every week, and electronic books are becoming so popular that ...

Books

Ellis in Wonderland

By Trevor Hale
POSTED // Feb 13,2009 - Avatar Press seems to let Warren Ellis do whatever he wantsand fortunately, just about everything he decides to do is fantastic. Ellis has a way to packing more story into a single issue than most writers can fit in six, and his line of graphic novellas is the perfect example.

Arts & Entertainment

Comics | Comics Reliefs: Forget 2008’s Crisis/Invasions and check out the year’s finest work.

By Trevor Hale
POSTED // Jan 7,2009 - Just like that, 2008 is gone already. It seems like just yesterday comic-book fans were on the edge of their seat anticipating whether it would be Final Crisis or Secret Invasion that ruled the industry. But since the new year has arrived with the slate wiped clean, here’s a look back at the year that was. nnnBest Writer: Matt Fraction—He’s been a fringe player for the past coupl...

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Comics | Keeping Watch: A new book explores the birth of a landmark graphic novel series.

By Trevor Hale
POSTED // Dec 17,2008 - In the mid-1980s, comic books began trying to move farther away from the campy, “gee whiz” attitude that had been associated with the genre for years. Companies were reaching out to new, edgier creators looking for ways to revitalize the industry. For DC, this meant plucking talent from a British comic magazine called 2000 AD. This, of course is where they got wind of artist Dave Gibbo...

Music Articles

Just Like Coming Home: Starkweather finally make their way to Utah.

By Trevor Hale
POSTED // Dec 3,2008 - Way back in 1991, a then-16-year-old Troy Trujillo got hold of a demo tape (remember those?) from a Philadelphia-based metal band called Starkweather. The tape was rough, but the band made a lasting impression on the local youth. n“I was listening to more ‘youth crew’ style bands at the time like Bold, Youth of Today and Judge, but I remember the Starkweather tape being far more ...

Music Articles

Marching On: Fear Before start again with a clean slate and a new album.

By Trevor Hale
POSTED // Oct 22,2008 - Most bands feel the need to reinvent their identity at one point or another. Sometimes the change comes on the heels of a disappointing record or a disastrous tour. Other times, though, it comes after a few too many member shake-ups force the band to re-evaluate what direction they’re headed in and whether or not they want to stray from the beaten path. That’s exactly the kind of minds...

Comics

Comics | Blinded With Science: Doktor Sleepless serves up a densely plotted vision of a bleak future.

By Trevor Hale
POSTED // Sep 10,2008 - Warren Ellis—one of the most prolific writers in the comic industry—has written just about every kind of book imaginable, spanning genres with the greatest of ease. The one thing he’s been threatening to do for years but just never...

Comics

Comics | Stop the Presses: Comic-book companies struggle with meeting monthly deadlines vs. maintaining quality

By Trevor Hale
POSTED // Aug 13,2008 - Despite the media obsession with movies and television shows at last month’s San Diego ComicCon, a few people still attended for the comic-book side of the show. Both Marvel and DC hosted multiple panels to give fans insight into what they can expect...

Music Articles

Music | Take It Back: Salt Lake City’s Reviver chart a new course of action

By Trevor Hale
POSTED // Jul 16,2008 - In George Orwell’s 1984, “versificator” was a machine that produced literature, film, newspapers and music. The primary goal: to provide something creative for the masses, so that no one ever actually engaged in creative thought. Reviver—one...

Comics

Comics | World of Noir Craft: Criminal revives hard-boiled pulp of decades past

By Trevor Hale
POSTED // May 28,2008 - Old pulp stories and film noir are two of my favorite forms of entertainment. Each time I end up at a yard sale, an antique shop or a thrift store, I find myself combing the aisles in hope of finding another paperback gem for my collection. Ed Brubaker...

CD Reviews

Music | Local CD Revue: Ascend Ample Fire Within

By Trevor Hale
POSTED // May 21,2008 - Local guitar god Gentry Densley has been a staple of the Salt Lake City indie/hardcore scene for nearly 20 years and has never ceased to amaze. Playing guitar for the likes of the legendary Iceburn, Form of Rocket and, more recently, Eagle Twin, he continues...

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Comics | War of the Blockbusters: Comics’ Big Two publishers square off with universe-redefining series

By Trevor Hale
POSTED // Apr 30,2008 - Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the Big Summer Showdown! Just as movie theaters are gearing up for blockbusters, comic shops everywhere are preparing for the Big Two publishers—Marvel and DC—to go head-to-head with huge, status quo-changing...

Comics

Comics | XX Rated: Y: The Last Man: One man plus a world of women equals one gripping finale

By Trevor Hale
POSTED // Mar 5,2008 - Sometimes the concept for a story is so simple and obvious that it’s a wonder no one has thought of it before. That’s the exact mindset that collectively popped up five years ago when Brian K. Vaughan and Pia Guerra unveiled Y: The Last Man....

Music Articles

Music | New York hardcore legends Earth Crisis pick up where they left off

By Trevor Hale
POSTED // Mar 5,2008 - In 2001, in their hometown of Syracuse, N.Y., reigning hardcore kings Earth Crisis took the stage for the last time. They had been together for more than a decade, released 10 albums and helped usher in a new era of hardcore that would last long after...

Music Awards

SLAMMys 2008 | DIY Route: Tour on your own dime and your own time

By Trevor Hale
POSTED // Feb 13,2008 - << Back to SLAMMYS page Being part of a touring band is a double-edged sword; it’s some of the most fun you’ll ever have, but it can also be the most stressful thing you’ll ever do. There are a lot of factors that can make or...

Comics

Comics | Forward Thinking: A look at what’s in store in the comics world in 2008

By Trevor Hale
POSTED // Jan 30,2008 - With 2007 and all the “best of the year” columns left safely in the past, it’s time to look ahead and see what kind of great stories will be told throughout the comics community this coming year. The hype machine has already been set...

Arts & Entertainment

Comics | World’s Finest: A look at the best in comics from 2007

By Trevor Hale
POSTED // Dec 26,2007 - Another year in comics has come and gone. The Civil War ended, the Countdown began and the Internet trolls always had something to complain about. But all in all, it was a good year for comics. Here are a few of the highlights. Best Writer: Ed Brubaker....

Arts & Entertainment

Comics | Spidey’s Web: As comics head online, retailers face an uncertain future

By Trevor Hale
POSTED // Dec 5,2007 - Minutes after opening the door, Black Cat Comics is already full of customers eager for their weekly fix of comics. It takes three employees to keep things running smoothly, but owner Greg Gage handles it like a seasoned veteran and is sure to greet everyone...

Arts & Entertainment

Comics | Pros and Cons: Salt Lake City launches its own hype-free comic-book convention.

By Trevor Hale
POSTED // Nov 7,2007 - The phrase “comic-book convention” generally inspires negative images similar to the sentiment once expressed by Henry Rollins: “a bunch of dudes that never got laid in high school.” Any time an entertainment news show, or the...

Arts & Entertainment

Fan Diego

Comics: Braving the Comic-Con crowds to learn what’s coming in 2008.

By Trevor Hale
POSTED // Aug 8,2007 - On the last weekend in July this year, 100,000 fanboys (and a surprising number of fangirls) descended in swarms upon the San Diego Convention Center to take part in one of the industry’s biggest events: Comic-Con. Three of the four days were sold...

Arts & Entertainment

Warren Piece

The talented'and prolific'Warren Ellis keeps re-inventing the comic-book medium.

By Trevor Hale
POSTED // Jul 11,2007 - Writing is a fun way to make a buck but, in order to make a living at it, it’s usually necessary to think outside the box. Something is needed to hook the reader'a new spin on old clichés like “thinking outside the box.” Warren Ellis has...

Arts & Entertainment

If You Could Read My Mind

The psychic world of Small Gods isn’t just a Minority Repeat.

By Trevor Hale
POSTED // Jun 11,2007 - In a world where roughly 63 million people have psychic abilities, the government has regulated telepathy, requiring telepaths to register or face hard prison time. That doesn’t stop everyone, however, which makes life for the characters in Jason...

Arts & Entertainment

Scriptures Illustrated

Mike Allred’s The Golden Plates is as sluggish as it is sacred.

By Trevor Hale
POSTED // Jun 11,2007 - Mike Allred has been a staple of the comics industry for more than 10 years. He’s contributed to heavy hitters like Batman, Spider-Man and Fantastic Four, as well as creating his own books, such as Madman. He was recently the artist on X-Statix,...

Arts & Entertainment

New York Storybook

Fairy tales come to life in modern-day Manhattan in Bill Willingham’s compelling Fables.

By Trevor Hale
POSTED // Jun 11,2007 - Imagine all the fairy tale characters you’ve ever read about and loved have been forced violently out of their homeland by a great war, that an evil force known only as the Adversary has waged battle on “a thousand separate kingdoms spread...

Arts & Entertainment

Animal Magnetism

It’s hard to resist the creative pull of We3.

By Trevor Hale
POSTED // Jun 11,2007 - Once in a while, in any form of entertainment, there comes a truly unforgettable moment that has a lasting impact on the medium—something that lets the audience know that they’re in for something brand new, and they better hold on to their...

Arts & Entertainment

Miller Time

A look at the career of Sin City’s groundbreaking creator.

By Trevor Hale
POSTED // Jun 11,2007 - The term “heavyweight” gets thrown around a lot, and only once in a while does someone live up to the title, making such an impact that everyone else in his field takes notice. In the case of comics, one of the few heavyweights is Frank Miller....

Arts & Entertainment

DC United

Something big is brewing in the entire DC Universe in Countdown to Infinite Crisis.

By Trevor Hale
POSTED // Jun 11,2007 - In 1985, DC Comics unleashed an event that would forever change its Universe. DC’s continuity had become so cluttered over the years that they needed something to make everything coherent and accessible for new readers, and to get rid of all the...

Arts & Entertainment

Action Packed

Casanova delivers the espionage goods'at times, too many of them.

By Trevor Hale
POSTED // Jun 11,2007 - The comic industry was built upon a steady diet of superheroes, and that’s what most people think when they hear the term “comic book.” But every so often, a writer shows up like Matt Fraction, who’s not afraid to try something...

Arts & Entertainment

Mane Event

Pride of Baghdad is a compelling animal allegory for war-torn Iraq.

By Trevor Hale
POSTED // Jun 11,2007 - After three plus years of hearing them, another story set around a war-torn Iraq isn’t exactly breaking new ground. In order to pull it off, a writer needs to find a device which, if not wholly original, is at least intriguing enough to get anyone...

Arts & Entertainment

Cape Fear

With The Boys, Garth Ennis’ superhero-mocking is wearing a little thin.

By Trevor Hale
POSTED // Jun 11,2007 - Garth Ennis hates Superman. In fact, he hates pretty much all superheroes. He’s been steadily writing comics for every major publisher for the past 20 years but he still can’t resist ridiculing spandex and capes and he’s more than happy...

Arts & Entertainment

Media Plague

Jonathan Hickman launches an innovative anti-heroic attack on The Nightly News.

By Trevor Hale
POSTED // Jun 11,2007 - As the old saying goes, one man’s hero is another man’s villain. The Nightly News tries to play that notion for all it’s worth but sometimes loses focus on who’s who. In this political thriller-style comic, Jonathan Hickman gives...

Arts & Entertainment

Six From ’06

A recap of some super'and not so super'comics from the year we’ve left behind.

By Trevor Hale
POSTED // Jun 11,2007 - 2006 was a year full of Crises and Civil Wars, and a great time to be a comic fan. Here’s the best of the best from the past year.nnBest Writer: Ed Brubaker. This is the year that saw Brubaker, once a bit player in the DC Universe, shoot straight...

Arts & Entertainment

Mostly Dead

In the comic-book world, mortality seems to be just a passing phase.

By Trevor Hale
POSTED // Jun 11,2007 - Captain America died last month. Maybe you heard'Stephen Colbert got his shield in the will. The thing is, Cap will most likely need it back sooner or later, because if there’s one thing jaded fans have come to realize, it’s that no one in...

Arts & Entertainment

Let Us Spray

The Exterminators begins a wild ride to an uncertain destination.

By Trevor Hale
POSTED // Jun 11,2007 - Exploding organs, lesbians, luchador rat fights, literary hookers and cockroaches: If those things aren’t enough to at least pique your interest in The Exterminators, then someone isn’t doing his or her job. Simon Oliver and Tony Moore have...
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