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I Awaken to Darkness

Joe McCulloch is back with the Week in Comics column, in which he highlights the week’s most interesting-sounding new releases, and this time, he warms up by putting on his movie-reviewer hat (and shoes and cape):

Contrary to popular belief, I don’t just sit around watching cartoons all day; sometimes, I watch live-action films that are sort of about cartoons. You may have heard of writer/director Randy Moore’s Escape from Tomorrow – it was a *huge* thing in movie critic circles at the Sundance Film Festival, insofar as much of the film was shot in secret at Walt Disney World in Orlando and Disneyland Park in Anaheim via actors performing their scenes in the midst of actual crowds, filmed with concealed cameras at certain preplanned times of the day to ensure adequate lighting. Nothing quite aggravates the hothouse scene of a film fest like a movie that looks like it might find itself suppressed outside of Park City, and hype built accordingly. However, Disney has not made any legal challenge to the film, which seems to have performed rather poorly on its formal release this past weekend, grossing less than 1/10th of its $650,000 production budget.


Elsewhere:

—Interviews. Chris Ware talks to The Guardian, and Maria Scrivan talks to Mike Lynch.

—Reviews. Abhay Khosla doesn’t like Greg Rucka and Michael Lark’s Lazarus. Rachel Cooke loves Isabel Greenberg’s Encyclopedia of Early Earth. Amelia Moulis reviews Rutu Modan’s The Property. Chris Mautner mini-reviews Ed Piskor, A Treasury of Mini-Comics, and Bill Everett. Rob Clough reviews so many comics. Cefn Ridout reviews Ben Katchor and Gilbert Hernandez.

—Misc. Jason T. Miles shares many things.

And finally, Dash Shaw:


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