- I’m tuning into the War Rocket Ajax podcast at Comics Alliance right now, mostly because it features an interview with Jonathan Hickman, who I’m a fan of. He might even turn me into an Avengers reader, a feat previously thought impossible. But when I tuned in I was pleased to hear them talking about El-P and Killer Mike, and apparently they talk about hip-hop alot on their podcast (and BBQ). Then they pointed towards a Comic-Con called ColaCon, which blends comics and hip-hop. Fucking awesome. This year Ghostface and Phife (from Tribe Called Quest) are playing. I may have to become a regular listener.
- CBR is reporting — though they provide no link — that RZA is going to direct a film adaptation of Grant Morrison’s new book “Happy”. The book is about an ex-cop, now hitman maneuvering through a world of drugs, sex, and violence with the help of his daughter’s imaginary friend (a blue horse that looks like a Dinsey character) after getting shot. Sounds insane and spectacular.
- Adapting Super Mario to a Chinese Gangster film:
The Nova Convention, three days and nights of readings, panel discussions, film showings and various sorts of performances that sought to grapple with some of the implications of the writing of William S. Burroughs, concluded Saturday night with a program at the Entermedia theater. Actually, the convention was not entirely over; there was a midnight rock concert featuring Robert Fripp, Blondie, and other rock performers. But it was over for Mr. Burroughs and his inner circle, who all went immediately to a private party.
The convention drew an interesting cross-section of people, and one suspected that only Mr. Burroughs could have brought them together. There were more or less conventional poets, novelists, performing artists, composers as diverse as John Cage and Philip Glass, rock musicians, serious students of American literature, street types and others.
All or almost all of them had been touched in some way by Mr. Burroughs’s varied body of work, which includes straight hard-boiled prose fiction, autobiography, nonrepresentational writing using the cut-up technique invented by Brion Gysin, science fiction of a sort, barbed satire, accounts of drug experiences and attitudinal or political pronouncements.
And here’s some audio from the convention as well: