Central Standard
12:49 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

Art Spiegelman and Phillip Johnston On Comics And Jazz

Art Spiegelman is rarely 'Wordless!', even though that is the title of his traveling production with musical collaborator Phillip Johnston.
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Art Spiegelman has been called the father of the graphic novel, though it's a title he resists. And composer Phillip Johnston has been a fixture in the New York underground music scene since the 1980s. The friends and collaborators teamed up on a performance (coming to Kansas City October 19, 2014) that, according to Johnston, is like a high school class slideshow lecture on LSD. 


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Up To Date
2:22 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

The Weekend To-Do List: May 2-4, 2014

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Looking for something to do this weekend? Brian McTavish has just the thing to spice up your weekend at get you out of that funk with his Weekend To-Do List for May 2-4.

Free Comic Book Day Free comics and superhero-related activitiesSaturdayKansas City area comic book shopsAdmission:   

“School House Rock Live!” 

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Up to Date
10:20 am
Tue April 22, 2014

Wonder Women: The Strength Of Female Superheroes

The documentary 'Wonder Women' explores the history of female superheroes.

When you talk about heroes of the cape-and-tights variety, it’s not just a boy’s club. Just look at the comic book powers of Wonder Woman or the X-Men’s Storm, or even live-action heroes like Buffy the Vampire Slayer or Xena.

On Tuesday's Up to Date, we talk with the director of a new documentary about female superheroes and how they reflect and affect society’s ideas about women.


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Up to Date
10:05 am
Tue March 25, 2014

Where Comics And Reality Intersect

Real life often inspired storylines in the comics.
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  He flies through the air and leaps tall buildings in a single bound. Of course, we're talking about Superman. But there’s more reality in comic book superhero tales than you might think.

On Tuesday's Up to Date, we talk about how the comics have reflected contemporary life and historical events. Take a look at World War II-era comics, and you’ll see a caped crusader shilling for the war effort.

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3:27 pm
Wed March 12, 2014

A Nerd's Guide To A Weekend In Kansas City

A young man and woman dressed as Starfleet officers at a previous Comicon, the woman is giving the Vulcan salute.
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Ok nerds. We know you’re descending on Kansas City this weekend for the epic Planet Comicon conference featuring science fiction celebrities like William Shatner, Sylvester McCoy and almost the entire cast of Star Trek: The Next Generation.

But in between catching glimpses of Michael Dorn, Wil Wheaton, LeVar Burton and the blue Power Ranger, we thought you may want to eat, drink and scope out our fine city.

Here we present you the nerd’s guide to a weekend in Kansas City:

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3:28 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

Tell KCUR: If You Dressed Up For Comicon, Which Sci-Fi Hero Would You Pick? Why?

If you were going to dress up for Planet Comicon, which sci-fi hero would you pick? Why? Tweet us at #TellKCUR.
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Science fiction conventions can feel like an alien world for newcomers.

People can speak differently at them, often invoking insider references about their favorite shows and comics.

And it’s a world where die-hard fans dress differently.

For instance, this weekend’s Planet Comicon in Kansas City  is expected to attract droves of costumed convention-goers, dressed up like their favorite protagonists and antagonists from sci-fi novels and cinema.

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Up to Date
6:00 pm
Thu June 13, 2013

Superman: Flying High At 75

"Superman: The High-Flying History of America's Most Enduring Hero" by Larry Tye

He is the original superhero of modern times and this year fans around the world celebrate the 75th birthday of Superman.