Welcome to What Are You Reading?, our weekly round-up of the comics and other stuff that have escaped the unread stacks of books next to our beds. Our special guest this week is Nathan Edmondson, writer of the Image comics Who is Jake Ellis?, The Light and Olympus. To see what Nathan and the Robot 6 crew have bene reading, click below.
Editor’s Note: Alex Dueben, who writes articles for Comic Book Resources, The Comics Journal and Suicide Girls, shared with us the following guide to other things you can do in New York City while you’re in town for the MoCCA Festival.
by Alex Dueben
New York is the city that never sleeps and while you visit the city for this weekend’s MoCCA Festival, neither should you! Just kidding. There is a lot to do in the city that is comics-related not going on at the festival and you should make time to check out while you’re there. Time is short, and most of your cash will be going to buy comics, but here are a few suggestions of things to do while you’re in the city when you’re not at the festival or at the MoCCA Official Afterparty.
“Diary of a Teenage Girl.” We’ll start with this show since it is based on a graphic novel (and not a just “a” graphic novel but a GREAT graphic novel) and the lobby of the show features artwork by Phoebe Gloeckner. Sean Collins reviewed the show when it first opened and fittingly MoCCA weekend will be its final weekend. Great reviews all around (even the New York Times loved it). Star and writer Marielle Heller spent a lot of time and energy getting it off the ground and it was definitely worth it. Go out and show some solidarity for indie comics. A must see event!
“Samuel and Alasdair: A Personal History of the Robot War” at the Brick Theater. The play has it all: Love. Friendship. Robot wars. With a title like that, does it really require much in the way of a description?
“The Addams Family.” Charles Addams’ family brought to life by two of Broadway’s greatest stars, Nathan Lane and Bebe Neuwirth and music from Andrew Lippa. Reviews have been mixed but it’s hard to gather more talent together than this show has. Deserves props just for trying to go back to Charles Addams’ original cartoons for inspirations and not television or movies. Here’s hoping they capture some of Addam’s magic.
“Stuffed and Unstrung.” I’m not even going to try to sell you on this NYC version of the Henson company’s acclaimed “Puppet Up” shows in Los Angeles. If puppets plus improv doesn’t make you want to see this show, I don’t know what will.