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Christopher Nolan, Sean Murphy explore ‘Interstellar’ backstory in comic


Filmmaker Christopher Nolan has collaborated with artist Sean Gordon Murphy on a short story to address one of the mysteries of Interstellar: What happened to Matt Damon’s Dr. Mann and his robot SKIPP on the other side of the wormhole?

The seven-page comic, titled “Absolute Zero,” appears in the December issue of Wired magazine, which Nolan guest-edited, and can be read on Wired.com. Here’s how the magazine describes the story:

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Talking Comics with Tim | Rick Veitch

The Big Lie

Less than a month ago (and just before the 10th anniversary of 9/11), Rick Veitch‘s latest project (published by Image), The Big Lie, was released. While the one-shot has already been released, it’s clear that Veitch hopes the comic can foster discussion. As a storyteller who began pursuit of his craft in the early 1970s, Veitch has a perspective and creative voice shaped by a wealth of experience that few active current creators possess. In that spirit, I interviewed Veitch via email about his latest collaboration with artist Gary Erskine. While it was a one-shot so far, Veitch clearly intends to do more with The Big Lie platform. Here’s Image’s official description of the story: “A lab tech travels back in time on the morning of Sept. 11, 2001 to try and get her husband out of the world trade center before it falls, but will the facts convince him before it’s too late?” For additional context on The Big Lie, be sure to also read CBR’s August interview with Veitch as well the preview we ran in late July.

Tim O’Shea: Do you bristle at the characterization by some that this is a Truther comic?

Rick Veitch: Only in the sense that the “Truther” name lumps together everyone who doubts the government’s version of what happened. I think there’s a huge difference between the architects and engineers who’ve put their professional careers on the line by speaking out and those who are claiming space aliens were responsible.

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Paul Pope draws butt-kicking, panther-fighting young Spock

From "When Worlds Collide" Star Trek comic, illustrated by Paul Pope

From "When Worlds Collide" Star Trek comic, illustrated by Paul Pope

The only thing better than a teen-aged Spock taking down an alien panther with an old-fashioned Vulcan nerve pinch is having the whole thing illustrated by Paul Pope.

The May issue of Wired magazine is guest-edited J.J. Abrams and, unsurprisingly, contains a healthy dose of Star Trek-related content — including a six-page Spock comic called “When Worlds Collide,” penned by screenwriters Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman and drawn by Pope.

According to TrekMovie.com, the comic features an aged Spock remembering the years his youth, from his panther-fighting days to his early time aboard the Enterprise.

TrekMovie and io9.com both have excerpts from the comic.

(Thanks, Tom)

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