| Jul 26, 2014
Capt. Kirk, meet Col. Taylor. IDW Publishing is boldly going there, with “Star Trek to the Planet of the Apes,” […]...
| Jul 23, 2014
Lots of kids love comic books. But Scott Dunbier’s passion went beyond the four-color fantasies on the spinner rack — […]...
| Jul 20, 2014
| 7:30 AM
Accessories designer Kendall Conrad's face brightens on a recent morning in her sun-filled Abbot Kinney boutique as she flips through pages of playful owl sketches, images of black-and-white ceramic vessels with Minotaur faces and the color blue,...
| Jun 30, 2014
| 2:30 AM
BIRTHDAY GUY: Actor Marton Csokas was born in Invercargill, New Zealand, on this day in 1966. This birthday guy played the role of Lord Celeborn in two "The Lord of the Rings" movies. His other film work includes "Noah," "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" and...
| Jun 27, 2014
| 10:28 AM
One of Los Angeles' greatest noir writers will be getting a permanent place in the sun: on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Raymond Chandler is one of 30 people who will get such stars in 2015.
Most of the stars on the Walk of Fame honor people we see on the...
| May 30, 2014
What a difference three decades make. The first Printers Row book fair, in 1985, featured about 40 booksellers and attracted a reported 6,500 attendees to what once had been a somewhat dicey neighborhood. Considering the crowds in recent years, the 2014...
| Jul 2, 2014
| 8:05 AM
World Book Night U.S. is suspending operations, Publishers Weekly reports, after just three years.
The idea of World Book Night is to have volunteers give away free books all on a single day in April. In 2013, 27,500 American volunteers distributed half...
| Jun 5, 2014
| 4:30 PM
This fall, when my students study "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings," it won't be the same due to the passing of Maya Angelou last week.
Just as we all have to deal with the death of loved ones as we live our lives, an English teacher has to deal with...
| Jun 10, 2014
| 10:09 AM
"Adventures in time and space," the announcer intones. "Told in future tense!" There is a gong, a pause, and then: "Dimension X!" followed by an echo, "X! X! X!"
It's a cheesy introduction, but forgivable -- it was recorded in 1950. "Dimension X" was...
| Mar 7, 2014
There's not much to see on the northeast corner of Wabash and Superior in downtown Chicago these days. Just a fenced-in private parking lot threatening, UNAUTHORIZED VEHICLES WILL BE TOWED. But that sign should be replaced with a plaque, because 100 years...
| Apr 18, 2014
Sleep is so essential a human function that it constantly crops up in conversation, songs and idioms. "I'm So Tired," John Lennon crooned. "I'm dog-tired," the expression goes. In some way or another, it's always on our minds.
"No one should sleep on...