The Shadow – A Modern Take on a Classic Comic Book Series

Comics, Films, Kapow! Entertainment, Pulp, Punk Noir Magazine, The Shadow

The Shadow

The Shadow, from Kapow! Entertainment

After disappearing into the shadows for decades, a new hero now emerges to take up the legendary mantle and once again protect us from the darkness – the Shadow has returned.

* Winner – Best Screenplay – Fan Film Awards (Los Angeles, CA)
* Winner -Best Actress, Manette Antill – Fan Film Awards (Los Angeles, CA)
* Winner – Bronze – Best Director – LA Shorts Awards (International)
* Nominee – Best Short Film – LA Shorts Awards (International)



Art, Comics, Dark Horse Comics, Films, Jeremy Mann, Joel Meadows, Music, New Musical Express, Portait Of The Artist As A Consumer, Punk Noir Magazine, Televison., Travel, Tripwire, Writing


TELEVISION I have always watched a lot of television. Currently finishing off Game of Thrones, which isn’t quite as compelling as it was when it started but it is still pretty good. I do try and keep up with genre shows because of the website and have watched a few episodes of DC Universe’s Doom Patrol, which is quirky and intriguing. I like a lot of crime shows and my favourite TV show of all time is still HBO’s The Sopranos. I am looking forward to seeing the fourth season of Italian gangster show Gomorrah at some point soon.

BOOKS I do read a lot of fiction and I am finishing off the Folio edition of Ray Bradbury’s Something Wicked This Way Comes. I probably read around a dozen novels a year. I like authors like George Pelacanos, Lee Child, Ian Rankin, Elmore Leonard and Mark Billingham. Last year, I reread all of TH White’s Once And Future King. I read a little bit of factual material but I do find it harder to finish though. I read a lot of graphic novels mainly for Tripwire and the last extensive run I read was the entire Hellboy Library from Dark Horse for review. When I was a kid I read Brighton Rock by Graham Greene and that did leave quite a mark on me. Over the years I have read Norman Mailer, Peter Ackroyd, Stephen King and Brian Aldiss.

FILMS I have always loved film particularly the work of the Coen Brothers. If I had to pick my favourite films of all time, that list would include Goodfellas, Godfather Part One and Part Two, Lawrence Of Arabia, Kind Hearts and Coronets, The Third Man and The Great Escape. I also like some of Christopher Nolan’s output especially The Prestige and Memento.

MUSIC I admit that in terms of music I haven’t been impressed with anything new in quite a while. Favourite bands include The Pogues, Nirvana, Manic Street Preachers, Suede, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Rolling Stones and Led Zeppelin.

TRAVEL I do like to travel as I take photos and so I enjoy trying to capture the flavour of that place. I often end up travelling to comic shows for Tripwire so sadly sometimes it is the same place every year but I would like to visit some more unusual places over the next few years.

FOOD I am a vegetarian but I do still try and enjoy my food. Favourite things are a well-made pizza and decent Thai food and I do like a lot of different cheeses. It has gotten easier to follow this diet over the past few years.

DRINK I like a decent bottle of red wine like a Bordeaux and I do like some ales as well as being partial to an occasional stout from time to time.

ART I like some of the Pre Raphaelite painters like Burne Jones and Rossetti. I also admire the work of painters like Singer Sargent and Whistler. I like illustrators too like movie poster masters Robert McGinnis and Bob Peak. I also enjoy looking at the work of illustrator turned painter Phil Hale too. I am also a fan of San Francisco-based painter Jeremy Mann, who creates these amazing, impressionistic cityscapes.

I do dabble in photography so I like the best practitioners of that art like Don McCullin, Steve McCurry, Andre Kertesz and Michael Kenna.

BIO: Joel Meadows is a journalist and writer with over three decades of experience on newspapers, magazines and books. His CV includes some of the most renowned publications in the world including Time Magazine, The Times, The Sunday Times, The Telegraph, Financial Times, The Guardian, Guinness World Records and The Observer.

He has also written extensively about comics, film, TV and culture for publications like Playboy, Time Magazine, Esquire, Variety, Empire, Big Issue In The North, Comic Scene and Comic Heroes. He has also written for IDW’s prestigious Full Bleed magazine, interviewing photography legend Don McCullin and acclaimed painter Jeremy Mann.

He is also editor-in-chief of Tripwire, a pre-eminent publication that covers comics, film, TV and related subjects, which existed as a print magazine from 1992 to 2013 and a website since 2015, His photography has appeared in places like Financial Times, Playboy Japan, Big Issue In The North, Comic Heroes, SFX, Full Bleed and Amateur Photographer. He is also the author of Studio Space, a book on comic artists and their workspaces which was published by Image Comics back in 2008.

Masters Of ComicsHe is also the author of a forthcoming book which also takes a look at the world’s best comic artists and illustrators like Posy Simmonds, Walter Simonson, Mike Kaluta, Frank Quitely, Laurence Campbell, Sean Phillips, Frank Cho, Tim Sale and many more and offers in-depth photos of their studios and talks to them about their way of working. Masters of Comics will be published in a lavish paperback by Insight Editions in June 2019. 

He is also one of the producers of the Portsmouth International Comic Con and has worked on two of these so far.


Black Panther (TV series)

Animation, Comics, Films, Marvel, Punk Noir Magazine, Reginald Hudlin, Televison.

black panther TV series

According to Wikipedia:

Black Panther is an American television series by Marvel Knights Animation, based on the popular Marvel Comics superhero of the same name. The series was broadcast on the Australian children’s channel ABC Me in January 2010 and in the United States on BET in November 2011.[On March 16, 2018, the entire series was released through Marvel’s YouTube channel for free as Marvel Knights Animation – Black Panther.

It was developed and written by Reginald Hudlin and here it is:


Portrait Of The Artist As A Consumer: Michael A. Gonzales

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Since last year I’ve lived in Baltimore, or as I like to call it, the City of Poe. While this creepy metropolis has gotten quite a reputation for being crime ridden, drugged-out landscape where dudes name Omar walk down the streets with a big ass gun, my life is luckily quite different that the characters on The Wire. Indeed, a small list of my favorite places in the city include Normal’s Books & Records, the coolest used shop in the hood, where I go at least twice a month in search of something by Georges Simenon, Harlan Ellison, Rosa Guy and other favorite writers.

I’m working on a new short story called “Frankie Five Hundred,” about a Black woman model in 1959 living in Harlem. While researching the period, I found two books at Normal’s that were quite helpful. How I Became Hettie Jones, by writer, journalist and ex-wife of LeRoi, Hettie Jones and Minor Characters by Joyce Johnson, novelist and former girlfriend of Jack Kerouac. In addition, last year I found paperback editions of Pinktoes and The Primitive, both by my hero Chester Himes. I bought them, but the type is much too small for me to read.


I’ve always enjoyed having eclectic taste in music which can switch from Mozart to Wu-Tang without warning. Truthfully, I don’t listen much new music, though a few years ago I found myself spinning the Weeknd’s singles “Wicked Games” and “The Hills” a lot, because I just loved his drugged-out coke king angst. Of course, that was before he got all Michael Jackson and started dancing while trying to feel his face.


Fresh/Sly Stone


Walking Wound/Everything But the Girl

Super Fly/Curtis Mayfield

Pre-Millennium Tension/Tricky

Betty Davis/Betty Davis

Brown Sugar/D’Angelo

Mezzanine/Massive Attack

“Take a Bow (single)/Madonna/Babyface

Bitter/Meshell Ndegeocello


The French Connection

Annie Hall


Super Fly


The Anderson Tapes

Out of Sight

Light Sleeper

Being There

Taxi Driver

Comic Book Artists

Jack Kirby

Steve Ditko

Howard Chaykin

Alex Nino

Bernie Wrightson

Michael Wm. Kaluta

Jim Steranko

Kyle Baker

Los Bros Hernandez

Bill Sienkiewicz


The Odd Couple


The Twilight Zone

Sanford & Son

Barney Miller


The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel


Law & Order

A whole bunch of cartoons

Comedians (my other favorite storytellers)

Richard Pryor

George Carlin

Jack Benny

Robin Harris

Steve Martin

Mike Nichols

Eddie Murphy

Chris Rock

Lily Tomlin

Redd Foxx


Sidney Lumet

Shirley Clarke

Wong Kar-wai

Malcolm Lee

Jules Dassin

Francis Ford Coppola

Charles Burnett

Peter Bogdanovich

Lynne Ramsay

Spike Lee

Spiritual Godparents

Malcolm X

Bob Fosse

Chuck Jones

Miles Davis

Chester Himes

Billie Holiday

Zora Neale Hurston

Vincent Van Gogh

Francis Bacon (painter)

Marvin Gaye

Bio: Essayist/short story writer Michael A. Gonzales has written about books for CrimeReads, Longreads, Catapult and The Paris Review. His fiction has appeared in various magazines, journals and websites including Brown Sugar edited by Carol Taylor, The Root, Art Decades, Bronx Biannual edited by Miles Marshall Lewis, The Darker Mask and Black Pulp, both edited by Gary Phillips. In addition, Gonzales has written about pop culture, visual art and film for The Village Voice, New York, Wax Poetics, HYCIDE, Pitchfork and Newark Bound. Upcoming short stories will be published in the photo book It’s After The End Of The World by Gerald Jenkins and SOLEDAD #2 edited by Jeremy R Richey.

Photo by Paul Price


Fiction: Speed Racer by Niles Reddick

Comics, Fiction, Flash Fiction, Niles Reddick, Punk Noir Magazine

nilesSteve had been fascinated with racing cars even before he was sixteen.  He’d learned to drive on the farm, cutting doughnuts in the cow pasture in his dad’s International 1950’s truck. When Steve married Patricia at sixteen, he had a two door used Plymouth Road Runner, and they frequently flew down the highway with the engine roaring, wind blowing in the rolled down windows, and bugs splattering on the windshield. It was exhilarating to both of them.

On the weekends, they were at the racetrack, where Steve tinkered with every sort of race car made, and often raced himself. Most of the time, he won and had the nickname of Speed Racer, because of his dark hair, white racing suit, and the number five painted on the front doors.

Steve had finally shattered his leg racing his car when it was bumped by another car on the fifth lap, hitting the wall and flipping five times; he crawled out of the crumpled fireball to everyone’s amazement. Patricia hadn’t seen him crawl, but was running through the stands and onto the field as fast as she could. She went with him in the ambulance, now a no-no, and stayed by his side until she knew he’d be alright. Contrary to doctors and nurses, Steve walked again, though he walked with a limp, and as years passed, with a cane.

It their modest 1500 square foot brick and wood rancher set on five acres, Steve’s collection of Hot Wheels and Matchbox cars were displayed on the shelves in the living room and spilled over into their bedroom. Their children couldn’t reach them, and the original boxes were all on the shelf in the closet next to the pistol intended for a would-be intruder or rattlesnake in the yard. Through the years, Steve would take one or two down when no one was home, roll them around on the floor, an end table, or on the bedspread, pretending.

Though Steve had earned a regional racing reputation, as well a reputation for fixing race cars, he went increasingly less to tracks. That didn’t stop people from coming to his house on Highway 55. There, he’d tinker with cars under his added on carport and invite people to drag race right in front of his house. By then, his children were grown and gone, and Patricia had passed from an aneurism while picking tomatoes. Their Collie had barked to the point Steve thought there might be a snake when it was Pat.

When people came to race, Steve would listen to the police scanner, waive a yellow flag if he heard anything to the drivers, and call the spotters on walkie-talkies. There had been a few times the police were close, and the race cars were parked under the carport and covered with tarps. If the police ever checked, they would’ve felt the hot engines underneath the hoods.

One Sunday after services, Steve’s daughter found him disoriented in the floor playing with cars. She put her hand to her mouth and fought back tears. At his check-up, they diagnosed him with advanced Alzheimer’s, and as the months passed, he stayed in the floor more and more playing cars. It seemed to the care givers and his daughter he liked the white Mach 5 the best, and he would not speak to anyone unless they called him Speed Racer.

Bio: Niles Reddick is author of the novel Drifting too far from the Shore, a collection Road Kill Art and Other Oddities, and a novella Lead Me Home. His work has been featured in eleven anthologies/collections and in over a hundred and fifty literary magazines all over the world including PIFDrunk Monkeys, Spelk, Cheap PopThe Dead Mule School of Southern LiteratureSlice of LifeFaircloth ReviewWith Painted Words, among many others. His new collection Reading the Coffee Grounds was just released. His website is