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Michael Jackson and Madonna already got theirs. So have Beyonce, Drake and Adele. Cher and 50 Cent, too.
Now Prince is going to be profiled in a comic-book biography. It’s called “Fame: Prince,” published by Bluewater Productions. The 32-page comic, offered in both digital (at iTunes) and print formats (at Comic Flea Market), is available with two different covers.
Bluewater has collaborated with William Shatner, Ray Harryhausen and Vincent Price on comic projects. Next up in its biography series are Johnny Depp and Sharon Osbourne.
“Fame: Prince” author Michael Frizell admits to preferring Prince over Jackson. "Writing [it] was like reliving my teenage years,” he said in a statement. “For me, the music scene wasn’t defined by Michael Jackson, despite his success with Thriller. The 80’s, and music in general for me, were defined by Prince. He takes chances in his music, doesn’t sell out as an artist in order to make money, and still ends up on top.”
Chuck Logan, far right, met the stars and director of "Homefront," based on his book at a premiere at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas. They include, starting third from left: Kate Bosworth, Jason Statham, Izabela Vidovic, Winona Ryder, James Franco and director Gary Fleder. Photo by Eric Charbonneau.
At his first red carpet event for a major Hollywood release, the "Homefront" premiere at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas Wednesday, Stillwater author Chuck Logan described a chaotic scene. "Cameras everywhere, people moving you along -- I wound up lost in some storage area at one point." Logan spoke briefly with both top-billed stars, Jason Statham and James Franco, and was struck by how much bigger Statham looks onscreen than in real life.
"Actually Franco's almost bigger than him, I think," he said. "I don't know what they do, maybe have everyone else walk in specially dug trenches so they look shorter, like they used to do with Alan Ladd."
A feature on Logan and the movie runs Sunday, and a review of "Homefront" next Wednesday.
Author Tony Schmitz (left) does a dramatic reading from "Fatman Descends" with Bart Cannon as Roscoe the Cop at a launch party for the serial novel, available to read free online. Photo by Kimerly Miller.
Light-rail construction along St. Paul’s central corridor has made at least one guy’s imagination run wild.
Writer Tony Schmitz, a 33-year resident of Frogtown, has written a 66-installment serial novel you can read online, “Fatman Descends,” in which a circumspect, corpulent denizen of the ‘hood becomes embroiled in a sinister underworld revealed by the excavations. Of course, there will be zombies.
The project was funded in part by Irrigate, a nonprofit creative-placemaking series of projects intended to liven up the corridor and unite surrounding communities.
While “Fatman” is a work of fiction, “an appalling number of people and situations are based on actual events that happened around here,” said Schmitz, who so far has proven uncannily adept at building suspense in 500-word bites.
A sample conclusion: “ ‘Smells like somebody opened the door to hell.’ Despite all the official explanations and denials that were to come, this was less wrong than you might think.’ Read the story so far at fatmandescends.com (you can also sign up there for daily email delivery).
Crime writer Michael Connelly is coming to town Dec. 3.
Michael Connelly, author of "The Lincoln Lawyer" and many other best-selling crime novels, has been added to the Talking Volumes live book-club season. He will be at the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul to talk about "The Gods of Guilt," his 26th novel and the fifth to feature his second most-recurring lead character, defense attorney Mickey Haller. This time around, Haller's on the case when a former client is murdered.
Minnesota is one of just four U.S. states Connelly will visit on his tour. He'll also be appearing in New York, California, Arizona and six cities in the UK.
"The Gods of Guilt" comes out Nov. 21. Read the first two chapters here: http://www.startribune.com/a2500
Advance $23 tickets go on sale Oct. 1 at noon (for Star Tribune subscribers and members of MPR and The Loft). General-public $25 tickets go on sale Oct. 8 at noon. http://fitzgerald theater.publicradio.org
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