Updates, updates: My latest publication is a co-authored chapter with my son in Mark White's Iron Man & Philosophy: Facing the STARK Reality, featuring the man, the myth, the legend himself, Robert Downey, Jr. on the cover! The chapter is entitled "Engendering Justice in Iron Man" and features a look at the character of Tony Stark/Iron Man from the inside out--and of course, all those lovely ladies our philandering hero seems to attract. The book just arrived on my doorstep yesterday--hot off the presses. If you want your copy, you can buy it at any major book store in the US this month. The book features many of your favorite "and Philosophy" series authors, including Chris Robichaud--a B-movie actor, MIT graduate, comic book and vampire officianado, and Harvard professor and Andrew Terjesen, a Rhodes professor and purveyor of philosophical findings on all things superheroic, human and vampire alike. You may recognize author/editor, Mark White, from his other books about superheroes, including Batman & Philosophy and Watchmen & Philosophy. All three gentleman were authors in my X-Men & Philosophy volume that came out a year ago; both Andrew and Chris are featured in the forthcoming True Blood book being released this May. Andrew and his wife, Jenny, both contributed to Twilight & Philosophy as well.
On Monday, I return to the studio to re-record a few areas of Twilight & Philosophy, the audio book--the audio book itself will be ready in time for the release of Eclipse. The next day, Tuesday the 16th, the graphic novel Twilight Volume 1 hits shelves. The DVD version of New Moon hits stores about four days later on the 20th of this month--so be sure to grab your copy of Twilight & Philosophy which has been described as a "MUST-have guide to anything Twilight."
Eclipse hits theatres in June 2010; Charlaine Harris's newest Sookie Stackhouse novel, Dead in the Family, will be in bookstores in May 2010. The next season of Alan Ball's True Blood on HBO begins in June 2010. True Blood & Philosophy will be out at the end of May 2010--so, this spring, look for a plethora of Twilight & True Blood related releases. But the time of the vampire seems to be running short. What will be the next trend?
Superheroes! The superheroics of comic books have been a constant in popular culture for over 80 years. In the next several years, you'll see new movies about Iron Man (May 2010), Thor (May 2011), Captain America (July 2011), Luke Cage (TBA 2011), Spider-Man 4 (TBA 2011-2012), The Avengers (May 2012), Nick Fury (TBA 2012), Ant-Man (TBA 2012), Venom (TBA 2012-2013), Magneto (TBA 2013), X-Men Origins: Wolverine II (TBA 2013), and Deadpool (TBA 2013). And you know what you'll need to get ready for all these comic-movie wonders??? That's right: X-Men & Philosophy by Housel and Wisnewski (Wiley 2009) and Superheroes & Philosophy edited by Morris and Morris (Open Court, 2005)! In
X-Men & Philosophy, there is an entire chapter devoted to Deadpool, star of an upcoming Marvel movie--undoubtedly played by Ryan Reynolds. Deadpool, known as "the merc with the mouth," is one of those comic book characters who actually acknowledges that he's a comic book character! If you've only experienced the movie-version of Deadpool, you've GOT to check him out in comics--good stuff! X-Men and Philosophy also features individual chapters devoted to the characters of Wolverine and Magneto--both of whom will star in their own movies in the next several years.
I'm pretty much a comic-book geek who plays videogames and watches a lot of bad movies. You'll often read about authors who were "geeks" as well, often referring to how as children, they were isolated in some way--either by the separation or death of a parent, or by disability, or illness. I suppose for me, it was because I was just different from other girls; I ran around with my shirt off swinging from the trees, pretending to be Tarzan, or flinging sticks around like swords, as if I were Zorro. You'll notice that I wasn't role-playing as a fairy princess or some other stereotypical "girly" character. No, I was Merlin the wizard of King Arthur's Court or Sir Gawain from the tale of the Green Knight. I was never the damsel in distress--I was always the one doing the saving. And I don't think that's terribly unusual. My love of the superhero genre in popular culture mediums like comics, television and film is that, it allows those young ladies in the audience who are tired of dressing up like Disney princesses to be powerful--to not be the vulnerable character, but to be strong, decisive, and the hero of their own stories. Now, what we need to work on is creating more superheroic female characters who are relatable to the general audience as well.
Until that happens, I'll be working on a two-book, yet untitled anthology about American comic book superheroes--I'll KYP on the publication dates...up, up and away! Get ready for a SUPER-sizing of all things comics in the next three years. Remember, you heard it here first! :)