2018 - Archive

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Tuesday, May 1, 2018

James Cameron's Story of Science Fiction on AMC


Watch me discuss such 1950s Sci-Fi films as War of the Worlds and Invasion of the Body Snatchers on the premiere episode of James Cameron's Story of Science Fiction on AMC.

Image courtesy of AMC


Bringing up ideas covered in The Battle for the Bs: 1950s Hollywood and the Rebirth of Low-Budget Cinema, I contextualize how the 1953 War of the Worlds film compares to Orson Welles' 1938 radio broadcast and compare the differences in how that film approaches the very idea of alien invasion to Invasion of the Body Snatchers.

Image courtesy of AMC


My thanks to the show's producers and the team at Left/Right!

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Comic Book Movies

My new book, Comic Book Movies, is now available from Rutgers University Press.

 
                   


The book is part of the Quick Takes series, edited by Wheeler Winston Dixon and Gwendolyn Audrey Foster. It looks at comic book films from four different perspectives - genre, myth, politics and style.

Here are two advance reviews:

"Blair Davis challenges the notion of 'the comic book movie' as a label that shuts down rather than opens up discussion of  films derived from comic book sources. His book successfully argues for other ways of seeing these films."

--Ian Gordon, author of Superman: The Persistence of an American Icon


"Blair Davis's Comic Book Movies combines academic insight with the expertise of a lifelong fan. He writes with clarity, energy, and enthusiasm, condensing debates about politics and aesthetics into an accessible guide that both explains what a comic book movie is, and questions what we think we know about this most popular of contemporary genres."

--Will Brooker, author of Batman Unmasked and Hunting the Dark Knight

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Reel Chicago Interview

As part of the many interviews I did about the release of Black Panther, this one with Reel Chicago turned into a full spotlight on me, my work and my thoughts about the film:

                 
Reel Chicago, “Author Blair Davis on “Black Panther’s” Epic Influence

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Black Panther TV Interviews - Voice of America & ABC-7




I've done numerous media interviews over the past week about the cultural impact of Black Panther. Here are two TV spots that I'm very proud to be a part of:

                     

Voice of America, “Black Panther Sets Hollywood Records as Crowds Pack Theaters Around the Globe” - https://www.voanews.com/a/4261999.html

                                 
                     
          

ABC-7, “CPS Students, Families, Churches Pack ‘Black Panther’ Showings” - http://abc7chicago.com/entertainment/cps-students-families-churches-pack-black-panther-showings/3107535/

                                   

Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur: The Animated Series!!


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I've championed Marvel's Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur for a couple of years now, being an early fan of the series.

Nine-year old Lunella Lafayette is a super-genius with a pet dinosaur. She's officially the smartest person in the entire Marvel universe. She mind-swaps with said-dinosaur when the moon is full (it causes problems, as you'd expect!). She's by-far the best thing going on at Marvel right now... and she's my daughter's favorite super-hero, which is hard not to be contagious about.

Now Disney has announced they will produce an animated series:

http://deadline.com/2018/02/marvels-moon-girl-and-devil-dinosaur-based-comic-book-series-tv-disney-channels-worldwide-1202296647/

Amazing. Joyous. Moon-tastic. I want a feature-film now!

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Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Black History Month - Black Panther Panel at Baker Mckenzie

On Friday February 16th, 2018 I will be part of a panel for Black History Month about Marvel's Black Panther film at Baker McKenzie in Chicago. The panel will be followed by an opening-night screening of the film.