Friday, October 2, 2015
It’s that time again… time for me to head out on the road for my annual fall personal appearance tour. I’ll let the press release below fill you in on all the details – hope to see you sometime during my tour!
On October 3, comics writer-editor and historian Paul Castiglia begins what has become an annual “Fall NY/NJ” personal appearance tour.
The appearances accompany a slate of new projects for Castiglia ranging from writing new comic book stories to writing non-fiction text pieces to co-producing documentaries.
Chief among Castiglia’s current offerings is Rise: Comics Against Bullying, an all-star anthology of mainstream and indie writers and artists who’ve contributed stories with an anti-bullying theme. The special edition was released this past spring by Northwest Press, with proceeds benefiting organizations with anti-bullying initiatives. Castiglia reunited with popular Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles artist Chris Allan for his tale, which was edited by Erica Shultz, writer of the acclaimed M3 comic series.
Also recently released was Archie’s Favorite High School Comics, a paperback collection of stories featuring comics’ most famous teens and the beleaguered faculty members of fabled Riverdale High. Castiglia contributed introductions to several of the stories, continuing a long run of Archie archival projects that began with the popular Archie Americana Series in the 1990s. In the digital space, Archie just released an exclusive, 124 page collection of Archie’s Mysteries stories written by Castiglia.
Another project for Castiglia that draws upon Archie Comics’ history is The MLJ Companion, a compendium of articles and interviews about Archie’s heroes coming soon from Two-Morrows Press. Castiglia co-edited the edition with Rik Offenberger. Both also contributed articles about the fabled titans, currently making a splash in a new series from Archie under the Dark Circle imprint.
Recently, Castiglia also contributed a backup story for the comic book, KING! from award-winning publishers, Blacklist Studios. The story is scheduled to be released both digitally and in print within the next few months. KING! tells the story of a former professional wrestler who fashions himself after a certain “King of Rock ‘n Roll” – and hires himself out as a monster hunter! In Castiglia’s tale, King finds himself face-to-face with a real, live goatsucker in a tale that could only be called, El Chupacabra – Ay, Carumba!
Also due out soon is issue #4 of War of the Independents from Red Anvil Comics. Created by Red Anvil publisher Dave Ryan, the series is a satirical sendup of such mainstream comics’ crossover events as Marvel’s Secret Wars and DC’s Crisis on Infinite Earths. Issue #4 is the “humor issue,” featuring such iconic indie characters as The Tick, Felix the Cat, Flaming Carrot, Gumby & Pokey, Milk & Cheese and Too Much Coffee Man, among many others. Castiglia wrote the epic tale which was plotted by Ryan, with art from Donald Simpson.
Castiglia continues to work on his non-fiction book, Scared Silly: Classic Hollywood Horror-Comedies. The book explores films where classic comedians like Abbott & Costello, the Three Stooges and the Bowery Boys got mixed up in spooky situations with ghosts, monsters and aliens.
Castiglia is also taking part in a documentary on the famed movie team, The Bowery Boys. As an Executive Producer and Creative Consultant, Castiglia has interviewed celebrities, is helping to write the narrative, is the film’s Music Supervisor and is also making casting decisions. He also came up with the name of the project, Bowery Rhapsody: the Rise and Redemption of Hollywood’s Original ‘Brat Pack.’. Recent interviews filmed include Alec Baldwin, Jamie Farr, Pat Cooper and Adam Ferrara.
Following are the details of Castiglia’s “Fall NY/NJ” tour for 2015. Unless otherwise stated, at each appearance Castiglia will sell and autograph copies of comics and book projects to which he’s contributed, including Archie’s Weird Mysteries, Archie Americana, Hey Kids Comics, Sonic, With Great Power, Midnight Marquee Actor Series: Vincent Price and more:
Immortal Con, Clarion Hotel, Ronkonkoma, NY
Proceeds help benefit Stony Brook Cancer Center
New York Comic Con, Jacob Javits Center, New York, NY
Panel: Creatively Energizing Your Students with Comic Books and Arts, October 11 from 11:15-12PM, Room 1A05
Autograph signing schedule to be announced
Chase Con, Saratoga Spring, NY
Theme: 25th anniversary of first Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie
Autographing TMNT, Conservation Corps and Sonic the Hedgehog comics
Superheroes For Hospice, West Orange, NJ
Comic Book Sale benefitting Barnabas Health Hospice and Palliative Care Center
November 21 and 22
New Jersey Comic Expo, Edison, NJ (New Jersey Convention & Exposition Center)
10AM–7PM (Sat), 10 AM-5PM (Sun)
Clifton Comic Book Expo, Clifton, NJ
Clifton Community Recreation Center
More information on Paul Castiglia’s career can be found at Wikipedia and the Internet Movie Database
Saturday, September 12, 2015
Thursday, September 10, 2015
Okay, this one isn’t a horror-comedy per se… it’s a spoof of jungle films. BUT… it does star Abbott & Costello with two Stooges in support (Shemp Howard and Joe Besser)… and some of the cast is scared by gorillas (a staple of horror-comedies). Not to mention those magic words, “public domain!” So let’s “go ape” with Bud & Lou!
Tuesday, September 8, 2015
More of a “mystery-comedy” than a “horror-comedy” from Stan & Ollie, but there is some sleight-of-hand illusion from Dante the Magician to contend with, as well as the spooky title. A cousin of sorts to such films as Arsenic & Old Lace, Abbott & Costello Meet the Killer and The Boogie Man Will Get You.