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Comic-Con 2018

San Diego Comic-Con International is the world’s largest convention devoted to popular culture. Emphasis is traditionally placed on the science fiction, fantasy, and horror genres, but over the decades the convention has expanded its scope to encompass a range of genres and topics in a variety of forms, be it motion pictures, television, print, or digital media.

During the 2018 edition of Comic-Com, “Script to Screen” host Matt Ryan conducted over a dozen interviews with creative talent from television shows such as “The Man in the High Castle,” “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” “Mr. Mercedes,” and “Dear White People” – to name but a sampling – and the acclaimed feature film, “A Quiet Place.” Participants run the gamut from actors, producers, and directors to sound editors and composers. (The two latter professions are often underrepresented in industry profiles, so their presence here is particularly welcome.) Though of course familiarity with the programs is helpful, it’s not essential. The interviews focus less on plot details than on initial reactions to scripts and on preparations for the work at hand, be it acting, directing, or scoring. Put another way, the stress is on the individual artist’s contribution to the craft of collaborative storytelling. In this regard, all of the interviewees acknowledge the quality of the writing as the most critical component of a show’s potential success.

Though the shows and personalities highlighted in this program are necessarily just a small fraction of those on display at Comic-Con, they offer a sense of the depth of talent and narrative diversity currently available to the discerning consumer of popular media.

Watch Comic-Con: 2018

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The Wolfman Speaks (about Storytelling in Comics and Video Games)

If you’ve watched UCTV Prime’s “It Came from Riverside” series, then you’ve already had your virtual tour of the world’s largest science fiction and fantasy collection (if not, then we suggest you get on it!). Now we get the chance to bring you some bona fide stars of the genre!

Today it’s a visit from legendary comic book writer and editor Marv Wolfman (Marvel Comics, DC Comics and more), who discusses the art and craft of writing compelling stories with emotionally complex characters and imaginative plots for comics, animation, video games and everything in between.

Watch “The Wolfman Speaks (about Storytelling in Comics and Video Games)” and check back next Friday (Sept 28) for our interview with science fiction author and futurist David Brin!

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It Came From Riverside: Inside the World’s Largest Science Fiction and Fantasy Collection

As comic book and science fiction fans convene in San Diego for Comic-Con, UCTV Prime’s new series “It Came from Riverside” takes viewers inside UC Riverside’s Eaton Collection, the world’s largest, publicly-accessible collection of science fiction, fantasy, horror and utopian fiction.

The original series reveals some of the archive’s most treasured possessions, illuminates the genre’s evolution in popular culture, and demonstrates its growing acceptance within literary and academic circles. The first episode is online now, with more coming July 10 and 13 and additional episodes later this summer.

“Ep. 1: Inside the World’s Largest Collection of Science Fiction and Fantasy”
Venture inside UC Riverside’s Eaton Collection for a peek at some of its science fiction and fantasy treasures – including fanzines, manuscripts, first editions, posters and more –and an assessment of the collection’s significance within popular culture and academia.

July 10 “Ep. 2: The Evolution of Science Fiction”
The expansive Eaton Collection reflects the history and evolution of science fiction, with particular emphasis on its shift from hopeful, utopian themes that demonstrate society’s inherent faith in technology, to a bleaker, dystopian view in the wake of Word War II and the dawn of the Atomic Age.

July 13 “Ep. 3: Science Fiction Goes to School” 
It wasn’t very long ago that science fiction literature was dismissed as frivolous. This episode outlines the growing respectability of SF and fantasy, their emergence as literature worthy of preservation and study, and the many ways in which the Eaton Collection services this growing scholarly demand.

The Eaton Collection is the largest publicly-accessible collection of science fiction and fantasy literature in the world, consisting of over 300,000 items. The collection begins with the 1517 edition of Thomas More’s Utopia and includes first editions of many seminal works including Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein (1818), Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1897) and H.G. Wells’ The Time Machine (1895). The collection also includes more than 50,000 science fiction-themed comic books as well as the most expansive collection of scholarly studies on science fiction and fantasy in the United States.

 

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