It’s a Marvel

From comics to theatre to Tom Selleck, Tara Thorne’s got it all.

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Halifax’s comic scene is all abuzz this week with the May 3 release of Civil War, “an event in seven parts” from Marvel. Why should you give a honk? Because the series was illustrated by Halifax resident Steve McNiven, that’s why.

“There are a lot of folks looking forward to this series,” says Calum Johnston, owner of Sackville Street comic shop Strange Adventures. “It would definitely appeal to new readers as it has some real world elements in it, as one of the central themes is civil liberties and individual freedoms. Certainly it will resonate most with Americans and the political climate of today, but Canada will come into play as well.”

Johnston has had a sneak peek at the book, and predicts “this will be a story that will have far-reaching repercussions for some time in the Marvel Universe. I expect it to be one of our best-selling comic series of the year and definitely one of the most talked-about.”

Perfect Stranger

The 75th anniversary of the King’s Theatre Society continues this week with a special performance of and what Alice found there from Toronto’s Stranger Theatre, whom you might remember from the 2002 On the Waterfront Festival, where Stranger performed The Yellow Wallpaper Project. The company boasts a handful of King’s alumni, including writer-director Kate Cayley, performer Sarah Cormier and multimedia artist Lea Ambros, who pulls animation, video and puppetry duty for Alice.

This will be the premiere performance of the piece, based on the works of Lewis Carroll. According to the company, it’s “bizarre, dark, funny and absurd…the piece combines many techniques to explore themes of imperialism, maps, madness, and the nature of creation.”

and what Alice found there drops May 2 at 8pm. Tickets are $7 or $5 for students and can be purchased at the door up to 15 minutes before showtime or by calling 422-1271, extension 128.

Stone’d

Watch Grey’s at 8, then forget about stupid Desperate Housewives and instead tune into CBS at 10pm on Sunday, April 30, for Tom Selleck’s latest Halifax-shot MOW. Selleck returns as the titular small-town detective in Jesse Stone: Death in Paradise, looking into the death of a teen found floating in a lake. If they shot the scene in Halifax Harbour, it’s entirely possible she fell in accidentally and stuck her face in the nearest boat motor so she didn’t have to think about what she was floating in. Keep us on speed dial, Detective Stone!

Arts news? put us on your speed dial. email: tarat@thecoast.ca

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