In 2014 Jules Feiffer published Kill My Mother (Liveright Publishing), a noir crime narrative set in 1933 — and then later moving forward into 1943 — involving not only hard-boiled characters, but also their exploits within the entertainment industry. Feiffer followed that up in 2016 with Cousin Joseph, the second book in what was now projected as a trilogy. That graphic novel is, in many ways, a prequel to the earlier book. Taking place in 1931, readers are introduced to police detective Sam Hannigan, a figure who looms largely over Feiffer’s recent run. His spirit is likewise prevalent in the new graphic novel, The Ghost Script. With this book, Feiffer wraps up his series, which he has called an “accidental noir trilogy.” In this interview, Derek talks with Feiffer about the “accidental” nature of his writing and how the idea for a trilogy came into play. They also discuss his writing style, where, curiously enough, Feiffer sees himself as both instigator and observer to what unfolds under his pen. Over the course of their conversation, Feiffer meditates on his love of noir fiction and films, the challenges he faced in writing this trilogy, and the overriding influences of such legends as Milton Caniff and, especially, Will Eisner. He also discusses the impact of 1950s red scare and the blacklist, which is the temporal setting of The Ghost Script, what that time meant to him as a young writer, and how those politics are not entirely alien to us today. The guys had the pleasure of talking to Feiffer back in 2014 when Kill My Mother was released, so it’s only appropriate that Derek talk with him again upon the completion of his noir trilogy.
EXCLUSIVE! Hear Scott Gardner’s first reactions of the new revamped Disney/Lucasfilm Star Wars attraction — Star Tours: The Adventures Continue!!! Reporting LIVE from Disney’s Hollywood Studios at the Walt Disney World Resort, Scott reports on the experience fresh from being one of the first to ride it! DON’T MISS IT!
This episode is a rerun that originally aired August 25th, 2008.
Episode 3 – Star Wars: Episode VII – A “What if…?” Discussion
In this episode, the Freaks speculate on Star Wars: Episode VII !!
COULD there be one? SHOULD there be one? We discuss how we might make it. What would be the plot? What characters would we use or not use? What era would we set it in? What we’d LOVE to see!! What we’d HATE to see!!
NOTE: This episode was recorded LONG BEFORE Scott’s head-first dive into the Star Wars Expanded Universe. In fact, this discussion is what inspired him to do so!! Enjoy!!