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The Year in Arts and Culture — 2016

Posted on · The past year was another busy one for the arts and culture scene in Houston. The Menil Collection named Houston native Rebecca Rabinow as its new director in May. The White Oak Music Hall opened its outdoor space in April, and then held a grand opening for its new interior space in August. But, there's […]

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State Water Plan and DeLoreans: Friday’s Show (March 11, 2016)

Posted on · DeLoreans are going back into production…in Humble. The stainless-steel-bodied cars with gull-wing doors haven’t been manufactured since the DeLorean Motor Company went bankrupt back in 1982. But the car grew in pop cultural consciousness thanks to the Back to the Future trilogy. Now, a new company, and new owners, amid changes to some laws regulating […]

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How Has Houston’s Comicpalooza — and the Genres it Embraces — Evolved Since it Began Seven Years Ago?

Posted on · Comicpalooza began as a modest convention in a movie theater. Seven years later, it's the state's largest comic and pop culture convention. Houston Matters' Maggie Martin sat down with John Simons, Chairman of Comicpalooza, and Richard Evans, owner of Bedrock City Comic Company. Simons tells Houston Matters the convention has come a long way since […]

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School Funding, Military Declines, and Comicpalooza: Friday’s show (May 22, 2015)

Posted on · In 2011, the Texas Legislature cut $5 billion from the public education budget. More than two-thirds of Texas public school districts filed lawsuits. Then in 2013, lawmakers restored the majority of the funding cut two years earlier. Nevertheless, a court challenge over how the state funds schools has gone forward, with arguments expected in the […]

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Scott McCloud Discusses The Art of Making Comics

Posted on · Cartoonist and Author Scott McCloud talks about his passion for comics and the theory behind the comics medium. McCloud is the author of works including Understanding Comics: The Invisible Art. MORE: Scott McCloud’s Extended Interview from 2014 with Houston Matters’ Conner Clifton

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Why Are Marvel Comics’ Movies So Successful at the Box Office?

Posted on · Summer is still, technically, a few weeks off, but another summer season of big-budget, comic book-themed movie releases is already well underway, with Captain America: The Winter Soldier and The Amazing Spider-Man 2 raking in revenue at the box office. They’ll be joined shortly by X-Men: Days of Future Past and Guardians of the Galaxy. […]

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Equal Rights Ordinance Update and Houston Comic Book Experts on Marvel: Houston Matters for Thursday, May 15, 2014

Posted on · The Houston City Council is delaying a vote on a proposed Equal Rights Ordinance for another two weeks. Councilmembers did vote Wednesday on a number of amendments to the ordinance, including one that would eventually apply the ordinance to companies with 15 or more workers, drawn down, over time, from 50. On this edition of […]