Xtina Marks the Spot!

I have been honored to work with great artists my entire career. It started with Atlas Comics back in 1973, continued through my work with science-fiction book cover luminaries, and extended to my collaborations with The Greenwich Workshop – America’s leading limited edition fine art publisher. In that time, I was flattered whenever these great
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SummerFall (& Final!) Martial Arts in Media 2016

This may, or may not, be a momentous bang and/or whimper occasion. I can’t remember exactly when I started writing this column for the gone-and-might-be-forgotten (albeit, in some quarters, fondly remembered) Inside Kung-Fu magazine, but I seem to recall it was around 1991. That makes it a nice round anniversary, since the final issue of
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2016 SDCC Kung Fu Extravaganza Playlist!

Well, this was one for the record books – perhaps the most balanced, consistent, exciting Extravaganza, with an exceptional ratio of gasps, laughs, and cheers. It started with the introductions, beginning with the man who helped start it all – Frank Djeng, the Tai Seng Entertainment “Master of Remaster.” Sadly, Tai Seng, that pioneering distributor
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SanDie-GO ComicCon KungFu Extravaganza!

It’s that time of year again, when 1000+ rabid martial art movie fans converge on Room 6A of the San Diego Convention Center for 150 minutes of the most eye-popping, mind-blowing, stomach-jumping action scenes of the year. Yes, it’s San Diego Comic Con Superhero Kung Fu Extravaganza time. If you’re one of the lucky, relatively,
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Martial Arts in Media Spring 2016

Busy season. Finally! After months of inactivity, kung fu cinema makes a rush toward summer, with a fistful (and kickful) of films making their moves on the American cinema (and DVD) circuit. Some signal a possible advance toward energetically elevated, open-minded martial arts, but some, of course, dig in their heels and kow-tow to the
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From Russia with Love…

Or … To Russia with Comics, Books, & DVDs … Or … Don’t Turn Around, the Commissar’s in Town … Or … Moscow from the Hudson … Or … How many Eastern European clichés/stereotypes can I come up with? Anyway, ever want to meet me? Ever wanted to visit Moscow sometime between May 19th and
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Martial Arts in Media Winter 2016

American author Thomas Wolfe once wrote a book called You Can’t Go Home Again – a phrase that, over the years, has come to signify that attempting to recapture the joys of one’s youth is folly. In fact, on the Wikipedia page it flatly states “attempts to relive youthful memories will always fail.” Well, if
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Crouching Tiger Two, Hidden Dragon Zero

I have not been looking forward to this for quite some time. The Weinstein Company’s inexplicable campaign to marginalize Asian action films, and minimize its effect on American cinema, has been going on for decades now (see my Daily Grindhouse op-ed one post away on this site). Even as far as two years ago I
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A History of Disrespect

In “honor” of Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny, I have been re-linking to my now somewhat (in)famous editorial for Daily Grindhouse about The Weinstein Company’s campaign to marginalize and minimize Asian action cinema … only to find that the Daily Grindhouse site is M.I.A. … maybe temporarily, maybe forever. In any case, thought
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Martial Arts in Media Autumn 2015

Well, that’s that. A combination of rampant bootlegging and a paucity of product has done in the last store in New York City’s Chinatown that still sold actual, authentic, legal DVDs and VCDs. Rest in peace P Music Video Corp. Thanks for your honesty, patience, and dedication. Rest assured, however, if the store had been
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