Wednesday, November 05, 2014

Brubaker's Air Conditioned Rooms, On Stage and Online This Weekend!

Today sees the publication of the second printing for The Fade Out #2.  I haven't been able to find the cover art for this edition, so I'm not sure how it varies from the first printing, and it appears that issue #3 has been rescheduled to next week.

UPDATE, 11/7:  Going from a listing on the online secondary market, it appears that the second printing's cover uses a black-and-white version of Sean Phillips' artwork, combined with the bloody/inky red logo for The Fade Out.  Republished below, the monochrome approach makes the cover seem more like a still from an old horror movie, even if it's a bit less striking than the quasi-photo negative used for the debut issue's second printing.

This week's other big release is the latest issue in Ed Brubaker's retro spy comic.  Velvet #8 is in stores today, and Comic Book Resources has a three-page preview.

Even bigger news is what I believe to be Ed Brubaker's debut as a playwright, with a play that can be seen in person and on the web.

Teased in September and announced in early October, Brubaker's play is part of a live theater experience that will be filmed in HD, mixed in real time, and streamed online.

"The Noir Series" is a live production by the new Heretick Theater Lab. The Culture Mom blogs that the series is comprised of four thematically linked, interactive plays, and a news story published today at the Clyde Fitch Report elaborates that the series is being performed in Schkapf Theatre, a 67-seat black box theater in Los Angeles.

Heretick Lab explains, "We’re going to put on a play and film it, then we’re going to present it to you in your living rooms. Sure it’s crazy talk, and dreams will most likely be crushed, but that’s LA, that’s theatre - that’s Noir."

Along with "Air Conditioned Rooms" by Ed Brubaker, the series features plays from the Captain America screenwriter Stephen McFeely, filmmaker John Hindman, and a comedy partnership called the Burglars of Hamm.

On Twitter, Brubaker confirms that the series is "one event [produced] four times over a weekend," so you can catch all four plays in a single showing, with evening shows on Friday and Saturday, November 7th and 8th, and matinees on Saturday and Sunday, the 8th and 9th.

Opening night concludes with a Q&A in the lobby, with Brubaker in attendance, but this first show is already sold-out in person.

Patrons online can still watch any single performance for $7.99 or all four performances for $20.

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