August 22, 2017 • Fiction, Movies & Film
Let’s be honest. Sometimes the main character in a book (or movie) just doesn’t measure up next to their sidekick(s). Sidekicks are the unsung heroes of lots of stories; they’re the comedic relief, the voice of reason, the support without which main characters likely couldn’t do what they have to do to bring a story to its conclusion. So today, let’s acknowledge some of our favourite literary (and movie) sidekicks.
August 3, 2017 • Fiction, Humor, Movies & Film, Television
Our favorite camp counselors are back! As the Wet Hot American Summer characters return to Camp Firewood for a ten-year reunion, we can’t help but wonder what reading material they packed for those long 1991 internet-less nights. While they were catching up, we snuck into their cabins and riffled through their suitcases. Here’s what they’re reading.
August 2, 2017 • Fiction, Movies & Film, Quirk Kids, Sci-Fi and Fantasy
X-Files Illustrator Kim Smith Talks with Quirk Publisher Jason Rekulak
Quirk Books Publisher Jason Rekulak collaborated with illustrator Kim Smith on her best-selling picture book adaptation of Home Alone, and he was thrilled to re-team with her on an adaptation of The X-Files. They chatted recently about how this otherworldly picture book came together.
JR: Were you a fan of The X-Files as a kid?
August 1, 2017 • Movies & Film, Sci-Fi and Fantasy
Rising star Jason Momoa has come a long way since his first Baywatch appearance in 1999—through several less-than-memorable action roles (and a few great ones), to his breakout role in Game of Thrones, and now on to series with more depth (such as Frontier) and even a major blockbuster franchise (in the DCEU). However, when people think of the Hawaiian actor, they tend to think of big brutes—barbarians, assassins, horselords and tattooed thugs. It’s a part that he plays well, and at over 6’3” with undeniably rippling muscles and wonderfully villainous facial hair, it’s easy to understand why Momoa generally finds himself up for this kind of part. However, that doesn’t mean that he doesn’t have any literary roles under his belt. In fact, many of his big scary barbarian characters are actually lifted from the pages of books and comics, proving that just because a film is a literary adaptation, that doesn’t mean that the characters have to be book-lovers themselves.
From first to last, we count down Momoa’s literary roles over the years, as well as those to come.
July 31, 2017 • Fiction, Movies & Film, Reference: Media & Celebrities
It’s the end of July and we can’t put our wand on the why, but things are feeling kind of magical. Oh, hang on. It’s J.K. Rowling’s birthday! Over here at Quirk Books, we’re celebrating the Queen of Quidditch, the Duchess of Diagon Alley, the Countess of Chocolate Frogs. Want in on the fun? Other than sending a loving and determined tweet to our hero and yours, here are five ways to celebrate J.K. Rowling’s birthday.