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‘Crow' creator to discuss planned ‘Author's Edition'

Word Balloons: Creator James O'Barr is planning an updated edition of his graphic novel “The Crow,” which inspired the 1994 film.
by Matthew Price Published: November 12, 2010

Get the latest on “The Crow” straight from the character's creator, James O'Barr, at this weekend's Wizard World Austin Comic Con.

After a year away, the Wizard World brand of comic conventions returns to Texas. Described as part of North America's largest pop-culture tour, the Texas Wizard show has generally been the largest comics and pop culture show in the Southwest.

The show runs today through Sunday at the Austin Convention Center, 500 E Cesar Chavez St.

James O'Barr, creator of “The Crow,” will speak at 6 p.m. today about his creation. O'Barr's website announced plans in January for an “Author's Edition” of “The Crow” that would contain 60 pages of new material. In “The Crow,” Eric Draven and his fiancee, Shelly, are murdered by a street gang. Eric returns from the dead as a dark avenger, seeking revenge on those who caused his death.

The comic book series “The Crow” was written and drawn by O'Barr as a way of dealing with his grief at the death of his fiancee by a drunken driver.

“Initially, when I did it 20 years ago, the violent scenes came really easy to me, and the romantic flashback sequences were the most difficult to do,” O'Barr told “I think part of that is because the event in my life that triggered the whole book (was) still really close to me, and I still hadn't dealt with it at that point, and I was angry at the world. So, the violence came really easily, and I'm finding the exact opposite this time where I have to struggle to do the violent stuff, and the romantic sequences that I wasn't capable of doing back then are coming really easily to me now. I guess I've dealt with my traumas. I'm endeavoring to be a happy man at this point.”

O'Barr was heavily involved with the 1994 film adaptation of “The Crow,” which starred Brandon Lee. Lee was accidentally killed during the filming of “The Crow” when a prop gun was accidentally loaded with a live round. Director Alex Proyas finished the film with the support of Lee's family.

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by Matthew Price
Features Editor
Features Editor Matthew Price has worked for The Oklahoman since 2000. He’s a University of Oklahoma graduate who has also worked at the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette and was a Dow Jones Newspaper Fund intern for the Dallas Morning News. He’s...
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