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  • The best 10 periodical comics of 2014

    By Matthew Price, Features Editor | Published: Fri, Dec 26, 2014

    WORD BALLOONS: Female-led comics gained momentum in this year’s comic book series

  • 'A Christmas Carol' frequently found in comics

    Matthew Price | Updated: Wed, Dec 24, 2014

    The Charles Dickens classic story “A Christmas Carol” has come to comics many times.  The following is an update of a column I originally wrote in 2011 about the story and some of its comic-book counterparts. “A Christmas Carol” has frequently been remixed into comics. English author Charles...

  • ComicsPRO sets details for 2015 annual meeting

    Matthew Price | Published: Tue, Dec 23, 2014

    ComicsPRO, the national association of comic-book retailers, has sent out the following information about its upcoming members meeting in Portland, Ore. The meeting will be held from Feb. 19-21, with an opening reception on Feb. 18. The full release from ComicsPRO is below: ComicsPRO Annual...

  • Rifftrax announces worst movies of 2014

    Matthew Price | Published: Mon, Dec 22, 2014

    Movie-mockers Rifftrax have announced their list of the Worst Movies of 2014, as chosen by their fans. Topping the list is “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles,” the reboot of the comics property created by Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird. I reviewed the film for NewsOK, giving it 1 1/2 stars and calling...

  • Former 'Mystery Science Theater 3000' star celebrates Christmas with tweaked holiday tale

    By Matthew Price, Features Editor | Published: Fri, Dec 19, 2014

    Comic book characters celebrate holiday with new releases.

  • Christmas countdown 2014: Amazing Spider-Man #166

    Matthew Price | Published: Wed, Dec 17, 2014

    In today’s Christmas countdown, we take a look back at a Spider-Man holiday tale from 38 years ago.  I first reviewed this one as part of my “2,011 in 2011″ comic-book challenge to read 2.011 comic books in the year 2011.  The comic has a cover date of March 1977, which means it was on […]

  • 1988 interview with 'Captain America' writer Mark Gruenwald

    Matthew Price | Published: Tue, Dec 16, 2014

    Comics retailer Joe Field of Concord, Calif., shared this video from the archives in which he interviewed then-Captain America writer Mark Gruenwald in 1988. Here’s what Joe had to say: Back before Flying Colors Comics opened, when I was still working for KJOY-AM Radio and doing...

  • Christmas countdown 2014: Incredible Hulk 378

    Matthew Price | Published: Tue, Dec 16, 2014

    With Christmas nearing, the Nerdage blog will take a look back at a few holiday comic-book stories.  I first reviewed “Incredible Hulk” #378 as part of my “2,011 in 2011″ comic-book challenge to read 2.011 comic books in the year 2011.  Writer Peter David and artist Bill Jaaska create a...

  • 1930s superheroes return in Oklahoman's novel

    By Matthew Price, For The Oklahoman | Published: Fri, Dec 12, 2014

    “The Steel Ring” by Tulsa writer R.A. Jones features characters who first appeared in 1930s and were revived in 1990s.

  • Report: Mark Hamill to return as Trickster in 'Flash' TV show

    Matthew Price | Published: Mon, Dec 8, 2014

        According to a report from HitFix, Mark Hamill, best known as Luke Skywalker of “Star Wars,” will return to a role he first played in the 1990 “Flash” TV series.   He’ll play the Trickster on the 17th episode of the new series, “Flash” on CW, according to HitFix’s report....

  • Executive producer John Rogers set to launch 'The Librarians' with Oklahoma-raised star Christian Kane

    Matthew Price | Updated: Fri, Dec 5, 2014

    Fans of Christian Kane, who grew up in Norman, can catch the multitalented singer and actor’s latest show starting at Sunday at 7 p.m. Central. “The Librarians” is an hourlong sci-fi series that continues the mythology from the trilogy of TV movies that starred Noah Wyle.  With Wyle...

  • Word Balloons: Flash and Arrow make faster friends on TV than in comics

    By Matt Price | Published: Fri, Dec 5, 2014

    Word Balloons: Two DC Comics superheroes, Flash and Arrow, crossed over this week on television, but they’ve had limited interaction recently in the comics.

  • ComicsPRO investigating possible misuse of funds

    Matthew Price | Published: Thu, Dec 4, 2014

    ComicsPRO, the association of comic-book retailers, has announced it is investigating possible misuse of funds.   The following statement was posted at the organization’s Facebook page: ComicsPRO, the Comic Book Industry retail trade organization, is currently investigating the possible...



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Matthew Price


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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 always been interested in comics, reading them at age 2, working in comic shops starting at 17, printing his first comics 'zine at 20 and buying a comic-book store at 23. His column on comics, Word Balloons, has run weekly in The Oklahoman’s Weekend Look section since 2001.Matt's blog, Nerdage, has been honored by the Oklahoma Society of Professional Journalists, and his store, Norman's Speeding Bullet Comics, co-owned with his wife, Annette, was nominated for the Eisner Spirit of Retailing Award in 2005.

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