Matthew Price
Features 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 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.


  • "Supergirl" movie was released 30 years ago today

    Matthew Price | Published: Fri, Nov 21, 2014

    The “Supergirl” movie starring Helen Slater hit theaters 30 years ago today, Nov. 21, 1984. American Comic Book Chronicles writes about the anniversary on Facebook, noting that DC’s publisher Jenette Kahn had given the OK for Supergirl to perish in “Crisis on Infinite Earths” prior to the film’s release. Supergirl was Kara Zor-El, cousin of […]

  • 'Best American Comics 2014' offers worthwhile sampler of the medium

    by Matthew Price, Features Editor | Published: Fri, Nov 21, 2014

    WORD BALLOONS: Writer/artist Scott McCloud serves as editor for the “Best American Comics 2014” anthology.

  • Oklahoma Cine Latino Film Festival set for Historic Capitol Hill

    Matthew Price | Published: Fri, Nov 14, 2014

    A two-day film festival to celebrate cinema and Latino culture will be held Nov. 14 and 15 at OCCC Capitol Hill Center located in 123 SW 25th St, OKC, OK 73109 . According to a news release, the festival will count with the presentation of a variety of features, documentaries, and short films, as well […]

  • Word Ballooons: Spider-Man's clone returns in dimension-spanning crossover

    By Matthew Price, Features Editor | Published: Fri, Nov 14, 2014

    Ben Reilly, Spider-Man’s clone who starred in the controversial “Clone Saga” of the 1990s, returns — in a way — in a new crossover

  • Rites set for award-winning animation writer-producer Larry Latham

    Matthew Price | Updated: Thu, Nov 13, 2014

    Rites have been set for Larry Latham, award-winning writer and director of animation, the Tulsa World reports. A celebration of life has been set for 11 a.m. Nov. 21 at Gilcrease Museum. Serenity Funerals and Crematory handled arrangements. The 1975 University of Oklahoma graduate and Oklahoma City native was an Emmy-winner for his work in […]

  • Guest post: The physics of Thor's hammer

    Matthew Price | Updated: Thu, Nov 13, 2014

    The following is a guest post by Professor Jim Kakalios, author of THE PHYSICS OF SUPERHEROES, who explains the possible physics behind Thor’s enchanted hammer, Mjolnir. The Physics of Mjolnir Jim Kakalios These are exciting days for physics, with several recent experimental observations providing important information on some of the most important mysteries of nature. […]

  • Wizard World pop culture show comes to Tulsa

    By Matthew Price, Features Editor | Published: Fri, Nov 7, 2014

    Michael Rooker, Lou Ferrigno, Jason David Frank will be among celebrities on hand

  • Happy Halloween 2014!

    Matthew Price | Updated: Fri, Oct 31, 2014

    Wishing everyone a safe and Happy Halloween!  Comics have a long history of Halloween-themed and other frightful covers.  You can check some out at Comic Seeker and Comics Alliance.  

  • Word Balloons: Batman highlights Halloween comic-book releases

    By Matthew Price, Features Editor | Published: Fri, Oct 31, 2014

    Word Balloons: Batman has gotten into the Halloween season with spooky comic-book releases.

  • Halloween Countdown: Zombies may represent our darkest fears

    Matthew Price | Published: Thu, Oct 30, 2014

    What makes the zombie genre so popular?  On Halloween 2011, I took a look at that question in the pages of The Oklahoman.   For this year’s Halloween countdown, I’m re-presenting that archive story.    In the meantime, the zombie trend hasn’t abated: “The Walking Dead” continues to be a top-rated TV show and best-selling […]

  • Halloween countdown: Superhero costumes ruled 1966

    Matthew Price | Published: Wed, Oct 29, 2014

      Above is a vintage photo from the Associated Press from 1966 with popular superhero costumes of the day. Here’s the photo caption info: Comic strips come alive this Halloween as Batman, the Green Hornet, Superman and a host of other comic strip characters are getting geared up for a one-night stand Oct. 31. At […]

  • Marvel Event: Quick Thoughts

    Matthew Price | Published: Tue, Oct 28, 2014

    Marvel has announced its full slate of film programming for “Phase 3″ of its cinematic development. Here’s the lineup: May 6, 2016: Captain America: Civil War November 4, 2016: Doctor Strange May 5, 2017: Guardians of the Galaxy 2 July 28, 2017: Thor: Ragnarok November 3, 2017: Black Panther May 4, 2018: Avengers: Infinity War […]

  • Halloween Countdown: Recommendations for comic-book reading (2011)

    Matthew Price | Published: Tue, Oct 28, 2014

    With Halloween nearing, I’m taking a look at some of my previous Halloween recommendations columns.  Look for the latest Halloween comics recommended reading in the Oct. 31 Weekend Life section of The Oklahoman!   The following column, from Oct. 28, 2011, shared three main reading recommendations. WORD BALLOONS: Comic-book recommendations for Halloween reading With Halloween just […]

  • Oafcon 2014: Saturday report

    Matthew Price | Updated: Tue, Oct 28, 2014

    NORMAN — Day 1 of the 2014 edition of Oafcon is in the books, and the first day in the new location went well, most reported.   The Embassy Suites venue feels very classy, and while organizer Bart Bush said attendance may have been off a bit from last year, his feedback from attendees was that […]

  • Oafcon 2014: Sunday report

    Matthew Price | Published: Mon, Oct 27, 2014

    NORMAN – Sunday at Oafcon seemed busier to me than last year’s Sunday, and for those I talked to, it seemed like sales were pretty strong for a Sunday as well. Lots of folks enjoyed seeing a rare “Batman” issue 1 at the convention, but Bat-Blog author Tommy Brookshire set up a potentially even cooler […]

  • Halloween ComicFest set for Saturday

    Matthew Price | Published: Fri, Oct 24, 2014

    Diamond Comic Distributors has set “Halloween ComicFest” for Saturday, Oct. 25, which will feature comic book giveaways and a costume contest. Here’s info from Diamond: Both adults and kids can enter the contest right now on www.halloweencomicfest.com/costumecontest for a chance to win a $500 or $100 shopping spree to their local comic shop plus tons […]

  • Comics convention moves to Norman

    By Matthew Price, mprice@opubco.com | Published: Fri, Oct 24, 2014

    Local comics creators including the “Nadir’s Zenith” team are set for 2014 Oafcon, the annual Oklahoma Alliance of Fans gathering that this year will take place in Norman.

  • Oafcon Spotlight 2014: S.A. McClung

    Matthew Price | Published: Thu, Oct 23, 2014

    Oklahoma comics writer/artist S.A. McClung is set with new comics and artwork for Oafcon, taking place this Saturday and Sunday in Norman. “I’ve got a new comic, Displacements:Oasis #4, new art prints, and new original art,” McClung said. You can follow McClung via his Facebook page or web site, strangeartmedia.com.   His comic, “Displacements: Oasis,” also […]

  • Oafcon Spotlight 2014: Jessica Garvey

    Matthew Price | Published: Wed, Oct 22, 2014

    Oklahoma writer/artist Jessica Garvey will be in attendance at this weekend’s Oafcon, a comic book and nostalgia convention held this year in Norman, OK.  Garvey will have on hand the comic book “It Did Happen,” which she created for her senior capstone at Oklahoma City University, where she earned a double major in Studio Art […]

  • "Okie Down" set for Oklahoma City premiere

    Matthew Price | Published: Wed, Oct 22, 2014

    An Oklahoma-shot indie suspense film will get its premiere at 7 p.m. Oct. 23 at the Oklahoma City Windsor 10.  “Okie Down” was written and directed by Michael Yonan. The full release about the premiere follows below: Oklahoma City, Ok – 2014 “OKIE DOWN” will have a Premiere screening at the Oklahoma City Windsor 10 followed by […]




Matthew Price Fri, Nov. 21 2014 01:40:44 PM CST "Supergirl" movie was released 30 years ago today LINK
Matthew Price Fri, Nov. 21 2014 12:20:52 AM CST 'Best American Comics 2014' offers worthwhile sampler of the medium LINK
Matthew Price Fri, Nov. 14 2014 11:52:40 AM CST Oklahoma Cine Latino Film Festival set for Historic Capitol Hill LINK
Matthew Price Thu, Nov. 13 2014 06:29:42 PM CST Rites set for award-winning animation writer-producer Larry Latham LINK
Matthew Price Thu, Nov. 13 2014 03:56:11 PM CST Guest post: The physics of Thor's hammer LINK
Matthew Price Fri, Nov. 07 2014 12:00:30 AM CST Wizard World pop culture show comes to Tulsa LINK
Matthew Price Fri, Oct. 31 2014 02:22:56 PM CST Happy Halloween 2014! LINK
Matthew Price Fri, Oct. 31 2014 12:31:53 AM CST Word Balloons: Batman highlights Halloween comic-book releases LINK
Matthew Price Thu, Oct. 30 2014 01:46:30 PM CST Halloween Countdown: Zombies may represent our darkest fears LINK
Matthew Price Wed, Oct. 29 2014 12:59:45 PM CST Halloween countdown: Superhero costumes ruled 1966 LINK
Matthew Price Tue, Oct. 28 2014 04:35:43 PM CST Marvel Event: Quick Thoughts LINK
Matthew Price Tue, Oct. 28 2014 03:55:35 PM CST RT @slashfilm: Here's A Link To All The #MarvelEvent News Including Logos and Release dates LINK LINK
Matthew Price Tue, Oct. 28 2014 02:05:22 PM CST Halloween Countdown: Recommendations for comic-book reading (2011) LINK
Matthew Price Mon, Oct. 27 2014 01:51:49 PM CST Oafcon 2014: Sunday report LINK
Matthew Price Sun, Oct. 26 2014 07:57:33 AM CST Oafcon 2014: Saturday report LINK
Matthew Price Fri, Oct. 24 2014 12:14:50 PM CST Update on this weekend's OafCon in Norman LINK
Matthew Price Fri, Oct. 24 2014 10:50:26 AM CST Halloween ComicFest set for Saturday LINK
Matthew Price Thu, Oct. 23 2014 04:53:52 PM CST Oafcon Spotlight 2014: S.A. McClung LINK
Matthew Price Wed, Oct. 22 2014 01:00:34 PM CST Oafcon Spotlight 2014: Jessica Garvey LINK
Matthew Price Wed, Oct. 22 2014 11:41:49 AM CST "Okie Down" set for Oklahoma City premiere LINK