- Frank Lovece
Frank Lovece is an American
journalist, author, comedyperformer and comic-book writer. He was additionally one of the first professional Web journalists, becoming an editor of a Silicon Alleystart-up in 1996.
For an "
Entertainment Weekly" article on direct-to-video movies representing themselves as theatrical releases, he produced the first — and, after the article's publication, only — home video to obtain an MPAArating. [cite web | url=http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0451077/ | title=Frank Lovece entry | publisher=IMDb.com | work= | accessdate=2006-06-08] [" The Washington Post" (Friday, August 9, 1991): Style section, p.D6]
Early life and career
Morgantown, West Virginia[ [http://www.filmjournal.com/filmjournal/reviews/article_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=1003522947 Lovece, Frank. "We Are Marshall" (movie review)] , " Film Journal International", posted online Dec. 22, 2006] Frank Lovece attended West Virginia Universityin that city, graduating with a bachelor of artsdegree in communication. He was the arts/entertainment editor of the college newspaper, the " Daily Athenaeum", held posts in student government, and interned with both the WWVUstatewide radio newsservice, and, in Washington, D.C., the USDA Cooperative Extension Service. [http://franklovece.com/ Frank Lovece official site] ]
He became a stringer for the
New York Citynewspaper " Newsday" in the late 1980s, becoming a weekly TVcolumnist there in 2003. Lovece's book "Hailing Taxi: The Official Book of the Show", was published in 1988, the first of several books he would write on topics including the TV series" The Brady Bunch" and " The X-Files", and on the Godzillamovie series.
artist Mike Okamotocreated the four-issue miniseries"Atomic Age" (Nov. 1990 - Feb. 1991) for Marvel Comics' creator-owned Epic Comicsimprint. The series was among the items featured in the Bowling Green State Universityexhibition "The Atomic Age Opens: Selections from the Popular Culture Library." Collaborator Al Williamsonwon the 1991 Eisner Awardfor Best Inker for his work on that and other series that awards-year, with Okamoto winning the Russ Manning Awardfor most promising newcomer.
Lovece went on to write stories for Epic's anthology series "Clive Barker's Hellraiser", and wrote the nine-issue run of "
Hokum & Hex" for Marvel's Razorlineimprint, created by novelist Barker. Other work includes such children's comics as the licensed series " Mighty Morphin Power Rangers" (including one story penciledby industry legend Steve Ditko), " VR Troopers" and "Masked Rider". The "Hellraiser" story "For My Son", by Lovece and artist Bill Koeb, originally published in "Clive Barker's Hellraiser Summer Special" #1 (Summer 1992), appears in Checker Publishing's "Clive Barker's Hellraiser: Collected Best, Volume 1" (ISBN 0-9710249-2-8), though with the last page inexplicably missing; the complete story appears in an authorized, free online version from web publisher Wowio. [ [http://www.wowio.com/users/product.asp?BookId=1676 Wowio: "Hellraiser" Collection 06] ]
Additionally for Marvel, Lovece wrote for the series "Nightstalkers" and for "
The Incredible Hulk" and "Ghost Rider" annuals, as well as an inventory story for " Alpha Flight". He additionally wrote a " Vampirella" inventory story for Harris Comics. His three-part child-abuse drama "Egg" ran in Dark Horse Comics' "Dark Horse Presents" #110-112. Additionally, he wrote an educational comic book about the American banking system for the Federal Reserve Bankof New York.
By the 1990s, Lovece was a weekly syndicated columnist for
United Media/NEA, and a writer for periodicals including the " Los Angeles Times", the " New York Post", "Penthouse", "Billboard", and " Entertainment Weekly", where he wrote features and reviewed home videoreleases and comic books.
Beginning 1996, he served as a
websiteeditor and streaming videoproducer at " Gist TV". He later became a web editor at Hachette Filipacchi, creating sites for "Sound & Vision" and " Popular Photography" magazines, and, from 2001 to 2004, at the Sci-Fi Channel television network, creating sites for " Battlestar Galactica", " Stargate SG-1", " Stargate Atlantis", "The X-Files", "The Incredible Hulk", " Legend of Earthsea" and other television shows, movies and miniseries. Since 2005, in addition to his " Newsday" column and features, Lovece has been a movie criticfor " Film Journal International". He had previously been a movie critic for the " TV Guide" website [ [http://www.rottentomatoes.com/author-3134/ Rotten Tomatoes: Frank Lovece] ] and for " The Bergen Record". [ [http://www.compleatsteve.com/person/tennant.htm The Compleat Steve: Except of "L.A. Story" review] ]
In 2005, Lovece and photographer Matthew Jordan Smith collaborated on "Lost and Found" (Filipacchi, New York, 2006; ISBN-13 9781599756110 ISBN 1599756110), a photojournalistic record of families of abducted children and the work of The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children. [ [http://www.takegreatpictures.com/Articles/Details/params/object/10435/default.aspx TakeGreatPictures.com: "Behind the Scenes of Lost and Found", by Frank Lovece] ]
Dark Horse Comics editor Bob Schreck: "Frank is probably the most under-exploited, most sensitive writer this field has to offer". [Bob Schreck, "Dark Horse Presents" #110 (June 1996), p. 9]
"Nuclear Texts & Contexts" #6 (Spring 1991): "Atomic Age" (Frank Lovece, writer, &
Mike Okamoto, artist, Epic Comics) is a four-part series dealing with alien invaders set during the Sputnikera. ... Although no nuclear war is featured, there is plenty of wry satireon Cold Warparanoia, and on racism". [ [http://www.wsu.edu/~brians/ntc/NTC6.pdf "Comic Books (reviews)", "Nuclear Texts & Contexts" #6 (Spring 1991), p. 11] ]
* [http://www.maelmill-insi.de/UHBMCC/ The Unofficial Handbook of Marvel Comics Creators]
* [http://www.comics.org/search.lasso?query=Frank+Lovece&type=writer&sort=chrono&Submit=Search Frank Lovece] at the
Grand Comic-Book Database
* [http://www.clivebarker.com/html/visions/bib/comics/ Clive Barker's Official Site: Comics]
*Thompson, Maggie, "'Atomic Age' Features '50s SF". "
Comics Buyer's Guide" #885 (November 2, 1990)
* [http://labs.daylife.com/journalist/frank_lovece Journalist Pages: Frank Lovece]
* [http://www.missingkids.com/missingkids/servlet/PageServlet?LanguageCountry=en_US&PageId=2487 National Center for Missing & Exploited Children: "Lost and Found"]
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