About Jonathan Ryan

Jonathan Ryan is a novelist, blogger and columnist. His novel, 3 Gates of the Dead, published by Open Road Media, is in bookstores everywhere. The sequel, Dark Bride, will be out early next year along with a powerful new Young Adult Trilogy, Revolution of the Wolf and a moving middle grade series, Ghost Bear.

Simpsons Executive Producer Al Jean: “Religion Will Be A Part of Character’s Death”.

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As I watch TV and movies, I'm often frustrated at how they treat the subject of religion. Pop Culture either ignores it (wouldn't want to offend anyone) or degrades it as much as possible (just about every episode of Family Guy). Very few shows or movies take religion at face value and address it in all of it's glory and absurdity.This is why the Simpsons are still one of my all time favorite TV shows. As much as church groups protested the show back in the early 90's, the fact remains that t … [Read more...]

Salt Lake City Comic Con: Interview with Neal Adams: “Comics can Entertain and Make People think on a Deeper Level”

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(Salt Lake City Comic Con has been a mind blowing experience. I have so much to write about and I'll try to get to all of it in the next week. I'd planned to give a run down of the past two days in tonight's post. My plans got changed in a hurry.Why? Well, on Thursday, I walked the floor of the vendor hall before the crowds started to pour into the arena. As I toured the aisles, I stopped short when I saw a huge table with one of my all time heroes, comic legend Neal Adams, signing prints of … [Read more...]

The Remaining: Casey La Scala

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(Today, The Remaining comes out in theaters everywhere. I had a chance to screen the movie. I have to say, it's the best "faith based" movie I've seen. Parts of the movie scared me and provided some great thrills.Casey La Scala is a Hollywood rebel who makes his own way. He's produced amazing cult films like Donnie Darko (one of my favorites) and mainstream films like What a Girl Wants. The Remaining, however, is his directorial and writing debut)Many in the Christian world likes to … [Read more...]

Salt Lake City Comic Con to begin with a Press Conference

Tomorrow is Salt Lake City Comic Con! The madness begins.My day will start off at 11:00 P.M with the press conference at the Salt Palace Convention Center.What will this look like? From the official press release....The press conference is a chance for Dan Farr, the Show Producer and founder and Bryan Brandenburg, the Chief Marketing Officer and co-founder, to give updates and answer questions from the media about Salt Lake Comic Con. Farr and Brandenburg will be joined by a variety … [Read more...]

Top Five Things I’m Looking Forward to at SLC Comic Con

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The countdown to Salt Lake City Comic Con is T-minus two days. As of this time Thursday, I'll be giving my first panel discussion.So, what am I looking forward to the most at my first ever Comic Con?Here is the list.....5) Interviewing Cool People.Here's the thing, I'm not really a celebrity geek. I've got my favorites, of course, but no one I'd really fall over myself if I met them. When I do a celebrity interview, I'm interested in what motivates them as a creative … [Read more...]

SLC Comic Con Exclusive: Teen Author Boot Camp To Announce their Main Speaker for 2015!

As regular readers of The Rogue know, staff writer, Jo Schaffer, along with the other ladies at Writer's Cubed, started an amazing writer's conference called Teen Author Boot Camp. They've started to attract some of the largest names in the YA business, including last year's speakers James Dashner and Ally Condie. If you're at Salt Lake City Comic Con this weekend, they will announce the main speaker for next year's Teen Author Boot Camp. So, make sure you stop by the Writer's Cubed/Teen Author … [Read more...]

My First Comic Con: How We Will Cover it

So, I'm about three days away from my first Comic Con ever. Yes, that's right, I've never been to a comic con. I know this is really hard for most people to comprehend, especially the people who follow this site on a regular basis.Here's the thing, I'm only partially a geek. I like playing video games, but I'm not a gamer. I love comic books, but I'm not going to be participating in cosplay. I love Sci-FI/Fantasy, but I won't be getting into long, involved discussions about the bathroom … [Read more...]

The Remaining: Interview with Alexa Vega

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(As regular readers of The Rogue know, we have an interest (some say warped) in the deluge of so-called Christian movies hitting the market. Most of them are bad, few are good and some just recycle the same old evangelical crap.However, when The Remaining came across my email, I couldn't pass it up. How does a post rapture/sort of found footage/monster movie/zombie thriller grab you?Yeah, I thought so.We had two phone interviews with Alexa Vega and the director Casey La Scala to get t … [Read more...]

SLC Comic Con Names Me to FIVE Panel Discussions…

I woke up this morning to an amazing email from Salt Lake City Comic Con. My publishing company (Open Road Media) submitted my name for panel discussions as they ramp up their marketing for 3 Gates of the Dead, and the sequel, Dark Bride (March 2015).  According to the email, they had over five hundred panel  submissions and hundreds of willing participants.Salt Lake City Comic Con has exploded on the scene as a major player in the geek world. This is pretty amazing when you realize this is o … [Read more...]

Robin Williams, the Canary Prophet

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 The news of Robin Williams’ apparent suicide yesterday hit the Internet with blinding speed. People are pouring out their grief and utter disbelief. How could someone who brought so much joy and beauty end their life? How could he do something so contrary to what he brought to others?While no one will say it outright, some believe that anyone who commits suicide is a failure. They think that people who take their own life fail to see happiness of life and cannot face their "own … [Read more...]


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