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The X-Files Revival of IDW

on Tue, 11/24/2015 - 00:00

In March 2014, the FOX network announced that their classic series The X-Files would return in early 2015 as a six-episode miniseries. “The X-Files was not only a seminal show for both the studio and the network, it was a worldwide phenomenon that shaped pop culture yet remained a true gem for the legions of fans who embraced it from the beginning,” Fox TV Group chairmen Dana Walden and Gary Newman explained at the time.

The words had an eerie similarity to those spoken by Jeffrey Godsick, President of Fox Consumer Products, a year earlier when IDW Publishing announced a comic book continuation of The X-Files. “The fans of The X-Files have remained loyal to the series since its conclusion,” Godsick said. “What better way to continue the show’s legacy and give back to them than through new stories in a different medium. IDW has worked with a number of our Fox properties, and we know they’re going to do great things with these iconic characters.”

For the uninitiated, The X-Files—which aired on FOX for nine seasons, from 1993 until 2002, and spawned two major motion pictures—follows the exploits of FBI agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully as they investigate a government conspiracy involving the existence of aliens and other supernatural phenomenon. Although the last “X-File” was the 2008 film I Want to Believe, fans have been hungry for new journeys into the paranormal since the series itself ended.

Pittsburgh and World War II: We Can Do It!

on Tue, 11/03/2015 - 00:00

World War II was arguably the greatest tragedy in the history of mankind. From Europe to the Pacific Ocean, the planet was engulfed in a battle that raged for over half a decade, leaving millions of people dead in its wake and destruction on a scale never before imagined. The Senator John Heinz History Center in Pittsburgh has paid tribute to the men and women who sacrificed their lives in that struggle, as well as the role the region played in the ultimate fight for freedom, with its We Can Do It! exhibit, on display from April 25, 2015, until January 3, 2016.

An estimated 1.25 million Pennsylvanians served in the armed forces during World War II, with 175,000 of that number coming from the Pittsburgh region. The Steel City did more than contribute to the millions of men and women who fought overseas, however, as its manufacturing might likewise played a key role in the outcome of the conflict. It could be argued that the industrial strength of the United States was what ultimately tipped the scale of victory towards the Allies, and Pittsburgh was not only at the forefront of that manufacturing output but the cornerstone of the “Arsenal of America” as well.

“By the time Japan attacked Pearl Harbor, Pennsylvania industries had been making war materials for more than a year,” the Heinz History Center explains. “America’s entry into the war intensified that need. Pittsburgh led the way as Pennsylvania businesses turned to war production. Heinz built gliders. Westinghouse made torpedoes. Dravo engineered an assembly line for building ships. U.S. Steel smashed production records as the region’s mills poured 95 million tons of steel into the effort. By 1945, Pennsylvania produced as much steel as all the Axis powers combined.”