Scott L. Wolfson

Scott L. Wolfson is an award-winning songwriter, professional musician, graphic artist, and writer of prose, drama, and fiction. He spends his free time thinking about what to do if he ever gets free time.

Posts by Scott L. Wolfson

Mister Rogers

Mister Rogers Liked Us Just the Way We Were, But Would He Now?

Happy 50th to Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood and our favorite neighbor. A documentary and a commemorative stamp are just two of the many works of art marking the 50th anniversary of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood this year. In 2019 we’ ll also be blessed with a Tom Hanks–starring biopic of Mister Fred Rogers’ life. Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, which began airing in February 1968, ran 895 episodes. That kind of staying power and our continued devotion illustrate that we still value the        …read more

Teen Avengers Squirrel Girl

Superhero 101: Squirrel Girl

In anticipation of ‘Marvel’s New Warriors,’ meet fan-favorite Squirrel Girl. This year a team of teenage heroes will reach new audiences in Marvel’s New Warriors. Created in 1991 as a lighthearted reaction to superheroes who’d grown too serious, Marvel’s New Warriors introduced us to an endearing group of teen heroes who normally didn’t get a lot of time in the spotlight dominated by heroic Avengers and Uncanny X-Men. Although Squirrel Girl was never a part        …read more

family-friendly shows

5 Family-Friendly Shows Adults Can Actually Enjoy

‘Monitoring’ what the kids watch? Here are 5 family-friendly shows you’ll like as much as (or more than) they do. Recently, after interpreting my viewing habits, Netflix “helpfully” suggested that I could make a Kid account. I don’t have kids. And stop judging me, Netflix! I enjoy watching animated television, and as more of my friends are having kids, I’ve been thinking a lot lately about family-friendly shows aimed at children. Streaming services like Netflix        …read more

The Punisher series

‘The Punisher’: Is It the Wrong Time for a Hero Who Kills?

Marvel’s ‘The Punisher’ series reboots a vigilante story that began in an eerily similar moment in history four decades ago. When Netflix released The Punisher series, people said it was a bad time to do so, with all the shootings that plague us as a nation. The Punisher’s New York Comic-Con panel was canceled after the shooting in Las Vegas last October. As of this writing, there has been an average of one school shooting        …read more

Lost in Space

Get 'Lost in Space' with Netflix's Reboot of the 50-Year-Old Classic

The series about a family in space was popular for decades, but how will a modern audience respond to the ‘Lost in Space’ reboot? On April 13 Netflix will release its Lost in Space reboot. First airing on CBS in 1965, the series (unlike its contemporary Star Trek) began as a hit whose popularity grew through syndication. And while not as beloved today, it remained hugely successful over multiple decades. But with the tremendous failure of the        …read more

Game of Thrones women

8 'Game of Thrones' Women Ruling the World

‘Game of Thrones’ women govern their world. The men only think they’re in charge. Times are certainly changing, albeit slowly. But if you grew up when I did and were a fan of fantasy comics, books and movies, there was one certainty — the heroes were men. How many video games or books could be boiled down to “saving the princess”? And even when there were women who weren’t helpless damsels in distress, they were        …read more

adaptation movie, books that are made into movies

From Harry Potter to Wonder Woman: Which Adaptations Succeed and Why?

A look at some of the best and worst TV and movie adaptations and what determines a successful transition from book to screen. For voracious readers, it’s often a double-edged sword when our favorite comic books, graphic novels, and novels are adapted to TV shows and movies. Avid fans will always be upset by revisions, and they’ll certainly love the books more. Often changes seem to be made for change’s sake, and adaptations lose the        …read more

media representation

A Closer Look at Media Representations of Jewish People

How Jews have been presented in film and TV, and why media representation matters. In an episode of Master of None, the characters talk about media representation of Indian people and other marginalized groups. Their conclusion is that there have been great strides recently, if you’re Black or gay. Now, growing up Jewish in the Midwest, I spent a good portion of my life looking at how we were represented. That is, not too well.        …read more

Jewish Creators

How the Jewish Experience Gave Rise to Our Favorite Comic Book Heroes

Whether consciously or not on the part of the Jewish creators and innovators, what comes to mind when we think of comics and superheroes comes straight out of troubled times for Jews. Comic books are lifted from the myths, plights and religious teachings of the Jewish people. Let’s start with the framework for comics as we know them. It’s 1933, the heart of the Great Depression, and M.C. Gaines (born Maxwell Ginzberg) needs an idea        …read more

indie comics

Did Our Favorite Indie Comics Grow Up or Sell Out?

How did indie comics ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ and ‘The Tick’ rise from cult followings to franchises, and what did they give up for mass appeal? When I saw that a new version of The Tick was coming out — from creator Ben Edlund, no less — I was ecstatic. However, the pilot was not the laugh riot I expected. I was leery of the dark, serious tone and the direction it was taking. An        …read more