Here's a badly kept secret about me: I love Shaquille O'Neal. Always have. I taste-tested every flavor of Soda Shaq, for crying out loud. Ask me to tell you about my never-written script for Caddy-Shaq someday.
Dark Horse comics editor Jim Gibbons and writer/artist Ethan Young clearly feel the same way. As a palate cleanser to cheer themselves up after collaborating on Young's amazing-looking but also emotionally draining graphic novel Nanjing the Burning City, the two teamed up for another, wholly different project in which the Shaq of 1993 is convinced by former Charlotte Hornet Larry Johnson in the guise of Grandmama (remember Grandmama?) to spring ahead to the year 2030 to challenge a mysterious dictator to a game of one-on-one for the fate of the world.
You thought the NCAA championship game was big? This is bigger.
When I arrive at the handball courts adjacent the hardwood at world-famous Rucker Park to get my allotted interview time with Shaquille O'Neal, I have to wait. It's a humid Monday in Harlem, and the emcee for the evening is just quickly confirming Shaq's career accomplishments, so that he can properly intro The Big Aristotle a few minutes later to the hordes of assembled fans (the line for last Mo
Remember Shaq in Orlando? He was young, not fat, pulled down entire backboards, and had legend Penny Hardaway as a teammate. He also had an amazing run of Reebok sneakers that captured the spirit of the early to mid '90s perfectly. Back then the silhouettes were big, clunky, technological, and loaded with comfort...