The Joup Friday Album: The Blue Meanies – Full Throttle

Full throttleHey! It’s Friday and you know what that means? Yep – welcome to another edition of The Joup Friday Album.

First, many thanks to Tommy for passing the torch my way and in no way sir should you feel the need to apologize for pulling me away from my novel. It’s always a pleasure to get called upon for selecting the week’s album and this week I’m especially excited because I’m finally posting an album I’ve been wanting to post for months now.

Thee Comic Column #98: Bill Sienkiewicz’s Stray Toasters

Stray ToastersIt’s 1988 and I’m 12 years old. While out running errands with my mother in Worth, IL I get her to stop at Heroland Comics on 111th. This is a regular routine for us at this point. I’m always spending my meager allowance on comics, and as I’ve talked about often in these pages the limits on my funds ($5 a week? maybe $10?) dictates that I buy my essentials and then very carefully screen for any other purchases. This is why there’s a lot of series from the 80’s that I have arcs from but did not follow religiously. It’s also why some of the prestige format books that were rocking the comics world at the time remained out of my grasp for several years still. Bill Sienkiewicz’s Stray Toasters was definitely one of those latter –  although I don’t think it ever found the audience that Dark Knight Returns or Watchmen did. Stray Toasters is an anomaly among the ambitious, groundbreaking books of the late 80’s and unlike the aforementioned classics one that I looked through very carefully from the relative safety of the shelves; Stray Toasters was a book that genuinely scared me. Not, “Oh no, this is scary”, but “What the hell is this? Why does that man have a toaster for a head – or perhaps why does that toaster have a man’s body – and why is it killing that woman? My twelve year old mind, reared as it was on the relative sophistication of Larry Hama’s GIJOE and Chris Claremont’s Uncanny X-Men just had no capacity to process what the hell this was.

Thee Comic Column #97 Robert Kirkman Outcast!

outcast_02This is going to be short and sweet because I’m pushing to get the current novel I’ve been writing for two years finished by this Wednesday. It might not happen – I’m not going to rush the ending. But I have to know I did everything I could to at least try. I’m sooo close. But I also am not about to neglect my weekly column here so that leaves the question, without just throwing up something that is piss poor, what can I talk about that won’t lead into the kind of lengthy dissertation I’ve been increasingly wont to fall into here lately.

Thee Comic Column #96: Guarding the Galaxy

Starlord TradeAssurance: There are NO SPOILERS contained in this article. This is not a review of the film so much as a treatise on what it means to comics.

The Joup Friday Album: Steely Dan – Aja

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Thee Avid Reader Interviews Sean-Paul Thomas

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Thee Comic Column #95: Zak Snyder’s Wonder Woman

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