The Joup Friday Album: Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – And No More Shall We Part

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It is hard to imagine an album more beautiful than this. And when you factor in the oddities, the darkness, the punishment and the full out belly laughs – ie the guy in the plastic antlers pressing his bum against the glass – what you have is a musical experience unlike any other. When I first heard this somewhere around eleven years ago it was my first deep exposure to Mr. Cave. It was also unlike any musical experience I’d had up until that point, roughly my twenty fourth year on Earth.

Thee Comic Column #92: Kelley Jones’ The Hammer

The Hammer 2Recently I found myself waxing philosophical about horror. Horror as a frame of mind, an emotion and subsequently horror as a genre: a form of art that, when you reach back past the soma-ridden exteriors of our gadgety, distraction-obsessed world, you inevitably find as a testament to our very existence. An existence that proves that all those distractions we so continually improve, update and rely on are actually serve a very important purpose.

Our toys and technology distract us from the horrors at the very heart of our existence.

Thee Comic Column #91: Adventures in the Dollar Bin!

CAM00800Last Wednesday I wandered into The Comic Bug in order to pick up my weekly pull – including Stray Bullets: Killers #4 and Trees #2 – and found that Mike and the guys had purchased someone’s entire collection. As with most comic shops, this happens from time to time at the Bug. They’re always buying stuff, but once in a while they get a MASSIVE collection, and that was definitely the case here. Once acquired this stuff often goes to form a daunting Dollar Bin display which takes considerable time and effort to go through but which, for the willing, can pay off tenfold. Case in point, the previous time I was privy to this happening was, coincidentally around the same time last year and on that particular occasion I scored pretty much John Byrne’s entire run on StarBrand, thus filling in some gaps in my reading that goes all the way back to the formative years of my comics habit – the 1980’s, when I was still in the single digits and inhibited by the parameters of my weekly allowance. This time too, the collection the guys had gobbled up appeared to lean heavily on the era of my youth so I diverted from my usual browsing and dove into the dollar bins looking to find more long-lost stories from the days of my childhood.

Thee Comic Column #90: The Empty Man

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If I was a producer or writer or director or held any sway, pull or money in the realm of Hollywood I’ll tell you what I’d do. Or perhaps I should say what I would have done this past Wednesday the exact moment I put down Cullen Bunn and Vanesa R. Del Rey’s The Empty Man #1. I would have called BOOM! Studios, or whoever the hell I had to and I would have acquired the rights to make this into either a movie or a cable show. Not sure which yet because obviously at only issue #1 we don’t quite know the size or scope of the yarn these two are spinning, but if the haunting, horrific events of this introduction and the ‘yeah-that’s-not-a-Christian-bible-that-revivalist-minister-is-holding’ foreshadowing is any indication, it’s going to be big and it’s going to be good and someone will get those rights. Trust me. It’s that good.

Thee Comic Column #89: Warren Ellis’ Trees

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The Joup Friday Album: sElf – Breakfast with Girls

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This week’s entry as Joup’s Friday Album – a weekly column where we try to give our readers a nice musical pick-me-up to help transition out of the work week and into the hard-won freedoms of the weekend – was down to two albums until just a few moments ago. These are two albums that I have known for years and once again recently had in heavy rotation. I have a long and deep history with both of these pieces of music and, perhaps not surprisingly both were recorded and came out around the same time.

Thee Comic Column #88: Ted MCKeever’s Superannuated Man

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Any comic that begins with a quote from Hunter S. Thompson already gets a massive “plus” in my book. But guess what? That’s not the only reason that I absolutely LOVE The Superannuated Man.

Ted McKeever – I’m so very familiar with this man’s name from prowling the shelves of the comic shops of my youth that it amazed me to realize that I’ve never actually read anything he’s worked on.

How is that possible?

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