Thee Comic Column #77: Warren Ellis’ Moon Knight

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Oh Khonshu – will you ever have a long-running series again? Let’s check with the magic eightball… not bloody likely? Oh, well you know what magic eight ball? Have you ever had the absolute privilege of reading a comic penned by the intimidatingly twisted and sharp-witted Warren Ellis? No? Well then, you don’t know shite! Away with you devil ball! Away, and back to the hell from which you came…

The Joup Friday Album – Bohren & Der Club of Gore “Sunset Mission”

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For some of you who may be unfamiliar with Bohren & Der Club of Gore I know what you think this record is going to sound like and I can assure you that you could not be more wrong. So seriously, don’t skip this! When the sun goes down fire up a gin martini and find a place where you can settle in to a late night accessible mind frame uninterrupted for a while, because this is the perfect vibe for a Friday night. In fact, I don’t know why I’m posting this as early in the day as I am, but I guess this way you’ll at least get a heads up for this evening. Because when I say that, to me, there is a lot of music I consider day time music and a lot I consider night time music I should also clarify that some music can be both. However Sunset Mission – and Bohren in general – is pretty specifically night time music.

Thee Comic Column #76: Stray Bullets: Killers

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Anyone who reads this column regularly and has caught the two issues thus far of Drinking with Comics (number three coming next week!) has probably realized that I could talk about David Lapham’s Stray Bullets forever. So there is probably little surprise that the topic of this week’s piece is my reaction to the release of the long-awaited Stray Bullets #41 and the first issue of Stray Bullets: Killers. However, instead of just talking about the books what I thought I’d do is personalize this a bit and try to recreate in words just how much the release of these two books meant to me.

Thee Comic Column #75: Larime Taylor’s A Voice in the Dark

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Have you ever had an experience that completely humbled you? Probably. We all get them from time to time, the dividing line being between those who pay attention to these occurrences and try to integrate them into their lives as a source of betterment, and those who simply shirk them off, preferring to leave their lives unchanged. I for one try to pay attention, and I will tell you now that earlier today when I set out to do a little research for this week’s column I had one of those experiences, quite unexpectedly. Here all I set out to do was tell you about a new comic called A Voice in the Dark that I am absolutely CRAZY about when I encountered the story of a man that inspired me in ways I cannot even begin to describe. The man’s name is Larime Taylor and he is the creator/writer/artist/letterer of A Voice in The Dark.

Thee Comic Column #74 Garth Ennis and Phil Winslade’s Goddess

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With the tsunami of excitement surrounding the announcement a few weeks ago that Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg have been greenlit by AMC to bring Garth Ennis and Steven Dillon’s PREACHER to the small screen I decided the time was almost right for a re-reading. It’s been about five years since the last one so I’m due anyway, excitement surrounding this news or not. However, I say ‘almost’ because there is another book I wanted to re-read first, one that I haven’t revisited since about 2001 and its been on my mind for awhile now. That book is Garth Ennis and Phil Winslade’s 8-issue mini series GODDESS.

The Joup Friday Album – Sixth Edition Robert Calvert’s “Lucky Leif and the Longships”

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Hawkwind is a band that has alluded me my entire life. If I walked into a room and Hawkwind was playing on the turntable I might be able to guess what it was just based on what I know about the group, but I am wholly unfamiliar with their music. And yet the author of my pick for this week’s edition of The Joup Friday Album was penned by Hawkwind’s frontman. How’s this then? you might ask. Well, you see my entry to Lucky Leif and the Longships was not through Robert Calvert, it was through the album’s producer/collaborator Brian Eno.

Thee Comic Column #73 – Gravel: Combat Magician

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Ah, William William William. You just cannot stay away from the things that go bump in the night for very long, can you? Certainly not now that Mike Wolfer has launched Gravel: Combat Magician with Avatar Press. And if Gravel’s going to get sucked back into the Dark Arts and those that use them for their benefit, you can bet the blood is going to flow and the magic is going to be eldritch and dark.

Good. I like my magic dark.

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