Thee Comic Column #68: Brubaker & Epting’s Velvet

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Shawn’s Favorite Films: 2013

As with my comics list for 2013 this is late. I have not been able to see many of the movies that I wanted to this year, primarily because of time.  So I hemmed and hawed about whether or not to make this list. I decided to make it. I should note with a strong certainty that I fully expect had I seen HER by Spike Jonze starring Joaquin Phoenix that film would have been on this list.

 

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Author & Punisher Live @ The Echoplex 01.05.14

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Pardon the vulgarity of the following statement but it seems appropriate: If Godflesh and In Slaughter Natives fucked their offspring might be Tristan Shone, aka Author & Punisher.

I had the wonderful opportunity to see Mr. Shone perform in Los Angeles last Sunday night at intimate venue The Echoplex. His performance was transcendent – something more than a concert it was an audio/visual experience that interfaced with my nervous system and short-circuited my ideas of what music is and can do.

I had pretty much expected no less.

Thee Comic Column #67: My Favorite Comics of 2013

Yes indeed I am a little late with this, but things have been heating up the last few weeks what with the holidays and a crazy work schedule so I’ve not had the ample time to reflect on all the absolutely amazing comics that were published last year. Yeah, I know – excuses excuses. After doing a similar column last year with a ‘best of’ moments snapshot I thought I’d do another but focus more on the books that blew me away in 2013, as it was a grand year for comics all around. Below is a short list of some of my favorites.

Thee Comic Column #66 – Fare Thee Well, Cobra Files

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Last month with very little fanfare one of my top three books a month finished its brilliant almost six year run – GIJOE: The Cobra Files. Despite it’s tie-in with a major toy/movie/long-running character base the book, at the hands of constant writer Mike Costa, operated more like a sophisticated espionage thriller a la John Le Carre’s Tinker Tailer Soldier Spy or David Simon’s The Wire. The finale was sublime, magnificent and pulse-pounding. The series never really had a change.

Thee Comic Column #65: The Return of Stray Bullets!

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Last week before the bad news pertaining to one of my favorite books there was some good news. No, scratch that, there was some AMAZING news! David Lapham’s Stray Bullets, formerly published by his own independent El Capitan, is returning after a nine year (NINE YEARS?!?) hiatus and one of the most heart-wrenching cliffhangers since… well, since Twin Peaks season two’s final episode. And in returning, Stray Bullets has been picked up by Image Comics! So before you go any further reading this go to the series’ Image page HERE where the first four issues are FREE! After that you’ll be hooked and 5-40 are available digitally for $1.99 each. Or, if you’re like me and would rather hold the book in your hand after you see how great it is just wait – if you can – until March 12th when 1-41 are collected in the Stray Bullets Uber Allies Edition – which I believe will be priced at a mere $60 for all those great comics!

Shawn’s Top 11 Albums of 2013

A quick note: This year I had a very tough decision – I changed my top ten to top eleven. I’m not going to lie, I did this under great personal tumult, as adding an extra number really goes against my own preferred aesthetic to these kinds of things. If you add one to make eleven, why not add another to make twelve if there’s a record you just really want to add? The idea of year end ‘best of’ lists has always – to me – been to whittle it down; to separate the wheat from the chaff so to speak. How is it doing that if you add number positions, eh? Well, then I got to thinking, how did ten become the number? And on top of that eleven is a very powerful number for me, so why am I not already doing eleven instead of ten? In the end it occurred to me that while there were a lot of records I loved this year there were a solid eleven that I felt I must absolutely must talk about, so the number change stuck.

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