I remember reading about Strangehaven back in the mid-nineties. Probably in Wrapped In Plastic magazine, as it very easily would have/will appeal to fans of David Lynch and Mark Frost’s landmark television series Twin Peaks. Somehow, despite my rabid Twin Peaks obsession I never managed to pick up even a single copy of Strangehaven. If I had – picked up even a single copy that is – I would have read the series start to finish as I’m planning to do now after stumbling ass-backwards into a copy of the first trade, “Arcadia”.
I think it’s appropriate to dedicate an episode of TCC to Karen Berger, who until December 3rd of last year was the Executive Editor & Senior Vice President of DC Comic’s Vertigo imprint, when she announced she would be stepping down.
If you look Cymatics up on the interwebs you will find the following definition: Cymatics (from Greek for “wave”) is the study of visible sound and vibration, a subset of modal phenomena where typically the surface of a plate, diaphragm, or membrane is vibrated, and regions of maximum and minimum displacement are made visible in a thin coating of particles, paste, or liquid.  Different patterns emerge in the excitatory medium depending on the geometry of the plate and the driving frequency. – wikipedia.
Karl Hyde, one half of the core members that comprise the beautiful electronic group Underworld has a solo album coming out in April. The name of the record is Edgeland, and if the first track, Cut Clouds, is any indication it’s going to be a must for Underworld fans.
You can pre-order Edgeland in Underworld’s shop here:http://www.underworldlive.com/store
Now, as for the other half of Underworld, Rick Smith has also been busy writing and recording the score for Danny Boyle’s forthcoming film Trance. I’m quite the fan of Mr. Boyle’s films and his relationship with the Underworld gents has been a big part of that. Trance is to be released on March, 27th this year and stars Rosario Dawson, James McAvoy, Vincent Cassel. Here’s the trailer:
Brandon Seifert and Lukas Ketner’s first Witch Doctor series, published by Image Comics’ Skybound imprint, was one of my favorite new series in 2012. Combining medical drama with a real grindhouse feel (think House M.D. meets Evil Dead and you’ll be in the ballpark) Dr. Vincent Morrow, Occult Physician, cuts a swathe through a gaggle of demonic entities, baby-abducting Faeries, Fish People and an otherwise odd assortment of psychic and spiritual parasites. There’s a big-picture arc going on behind the scenes as well, one that loosely ties Witch Doctor into the writings of early twentieth century horror author H.P.Lovecraft, only here it’s done in a way that uses Lovecraft’s beloved Olde Ones mythos to bolster the creators’ own original Universe, rather than just telling stories within the already established (and overpopulated) toybox Lovecraft bequeathed to us almost a century ago .