Thee Comic Column #26: Batman, Inc. – SPOILERS

robin1-525x800Batman Incorporated issue #8 hit the stands this week and holy cow – I just didn’t see this coming!!!

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club Offer Free EP


Just go to their website and put in your email address and you’ll be emailed a link to download the Let the Day Begin EP. This is of course all in preparation for their next studio album, Specter At the Feast, which is out March 19th.

Shawn C Baker

Shawn C Baker

Shawn lives in Los Angeles where he co-hosts Drinking w/ Comics, writes screenplays and fiction and has been known to drink quite a bit of beer. Good beer.

Thee Comic Column #25: China Mieville’s Dial H for Hero

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Ever since I came across China Mieville’s short story “Reports of Certain Events Around London” in McSweeney’s Enchanted Chamber of Astonishing Stories, circa 2004, I’ve been in love with the man’s writing. “Reports” is kind of half-Lovecraft, half-Grant Morrison’s Doom Patrol and it led me to seek out King Rat, Perdido Street Station, The Scar and Iron Council – basically all of Mr. Mieville’s published novels at the time. Since then he’s a buy-it-the-day-it-comes-out favorite of mine, so when I found out last spring that Mieville would be writing a comic for DC’s New52 I was excited. I’d never heard of Dial H for Hero before although this was being touted as a re-launch, and frankly it sounded a bit second or third tier. However, I figured that was probably a good thing. More room for the man to do what he wants than have to live up to a rabid fanbase’s demands via a strict editorial demands.

Thee Comic Column #24: The Return of Bendis & Maleev’s Scarlet

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An Initial List of Albums to Look Forward to in 2013

There will be more, and I’m sure I’m forgetting something so there’s sure to be an addendum article at some point, but I’ve been curating lead-off singles and cryptic messages (thank you QOTSA for making the almost mind-bending wait FUN w/ those) for a few weeks over here and I felt compelled to compile a list to help get others excited as well. I always hear how there’s no good music anymore. WRONG!!! Let me persuade you. Even if you’re unfamiliar with some of these artists give them a whirl, there’s something on this list for everyone.

Well, almost everyone…

Thee Comics Column #23 – Gary Spencer Millidge’s Strangehaven

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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”.

Thee Comic Column #22: Karen Berger

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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.

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