7.20.13: Summer Slaughter, HOB on Sunset


Okay, first off, yes the name for this package tour is Summer Slaughter and yes it seems ridiculous to even repeat that out loud, let alone us it as a headline. However, I did not name it. Nor would I have been likely to go to it, despite my rabid love of headliners Dillinger Escape Plan, if not for the fact that The Ocean (Collective) were playing. Hailing from Germany, The Ocean does not make it to the States very often to play and whenever they do I go, buy a shirt, talk a bit and try and lend both financial and moral support. Now, nearly forty-eight hours on the other side of the, ahem, Slaughter I can tell you, stupid name or not, had I not attended I would have been missing out.

Thee Comic Column #46: Day Men


image courtesy of Boom!’s facebook page

Boom! Studios has been gaining momentum of late, which is awesome. The small indie imprint has come to remind me a bit of the vibe that surrounded Dark Horse when they began in the 80’s. The obvious comparison comes while contemplating both publisher’s cult-cinema titles: Dark Horse arguably cut their teeth with Aliens and Predator licenses. Boom! has Planet of the Apes, Die Hard and Hellraiser.  I’d take this a step further and say that you could argue that over the last few years Boom! has also begun to move into creating their own branding. You could look to the iconic branding Dark Horse did with name creators and original series such Frank Miller’s Sin City and Mike Mignola’s Hellboy and draw a comparison to Boom!, especially with their new book Day Men, drawn by uber-respected industry artist Brian Stelfreeze.

Thee Comic Column #45: Night of the 80’s Undead

image courtesy of geeksofdoom.com

Ok, this was a total impulse buy. I stopped at The Comic Bug today and my subscription box was light so I began to look around. I missed my column last week for, I think, the first time since I started it here on Joup almost one year ago. Because of this I was really looking for some inspiration for this week’s feature and I found a lot of it today by investing  in a bunch of first issues of new series that I might have missed had I already had a heavy pull to pay for. It’s always nice to get an unexpected exploration day every once in a while and today it yielded some great results. Lots of cool new stuff I sped home to read. However amidst the Ruckas, the Bendis, the Stelfreezes and the free Vertigo preview book – not to mention all the juicy stuff coming out of Comic Con and my regular books – Night of the 80’s Undead was the one I could not wait to write about.

Thee Comic Column #44 – 1988: The Year Marvel Destroyed Pittsburgh

image courtesy of wikipedia.org

Wow. Recently my local comic shop The Comic Bug acquired a MASSIVE 1980’s-centric collection of comics and put a lot of the stuff out for $1 an issue. I went in the other day to pick up my week’s worth of new stuff and came out with so much more.

Thee Comic Column #43 – Snyder & Murphy’s The Wake

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Okay, I’ve been waiting for this one for MONTHS. After spending an absurd amount of money to ensure that I get to see British Industrial legends GodFlesh in not one but two cities I found myself a tad light in the wallet and thus waited an extra two weeks to hit The Comic Bug this month. And when I finally did make it in last week I had not only the first but also the second issue of this new Vertigo series by Scott Snyder and Sean Murphy waiting for me. And my friends, The Wake did not disappoint.

Thee Comic Column #42 – The House on the Borderland


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Just Announced: New Ministry Album 9/6/13

image courtesy of the band’s press agency

I’m a long time Ministry fan. The Mind is a Terrible Thing to Taste would definitely appear in my top ten albums of all time and overall there’s not a bad record to be found in their  career – a career now into its fourth decade (!). Whether it’s the weird, electro-dance of the Arista records, the heavy, tribal Connelly-era stuff or everything since it’s all part of the larger, iconic Ministry sound and it’s all very, very good. Even 1999’s Dark Side of the Spoon – which I consider a slight mis-step – trumps most of the other ‘heavy music’ released during those grim years of the late 90’s/early 00’s. Now, a little over a year since the release of the group’s previous album Relapse and roughly six months since long-time guitarist Mike Scaccia died of a heart attack on stage, Ministry is set to release their 13th studio album, magnificently titled From Beer to Eternity.

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