Thee Comic Column #86: Frankenstein Alive, Alive!

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Joup’s Friday Album: Lubos Fiser – “Valerie and Her Week of Wonders” OST

valerieostFor this week’s Friday Album, I’m veering off a little into leftfield, selecting the original score to the 1970 Czech film Valerie and Her Week of Wonders by composer Lubos Fiser.  I initially became aware of this wonderful album when it received its first proper release on Finders Keepers Records in 2007, a label whose entire output and catalog of discoveries and reissues I cannot recommend enough.  Upon first listen, I was completely in awe.

Thee Comic Column #85: Southern Bastards

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Thee Comic Column #84: Gun Up Paintball

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Recently while filming issue #6 of Drinking with Comics (which should be up in about a week) I had the distinct pleasure of meeting Cassidy James, the creator of a fledgling independent book named Gun Up Paintball. After talking with Cassidy I knew I wanted to write about the book  as it looks and sounds like a fantastic project and is of course the very definition of an ‘indie’ project. The following is our conversation about Gun Up Paintball!


Thee Comic Column #83: Free Comic Book Day

CAM00340You know, I have never been to a Free Comic Book Day event before. I know that probably seems a bit incongruous with my interests and character, but really it wasn’t until about two years ago when I first started going to The Comic Bug in Manhattan Beach that I learned what a big deal the industry-wide holiday had become. And when I heard a member of the ‘Bug’s staff describe the crowd and frenzy, well, I thought, “Nope. Not for me”. Crowds don’t always work for me.

Thee Comic Column #82: Larry Hama’s Wolverine

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It hardly ever rains in Southern California. It’s one of the more irritating things I’ve had to acclimate to in the nine years since I moved from my Midwestern birthplace, where every spring and every fall thunderstorms would roll in and punched out the sky, replacing ho-hum reality with a charged and ethereal atmosphere that perfectly complimented the many late night comic book reading sessions of my early adolescence. One of the most vivid memories I have of an example of this was reading two very specific issues of Larry Hama, Marc Silvestri and Dan Green’s run on the original, on-going Wolverine solo book.

Thee Comic Column #81: Transformers Regeneration One Finale

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All good things must come to an end. That’s a cliched statement, but as with many cliches it’s true. And so it was with a somewhat heavy heart I purchased the 100th issue of Simon Furman‘s Transformers: Regeneration One. This was it – the final issue in a saga that goes back 30 years and had intermittent ties throughout my coming of age. In my hands. Open it up, read it, it’s all over. Finished. Ka-put.

I couldn’t do it.

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