Thee Comic Column #117: Catching up with the FDP

FBP_Federal_Bureau_of_Physics_Vol_1_17First: SPOILERS lay ahead. Nothing super detrimental, and in fact what I write will hopefully influence those not reading this book to pick it up, but if you’re behind in the series or the kind of person – like I am – who likes to know absolutely NOTHING going in, maybe skip this and just go read the book!

You have been warned.

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The Joup Friday Album: Alice Cooper ‘From The Inside’

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Is it better to burn out than to find Jesus and excel at Golf alongside Pat Boone?

Those of us that on some subconscious level bought into the myth that I just misappropriated might be familiar with how glamorously masturbatory it can be to corkscrew oneself into the woodwork every night. But after a few years, as the herculean resilience of your youth begins to desert you, your early thirties turn into a nightmarish rapidfire montage of deeply regrettable bouts of bald-eyed sleep deprivation and burgeoning psychosis. Shredded nerves from screams piercing the wee small hours and shit smeared walls begin to take their toll and you find yourself rocking in a corner questioning who the hell you are. Then eventually the kid gets old enough to go to school and things sort of work themselves out.

Endless Loop: Paranoid Android

radioheadHave you ever had one of those songs that gets stuck in your head for days…weeks…years? Sure you have. These are the songs that always make the cut. The songs on repeat. We all have them. I have a ton. Welcome back to Endless Loop.

“Paranoid Android” by Radiohead

Thee Comic Column: Goodbye Marvel Universe Hello… Battleworld?

NEOeY2HqTwZgSS_1_3It is not a coincidence that my previous column outlined my plans to leave Marvel Comics as a monthly reader and then a scant two weeks later we get the massive announcement that the House of Ideas is destroying their 75 year-old Universe – as well as their 15 year old Ultimate Universe – in a major continuity upheaval come May. No, that was not a coincidence at all. My inner comics circle know I kinda called this after juxtaposing second hand information about Jonathan Hickman’s current “World’s Collide” storyline in his Avengers books with the very ‘real’ sentiment Marvel editorial staff seemed to be approaching the recent Death of Wolverine storyline with. However, though leaving the Marvel fold so to speak, I do not do so with the vitriol some have bore this world-rending news. I simply see this moment as what my friend Louis has called a perfect “jumping off point”. Am I upset? Outraged? No, not really. Am I skeptical? Perhaps, but maybe more than anything else I am actually quite confused at how I have interpreted the news and intend to use this week’s column to jot down my own thoughts for the first time and really get to the bottom of how I – an essentially life-long Marvel fan – feel about the company razing all that has come before and carrying on in a new direction.

Joup Friday Album: Sun Structures – Temples

Sun Structures - Temples (Image courtesy of Heavenly Records)

Sun Structures – Temples
(Image courtesy of Heavenly Records)

Endless Loop: Never Tear Us Apart

inxsHave you ever had one of those songs that gets stuck in your head for days…weeks…years? Sure you have. These are the songs that always make the cut. The songs on repeat. We all have them. I have a ton. Welcome back to Endless Loop.

“Never Tear Us Apart” by INXS

The Joup Friday Album: Dum Dum Girls – Too True

13929I’m using this edition of The Joup Friday Album to exorcise my regret over not including Dum Dum Girls’ new record Too True on my best of 2014 list. Honestly, I knew this was going to happen – inevitably every year as soon as I post a list the “One that Got Away” syndrome pops up on something I didn’t hear in time. That’s not the case here though. I’ve had this album for months and had even developed quite a relationship with it, listening to it over and over on my Greyhound bus trip from Chicago to Dayton back in late October and MAN did it hit all the right buttons as I stared out the window at Autumn in the Midwest. And yet, despite my immediate love of Too True, and despite contemplating putting it on the list, not everything can make a list of ten, so it was one of the ones I cut.

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