Bob Van Persie, ‘One Man – Full House’ Exhibition Private View, Richard Goodall Gallery, Manchester England, September 12th 2013

The thinking behind bringing Bob Van Persie to Manchester for his first show in the UK was presumably motivated by little more than the fact that his son Robin is presently this City’s most celebrated adopted son, after Manchester United’s number 20 unarguably singlehandedly thrust them their 20th League title. This connection is exploited further still tonight as revealed by the restrictions on this private view, tightened to the extent that every VIP invitee is admitted under a couple of strict conditions:

“1. No photography,
2. Don’t ask Robin Van Persie for his autograph.”

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L.S. Lowry ‘Going To The Match’

Thee Comic Column #52: Take Action for A Dredd Sequel

Ahhh, the movie Dredd. Written by Alex Garland and starring he-who-should-have-been-the-new-Batman Karl Urban, Dredd is quite a work of comic book adaptation art. If you have not seen it, you should – I’d easily call it one of the best comic book movies to date.

Bold statement? Yep. But one that I stand behind.

Thee Comic Column #51: Fialkov & Infurnari’s The Bunker

 

image courtesy of thisisinfamous.com

Joshua Hale Fialkov and Joe Infurnari recently launched a new web comic. The Bunker is only available online, so this was a new experience for me. I won’t go so far as to say I’ve ever been against digital books or comics, they’re just not my preference. Would I prefer to read The Bunker – which is a wonderfully-crafted and extremely exciting addition to my monthly addiction – in paper form? Maybe. However I fully recognize that this is my personal preference and in no way would I ever impose my preferences on creators doing what they need to do in order to get their completely independent book out to those who want to read it.

Pixies to Release 4-Song EP


YES!

There was time when I was vehemently against The Pixies – one of my favorite bands – getting back together. I know that sounds counter intuitive, but think about it. If there’s one thing I like more than The Pixies it’s Frank Black aka Black Francis and when the band first began doing “reunion” shows circa 2003 I desperately feared it would interfere with the seemingly endless supply of original material Black was in the midst of releasing. I also feared the old axiom of fabled wisdom, “You can’t go home again”.

Ministry – From Beer to Eternity

image courtesy of the band’s press

Okay, first I have to ask you to excuse both the lackluster album name and album cover. The title is clearly meant to be another in the series of cynical puns Ministry has used for so long. I’ve been a fan of the band since the moment I first heard The Mind is a Terrible Thing to Taste  back in the early 90’s – it’s one of my favorite albums ever – and even I’ll admit that while Uncle Al and crew nail it on some of their albums’ adornments (but never better than on the aforementioned) they also fall flat on some. This is a shame when you take into account that musically almost every Ministry record to date is otherwise brilliant.

Thee Comic Column #50: Grant Morrison

Several weeks after Comic con Grant Morrison’s Annihilator isn’t exactly breaking news any longer, but it is still very exciting news that I have not yet had a chance to write about. Annihilator sounds fantastic and it reunites Morrison with artist Frazer Irving – if you read the beautiful Batman and Robin books they did together a few years ago you know just what great news this is.

Thee Comic Column #49: Collid…er… I mean Federal Bureau of Physics

image courtesy of comicsbeat

After waiting for most of July due to erroneously published release dates for Simon Oliver and Robbi Rodriguez’s Collider I finally had it in my box at the Comic Bug the last week of the month and whisked it home with fairly high expectations.

It did not disappoint.

It’s hard to see exactly where the story is going from the first issue – think of reading Ex Machina #1 the day it came out and having no idea the heights it was setting itself up to soar to – but that’s not what really got me excited by the book. What did get me excited is the world that Collider #1 established. And oh, what a wonderful world it is!

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