Does the World Want Superman?

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image courtesy of nme.com

“In the decade of the 1930s, even the great city of Metropolis was not spared the ravages of the worldwide depression. In times of fear and confusion, the job of informing the public was the responsibility of The Daily Planet, a great metropolitan newspaper whose reputation for clarity and truth had become the symbol for hope in the city of Metropolis…”

Narration of off-screen ‘Boy’, Prologue to ‘Superman: The Movie’ 1978


HIGH IN THE SUNLIT SILENCE

Summer Reading Book #1: Bamboo People by Mitali Perkins

Bamboo People by Mitali Perkins

Bamboo People by Mitali Perkins

Thee Comic Column #40: Garth Ennis’ Red Team

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You know, sometimes the best book is the one that you are completely unprepared for. The one you know nothing about and maybe hadn’t even heard of before you found it there on the rack. Always nice too, when said unexpected book is by an author or artist you really dig. Wait! How the hell is that possible in the age of the interwebs?

Totally possible.

Queens of the Stone Age … Like Clockwork

Queens_of_the_Stone_Age_-_…Like_ClockworkFor the sake of this discussion, let’s just say that there is a particular approach to writing and recording Rock music that began with Black Sabbath and Led Zeppelin. Both bands started in ’68, one in London, one in Birmingham, so I’m not going to attempt to split hairs with which came first. For our purposes here we’re more concerned with the arc of their careers anyway, so for the time being, in spite of how we might regularly weigh in, let’s just consider both bands as equals, it will make everything easier. And of course with that being said there is one more little caveat to address before we go any further.

Thee Comic Column #39: East of West

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About two months ago my favorite music blog heavenisanincubator added a post about Jonathan Hickman and Nick Dragotta’s new comic East of West, published by Image Comics. I’d not heard of the book until then, and knowing what good taste the ol’ Incubator has in music and comics (he’d previously blogged about how much he loved Saga, so there you go) I jotted down a little note and tucked it into the folds of my memory for the next time I went to my local comic shop, The Comic Bug. Unfortunately I was not the only one with this idea because when I did make it in to the Bug next I learned that the debut issue sold out rather quickly. Oh well, Image is great for second, third and beyond printings, so I’d just have to wait.

Thee Comic Column #38: The Art of Guest-Starring in the 80’s/early 90’s

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The original impetus for this column was based on a sudden lark I had a few weeks ago to go into my long boxes and re-read what I consider a classic three-parter from the early 90’s. However, actually finding the time to read the “New Fantastic Four” storyline from FF #’s 347-349 has proven rather difficult due to my recent schedule’s demands. So I’ve modified the idea for the column, and while it’s going to be a bit “puffier” than I’d originally intended (and later) I assure you it will still be packed with comicky goodness. So, in the spirit of what I started here, I’d like to go back and look at some of the cooler and perhaps lesser known storylines that leaned heavily on the age old comic gimmick of using gratuitous guest-stars in the age of the guest stars: the late 80’s and early 90’s.

Music Review: Random Access Memories – Daft Punk

Random Access Memories - Daft Punk (image courtesy of Daft Punk and Sony Records)

Random Access Memories – Daft Punk (image courtesy of Daft Punk and Sony Records)

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