Evolution in Malaysia

Mitsubishi Evolution in Malaysia

Mitsubishi Evolution in Malaysia

I really didn’t know what all the fuss was about. I mean yeah I like cars. Ok, I really like cars…and bikes…I’m a guy. But what was so big about a compact box shaped four door that twelve men (and some of their families) drove from around the Malay peninsula to share a weekend?

Horror Movie Work Week #2

In an effort to celebrate my favorite season (even if it is 90 degrees as I type this here in LA) I’ve devised this column wherein I will watch three horror films (at least) a week and tell you, my erstwhile readers, about them. For a link to last week go here, otherwise take a step forward and enter the haunted house of cinema…

Thee Comic Column #8: Harvest

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Since Robert Kirkman became a partner with Image Comics circa 2008 the imprint has taken on a number of mini series that showcase indie talent. Take for example Witch Doctor or The Strange Talent of Luther Strode to name but a couple off the top of my head. With the overwhelming crossover success of Kirkman’s The Walking Dead he has helped the company find and bring to light a lot of great indie stories, and this past weekend I discovered yet another one.

The Cycle is Complete: Blut Aus Nord 777: Cosmosophy is here

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Three years ago I would never have believed that I would become as into the fringe elements of Black Metal as I have. I mean, what’s in a genre name or classification – right? Except of course there is always something there. And with Black Metal – the good stuff anyway – the name just sorta fits. No, not an all-African American band that plays metal like one co-worker thought, Black Metal at its best is more about the dark, liquid-obsidian terrors that lurk at the outposts of the human musical experience. And when discussing France’s Blut Aus Nord – quite possibly the most radically inventive band to fall under the banner of the genre (by choice or not) out there – Vindsal and crew have definitely attained something of a mastery of putting every shattered, hopeless and down right frightening atmosphere together into something that transcends any genre or even any inherently musical experience and gives us a sort of transcendental evocation that both grafts onto and extracts lifetimes of human philosophical arcana.

Thee Comic Column #7: Saucer Country

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Now, it might be that at the time Saucer Country #1 came out I was knee deep in re-reading (and finally finishing) Daniel Pinchbeck’s 2007 book 2012: The Return of Quetzacoatal which, in spite of the slightly misleading title*, has quite a bit more to do with UFOs and the crop circle phenomenon than it does hype over the impending ‘Cosmic Awakening/End of the World’ being touted in many circles. Reading documented cases of amazing crop circle discovery/research wet my appetite for the kind of story Paul Cornell and Ryan Kelly are telling in their thought-provoking new title for DC’s Vertigo imprint.

Happy October: The Horror Movie Work Week (#1)

“Ok, I’m not sure it will be possible for me to find the time to watch a horror movie everyday this month, let alone write about them, but I’m a gonna try.”

Thee Comic Column #6: Grant Morrison’s Happy

Variant Cover image courtesy of digitalspy.com

Grant Morrison, the iconic, rock god-like comic book creator who gave us The Invisibles, The Filth, Joe the Barbarian (to name but a few) and performed amazing overhauls on books such as Animal Man, Doom Patrol, Batman and Marvel’s X-Men* is back with his first creator-owned series in some time. And it’s good. Oh brothers and sisters of the paneled page, one of issue of Happy! has me giddy to the gills and ready for more!

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