Thee Comic Column #130: Warren Ellis and Declan Shalvey’s Injection

Injection 1Disclaimer: This piece begins with a touch of digression. It was intended. That said, in the interest of keeping things from getting further off course than they need to go while working toward discussing the comic I liked best this month I have allowed myself the use of only two “Howevers” to get where I am going.

The Joup Friday Album: The Minibosses – Brass

minibossesSince I began writing my Endless Loop column, I have toyed with the idea of including old video game soundtrack music as part of the grand oeuvre of songs I never get tired of. Or, more succinctly, I have toyed with the idea of including the 8-bit music from Mega Man II, the late 80’s video game on the original Nintendo Entertainment System, and consequently, my favorite game of all time. And yes, I realize that that dates me, but seeing as I’m old enough to have fond memories of Atari too, what does it really matter? I am by no means a gamer, but I certainly can appreciate the music that goes into these things, especially those quaint, nostalgia inducing 8-bit tones.

Endless Loop: Wings

haertsHave 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.

“Wings” by HAERTS

Thee Comic Column #129: Horror Fans – Read Wytches NOW!

WytchesI first wrote about Scott Snyder and Jock’s series Wytches when issue #1 came out back around October of last year. I liked the book, primarily because, much like Snyder’s other horror series Severed a few years ago, Wytches feels like an old school horror flick. Something about the way Mr. Snyder approaches evoking dread in his ‘viewers’ reminds me of the first horror films I fell in love with as a kid. This was back in the 80s, usually on Chicago’s WGN channel 9 where the nightly movie was often an edited version of then-recent horror films. I fell in love with John Carpenter’s Prince of Darkness, The Thing and Halloween this way (the tv version of the latter, which contained those extra scenes that were so hard to come by except on tv for years), as well as Adrian Lynne’s Jacob’s Ladder, Wes Craven’s The Serpent and the Rainbow and the King-penned/Romero-directed classic Creepshow. At that time, even on television there was always something that felt remotely dangerous about these movies when seeing them for the first time, as if the subject matter was somehow a reflection of all the things my nine year old mind didn’t know about the world: why did Uncle Frank die? Monsters. What’s that weird noise that’s woken me up the last couple of nights in the rain? Evil, pure and simple, creeping around the outside of the house, looking for a way in. I’m three decades plus past that uninitiated age but this kind of foundation-shaking is still the mark of a good horror film, and it’s something that is really only accomplished experiencing a story for the first time when alone or with a like-minded person. The same thing can be said of books to a degree, only books can’t be read in one sitting and thus the experience is considerably diluted compared to movies or, yes, comics.

Endless Loop: A Day in the Life

beatlesHave 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.

“A Day in the Life” by The Beatles

I’m going to do my very best not to come off deliberately and irritatingly contrarian here. It’s probably going to take some effort, but here we go. The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band is an overrated album. There. I said it. Now let’s let that sink in for just a second or two. Okay. Have you recovered? Please allow me to explain.

The Joup Friday Album: The Shaggs – Philosophy of the World

ShaggsLet me take you back to last Sunday morning. I woke up to a text from my good friend Mr. Brown:

Have you ever heard of The Shaggs? It’s like if The Room was a band.”

I almost dove out of bed for the computer.

Note: The Room is, well, if you don’t know you’re probably better off. Let’s just say it’s a film that is so bad that by virtue of how bad it is it actually becomes – in a cringe/ironic sense – somewhat enjoyable.

Endless Loop: My Autumn’s Done Come

leehazlewoodHave 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.

“My Autumn’s Done Come” by Lee Hazlewood

Someday I’ll finally be too tired to go out. I’ll be too tired to meet with friends or talk with strangers. I’ll be too tired to run, or dance, or explore. Instead, I’ll sit back in a comfy chair as my joints crack, resting my weary body, probably enjoying a cocktail, watching the leaves turn brown and fall from the trees, as my own hair gets whiter and sparser on the top of my head. For a little while, I’ll be content. And then I’ll eventually close my eyes. And go to sleep.

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