Some Notes on Making a Mixtape

mixtapeTime is moving faster.  Or, at least I perceive that it’s moving faster.  It’s because I’m getting older, or because collectively our culture is nearing its inevitable end.  As postulated by deep thinkers and sci-fi writers alike, time is a fluid thing, and it’s moving in a circular fashion as if down a drain, going faster and faster as it gets closer to the center (the end).  Days, weeks, months, years pass in a blur.  Seconds, minutes, and hours fly even faster.  It wasn’t so long ago that I was unmarried, that I was single, that I was a college student, a high school student, in grade school, an infant.  The days were huge and expanding.  I had an eternity.  All activities were simple specks of time and space strewn out before me.

Thee Comic Column #63: Peter David’s Fallen Angel

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Thee Comic Column #62: The X-Mas Buying Guide

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I’m sick this week so I thought I’d take this opportunity of diminished stamina to do as I did last year and pen a quick little buying guide for the comic book fan in your life. Keep in mind there’s plenty of other GREAT comic-related stuff out there, these are just a quick handful of what I would recommend. Also, as with last year I figured it would help if I broke these suggestions down for the various stages of comic-book fan, from beginner to the more sophisticated. I define these various stages of addiction as follows:

Thee Comic Column #61: Rick Remender & the Future of the Marvel U-SPOILERS

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Okay, you saw the big SPOILER in the title bar, right? I implore you, if you read Uncanny Avengers or even causally follow what’s going on in the Marvel U don’t take the easy way –  take the awesome way! Go pick up the books and read them as they are meant to be read. That said…

He’d been setting it up for thirteen issues – longer when you consider a lot of this is seeded in his Uncanny X-Force run – but last week when Rick Remender tweeted that November 27th’s Uncanny Avengers #14 was going to have a big impact on the Marvel Universe (tweet below) and that he was “looking forward to the hate mail” I got excited and began to re-read Remender’s entire UA run as a run-up.

Thee Comic Column #60 – Joe Hill’s Wraith: Welcome to Christmasland

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Welcome to Christmasland indeed my friends! I don’t know how many of you have read Joe Hill‘s wonderful novel NOS4A2 (which I reviewed earlier in the year here) but if you haven’t and you’re a fan of horror, the supernatural or just gritty, fantastically-tinted adventure it will please your palette to no end. It’s the kind of book that sets up people, places and things that beg to be expanded upon, and now it has!

Thee Comic Column #59: Guns A’ Blazin’!

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I’m way behind on this one, but when Mike Wellman and Rafael Navarro’s Guns A’ Blazin’! #1 came out at the end of the summer it made a big impression on me and promised to be the first issue in a seriously intriguing story. This book has it all – we start with cowboys, dinosaurs, monsters, and then at some point transition into what appears to be Kirby-esque space epic concepts, but all in a very inoccuous and slow burn kind of set-up that had me seriously asking “What the hell is going on around here?” and if there’s one thing I dig in comics, it’s that feeling – when it’s balanced on the edge of a massive story undertaking like I believe Guns A’ Blazin’! is. But don’t take my word for it – writer Mike Wellman also happens to be co-owner of my favorite Southern California comic shop, The Comic Bug, and recently he allowed me to pick his grey matter about all things blazin’!

Thee Comic Column #56: Punisher Fan Film Needs Our Help!

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A few weeks ago Joup’s Chester Whelks sent me a link to a story that dealt with the ongoing struggle of Mike Pecci’s Punisher fan film titled The Dead Can’t Be Distracted. The deal is basically this: In spite of the fact that we live in an age where fan films can go gone viral and pick up fan acclaim without infringing on property claims – in some cases even influencing the big name companies that own the characters – Marvel has issued a cease a desist order on Mr. Pecci’s film, which by way of the trailer looks just absolutely amazing.

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