Thee Comic Column #69: Drinking With Comics @ The Comic Bug

Screen Shot 2014-01-25 at 7.14.49 PMRecently my good friend Joe.Baxter and I began discussing the prospects of starting up a video podcast that could act as a sort of companion to this column. We wanted something that dealt with comics but also something that didn’t play up the nerd angle that often finds its way into such enterprises. Comics have come a long way, they’re not just for kids and Comic Book Guy anymore, eh? We wanted something that didn’t propagate the “basement dweller” stereotype but instead captured the social aspects of being a modern fan of comic culture. You know, something that was more akin to the vibe you get when you’re at a party with friends, drinking beer, feeling good and talking passionately about why everyone should be reading Rachel Rising or just what the chances actually are that the next Crow movie will be a shot-for-shot interpretation of the original graphic novel. Because of the passion a lot of the people I talk comics with bring to the table during these conversations – especially after a couple of cold ones – I thought if we got something going, the magic would work itself into the conversation and translate on screen. The only problem seemed to be coordinating schedules and finding the right people to take part in this undertaking. Then a few weeks ago I  made my weekly trip into Manhattan Beach, CA’s The Comic Bug, picked up the stuff in my pull list, browsed the shelves and then spent the most pleasurable part of the visit talking with co-owner Mike Wellman about what books he recommended, our mutual man-love of Rick Remender (mine thanks to Mike!) and the music of Mike Patton. Suddenly it hit me – why not do the podcast at The Comic Bug and ask Mike to co-host? In my head it was the perfect idea. And you know, this past Monday we shot the Giant-Sized First Issue and it turned out – I think – FANTASTIC!!!

Joup’s Friday Album – The Inaugural Edition

I was moved today to begin a new feature here on Joup – the Friday album. Each Friday someone on the Joup team will embed an album from youtube.

 

image courtesy of musicfearsatan.com

Now, I need to express for both legal and more importantly moral reasons that this is in no way meant to persuade folks from buying these albums. People who know me or read my stuff know that I am all about supporting musicians, especially independent ones like these guys. As long as this stuff is up on youtube anyway I figure we can maybe use it to turn folks onto some stuff they might not have heard before and actually persuade them they need to go out and support some great bands.We own the rights to none of this stuff and will remove at the artists’ request.

35 Albums in 35 Years: 1980

In an ongoing attempt to bleed my opinions all over your computer screen, I’m selecting one album from every year that I’ve been alive that has some sort of significance to me…and then writing about it.  Welcome back to 35 Albums in 35 Years.

 

joydivisioncloser1980: Joy Division’s Closer

Record Store Crawl: Austin

recordsVices.  You have one.  I have one.  That guy over there by that busy intersection asking for change has one.  Your mom has one too.  Everyone you know or will ever meet has one.  Some of us have more than one.  We all have our vice, our thing, our crippling addiction to that which controls us.  Booze.  Cigarettes.  Sex.  Narcotics.  Mine’s records.  I get my kicks trolling through record shops, crate digging, treasure hunting, discovering, and I just can’t help myself.  Don’t even get me started on the colossal enabler that is Ebay.  But while this vice of mine may not wreak havoc on my health or my body, it certainly takes its toll on my wallet…and at times my mental state.  The search for that Holy Grail of record collecting can become an obsession, an all-consuming expenditure of time, money and energy.  It is everything.

Thee Comic Column #68: Brubaker & Epting’s Velvet

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Shawn’s Favorite Films: 2013

As with my comics list for 2013 this is late. I have not been able to see many of the movies that I wanted to this year, primarily because of time.  So I hemmed and hawed about whether or not to make this list. I decided to make it. I should note with a strong certainty that I fully expect had I seen HER by Spike Jonze starring Joaquin Phoenix that film would have been on this list.

 

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35 Albums in 35 Years: 1979

I love music.  With my heart, body, and soul, I love music.  Thoroughly.  Unconditionally.*  Forever and ever.  Aside from my wife and my son, my family and friends, music is the centerpiece of my world.  So why not pick an album from every year I’ve been on this earth and write about it?  Not necessarily the best album of that year.  Maybe not even my favorite.  But an album that is important to me.  An album I love.  So, it is with the utmost excitement, delight, and abject disquietude that I bring you the first of a 35 part series, 35 Albums in 35 Years.

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