Thee Comic Column #54: Al Jourgensen, Super Hero?

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There has been a lot of activity coming from the Ministry camp as of late. Admittedly iconic mastermind of the band Al Jourgensen released an autobiography, a new and very possibly final album and now… a comic book?

Yep.

In a press release I received this past Wednesday Uncle Al announced a partnership with British artist Sam Shearon who will write and illustrate Ministry: The Devil’s Chord, a thirteen-issue comic book series that will transmogrify Alain from mere flesh and blood mortal into a comic book character based on the evolution of the band he has helmed for over three decades now.

Album Review: Polvo ‘Siberia’

Polvo_Siberia_LP_11183Of all the recently reunited 90s Alt Rock outfits, the lesser spotted Polvo stake a more valid claim than most to a second stab at existence, having not really been paid their dues the first time around. Unlike most reunions, Polvo’s wasn’t necessarily fuelled by a groundswell of born again devotees voting with their feet for reappraisal, and it might just be this lack of expectation that has them sounding like no time at all has passed between their demise in 1998 and their reformation a decade later. Despite some deceptively pedestrian Indie distortion slinging, the woozy cephalopodic tremolo and angle grinding of Ash Bowie and Dave Brylawski’s intermingling riffs fray at the ends with non sequiturs that distort the space and time signatures of Brian Quast’s beats and Steve Popson’s humming undercurrent.

Thee Comic Column Special: Ryan Black Post-Tension Release Interview

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During the month of May this year Ryan Black ran a Kickstarter campaign to bring his debut comic Tension to life. I interviewed him about it during the campaign and watched from a distance as Tension took on a life of its own. Now the first issue of the book is out, almost sold out of its first printing in fact, and Black is a busy man, continuing to develop what he has so successfully become. I’d planned to hit him up for a follow-up interview as soon as the book was out and I’d read it, and now is the time. I read my copy of Tension about a week ago, then re-read it before I fired off a new salvo of questions to see how the post-kickstarter creator was handling the beginnings of what promises to be a very cool independent series.

Having Your Cake and Hating It: Nirvana ‘In Utero’ 20th Anniversary Super Deluxe Unit Shifter

nirvanaA shotgun hole is so absolute. The vacuum a suicide leaves behind so engulfing, it’s the epitome of ambivalence in its dichotomy of grief and resentment. A disavowal. A denial. The crepuscular introduction of ‘Heart Shaped Box’ heralded summer’s decay on August 30th 1993, through the pregnant fluff-bubble of a cassette tape piped down wires that ran through the cobwebs, pipes, atrophying plaster and laths of the cellar ceiling, up into the kitchen speakers after school as the clouds bruised with the impending deluge. ‘In Utero’ would accompany me on a walkman through the rigor mortis of autumn, to the decidedly funerary flavour of ‘Unplugged in New York’, the snowy satellite TV-taped VHS of which us siblings watched on the bright, crisp, February 1994 morning we interned my mother in the furnace after cancer had turned her black.

Thee Comic Column #53: Annotations for Grant Morrison’s Batman

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Shortly after Grant Morrison’s seven year run on Batman ended Kevin Smith had Mr. Morrison return to his Fatman on Batman podcast. I’m a fan of Smith’s, howevert although I listen to his Hollywood Babble-On podcast with Ralph Garman religiously (funniest podcast EVER) I rarely listen to any of the other scores of podcasts the man does. It’s not that they don’t interest me because frankly I find Smith to be one of the most urbane and intelligent speakers I’ve ever heard, and if he wanted to talk about fleshlights and oreos for two hours I’d be all ears. No, it’s just a time thing. Time, and I’m a music addict, so nine times out of ten I’d much rather listen to music than anyone talk. That said, anytime someone interviews Grant Morrison I am there, and the first two-part interview Smith (here and here) conducted with Morrison on Fatman on Batman was so fantastic that upon seeing the new one I dropped everything I was doing and listened.

Thee Comic Column #52: Take Action for A Dredd Sequel

Ahhh, the movie Dredd. Written by Alex Garland and starring he-who-should-have-been-the-new-Batman Karl Urban, Dredd is quite a work of comic book adaptation art. If you have not seen it, you should – I’d easily call it one of the best comic book movies to date.

Bold statement? Yep. But one that I stand behind.

Thee Comic Column #51: Fialkov & Infurnari’s The Bunker

 

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Joshua Hale Fialkov and Joe Infurnari recently launched a new web comic. The Bunker is only available online, so this was a new experience for me. I won’t go so far as to say I’ve ever been against digital books or comics, they’re just not my preference. Would I prefer to read The Bunker – which is a wonderfully-crafted and extremely exciting addition to my monthly addiction – in paper form? Maybe. However I fully recognize that this is my personal preference and in no way would I ever impose my preferences on creators doing what they need to do in order to get their completely independent book out to those who want to read it.

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