Webcomic Alert: Cibo Matto by Sophia Foster-Dimino

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The other day we linked to the fine Comic Arts LA poster by Sophia Foster-Dimino. Poking around her website, we found this charming comic about the band Cibo Matto, created for Pitchfork Review. Billed as two Japanese expats singing songs about food, Cibo Matto’s 1994 debut Viva! La Woman! is a staple of the 90sscene centering about Grand Royal Records, and led to the haunting Sugar Water video directed my Michel Gondry that features the same footage shown backwards in palindromatic fashion.

24 Hours of Halloween: Spooky music!

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Yes it’s the most magical time of the year, Halloween, which is a 24 hour tradition here at Stately Beat Manor. To get into the mood. The Beat has been listening all day to Soma Radio’s Doomed station which offers “dark industrial/ambient music” which usually means loud/urgent chanting in Latin and Fields of Nephiilm. Many […]

Nice Art: AlphaBands by Ben Towle

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Cartoonist/comics educator Ben Towle likes to take up half the year in alphabet themed art projects; once it was monsters then animals. This time he drew 26 different musicians in a project called AlphaBands. All 26 are up now, he explains and though not everyone was a hit single, it was also a technical exercise. […]

Wanna listen to the Awesome Mix Vol 1 from Guardians of the Galaxy?

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Perhaps no movie since the last Quentin Tarantino film has used familiar music as effectively to cue emotions as Guardians of The Galaxy. Starting with the trailers, director James Gunn picked out 70s music that has both nostalgic schlock value and hooks as big and irresistible as the universe. The result is music that grounds […]

Review: It’s time for Marvel ocarinas

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Ocarinas aren’t just for Zelda fans any more. St. Louis Ocarinas has released an officially licensed line of Marvel ocarinas in a variety of heroes. And they were kind enough to send one to me to review! Although I don’t talk much about my musical background, I was something of a child prodigy, playing the […]

Listen to the soundtrack to Locas from Love and Rockets

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Well, this is pretty near the second coolest thing that ever existed. Writer Gabe Soria figured out all the music that was ever mentioned in Jaime Hernandez’es Locas stories in Love and Rockets and made a play list out of it. Here it is, the perfect punk and dark sounds track for your adventures driving […]

Celebrate Torsten’s “Nerd Birthday” With His Crazy Party Favors!

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Everyone has milestone events which they remember (or wish to forget).  Some are small memories, like a first kiss, while others can be momentous anniversaries marked each year. May 25th is one such day for me.This Star Wars Day/International Towel Day marks thirty years of my actively reading, collecting, studying, proselytizing comics.  May 25, 1984, […]

RIP: Oderus Urungus

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The Gwar frontman is dead at age 50. Gwar had a big comics crossover of inspiration and I know they played Comic-Con several times. Photo via Diabolique Magazine

Ministry’s Al Jourgensen is writing a comic book

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Al Jourgensen is back, and…he…he’s writing a comic book. It will be drawn by Sam Shearon, a British artist who has worked on such comics as KISS and a 30 Days of Night spinoff but is best known for his album covers for such folk as Rammstein, Ministry, Rob Zombie, Iron Maiden, KISS, A Pale Horse Named Death and Fear Factory.

Mark the Tenth Birthday of ‘Hey Ya!’ with Peanuts

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Joe Hughes points out the painful fact that Outkast’s ‘Hey Ya!’, the song that led us from post 9/11 PTSD, that taught us how to shake it in the early years of social media, that signaled everyone get on the floor for months and then years, is now 10 years old. And whether it’s the […]

Avril Lavigne’s New Video Is The Best Comic of 2013

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If Heidi is allowed to post about Lord of the Rings, then I’m allowed to write about my passions too, and of course by that I mean Avril Lavigne videos. Her new video for ‘Rock N Roll’ is another masterpiece from the Canadian, a Tank Girl-styled piece set in the desert and featuring comic-styled artwork […]

Run DMC’s Daryl McDaniels teams up with Bronze Age Great Sal Buscema…and that was a real thing

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Like many of the great rappers—and he is one of the old skool greats—Darryl “DMC” McDaniels grew up a big comics nerd. So after meeting up with a fellow comics loving music exec, McDaniel decided to get involved with his own “Darryl Makes Comics”, which will release a graphic novel called DMC in the fall. […]

Henry and Glenn #1 sells 71,000 copies — to celebrate, here’s a preview of issue #2

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Tom Neely’s HENRY & GLENN FOREVER is a reinvention—totally fictional—of two rock icons combined with some razor sharp cartooning and the result is a comics classic. A POPULAR, comics classic: Publisher, Microcosm’s Joe Biel, lets it drop in this interview that HENRY & GLENN FOREVER has sold 71,000 copies. Given that it costs a mere […]

REVIEW: Black Mask Studios Hits the Ground Running with TWELVE REASONS TO DIE

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Black Mask Studios is the ambitiously game-changing publishing company founded to bring out OCCUPY COMICS and much more, headed by Matt Pizzolo (GODKILLER, HALO-8), Steve Niles (30 DAYS OF NIGHT and much more), and Brett Gurewitz (Epitaph Records). In interviews when the company formally announced itself, they touted a new structural framework for comic book […]

The Doors App Tells Morrison’s Tale through Haspiel’s Comics

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You might have caught wind of the fact that a multi-media iPad app has been released this week featuring The Doors as part of a “fan experience” that was created to coincide with the digitization of boxed sets by Warner Music Group. The app seeks to “tell the tale” of The Doors through a unique […]

INTERVIEW: Greg Pak and Jonathan Coulton Team Up on Kickstarter!

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Kick up the Kick-Watcher! Today sees the launch of Code Monkey Save World, a new 60-page graphic novel from Greg Pak and Jonathan Coulton, to be brought to life by the artistic team of Takeshi Miyazawa, Jessica Kholinne, and Simon Bowland. Wait – Jonathan Coulton, the musician, sir? Yes sir, that’d be him! The graphic […]