NYCC: Rock Comic Con 2011

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If you like nerdcore music, you’ll enjoy Rock Comic Con, on Friday, 10/14, a concert featuring genre mainstays Paul and Storm, Kirby Krackle and H2Awesome!. Tickets are $12, and the show throws down at Tobacco Road, 355 W. 41st street, not too far from the Javits Center.

Watch Little Nemo-inspired video for Jascha Hoffman

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Benjamin Ahr Harrison directed this swell animated video that references Winsor McCay’s great Little Nemo comic strip. Check out Hoffman’s website for more musical stylings.

Friday Fun: Band recreates Prisoner opening shot for shot

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Could the Boston-based musical duo Do Not Forsake Me Oh My Darling be any bigger Prisoner fans? The band name is the name of a Prisoner episode, and they recently released a video for a song called Episode 1: Arrival, the name of the first Prisoner episode. And now the video for the song is a SHOT FOR SHOT remake of the Prisoner opening credits, only starring lead singer Sophia Cacciola, and shot all over Boston and England.

The video took years to plan and make, with a replica of the famous Lotus car, and locales the resembles the ’60s vista of London and Wales where the original was shot.

RIP: Wild Man Fischer

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Musician Larry “Wild Man” Fischer died on June 16th at age 66. Challenged by severe mental illness his whole life, he was one of the earliest known examples of Outsider Music with his tuneless, shouted ditties that somehow still tapped into the joy of music and performance.

Nice Art: Tom Neely’s cover for Decibel

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Can comics and extreme metal coexist in the same magazine? We’ll soon find out! The August issue (on sale in July) of DECIBEL has several features of interest to the comics crowd.

JLo spurns kiss of the Spider-Man

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Last night’s American Idol finale — we were RIGHT on the money — included such spectacles as Lady Gaga and 71 year old Tom Jones, but also Reeve Carney, who plays Spider-Man in the cursed Spider-Man musical, singing the song’s big ballad alongside composers Bono and the Edge.

Tpain and Chris Brown do Scott Pilgrim

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Or that’s what SCOTT PILGRIM director Edgar Wright just tweeted:

Amazing, Beautiful, Amazing: Who will win American Idol???

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This is so not comics, but the Final Three go at it tonight and we’d been saving up some notes. We started watching American Idol a few years ago because we felt the need to pay attention to a least one thing that wasn’t nerdy but instead reflected the more mundane and/or inane side of culture — something universal, just so when we had to hang out with normal people we wouldn’t be entirely defenseless. Plus former judges Simon and Kara talked about music a little and it was interesting. But that was then. This season’s judges, Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez excel at nothing but praise, blather and administering something called the “amazing” scale:

Cartoonists go goo-goo for Gaga

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NY Magazine recently commissioned a bunch of designers to reimagine the mistress of all the surveys, Lady Gaga, just in time for her new album’s release. While it’s hard to out-weird someone who wears a meat dress and goes to a Mets game in her underwear, several cartoonists gave it a shot, including Ariel Shrag, David Reese, Tim Hensley and Mike Keefe.

Four minutes of GREEN LANTERN footage leaked???

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…What happened to John Stewart?

Watch Peter Bagge rock out in his new video

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Cartoonist Peter Bagge has long had a thriving side career as a member of various garage bands. Now his outift Can You Imagine? has just released a new video for the song “Drive,” directed by Mott Todd. Bonus: Artwork by Peter Bagge!

A least ONE nerd musical triumphs on Broadway

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While the Spider-Man musical has been struggling along with all the momentum of an elderly man wearing roller skates trying to go up Lombard Hill after it has been covered with lard, another nerd-derived Broadway musical has opened with the fanfare of a million angels playing Handel’s Water Music while flying over a burning fireworks factory.

HOW DO PEOPLE FIND THE TIME: Lego South Park Musical

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Someone made a Lego version of the song “Do What You Wanna Do” from the “Elementary School Musical” episode of South Park.

In this episode, the boys find that the whole school has gone crazy for musicals because of a cute boy named Briden, and resist attempts to break into song every time there is an emotional moment. It turns out Bridon doesn’t even want to sing all the time and the episode ends with all the roles reversed.

Captain America — F*** yeah!

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From Team America to Captain America — the great message comes through.

Remake of ANNIE on the way from Will Smith

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Variety confirms that everyone’s favorite orphan is getting a reboot courtesy if Will Smith’s production company, with daughter Willow Smith set to star. Smith’s production company is teaming with Jay-Z to form a new movie-making joint venture and ANNIE is on the list.

Wagon Christ is back in March

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The first new Wagon Christ album in 7 years (!) is due March 14th: Toomorrow. Wagon Christ is also known as Luke Vibert, aka Rephlex, Amen Adnrews, Kerrier District and many other things. If there is one artist that is a constant soundtrack for work at Stately Beat Manor, it’s Vibert — his music is melodic, cheerful, unobtrusive and always giddy. If Raymond Scott, Henry Mancini or Esquivel had been acid disco/IDM DJs they would probably have been Vibert.