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Friday, May 25th, 2007
2:10 am
One year!

I shut this sucker down a year ago.

But sometimes I get an email notifying me someone has sent spam in response to an old post.

Current Mood: discontent
Tuesday, May 16th, 2006
9:57 pm
Wax Poetics
Finally listened to mi amigo Rick Cortes and picked up a copy of WAX POETICS:

Highly recommended if you like soul, hip-hop or jazz. And especially if you're into lost sounds and obscurities.  Check out the website:


Current Mood: sleepy
Friday, April 14th, 2006
12:12 pm
The 2006 Jefferson Muzzles
Since 1992, the Thomas Jefferson Center for the Protection of Free Expression has celebrated the birth and ideals of its namesake by calling attention to those who in the past year forgot or disregarded Mr. Jefferson's admonition that freedom of speech 'cannot be limited without being lost.'

The 2006 Jefferson Muzzles go to:

1) President George W. Bush
2) The U.S. Department of Justice
3) FCC Chairman Kevin Martin
4) The Florida Supreme Court
5) New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg
6) Hecklers of the Ann Coulter Speech at UConn
7) The Yelm (WA) Town Council
8) The U.S. Department of Homeland Security
9) The Command Authority of the U.S. Army Base at Fort Bragg, NC
10) The School Administrations of Tennessee's Oak Ridge High School, Florida's Wellington High School, and California's Troy High School
11) Orange County (FL) School District Superintendent Ron Blocker
12) William Paterson (NJ) University Administration
13) U.S. Representative Joe Barton

Full details:


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Current Mood: busy
12:36 am
More Dick in your future...
I just got a message from three-time Eisner nominee Steven Griffin that HAWAIIAN DICK: THE LAST RESORT #4 is finished

That's what I said. You heard me. That means it'll be in shops in a month or so.  I guess I should have the whole series available at Heroes Con, then.

And, in the interest of looking completely insane, I'm in the early stages of prepping the next DICK series.  Which (you'll hear it here first, if anyone's listening) will probably be an ongoing.

The new series will kick off with a four issue storyline introducing a new group of characters that I've had in my back pocket for years, and finally decided to debut. More concrete details to come, as we'll get underway in earnest in the next couple of months.

Current Mood: creative
Friday, April 7th, 2006
11:10 am
Top 20 flicks...the past decade
Something I did over the course of a few days for a movie mailing list:

Top Twenty "Island" picks...of the past ten years!

Rather than list all-time faves, I thought I'd post a list of films I love from the past decade (1996-). Many gems have been sprinkled throughout cinemas in the era of awful blockbusters and horrific calculated comedies.

In no particular order:

1. Rushmore (1998): The first Wes Anderson film to grab me by the throat. Anderson (and co-writer Owen Wilson) do wistful melancholia better than anyone. And Anderson coaxes amazing performances out of his actors. This was the film where Bill Murray's soul as an actor was first revealed, and he should have been nominated for an Academy Award as a result. Funny, touching and always interesting to watch, with typically brilliant use of music and an homage to the Graduate thrown in for good measure.

2. The Royal Tenenbaums (2001): The second Wes Anderson film to grab me by the throat. Gene Hackman pops up, as he does every now and then, and nearly steals the movie from a cast full of younger favorites. Deeper than Rushmore, and truly sad in places, but also terrifically funny. Anderson's films make me laugh harder in recollecting them than when I'm watching, which makes repeated vieweings that much more rewarding. "That's the last time you put a knife in me! Y'hear me?"

3. Jackie Brown (1997): Tarantino's "straightest" flick may be his best. And he coaxed career-defining performances from seventies vets Pam Grier and Robert Forster. Not to mention a beautifully understated performance from De Niro (Al Pacino...are you paying attention? "Understated!") and a typically brilliant turn from the baddest man in Hollywood, Samuel L. Jackson. Elmore Leonard has never looked better on screen.

4. Snatch (2000): You can dog Guy Ritchie for playing in Tarantino's backyard, but this movie holds its own with QT's best (aside from "Pulp Fiction," maybe). Ritchie doesn't waste much time with defining his characters, and I can understand some of the criticism of his work in that regard, but that misses the point. This film is like a giant comic book, full of quirky, entertaining characters, interesting plot twists, bold shots and dark humor. I love it.

5. L.A. Confidential (1997): It's always boggled my mind that Kim Basinger was the only actor in this film to win an Oscar, considering her performance was EASILY the least impressive (in fact, it just wasn't very good). Russell Crowe, Kevin Spacey and Guy Pearce are all outstanding in this phenomenal interpretation of the great James Ellroy's novel. Period details are terrific, and the seediness of LA in the fifties is perfectly communicated. And, of course, it has a cracking story propelling everything along.

6. The Big Lebowski (1998): The Coens and Wes Anderson tower above most other modern filmmakers, and this story without a plot is one of the most entertaining flicks to emerge from the 90s. Watching Jeff Bridges trip through the movie in a clueless haze, it's easy to see why Lebowski has spawned a cult of fans. And it probably features John Goodman's best performance.

7. Fargo (1996): The Coen's masterpiece, where their offbeat humor, noir influences, and their penchant for black comedy come together and work perfectly. Frances McDormand, Steve Buscemi and William H. Macy are a blast to watch throughout. My favorite scene is probably the one in which McDormand's pregnant cop has turned up to innocently question car dealer Macy, who promptly melts down and flees the scene, much to McDormand's confusion. McDormand earned her Oscar here.

8. Shaun of the Dead (2004): For my money, the greatest zombie movie of all time. Genuinely funny, genuinely creepy, and it never loses hardcore zombie fans by making undue fun of the genre.

9. Amelie (2001): I just realized that most of my time with foreign films is spent getting caught up on classics through DVD (especially Criterion flicks), and I haven't really seen that many great foreign films over the past ten years. This wistful little movie makes the list, with its utterly charming lead and its modern fairytale take on Paris...

10. The Iron Giant (1999): If only DC Comics understood Superman as well as Brad Bird. I just love this film. It's colorful, funny and touching, and beautifully animated. Setting a film in the fifties against a brilliant fall backdrop is usually going to grab my attention. If I were single, I think I'd be Harry Connick's character in this flick. (no, I wouldn't. I'd be like Brian Wilson without any money, lying in bed listening to music with the headphones, waiting for someone to deliver Chinese straight to the bedroom)

11. Magnolia (1999): PT Anderson falls just behind Wes Anderson and the Coens, but I think this film features one of the best ensemble performances I've ever seen. Julianne Moore is astonishing, as she often is. Phillip Seymour Hoffman is without doubt the greatest character actor of his generation, and John C. Reilly isn't far behind. William H. Macy is typically perfect as the aging quiz show kid, and Philp Baker Hall is every bit as good as the aging quiz show host. And Melinda Dillon pops up out of nowhere and shines. Shit, Tom Cruise doesn't even suck. The movie also features one of my favorite bits of film-making ever, in its montage introduction of the cast, to the tune of Aimee Mann's version of "One." And then there's the moment when the cast stops what they're doing to mouth the words of Mann's heartbreaking "Wise Up," something I NEVER would have believed would work, but does to devestating effect.

12. Far From Heaven (2002): Setting a film in the fifties against a brilliant fall backdrop is usually going to grab my attention. I think I mentioned that. Todd Haynes' letter-perfect tribute to the Douglas Sirk melodramas of the fifties is empowered by two terriric perfomances: those of Julianne Moore as the suburban housewife coming to grips with the realities of the world around her, and Dennis Haysbert, as the friend she can't really be friends with. Dennis Quaid is pretty solid, too, although Randy will always be the real actor in the family. The period details are beautiful, and the art direction, the dialogue and the music are all faithful to films of the era. But the story is extremely moving, and the end gets me every time.

13. Dig! (2003): I can't really explain why this music documentary worked so well for me, but I've probably watched it five times. I'm always gripped by the examination of creative lives ("Crumb" is one of my all-time favorite movies), and watching Anton Newcombe and his Brian Jonestown Massacre lurch through a career filled with near success and self-destructive behavior is fascinating to me. Plus, I just dig the music.

14. Brokeback Mountain (2005): One of the first movies in a long while that's lived up to the hype. Wonderful film, and, just as importantly, beautifully crafted. The performances are outstanding on all levels, and Heath Ledger certainly earned his shot at an Oscar. I think special mention should be made of Randy Quaid's performance. He's such an adept clown that it's easy to forget what a great actor he really is. He's light years better than his brother, in any event. The cinematography was beyond beautiful, and the soundtrack was perfect. A movie that reminded me why I love movies.

15. Sin City (2005): I don't have much to say, other than it was probably the most exhilarating moviegoing experience I've had in a decade. I don't even have any desire to critique it. It was just a kick in the ass with an iron boot. With tiny spikes on the toe.

16. The Incredibles (2004): Brad Bird renders the live action Fantastic Four film laughable and pointless before it even hit screens. Pixar can do no wrong, but this one was a comic book fan's delight from start to finish.

17. Lost in Translation (2003): Bill Murray's triumph, obviously, but it's a beautiful, sad little film that makes wonderful use of Tokyo as a backdrop. And what a soundtrack.

18. Saving Private Ryan (1998): Aside from the gawdawful bookends thrown in for some reason, I think this is an extremely powerful commentary on war as well as a gripping adventure tale. And I think it features Tom Hanks' finest performance (heads and tails above the laughable melodrama of "Philadelphia" and the emptyheaded "Forrest Gump").

19. The Thin Red Line (1999): Some of the negative reviews of this movie baffle me. I'm afraid no one has an attention span these days, because I found this to be an utterly beatiful rumination on the philosophical impact war has on individuals. My only quibble would be with the numerous star cameos (George Clooney is always the most riveting presence in a scene, so having him pop up for a few minutes is just distracting). Other than that, Terence Malick paints a typically gorgeous picture with a camera (thanks in no small part to cinematographer John Toll), and gets moving performances from Sean Penn, Adrien Brody, Ben Chaplin and James Caviezel.

20. The Full Monty (1999): Rousing stuff. As entertaining a movie as I saw during the nineties. Brilliant cast, which helps a ton.

Honorary mention: Gosford Park (2001), Kung Fu Hustle (2004), Bottle Rocket (1996), American Splendor (2003), About a Boy (2002), X2 (2003), Ghost World (2001), Boogie Nights (1997), Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1999)

Current Mood: drained
Wednesday, April 5th, 2006
2:02 am
Jackie Karma again!
We're almost done with the first issue of '76. The first chapter of COOL is done, and we're wrapping up JACKIE KARMA now.

New Jackie page from Edifying Ed Tadem tonight:

Current Mood: working
Tuesday, April 4th, 2006
11:06 pm
CBR and the Leading Man
More in-depth discussion of the Leading Man at CBR:


Also in said piece, I look forward to being a fat sell-out sooner than later.

Current Mood: working
9:29 am
Ten page LEADING MAN preview via Isotope
James Sime, always good to me, has included a ten page pdf preview of THE LEADING MAN (June, from Oni, in PREVIEWS now) as a part of his Legal Download series.

Head here to download said puppy:


Current Mood: busy
Friday, March 17th, 2006
1:56 pm
At about three in the morning the other night, after working on the new office, I settled in and watched an episode of VH-1's Bands Reunited, a show I've enjoyed every time I've watched, no matter the band. 

This one happened to be about one of my favorite bands, the criminally underappreciated Dramarama. If they're remembered, people seem to cling to their mid-eighties mini-hit (thought it was evidently pretty big in LA), "Anything, Anything." But my favorite disc of theirs is 1991's Vinyl, which is probably one of my ten favorite rock albums of all time.  The VH-1 show brought them back together, and lead singer John Easdale then decided to morph his planned solo disc into a new Dramarama disc, by using the band's guitar players, Peter Wood and Mark Englert (known back in the day as "Mr. E") on it.

In any event, the band never made a bad record. Their debut, Cinema Verite, is probably the equal of any disc from 1985, and they never faltered from there. Sadly, they never gained much airplay or national attention, either, but isn't that how it always is where the best of the best are concerned?

Current Mood: tired
Wednesday, March 15th, 2006
3:33 pm
Good news and a Jackie page...
Talked to Eric Stephenson on Monday, and was elated to hear that PUT THE BOOK BACK ON THE SHELF: A BELLE & SEBASTIAN ANTHOLOGY was doing extremely well. It's performing just about how we hoped it would, in terms of how it's selling, and where it's selling (including, now, on tour with the band).  I took some shit from a grousing retailer about it on a message board last week when I directed his attention to an article about the book.  He was dumping on promotion and timing, but I just let him vent.  It's amazing that if people don't experience something firsthand, they refuse to believe it exists.

LOOK! A new JACKIE KARMA page by Ed Tadem. I can't explain how it feels to work with people like Ed on my own creation. If a writer tries to convince me that it's equally rewarding working on BATMAN #2510 with a guy hand-picked by an editor...he's lying:

Current Mood: chipper
Thursday, March 9th, 2006
11:18 am
Spring and my other geek passion...
...rears its ugly head:

Also, New Line renewed the HAWAIIAN DICK option this month.

Things are looking pretty good on that front.

Current Mood: good
Friday, March 3rd, 2006
10:31 am
The Leading Man...in color

Dave McCaig over Jeremy Haun.

June from Oni. Five issues. Full color:

Current Mood: chipper
Thursday, February 23rd, 2006
10:59 pm
Soundtrack for a Thursday night

Office almost done...down in a corner of the basement looking out at the night.  Here's what's playing here...twenty tracks in a random mix:

1. Ohh La La by Faces
2. Wish You Were Here by Pink Floyd
3. Ghost Ship in a Storm by Zero 7 and Jim O'Rourke
4. Secret Meeting by the National
5. A Northern Soul by the Verve
6. The Music Next Door by the Lucksmiths
7. Reason to Believe by the Carpenters
8. Coyote by the Band and Joni Mitchell
9. Is There Life After Breakfast by Ray Davies
10. Diane by Material Issue
11. Mountains Blue and the World Through My Window by the Stands
12. The Ballad of a Mix Tape by Comet Gain
13. Strange Fruit by Robert Wyatt
14. Some Velvet Morning by Nancy Sinatra and Lee Hazlewood
15. Bank Holiday Monday by Stephen Duffy
16. The Free Man by the Best Friends Group
17. Captain Easychord by Stereolab
18. Sweet Thing by Van Morrison
19. Where is the Love? by Donnie Hathaway and Roberta Flack
20. Good Morning Joan by the Cardigans

Current Mood: eh
Saturday, January 14th, 2006
4:01 pm
Different brand of geek

As much as I try, I can't get my devotion to certain sports out of my system.

It's rare, but eventually dogged devotion pays off.


The White Sox win the World Series, K-State finally beats KU. Maybe it means my personal life will turn around, too!


Current Mood: rejuvenated
Friday, January 13th, 2006
11:28 pm
Okay, okay...Bat Girl

Just under the wire...I had to play along.

Current Mood: blank
Thursday, January 12th, 2006
10:28 pm
Proud of Pop

As some of you may know (although I don't know how), my father is currently the Lieutenant Governor of Kansas. But he's also a West Virginia native (as am I). He grew up in West Virginia and Pennsylvania and their mining communities, so last week's tragedy struck a chord. I just got off the phone with my sister, and she told me he was on his way to West Virginia this weekend.

Upon hearing that Kansas's most embarrassing citizen, the Reverend Fred Phelps, was planning on heading out there to protest at a mining memorial (Fred wants everyone to know that God killed the miners because America is evil, and it's another sign of the End that's coming soon), Pops decided to head out there as a positive gesture from Kansas and toward his home state. I don't know if his presence will counteract Phelps and his (very small) band of retarded inbreds, but the thought of those poor, hard-working SOBs being trapped in the mine really affected him, and he was genuinely appalled by Phelps's decision to head East.

He's a good man, my pop. It ain't always easy living up to his standards.

Fred, promoting hate and ignorance:

My pop, meeting with the Co-Directors of the Paraguayan Center for Documentation and Archive of Human Rights (CDyA)

Current Mood: broke again
Thursday, January 5th, 2006
2:21 pm
The Wild Colonials
Many of you probably don't know or care who they are, but I just caught this tidbit regarding one of my very favorite bands:

Wild Notes

1 ) New Deal with Universal!
The Wild Colonials this past week have signed a new record deal with
Universal Music Group!

The band feel that the new Wild Colonials album is their best. There are
also plans to release the non-album tracks in the coming year as well.

Since early 2001 the Wild Colonials have had two record deals and
unfortunately both labels went belly up before the new Wild Colonials album could come
out. Luckily the band still owned the rights to the unreleased album. Every six
months or so the band would record some more music at their own expense.

Since Universal now owns Geffen Records (who released the first two Colonials
albums), it means that the entire catalogue of Wild Colonials masters are now
in one place. The first of the new songs will be coming out this spring 2006!
We will keep you posted about any updates and appreciate your continued
faith and interest in all things Wild Colonials.

2 ) Colonials Christmas mp3
Christmas Is Quiet mp3

The Wild Colonials song Christmas is Quiet is available as a FREE download on
the home page of www.wildcolonials.com.

Just visit the Home page at www.wildcolonials.com and click on the link.

Current Mood: bitchy
Wednesday, January 4th, 2006
8:18 pm
Where's the beef?

I had a dream two nights back that was disturbing, and I think it was the second time I had it.

In the dream, I was an assassin and killed President Walter Mondale with a high powered rifle.

Very disturbing.

Current Mood: drained
Tuesday, January 3rd, 2006
10:35 pm
And, now...2006

2005 was pretty much a nightmare on most fronts, although seeds were planted for a good shot at a decent 2006.  Priorities need to be rethought, and new avenues must be combined with the old.

I probably need to dump some things as the year begins, because I'm losing interest in spinning my wheels. I keep passing on good opportunities to complete shit that's not even turning me on, so that'll change. New media is out there...lots of options.

Here's one of the new things I'm rolling with in 2006. It'll be part of a book called '76, and more details will be announced before too long.  You won't see the actual book until we're sure we can ship on time, so we won't even hammer out a tentative date until then. This is the first public glimpse, I suppose, of a character I've already grown to love almost as much as my tropical Dick:

Click for another promo shots of Jackie K!Collapse )

Current Mood: calm

Wednesday, November 16th, 2005
1:12 am
The Modern Man #2


Current Mood: exanimate
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