Old Comics from “Punk Magazine” circa 1978

Lately I’ve been big on “zines” – basically self-published magazines (hence the term “zine”). The title of this blog actually was the title of my first ever zine I “published” in grade school. Usually they’re pretty low-fi, sometimes they feature famous characters (such as this very saucy and NSFW Daredevil / Black Widow romp by Matt Seneca).

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So imagine my joy when I came across this super lo-fi and exciting comic from Punk magazine’s Mutant Monster Beach Party issue.

Featuring Joey Ramone (former lead singer of the Ramones) and Debbie Harry (from Blondie) – these delightfully low tech comics are fun, tongue in cheek, and a nice throw back to bygone era when everything didn’t need to be shot at the highest RAW megapixel HD 3D blah blah blah. Check them out below!

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Yes, that is, in fact, Edith Massey, who frequently appeared in John Waters’ films!

Another delightful I’ve found is The Non-Adventures of Wonderella by Justin Pierce. It’s a wonderful webcomic that parodies the character Wonder Woman, with the occasional special appearance by Batman, Superman, and other Justice Leaguers. Check that out here!

Source: Eat Tarantula

REVIEW: Wonder Woman #21: No One Likes Us, We Don’t Care

Review copied in its entirety fromDCComicsNews – be sure to check them out and send them some internet love!

Wonder Woman and company face off against the vicious might of the First Born! How do they fare? Find out below!

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At the end of the last issue of Wonder Woman, Cassandra and the First Born confronted our heroes while Wonder Woman duked it out with a revenge-seeking Artemis. Having seen the horror that the First Born is capable of (he did eat some brains in his very first appearance back in Issue #13) the tension of this scene was quite palpable. Added to that the revealed connection between Cassandra and Lennox and Brian Azzarello has set the stakes pretty high for this issue. Does it pay off?

THE GOOD

In short, the wait has been worth it. Wonder Woman #21 is filled to the brim with action. Big, exciting, summer blockbuster action. This is the match up readers have been waiting to see for a while now and it does not disappoint. Still scarred from her battle with Artemis, Wonder Woman rushes in to assist Lennox in fighting off the First Born. It is the Man Made of Stone and the Princess of Paradise Island trading blows with the hulking monster determined to destroy the Heavens.

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Making a very sudden and triumphant return is Orion (who hightailed it after having his…manhood…embarrassed back in Issue #19). He and Diana exchange some witty banter before bidding a hasty escape, clearly overpowered by their foe. The First Born won’t be bested so easily, it would seem, and, in a truly terrifying moment, rips open Orion’s portal in an attempt to follow, leading to the demise of major character.

Hardly a moments respite is given, however, as Orion and Diana are now face to face with the Highfather on New Genesis! The action in these scenes is clear, concise, and exciting. The stakes are high and the reader feels it with every blow.

It’s not all action, however, as Brian Azzarello gives the reader plenty of character development in between fisticuffs. Light is shed on more of Cassandra’s back-story as well as baby Zeke’s powers. Queen Hera also realizes just how powerless she has become. That is another strength of this series: characterization. Each character is given ample time to grow, change, and to project their own unique voice. Whether it’s Hera’s dwindling nobility, Lennox’s street-savvy, tough-guy-with-a-heart-of-gold-attitude (yes, in this issue, he is singing the chant of the infamous South London Millwall Football Club), or Diana’s altruistic yet stubborn desire to help everyone, each character stands on his or her own as an important part of the overall story.

WW_21_4Cliff Chiang’s art shines in this issue. The level of detail is impressive, as both Wonder Woman and the First Born exhibit cuts and bruises from recent battles. Even though he is masked, Chiang’s line work lets you know exactly when Orion is overwhelmed with berserker rage. He is the sole artist on this issue and as wonderful a job as Goran Sudžuka and Tony Akins have done at keeping the book consistent, it’s a joy to have a full issue of Chiang’s art.  Colorist Matthew Wilson keeps the book vibrant and exciting, from the cool blues of Zeke’s God Child eyes to the hot reds and oranges of Orion’s portal, his coloring complements Chiang’s artwork exceptionally.

THE BAD

It’s tough to remain objective when a book is this solid all around. The action is well paced and interspersed with interesting character interaction and development and the visuals are some of the most pleasing you’ll find on the comic book stands these days. No negatives to report here.

FINAL VERDICT

Rating5 (5/5)

Brian Azzarello and Cliff Chiang deliver another amazing issue of Wonder Woman. If you’re not reading this title, you should be.

Let’s Play: Jurassic Park Trespasser

http://lparchive.org/Jurassic-Park-Trespasser/

Probably one of my favorite games as a kid (even though my computer was too weak to run it really well) Jurassic Park Trespasser is a first person shooter with pretty stellar physics for its time. It’s also a precursor to even better games such as Half-Life and Half-Life 2, cited as a inspiration by those development teams. In the link above, the awesome “Research Indicates” does a run through of the game, which I found quite entertaining.

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if you’re feeling down, listen to a couple of this dude’s songs and you’ll feel better. I dare you not to.

“Sydney (I’ll Come Running)” – Brett Dennen

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“Comeback Kid (That’s My Dog)” – Brett Dennen

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“Ain’t No Reason” – Brett Dennen (from House M.D.)

music videos

Two by the excellent band Wolf Parade and one from their post-Wolf Parade years by Handsome Furs

“Shine a Light”

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“I’ll Believe in Anything”

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“What About Us?” – Handsome Furs (off their newest and best album “Sound Kapital” – video NSFW)

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“Please Wait a Minute, Mr. Postman” – Slow Motion Centerfold – they’re apparently touring with Handsome Furs now, out of Nashville TN, good stuff

an atrocity has been committed

(this screenshot is from an actual Great Gatsby NES game – which you can conviently play HERE  for free!)

“The Great Gatsby” – like it or not, one can hardly deny its appropriate place in the annals of modern american literature.  The story is simplistic, elegantly so, and told with beautiful language and verve and emotion. One “writer” however, feeling that today’s youths are nothing more than a bunch of a mindless illiterate troglodytes, has published a “dumbed down” version of this seminal work of art. Her name is Margaret Tanner and the edition I speak of is “The Great Gatsby – The Macmillan Reader Edition” – I, like Roger Ebert describes in this biting article, am hesitant to post a link to the “book” in its awful entirety, but like looking at a car crash or a dead baby, people’s curiousity for the morbid and foul is limitless – so here, and prepare to be disgusted. Link to “The Great Gatsby – The Macmillan Reader Edition”  I strongly urge anyone who is as offended as I am to tell MacMillan so, and you can do so here – http://ecom.cdfbooks.com/contactus.htm – do not let them sell our kids short by distilling a literature classic and robbing it of its integrity.

(from same NES game)

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” They’re a rotten crowd,” I shouted, across the lawn. “You’re worth the whole damn bunch put together.” – The Great Gatsby by F Scott Fitzgerald

“They’re no good, Gatsby! You’re better than all of them!” – The MacMillan Edition by Margaret Tanner