Toe Tag Riot Bridges Comics and Music in Alternative Press

Writer Matt Miner and artist Sean Von Gorman’s Toe Tag Riot, available through Black Mask Studios, may be the best example of blending comics and music to date. It also comes at a time when comic and music fans are starting to recognize their kinship, a connection that goes as far back as Big Brother and the Holding Company’s Cheap Thrills album cover drawn by legend R. Crumb or Paul McCartney giving Jack Kirby some props with Magneto and Titanium Man. Toe Tag Riot managed to gain the notice of music magazine Alternative Press with an interview in the October … Continue reading

Geek Out With “Spartacus” On Netflix

It’s always been a mystery to me why, in an era of increasing shock value and excessive explicit material on television, the Starz series Spartacus was so overlooked by mainstream audiences. Sure, it never had the built-in audience of Game Of Thrones (which of course is based on a book series) or the easy accessibility of House Of Cards (a Netflix original), but Spartacus had many of the same attributes that have kept shows like these so popular for years now. There was reckless ambition, sudden death, sex appeal and nonstop political scheming. In many respects, it was the perfect … Continue reading

A Trekkie’s Take on Marvel’s New Star Wars Series

(If you search in Google for Marvels’ 2015 Star Wars, you will get many reviews of the new Star Wars comics.  Most of theses reviews are for the first issue or other individual floppies; this review is of the first six issues of the new Marvel Star Wars series.) I was born in the late 70’s and was too young to go to the theater and watch the original Star Wars films.  Because of that and my personal interests, I liked them, but loved more the Star Trek TV series. I tend to prefer my entertainment on a weekly serialized way (TV episodes) rather than a long, spaced out (no pun … Continue reading

Why Homestuck should be taken seriously

One of my biggest hesitations on beginning Homestuck originated with the polarized views I’d seen on the internet.  It seems people either love Homestuck, or they believe it’s utter smut – there’s very little grey area there.  Now that I’ve spent more time on it, it seems like most of the hate for Homestuck is actually just impatience or irritation, which is understandable, considering how big/long it is. This is not an explanation or summary of Homestuck.  It’s also not a persuasion piece on why you should read Homestuck.  These are the reasons that I think Homestuck needs to be … Continue reading

Why FOX Adapting Lucifer Is the Worst Idea

Fox wants to turn Lucifer into a police procedural, where the reluctant King of Hell will help the LAPD solve crimes. Is this for an audience of comic-loving, cop procedural television fans? Police procedurals have become a cliché television trope. They are popular, but many border on banality.  The comic series covers everything from existentialism to finding your true face to finally breaking free of the bonds of God’s plan. It is about a fallen angel seeking to bring free will to all, while running a nightclub in LA., and breaking free of the bond’s of God’s creation. Lucifer is … Continue reading