Something Good to Read on a Sunday

Welcome to the new weekend reading column. We’re still re-arranging the deckchairs for the re-launch of the Wow Cool blog and launch of the altcomics podcast. Hopefully things will be more regular soon. The title of this feature takes its name from The Clash song The Leader… which has some strangely timely lyrics.


The Girl From the Other Side: Siúil, a Rún is a manga series now making it’s way into English. It’s recommended to us by Mr. Paul Gravett. Look for it in the Wow Cool shop soon.

Go back 2D Cloud’s Summer 2017 publishing Schedule.

The Comics Reporter readers pick five favorite cartoonists to support on Patreon.

The Process Party podcast from Study Group talks to Kramers Ergot editor and cartoonist Sammy Harkham.

All 17 members of the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities (PCAH) have resigned in protest of Donald Trump’s overtly racist response to reality.

I found a video about the history of Sparkplug Books and Dylan Williams and posted it on Facebook.


The secret rhythm behind Radiohead’s “Videotape”. Found via Rock Paper Shotgun’s own Sunday Papers

Aphex Twin Details Selected Ambient Works Volume II Recordings by Marc Weidenbaum on disquiet. This could be the start to a very long journey down the rabbit hole. You have been warned.


A conversation with Charles Burns, Cartoonist. Featuring music by Kinski from JASON THOMAS FAULKNER on Vimeo. This is two year old, but it’s new to me.

Talking with Your Cat about Neopaganism

Elon Musk leads 116 experts calling for outright ban on killer robots. Open letter signed by Tesla chief and Google’s Mustafa Suleyman urges UN to block use of lethal autonomous weapons to prevent third age of war

Introducing Wow Cool’s alt.comics Podcast

What mad forces compel comic artists to chain themselves to drawing tables day and night? The new altcomics podcast tracks down cartoonists from all ends of the funny book business—graphic novels, comic strips, gag cartoons, web comics—and tries to find out what makes them tick. Your host is Marc Arsenault, proprietor of Silicon Valley’s Wow Cool shop and General Manager of the comics publisher Alternative Comics.

This is the introductory edition that does little more than say hello. Future episodes will have a little more meat on the bones. alt.comics will soon be available to subscribe to in all the usual places.

The soundtrack music is by Zoltar’s Fortune.

The art for our logo is by Andy Ristaino. Buy his books here.

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New Comics at Wow Cool August 9, 2017

New in the shop this week:

Maybe The Clash Were The Only Band That Mattered

This old TV clip is incredible. It’s clear that Mick Jones was the man with the plan. But it was these four people that made the magic.

The Stupid Pages 40: Nothing On TV Today

Was not easy to squeeze in the “a drawing every day” thing today. Had more insane plans for this NYT from a few days ago. The Sharpie is always magic. Well, maybe less so this time out. Don’t expect much for Sunday either.

The Stupid Pages 39: Star Trek Discovery

This one was done the old fashion way with a Sharpie Pen on the back of a dinner receipt. 

Star Trek: Discovery Premieres September 24

Jawbreaker Played Their First Show Since 1996 Last Night

Jawbreaker reunited last night, Thursday August 3rd at the Ivy Room in Albany, CA (NOT Oakland, music blogs of the world please take note). They opened up with a demonic incantation written by Adam and read by Blake while fire shot out of Chris' eyes. Then Branwyn Bigglestone and Scott Bradley were crowned in an ancient birthday ritual. The show started, songs were played: Boat, Dreams From The Hill, West Bay Invitational, Condition Oakland, Jet Black, Chemistry, Save Your Generation & Boxcar. They are playing again with Nuisance and Monsula at the Rickshaw Stop in Hayes Valley on Saturday August 12. The show is already sold out.

Three Jack Kirby Avengers Panels


I unexpectedly had the chance to catch up on some reading last month and for some unknown reason read the first few issue of the Avengers that were drawn by Jack Kirby. These are screen grabs from the ComiXology editions I read. Note the bright coloring. They looked a lot different from that when they first saw print. There were a few panels like this that were quite striking on their own that I saved.

They were a strange, but fairly enjoyable read. Several of the early stories involved the villain trying to use the Hulk to stir up trouble. Since the Hulk is usually somewhere around New Mexico this involved a couple trips cross country, by hammer, by boot jets, by ants… Rick Jones’ Teen Brigade should have gotten their own series.

There will be some sort of special event at the Wow Cool Store in Cupertino on the weekend before August 28 to celebrate 100 years since the birth of Jack Kirby. Details are still coming together. Stay tuned.

The Stupid Pages 38: It is My Pleasure to Make Your Acquaintance

First time using Tayasui Sketches Pro on an iPad Mini.

Stylus is the cheapest one they sell in a two-pack on Amazon, and they are easily the best quality/value situation for that type of tool.

Soundtrack: Here Come The Warm Jets by Brian Eno, which has just gotten the deluxe re-issue treatment.

The Stupid Pages 37: What Color is Your Parachute

iRig HD - High-quality guitar interface for iPhone, iPod touch, iPad and Mac/PC Equal Exchange - Delicious Coffees Grown by Small Farmers Vans,a Division of VF Outdoor, Inc.