Tom Hart has put all the call. SAW, The Sequential Artists Workshop, needs your support in 2014. All is explained in the video above. Get over to indiegogo and help them out. The rewards are truly excellent.
I don’t remember exactly what I was searching for when I stumbled across Jacque Nodell’s excellent Sequential Crush blog… and I don’t care anymore, my heart was swept away for the love of this glorious collection of lush images from 1960s and 1970s romance comics.
There are too many great strips and artists featured on the blog to do it justice in this post. Some highlights worth noting are: This complete strip by Alex Niño; This one page strip by Creig Flessel; Artist Spotlight on Elizabeth Berube; A multi-part in-depth look at Alex Toth’s “20 Miles to heartbreak”; and a chat with Jim Steranko about his classic “My Heart Broke in Hollywood!”, complete with the original color guides. The freshest bit of line in here for many people will be the incredible work from Cuban-American artist Ric Estrada, known mainly for a variety of mid-70s work for various DC titles, including Karate Kid and Richard Dragon and for the Amethyst series.
Jacque’s grandfather was Martin Nodell – creator of the golden age comic book superhero Green Lantern and a part of the team that created the Pillsbury Doughboy. You can follow Jacque on Twitter.
Now that the dust has settled a little from Doctor Who’s 50th anniversary celebrations this past Saturday, November 23, I want to point you toward some coverage of the many types of music and sounds that were featured on the show during its long history.
First up is “50 Years in Time and Space: The Music of Doctor Who” on KFJC 89.7 FM – “For 50 years the Doctor has battled alien monsters accompanied by a trusted companion and a music score ranging from musique concrete to full orchestras.” The three hours of music hosted by Sir Cumference is available for download for the next two weeks (Look for the three Sir Cumference shows from Saturday morning). Here’s the playlist. You may also want to check out Wikipedia’s list of music featured on Doctor Who.
Some further reading: Sound on Sound’s excellent history of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop | The Guardian on the Radiophonic
You can recreate the sounds of the Radiophonic Workshop on this curious page from BBC Research & Development Internet Research & Future Services (IRFS) – “Explore the BBC sound of the 1960s with our 4 demos of Radiophonic equipment, built with the new Web Audio API standard. Each demo comes with commented code, so you can learn how to build your own audio applications.” I invite you to consider using this one in live performances, or while running down corridors.
A few memorable pieces of music that featured in the series over the years failed to make their way into the KFJC program. First up is Béla Bartók’s “Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta Part Three: Adagio”, 1936 that appeared in the recently rediscovered Second Doctor stories Enemy of the World and Web of Fear (and you may remember from Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining)
Another one is the “Habanera” aka “L’amour est un oiseau rebelle” (Love is a rebellious bird) aria from Georges Bizet’s 1875 opera Carmen, as heard in the much more recent Asylum of the Daleks (No idea if this was the version used… probably not… but I’m pretty sure it was not Maria Callas, either).
OK, last up is France’s Les Structures sonores Lasry-Baschet (who actually are on the KFJC show). I had no clue this group and their amazing homemade instruments (like the Cristal Baschet) even existed.
There are a couple of Doctor Who fiftieth anniversary shows that did not show up on BBC America that are far more enjoyable than the pointless pre-show and Graham Norton that were shoveled on us.
“Me, You and Doctor Who“, an episode of The Culture Show hosted by (the other) Matthew Sweet is the best documentary on Doctor Who that I have ever seen. The piece features great segments on the sounds and music of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop and the largely unsung Dudley Simpson and his group, who created music for 60 Doctor Who stories.
And then, there is the truly epic The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot
I’ve been homebound nursing a sore throat all weekend and in a reduced state of mental facility barely capable of scrolling through facebook walls and first person shooters. Anyway, on Veteran’s Day in the U.S. yesterday there was clearly something in the air as people seemed to keep posting links to photos of abandoned buildings – in the States and abroad. Lots of links… different stuff. All was compelling viewing. The last one I saw clearly stood out. It was the product of a single vision – the photos of Dan Raven.
Who this person was even seemed mysterious… similar names and subject matter showed up in different places. Was this one man? A Collective? A Coincidence? Some links have been left out to protect the innocent. As near as I can work out, these are: his blog | his bio on National Geographic | his entries on Urban Earth | His flickr stream
It is possible these are two people with very similar names and interests that I’ve somehow conflued together.
There had been a few photo sets that have floated my way — more often recently then there had been — of abandoned libraries in Michigan and the like… But yesterday was a flood.
Other pieces of news I read seemed to tie in to a prevailing theme of infrastructural collapse, neglect and despair. Bits of facts wove a pattern of declining populations, low sex drives and more systems failures; all against the face of actual explosions of information and population. In the meanwhile incomprehensible devastation — that would never have the same weight in the western cultural narrative as Timmy down the well — played out in the Philippines. We thanked those who sacrificed for what we have and stared at high dynamic range photos of rotting old buildings.
These were the other shared galleries… you may have seen them already.
Abandoned but Beautiful on Dusky’s Wonders
Here’s a new one this morning: Extraordinary abandoned buildings on The Telegraph
I feel that these things are related:
Sweden closes four prisons as number of inmates plummets – The Guardian
Oh, and that top photo… it’s a screen grab from Valve’s HDR demo game Half Life 2: Lost Coast
An excerpt from Theory of Obscurity – A Film About The Residents featuring their long-time art collaborator Steven Cerio. Release date not yet announced. Expect it in early 2014. The teaser trailer is below.
We have marked down a selection of books by various artists and from several series that are great ‘jumping on’ or ‘get introduced to’ points.., most of them from Alternative Comics. So, now, for a mere dollar, you can get many great comics that previously cost three to five times that. Among these bargains are:
Bipolar #2 by the Hanuka Brothers
Stink Helmet is Otto Splotch’s brand new 80 page full color graphic novel. True life, SiFi future, people exercising… Real Fun. Dysfunctional people living in a psychedelic world of slime and slime and fart jokes. A classic to share with your grandkids. Go get it.
As you have probably heard by now, writer and musician Lou Reed has passed away at age 71. I’d listened to his music for years, but there was a side to him I had not heard about that I became very familiar with through my work for Kung Fu Tai Chi Magazine. Lou was a committed practitioner and even occasional assistant instructor of Chen Tai Chi with Master Ren GuangYi. He was a great ambassador of tai chi, which is not something I’ve seen mentioned in the various reports on his life and death that have appeared in the last few hours. Lou Reed appeared twice on the cover of Kung Fu, in 2003 and with Master Ren in 2007.
I had the chance to meet Lou three times, and was present as a photographer when he and Ren presented Chen Tai Chi to a session of Donna Karan’s Urban Zen Foundation in 2007. The photos of Lou are some of the worst I took that day, but I thought people might like to see them. I’ve also selected two videos related to Lou and Ren’s work that were found on the web. It’s fascinating to see this man who influenced and entertained so many — and who was also known for his gruff personality — get down on the floor to help someone with their stance while practicing a form. He was clearly very passionate about this part of his life. He will be much missed by so very many.
The late-1960s documentary film of Dada by Helmut Herbst has haunted me for some time and has been an influence both in its form and for its subject. “Germany Dada” or “DADA-Manifest – DA DA – ein Alphabet des deutschen Dadaismus” or “Germany-DADA: An Alphabet of German DADAism” is required viewing.
I have been looking for a good version of this online for a little while. There is a version that is half the length of the original that is broken up into three parts with excessive surface noise and one with very loud Catalan overdubs. This is as good an english language version of the film that I could find.
Herbst’s film directly, but subconsciously, informed much of the form and content of the Brown Cuts Neighbors “The Destruction of the Human Face” film that I co-authored in the late 1990s. That film had its debut in Berlin in 1999.
The soundtrack for your day. On Sunday, the 6th of October 2013, Kieran Hebden, better known as Four Tet, took over the Rinse FM airwaves for a very special one-off extended 8 hour show featuring guest mixes from Caribou, Floating Points, Anthony Naples & Pearson Sound, which ran all night from 9pm until 5am. Tracklist
Main post image taken at the New York Transit Museum the same week that Four Tet played the 2010 CMJ Showcase at Webster Hall with Gold Panda. I could find that, but none of my video from that show. What a world!
For those who did not get the full effect, and were left needing more from our last post, here is the entire Anfield rap. You will never walk alone, brother.
Yes, we are a day late. Friday, October 11 (or possibly Sunday, the thirteenth, or maybe some other day… we acknowledge the eleventh) was John Peel Day. Digging around this week, nearly nine years after John Peel passed, a number of things were discovered on the interwebs that are worth sharing. OK, a couple. First of all, there is the video above. Otherwise, you are invited to check out The John Peel Centre for Creative Arts page from The Space, and the introduction to John Peel’s Record Collection, by his widow Sheila. We all miss you, John.
DICE is the Durham Indie Comics Expo, a comics art festival in Durham, North Carolina. The show will feature lectures, panels, signings, minicomics and more! DICE is running an IndieGoGo campaign to raise at least $3,000 to fund this otherwise completely free show.
Alternative Comics’ artist and advisor (and Wow Cool co-founder) Tom Hart will be at the show representing SAW: The Sequential Artists Workshop as will Joan Reilly – Co-editor of the Alternative Comics published anthology Hi-Horse Omnibus and the recent AC distributed anthology The Big Feminist But.
“120-page full-color graphic novel of the first book of my webcomic Persimmon Cup. Sci-fi in scope, Bertozzi-ish in execution.”
The great Nick Bertozzi has turned to self-publishing and Kickstarter for the print edition of his popular web comic Persimmon Cup. There is barely a week to go in the campaign and he is nearly at his goal. Go help him make this happen. You can get several of Nick’s older books – including Rubber Necker, Boswash and The Masochists in the Wow Cool shop.
Sorry that headline kinda sucks. Wow Cool has recently acquired the stock of legendary retailer Independent Comics and we are getting all those many fine and seldom seen alt comics titles into the shop as fast as we can. We also have picked up the Karl Stevens illustrated Anatomy for Artists by Anthony Apesos. Recently added books you should check out include:
Sweaterweather by Sara Varon
The One Trick Rip Off by Paul Pope
Magic Whistle #2 by Sam Henderson
The Last Lonely Saturday Hardcover by Jordan Crane
Boom Boom #3 by David Lasky
The Acme Novelty Library #1 by Chris Ware – The second and much nicer printing
One Life – Furnished in Early Moorcock by Neil Gaiman & P. Craig Russell
Boswash by Nick Bertozzi
Bipolar #3 by Tomer Hanuka, Asaf Hanuka & Etgar Keret
True Porn #2 by Robyn Chapman and Kelli Nelson, editors; with comics and art by Rina Ayuyang, Chester Brown, Eleanor Davis, Sam Henderson, David Lasky, Hope Larson, Liz Prince, Jim Rugg, Katie Skelly, Kazimir Strzepek, Rich Tommaso and many others.
Grickle by Graham Annable
And lastly, the comics anthology that was the precursor to Wow Cool back in the 1990s - Monkey Wrench by Ed Brubaker & Josh Petrin, editors. Comics by Lloyd Dangle, Brian Sendelbach, Joe Fullerton, Mack White, Wayno, Richard Sala, David Chelsea, George Parsons, Chuck Sperry, Denis Worden, Bobby Madness, Jason Lutes and others.
Many, many more books will be available soon. Stay tuned to this station.
RL #3 – The third chapter of Tom Hart’s chronicle of his daughter Rosalie Lightning’s far too brief life – a work in progress – is now available in this very limited risograph printed and hand assembled comic made by the artist at SAW – The Sequential Artists Workshop. The complete story in it’s final form, with a projected nine chapters, is expected sometime in late-2014 or 2015 from St. Martin’s Press.
I never got to see Operation Ivy play live either. Saw them lots of other times tho… Running from cops, drinking coffee, watching Sesame Street. Lint really did cruise around El Cerrito on a lo-rider bicycle… I think that is in a rock video somewhere. Didn’t know there was video of them live that was any good. This is OK. Occasional video glitch. Lots of surface noize. But pretty good.
They seem to have a website occupied mainly by a hat.
Yes, Happiness. We can guarantee you that. It took some time, but the technology is now in place. Well, obviously that’s just a load of hooey. We can, however offer you the first three issues of the bleeding-edge New York-based comics anthology Happiness, edited by Leah Wishnia, and the related titles Jeans, edited by Harris Smith and The Inflated Head Zone by Zach Hazard Vaupen. This is the freshest comics talent in some of their first outings and there are many astounding pieces of work here from names that you are likely to hear more from in the months and years to come.
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