Scenes From Half Moon Bay

Scenes From Half Moon Bay

After a heavy duty couple of weeks that included Free Comic Book Day and two comic book artist signings at the Wow Cool Alternative Comics shop, it was time to take a day off and head to the beach. The high winds and barely 60º temperatures cut into the beach time as it cut into

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Darwyn Cooke Has Left Us

Darwyn Cooke Has Left Us

Unbelievable news today: first, this morning, that comic book artist and animator Darwyn Cooke had gone through a very serious battle with cancer; and then, this evening, that he was dead. I’m not sure I’ve ever actually properly met or talked to Darwyn, but we’ve stood very...

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Zero Zero Zero Zero Zero Zero

Zero Zero Zero Zero Zero Zero

Once upon a time I was the Art Director at the comic book publisher Fantagraphics. I worked most closely there with Kim Thompson, who should have turned 58 today. Probably the two biggest projects we worked on together were the revised and expanded Ultimate Catalog and 10 issues of the...

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A Few Blurry Phone Photos From SPX 2014

A Few Blurry Phone Photos From SPX 2014

I went to SPX 2014 and all I got were these seven crappy phone photos, a Hidden Fortress T-Shirt and the new Charles Burns book (signed, with the numbered bookplate and the paper mask). I picked up a ton of new books from various parts of the show for the Wow Cool shop. We expect

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The Wonderful and Frightening World of Gary Panter

The Wonderful and Frightening World of Gary Panter

Gary Panter is well deservedly a much revered artist for his scratchy line and his many very influential works scattered across various media in a long career. Whether by accident or chance or plan, many of these works – as well as some obvious examples by his peer cohorts Matt Groening...

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A Quarter Each or 25 for Five Dollars

A Quarter Each or 25 for Five Dollars

In case you hadn’t heard, we are having a big sale on Saturday at our Cupertino, California store and on WowCool.com all weekend. You will have to make it to Cupertino to dig through the 17 longboxes of comics we are selling at a quarter a pop (or 25 for five dollars, as it says

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Steve Moore Has Minutes To Go In Suspension

Steve Moore Has Minutes To Go In Suspension

I was about ten or eleven when I was first exposed to the writing of the recently deceased Steve Moore in the pages of Doctor Who Weekly. He and Alan Moore (no relation) wrote back-up stories in the magazine. Some of the ones that first caught my attention were the tales of the Cyberman who

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Some Boxes

Some Boxes

I had some time to kill with the kids yesterday evening and we happened to be near the “Comic Collector” shop (yes, that’s it’s name) in Sunnyvale, CA. They have many bins of strange old comics, typically for a dollar. In one stack of beat up coverless comic books I found...

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Lou Reed and Ren GuangYi Chen Tai Chi

Lou Reed and Ren GuangYi Chen Tai Chi

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...

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Wow Cool @ 25 Comics FX July 1989

Wow Cool @ 25 Comics FX July 1989

Wow Cool got a whole page in the old small press comics tabloid Comics F/X back in July 1989. The man incorrectly identified as Marc is actually the sculptor Paul Komoda. Sam cleverly altered minor details of Wow Cool history to protect the guilty parties.

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Massive Attack v Adam Curtis

I’m afraid you’ve already missed it. It happened. The Journalist Adam Curtis and Robert Del Naja and his band Massive Attack — with vocalists Elizabeth Fraser (Cocteau Twins) and Horace Andy — staged a show over some nine days at an abandoned railway station as part of...

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Maximum RockNRoll #363 August 2013

Maximum RockNRoll #363 August 2013

The latest issue of Maximum RockNRoll will be on newsstands any day now. It contains the expanded print version of the memoriam of Ramones creative director Arturo Vega that I put together with Punk Magazine guy John Holmstrom and photographer Godlis. You should go get that. There is a short...

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I Can’t Imagine A World Without Kim Thompson

I seriously can’t I cannot imagine a world that does not have Kim Thompson in it. One of my longest continuos professional relationships in the strange world of American comic books has suddenly come to an end. Nothing I can do about it. A big cosmic fuck you. I think I first dealt with...

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Memorial Music Monday

It seems fitting somehow to present some recent sounds from members of Brown Cuts Neighbors on Memorial Day, since one of our main members – James Kopta – has been gone from us for over a decade. The work lives on, however, and many of our videos will be presented by Jason Martin as...

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Bil Keane’s Family-Style Circus at PF Chang’s

Bil Keane’s Family-Style Circus at PF Chang’s

In PF Chang’s restaurants around the land there exists something like this… A former pay telephone alcove, with a shelf and an empty phone jack, guarded not by terracotta warriors, but by enlarged Family Circus cartoons by Bil Keane. PF Chang’s opened its first restaurant in...

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A Bill of Rights For Comics Creators

Nearly 25 years ago Scott McCloud – creator of Zot! and Understanding Comics – composed a draft of a Creators Bill of Rights for comic book artists. In recognition of World Intellectual Property Day we reproduce it here, and ask, have things improved in the quarter century since...

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