What’s The Deal With The Cute Manifesto?

What’s The Deal With The Cute Manifesto?

Once upon a time, Jeff Mason–the founding ringleader at Alternative Comics–had the foresight to send a big box of the otherwise now-hard-to-find Free Comic Book Day Alternative Comics anthologies from 2003-2005 to Ricko from Poopsheet. Many years later, what is left of those has made...

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R.I.P. Comic Book Legend Carmine Infantino

R.I.P. Comic Book Legend Carmine Infantino

The news buzzed around the interwebs throughout Thursday afternoon, and eventually it seemed very likely that the great Carmine Infantino had indeed passed on. I was a huge fan of Carmine’s work while growing up. The 1980s was his true golden age as an artist. He worked hard to develop...

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We Own Drrrills… Easter Drrrills

Bonus cut: Home is A Rope Bonus cut: BFF Once upon a time there were these two amazing noise rock bands called Steel Pole Bathtub and Girls Against Boys. Each of their last records were among their best. Among the best records ever. After they were gone it was like rock and roll was fucking

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Wow Cool @ 25 Tom Hart Comic Strip from 1988

Wow Cool @ 25 Tom Hart Comic Strip from 1988

Tom Hart did this strip and another one about zen for me when I was the comics editor at the School of Visual Arts newspaper – Canvas – way back in 1988. So, not technically a Wow Cool thing… also it’s a bit of an in-joke, but I think it works pretty well without that

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Wow Cool @ 25 – Slaughterhouse 90210

Wow Cool @ 25 – Slaughterhouse 90210

Sam Henderson drew this back when Beverly Hills 90210 was still pretty new. 20+ years later it’s relevant again! What a world! I don’t remember where – if anywhere – this was ever published before. Sam? I’ve started to dig into the old sketchbooks… some...

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Georges Melies A Trip to the Moon Re-Revisited

My son recently informed me that he wished to learn more about Fiction Science. “Science Fiction?”, I asked. “Yes, that!” After a few weeks of exploring what it was exactly he was interested in learning about Fiction Science we arrived at the request to see the first...

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The London Nobody Knows

James Mason presents The London Nobody Knows, based on the book by Geoffrey Fletcher. To watch in your browser on Veoh’s site you will need to download a plug-in and deal with all sorts of pesky bullshit and ads, but, wait, oh look! It seems to play fine in the embed on this page, and,

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Meet Nick Papadimitriou Deep Topographer

There are a few strains of inquiry and activity that have been common to my work in Wow Cool, DeptEx, and the Brown Cuts Neighbors that may not be super obvious, given that much of the result is performance, music, zines, comics and such. When pursuing these obsessions with various collaborators...

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Reg Everbest Goes to The Magic Store

Reg Everbest Goes to The Magic Store

“Miss Tracie, Prepare the standard ‘rich and famous’contract for Steve Gerber.” It starts when we’re kids… a show-off at school. Makin’ faces at friends. You’re a clown and a fool. After the biggest freakin’ massive blow up year of astounding...

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Wow Cool @25 CNN’s Boom or Bust 1994

Wow Cool @25 CNN’s Boom or Bust 1994

Wow Cool was paid a visit by CNN in mid-1994 for a feature on the venomous werewolves of Generation X and their sinister plan to devour the sad old hippies and their filth. It was called Boom or Bust? and originally aired on Sunday, August 14, 1994. Baby Boomer Culture withering under the wave...

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Wow Cool @25 Tuna Casserole 7 Foldout 1989

Wow Cool @25 Tuna Casserole 7 Foldout 1989

I spent a little while today digging through the archives trying to find something cool to post from our rich history… didn’t find too much exciting… So, in the spirit of this self-congratulatory project, I picked one of my own – the foldout poster from Tuna Casserole #7...

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Wow Cool @25 The Reviews Are In 1994

Wow Cool @25 The Reviews Are In 1994

There was a time when hundreds of thousands of printed fanzines were published every single day. These three fondly remembered rags – Factsheet 5, Yakuza (this issue here) and Flipside – gave our catalog glowing reviews. What a strange dark age that was!

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Wow Cool @25 The Bobby Madness Method 1995

Wow Cool @25 The Bobby Madness Method 1995

As far as I know this deep examination of the global behemoth that was Wow Cool in the mid-90s by Bobby Madness only ever appeared in one of our monthly wholesale catalogs. Edition of 200 or so. Wow Cool published four issues of Bobby’s Mad Soul Comics from 1995-1997. You can get...

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Wow Cool @25 The New Smile Pad SDCC 1989

Wow Cool @25 The New Smile Pad SDCC 1989

Bonus nostalgia content! A peak inside the New Smile Pad that I took to San Diego Comic-Con in 1989. Contributors are – clockwise from the cover: Dan Clowes, Krystine Kryttre, Marc Arsenault, Mark Martin, Ron Turner. Enjoy! “Keep Smile is The Most Important Thing In Your Life.”...

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Wow Cool @25 Wholesale Catalog Boards 1995

Wow Cool @25 Wholesale Catalog Boards 1995

Once upon a time in the mid-1990s Wow Cool was an active distributor of zines and independent comic books to retail markets. Apart from the indie-friendly comic books shops, many of our clients were cafes, regular bookstores and record shops. Sadly, there does not seem to be any sort of active...

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Wow Cool @25 The First Mail Order Catalog 1989

Wow Cool @25 The First Mail Order Catalog 1989

This is the first item in our nostalgic look back that has a serious cringe element for me. The first couple of posts were not really my work. This one is another story. The very first Wow Cool mailorder catalog is a spectacular mess on the inside. Typography and stats and scans were begged...

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Wow Cool @25: Tuna Casserole #1 1988

Wow Cool @25: Tuna Casserole #1 1988

Tuna Casserole #1, January 1988. Edited and published by Sam Henderson and Tom Hart. This is a scan of the original paste-up boards. Contributing artists included Rob Schreiber, Brett Bondar, Bob Guglielmo, Joe Walden, Ted Bolman, Mikko Meronen and myself. WLH was Sam’s publishing imprint...

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Wow Cool @25: Pieces Of APE 1994

Wow Cool @25: Pieces Of APE 1994

Happy birthday to us! Sometime in 1988 the editorial crew behind School of Visual Arts off-Campus publication Tuna Casserole changed it’s name from The Art Dicks to Wow Cool. Tuna Casserole was launched by Sam Henderson and Tom Hart in the studio that Tom and I shared at the SVA dorms in...

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What is the Zabriskie Point Of It All

What is the Zabriskie Point Of It All

About 31 minutes into Michelangelo Antonioni’s film Zabriskie Point, our star Mark Frechette walks into Frank’s Liquor in Hawthorne, CA, where he strolls past the awesome array of late 1968 comic books you see above. I can make out The Avengers King-Size Special #2 (Cover date Sept...

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The Radiophonic Workshop Returns

The legendary BBC Radiophonic Workshop that ran from 1958-1998 in its homebase at the equally legendary Maida Vale Studios has been revived under the direction of none other than Matthew Herbert. A more capable man for the task is hard to imagine. His work and ethic have been an inspiration. Not...

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You’re So New To Me – SDCC 2012 Finds

You’re So New To Me – SDCC 2012 Finds

I know it’s CCI now or something, but whatever. I went to San Diego Comic-Con for the first time in 14 years this past weekend and this is a quick run-down of artists, books and places that were either new to me or finally stuck in my mind enough to want to pass them along.

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