boosterbub Three Album Set Released

boosterbub Three Album Set Released

Former Brown Cuts Neighbors member Rob Goodale has release a three album set as free downloads on Bandcamp today under the name boosterbub. Rob was also a member of the Oakland groups Live Free or Die and Krebstar in the late 1990s. There is a massive quantity of recordings of me and Rob and a...

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Hellen Jo’s Jin & Jam – Review

Hellen Jo’s Jin & Jam – Review

There’s little that’s quiet about Hellen Jo’s Jin and Jam, a Sparkplug Comic Books release. In the tradition of cartoonists like Charles Schulz, she’s clearly exploring different aspects of her self through her various characters. Jo’s characters are very much...

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Liz Suburbia’s Egg Cream #1 – Review

Liz Suburbia’s Egg Cream #1 – Review

Note: This review contains major spoilers for Egg Cream and for the proceeding work Sacred Heart.  Egg Cream #1 is Liz Suburbia’s compromise between working non-stop on a new book and doing a one-woman anthology on the side. This series will anthologize the follow-up to her book Sacred...

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Steven Cerio 1990s Schenectady Session Released

Steven Cerio 1990s Schenectady Session Released

Officially out today is this freshly-remastered five song set by Steven Cerio with Marc Arsenault and Jason Martin of Brown Cuts Neighbors in the late 1990s. Recorded and mixed by Jason Martin at Und Grumm in Schenectady New York. Lyrics and cover art by Steven Cerio. Originally included as part...

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President Valentine Sale February 14-18

President Valentine Sale February 14-18

Everything in the Wow Cool shop is 20% Off from Midnight the morning of Valentine’s Day, Thursday, February 14 through Midnight the night of President’s Day, Monday, February 18, 2019 Pacific Time. Mention the sale if you visit our Cupertino store to make sure you get the...

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Good Omens Opening Titles Revealed

Good Omens Opening Titles Revealed

The title sequence for Good Omens has been revealed. Show-runner Neil Gaiman describes it as “A little bit Edward Gorey, a little bit Garden of Earthly Delights.” This unlikely duo has no time to waste. Good Omens debuts May 31 only on Amazon Prime Video. The end is nigh. Based on...

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David King’s Danny Dutch – Review

David King’s Danny Dutch – Review

In small press comics, the output from a publisher tends to reflect their own personal aesthetic, even when they exert no editorial control over them. That shows through in things like design and format, creating a sort of house style, especially when a publisher puts out a limited number of...

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Wow Cool Releases Debut gritboy Single Fluer AF

Wow Cool Releases Debut gritboy Single Fluer AF

Out today on Bandcamp (elsewhere soon) is the debut single from gritboy. Reprobate ex-radio DJ, electronic music dabbler, collector of exotic instruments and avid field recorder. gritboy is this site’s proprietor Marc Arsenault hiding behind a digital persona. Album to follow soon-ish...

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New Comics at Wow Cool

New Comics at Wow Cool

It’s February! Wow! Month will be over soon and it’s barely started. We’ve got a few new books for you to enjoy, from Umbrella Academy to the latest Narwhal & Jelly adventure. A few old gems have been polished up and added to the shop as well. Things were a little slow...

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Brown Cuts Neighbors Plasm Spoon Reissue

Brown Cuts Neighbors Plasm Spoon Reissue

Legend has it that there were two siblings aged four and six growing up together in a house on Balltown Road in Schenectady, New York in 1980 that acquired a magic machine that could record sounds onto strips of plastic. Their names were Jason and Colleen Martin. They took the prophecy of the...

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Happy Birthday Grant Morrison!

Happy Birthday Grant Morrison!

Thee Glaswegian wizard writer turns 59 today. Grant Morrison, MBE is a Scottish comic book writer and playwright. He is known for his nonlinear narratives and countercultural leanings in his runs on titles including DC Comics’s Animal Man, Batman, JLA, Action Comics, All-Star Superman...

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New Arrivals at Wow Cool

New Arrivals at Wow Cool

Hello! It is still January 2019 it seems, and we have a bunch of updates since our last check in a couple weeks ago. New reviews, new books and a new free digital comic from Sparkplug Books. Wow Cool will be up at the Foster City Library on Saturday February 2nd for the PLCAF Expo.

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Simplicity : The Life of Alex Toth

Simplicity : The Life of Alex Toth

Originally appearing on the DVD set Space Ghost & Dino Boy: The Complete Series this is the only documentary on the life and work of the great cartoonist Alex Toth that we’ve ever heard of. There is an anecdote involving Jack Kirby around 43 minutes in that will blow your freaking mind...

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K. Thor Jensen’s Cloud Stories – Review

K. Thor Jensen’s Cloud Stories – Review

If Red Eye, Black Eye was K. Thor Jensen’s version of a comics senior thesis, then his short story collection Cloud Stories was his PhD. dissertation. The former had all that young cartoonist energy, for good and ill, especially as a work of autobiography. There were plenty of times where...

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Welcome 2019 With Some New Reads

Welcome 2019 With Some New Reads

OK, that little holiday break thing is past us now and we’ve got a few treats for you old and new. We are also still taking pre-orders on Rad Erwank/Conspiracy Dog. As you may have heard, online social networks have been a bit of a rats nest in recent times. After reviewing our main image...

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Maximum RockNRoll To Cease Print Publication

Maximum RockNRoll To Cease Print Publication

Seen Sunday on MRR’s Instagram account and then circulated elsewhere. Wow Cool has been an occasional stockist of Maximum RockNRoll at various times through the years (and still are Right Now!), we were an advertiser for a chunk of the 90s and a beneficiary of a grant from them way back...

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K. Thor Jensen’s Red Eye, Black Eye – Review

K. Thor Jensen’s Red Eye, Black Eye – Review

K. Thor Jensen’s Red Eye, Black Eye (Alternative Comics) is the work of a young cartoonist. That is literally true, as the book was published in 2007 after being serialized online, but the tone and content is very much of a man in his mid-20s trying to figure out his life. As such, a...

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