Monthly Archives: March 2018

Comics Reviews – Week of 03/21/18 Part 1

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Music and Comics

Admittedly as I got started with this website I wasn’t really sure how I was going to pull off doing comic book reviews every week.  I want to be able to cover a broad range of the books that I read regularly but I just don’t have the time to do an individual big write up for each book.  It’s just not realistic at this point in time.  However, I think I have found a compromise.  I am going to try to write up 2 or 3 of these posts a week (as time allows) where I am taking an in-brief look at 4 or 5 recent comics releases that I have read.

Warning:  Spoilers Abound
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The Art of Discovery

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The Art of Discovery with Mike Ficklin

One of my primary goals on Music and Comics is to help up and coming bands gain some exposure.  Bands that maybe haven’t been signed to a label or maybe they are on a label but not getting the promotional push they deserve.  As such, this is but the first of an ongoing series of articles that I will be writing entitled The Art of Discovery.  The purpose of these articles is to give some love to amazing acts that (maybe) you haven’t heard before.
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Cultural Osmosis: The Ubiquity of Video Game Music

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Well this week I decided to take a break and rather than do something which required a whole lot of research, I’d rather just spew my opinion at you for a few hundred words.  Except I’m calling it an “Editorial” to give it a vague sense of authority.  After all if you say “I read some dude word vomit his opinion online” it sounds like you wasted your time, but if you say “I read this fascinating Editorial” it sounds like you’re an intellectual and discerning person who drinks the finest coffee and is a delight at parties.  But of course, as you’re on this site, we already know you have good taste!  So what is my Editorial about? Well it’s part of a potentially recurring series of Editorials I’d like to do examining how certain music has become part of our culture.  Music (and perhaps some comics) that have become a staple of our human existence.

And as a treat to myself, this week I’m looking at how certain video game music has become a part of our society.  Continue reading

The Last Temptation of Cooper – An Analysis of the Album and Comic

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Another week, another story from my high school day.  Sure we ran out of comic books with the collapse of CrossGen Comics (for more on that see my previous article) but we still had plenty of graphic novels and manga.  I’ll never understand why my school library carried so many of these, including the first two Akira volumes, but I am glad they did.  One particular graphic novel that caught my interest was a story called The Last Temptation, another recommendation by Mr. Walton.  I’m a little embarrassed to admit that it wasn’t until several years later that I realized this was based upon an album of the same name.  Now, when you write for a website called Music and Comics, there can be no bigger boon than an album that inspired a graphic novel.

Especially when the album is by the legendary Alice Cooper and the novel is penned by the counterculture icon Neil Gaiman.

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Wakanda Forever – A Review of Marvel’s Black Panther

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Marvel's Black Panther movie poster

I have thoroughly enjoyed most of the films from the Marvel cinematic universe.  They are mostly entertaining, exciting popcorn movies.  Sometimes they are a bit thin in the plot department.  Most of the time the villains are pretty one-dimensional.  Marvel, however, has found a winning formula.  It’s keeping the movie goers coming back for more.

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The Curious Case of CrossGen Comics

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In my high school years I was lucky enough to know a man named Bradley Walton, my high school library secretary, who had some background in the comics industry, having worked as a writer and artist on the Cavewoman series, published by Basement Comics. During our friendship he turned my attention towards a series of comics all sharing a common mythos known as CrossGen comics. While not all of these comics were carried by our school, due to mature themes or simply availability, I was able to read through the vast majority of Sojourn, Way of the Rat, and Negation. However as I hungrily clamored for more, Mr. Walton kindly informed me that there might not be anymore coming out as the comic publisher was having some “issues” of their own.

The kind of issues where their freelancers hadn’t been paid for their work.

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