Category Archives: Comic Book History

The Triforce of Nintendo Power

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What’s this? I’m actually doing a proper article this week instead of some self-aggrandizing op-ed piece?  Well aren’t you just a lucky duck.  But to be fair it’s still a bit of a fluff piece, talking about one of my favorite comics as a young lad and a piece of video game history to boot.  Surely those of us who grew up in my generation recall the constant televised plugs urging us with an almost hypnotic chant to “get the power, Nintendo Power“.  Well I never got “the power” myself.  I just got stuck a lot.  I didn’t have a subscription to any game magazine until I was a teenager toting my several year long subscription to PSM.  But thanks to a friend I did discover a piece of what I’d been missing out on.  It was upon visiting him for a sleepover one night when I was about twelve years old that I discovered a trade paperback featuring a collection of comics, all piled into one neat tome.

And what was this grand comic adventure? A graphic novelization of The Legend of Zelda: A Link To The Past.  (Note:  Spoilers ahead.)  

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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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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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