Friday, December 31, 2010
Thursday, December 23, 2010
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
Saturday, December 18, 2010
Friday, December 17, 2010
Friday, December 10, 2010
Tuesday, December 7, 2010
Deep in the heart of pood (the free city-state of Brooklyn), I ventured to the second annual Brooklyn Comics and Graphics Festival on Dec. 4.
Just as pood’s newsprint glory reverse-engineers the iPad, the Yeah Dude Comics collective downsampled Avatar with the giant blue-and-red-cellophane-shades 3-D print comic Math Fiction. Like some optional universe’s blacklight posters from the 1930s, the black-and-white pages of “Emonman” (I think) don’t pitch extraterrestrial spears toward you but yank you into a weird geometric valhalla; Ian Harker’s “Solipso,” while tamping down the 3-D, cracks the tenth wall of narrative experience with the simple device of text you need to rotate the page to read, making you physically move through the comic, while a narrative drone blows your mind with quantum slang like the dropped connections of some subspace radio station with only two faces of its dodecahedral hard-text visible in this plane. True to his self-centric name, Solipso travels through sheer willed shifts of perspective. After that, Josh Burggraf’s “LHC” (I guess) carves new braingrooves with its Scioli-Mucha nuclear-grail epic of whateverness. After the third time I read Math Fiction a few pages began to come out in my hands, and that was awesome, too.
The same folks and others produce one of pood’s partners in the pulp uprising, Secret Prison, and you could find all three issues at the Fest. Free and worth five times that, in the new one Steve Peters & Bianca Alu-Marr navigate not just the scale but the scope of big pages, with a spiraling Buddhist narrative; their poster-like projection is as deep as it is tall. Aidan Koch supplies a lovely cover and center-spread of gallery-like floating images, and pood’s own Jim Rugg rips out a random page of some retro-modern romance comic.
…with his own visual response-single from some mythic pending-divorce comic in the new 7th issue of Smoke Signal, produced by the Desert Island comic ’n’ art shop, co-presenters of the Fest. Always the anti-predictable anthology you find out you were waiting for, the issue is also distinguished by great post-psychedelic excess from Doug Allen & Gary Leib, eloquent abstraction from Charles Frickin’ Burns, and sprawlingly intricate two-page tabloid massifs from Dan Zettwoch and Tim Lane.
Smoke Signal is as well-selected as the Fest itself’s cast of characters was curated; diagonal from the Yeah Dude Comics table was the shrewdly named Traditional Comics, front operation for the seditious press of Ben Marra. New to the show and just in time for the Valerie Plame movie and the national Republican remake, Marra’s The Incredibly Fantastic Adventures of Maureen Dowd casts the mildly dissident columnist in everyone’s secret-agent daydream, shooting it out with Cheney’s ninja goons, seducing Scooter Libby and keeping America safe for gratuitous cheesecake and self-important crusades in the most hopeless, hilarious romp of deadly oversimplification and propaganda-spewing unintentional clowns since Harker’s The Epic and True* Life Story of Che Guevara and Rugg’s Rambo 3.5 (just to show how mystically aligned all elements of this show were).
I also liked the well-mannered melancholy of Sully’s The Hipless Boy (Conundrum Press) and the dystopian sitcoms and Darwinian funny animals of Joshua W. Cotter’s Barbara in the Sky with Neil Diamonds (AdHouse) -- both from ’09 but new-to-me -- and the fake Sunday-supplement The Enquirer Dharbin, a one-man jam comic from the many voices in Dustin Harbin’s head (just to show how foolish it is to impose narrative on so fruitfully diverse a show. Except for The Dharbin’s newsprint tie-in and Cotter’s collection being sourced from his own indie strips in the Kansas City Star. It’s still weird enough.).
They moved it to a bigger church basement this year but it will always be the right place to plot a revolution.
Friday, December 3, 2010
Thursday, November 25, 2010
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
Monday, November 22, 2010
I know it's been a long time--but your patience is about to be rewarded! POOD #2 is on its way to comics shops ----as we speak! Fret not!Your prayers are about to be answered. The long months pining in abstinence to be rewarded! Your cravings for more Rugg, Corbett, Martinez, and the rest of our resident pood-meisters will soon be sated! But ---
what to do in the meantime--what to carry you through the next few days in anticipation! Just to show we're always thinking of you ---we've prepared an appetizer-- a taste!-a small sample to whet your appetite!
Our latest pood movie:
Pood2_The Son of pood! Enjoy!
Friday, November 19, 2010
Trees aren’t just the friendly forest companions that gladly give us the pulp paper for indie comics -- every winter they also grow iPods and Barbie dolls in pretty packaging at their base! If you’re good enough. But if you’re reading this, you’ve automatically made my “nice” list and should click right over to iTunes where I’ve co-written my first holiday song -- “Christmas Morning Comin’ Down,” with libretto by me and tweaks, tune and title by, who else for my tortured metaphor, the Tall Pines:
Experience the spirit of giving 99 cents, and leave a good review in the charity of the season!
Friday, November 12, 2010
Friday, November 5, 2010
Friday, October 29, 2010
Friday, October 22, 2010
Friday, October 15, 2010
Friday, October 8, 2010
Friday, October 1, 2010
Thursday, September 30, 2010
Elegiac parchments of a lost American promised-land will always have their place. But this artform and this nation also owe an incalculable debt to prostitutes and barbarian warriors! (Not to slight friendly zombies and out-of-body second-person shooters -- they’re practically holding up the whole entertainment industry on their own!)
It may take European eyes to remind us of what’s at stake, which is why I’m happy to be writing the American adaptations of the Italian (and French!) hits from Italy’s GG Studio, several in stores since summer (though Diamond shipping dates may vary, very) and many available at New York Comic Con, Oct. 8-10!
From a literal-conversion guideline by Will Eisner’s main Italian translator Andrea Plazzi, I’m re-engineering the right shades of purple poetry for the somber sword-and-sorcery saga The One and seasoning the best balance of street-snark for Route des Maisons Rouges, a farcical epic of militant legal brothels in an urban war with corrupt politicians.
I’m also bringing the gallows-whimsy for A Skeleton Story (a quaint tale of mischief and redemption in a muppet-like land of the dead), squalid sarcasm for Ethan? (question-mark included, the Matrix-y pulp-boiler about a thug who keeps dying in other people’s bodies), and sense of enchantment and intrigue to Mediterranea (an unusual thriller about a young prophet-babe in a neo-ancient Greece that anchored a very thoughtful GG review by these podcast guys here).
GG will be at booth 2165 for all three days of the Northeast’s most sprawling con; stop by, buy comics, and maybe see me if I can find it myself!
Monday, September 27, 2010
"....you should get this book and stare at it until the reds scald your eyes. ..."
Craig Fischer; ThoughtBalloonists.com
Craig Fischer has written a terrific review of "fandancer" over at "thoughtballoonists.com"-the must-read blog he shares with Charles Hatfield. "Terrific" not just because it's positive(although that helps!)--but because Craig is one of the most thoughtful, insightful critics around, and this review is no exception. Check it out! and then head on over to lookoutmonsters.com and buy yourself a copy of FD!
Friday, September 24, 2010
Thursday, September 23, 2010
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
Friday, September 17, 2010
Friday, September 10, 2010
Thursday, September 9, 2010
"Previews" Order Code:
Do it! Do it now!
Wednesday, September 8, 2010
On Tuesday, September 14, the brains of the pood operation -- publishers Geoff Grogan, Kevin Much and Alex Rader -- and some other part of pood’s anatomy, contributor Adam McGovern, will be the guests on the popular Comic Book Club: Live podcast! It’s also an in-person talkshow so you can pay a mere 5 bucks and be part of the studio audience. Hosts/comedians/in-some-cases-comicbook-writers Alex Zalben, Justin Tyler and Pete LePage put the funny in funnybooks and we’ll bring the paper! Details, details:
The Peoples Improv Theater
154 West 29th Street, 2nd Fl.
(Between 6th and 7th Aves.)
New York, NY
...the best blog (they say it’s moved, but this is the
more up-to-date site):
…and the best schedule for CBC shows:
Tuesday, September 7, 2010
Friday, September 3, 2010
Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Saturday, August 28, 2010
Friday, August 20, 2010
Hey there pood people! My latest book, "fandancer" is just out ( you can get it online or at Jim Hanley's U and Forbidden P in NYC) and there's been a couple of nice reviews--including one by our very own Adam McGovern! (I think he just might be a little prejudiced, y'think?)
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
Friday, August 13, 2010
Friday, August 6, 2010
Tuesday, August 3, 2010
On the cover of Kirby Krackle’s first, self-titled CD the main duo were depicted by Jim Mahfood as two standard-mortal nerds surrounded by a maelstrom of their toys, comic heroes and audio gear. The cover of their second, E for Everyone, catches them in mid-mutation, with Kyle Stevens’ guitar seemingly remade from green-lantern energy (or maybe just empowered with dayglo spraypaint) and Jim Demonakos’ drumsticks clasped between his knuckles like Wolverine claws. Fanboys and girls can fall into fantasy lives they don’t come back from, but KK do an elegant dance-fight on the lip of the nuclear reactor, alternating between songs that are soundtracks for games and comics, and songs about how games and comics become the soundtracks of superfans’ lives.
The genre-crossover soundscape of the first disk is resolved a bit here into an urgent, tuneful metallic pop, with skillful frat-funk leanings and a great catalogue of squealing spaceship-dashboard guitar settings. Lead singer Stevens brings both a solid sense of humor and a real sense of passionate yearning to songs about nerdboys’ unrequited obsessions, both disclaiming and redeeming the crunch-ballad overemoting that owns much of what’s left of the radio dial. (And co-songwriter Demonakos is alter-egoing from two of his dayjobs as Seattle con organizer and pood-positive comic retailer -- payback is a breeze, my brutha.)
Readymade stock characters cosmically morph into well-observed types (like the office-drone double-lifer who exults, “Secret identity/No HR harassing me”), and the more readily recognizable speakers (like Wolverine in “On and On”) make slips which tell us lots more than what issue they got the brown costume in -- “I always heal/But I never stop hurting” is the kind of insight that could save somebody weeks of anger-management class fees.
“Great Lakes Avengers” overflows with in-joke namechecks for fans of offbrand superteams, while its tale of a wannabe roster-crasher has a serious laugh at the mania to “break in” to some idealized life rather than break out of the ruts in your own. On the other side of the street, “Henchman”’s farcical job-search pitch takes on topical recessionary overtones with the timing of a well-planned particle-beam theft.
“Can I Watch You?” is the grooviest guest spot for Uatu this side of Junot Díaz, and KK’s freak flag flies over a wide territory of comics’ communities and alternate-universe lifestyles: “With pretty girls/and dudes in capes/Going to cons is our escape.” My dream team-up is for Kirby Krackle and the re-formed DEVO to face off against the best karaoke skills the Big Bang Theory cast can muster in a Very Special Episode. But it’s better not to laugh too hard. This band knows that, whether you’re a tenuously-existent fictional character or a barely-noticed social misfit, there’s gotta be someone to take you seriously.
Sunday, August 1, 2010
Friday, July 30, 2010
Friday, July 23, 2010
Sunday, July 18, 2010
It's a SALE! A big, oversize comic book basement clearing bonanza! That's right poodsters--It's time to put a new roof on the barn--and that means we need cash, cold hard cash gang! So--the first big Look Out!Monsters publishing-- blow-out the old stock- summer-steel roof and gutter sale is taking place over at www.lookoutmonsters.com- RIGHT NOW!--where you will find all kinds of groovy goodies at low,low prices! You heard it! Low LOW Prices! Prices have been slashed-SLASHED- to make room for new models and to help me buy some metal roofing! That's right-I'm practically giving this stuff away--cos I have boxes of my own AWARD-WINNING Comics--that's right-comics that have won an award--just waiting for some lucky investment conscious comics collector to abscond with! Think of it! A comic that has won an award-for your very own--all for $5. that's right-a comic book that has won an award--for five smackeroos! You don't get an award--just to make that clear--but you'll have the satisfaction of knowing you own a comic book that at one time won an award.
And then there are other NON-AWARD WINNING comic books for sale! Even better! Comics that have not won awards! So--put that in you pipe and smoke it! You can have non-award winning comics by this very artist at cheap, bargain basement prices
and they are going fast-FAST--over at www.lookoutmonsters.com! So hurry up! Don't let this momentous occasion pass you by! head on over to www.lookoutmonsters.com today! Tell em pood sent ya--and see what it gets you!