Fantagraphics is known as much for their work with new and innovative artists as for their archival projects — and for the high quality of both. They recently got the EC Comics license and have been putting out artist-themed compilations like Corpse on the Injun! — but they’ve also put out books that wouldn’t have existed without EC… even though they have no EC content. One of the best of these is Four Color Fear, a collection of horror comics from other publishers attempting to cash in on the popularity of Tales From The Crypt, The Vault of Horror, and The Crypt of Terror. And while a lot of these may have been forgotten for a reason, there are still a few gems. Continue reading
The first sound on the self-titled album by Eskimeaux is a deep drone that sounds like it’s being played back from a 78 RPM shellac disc. It is soon joined by Gabrielle Smith’s vocals, layered on top with crystal clarity and multitracked harmonies at key lyrical points. Soon, church organ and occasional guitar feedback join in. When the rumbling drone cuts out in the song’s climax, the effect is startling, and yet feels organic and right, putting just the right amount of emphasis on the plaintive vocals detailing a story of escape into a cold night. The effect is a stunningly and appropriate opening to a series of songs musing on change—or the lack thereof. Continue reading
So, we’re stealin’ the idea from the Sparks Project and doing one with probably even more records out there — The Residents! And this time we’re changing it up a little bit — we’ve got two hardcore Residents fans in me and Rich, but Aila is, at best, a casual fan, who will be hearing about 99% of these records for the first time. DANGEROUS! So, enjoy, THE RESIDENTS PROJECT! Continue reading
Cover of Mark of the Mole
So, we’re stealin’ the idea from the Sparks Project and doing one with probably even more records out there — The Residents! And this time we’re changing it up a little bit — we’ve got two hardcore Residents fans in me and Rich, but Aila is, at best, a casual fan, who will be hearing about 99% of these records for the first time. DANGEROUS! So, enjoy, THE RESIDENTS PROJECT!
Randy, Chuck and Bob are at it again — the Residents’ most recent DVD release, Randy’s Ghost Stories is another must-have from the Talking Light project. The Talking Light tour is mostly a greatest-hits type of set with stories interspersed throughout. The stories are all projected on a set of screens behind the Residents playing a live musical backing — each show has different stories from the main set — usually about three out of the set of eight total stories. (For example, mine had “Talking Light”, “The Ghost Snake” and “The Unseen Sister” — I think the first and last of these might be at every show.)
I discovered Tim Johnson on Facebook as a fellow MAD collector… but as it turns out, his collection puts mine to shame. After paging through his photo albums of all the cool stuff he has and coveting some of the stuff I’d always wished to find, like the MAD Straitjacket from the late ‘50s, I decided to contact him and see if he’d be up for a Kittysneezes interview with a fellow MAD fan.
There’s an almost deeply psychological story buried in today’s comic that finding it would expose your very soul.
Jason Little is a great cartoonist and illustrator, who just finished his recent, long-form serialized graphic novel, Motel Art Improvement Service, a continuation of the Bee series, started with his similarly serialized book Shutterbug Follies. He’s also the creator of Jack’s Luck Runs Out, the first full-color comic to be awarded a grant from the Xeric Foundation. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife, the novelist Myla Goldberg.
Having loved Jason’s comics since following Shutterbug Follies online, I was excited to talk to him about comics, cartoons and other things that start with the letter C.
Cover of Histoire de Melody Nelson
I’m going to have to pay more attention to Light In The Attic; they seem to be all over reissuing cool stuff. I was really pretty impressed with the Betty Davis records they found and released, and very recently they reissued Black Monk Time by the Monks, which is so dang good.