Archive for October, 2009

Music For Middle-Brow Snobs: Fancy

Some folk, some country, some pop, some other things: 1. Boris — Buzz-in (Smile)2. Frost Like Ashes — Nightfall’s Cold Kiss (Tophet)3. Violent Femmes — Sweet Misery Blues (Hallowed Ground)4. Bobbie Gentry — Fancy (Golden Classics)5. Sara Evans — Unopened (Three Chords and the Truth)6. Bobbie Gentry and Glen Campbell — Let It Be Me […]

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HU Is Moving to TCJ.Com

Gary Groth let the cat out of the bag over at Comic Book Resources, so wanted to mention it to our readers as well. We’re going to be moving the Hooded Utilitarian over to the Comics Journal website as part of TCJ’s expanded web presence. The move should happen sometime in late November I think; […]

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Find comics in libraries! Now possible!

The Library of Congress and OCLC (the people who bring you Dewey Decimal, among other things) have made a change to the way books are cataloged that makes it easier to find comics. I will skip the obscure librarian geekery and get to the part that is interesting. Have you ever tried to find a […]

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Gluey Tart: Tale of the Waning Moon

Tale of the Waning Moon, Hyouta Fujiyama, 2009, Yen Press (Hachette Book Group) I like Hyouta Fuyiyama. I liked Ordinary Crush and Sunflower and Freefall Romance and probably Lover’s Flat, although I don’t remember anything about that one. I think I liked it, though, because I remember that I read it, and the memory doesn’t […]

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Kafka vs. Malcolm X — Heavyweight Championship!

David Zane Mairowitz and Robert CrumbKafkaFantagraphicsB&W/softcover176 pages/$14.95 Though they share a superficial interest in the grotesque and neurotic, R. Crumb and Kafka are very different artists. Crumb’s work is confessional, satiric, and expansive — his sexual hang-ups, prejudices, and passing fancies are splashed about with a visceral, muddy abandon. Kafka, on the other hand, is […]

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Not-so-Strange Tales

Internet wisdom says there are two types of comic creators. The first are the soulless, toe-sucking, corporate hacks who care only about earning their work-for-hire paychecks while pandering to emotionally-stunted fanboys. The second type are the indie creators: beautiful souls who suffer for their art in poverty and obscurity even as they transform pure Beauty […]

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Bound for Feminism Lecture at Randolph-Macon

I’ve mentioned this before, but it is now upon us: I’m going to be giving a talk on feminism, bondage, Wonder Woman, and Marston crackpottery at Randolph-Macon College in Virginia. If you happen to be in those parts, come on by — it’s tomorrow, the 28th, at 7:30 (all relevant info is here.)

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