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26. RIP Mell Lazarus

Mell Lazarus, the cartoonist behind such comcis page staples as Miss Peach and Momma has passed away at age 89. Lazasua was a past president of the NCS as well as a Rueben Award winner and an NCS Medal of Honor recipient. The National Cartoonists Society page has more information: Mell was beloved by all […]

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27. Looking for bravest moments (YA anthology)

Annick PressChildren’s publisher Annick Press (Canada) is seeking true stories of bravest moments for a YA non-fiction anthology. The format of the testimonial can be in one of many different mediums (prose, poetry, photography, illustration, etc.). Contact Robbie Patterson at robbiep@annickpress.com for full details.

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28. Help Wanted: The Beat is looking for a few good reporters for New York Comic Con

Speaking of crowds and branding, we have a FEW openings for staff reporters for The Beat's coverage of the 2016 New York Comic Con on October 6-9. NYCC has cracked down on the number of press passes this year, so I know a lot of good people have been left out. We have been given a handful of slots to fill up, so here's your chance. What we need:

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29. Oh hai! Marvel is rebooting too with the return of Marvel Now!

Here we go again! Marvel has a new direction and it's charging right at you this faall with an ambitious new slate called MARVEL NOW! Which they did already four years ago. And it was followed by All-New Marvel Now. And then All New All Different Marvel (ANAD). So, Marvel please check in with Stan and find some new words! Bravura. Gorilla. Defy. There are plenty! So when you google for a headline this is going to be hard. ON the other hand "Now" is eternal and Marvel is always changing, so maybe it's a meta suggestion for the eternal flux and evolution of life in the universe.

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30. Report: Shocking new Captain America is not “a clone, imposter, mind control” or someone else (SPOILERS)

cap_e048th_lgIt's a big week for comics news! While Rebirth has been grabbing a lot of headlines, Marvel has made its own noise with a SHOCKING TWIST FOR A BELOVED CHARACTER. Nothing will be the same ever again! This spoiler involves Captain America and the comic book CAPTAIN AMERICA STEVE ROGERS #1, on sale today. And here it is!

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31. Certain Songs #547: The Greg Kihn Band – “The Breakup Song (They Don’t Write ‘Em)”

Greg Kihn Breakup Album: Rockihnroll
Year: 1981

Because I actually kept records for a short period of time, I can report that I saw The Greg Kihn Band six times between March ’81 & October ’82.

Why? For one reason, neither Bruce Springsteen or Tom Petty were playing Fresno during that time period, and while seeing The Greg Kihn Band wasn’t even close to seeing Bruce or Tom — both of whom Tim & I road-tripped to see late in the summer of ’81 — it was a reasonable enough simulacrum, especially considering the amount of effort it took to get to the Star Palace, where he played a lot of those shows.

No one who wasn’t there is going to believe this — including middle-aged me, at this point — but Greg Kihn always killed when he played Fresno. His songs, which sounded OK on the radio, somehow gained extra power when he was performing them live.

This made it easy to root for him, despite — or possibly also because of — the ongoing series of puns against his name that made up his album titles. Early on, there was Next of Kihn (a good one!), and from 1981-1985, Rockihnroll, Kihntinued, Kihnspiracy, Kihntagous, and Citizen Kihn.

It’s like they had a drunken band session at some point in 1980 where they brainstormed all of these album titles and then figured that since they already had the titles, they might as well record the records. The biggest problem was that I never liked his records all that much.

Which is why I pretty much stopped following him at some point during that run — I doubt I heard all of 1983’s Kihnspiracy, which had his biggest hit, the MTV-driven (and Weird Al parodied!) “Jeopardy.”

That said, while I probably ended up getting sick of it at the time, his first big single, “The Breakup Song (They Don’t Write ‘Em)”, is easily my favorite of the songs I heard, and the rare power pop single that actually became a huge pop hit, reaching #15 in 1981.

Hooked a snaking guitar line and as well as Greg Kihn’s “ah ah ah ah ah ah oh” after every line of every verse and featuring a chorus where against big staccato chords he shouts:


They don’t write ’em like that anymore
They don’t write ’em like that anymore

The best part was at the end, when drummer Larry Lynch added an awesome drum roll hook to the chorus, so the drum rolls, guitar chords and Kihn’s vocals were all battling each other for supremacy while combining to create what remains an irresitible chorus.

It’s also ironic that a song that traded in nostalgia to a certain extent has also kinda come true: for better or worse, they don’t write ’em like “The Breakup Song (They Don’t Write ‘Em)” anymore.

“The Breakup Song (They Don’t Write ‘Em”)

“The Breakup Song (They Don’t Write ‘Em)” performed live in 1981

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32. On the finiteness of the atmosphere

I guess the funniest thing I ever saw was a person driving down the highway in a Toyota Prius smoking a cigarette with the windows closed. It was like they were telling me, “I respect your atmosphere but not mine.” That got me thinking, does human generated, gaseous, atmospheric pollution actually make up a significant part of the total atmosphere, and can it possibly affect it?

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33. Poetry contest with $1500 first prize

PRISM InternationalPRISM International invites entries for the inaugural Pacific Spirit Poetry Prize. First prize: $1500 grand prize ($600 runner-up, $400 2nd runner-up. Up to three poems per entry (100 lines max per poem). Entry fees: $35-$45 (includes subscription). Deadline: October 15, 2016.

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34. INTERVIEW: Farel Dalrymple on POP GUN WAR: GIFT, New York, & Brandon Graham’s ISLAND

PopGunWar_Gift-1The cartoonist sits down with us to discuss the legacy and future of his legendary series.

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35. Translation pieces at the Literary Hub

       At the Literary Hub they have six new translation-related pieces (as they're apparently 'Celebrating Translation Month', whatever that might be ...).
       It's all worth a look -- despite some really lax fact-checking in several places ..... (E.g.: "In 2015, 570 translated books were published in the United States" writes Anjali Enjeti -- relying on the invaluable Three Percent database, but ignoring what databaser Chad Post always makes very clear, that that refers only to: "titles that have never before appeared in English" (in the US); the actual number of 'translated books' published is, of course many times larger, thanks to new translations of previously translated titles and, especially, reprints of previously published translations.)

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36. By hook or by crook

Here is a phrase whose origin seems to be known, but, as this does not mean that everybody knows it, a short discussion may not be out of place. I have such a huge database of idioms that once in six weeks or so I am seized with a desire to share my treasures with the public.

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37. Rare Prisoner of Azkaban Poster to be Auctioned in Watford

Excalibur Auctions will be selling off a Sirius Black ‘wanted’ style poster from the promotion of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban film in just a few days time.

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The promotional poster is one of less than ten of this kind known to be produced for the film, leading Excalibur Auctions to call this ‘one of the rarest posters ever produced to publicise the films’.

It is particularly unique due to its lenticular design, meaning that the images changes depending on which angle you view it from. Sirius Black (Gary Oldman) is in the shot if you view the poster from head on, and he disappears if you angle the poster slightly differently. Clearly this format was much more expensive to produce, leading to the remaining posters being coveted!

The poster is predicted to sell for £4,000-£6,000, and the auction will take place at The Village Hotel in Elstree, Watford on Saturday 28th May 2016 at 10:30am. Live bidding will occur in the room, with internet bidding available at The Sale Room and Invaluable.

The auction will also feature a Star Wars Episode II Yoda lenticular poster, a 1920s Sherlock Holmes window card and many James Bond themed items (including original Quad posters from Dr No and From Russia With Love.

More information can be found on the Excalibur Auctions website, here.

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38. Pan Tadeusz Museum

       Adam Mickiewicz's Pan Tadeusz is, of course, the great(est) Polish epic poem, and they've now opened up a museum dedicated to it, in Wrocław, the Muzeum Pana Tadeusza.
       Looks pretty fancy; see also, for example, the Radio Poland report, Museum dedicated to Polish literary classic.
       And if you're tempted to dip into the Mickiewicz in preparation for a visit, the dual-language Hippocrene Books edition of Pan Tadeusz, with the translation by Kenneth R. MacKenzie, looks like a handy volume; don't bother with their publicity-page (the world's least impressive publicity-page for a book ?), but get your copy at Amazon.com or Amazon.co.uk.

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39. Yang Jiang (1911-2016)

       One suspects that the reason for obituaries in e.g. The New York Times and The Washingotn Post have more to do with her centenarian- than literary-status; regardless, the death of Chinese author (and translator) Yang Jiang deserves the notice -- even if her work hasn't made much of an English impression.
       She's perhaps best know in the English-speaking world as the wife of Qian Zhongshu, author the classic Fortress Besieged; see the New Directions publicity page, or get your copy at Amazon.com or Amazon.co.uk, but her own companion piece of sorts, Baptism, -- though much harder to find -- is also worth a look; see the Hong Kong University Press publicity page, or get your copy at Amazon.com or Amazon.co.uk.

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40. A tradition of classical architecture in California

Today, most people associate Southern California with images of palm trees, beaches, swimming pools, and the entertainment industry. If pressed to imagine an earlier era they might come up with “old” Hollywood, the Gold Rush, or even the mission era. But how much of the Golden State can be attributed to the ancient Greeks and Romans?

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41. Podcorn Podcast– Reviewing DC Comics’ REBIRTH #1

RebirthHeroSpreadGeoff Johns wants to bring hope back to the DC Universe. Does he succeed?

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42. Stone Tablets review

       The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of Wojciech Żukrowski's Stone Tablets, a 1966 Polish novel -- set in 1950s India, no less -- that's only now appearing in English, from Paul Dry Books.

       (I was amused when I realized that I've actually read a work by Żukrowski before -- his Nieśmiały narzeczony, in a German translation (Der schüchterne Bräutigam) in a flimsy little East German paperback in Aufbau Verlag's paperback 'bb'-line that I picked up and read in the mid-1980s.)

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43. Helena Bonham Carter Gives Insight on the Red Queen

Helena Bonham Carter has always been one to take on more anomalous roles in her acting career. The Red Queen definitely does not differ from this pattern. With her abnormally large head and a tendency to order beheadings onto others, the role is one that Helena enjoys quite a bit.

She gave a interview with Den of Geek this week, telling us a little about her return to the role in Alice Through the Looking Glass. While the first movie, Alice in Wonderland, had little focus on Helena’s character, this one will not only show her more in present time but also give us a peak into her past.

And then when the sequel came around, I was just praying it was well-written. And it was. And in a sort of typically Red Queen egocentric way, I thought, “Oh, there’s a lot about me!” [laughs] And it all made sense. And there was lots of things to develop. So it was fun, because she wasn’t necessarily a big part in the first one. So it was nice to have something where you develop something and you work on something quite a lot. And I seriously do…I’m anal about my craft.

Helena Bonham Carter is no doubt one of those actresses who puts everything she can into a role, finding ways to better relate to her characters. She tells that she did a bit of research, using the Alice books, on her character. She seems to understand Iracebeth and her childish anger, “…I thought, “Well, she’s got too big a head.” So everybody’s head that was normal size was always a reminder that hers was abnormal. So that’s why she had to cut everybody else’s head off.”

Another face, or voice rather, from Harry Potter will appear in the film. Alice Through the Looking Glass, which is dedicated to him, is said to be Alan Rickman’s last film. Helena and Alan have worked closely many times before and she had a few words of consolation for those still mourning his passing:

Well, the poetic thing about it is he’s voicing a blue butterfly. And anything that I can tell Rima, his wife, to comfort her, is there’s that quote: “Just when the caterpillar thought it was all over, it became a butterfly.” And often, butterflies…you know, death can be seen as the end. It can also…I don’t know if it’s any comfort, but you can also see that it’s a point of transition.

Give me a moment to wipe my tears…

Wow, okay. On that note, see the rest of the interview here and be sure to get tickets to see Helena Bonham Carter in Alice Through the Looking Glass which comes out this Friday!

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44. An elusive quest for a recipe for success in economic development

For some decades before the turn of the Millennium, the growth prospects for most of the developing world looked extremely bleak. Income growth was negligible and poverty rates were high and seemed stubbornly persistent. Some even suggested that the barriers against development were almost insurmountable as progress in the already rich world was argued to come about at the expense of the poor.

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45. Funko Pop! Announce Hogwarts Express and Harry Potter Mystery Minis

Funko Pop! Rides will soon be releasing their newest addition: The Hogwarts Express!

The train comes in three separate sets: the front engine (which comes with a Harry Potter figure) and two carriages, which come with Ron and Hermione. The complete train measures 45cm in length.

Get your hands on the Funko Pop! Hogwarts Express this June!

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Harry Potter figures will also be released as Mystery Minis in July, starting at 6cm tall. When ordering a Mystery Mini, Funko will send you a random mini figure from a set of your choosing. As part of the Harry Potter set, you could receive a mini of one of the newer releases, including Hedwig, Dumbledore, Fawkes, Voldemort, Nagini, Malfoy, Dobby, Hagrid, Crookshanks and more. Read more here.

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46. Celebrate National Geek Day! (Yeah, I Made That Up.)

Don't Panic FinalHappy National Geek Day! Why today? What’s so special about May 25th? Well, a long time ago, in 1977, Star Wars opened in 32 theaters! That’s when science fiction went mainstream! Yeah, there were Trekkies, but they were lowkey… there wasn’t a movie yet, and they mostly congregated at the Holiday Inn on weekends, along with […]

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47. The Marvel Rundown: The Nature of Freedom and Justice is Challenged in CAPTAIN AMERICA #1 & NIGHTHAWK #1

569e646046152This week, two Marvel #1's shipped and they both have one thing in common: amazing cliffhangers that are the product of a long period of careful foreshadowing and preparation. I love it when good plans come together, and boy do they ever in Captain America #1 and Nighthawk #1.

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48. Certain Songs #546: Green on Red – “That’s What Dreams”

Green On+Red+Gas+Food+Lodging+-+Red+Vinyl+546388 Album: Gas Food Lodging
Year: 1985

Here’s the thing about the so-called “Paisley Underground,” the loose collective of bands that produced some of the greatest alt-rock of the 1980s: a lot of them ended up being proto-Americana bands.

I’m thinking primarily of The Long Ryders, The Dream Syndicate and Green on Red, the key members of which of course fueled Danny & Dusty’s still eternal The Lost Weekend.

I mean, after all, The Long Ryders were never all that psychedelic in the first place, The Dream Syndicate mostly on the basis of Karl Precoda’s guitar, and Green on Red primarily because their early sound was dominated by Chris Cacavas’s swirling organ.

But that clearly changed when Chuck Prophet joined the band, and you can hear the difference in the long, stately opening to their greatest song, “That’s What Dreams.” His opening guitar lick is basically saying, “Hey Neil Young fans, check this out!”

Meanwhile lead singer Dan Stuart is down, but not totally out:

It seems nobody has any faith anymore
Well isn’t that what we invented heroes for
Got the word at 10 that I was through
Still a young man, so I know that ain’t true

That’s what dreams were made for
That’s what dreams were made for

When the rest of the band join in with Stuart on the chorus, “That’s What Dreams” becomes something entirely new: an early anthem for the slacker generation. Sure, maybe our lives currently suck, but we can dream, can’t we?

Then Chuck Prophet weighs in with a helluva guitar solo, zigging and zagging and circling around Cacavas’s ever-atmospheric organ, after which Stuart has one last thing to say:

It seems a handshake means nothing today
Lifetime of work sold down the river for a man’s weekly pay
Guess I’ll just be bored the REST of MY LIFE
It’s better than giving up the fight

That’s what dreams were made for
That’s what dreams were made for
That’s what dreams were made for
That’s what dreams were made for

The way that Stuart hit “REST of MY LIFE” was full of fire and passion, and as amplified by drummer Alex MacNicol’s extra hard snare crack, you could tell that he wanted pretty much anything but that to be his fate. And it certainly wasn’t his dream.

My dream for “That’s What Dreams” was not unlike my dream for a bunch of other great mid-80s alt-rock songs: that it somehow would garner enough airplay — where, it wasn’t actually clear — to break through to a mass audience. At the time, it was inconceivable to me a song like this wouldn’t be huge if it was actually exposed to a mass audience.

I was probably wrong, but that’s what dreams were made for.

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49. Inside Fan Verification: now you need a cell phone to buy New York Comic Con tickets

IMG_5922A few days ago ReedPOP announced a new "Fan Verification" system for buying tickets for NYCC. ReedPOP head Lance Fensterman told us the system was in order to combat scalping, but also to get more of a snapshot of who wants to attend New York Comic-Con. Getting "verified" is key because online sales is the only way to buy NYCC badges this year. In the past there were some on site and retail sales but no more.

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50. Solson Publisher Gary Brodsky passes away

by Robert V. Conte Gary Brodsky—reverend, self-proclaimed “Alpha Male Master” and publisher of 1980s independent comics company Solson Publications—died of a heart attack on May 9, 2016. He was 59-years-old. Brodsky was a pioneer during the black-and-white independent comics boom in the mid-1980s. In 1986, Reagan’s Raiders #1 outsold Marvel’s G.I. Joe at a 3-to-1 ratio […]

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