It’s nearly my birthday! This Monday, on February 21st, I flip 31. So within the spirit of celebration, and Baskin-Robbins (hey, do you know these dudes have been brothers-in-law? They owned separate ice cream outlets, however joined forces when Baskin married Robbins’ sister), listed below are 31 issues I like and haven’t written about a lot earlier than. No explicit order!
I’m late to this occasion, however everyone who’s been going nuts over this present for the previous few years is true. It’s good! And surprisingly humorous! You’ll be able to all cease making “Cousin Greg” jokes at me now.
- A.D.: After Loss of life
This hybrid of illustrated prose and comedian e-book pages, written by Scott Snyder with artwork by Jeff Lemire, got here out as lately as 2017, but it surely appears like everybody already forgot about it? That’s a disgrace. Moreover being notable for the distinctive presentation, its story of a world that finds a remedy for loss of life led to some of the gut-punch endings I can recall in sci-fi.
The Rock and Roll Corridor of Fame is bullshit, however I’m going to be actively indignant if some of the influential heavy steel bands of all time isn’t lastly inducted after being eligible since 1999 (for the file, I additionally voted for Beck, Kate Bush, Rage Towards the Machine, and the MC5 this yr). From being one of many first bands to embrace the heavy steel label, to godlike singer Rob Halford being one of many first brazenly homosexual icons of the style, to the sheer quantity of immortal rock anthems they’ve produced, it could be absurd to not honor them should you’re ostensibly within the enterprise of honoring rock and roll historical past.
Anyway, a fast story: once I noticed Priest stay in Newark in 2015, I used to be seated subsequent to a bunch of off-duty New Jersey state troopers. I wouldn’t have recognized they have been cops if the dude seated instantly subsequent to me didn’t insist on speaking to me about it. “You’ll be positive, dude,” he stated, which was odd as a result of I didn’t assume I had something to fret about till he stated that. “We’re all state troopers. We’ll maintain you protected.”
Attending the present solo and headbanging to Mastodon’s opening set in my Pink Floyd T-shirt, I suppose I seemed a bit dorky for a steel live performance. However I actually was not fascinated with befriending these beer-guzzling cops. They gave off an identical power as when highschool bullies would invite me to take a seat with them at lunch and find yourself laughing at me the entire time.
Late into the present, when Priest carried out their relatively-slow ballad “Past the Realms of Loss of life,” the cop subsequent to me put his arm round my shoulder. “You’re too younger to know,” he stated. “However someday you’ll know. You’ll know.”
I don’t know what he meant. Was he hitting on me or what? I don’t actually have an finish to this story.
With the tagline “holding horror to requirements it completely by no means agreed to,” Progressively Horrified is a podcast about watching horror films by way of the lens of progressive politics. Due to energetic hosts Jeremy Whitley, Ben Kahn, and Emily Martin (all of whom are comedian e-book creators), it’s a ton of enjoyable, and shortly grew to become considered one of my favourite podcasts. Try their episode on The Golem (2018), during which I used to be a visitor alongside Graphic Coverage Radio host Elana Levin!
- “Day n Nite” by Child Cudi
I doubt I’ve a lot to say about this recreation that hasn’t already been stated, however I don’t assume I’ve ever performed a more durable recreation that I had this a lot enjoyable with. Is it time for me to lastly attempt Darkish Souls?
- Chris Stein‘s guitar solo in Blondie’s “One Approach or One other”
Through the first few weeks of my freshman yr of school, I began speaking to this man about music and began pondering to myself “hooray, my first school pal!” Then I discussed that that is considered one of my favourite guitar solos, and he checked out me like I used to be a weirdo. So we by no means grew to become associates.
I’m glad we’re beginning to have a bigger cultural dialog about individuals exterior of the South saying “ya’ll.” It’s an excellent phrase! It rolls off the tongue properly and it’s extra inclusive than “you guys,” which continues to be my default for the collective third-person. I’m not there but, however I’m engaged on caring much less when individuals act like I’m not allowed to say “ya’ll” simply because I’m from New Jersey.
Okay, large asterisk for this one: I don’t truly like Chick Tracts within the conventional sense, they usually’re actually not truly good. They’re racist, homophobic, sexist, anti-semitic, islamophobic, xenophobic… principally, should you don’t comply with Jack T. Chick‘s extraordinarily particular interpretation of Christianity to a tee, he believes you’re damned. Nicely, “believed.” As a result of he’s lifeless.
The opposite excellent news is that the extra you find out about Chick’s complete deal, it’s straightforward to understand Chick Tracts because the wholly-unintentional comedy that they’re. I nonetheless often discover them on subways, buses, and the like right here in New York Metropolis, and it all the time makes me a bit giddy. I can’t stress sufficient that I condemn the beliefs expressed in these bizarre little minicomics, which quantity to literal hate speech. Moreover, Jack Chick positively thought I’m going to Hell too. But when such hateful individuals should exist, it’s good once they make it really easy to snort at their expense.
- Phrases for Footage: The Artwork and Enterprise of Writing Comics and Graphic Novels
Brian Michael Bendis‘ matter-of-factly written information for aspiring comedian e-book writers is likely one of the most underrated and sensible books of its type you’re prone to discover… and I’ve learn fairly just a few. It’s much less about principle than the nuts and bolts of being a working author in comics, from pitching to scripting to collaborating successfully with artists and editors.
- Roughly the primary 10 seasons of The Simpsons
I began entering into The Simpsons round 2001, once I was 10, so for a very long time I didn’t perceive why “The Simpsons hasn’t been good in years” (and now, many years) was such a well-liked sentiment. However watching it sequentially for the primary time just a few years in the past when Disney+ debuted, I needed to admit it was true. It’s not that there aren’t any respectable latter-day episodes, however while you watch it so as from that first 1989 season onwards, there’s no denying the conspicuous dip in high quality as soon as the still-ongoing sequence strikes into the twenty first century. However man, these ’90s episodes are untouchable.
I didn’t like King of the Hill as a child. The humor was so dry that I didn’t even register a lot of the jokes as such, and I principally related it with being on the identical programming block as The Simpsons besides that I by no means needed to observe it. However I watched a bunch of it over the previous yr or so, and it’s straightforward to see why its personal cult following is so passionate. Not solely am I sufficiently old to understand the humor now, however the present’s important sweetness, too.
I caught Omicron in late December, however because of being vaxxed and boosted, I survived. Who is aware of if I’d even make it to 31 if it weren’t for the COVID-19 vaccine, or any variety of different life-threatening illnesses I’ve been vaccinated towards since beginning as a result of my mother and father weren’t idiots.
I do know it’s not in vogue to love Dave Grohl (I’ll be the primary to confess Foo Fighters are a bit corny, though their 2015 twentieth anniversary present in DC could also be one of the best live performance I ever attended) however I feel he’s one of the best drummer on the planet. Nirvana’s my favourite band, interval, however there’s no scarcity of post-Kurt Cobain drumming from Grohl simply because he performs guitar to entrance the Foos. Queens of the Stone Age’s Songs for the Deaf, Killing Joke’s self-titled 2003 album, and the self-titled RDGLDGRN EP are only a few examples of his stellar work behind the package should you don’t really feel like listening to Nevermind or In Utero once more.
Have I ever talked about that I like comics?
What about Batman, do you know I’m an enormous fan?
- This 2013 industrial the place Kim Cattrall is sexy for Mario
I don’t know what the thought course of was for hiring this particular actress to promote this particular recreation however I hope whoever got here up with it received a elevate.
- This cursed Nintendo industrial from 1986
Editor’s Word: As a result of Max Headroom, that’s why. —AJK
The factor they don’t let you know sufficient about Edgar Allen Poe while you find out about him at school is that he was fucking steel.
- Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy
There’s been smarter comedies, there’s been comedies with extra to say, and nearly 20 years later it’s nonetheless annoying that Anchorman will get quoted so closely, however there nonetheless hasn’t been a been a comedy film that makes me snort as onerous, or as regularly, as Anchorman.
- “Cry Little Sister” by Gerard McMann from The Misplaced Boys soundtrack
The Chvrches cowl additionally guidelines.
- The Home of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer
Anybody else keep in mind this YA sci-fi novel from 2002? It was considered one of my favorites in center faculty.
That is the present I’m at the moment binging. Is it bizarre that I kinda relate to it? Not the homicide half, clearly, however Barry’s falling so deeply in love together with his newfound ardour for appearing, and the neighborhood surrounding it, that he’s keen to reshape his complete life round it, and danger his personal well-being within the course of. Truthfully, that’s how I felt once I began getting deep into comics.
- Ben and Jerry’s “Milk and Cookies” taste
Greatest Ben and Jerry’s taste.
- Documentaries about cults
I’m unsure why I’m so drawn to actually any documentary about cults, however should you movie a bunch of individuals dressed alike doing bizarre rituals within the woods, I’ll in all probability watch it.
Simply have a look at these guys!
- This battle scene from Daredevil (2003)
The Ben Affleck-starring Daredevil film will get a number of hate, and whereas I’m keen to consider I’d in all probability discover a bunch of issues with it that I didn’t as a child if I have been to rewatch it as we speak, I’m nonetheless inclined to consider it’s unfairly maligned. As a lot as I just like the more moderen Daredevil TV sequence, and Charlie Cox within the title function, that present by no means captured the kinetic, acrobatic attraction that I like a lot in Daredevil comics in addition to the admittedly-flawed movie.
Have an awesome day!