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    NEW ART - 10/16 THE BOMBPOPS @MidEastClub Up - My Birthday Show


    Finally putting this one in the ‘done’ pile.

    Pencils & inks from my hand.  Typeset and colors on the computer. My first coloring with a Wacom. Almost getting the hang of it, but I ised the mouse and trackpad for a lot of it.


    The Bompops Oct. 16, 2011 at The Middle East

    Looking forward to all the great bands:

    Sunday (post NYCC) - October 16, 2011! and Rock On! Concerts present
    The Bombpops (Red Scare Records, San Diego, CA)
    Continental (featuring Rick Barton of The Outlets / DKM)
    Hands Like Bricks (LA, CA)
    Chip and The Crosstown Express
    Clay N. Ferno’s Birthday Party 
    18+ $9 Advance / $10 Day Of Show 
    TIX - Facebook Event




    Read more comics: Funny Books For Jerks - from PTSOTL

    I wrote this guest blog post for Luke over at Put That Shit On The List!
    Check it out!
    Did you know there are still people out there in the world who don’t read comic books? That’s weird. I asked my main comic nerd Clay N Ferno, who does a weekly comics podcast, to share some ideas of jumping off points for people who are sick of reading books without pictures.

    Luke and I are taking turns buying and ‘trading’ trade paperbacks of The Walking DeadAMC hit, Season 2 premieres October 16). That swap came to a halt as Luke prepares for legal battles with The Daily Show because of his current obsession with A Song of Ice and Fire fantasy novels by George R.R. Martin (aka HBO’s Game of Thrones). He asked me to suggest some comics to this jaded blog audience and he promised I didn’t have to be funny about it or talk about masturbatory shame related to our girl Kreayshawn. “Bonus points for that, though,” he said. 

    First, a bit about our podcast. Not everyone in town has a comic book podcast, and believe me, our egos can take the blows of any criticism you might drop on us for that. Three of us have known each other from high school.  ‘Awesome’ John Hunt was the older brother and Executive Producer of the VHS masterpiece ‘Dursin the Firestarter’ films circa 1990s Abington, MA. Like minds meld together. Jaush Lingel bonded with Dursin about comics over some beers at an ‘adult’ party, or so the legend was told to me, at the 2009 New York Comic Con. We’re not too old, too young, too nerdy, too humble, or too ridiculous for putting out a weekly podcast about comic books. John, for example, is a comic book colorist and letterer who’s worked on Star Trek books, One Piece and most recently at Marvel Comics.

    For everyone that skipped to this bulleted list, here’s some comic book suggestions for you. Go visit a comic book store. They usually have candy this time of year. It’s a good time because DC Comics did a marketing stunt in September…and it worked. How they pulled it off was pretty awesome.
    • Catwoman #1 - There’s more bra and panty fetish drawings in this book than all get out.
    • Sandman, Vol. #1 - Preludes and Nocturnes - Amanda Palmer’s husband did this. He invented girls getting Ankh tattoos.
    • Captain America by Jack Kirby, Vol. 1: Madbomb - Jack Kirby is the guy that made Stan Lee famous. To say anything bad about King Kirby damns you to an eternal damnation of Bronies dressing you up for pretty costume contest that you always lose. He invented Marvel Comics and got like 1% of the money and credit.
    • Tiny Titans Vol. 01: Welcome to the Treehouse [Paperback] (or just any old issue of Tiny Titans) - This is cute, younger versions of the World’s Finest Comic Heroes. Robin heads the team, but Alfred makes them take baths! I always ‘buy this one for my niece’ when I go to the store. Always some meta comic book in-jokes about continuity and costumes in here. Darkseid is the substitute principal! Aww Yeah, Titans!
    • Phonogram Vols. 1 & 2 - Kieron Gillen (now on X-Men!) and artist Jamie McKelvie (Cable, X-Men & More!) wrote this unbelievable tribute to new wave, magic, The Pill (Causeway Above the Penalty Box years), The Ting Tings, girl singers, love, betrayal, murder, and record collections. Set in 2006 London and referencing ‘bands I never cared about’ like The Auteurs, The Libertines, and Ocean Colour Scene, this well indexed tome is better than a Saturday night at The Common Ground (RIP). Just remember the rules - no boy singers, you must dance, and NO MAGIC on the dance floor.

    OK, that’s it. Don’t be such a pussy when you go into the store, either. Just pick up some books, ask for one of these, and be a (wo)man about it. There’s no secret sauce, but the artists, writers, and John need you to spend a couple bucks at the store. I write the comic picks of the week for DigBoston’s Wednesday email. Check that out or see them on our page, where we make fun of girls, talk about working out, what’s wrong with Hollywood, and the REAL losers we went to high school with. Maybe you don’t like comics, but you DO like wasting time at work, so listen to our Odd-io Comics. These are audiobooks for comics. Here’s my favorites: SUPERMAN in POWERSTONE, and yours truly as SPIDER-MAN in BETRAYED.

    Clay N. Ferno, Assistant Manager,

    Captain America by Jack Kirby, Vol. 1: Madbomb

    Captain America by Jack Kirby, Vol. 1: MadbombCaptain America by Jack Kirby, Vol. 1: Madbomb by Jack Kirby

    My rating: 5 of 5 stars

    Wow! The Bicentennial run of Jack ‘King’ Kirby on Captain America (with Falcon): MADBOMB has some completely off-the wall bonkers patriotism and comic book fun!

    Great extras from Marvel in this book. A/B Kirby’s pencils with fully produced art for most of the covers! John Romita inks the cover of ish #193.

    Jim (my good pal lending me all of this bat-koo-koo Kirby stuff) left me a note, “Here is Vol. 1 of Kirby Cap from the 70s - it is insane”.

    Hmmm..let me count the ways…

    A powdered wig aristocrat plotting to bring back nobility to power (what?), small machines with mind control capability, a BIG-ASS version of those machines, Falcon using the word ‘dude’ every other panel…and a 200 year old ancestral grudge over a pistol duel!

    To say I enjoyed this book after trying to make sense of the Fourth World stuff is an understatement. I can connect with Kirby’s Marvel work a bit easier, and this was one story arc with two main heroes.

    The production of the coloring in this book and the two Kirby Black Panther books are really nice ‘remasters’ of the original plates and the Kirby crackle pops on the glossy pages.

    Thanks, Cap! Make my Kirby Marvel!

    Clay N. Ferno on Goodreads


    10/13/2011, 10/14/2011, 10/15/2011 - LIVE! ON STAGE Jonathan Richman featuring TOMMY LARKINS on the drums! @MidEastClub

    10/13-10/15 LIVE! ON STAGE Jonathan Richman featuring TOMMY LARKINS on the drums! @MidEastClub

     Originally a ‘Google Buzz’ reply

    Right when I first started working here at the Middle East, Kieran and I split the door duties for Jonathan’s shows (another 3 night stint) @mideastclub Upstairs.

    Jonathan is very private and hates computers and cell phones! God bless him for that, it must be how he maintains his cool!

    Before the show, Jonathan hands me a hand written guest list and says “Here’s my list…and if someone thinks they are on the list, (but aren’t) please don’t make them feel uncomfortable…just let them in!”

    Show starts, I rip 194 tickets and (all of his shows sell out in advance, he prefers the intimacy and the history of the room at the Middle East Upstairs). By the way, I was also told that The Saters would take care of Jonathan after the shows were over “Next Week”. No large checks or cash was being transacted this evening. This is the kind of honest family business that I work for. Very romantic and cool and old school show biz.

    The Marquee reads, according to contract:
    “LIVE! ON STAGE Jonathan Richman featuring TOMMY LARKINS on the drums!”
    The show happens, as it has a thousand times before on stages across the world.
    200 people are transported to a vineyard in the south of France for an hour and a half as Jonathan soothes everyone’s souls.

    After the show, I count and recount the till. I count and recount the door money. I fill out my paperwork (as I will come to do a thousand more times!). I imagine my office a smokey room, like a noir detective novel. There was probably no smoke, but Jonathan had turned on only one light in the room for mood. Here it is happening, as I write this I still cannot believe this to be true! This is a distant dream. A foggy memory, yet I can taste the air. I feel not excitement, in fact, I feel a calm warm spiritual experience as Jonathan Richman was LIVE! in the office playing his guitar and singing. He is playing for himself I am sure, but I was his only audience. I can honestly say this was one of my fondest memories of my life, my job, of music, and of the experiencing something greater than myself.

    Yesterday, as I was typing this out (attempt #2!) I got distracted. I had a DJ gig at another bar. Here I was at another desk, 6 years later, putting my required mp3 set list on my iPod. This time in the office, it’s before Jonathan’s set, and I found myself with my eyes closed, my hands across my stomach, fingertips touching (thumb to thumb, index to index, ect.), breathing, eyes closed. It’s just the two of us and it’s happening again. The feeling was familiar, welcome, Zen, spiritual, and relaxing.

    Then, as I had a thousand times before, I closed my laptop, disconnected my iPod, and slithered out the door. I felt like I was intruding on his warm up time, I had basked in his moment for exactly how long I needed to. I did not say goodbye but my smile is lasting through to this moment.
    Clay S. Fernald, February 20, 2010 1:21 AM


    Middle East Upstairs proudly presents:

    Thu 10/13 - Night 1
    Live! On Stage Jonathan Richman featuring Tommy Larkins on the drums!
    18+ $15
    TIX - Facebook Event

    Fri 10/14 - Night 2
    Live! On Stage Jonathan Richman featuring Tommy Larkins on the drums!
    18+ $15
    TIX - Facebook Event

    Sat 10/15 - Night 3
    Live! On Stage Jonathan Richman featuring Tommy Larkins on the drums!
    18+ $15
    TIX - Facebook Event


    Artist Website:
    Tickets at TicketWeb:
    or at the Middle East Box Office 2-8pm Daily - NO FEES!

    DigBoston and LeaguePodcast Comic Book Picks of the Week! September 21, 2011










    J.J. Abrams has finally committed to directing the Star Trek sequel, and IDW is counting down the stardates with a new Star Trek #1! First up, a retelling of the classic debut episode, ‘Where No Man Has Gone Before’ with the sexy new cast! … Tastemaker celebrities like John Hodgman, Ted Leo and our own Luke O’Neil got a smack of A Song of Ice and Fire when the show debuted on HBO in April. Dynamite brings you the adventures the Starks and Tyrion in A Game Of Thrones #1, with cover by Alex Ross! … A new Supergirl crashes to Earth as the Last Daughter of Krypton. She has the same powers as her cousin but does not have sympathy for humankind in Supergirl #1. It is a million times harder than moving to a new high school! … Picks this week from

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