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    Wednesday
    Dec112013

    MIGHTY Q&A: DARICK ROBERTSON AT 13TH DIMENSION

    Artist Darick Robertson of Transmetropolitan, The Boys, and Butcher, Baker, Candlestick Maker joins the punk rock Occupy Comics crew at Black Mask Studios for his talking-gun tale in Ballistic. This week also sees the deluxe hardcover release of Happy! from Image Comics, a hard-boiled Christmas story about an imaginary horse friend, written by Grant Morrison. Darick joins us today for the Mighty Q&A.

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    By CLAY N. FERNO

    Clay N. Ferno: Hi Darick! We’re just though with reading Ballistic #3 from you and Adam Egypt Mortimer. As bonus fodder there are some script notes in the back about odd science and weird history. Are you at home working in this hyper-future? Butch and Spider might be related somehow, right?

    Darick Robertson: Well, world building is something I’m familiar with, but Spider and Butch wouldn’t really exist together. Transmetropolitan is a future where the world we live in now just kept expanding and expanding, and we built upon and into what exists to maintain an ever-growing population and city life. Butch inhabits a world where it’s utopia by technology. The West as we know it is a crumbled, environmentally destroyed memory and the entire truly surviving civilization is inhabiting a continent born of bio-formed trash and manipulated DNA that rests upon terraformed rock, twice the size of Texas. Where Spider Jerusalem’s Government was ridiculous, it was still a government. Repo City State is run by a cabal of glorified gangsters.

     

     

    [READ MORE AT 13th DIMENSION]

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    Wednesday
    Dec112013

    EARTH PRIME TIME: NECESSARY EVIL: SUPER-VILLAINS OF DC COMICS

    DC Comics released Necessary Evil: Super-Villains of DC Comics, a sleeper study of the anatomy of a villain, on DVD/Blu-Ray and Digital Video in October. Necessary Evil: Super-Villains of DC Comics features everyone from Andrea Romano and Neal Adams to Zack Snyder and Len Wein as the ensemble cast of interviews and video clips going deep into the minds of Luthor, Riddler, Bane, and Reverse Flash. If you still have a comics fan on your holiday gift list this is a great pick. Dracula Christopher Lee narrates.
     

    The New 52 was taken over by the baddies in September in a company-wide event called Villain’s Month, coinciding with the limited series Forever Evil storyline written by DC Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns. The comics, with special lenticular (plastic, 3D) varied in quality and interrupted the flow of the monthly titles, but as an experiment was not all bad. Joker took over Batman #23.1, written by Andy Kubert and drawn by Andy Clarke.

    Count Vertigo - Green Arrow 23.1 - Cover by:  Andrea Sorrentino

    Count Vertigo – Green Arrow 23.1 – Cover by: Andrea Sorrentino

    Pointing the spotlight on the villains, in what seem to be increasingly darker themes in our entertainment these days (see our Man of Steel review) makes sense.

    Besides, aren’t we all rooting for the bad guy in the movies? I mean, how cool was Bane?

     

    This four-color exploration into what makes a villain want to subvert our favorite heroes gets into the armchair psychology of the thing with interviews from new and classic Batman writers, top DC executives, and even Zack Snyder—director of this year’s aforementioned Zod movie!

    Some extreme fans like myself like to hear ’70s Batman artist Neal Adams go on about Ra’s al Ghul and get the latest from the mouths and twitter feeds of Aquaman’s Geoff Johns and current Batman writer Scott Snyder. For the more casual fan this video takes a look at scoundrels of all kinds, and at points clinical psychology researcher Andrea Letamendi, PhD. offers her expert opinions as to how singular events (like being dropped into a vat at ACE Chemical) can or would affect someone’s development.

    [READ MORE AT DIGBOSTON.COM]

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    Tuesday
    Dec102013

    The Cosmic Treadmill Takes a Look at Monkeybrain's EDISON REX at FORCES OF GEEK

    I like myself some Superman, heck, I even like Lex in a way.

    When it comes to new superhero comics, I have a go-to theme that I like too, and that’s of the Superman gone bad vs. the world and the super villain gone good to stop him.

    While that’s not exactly the case here, as seen in The Mighty or Irredeemable, but Chris Roberson and Dennis Culver’s Edison Rex (Monkeybrain comics) transforms the world’s most formidable super bad guy into the man who will save the world. It won’t be easy for him, and it also won’t be easy for him to shake his bad public perception as he puts on the hero hat. IDW Publishing has released the first volume of the digital first Monkeybrain comic, a great independent comics gift idea this season. 


    When Valiant, Protector of Earth, is exposed to knowledge of why he is really here (aliens from a doomed planet sent his RNA here to conquer our race) by criminal genius Edison Rex, he chooses to kill himself instead of wait to be activated by his doomed planet’s signal. Fans of recent issues of Superior Spider-Man will catch this trope immediately, as Edison Rex makes an equally hard decision. No longer having to use his inveterate hate for Valiant, he decides to take up the mantle of superhero! Of course his loyal female sidekick M’Laizz has her eyes set on world domination still, and needs some convincing. Much like Strax the Sontaran from Doctor Who, M’Laizz does go along with the plan, no matter how helpful to the puny human race!


    This comic is like rolling around naked in a million dollar bills on your bed, or a million comics (though you could probably guess my preference as to the best paper to roll on!). Roberson has tapped into and referenced so many comic stories from the Silver Age to now, and not just Superman, but Thor, Howard the Duck, Crisis on Infinite Earths, Bizarro Superman, Invincible, Fantastic Four, Fortress of Solitude, Cerebro, Superman robots, throw a little Grodd and The Venture Bros. and you have got just the first volume! Rao only knows what’s in store next! (Actually, the next six issues are available on ComiXology, Issue #12 drops on Wed. Dec. 4!)

    [READ MORE AT FORCES OF GEEK]

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    Tuesday
    Dec102013

    SAT 12/21 - EARLY EVENING SHOW - TT THE BEARS PLACE LeaguePodcast & RockOn! Concerts Present: A Chippunk Christmas 

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    SAT 12/21 - EARLY EVENING SHOW 

    TT THE BEARS PLACE

    LeaguePodcast & RockOn! Concerts Present: 

    A Chippunk Christmas 

    Br1ght Pr1mate (Chiptune / Chipmusic / Futurepop) (8PM)

    Control Group CD Release (featuring Darren Korb - Bastion) (7PM)

    The Demographic featuring Sturgis from MC Frontalot) (6PM)

    The World is Square (5PM)

    18+ $10 Advance / $12 Day of Show 

    *NOTE: 4:30 pm Doors

    http://www.ticketweb.com/t3/sale/SaleEventDetail?dispatch=loadSelectionData&eventId=3887134

    TT THE BEARS PLACE

    10 Brookline St

    Cambridge, Massachusetts 02139-4152

    (617) 492-0082

    http://www.ttthebears.com/

    https://www.facebook.com/TTtheBears

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    BRIGHT PRIMATE

    Game Boy Symphony Orchestra Electro-beat Karaoke Death Metal For Your Mom

    Night Animals is an album that was 3 years in the making. It is what we set out to do as BRIGHT PRIMATE, and we couldn’t be happier to be finally sharing it with you, our friends and fans and internet associates. Its been an effort of love and we believe that it represents another small step forward in the evolution of chip music from a basement hobbyists pursuit to what we all know it can become. 

    There are so many people that have helped us shape this album, so many people who have inspired us or listened to rough mixes late at night or assisted us with their expertise in one way or another, and we would like to acknowledge some invaluable specifics: Carl AKA Radlib AKA Oxygenstar et al. for general solidness of character and always moving forward; Misfit Chris for many 5am chat sessions and lending me his ears on more than one occasion; Smiletron David for being a constant mellow optimist in the wee hours of the night; Disasterpeace Rich for setting the bar pretty high; Dan of the J. Arthur Keenes Band for showing us all just how great a vocal chiptune album can be. Boston8Bit, Toy Company, Bitmasters, 8Static, I/O, Chipwin, REboot, PAX and Magfest peeps; you know who you are. Nerd Rock Radio and Seaking’s Seaglass too. Probably most of all though, thanks to you for listening to this record, whoever you are, because music is just two animals communicating in the night.

    https://www.facebook.com/br1ghtpr1mate

    YOUTUBE: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=alFhPUvhDlE

    https://twitter.com/BRIGHTPRIMATE

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    Control Group

    Control Group is a new band comprised of three singer-musicians with

    some impressive Indie cred: between them they have recorded three

    BBC Peel Sessions, won Best Original Score at the Spike Video Game

    Awards, sold 200,000 albums (Bastion), got NME’s Single Of The Week, won a

    Rock Band® National Championship, had a Swirlies’ song named

    after them, and toured with bands like Girls Against Boys, The Jon

    Spencer Blues Explosion, and The Damned.  

    Having left their previous projects behind with the other detritus in rock music’s roiling wake,

    Control Group found each other in the creative petri dish of Brooklyn.

    There they set about discovering their new style, expressing the spirit of

    their surroundings.

    https://www.facebook.com/CtrlGroupMusic

    Control Group is a new rock combo made up of three lead singers: Darren Korb, Jeremy Parker, and Evan Reynolds. The band’s sound is a combination of nostalgic guitar punk, DIY indie rock, and 90s pop. Imagine early Dinosaur Jr crossed with Foo Fighters with a bit of The Smiths thrown in.

    https://twitter.com/ctrlgroupmusic

    http://www.controlgroupmusic.com/

    https://soundcloud.com/Control-Group

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    THE DEMOGRAPHIC - Guitar, drums, etc.

    “…a noisy conglomeration of garage-rock and Neil Young-esque guitar work mixed with proto-grunge and alt-country.”—The Noise

    “…ultra-fuzzed guitars playing great riffs and punky sonic hooks.”—Valley Advocate

    “Listen Close has lowbrow cinemascope grandeur, with precision and economy.”—Jersey Beat

    “Ornery and catchy.”—Hampshire Life

    “[Verse Chorus Curse] showcases a love for both noise and melody.” —Noise Boston

    “Rock served raw… Every song is solid.” —The Deli

    “…straight-ahead Husker Du-esque rockers.” —Valley Advocate

    “They can raise speedy hell.” —Daily Hampshire Gazette

    The Demographic is a somewhat loud guitar/drum duo from Northampton, Massachusetts featuring Tom Pappalardo (guitar+vocal) and Sturgis Cunningham (drums+back vocal). We write short, concise rock songs with most of the bullshit cut out. We’ve been together since 2009.

    RIYL: Kurt Vonnegut, The IT Crowd,Massachusetts, 1992.

    http://www.the-dem.com/

    https://www.facebook.com/demographic

    http://thedemographic.bandcamp.com/album/listen-close

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    The World Is Square

    SquareSoft/Enix VGM Folk Band from Boston, Massachusetts. 

    Description

    The World is Square is a 5 Piece Video Game Tribute Band from Boston, MA; focusing on the Classic Years of SquareSoft/Enix Games. They perform songs from titles like Final Fantasy VII, and Chrono Trigger, using a variety of traditional, unconventional and modern instruments.

    RIYL:

    The Protomen, Those Who Fight, The X-Hunters, Descendants of Erdrick, Br1ght Pr1mate, Armcannon, Powerglove, Metriod Metal, VGO, The OneUps, Vanish Doom, Lords of Thunder, Diamond Machine, & so many more.

    https://www.facebook.com/theworldissquareband

    http://theworldissquare.bandcamp.com/

    https://twitter.com/#!/twisband

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    HOLIDAY GIFT TIME!

    BOYS AND GIRLS - Stacey B. Rizoli will be selling her handcrafted flowers and jewelry at the show. We’ll take Square. Will post pictures soon!

     

    *Flower Barrettes/Hair Accessories* *pins* *paintings* *original art* *handpainted birdhouses* *handpainted boxes*

    Monsters are good. will also be there selling monster related items to fulfill all your holiday needs! And don’t miss your chance to get your photo with Frankenclaus! 

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    https://www.facebook.com/events/349301125215186/

    https://www.facebook.com/monstersaregood

    http://www.rockonconcerts.com/

    http://www.rockonconcerts.com/event/412743-chippunk-christmas-br1ght-cambridge/

     

    PRESS: CLAYNFERNO [ at ] CLAYNFERNO.COM

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    Tuesday
    Dec102013

    DigBoston and LeaguePodcast Comic Book Picks of the Week for December 11, 2013




    COMICS


    Harada’s team has 8-bit simulated taking down X-O Manowar in the digital prelude, but issue #1 got Ninjak locked up on Aric’s ship! The crossover event continues as The Eternal Warrior, Livewire and Harada go to rescue him in Valiant’s Unity #2! … Fred Van Lente’s time on G.I. Joe is almost over, but he gets to tell the cajun spiced gumbo origin of Roadblock in G.I. Joe #11. … Keith Giffen and J.M. DeMDatteis take the Justice League into the future in Justice League 3000 #1! Super cool future Trinity art by Howard Porter. … Picks from LeaguePodcast.com!



     
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