Month: August 2014

10 Random Thoughts About THE MULTIVERSITY #1 + GRANT MORRISON

This isn’t a standard review, in fact, I don’t think my mind is wired for those anymore anyways. This is just a document of the random thoughts I notated as I read the book. 1. First of all, I’m hit n’ miss with Morrison. I’m also not exactly a DCU kind of superhero lover, so before giving this a try I was thinking, “It’s DC, I won’t care what’s going on, I won’t know any of the characters” and blah, blah, blah. But I pushed all of that away and got pleasantly surprised. 2. It’s science-fiction superhero comics near or at its finest. 3. Classic Morrison meta-fictional aspects abound here, as usual. But it’s maybe best summed up when Capt. Carrot says: “I always suspected that one world’s reality is another’s fiction”. That is a brilliant concept to let the mind run wild with. That entire scene, hell, just the page was so mind-tingling fun. “These comic books are showing us what’s REALLY happening on all our different earths. MESSEGES IN BOTTLES from NEIGHBORING UNIVERSES. …

ADVICE: Be a Peformer and Write Like a Boss

Full disclosure: Yes, I am the furthest thing from a writing “expert”, however that won’t stop me from sharing my own personal insight on the matter. I’ve said it elsewhere in writing workshops and online studios, and I’ve said it here: (most) writing is performance art. Why? Because it is done with the notion that someone — hopefully many someones — other than the author will read it. So my sound advice is for any writer expecting an audience is that you should WRITE AS IF YOU ARE A PERFORMER of the highest calling and with the highest reputation. Why? Because you’ll write to your best ability. That means your spelling should be precise, your grammar nearly impeccable, your diction on-point and your syntax sensational. Even if you’re just blogging (which is essentially what I’m doing here as I write this), write as if MILLIONS will be reading your words (hell, pretend you’re Stephen King if that gets you in the right big scope frame of mind). What do you have to lose? Nothing significant. …

UPDATE: Nostalgia is a Mother. . .

So this past week was one filled with nostalgia and painful reminders. Nostalgic in the sense that I spent a great deal of time digging through both my musical archive and my fiction archive. I suppose composing and performing music as well as fiction writing are probably the two creative things I do best, but not nearly as much as I should. That’s part of the painful reminder part. The reminder, or rather the acknowledgment, that I’m a bit of a slacker if you look at my output versus my supposed talent and abilities. At any rate, let me break it down this way. Nostalgia: Finally started stocking my YouTube Channel with videos of me playing guitar or bass, as well as started creating new “videos” (i.e. a static placeholder to go along with the audio) of various pieces of music I’ve composed, performed, produced and recorded dating back as far as 2008 when I first put together a home studio (something I should have done back in the 90s or at least the early …

LINKAGE: Brandon Rucker’s YouTube Channel

Known affectionately by its creator as “RuckerTube”, the Brandon Rucker YouTube Channel is now live for primetime, anytime viewing/listening. You may as well subscribe because your favorite washed-up musician is going to be adding a ton of stuff for your audio-visual consumption during the coming days and weeks. Enjoy! LINKAGE: http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCvAzvAxmWFC-XNqTxCxjMBw/videos?view_as=public

LINKAGE: Ian MacKaye interview – “If You Want To Rebel Against Society, Don’t Dull The Blade”

A must hear/read audio and text interview with D-i-Y punk legend Ian MacKaye (The Evens, Fugazi, Embrace, Minor Threat, Teen Idles) of Washington D.C.’s Dischord Records, who is undeniably one of my musical heroes. Special thanks to P Sycho Sunshine Matthias for the heads-up linkage. http://bandwidth.wamu.org/ian-mackaye-if-you-want-to-rebel-against-society-dont-dull-the-blade/  

Comic Book Fetish Favorites – July 2014

Overall July was a better month than June in terms of what came out and the average quality (although no Sex Criminals is…criminal). For this list I’m going to expand to include the 15 books I read in July. A few notes: there were four all-new number ones in my reading pile this month: Black Market, Death Vigil, Low, Storm and Grayson, the latter of which reminded me that I don’t need a faux spy title while the excellent spy series Velvet is around. So, without further ado … 1. Velvet #6 (Image) 5.0 – some of the finest character + story work this century, Brubaker & Epting at their best. 2. Cyclops #3 (Marvel) 5.0 – can’t stress enough the high quality of this series under Rucka’s pen and Dauterman’s pencil. 3. Southern Bastards #3 (Image) 4.5 – Southern-fried justice served up with a big stick (literally)…can’t help but root for ol’ Earl Tubb. 4. Lazarus #9 (Image) 4.0 – satisfying end to this extended world-building second arc. 5. Saga #21 (Image) 4.0 – has rolled three 4 stars in a row, not normal, will it …