Is this the biggest TWIP ever? I think it is!
Looper: Time travel with a bit of....MURDER?!?!
Barnes & Noble today announced a partnership with DC Entertainment to bring its bestselling line-up of graphic novels to the award-winning NOOK Tablet.
Security will be ramped up at Comic Con International in San Diego this year, targeting both illicit cosplay weaponry and counterfeit badges.
Top Shelf has all kinds of stuff coming out today, including the long-awaited conclusion of Alan Moore and Kevin O'Neill's League of Extraordinary Gentlemen!
More thrills from the Batman scribe!
Iron Man's a bleeder, apparently.
Hear all about the campaign to bring back Stephanie Brown here.
The mystery of Alpha revealed! Spider-Man to get spunky teen sidekick for his 50th Anniversary.
It looks like the upcoming Warner Bros. movie, "LEGO: The Piece of Resistance" is building up to include two famous comic characters: Batman and Superman!
The Indiana Jones movies are getting a deluxe frame-by-frame restoration for Blu-Ray release!
Jim Lee has been nominated for Spike TV's All Access Game Changer Award for his work on the DCnU, showing disgruntled readers exactly where to place the blame.
A special panel at San Diego's Comic Con International will celebrate nine years since Firefly was canceled, and the lives of the show's fans lost all meaning.
Red Vs. Blue Reviews (formerly One Book, Two Book, Red Book, Blue Book) is a weekly showdown between a Marvel title and a DC title. Your host, Veggieleezy, weighs the pros and cons of each book and crowns a "winner" of the week. Does your favorite take top honors?
This week on Red vs. Blue, our featured characters are red and blue! ...kinda. It's Daredevil #14 vs. Before Watchmen: The Comedian #1!
Stride-Rite could barely be bothered to produce this new line of shoes tying into the Amazing Spider-Man movie.
Meet the Nu52 Scarecrow
Does Captain America have no shame?
Fan-favorite writer Fred Van Lente talks to The Outhouse about his upcoming revival of Valiant's Archer & Armstrong!
The number of comic book reality shows is set to double!
Let's talk about supervillain associations and how to prevent them from falling apart.
Marvel Entertainment will be pairing up with the Susan G. Komen for the Cure in October and showing a pink front. For that month covers for many popular books will have pink-themed variants. Also, all Marvel super hero titles that month will have a special one-page advertorial educating readers about breast cancer.
Published by Faber & Faber in 2008, It Still Moves is one part road trip dairy, one part cultural study, and one part musicological thesis. The author Amanda Petrusich a contributing writer for Pitchfork.com and tons of other music publications. She has also written one other book: Pink Moon (about the classic Nick Drake album of the same name) as a part of the 33 1/3 series by Continuum Books. I found her writing to be well thought out, organized, and meticulously researched. She uses a well planned road trip to a string of important musical destinations as a vehicle to parcel the more historical/factual info in as a story. The travel portion of the book does come off as a little forced at times, as she very obviously tried to make the best of a few of the less than inspirational experiences at a few of the featured locations. Overall the book does a wonderful job at delivering a full/wide view of American Music, hitting all the cornerstones of what “Americana” is thought of, including The Blues, Country, Folk, and the more recent interpretations and combinations of the those styles. The book is composed of 17 parts including an introduction and epilogue. Here is a rough guide to what they cover: Intro – Just that, acts to identify what the book is going to try to accomplish which is mainly to discover just what “Americana” is. Chapter 1 – Examination of the American Highway, and how that relates to American music. Chapter 2 – Focuses on the history of the Blues kicked off with a visit to Beale Street in Memphis Tennessee. Chapter 3 – Sam Phillips, Sun Records, and the birth of Rock N Roll also in Memphis. Chapter 4 – Elvis Presley and his impact on popular music with a visit to Graceland. Chapter 5 – Further examination of the Blues through travels to Clarksdale Mississippi. Chapter 6 – Country music by way of Nashville Tennessee. Chapter 7 – Alternative Country Chapter 8 – Continued travels through Virginia and Kentucky. Chapter 9 – Minstrel shows and early radio. Chapter 10 – Appalachian folk music, The Carter Family, and early Country music. Chapter 11 – Americana by way of Cracker Barrel. Chapter 12 – John Lomax, Leadbelly, Moses Asch, and Folkways Records. Chapter 13 – Harry Smith’s Anthology of American Folk Music and Smithsonian Folkways. Chapter 14 – Woody Guthrie, Ramblin’ Jack Elliot, and the Folk revival of the 1960s. Chapter 15 – Independent Folk. Epilogue – Continued ruminations on the definition of Americana. The driving question here is “What is Americana?”, which I think is an important one to ask. Although I’m not sure the book fully answers it, then again I’m not sure any book can or should try. Americana, at least when it relates to music, is just one of those terms that is too complicated to define. Whenever you are trying to precisely define a label that is used as a shortcut to describe an art form you inevitably will get your self into trouble. It is a journal full of pitfalls, contradictions, and personal opinion. Although I personally often fall back on the genre/sub-genre/style labels in my writing, I try not to be restrictive with my labels when setting something in stone. Take Neil Young for instance, can you really say he is strictly a “country-rock” artist? If you do, you are completely omitting all of his work that does not exactly fit into that label. I prefer to keep it simple and classify things in general terms like Pop/Rock. Just for fun here is a link to the Webster Dictionary definition of Americana. I would also like to offer a playlist of music that is directly mentioned in the book or inspired by the books subject. Originally Pubished at:
IDW's Mars Attacks has been successfull, validating the publishing strategy of printing 56 variant covers for a comic book.
Marvel plugs a hole for titles starring Wolverine with X-Treme X-Men, bursting out of the pages of Astonishing X-Men.
Welcome to The House Of Mystery !
An analysis of Comixology's 2011 and 2012 sales.
Some new details have emerged about the upcoming Kick-Ass movie sequel.
Take a look at this five page lettered preview of Archer & Armstrong from Valiant Comics!
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