The Bronx @ The Peel, Kingston, 08/08/11
The Bronx are one of my favourite bands. I've seen them a stack of times in Australia. I've seen Mariachi El Bronx a couple of times in London, but The Bronx never seem to play over here.
For this show they played a really small venue in Kingston, a suburb just south of London. Last time I saw them play a show this small was at the Green Room in Canberra, which was incredible.
We rocked up early and noticed a few riot police vans speeding past. I guess the riots were starting to break out in Croydon.
The first band up was The Computers. The Computers are a punk band from Exeter and seem to be getting quite big.
It's fucking Robocop! What more do I really need to write? Alex J. Murphy, the brutally murdered policeman reborn as a superhuman cyborg crime fighting machine codenamed Robocop made his feature film debut in the year 1987 and since then has been featuring in numerous comic book publications since the early ‘90s.
Robocop's first appearance was in Marvel Comics in early May, 1990, in a comic based around the first film obviously titled Robocop and was written by Alan Grant with art from Lee Sullivan.
I spent the last few days in the Czech Republic and attended this festival. Fluff Fest is a 3 day hardcore festival in the small town of Rokycany. I hadn't heard of a lot of the bands on the line up and disliked quite a few that I did know. I basically just attended as it would be my last chance to hang out with some my friends for the next couple of years. The fact that it was damn cheap (AU$40 for a 3 day ticket & camping) also made it a bit more appealing.
A few of us arrived in Prague on the morning of the 21st, we spent the day wandering around and doing general tourist stuff. I was in Prague a couple of years ago and had a great time, it was good to be there again. The next day we met up with another friend who had just come in from Romania.
This is a book designed for the obsessive nooks and crannies of the Asperger’s riddled brain.
Volume Two of the highly successful comic series Screamland is well underway and as always, is an absolute treat to read. It continues its biting, satirical look at Hollywood, the film industry and fan geekdom. It poses the question what happens to the old b-movie creatures, well past their prime and unemployed, when their time in the spotlight has passed? In the age of CGI and 3D where will the real monsters go? Will they just fade into obscurity like so many other film icons?
Death of a Scenester is a zournal that collects together various writers contributing to a shared topic. For issue 2 it's Boys. It's quite a meaty zine, nearly 80s pages long, and it took me a while to read this as I only felt comfortable reading it at home. I mean... it's called 'Boys' and it has a picture of a boy's face on it. In this modern pedophile-conscious society I just didn't really want co-workers or strangers to see me reading it as it could cause potential confusion. Even just with reading it at home I got some strange looks from my partner.
There are a variety of stories within these covers. Some have a pretty loose approach to the theme of 'boys' but weren't any the worse for it. Some, I have to confess, didn't seem to me to be about boys in the slightest. I could've done without the poetry, but hey - that's just me. I didn't really get the Lady Primrose Girly Girl thing, especially as it seemed to be part 6 of an ongoing series. Also, Freak by Anne Witherall looks like a series of random extracts from a larger novel, so I have to admit that I only skimread it. Joke or not, I'm just not interested in reading the middle parts of a novel.
Anyway, those are only minor niggles, the bulk of the contributions are excellent. My favourites were Miles the Monkey, Hoop, the opening memoir about the Pet Shop Boys, the pieces by Eddy Burger and Matt Ford and The Last Gasps of Boyhood. I think the idea of a zournal works best when the articles/stories are either relatively short or broken up into easily read sections. I tended to lose interest whenever a longer piece came along, and I guess there's always that risk when it comes to putting in a long piece. If you read a short piece and you don't like it you tend to still read all of it because it's short. If it's a long piece and the reader doesn't like it then the reader doesn't really give it the same chance because they stop reading before they get to the end. Just an observation.
My favourite stories were the ones where people wrote openly about their childhoods. I think there's a lot potential for further zines along those lines. This zournal is definitely worth checking out, the scope of variety in it ensures that everyone will find in it something that tickles their fancy.
Super Dinosaur is the creation of The Walking Dead supremo Robert Kirkman and his sometime co-creator and artist (most notably in The Astounding Wolfman) Jason Howard and is Kirkman’s first foray into the world of all-ages comics.
The world of self-publishing is for the misunderstood genius. Forever rejected by the major publishers for pushing the envelope too far and spurned by the public who would much rather stick to their safe little cocoons and read the same story written by a different author time and time again.
This article is a look at just a few of the wonderful self-published works which are out there which are so tragically overlooked by the mainstream. Happy reading.
Plot summary: The realm of Gardoool is the setting for this complex tale.
Fear Itself, described by the creators at Marvel and also parts of the media as the most important comics crossover event of 2011, is a 7 part miniseries which encompasses a large majority of the main titles and storylines of the company. Written by Matt Fraction (The Invincible Iron Man) and illustrated by Stuart Immomen (Ultimate X-Men), it is probably the largest, most ambitious company-wide crossover by any comics company except of course for DC's main competitor, Flashpoint, which is running concurrently.
Alexandra palace is a massive venue up in North London. Pink Floyd & Hendrix played here in the 60s. I had never been up here before and was surprised by the view. The venue is on the top of a massive hill that overlooks all of London. Its a pretty cool spot.
I've seen a few bands play albums in their entirety, Sonic Youth, Isis and a couple of others. I always enjoy seeing a band play like this. All Tomorrow's Parties always put on quality gigs and tonight was no different. A few years ago Flaming Lips were one of my favourite bands and I constantly listened to Soft Bulletin. And Dinosaur Jr are one of my favourite bands, so I was super excited to hear them play 'Bug'.