Reboot. It is probably the most common concept utilized in the comics industry (and film industry for that matter) today. Ghost Rider 0.1 is another 'point-one' title from the 'house of ideas', Marvel Comics and it is yet another attempt to relaunch a previously popular character with a stand-alone issue or ‘the perfect jumping on point’ as is so frequently rattled off by the head honchos.
This is a pleasant little A6-sized zine that I'm guessing is focused on all things Newcastle. I haven't seen previous issues of this zine so I can't really comment on that, but this issue is the second part of a series about letterboxes, and is subtitled "100 Letterboxes of Newcastle Part Two". I imagine there will be two more parts to follow, as this issue concerns itself with street numbers 26-50.
It's basically drawings of letterboxes from around Newcastle, arranged in a numerical order based on their numbers. But don't let that put you off, it's a LOVE AFFAIR with letterboxes. These are great, detailed line drawings that capture the souls of letterboxes from Australia's great suburbs. I can appreciate the level of care that has obviously gone into this project, it's a cool gimmick and there's a wide variety of different kinds of letterboxes, and I liked the style of illustration.
It also features a cool little (true) story about a guy assaulting a postie for delivering junk mail, some facts about letterboxes and tips for recieving the mail. Be warned though, it retails for $5, which is pretty darn steep for a zine of this size. Maybe you could team up with a friend and buy a copy to share between you?
Go here to see the drawings and buy the zines - Newcastle Productions
A Li’l Lost 1992-1994 is an LP that collects all recorded works from The Gr’ups, a rockabilly/punk rock band that existed from 1992-94 in Berkley, California. They played energetic, theatrical, humorous punk rock that is super catchy. A reoccurring theme with the band is the reworking of fairy tales, which they put a politicized/social spin on. Reading up on the band, it was originally intended that all their songs would revolve around fairy tales and children's stories, but that didn’t last and they just started writing killer punk rock tunes.
Members at one time or another included Jesse Lucious (from Blatz and The Criminals), Anna Joy (from Blatz and Cypher In The Snow), Kamala (from Cringer and Kamala & the Karnivores), Matt Freeman (from Operation Ivy and Rancid), Dan-yella Dyslexia (from Cypher In The Snow, THE THORNS OF LIFE, and HBO’s The L Word), as well as some other folks.
This exists in a press of 200 green vinyl test pressings. It comes with a download code that lets you download not only the tracks on the LP, but also a live recording of a Gilman St Gr’ups show.
LP on Recess.
Billy Liar is essentially Catcher In The Rye with Holden Caulfield's alcoholism and irrational flightiness replaced by afflictions of pathological lying and neurotic rehearsed comedy routines.
It's all about little Billy Fisher who we see throughout a single day throughout which his dishonest ways become humiliating apparent.
Another week, another look at the undead in comics. '68 was originally a one shot and proved so successful it was immediately expanded into a four part miniseries.
One of Australia's highest grossing home-made films (in terms of domestic box office), Tomorrow When the War Began exploits a popular and much-loved teen novel to create the kind of 'big' action storytelling that can compete with American product. Notable as the first conscious attempt at an Australian-made film franchise, Tomorrow When the War Began walks a tightrope in realising the novel's aims whilst appealing to the widest possible demographic.
David Lantano is the best thing about The Penultimate Truth by Phillip K. Dick.
Robert Kirkman, Charlie Adlard and Cliff Rathburn's masterpiece, Image Comics 'The Walking Dead' debuted in late 2003. The monthly, black and white saga chronicles the lives of a fluctuating group of people, trying their best to survive in a world completely infested with zombies. It has since become one of the most enjoyed and highest selling comic series in publication and has secured Robert Kirkman's presence as one of the most well regarded and elite comic book writers in the business.
This is the second book in the Flashman series written by George MacDonald Fraser, and possibly my least favourite (so far) but also one which allows me to write a review which seemingly makes light of sexual violence towards women (of course this review shouldn't be interpreted that way, it's just that it's harder to find books humourously dealing with sexual violence against men to balance the ledger).
Here are all the important statistics in bullet point format for ease of reading:
* Number of times Flashman rapes a woman: 3
* Number of times Flashman unsuccessfully attempts to rape a woman: 6
* Number of times Flashman assaults a woman: 5
* Number of times Flashman assaults a man: 1
Jennifer Blood is the latest series from the prolific Scottish comics mastermind Garth Ennis. It was originally conceived by the creator as an escape from the bleak and depressing tales in his other books (The Boys, Crossed, Chronicles of Wormwood, 303, Battlefields et al.) and it is quite a humorous and satirical but still extremely ultra-violent look at gender dynamics and vigilante justice. Jennifer Blood is your atypical, suburban 'All American' wife and mum by day, and a ruthless, crime fighting vigilante goddess by night.