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August 26, 2011
Cool Comics returns to The PopCulteer this week as we look at the latest really nifty historical collection assembled by Craig Yoe, “Archie’s Madhouse.” This book is a real nostalgic treat for me because, as a very young kid, this comic book, one of many sort-of-imitators of “Mad Magazine” was one of the comics that would entertain and confound me to no end.
See, back in those days it was hard to keep up with comic books. There were no comic book stores, we had to seek out our books at newsstands, drug stores, grocery stores, any place that might carry a magazine usually had a comic book rack, but you couldn’t find all the comic books from the various publishers in a single place. Finding consecutive issues of a comic was nearly impossible, especially if you were under six years old.
Did You Feel That Fracking Earthquake?
Yep, the Earth moved this week, and not in a fun sort of way. Here’s a link to some info that might be enlightening to those proponents of Marcellus Shale extraction, if you could ever get them to read it. By the way, this week, the United States Geological Survey slashed their estimates of the amount of recoverable natural gas in the Marcellus Shale by 80%.
In case you’re one of those folks who doesn’t believe that humans can affect the weather or the environment, check out this debunking of your debunkery.
Dreaming Of Lost Nightmares
Artist extraordinaire, Jill Thompson (Scary Godmother, Beasts of Burden), has posted four sample pages she did years ago for a proposed graphic novel version of the Tim Burton/Danny Elfman/Henry Selick classic, “The Nightmare Before Christmas.”
While the pages are beautiful, it’s a bit of a pisser because the project never went any further than these samples. Imagine how cool this would have been. Visit Jill’s Tumblr page for a better look at the sample pages and other cool stuff.
Don’t forget to check out this week’s episode of Radio Free Charleston, focusing on Frenchy and the Punk. It’s a rather nifty edition of the show, which includes cool short films by K.D. Lett and Frank Panucci, and it landed us in print in this week’s Gazz with color graphics for the first time since episode 76!
Weekend Goings On
There’s lots of cool stuff happening in Charleston this weekend, so here’s the quick rundown.
Friday night you can catch RFC fave, Casi Null, at The Daily Cup with Katrina Brown and Marium Bria. It’s from 6 to 9 PM at The Daily Cup is in South Charleston, across from the Mound. There is no cover charge. Call 304-205-5897 for more details.
Live On The Levee features Morgantown’s The New Relics and RFC guests Andy Park and The Kountry Kats. It starts at 6:50, and is also a wonderful freebie.
Another case of incredible live music for free is at Taylor Books, where InFormation, who can also be seen on RFC 142, lodged up there earlier in this blog, will be playing their hyper-intelligent progressive alternative creations. It kicks off at 7:30 PM.
If you’re up for a roadtrip Friday night, you can head down to The Discount Cinema in Huntington as Downhome Decadence presents “Repo: The Genetic Opera” at midnight. 24 hour later, the Downhome Decadence crew fires up “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” in the same location.
Saturday night the big show is at The Blue Parrot, where five bucks will get you in the door to hear RFC guests Beaver Knievel with The Transmissions and the long-awaited return of Eighty Three Eighty. The show kicks off at 10 PM and is 21+.
Next week in PopCult we’re going to pretty much do the usual, but if you’ve read this far, chances are you won’t want to miss it. We are hard at work on the next two episodes of Radio Free Charleston. The next show should hit a week from Monday.