It’s The End Of The Universe As We Know It, And I Feel Like Shit : Johnny Ryan’s “Prison Pit” Book Six (Advance Review)

Ryan C.'s Four Color Apocalypse

It’s all been leading up to this : four years in the making, the sixth and final installment of Johnny Ryan’s formerly-annual (or thereabouts) paean to thoughtless juvenalia, Prison Pit, is upon us courtesy of Fantagraphics Books, and while it’s frankly impossible to conceive of anyone feeling in any way “attached” to protagonist Cannibal Fuckface, much less to the batshit crazy universe he calls home, it’s equally been impossible to conceive of any of the gleefully depraved hyper-violence, horrifyingly sick sex, and/or both that have appeared on pretty much every page of this series since his inception — impossible for anyone but Ryan, mind you.

Which is, of course, precisely how it should be. Ryan boxed himself into a corner with this project from the outset, it seems to me — he literally had no choice but to consistently “one-up” himself, otherwise what the fuck was the point? —…

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Pulp Fiction #2: The Man of Steel Turns 80!

cracked rear viewer

On April 18, 1938, National Publications presented Action Comics #1, showcasing typical comic book fare of the era like master magician Zatara, sports hero Pep Morgan, and adventurer Tex Thompson. And then there was the red-and-blue suited guy on the cover…

Yes, it’s Superman, strange visitor from another planet with powers and abilities far beyond those of mortal men… who can change the course of mighty rivers… bend steel in his bare hands… and so on and so forth! Eighty years ago tomorrow, Superman made his debut and changed the course of mighty comic book publishers forever. An immediate hit with youthful readers, Superman headlined his own comic a year later, spawned a slew of superhero imitators, became a super-merchandising machine, and conquered all media like no other before him!

Wayne Boring’s Superman

And to think he came from humble beginnings. No, not the planet Krypton, but from the fertile…

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Music Video of the Day: Battle Without Honor or Humanity by Tomoyasu Hotei (2004, dir by ????)

I’m still feeling a little under the weather so I decided to pick a music video for today that pretty much speaks for itself.  As you can probably guess from just watching, this video for Tomoyasu Hotei’s Battle Without Honor or Humanity was released to coincide with the release of the Kill Bill soundtrack.

Though most listeners immediately associate this song with Kill Bill, it was actually originally written for and used in another film, 2000’s New Battles Without Honor or Humanity.  As any quick perusal of YouTube will show you, this is not only one of Hotei’s most popular songs but also one that exists in several different version.  The video above last for 3 and a half minutes.  The version of the song on the Kill Bill soundtrack is a minute shorter.  I’ve come across versions on YouTube that last anywhere from 6 to 15 minutes.  Regardless which version you use, Battle Without Honor or Humanity is a good stripper song.  Just saying.

This is also a song that’s fun to listen to while you’re driving, unless of course you live in a city with really bad traffic and are prone to road rage.  If that’s the case, you might want to listen to something a little bit more calming.

Anyway, regardless of how good or bad your morning commute may be, enjoy!