Everyday Mysticism : David Tea’s “Five Perennial Virutes” #2

Ryan C.'s Four Color Apocalypse

Several years ago, Minneapolis-based cartoonist David Tea worked at the comic shop nearest my home, where I am something of a “regular,” and to the best of my knowledge that was the only place that he sold his beyond-lo-fi comics, neatly stacked at the counter, each of them looking like they were run off a printer at Kinko’s, then cut and stapled by hand — which I’m fairly sure is exactly how they were made. Then, one day, he wasn’t working there anymore, and how one was supposed to obtain these utterly baffling little ‘zines became as mysterious a proposition as their contents, given that the only “distribution network” Tea seemed to employ was hustling them in person.

Imagine my surprise, then, when I saw that an apparently-randomly-selected work from Tea’s oeuvre, the 2005-produced Five Perennial Virtues #2, had been reprinted in the here and now of 2018, and…

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4 Shots From 4 Films: Happy Birthday, Spider-Man!

It was 56 years ago today that The Amazing Spider-Man made his first appearance in the 15th issue of Amazing Fantasy.  After being bitten by a radioactive spider, Peter Parker developed super power but it was not until his uncle was murdered that Parker learned what it meant to be a hero.

With great power comes great responsibility and, as these four shots from four films demonstrate, movie stardom!  Over the years, Nicholas Hammond, Tobey Maguire, Andrew Garfield, and Tom Holland have all played America’s favorite web-spinning super hero.

In honor of Spider-Man’s birthday, here they are

4 Shots From 4 Films

The Amazing Spider-Man: The Chinese Web (1979, directed by Don McDougall)

Spider-Man (2002, directed by Sam Raimi)

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014, directed by Marc Webb)

Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017, directed by Jon Watts)


Music Video of the Day: I Wanna Be A Lifeguard by Blotto (1981, directed by ????)

37 years ago today, MTV first started to broadcast.  Over the course of the day, the station aired 116 music videos.

Everyone knows that the first video to ever be shown on MTV was Video Killed The Radio Star by The Buggles.  But did you know that the 36th video aired was Blotto’s I Wanna Be A Lifeguard?.

Who were Blotto?  A new wave band from Albany, New York, they had a strong cult following among college students in the late 70s and early 80s.  Much like the Ramones, all the band members used pseudonyms and took Blotto as their last name.  Among the members were: Bowtie Blotto, Broadway Blotto, Cheese Blotto, Lee Harvey Blotto, Sergeant Blotto, Blanche Blotto, and Chevrolet Blotto.

I Wanna Be A Lifeguard was probably their best known song, as it was adopted as an anthem by the Jones Beach lifeguards.  Before they made their MTV debut, Blotto and I Wanna Be A Lifeguard were championed by Dr. Demento and, like all good, quirky New York bands, they appeared on both The Joe Franklin Show and the Uncle Floyd Show.  Today, it’s clear to see that Blotto were ahead of their time.  The band’s mix of humor and music are tailor-made for the age of YouTube and social media.

As for the video, it was filmed by video production students at SUNY Albany and it feels like a cross between two quintessentially 90s shows.  Starting in a shoe store and ending on the beach, I Wanna Be A Lifeguard is Married With Children meets Baywatch.  Since the video came out ten years before either one of those shows premiered, I Wanna Be A Lifeguard was as ahead of its time as the band that performed it.