Weekly Reading Round-Up : 08/19/2018 – 08/25/2018, Sean Knickerbocker And M.S. Harkness

Ryan C.'s Four Color Apocalypse

Still coming down from the small-press extravaganza that was Autoptic 2018, I am nevertheless ready to buckle in and spend the next X-number of Weekly Reading Round-Up columns surveying many of the fine wares I scored from various cartoonists at the festival. First up, we’re keeping things local (as we damn well should) by looking at some comics from Minneapolis’ own Sean Knickerbocker and M.S. Harkness —

Rust Belt #3 is another fine entry in Knickerbokcer’s occasionally-produced solo series, and while it’s been pointed out by many minds greater than I that Mr. K’s cartooning style bears more than a passing resemblance to that of fellow CCS alum Charles Forsberg, for my money, at any rate, his approach to illustration is slightly more considered and pared-down simultaneously, which is highly apropos from a thematic perspective in that his concerns tend to gravitate toward and around a more mature and less…

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The Prey’s The Thing: THE PROWLER (Sandhurst Films 1981)

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While flipping through the channels late one Saturday night, I came across a title called THE PROWLER. It was not a remake of the 1951 film noirdirected by Ida Lupino and starring Van Heflin and Evelyn Keyes, but a slasher shocker with a couple of noir icons in the cast, namely Lawrence Tierney and Farley Granger. Intrigued by this, I decided what the hell, let’s give it a watch! And though Tierney and Granger are in it, their screen time is limited, and I discovered the real star of this film is makeup/special effects wizard Tom Savini.

The plot is your basic “psycho-killer on the loose terrorizing coeds” retread, but the backstory was enough to hook me. We begin with newsreel footage of the troops returning home from WWII in 1945, and a graduation dance at a California college. Pretty young Rosemary Chapman, who wrote her soldier boy…

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Music Video of the Day: You Don’t Get Me High Anymore by Phantogram (2016, dir by Grant Singer)

This video from Phantogram (who are like one of my favorite musical duos of all time) puts me in the mood for apocalypse.  The starkness of the interiors reminds me of David Lynch.  The crashing waves reminds me of Jeff Nichols’s Take Shelter.  And then, of course, you’ve got the whole Ex Machina thing going on as well.

This video was directed by Grant Singer, who has directed videos for pretty much everyone.  Well, maybe not everyone by he has worked with Taylor Swift, which is just as good.  He’s also done videos for Lorde, The Weeknd, Ariel Pink, Sleigh Bells, and Skrillex.

(Also, to all of our readers and to my fellow collaborators here at the Shattered Lens, rest assured that all of you still get me high.)