Taking A Long, Deep Slurp Of Liz Suburbia’s “Egg Cream” (Advance Review)

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Like the punk subculture she emerged from, you can’t keep Liz Suburbia down. It’s been awhile, sure, but you knew she’d be back — and you also probably suspected that the story she chronicled in the pages of Sacred Heart was far from over, as well.

Happily, both things are true, and in a manner of weeks, Suburbia will be marking her return to the “alternative” comics “A” list with the release of Egg Cream #1, the first book-sized installment in what promises to be an annual “solo anthology” title published under the joint auspices of Czap Books and Silver Sprocket. I was fortunate enough to get my grubby paws on a copy prior to launch, and eagerly consumed its contents in one sitting, amazed as always by Suburbia’s deft characterization, intricate long-form plotting, and raw, involving illustration. Time hasn’t mellowed her in the least, and for that, we should…

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In Memoriam 2018: Music

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There was no bigger loss in the music world than the death of ‘Queen of Soul’ Aretha Franklin at age 76. Born in Memphis and raised in Detroit, Aretha originally sang Gospel at her father Rev. C.L. Franklin’s revivals. She signed on with Columbia Records, who tried to pigeonhole her with safe Easy Listening standards. Moving over to Atlantic Records in 1966, Aretha began recording at Muscle Shoals for producer Jerry Wexler, and belted out R&B hit after hit: the raucous “Respect”, “Baby I Love You”, “Natural Woman”, “Chain of Fools”, “Since You’ve Been Gone”, “Think”, “Spanish Harlem”, “Until You Come Back to Me”. Hitting a slump in the mid-70’s, Aretha came back strong with 80’s successes “Jump To It”, “Freeway of Love”, “Who’s Zoomin’ Who”, and duets with Eurythmics (“Sisters Are Doin’ It for Themselves”) and George Michael (‘I Knew You Were Waiting for Me”). The word “icon” gets…

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