The Enduring Cartooning Legacy Of One Gone Far Too Soon : Mark Campos’ “Casino Son”

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There are tough reviews to write — and then there are damn tough reviews to write.

This one’s the latter, obviously, but not because reading the 2018-published collection of the late, great Mark Campos’ autobio webcomic Casino Son was anything less than an absolutely splendid experience, no — it’s simply a fact that this is one of those instances where separating art from artist is so utterly impossible that one shouldn’t even pretend to keep up the pretext.

Here, then, is the last work of an utterly unpretentious, immensely- (and justly-)respected talent, whose naturalistic tone, poignant observation skills, fluid minimalist line, and eye and ear for entirely unforced humor are put to use on the very best possible subject — himself. Specifically, his younger self, coming of age in late-’60s/early-’70s Reno, Nevada, a culturally- and emotionally-dislocated kid of Mexican-American heritage at at time — and in a place — where…

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A Tasty Spaghetti Ragu: A REASON TO LIVE, A REASON TO DIE (MGM 1974)

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James Coburn, at the height of his career, moved from American movies to international productions with his trademark elegance and ease. He worked for the Maestro of Spaghetti Westerns Sergio Leone in 1972’s DUCK, YOU SUCKER , then appeared for Leone’s former Assistant Director Tonino Valerii in A REASON TO LIVE, A REASON TO DIE, a revenge tale disguised as a caper film that costars Telly Savalas and Spaghetti icon Bud Spencer. The version I viewed was the truncated American cut, missing about a half hour of footage and released stateside in 1974. If the complete version is as good as this one, I need to hunt it down and see it!

The Civil War-set drama finds Coburn as Col. Pembroke, recently escaped from a Confederate prison after surrendering Fort Holman without a fight to Rebel Major Ward (Savalas) and his forces. Fort Holman is a crucial piece of real…

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Music Video of the Day: Infected by Tiesto & Jauz (2016, dir by ?????)

This video kind of starts out with this vibe that basically says, “The world’s about to end so we might as well have the greatest party ever before we all cease to exist!”  However, it then quickly turns into something much different.  The party is so wonderful and the music so powerful that people start to spontaneously turn into Yetis.  Have you ever wondered where the Sasquatch came from?  Well, now you know.  No longer will I fear running into the Boggy Creek Monster whenever I head up to Arkansas.

Personally, I love to dance and I certainly love Tiesto but I don’t know if I’d be willing to allow myself to be transformed into a Sasquatch.  I may be alone in that, though.  Everyone in the video certainly does appear to be happy about it.

And really, isn’t that what matters?