The World We Used To Know — And The One We Have Now : Kyle Bravo’s “Forever And Everything” #s 6 & 7

Ryan C.'s Four Color Apocalypse

I’ve sung the praises of Louisiana cartoonist Kyle Bravo’s unassuming (and, crucially, unforced) self-published autobio series Forever And Everything in the past — and will no doubt feel suitably compelled to do so again — but reading his two latest issues, numbers six and seven, back-to-back in one sitting is a quietly powerful experience the likes of which few things can really compare to. Which is ironic (sorry), of course, because I get the impression such was hardly Bravo’s intention when he created them.

Still, we live in (are coming out of?) unprecedented times, as the entirely accurate cliche goes, and as such intention can have little if anything to do with how a work is received — which, I suppose, is always true, but is doubly (at least) so nowadays. All of which is my roundabout (to put it far too kindly) way of saying that we are talking…

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The Party lasts past dawn in The Forever Purge Trailer!

Ah, another year, another Purge.

In the Purge universe, America is given a single night to commit all of the crimes it wants without any consequence. The Forever Purge – the fourth film in the series – seeks to answer a question that has yet to be asked in any of the films before it: What if the Purge lasted longer than a night? It’s a different angle for the series, hopefully a good one.

The Forever Purge stars Ana de la Reguera (Narcos), Will Patton (The Mothman Prophecies), Josh Lucas (Ford v. Ferrari), Tenoch Huerta (Days of Grace), and Leven Rambin (Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters). The film is set to release around the 4th of July.

Artwork of the Day: Sophie (by Hans Helweg)

Sophie Hans Helweg

by Hans Helweg

All I can guess is that they really hated oranges in France.

According to the book’s entry on Amazon, Sophie was originally published in 1960.  There’s only one review posted for the book, from a user named Clifford.  According to Clifford, Geoffrey Wagner was born in England but worked in New York.  He was an English professor and he spoke several different languages.  Clifford goes on to write that Sophie is about a woman who was also born in England but found work in another country.  After growing up with a family of smugglers, Sophie eventually works her way up (and through) the aristocracy of post-Revolutionary France.  Apparently, the book is based on fact.

The cover was done by Hans Helweg, one of the many that he did for Pan Books.

Music Video of the Day: It’s Not Love by Dokken (1986, directed by ????)

Back in the 1980s, you never knew when a glam metal band might suddenly drive by your home or your office, inviting you to rock out to the thundering beat of the band and the vibrato-laden lyrical stylings of a lead singer like Don Dokken.

This video for Dokken’s It’s Not Love has everything:

An opening shot of a hot blonde getting into a truck? Check!

A dancing homeliness man? Check!

The band rocking out as they’re driven through Los Angeles? Check!

Groupies? Check!

A shout-out to pioneering underground radio station KMET 94.7? Double check!

Thank you, Dokken, for doing it the 80s way!