Life Is A Quietly Desperate Business : E.A. Bethea’s “Francis Bacon”


Ryan C.'s Four Color Apocalypse

Okay, so, to get it out of the way first, if you’re wondering which of the two notable Francis Bacons that E.A. Bethea’s newest comic (her second with Domino Books), Francis Bacon, is purportedly “about,” it’s the 20th century British painter, but if you know Bethea’s work you’ll know that oftentimes where or who or what she starts with is simply a springboard, an “entry point” into a long, multi-faceted rumination on subjects various and sundry that always and ultimately bear some sort of tangential connection to the one that she was focused on at the outset, but those connections are uniformly of a highly personal, at times even intuitive, nature, so really — when you open this up, expect to be taken on a trip to places, physical and otherwise, that are far afield from what the title would lead you to believe you were in for.

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Entropy Editions Round-Up : “65 Bugs” By Dean Sudarsky


Ryan C.'s Four Color Apocalypse

Concluding our look at titles currently available from publisher Justin Skarhus’ Entropy Editions we come to catalogue number EE04, 65 Bugs, a formally conservative but conceptually innovative work from Providence’s Dean Sudarsky, who takes the format of the short-form newspaper strip and turns it on its ear by pairing visual simplicity with dense existential complexity to fashion an eight-page mini that exerts a strange hold on readers — or at least it did on this reader — long after the covers are closed. Sex, death, ennui, and the endless search to break free from life’s routines are all touched upon here — among other weighty concerns — but at the end of the day we’re still talking about a mini that is, perhaps against all odds, inherently fun, and if all of that sounds more than a bit contradictory on its face to you, well, that’s as I’m…

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Music Video of the Day: Panic Station by Muse (2013, dir by Tim Qualltrough)


Today seems like a good day to start things off with a music video from Muse. The video for Panic Station was shot while the band was in Japan for their 2nd Law World Tour. It’s nice to see the lads having a good time and being reminded that they don’t spend all of their time riding around in the back of pickup trucks and encouraging the teddy bears to rise up and destroy the city.

Enjoy!