Josh Pettinger’s “Goiter” #6 : Buddy Blank Lives!

Ryan C.'s Four Color Apocalypse

Wow, that Josh Pettinger is one busy dude : two new issues of his solo anthology series in less than a year, and from two different publishers at that! Kilgore Books is the new home for Goiter (or should we now be referring to it as Goiter Comics, given the increased emphasis of the latter word in the book’s new logo?) as of issue #6, after a brief stop-over at Tinto Press, but fear not : the “nowhere-to-go-but-up” trajectory of this title continues apace. Hell, Pettinger himself seems to know as much, referring to this issue as his strongest yet on the inside cover blurbs and letters page.

And, really, who am I to argue with the comic’s own creator? Unless he’s wrong, of course — but he’s not, so let’s just trudge on ahead, shall we?

Pettinger’s never been shy about wearing his Dan Clowes and Chris Ware…

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Wondering Why — Or Wondering What? Nathan Ward’s “More Pain”

Ryan C.'s Four Color Apocalypse

I’m not sure if Nathan Ward has been touched by some greater, cosmic force beyond our comprehension or has simply discovered an ability to tap into it, but whatever the case may be his triptych of 2019 self-published minis entitled More Pain offers further proof that this guy is operating on an entirely different dimensional wavelength than the rest of us. There are any number of cartoonists out there whose work can be described as “unlike anything else,” but Ward ups the ante : his work is unlike anything else that anyone could ever conceive of.

Which, as far as compliments go, is admittedly about as high as they come, and while looking at these may have reminded me of times in my youth when I was about “as high as they come” myself, in truth even the most intense acid trip imaginable has some ground to make up if…

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6 Shots From 6 Films: Special Wes Craven Edition

4 (or more) Shots From 4 (or more) Films is just what it says it is, 4 (or more) shots from 4 (or more) of our favorite films. As opposed to the reviews and recaps that we usually post, 4 (or more) Shots From 4 (or more) Films lets the visuals do the talking.

Today would have been Wes Craven’s 82nd birthday.  I have to admit that I was shocked to be reminded that Craven was 76 years old when he tragically passed away in 2015.  I always assumed that he was much younger, perhaps in his late 50s.  Perhaps that’s because Craven himself always seemed so energetic and enthusiastic about both horror and cinema.  He was one of the best ambassadors that the horror genre could have asked for.

Today, in honor of Wes Craven, we present to you….

6 Shots From 6 Wes Craven Films

The Hills Have Eyes (1977, dir by Wes Craven, DP: Eric Saarinen)

Swamp Thing (dir by Wes Craven, DP: Robbie Greenberg)

A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984, dir by Wes Craven, DP: Jacques Haitkin)

The People Under The Stairs (1991, dir by Wes Craven, DP: Sandi Sissel)

New Nightmare (1994, dir by Wes Craven, DP: Mark Irwin)

Scream (1996, dir by Wes Craven, DP: Mark Irwin)

Thank you for the cinematic memories, Wes Craven.

(Credit: Gracja Waniewska)



Music Video of the Day: Video Killed The Radio Star by The Buggles (1979, directed by Russell Mulcahy)

40 years ago, on August 1st, 1981, MTV premiered.

Back then, MTV was short for “Music Television” and it actually played music videos, something that you don’t see much of on the channel anymore. Today, MTV is best known for cheap reality programming and countless shows in which D-List celebs watch YouTube videos. But before MTV became the Rob Dyrdek network, it actually used to play music.

In fact, MTV revolutionized music and, along the way, it also provided a chance for several talented filmmakers to show off what they could do with just a few minutes of screen time. David Fincher started out directing music videos. So did Spike Jonze. But before Fincher and Jonze, there was Russell Mulcahy, who went from directing trippy music videos to directing Highlander.

Appropriately enough, the very first video to air on MTV was directed by Mulcahy and it was for a song that predicted what MTV would eventually do to the music industry. Video Killed The Radio Star was the perfect debut video for MTV. Produced on a budget of $50,000 and filmed over the course of just one day in South London, Video Killed the Radio Star featured actress Virginia Hey in a test tube and Hans Zimmer playing keyboards. Hey later went on to appear in several Australian films, including Mad Max 2 where she played the warrior woman. Hans Zimmer, of course, went on to find fame on his own as one of the busiest film composers around.

Even before it was featured on MTV, Video Killed The Radio Star was aired on British television and was considered to be controversial because of the exploding television, which was seen as encouraging violence. It was a much more innocent time.