Saturday, October 31, 2009

Robot 666

This week was a lot of fun at Robot 6. We became Robot 666 for the duration and had lots of Horror-related posts. All the regular columns took on a Halloween theme including Gorillas Riding Dinosaurs.

I talked about M. Alice LeGrow's goth ghost-story Bizenghast. I love atmospheric goth stuff when it's done well, so I'd hoped to be able to excitedly recommend this as a great Halloween book. Unfortunately, the story spends too much time on short, easily resolved episodes and not enough time on the psychological horror and drama it promises in its first pages. It is full of great, moody settings though.

My other contribution this week was to the Six by 6 feature in which Robot 6 picks six favorites of some comics-related thing and talks about them. This week the topics were all horror-related and we did it six times, so: Six by 6 by 6.

Mine - since I've had the Cownt on my mind a lot lately - was Six Funny Horror Comics.

I'll send you to the post to see the write-ups, but the list was:

1. The Work of Charles Addams
2. Casper the Friendly Ghost
3. The Cryptics
4. Boneyard
5. The Goon
6. Arsenic Lullabies

The 31 Monsters of Halloween: Frankenstein's Monsters

Frank and Vampi by Kevin Nowland.

Happy Halloween, everyone!

Thursday, October 29, 2009

The 31 Monsters of Halloween: Larry the Wolf Man

By which I mean Mr. Lawrence Talbot, the one and only Wolf Man. I know I've done general werewolves already, but Larry deserves his own entry, don't you think?

Even a man who is pure in heart
And says his prayers by night
May become a wolf when the wolfbane blooms
And the autumn moon is bright.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

The panel was awesome. What's next?

Anna Bongiovanni, me, a very handsome young fan who obviously comes from excellent genes, and Melissa S. Kaercher.

The library comics panel went well and was a lot of fun. It started off sparsely attended, but the crowd grew as it went along. The conversation went really well too. All the panelists seemed to enjoy being there and talking and there were none of those weird silences that you sometimes get at these things. In fact, the discussion was still going strong when we had to wrap up and we probably could have gone for another half-hour had time permitted. I was sorry to have to shut up.

Tomorrow, I'll be spending the day at Source Comics and Games signing Cownt comics. Darla Ecklund will be there all day too and Jess Hickman will join us around 4:00 or so. We're planning on being there at least until 6:00 (or later if the crowds are good), so if you're in the Twin Cities, please stop by and let me moo at you.

Source Comics & Games
1601 Larpenteur Avenue
Falcon Heights, Minnesota 55113

The 31 Monsters of Halloween: Scarecrows

By Michael Dialynas.

By Diana Sama.

By Pumpkinrot.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Music Meme: 2008

Completing - for now, anyway - my list of favorite albums from every year I've been alive. I suppose I'll have to add another to the list at the end of the year.


The Ting Tings: We Started Nothing

I still remember the first time I heard "That's Not My Name." I was in the car and by the time the song was over I had it cranked up as loud as I could get away with with my son in the backseat. I thought to myself, "I'm buying this album as soon as I get home."

Then the song ended and David said, "Daddy, what's the name of that song?"

I said, "I don't know, but I'm looking it up when we get home and we're buying it."

"Good," he said. "I love that song."

And the rest of the album's nearly as good. We still love it and David came in to watch the video with me as I embedded it here. In fact, he's in his room right now singing the song.

Runners Up:
The B-52s: Funplex

Beyoncé: "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)"
Katy Perry: "I Kissed a Girl"

The 31 Monsters of Halloween: Mr. Hyde

That last one's by Aly Fell.


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