Interview with John Arcudi

John Arcudi penned his first comic book script in 1986. Since then, his writing has filled the comic-shop shelves on such titles as Aquaman, Doom Patrol, Gen-13, Aliens, RoboCop and Batman. In the nineties, he was known for his work on the original comic book series The Mask and Barb Wire—both adapted into motion pictures—and … Continue reading

Top ten sexy music videos for hipsters & delinquents

You’ve seen Chris Isaak’s “Wicked Game.” You’ve seen Christina Aguilera’s “Dirrty.” I have too. And they’re peachy—along with Prince’s “Gett Off,” which is also swell—but for my favorite saucy music video eye candy, I prefer something a little more left-of-center. Perhaps you do too. Perhaps you’d be interested to see some hot people in drag … Continue reading

Interview with Peter Konig

Peter Konig’s resume is staggering. The visual effects artist, conceptual designer and animator has worked on a massive list of feature films, including Dragonheart (1996), Starship Troopers (1997), Beowulf (2007), Enchanted (2007), Splice (2009) and countless others. Konig was also the art director of Evolution (2001), as well as a contributing talent to the video … Continue reading

Pee-pee envy: The hot and heartbreaking sexual appeal of Russell Brand

I am a bit late to the Russell Brand boat, I think. My brushes with current pop culture are piecemeal and oddball, and mainstream stuff tends to pass me by. Although Russell Brand is only recently mainstream, I think. At least in America.   I first saw Brand in what I believe were the commercials … Continue reading

N*gger Wetb*ck Ch*nk

N*gger Wetb*ck Ch*nk is a critically acclaimed, renegade stage show about race and racism. Sporting only three actors who reflect the “characters” in the title, and using a combination of theater, stand up and slam poetry, this smart comedy has been a runaway hit throughout the US. The New York Times has called it “A … Continue reading

Non-Catholic Catholicism: Jesus Christ Superstar

I am not Catholic. So on the occasion that my fiance sees me pop Jesus Christ Superstar into the DVD player, he is always skeptical and mildly horrified. Because despite the fact that I am very much not Catholic, I still adore this seventies rock opera. I’ve seen it performed live twice during the nineties … Continue reading

Joker Veidt: He who laughs last, laughs best

Despite the fact that my fiancé has drawn a hell of a lot of comics, we are not superhero people. We are, however, silent movie people, and apparently we weren’t the first to notice that the grotesque, prosthetic smile once worn onscreen by German actor Conrad Veidt looks an awful lot like the Joker. As … Continue reading

Howling for authentic biographical cinema: Why the new Ginsberg film succeeds

When I was a teenage movie-watcher, I was the first to jump on the new-genre bandwagon whenever anyone tried something different that played with, bent or overlapped conventional film structure. Somewhere between those teenage years of wonder when everything was fascinating, and, like, 2008, I got burned by experimental filmmaking. Not enough to make me … Continue reading

Top ten funny YouTube links for insomniacs

Looking for an excuse to check your email one more time before bed? Or maybe you’re just up late answering the siren song of the interwebs while you worry about loved ones, career, or the eternal blackness. Whatever the reason you’re sitting at your comp when you should totally be sleeping, here are some of … Continue reading

Flipside after-holiday list

A selection of offbeat books for the weird people on your after-holiday list. For the indie artist: Pim & Francie By Al Columbia, Fantagraphics Books (2009) Don’t let the wholesome cover fool you, this is one wonderfully dark and disturbing little tome. The long-awaited collection by reclusive sequential artist and writer Al Columbia, whose black … Continue reading