1.28.2020

Diana’s Amazon Sister Nubia Featured On ‘1970s Variant’ Of Wonder Woman Issue #750!

"In recognition of what the good folks at DC Comics very likely find to be a surprising level of adoration for a character they’ve never done much at all with, Nubia has been given the shared spotlight with her sister Diana on one of the many special variant covers created for Wonder Woman #750."
To read all about it, click here.

1.19.2020

The Size Of A Tiny Crater On The Moon [Hotlinked™]

Phase 2 photographed by MikaV
On December 13, 2019, I would read in the news that my hero, Phase 2 (born Michael Lawrence Marrow), had died from the quiet battle he was having with Lou Gehrig’s Disease. He was 64. 
The news left me drained. So much so that I couldn’t even write about his death. What should I say? For more than a month, my blog was silent on his passing. But then it dawned on me–finally–that everything I’d want to say was already covered in my unpublished interview questions. So I publish them here now, in fond memory of Phase 2.

1.03.2020

[Press-N-Play™] “Respect Mine” by OBVIOUS is Wu-Tang Chillout/Shaolin Lounge Music



Che Guevara once wrote: A man must harden himself, but without ever losing his tenderness.” I’m somehow reminded of that as I listen–on repeat–to the lo-fi hip-hop track “Respect Mine” by OBVIOUS, which strikes a strangely similar balance between both hardness and tenderness. It does it by way of a gritty-voiced sample from a Wu-Tang classic (C.R.E.A.M.) coupled with multiple layers of seductive synth chords, delicate piano licks, and faithful beats and bass lines. The hypnotic end result, I think, makes this track the perfect addition to YouTube playlists curated for long and solitary night drives through dreaming cityscapes. – YourKungFuSucks




11.10.2019

Circles of Influence

Back on August 12th, I very happily posted a screenshot from the Facebook feed of cartoonist, animator and painter Bill Wray (Mad Magazine, The Ren & Stimpy Show), who'd shared my article on Vaughn Bode. But what I didn't realize until sometime much, much later (after revisiting his page) was that the second comment down below was from Bob Camp–which had me geekin' out  all over again! 😅 


Bob Camp is a former Marvel Comics comic book artist and a giant in animation with credits on TV shows like ThunderCatsSilverhawksThe Ren & Stimpy Show and many, many others. Camp is also the guy who illustrated the artwork on the 12-inch single of Afrika Bambaataa and Soul Sonic Force's Renegades of Funk, a piece that was  a big influence on me as a young hip-hop kid. 

The aforementioned is a piece of record cover artwork that was also being included in a listicle that I was actually in the middle of outlining at the time!

Oh, artist Denys Cowan (Black Panther, The Question) had also liked the piece in Wray's feed, but we're actually Facebook friends, so it wasn't that much of a surprise. He's liked pieces that I've shared in my own feed, including this article when I first shared it there. 



In addition to that uber goodness, I realized that my article had also been shared on Facebook by Ron Turner, the founder of underground comics publisher Last Gasp. And the first person to comment there was cartoonist/tattoo artist Mark Bode–the son of Vaughn Bode. 

I'd always wanted Mark to see my piece, so it was super cool to get confirmation that he'd seen it–and read it. Even if he very clearly missed the point a little. 😇

Excelsior!

11.09.2019

16 Times Comic Book Artists Absolutely Rocked Hip-Hop Album Cover Art [Hot Linked]

Image Credit: Def Jam, Marvel Comics

"Exhaustively curated here for your viewing pleasure is a senses-shattering listicle showing 16 times comic book artists rocked hip-hop music cover art."