I had the opportunity to chat with artist Cristóbal López, aka Kerbcrawler Ghost, about his astonishing artwork. There's nothing NOT extraordinary about his work, from his draftsmanship to his willingness to push erotic boundaries. The story of how he came to this mode of creating is even more amazing: he began honing his technique a mere three years ago, after spending over a decade in advertising and commercial work.
I was sad to learn about the death of Mel Gordon on March 22, but he left the world with an incredible legacy of writing and scholarship. Jack and I decided to discuss the impact Mel had on both of us in our podcast. If you'd like to read my interviews with Mel, you can read them on Heathen Harvest:
In Search of the Extraordinary: An Interview with Mel Gordon [quoted in his New York Times obituary]
Jack and Kate take a different approach in this mini episode by paying tribute to author, scholar, theater expert, and collector Mel Gordon. Mel's books had a huge impact on both of your hosts and they discuss his importance and the legacy he leaves us with. Kate talks about her personal encounters with Mel and Jack dives into where he fits within an academic context.
How does one get cast in a Mel Gordon theatrical production? What kind of gift would one receive from him at one's wedding? Why is there no Weimar Berlin simulation for the Oculus Rift and how do we fix that? Where does Werner Herzog fit into all of this? Find out all this and more in this month's mini episode of Bad Books for Bad People.
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I'm returning to the Jersey City Oddities Market for their largest event yet: Spring Mourning, a celebration of all things weird and old. The market will host around 100 vendors of antiques, natural specimens, vintage goods, handmade items, and unusual art. I'll be sharing a space with fellow artists and good friends Becky Munich of Munich Art Studio and Carisa Swenson of Goblinfruit Studio and Wormwood and Rue. We'll have original art, pins, zines, prints, and much more. Swing by and say hi!
The market takes place from noon to 6pm at The Annex at Kearney Point, easily accessible via car with plenty of on-site parking at 78 John Miller Way in Kearney NJ.
The Tao of Alan Moore & Grant Morrison - Sequart Organization
I am always eager to read about an author feud and I'll fully cop to finding Moore's anti-Morrison comments in "Last Alan Moore Interview?" to be delicious. That having been said, there's probably a bit too much emphasis put on this particular interpersonal disagreement (Moore's body of work is vastly more interesting than any of his admittedly satisfying verbal slap-downs), so I enjoyed this article. The phrase "Hulk vs. Superman argument for the Vertigo set" hits quite close to home.
Number 2155: Dr Hypno inks with cat fur - Pappy's Golden Age Comics Blogzine
Thanks to Pappy's Golden Age Comics, I now know that Dr. Hypno is a hero who can transfer his brain into the body of other living creatures. In this story, Dr. Hypno employs the body of a cat to escape from the clutches of devious Fifth Columnists (probably Communists, but maybe really beardy Nazis--who knows?).
Look, this is a lot more mainstream than I'd usually go here, but I imagine you're the kind of people who would get a chuckle at a song in German about electing ALF as Federal Chancellor, so I'm posting it here. Learn more about how the Germans went nuts for ALF on No Recess!
Calendrier Magique - Feuilleton
A wondrous achievement of fin-de-siecle graphic design and good old fashioned witchery, the Calendrier Magique is now available in beautiful high-resolution format online. Maybe this Internet thing isn't entirely bad after all...
I can't build on that title. You're probably best off clicking the link and watching the video.
L.P. Hartley's Facial Justice depicts a post-nuclear dystopia in which absolute equality is enforced by rule of... well, not law, but supposedly benevolent edicts designed to protect citizens--or in the book's language, "patients and delinquents"--from themselves. In this world, anything that might inspire envy is corrected by the state, even if that means surgically altering a person's physical appearance. Jack and Kate take a deep dive into this novel that is by turns cheeky, macabre, and thought-provoking.
Is it possible to be a good person in an inherently flawed society? How can language shape a culture? Is it worse to be banished to the underworld or forced to play rounds of golf? Why is 1984 standard reading but young people are deprived of the chance to discuss Facial Justice in the classroom? All these questions and more are explored in this month's episode of Bad Books for Bad People.