‘Banksy: The Man Behind the Wall Review’ – ‘Gloriously Unspoilt by Progress’

Writing a biography of an anonymous artist seems like an impossible task…or maybe not when the subject is also world famous. The unidentified graffiti artist known as Banksy has turned himself into a faceless icon in recent years with high-profile stunts such as gluing his own art on museum gallery walls and painting … Continue reading

‘The Hunt’ Review: A Surprising Page Turner

To many out there, the recent vampire fad may be exhausting itself. Vampire stories have been told countless times and in countless variations, but The Hunt, by Andrew Fukuda, is an interesting take on the tale and worth the read for fans of the genre. The Hunt is targeted to the … Continue reading

‘The Aylesford Skull’ Review: A Rip-Roaring Steampunk Adventure

Steampunk! Strap on your goggles, grab your ferret and fill up your zeppelin with hydrogen, because it’s time to read The Aylesford Skull, the latest of James P. Blaylock’s novels featuring his popular protagonist Langdon St. Ives. St. Ives is described on the jacket as “brilliant but eccentric,” though in … Continue reading

‘Tank Girl’ Review: The Power of Carioca Harnessed

Tank Girl has been in print for about as long as I’ve been alive. The post-apocalyptic feminine-yet-macho woman in a tank cropped up initially where most dream girls emerge: pop-punk songs. TG’s creators, Alan Martin and Jamie Hewlett, attended art school and spent their good ol’ days together at the Carioca, … Continue reading

Silhouettes: Show us what we love

Olly Moss is somewhat of a storyteller, in that he knows how to evoke feelings of commonality through images of our shared humanity. In Silhouettes from Popular Culture, he gives his audience a chance to tell their stories. At first, one might want to quickly flip through the book to … Continue reading

‘Innocence once lost cannot be regained.’: ‘Father Gaetano’s Puppet Catechism’ Reviewed

Just in time for Halloween, longtime collaborators Christopher Golden and Hellboy creator Mike Mignola have successfully reunited for the illustrated horror novella, Father Gaetano’s Puppet Catechism. The novella, largely marketed toward fans of the American television series The Twilight Zone (created by Rod Serling), takes place after a critical battle during World War II in the … Continue reading

Don’t Hate Me Because I’m Beautiful, Hate Me Because You Think I’m A Murderess: James M. Cain’s ‘The Cocktail Waitress’ Reviewed

You’ve probably heard of James M. Cain, even if you haven’t. At any rate, you can probably visualize a 1930s-40s private detective—a black and white image of a chain-smoking, fedora-wearing, wisecracker striped by the shadow of some thick window blinds. It’s probably Humphrey Bogart. That’s the image that people get … Continue reading

The All-Gay Superhero Gang that Beats up Other Queers – ‘Spandex: Fast and Hard’ Reviewed

Without even knowing it, we make assumptions about people every day. This subconscious need to categorize individuals based upon our assumptions is a pretty common process. Martin Eden, the creator of Spandex: Fast and Hard, illustrates this tendency in a light-hearted way with his action league of LGBT folks in … Continue reading

‘The Weight of the Nation’ – An HBO Documentary – Companion Book Review

Guess what? America is fat. I’m sure that a part of you already knows this just by walking down the street, shopping at your local stores and malls, going to movie theaters, and just living in the USA. I don’t say this to sound insensitive or mean about it, but … Continue reading

An Uncharted ‘Uprising’: Paving the Path for the Occupy Movement and the Recall of Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker

There’s a downside to John Nichols’ book Uprising: How Wisconsin Renewed the Politics of Protest, from Madison to Wall Street (2012). It’s basic, a record of recent events and an amplification of news stories and essays that Nichols published as a political writer for the Nation magazine and as an editor … Continue reading