Friday, July 30, 2010

"What Swells in Wells, Stays in Wells"

My job takes me to some interesting places.

Most people travel to big cities like New York or Los Angeles. I travel to Wells, Nevada and Rock Springs, Wyoming.

Honestly, it doesn't bother me much. I get to see things that you don't see in a huge city. Things like these:
Yep, brothels are still legal in some places in the states. Here's the sign for another one: 

I still can't believe it. The next message to come up was "What swells in Wells, stays in Wells!" There were some others, but I can't remember them. It's probably a blessing.

I took all of these pictures in Wells, Nevada. Look it up on Google earth. This picture below is my favorite. I took it in a casino/gas station in Wells. The artist of this painting is asking $225. Let me know if you want me to pick it up for you.

It's titled "Freedom Isn't Free".

I almost had a stroke when I discovered all of this. Spencer suggested a live blog next time I travel.
Hmmm...not a bad idea.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010


The latest episode is up on the TPB site. Go take a listen. I really think Spence has outdone himself with the cover. It's my favorite so far.

It’s back to basics, basementators! No fancy, wonderful or insightful interviews this time – just our regular douchebaggery, tomfoolery, and jackassery! Enjoy!
Ryan starts things off with some apologies – always a good time! Then we talk about our loyal Korean fans (email us!), our iPhone app, get more Bendis bashing from Ryan, and then get down to some news: including Harvey Pekar (R.I.P.), Mark Waid hatin’ on super-hero comics, and Hastings finally getting comic books – after about 20 years of having them already…

The gang also gets into an interesting discussion about writers who just want to make “their mark” on the character instead of just serving the character and writing a good story – for crying out loud, stop it!

After our regular reviews, we are treated to a review by Spence of the gorgeous “Blacksad”, and then he does a Cold Storage review that doesn’t have any rhyming?!?! What the? (You’ll see what I’m talking about)
Thanks for joining us again! We really do appreciate it.

Reviews for this week: Northlanders #29 and Stuff Of Legend Vol. 2 – The Jungle #1

Cold Storage Review: The Demon #1

Music Selection: Am I Demon by Danzig

Wednesday, July 21, 2010


Our beloved Dic(k)tator, Spencer, will be blogging live from San Diego Comic Con this weekend. Head to the main site to check it out. Show him some love and post some comments or ask some questions. He'll be rubbing elbows with some of your favorites!

Wednesday, July 14, 2010


I got some crazy comic stuff in the mail today.

There is a creator somewhere in Massachusetts named Boris Savic who's made some of the funnest & hippest comics that I've seen. I'm still doing a bit of research, but it looks like Banimon is much more than just a comic & Rocket North is much more than just a publisher.

We'll be talking about them very soon on the podcast and I'll have a review up for all of you on the Astonishing Reviews site soon. In the meantime, check Boris, Rocket North, & Banimon out HERE.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

I'm Not Really a Hip-Hop Kinda Guy...

...In fact, Hip-Hop music makes me down-right uncomfortable to listen to. I always feel like I'm breaking some type of  unspoken lifestyle agreement if I ever listen to Hip-Hop or Rap. Honestly, who drives a Toyota 4-runner through the desert highways of Utah and bumps Ice Cube? I've got a real problem seeing kids that grew up in white suburbia neighborhoods drive tricked out Hondas and blast Dr. Dre at a deafening volume. I'm a metal guy and always have been. It fits my style, my tastes, and more importantly, it challenges me to listen to it.

Then Rob came along with up a bunch of Hip-Hop for me to try. Swollen Members? Bah! The name alone makes me uncomfortable (but I don't have a problem with the name Dying Fetus for some reason, and it's much worse....hmmm). Eminem? No thanks. Aesop Rock? Holy it.

I can't get enough of Aesop Rock. His lyrics aren't about killing people or selling women off for money. He's got a strange tone and rhythm to his music that captivates me, and I just can't stop listening to it. It's been over a month now and I bet I've listened to the album "Labor" 50 times.

So, go ahead and make fun of me, but I'm pretty sure I won't be buying a tricked-out civic any time soon or trading in my Necrophagist for 50 Cent.

Check out Aesop Rock here.