Stuff I’ve read, listened to, written about, shared on Twitter, etc. Enjoy.


I wrote about Veil, a new Greg Rucka series from Dark Horse, and a psychedelic work of sci-fi/horror with Biblical undercurrents called Genesispost here.

Paul Di Filippo looks at Darwyn Cooke’s Parker: Slayground, the newest adaptation of the Richard Stark stories Cooke is doing. I wrote about this book when IDW put it out last year.


At Comics Alliance: “When you get right down to it, Batman began as a synthesis.” Bats is 75 years old. One time, DC Comics even let a woman take the artist credit on the main series.

Businessweek‘s Devin Leonard on Marvel’s movie universe: “Before the acquisition closed, Iger asked Disney interns to read piles of Marvel comics and count the characters.”

“Each story is a dire warning of science gone too far” | Under the Radar on new EC Comics collections from Fantagraphics.

Broken Frontier on Katie Green’s new graphic memoir, “a journal of not just struggle but of recovery.”

The National Post on new graphic novels Beautiful Darkness and Nijigahara Holograph.

New from Nobrow: a graphic novel about how your brain works.

“Mimi is a force of nature and blindingly bright” | Los Angeles Times talks to Mimi Pond about her new comic.

Anatomy of a two-page spread: X-Factor (1988, Walt Simonson & Al Milgrom, Marvel)


New video for a surging single from Walkmen alum Peter Matthew Bauer. Solo debut out in June from Mexican Summer. We caught his exciting, forceful set in Brooklyn a little while back.

December 1945: “the beginning of a harrowing and occasionally productive two year-stint for Charlie Parker.”

My friend Ben Smith is a Philly area songwriter, and not long ago wrote a heartfelt ode to the bar where I spend a lot of time after expensive Amtrak trips home. I think he meant it as a kind of fun Muswell Hillbillies-ish one-off, but it sounds really accomplished and is arranged beautifully. His new song, “Squelchtown (or Bust),” is sunnier, perhaps a bit reminiscent of Being There-era Wilco.


Gorgeous Italian poster for Solaris (1972).

At The Dissolve, a series called “Laser Age” examines science fiction films between the 1960s and 1980s.