Monthly Archives: March 2008

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More Japanese Kids Stuff

 

Terebi Magazine March 2008 - suit and helmet

Given the string of good luck (and fun) that I’ve had with other comics and magazines geared towards younger kids that I’ve gotten a hold of recently, I figured I’d roll the dice on something random again and see if my luck decided to run out or not. Judging by the contents of this month’s issue of Terebi Magazine, my streak shows no signs of wavering. Continue reading

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Get A Head Start On Spring’s Hottest New Styles!

VERY COOL

Just imagine how pissed you’d be if your parents got you this for your twelfth birthday. Or even your eleventh or tenth. Think about it…your parents are starting to get the impression that you’re becoming aware of your ability to “express yourself as an individual” and for whatever reason, somehow arrived at the conclusion that you’d think this was cool.

Wouldn’t it make you want to run away from home?

Just in case you were wondering, I took a photo of this astounding collection of accessories because it definitely took the cake when everything on the rack was considered. You might not be able to see all the other totally hot Very Cool brand merchandise, but it’s there.

Would trailer trash kids even wear this? I mean shit, if it came down to it, you could just wear a noose (or even industrial strength chains) around your neck, hold your pants up with your hand, and wear absolutely anything around your wrist and it would be cooler than this pile of shit.

If you can imagine how quickly wearing any one of those together or singly would get you beat up at school, just imagine how quickly you’d get beat up wearing this:

horrific children’s easter costume

…and by beat up I mean having every no-no spot on your body being touched by every convicted and potential child molester in the tri-county area…or state.

horrific children’s easter costume - tag

That shit’s condemnable on every conceivable level. It’s as if some professional toucher who knows how to sew had a buddy in retail and somehow got this costume put in who knows how many stores across the country.

I hope I get to meet the kids whose parents bought them either of these in ten or fifteen years. I can’t even imagine what the stories behind their having received them would be.

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Life Vs. Rick Ta Life On A Horse

Life’s been getting in the way of doing this site for the past two weeks and I apologize for being any combination of busy and/or sick to anyone who was bummed that I wasn’t putting up new stuff.

I’ve happened upon quite a bit of garbage to put on here recently and I’m pretty excited about getting it up. So until tomorrow, this photo of Rick Ta Life on a horse, courtesy of RickTaLifeOnAHorse.com, will have to tide you over.

My man Rick on his valiant steed!

If you don’t get it, don’t worry…You’re probably better off.

Or are you?

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So inappropriate…

Galaxy Express 999 - crop

The best part about this isn’t the totally hilarious price, but the fact that there’s an option that allows you to forward this to a friend. What friends do you have that would willfully trade three grand (plus shipping) for these? What friend does anyone have that would pay that much? Answer: no one.

Anyone willing to burn that much money on this can’t possibly have any friends.

Just in case some guy can’t get enough Maetel and absolutely needs to get this, I put up a screenshot of the page to archive the hilarity for months to come in case this manages to somehow disappear from eBay at that price.

Galaxy Express 999

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Awesome Book Week: Day 7 – Town Of Hardcore Zineography

I saved the best for last…

TOH book - front

Anyone who claims to know anything about hardcore will tell you that Town Of Hardcore was not only one of the only hardcore fanzines worth reading since the dawn of the new century, but it was the best hardcore fanzine since the narrowly avoided faux technological apocalypse. Anyone who says otherwise is either illiterate or has their heads up their ass when it comes to musical taste (…or is from Europe).

There’s no question that this ‘zine was consistently excellent. Town Of Hardcore somehow found a way to provide insightful, interesting content about a subculture that was (and still is) dominated by shallow, boring “people” that could not be any less creative. I found very few problems with Town Of Hardcore both stylistically and content-wise. It’s hard to speak ill of any publication that covered the best bands hardcore had to offer, and covered them well.

I got a hold of this from the young gentlemen at Eating Rats Records and was lucky enough to pre-order it in enough time to get the 7″ you see below. As for the book itself, it contains every issue of TOH as they originally appeared except for the original contact info being blocked out. Also included are a few ads for TOH, the “issues” that writer/editor Steve Wiltse did in between full-fledged, proper issues, and an old zine that Steve did. I was expecting that these guys wouldn’t drop the ball on the effort required to collect each issue into a book, but I wasn’t expecting that there’d be anything more than that. Definitely a pleasant surprise.

TOH book - back

Another surprise that I wasn’t expecting was getting this book and 7″ shipped to me in a fucking manila envelope. JUST a manila envelope. A single, thin piece of paper glued and taped shut, which gave absolutely zero protection to a book that I’d been waiting months for. These guys definitely shit the bed on that one. I understand trying to cover costs while keeping the price of what you’re releasing fair, but fuck…not at the cost of what I paid for possibly getting beat to shit before I get it! I’m lucky that the 7″ didn’t arrived snapped in half with a book that was bent and dented to the point of illegibility. I’ve also heard that quite a few other people received their book sans ingenious packing paraphernalia. Point is, if you’re going to get this (which I highly recommend), you’ll probably have to mail-order it. Just make sure you give these guys an extra buck or two so they can send the book in something appropriate.

SHORT REVIEW FOR THE ADHD HARDCORE KID:

– The Town Of Hardcore Zineography is incredible. You need to get it immediately.

– If you don’t like Town Of Hardcore, or think you wouldn’t like it, then you’ve probably chosen to cultivate a lifestyle and taste in music that you refer to as hardcore that leads me to believe that you are irreversibly mentally deficient.

I want to thank everyone involved with the original Town Of Hardcore ‘zine and those involved that helped get it back in print. I also want to thank the bands that were worth writing about, old and new – without them there would’ve been no TOH.

In short: Straight up…Town Of Hardcore.

TOH book - 7″ Side A

TOH book - 7″ Side B

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Awesome Book Week: Day 6 – Manga (published by Taschen)

Awesome book. Period.

Manga (published by Tashen) - cover

Even if you’re some weirdo who isn’t into comics or manga, this is still great. Much like nearly every other Taschen book I’ve seen, regardless of my interest to its subject matter, the final product often embarrasses other books within the same category. Also like many other Taschen titles, this book is written in more than one language, two of which are English and Japanese.

Though I wish the samples of work from each individual mangaka (manga writers and illustrators) were translated into English, I can understand and respect the editor’s choice to remain faithful to the original work and publish the manga and covers as they originally appeared.

The icing on this researched and well-thought out cake is the DVD included with it. In addition to interviews with a few mangaka, there’s a gallery of hundreds of manga covers and interviews with employees of various manga retailers as well as footage of the insides of the stores themselves. It seems like it’s a whole different vibe than a major book retailer in the U.S., probably because each manga bookstore is crammed floor to ceiling with comics. Sure I wish there was more on the DVD, and in the book too, but the overview that this book provides is the best attempt at an encyclopedic, reference style book on manga I’ve seen thus far.

Manga (published by Tashen) - DVD

Just to give you a few examples of why this is more than just a coffee table book, click on the thumbnails below. Also, keep in mind that the table of contents is only a portion of all the mangaka covered. The fingerprints of each mangaka’s own individual style when compared to other artists and considered in the grand scheme of art and manga as a whole is considerably interesting.

Manga (published by Tashen) - inner cover       Manga (published by Tashen) - table of contents       Manga (published by Tashen) - Ootomo

Manga (published by Tashen) - Umezz       Manga (published by Tashen) - Shirow       Manga (published by Tashen) - Hagio

If there’s any book out there that can obliterate people’s misguided preconceptions of what manga is and can be, it’s this one.

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