Monday, July 21, 2014

Remembering Vaughn Bode

This past week marked the anniversary of the passing of underground comix artist Vaughn Bode. This next week marks the anniversary of his birth. A favorite of mine since I was technically too young to be reading his work, I used to draw lizards and wizards all over my school notebooks back in the seventies. Along with the esteemed Craig Yoe, I've just written a remembrance of da Bode which is up at the 13th Dimension blog here:

Thursday, July 17, 2014

R.I.P. Archie Andrews

My younger cousin introduced me to Archie when I was 8 years old and a superhero snob. But I loved the Man From R.I.V.E.R.D.A.L.E. stories and even joined the Archie Club. Still have my pin and membership card (of course!). I drifted away from time to time through the years but always came back to see my old friends. On stage at the old time radio conventions, I twice played Jughead opposite the original radio Archie, Bob Hastings. Bob also died this month making two Archie deaths. Wow.
Even though I was a Marvel and DC fan from day one, the characters I grew up with there aren't really the same ones I knew anymore. Archie and the gang, in spite of superficial changes, really have always been and still ARE still my old friends.
And today I cried for the loss of one.
And yet I wrote Paul Kupperberg and thanked him for writing such a moving story. When people say this is just a cheap sales gimmick, they don't know Archie like I do.
And yes, I know Archie will be back next month in his perpetual 16 1/2 year old guise, and the following month and the month after that, too. Doesn't matter when the story is as affecting as this. If you ever cared for the Riverdale teens, go out and find a copy of this issue for one of the best comic books you'll read this year.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Animated Cheech Wizard-NSFW

Vaughn Bode has no been gone longer than he was with us. Here from a few years back is a very brief animated version of his Cheech Wizard. No Bode Broads unfortunately but still NSFW. I just wrote a piece with Craig Yoe on Vaughn's life and death for the 13TH DIMENSION blog. It'll be most likely posted around the 22nd as that would have been his birthday. Watch for it.

Get Your Shine On-The Florida Georgia Line

I was driving summer roommate Becky's car the other day and when I turned on her radio I heard this. I don't listen to any modern music anymore so I was a bit surprised that modern country had become basically rock with a Southern accent! Was surprised I liked this one and stayed tune for a few more songs afterwards! Becky will get to hear them up close this weekend as they play the Great American ball park where she works.