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Spilt Milk & Dazed Cookies: Hozac Publishes Sal Maida Memoir

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In the true spirit of “stuff we like, you might too…” here’s a heads-up on a new book any fan of 1970’s Power Pop and Glam Rock will be curious to read. 4 strings, Phony Proof, and 300 45’s is musician Sal Maida’s memoir of life in the heyday of the aforementioned genres. His adventures on both sides of the Atlantic should make a great read for fans of Roxy Music, Sparks, early power punk and the 1970’s New York City Punk Rock scene.

This is the 5th publication from the Hozac Record Company, who have recently given us a double LP of demos by Oister, the duo that eventually became the Dwight Twilley Band. A sublime treat.

I first encountered Maida’s work when he was a member of a Milk ’N Cookies, the punky pop-sters from Long Island New York with an Anglocentric streak. Sal had already toured as bassist for Roxy Music when he joined the M’nC at the suggestion of their managers. Unfortunately, Island Records’ failure to realize a marketing plan for the group left their album unreleased for several years after it’s completion. The record has since become a collector’s item, and has seen a couple of rereleases including one triple LP package that includes their demos.

Maida’s reminiscences are capped off with a final section “where Sal meticulously lists his 300 essential 45rpm singles” Hozac’s press release promises these “riveting footnotes [are] sure to send you into a obsessive frenzy.” I’m personally frightened to be more frenzied and obsessive about records than I already am, but my order is in.

Of course the 45 RPM list makes the inclusion of a foreword written by Patti Smith Band guitarist Lenny Kaye quite appropriate. Kaye not only shared Lower East Side stages with Milk ’N Cookies but his seminal compilation, Nuggets, was the catalyst for the eventual garage punk renaissance. It’s impact is still evident in programming like Little Steven’s Underground Garage, and the Come to the Sunshine Podcast hosted by ‘sixties music maven Andrew Sandoval.

Hozac is taking preorders at their website. The book is limited to a first run of 500 copies. The first 100 orders will be accompanied by the poster pictured below.
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Wright-On: Hermes Press Highlights Bernie’s Animation Art

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Hermes Press will hold a special panel discussion at SDCC17 to launch their new Bernie Wrightson publication.

SDCC17 Panel Discussion This Week…

Fans of the late horror and fantasy artist Bernie Wrightson who are attending San Diego ComicCon 2017 (SDCC17) will not want to miss a special panel discussion being held by Hermes Press. The event will herald the publication of the company’s Bernie Wrightson: Art & Designs for Gang of Seven Animation Studios and be hosted by Gang of Seven Animation director/producer Tom Tataranowicz.
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Cold Brew: Hellboy & B.P.R.D. 1954 Series Begins

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Dark Horse Comics “Hellboy and the B.P.R.D. 1954: Black Sun” #1, Artist Mike Huddleston

Hellboy and the B.P.R.D. 1954: Black Sun #1
Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
Release Date: September 21, 2016

No Spoilers…

Chillin’…
Writers Mike Mignola and Chris Robeson in collaboration with artist Stephen Green and colorist Dave Stewart, bring their most famous creation to an arctic setting. There’s plenty of action and intrigue blended with the deadpan humor we’ve come to expect from our favorite scion of Hades. Fans of 1950’s science fiction will find Hellboy and the B.P.R.D. 1954: Black Sun an absolute bulls-eye. Issue one is filled with overtones of the John W. Campbell novella “Who Goes There?,” most notably filmed as The Thing from Another World in the 1950’s by Howard Hawks and in the 1980’s by John Carpenter simply as The Thing.

Black Sun issue 1 introduces us to a new B.P.R.D. affiliate, the young cryptozoologist Woodrow Farrier. The character seems named with a bit of a nudge and a wink, as a farrier is a horse shoeing specialist. By the issues’ end the adventure expands beyond a Yeti hunt into unexpected territory.

This Dark Horse Comics series opener skates your way on September 21, 2016.
bellboy, dark horse comics, mike mignolaSkeletonpete Says…
Hmm, as a speculative setting for a third Hellboy movie this might afford director Guillermo Del Toro a gateway to the frosty Mountains of Madness after all .
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Pleasant Valley Sunder: Dark Horse’s “Lady Killer” Returns

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Clogged Drain? Call Roto-Ruthless. Josie lounges on the job for the cover of “Lady Killer” Series 2 #2.

Lady Killer 2 #1
Dark Horse Comics
On Sale: August 3, 2016
Artist, Writer, Cover Artist: Joëlle Jones
Variant Cover Issue 1: Michelle Madsen

Daily Grind…
At the opera it ain’t over ’til the fat lady sings, in Josephine Schuller’s world it ain’t over ’til there’s a hammer hanging out of that diva’s noggin’. Writer and artist Joelle Jones and Dark Horse Comics return to the swingin’ 60’s for a second round of adventures with the one woman suburban death squad known as Lady Killer. Series 2 will span 5 issues, with number 1 on sale in August. Read the rest of this entry »

Fin de Cycle: Marvel Announces Secret Wars Finale

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Marvel Comics “Secret Wars” #9 brings the universe shattering story to a conclusion.


SECRET WARS #9
Written by JONATHAN HICKMAN
Art by ESAD RIBIC
Cover by ALEX ROSS
Variant Covers by SIMONE BIANCHI, SKOTTIE YOUNG, SARA PICHELLI and FRED HEMBECK
Action Figure Variant by JOHN TYLER CHRISTOPHER
On-Sale – 01/13/16
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