Culture Shock – Column

July 20, 2007

It’s easy to slip into arrogant mockery when surrounded by the unfamiliar, particularly when it’s the wide-eyed and bushy-tailed as Japanese Culture.

Culture Shock – Column

July 20, 2007

It’s easy to slip into arrogant mockery when surrounded by the unfamiliar, particularly when it’s the wide-eyed and bushy-tailed as Japanese Culture.

Mental Shrapnel – Vegetarian Porn – Column

December 12, 2006

Lollipop has a long history of making fun of stupid people, stupid trends, over-hyped movies, TV shows, bands, and anything else we see. There’s no end to the things you can make fun of if you can stop giggling long enough to scribble a one-liner on one of the shut-off notices lying around. That’s what they’re there for.

Mental Shrapnel – Good and Bad Stripper Names – Column

December 1, 2006

Lollipop has a long history of making fun of stupid people, stupid trends, over-hyped movies, TV shows, bands, and anything else we see. There’s no end to the things you can make fun of if you can stop giggling long enough to scribble a one-liner on one of the shut-off notices lying around. That’s what they’re there for.

Mental Shrapnel – Three Words You Never Want To Hear Together – Column

November 17, 2006

Lollipop has a long history of making fun of stupid people, stupid trends, over-hyped movies, TV shows, bands, and anything else we see. There’s no end to the things you can make fun of if you can stop giggling long enough to scribble a one-liner on one of the shut-off notices lying around. That’s what they’re there for.

Coroner’s Corner – Troma-Tic Films – Column

November 10, 2006

If you’re one of those film lovers who tire of the highly-polished cliché and presentation of big budget Hollywood, Troma is the company for you. Actually, it seems more a way of life than just a mere “company.” One of the great things about Troma is that they really go out of their way to find some of the sickest, most obscure films, seemingly without care of large profit margins.

Dead Mexican in My Headphones – Motörhead Memories – Column

November 3, 2006

I interview rock guys two, three times a week. I use voice recognition software to transcribe these interviews. It doesn’t always come out as planned though. Here are some of the more memorable miscues. More than a few of these gems ring truer than the actual words spoken…

Dead Mexican in My Headphones – Ozzy’s Tour Memories – Column

October 27, 2006

I interview rock guys two, three times a week. I use voice recognition software to transcribe these interviews. It doesn’t always come out as planned though. Here are some of the more memorable miscues. More than a few of these gems ring truer than the actual words spoken…

Culture Shock – Column

October 6, 2006

You always romanticize what you don’t understand, but once the veil of incomprehension clears way, you start to see things for what they really are: Stupid.

Culture Shock – Column

October 6, 2006

Yes, the English can be crap here, but it’s just like the goons back home who get Kanji tattoos but can’t actually read them. It always seemed a bit silly to brand yourself with something you don’t understand. So if it’s dumb for the Americans, it would only follow that it’s dumb for the Japanese, right?

Underground Station – Column

September 29, 2006

Word has it that the great underground artist John Jackson, aka Jaxon, has died at his own hand by a gunshot. We have lost an enormous talent. From the same college as Gilbert Shelton, the University of Texas; Austin, Jaxon created one of the first underground comics, God Nose.

Coroner’s Corner – Column

August 25, 2006

My first reaction was “why?” but my final reaction is “oh my!” I’m speaking, of course, about the Alexandre Aja remake of the 1977 Wes Craven classic, The Hills Have Eyes. 20th Century Fox recently released the full uncut version on DVD along with some nifty features like a making-of, trailers, commentary, and production diaries. But it’s the film itself that is worth the purchase.

Mental Shrapnel – Before They Were Famous – Column

June 28, 2006

Lollipop has a long history of making fun of stupid people, stupid trends, over-hyped movies, TV shows, bands, and anything else we see. There’s no end to the things you can make fun of if you can stop giggling long enough to scribble a one-liner on one of the shut-off notices lying around. That’s what they’re there for.

Prelude to a Lick – The Editor’s Rant – Column

April 28, 2006

Lollipop is a rock mag. We argue about what bands are worth listening to, which are full of shit, what new bands are building it up and worth checking out. We cover “rock culture” stuff like DVDs and comics and books and games and fashion in the least douchebag pretentious way we can. We try to not be to too snobby or insult people (too much) for having a limited musical knowledge, cuz hell, we all learn about new stuff at different times. You’re welcome to disagree on some points or a lot of points. You’re welcome to think you’re a freakin’ potted plant, too. It’s everyone’s right to have their head up their ass.

Coroner’s Corner – Column

April 28, 2006

True aficionados can trace Wes Craven back to one of the most infamous films of all time, The Last House on the Left. In the early ’70s, this film knocked audiences on their asses with its realistic portrayal of depravity and graphic violence. Watching this film gives the viewer a growing sense of guilt the longer you let the film run. As appalled as initial audiences were, the film did quite well. Eventually, the brutal content threatened to ruin the careers of all that were involved.

Mental Shrapnel – Slambasket – Column

April 28, 2006

I intend to form a rap-metal acoustic band called “Slambasket” whose entire shtick is old-skool Young MC “sensitive rapper” style “slow jams” dedicated to the worship of good sandwiches. First album will be Slambasket Picnic. Features the crossover hit “Getcher Slam On, Cheese” (lyrics: “A sandwich is a sandwich/but a slamwich is a meal”). Don’t even get me started on our lighters-aloft epic closer, “Slamon Salmon Bagel Blast.”

Underground Station – Column

April 28, 2006

Adventure Classics is perfectly named. These are old stories by Rudyard Kipling, Arthur Conan Doyle, and O. Henry illustrated by current illustrators like my logo artist and friend, Hunt Emerson, and the talented Mary Fleener. Both are of the “established” underground comic artists movement.

Mental Shrapnel – Pick Up Lines That Never Work – Column

April 28, 2006

Lollipop has a long history of making fun of stupid people, stupid trends, over-hyped movies, TV shows, bands, and anything else we see. There’s no end to the things you can make fun of if you can stop giggling long enough to scribble a one-liner on one of the shut-off notices lying around. That’s what they’re there for.

Culture Shock – Column

March 3, 2006

All language fumbles aside, my inability to read what’s staring me in the face has seriously underlined just how annoying and preposterous advertising, packaging, and public communication in general can be. As a product of advertising himself, Twinkie Man seemed a bit uncomfortable admitting this, but here it is.

Dead Mexican in My Headphones – Dio: Printer of Evil – Column

February 28, 2006

I interview rock guys two, three times a week. I use voice recognition software to transcribe these interviews. It doesn’t always come out as planned though. Here are some of the more memorable miscues. More than a few of these gems ring truer than the actual words spoken…

Culture Shock – Column

February 2, 2006

One thing that’s remarkable about the experience of living in Japan is that while the day to day novelty may wear off, the human mind nonetheless insists on hanging onto the weirdness factor of your surroundings. I’m seeing stuff that may well have not raised an eyebrow back in Cowtown, USA, but I still have some pretty odd reactions when I see it here.

Dead Mexican in My Headphones – Slash Solos for Steak – Column

January 28, 2006

I interview rock guys two, three times a week. I use voice recognition software to transcribe these interviews. It doesn’t always come out as planned though. Here are some of the more memorable miscues. More than a few of these gems ring truer than the actual words spoken…

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