Underground Station – Column

May 23, 2004

Chrysalis, a British publisher, is moving ahead with a history of underground comics. The author, Dez Skinn, is a previous editor of a magazine devoted to the British sci-fi phenomenon, Doctor Who.

Import Zone – Column

May 23, 2004

“Good evening everybody, my name is Robbie Williams, this is my band, and you are about to witness the best show in the world right now!”

Coroner’s Corner – Column

May 23, 2004

I was expecting much lower quality due to the rarity of the source material. However, both discs were of stellar quality and were in English with no annoying subtitles.

Coroner’s Corner – Column

May 23, 2004

Eclectic DVD has tracked down some rare prints for us true fans. While many of their releases may be lacking the extras and commentaries we’ve begun to expect, at least the effort is there.

Underground Station – Column

February 3, 2004

Mr. Crumb goes into these restaurants, orders food, and while he waits or is between courses, he draws fellow patrons or random ideas onto his placemats. He collects them, sends them to a publisher, and they end up in these books.

Import Zone – Column

February 3, 2004

When I saw Raphael opening for Vanessa Paradis in concert two years ago, he rocked. His debut album, Hôtel de l’univers, also rocked. His sophomore effort, La réalité, however, does anything but rock.

Icon, Divas, and Hoes – Fiction

October 15, 2003

As a highly-compensated taker of the national pulse, I decided to let rip a page out of the New York Times playbook, it being an icon of news journalism, and retained the services of an unkempt, boorish, flatulent but capable and unpaid intern.

Import Zone – Column

October 15, 2003

A seductive mix of folk, pop, piano, and electronica, it’s probably the one contemporary French pop disc to be released this year that the late Serge Gainsbourg would have appreciated.

Coroner’s Corner – Column

October 15, 2003

This is one seedy film. The style has real grunge to it, and the images and sounds are literally splashed out. This is the kind of film that sticks with you for a few days no matter how hard you scrub.

Coroner’s Corner – Column

July 23, 2003

Cradle of Fear is about Kemper, a serial killer hypnotist presently being held captive in an insane asylum. Kemper manages to continue his evisceration spree vicariously through his servant, “The Man,” played with demonic delight by Dani Filth (from Cradle of Filth).

Underground Station – Column

July 23, 2003

What the book lacks in full sweep of its subject, it replaces with good looks. The editing is excellent and the content can be stunning. Its display of underground art pieces – some of it rare – brings you to realize that this movement laid a lot of bricks in the foundation of alternative illustrated periodicals.

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