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greenstarz:

GIVEAWAY!!!!!!!!!
WHAT YOU WIN:  A Sex Criminals poster signed and made NSFW by  Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky. HOW YOU WIN: You do not have to follow me just like and/or reblog this post. Doing both results in 2 entries.  You need to be 18+ to enter.  HOW I PICK: At the end I will use a random number generator to pick a winner. HOW WILL YOU KNOW IF YOU WON? I’ll send you a message on tumblr.  You’ll have to respond to me within 24 hours. After 24 hours I will pick someone else. You will have to give me your address so I can mail it to you.  GIVEAWAY ENDS:  July 8th, 2014.

greenstarz:

GIVEAWAY!!!!!!!!!

WHAT YOU WIN:  A Sex Criminals poster signed and made NSFW by  Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky.
HOW YOU WIN: You do not have to follow me just like and/or reblog this post. Doing both results in 2 entries.  You need to be 18+ to enter.
HOW I PICK: At the end I will use a random number generator to pick a winner.
HOW WILL YOU KNOW IF YOU WON? I’ll send you a message on tumblr.  You’ll have to respond to me within 24 hours. After 24 hours I will pick someone else. You will have to give me your address so I can mail it to you.
GIVEAWAY ENDS:  July 8th, 2014.

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thiskatslair:

This pic was taken during the Sex Criminals panel this past Sunday. The cutest couple cosplayed Jon and Suzie from the book. At the panel, the idea was sprung to have the audience freeze in place while video of the couple was taken, as if they were in Cu…”the quiet”. Then “Jon” proposed on stage to “Suzie”. It was very cute and fun to be apart of. (*cue Queen’s Fat Bottomed Girls*) #heroescon #heroescon2014 #brimpers #sexcriminals


How lucky am I?

thiskatslair:

This pic was taken during the Sex Criminals panel this past Sunday. The cutest couple cosplayed Jon and Suzie from the book. At the panel, the idea was sprung to have the audience freeze in place while video of the couple was taken, as if they were in Cu…”the quiet”. Then “Jon” proposed on stage to “Suzie”. It was very cute and fun to be apart of. (*cue Queen’s Fat Bottomed Girls*) #heroescon #heroescon2014 #brimpers #sexcriminals

How lucky am I?

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A Quiet Proposal

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kirkkiefer:

So I proposed to my girlfriend, Amelia, yesterday. The twist was that I did it in front of a crowd with the assistance of Chip Zdarsky and Matt Fraction.

Thank you to all the well-wishers and another huge thank you to the brimpers who attended the panel and played along to make it work. A…

Yay, Kirk and Amelia! This was amazing to witness and I wish you guys all the happiness. :) Any chance the wedding will take place during next year’s Sex Criminals Sunday panel?

As fun as that would be, and probably preferable to dealing with family, we’d probably make a lot of folks mad by requiring them to go to Charlotte. And thanks!

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So I proposed to my girlfriend, Amelia, yesterday. The twist was that I did it in front of a crowd with the assistance of Chip Zdarsky and Matt Fraction. 

Thank you to all the well-wishers and another huge thank you to the brimpers who attended the panel and played along to make it work. A totally unintended bonus to this whole thing has been reading the posts from folks who were there- we’ve been having a lot of fun reliving it thanks to those. (I’ve reposted a couple pics I found via twitter and credited the original posters- if there are any issues with that, let me know.)

Of course, I also have to say thank you (again) to Chip and Matt for making this whole crazy proposal thing come off absolutely perfectly. 

For those that weren’t there, below the cut is a long-drawn out explanation, starting at the beginning…

The first issue of Sex Criminals was one of the best first issues of a comic I had ever read. When Amelia got home from work on the day it was released, I immediately told her she had to read it that night. It quickly became our favorite comic.

When she found out both Matt and Chip would be at HeroesCon, she made up her mind to cosplay as Suzie-as-Freddie-Mercury from the “Fat Bottomed Girls” musical sequence in issue 3. She posted some in-progress pics to Instagram and was extremely excited when Chip “liked” one of them. So as I was brainstorming a good way to propose, hitting on the idea of getting Chip and Matt involved seemed not just perfect, but like the best idea I would ever have in my life. 

I emailed my buddy Chris with a few ideas, but he felt I wasn’t going big enough. It was Chris who suggested acting out being in The Quiet during the panel and damned if that wasn’t a stroke of genius.  I contacted Chip and Matt and they agreed to help, which in and of itself was crazy, seeing as I was a total stranger. 

The first day of the con, Friday, we dressed up in our Suzie and Jon outfits and went to their table for pictures, swag, etc. We got a hilarious sketch of The Flash from Chip and all six issues of Sex Criminals signed/doodled on by Matt and Chip, plus the con-exclusive hardcover, some Cumworld hand sanitizer, and an amazing picture with the two of them:

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Seeing how excited Amelia was for that, I felt pretty good about how the proposal would go over. I just had to make it through the rest of the weekend acting as casually and relaxed as possible.

Sunday finally came around and we got front-row seats to the panel, which ended up being, unsurprisingly, hysterically funny. I nervously checked the time on my phone throughout, continuing to psych myself up. Towards the end, Chip announced that they wanted to have us, cosplaying as Suzie and Jon of course, run around as if we were in The Quiet, with the audience staying absolutely still. Amelia was as shocked and excited by just that as I had hoped, suspecting nothing, and got super into it. I played along for a bit and then hopped on stage (with Chip whispering “do it! do it!” to me as I did so) and called Amelia up there, then went into my prepared speech as best I could remember it, before dropping onto one knee and proposing. When she said yes, “Fat Bottomed Girls” unexpectedly came blaring over the PA, a perfect touch by Matt and Chip. Thank you aganej2 for capturing that moment:

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Then we hopped off stage and Chip dropped on one knee for Matt (photo by Girls Reading Comics,  @girlsreadcomics on twitter):

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I’m sure I’m leaving stuff out, the whole thing was kind of a blur (which is another reason why seeing pics and reading posts by other Brimpers who were there is so great!) It really couldn’t have gone better. Oh yeah, and the moderator of the panel, Doug Merkle, gave us the sign as a momento, which was really sweet. We had to get that autographed too of course:

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I thanked Matt and Chip repeatedly, in person and online, but seriously, it’ll never be enough. These guys really went above and beyond and were so gracious. So again, thank you mattfractionblog and zdarsky for making me look good and helping create such an unforgettable proposal. 

EDIT: More pics here!

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Ghostbusters 30th Anniversary Infographic - SDRS Creative

Thanks to my buddy @kgramone for passing this along.

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And the latest of my newest batch of bound books: three volumes of post-Death & Return Superman issues. This was the era I was collecting as a kid so I have fond memories of these. 

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More new binds - this time, the George Perez Wonder Woman run. Again, another run I’ve never read but have heard nothing but praise for.

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My new Suicide Squad binds! Really excited to dig into these because I’ve actually never read the series. 

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Thanks to my comic book binding hobby I’ve been reading a lot of older comics. Among my most recent reads was a bind of uncollected issues of Denny O’Neil’s The Question series, consisting of annuals, The Question Quarterly and the like. 

I’ve also been working my way through watching In Living Color, the early 90s Fox sketch comedy series that launched the likes of Jim Carrey, Damon Wayans, and David Alan Grier, among others, to fame. 

ANYWAY, imagine my surprise when I reached this panel of The Question Quarterly #4:

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If that doesn’t seem familiar, check out this sketch from In Living Color (one of many featuring Damon Wayans as a character named Oswald Bates):

Now go back and re-read that first panel with the voice, inflection, and mannerisms of Oswald Bates. Clearly this is not a coincidence.

And if there’s any doubt that writer Adam Blaustein (no idea why Denny O’Neil wasn’t the writer of this particular issue) was a big fan of In Living Color, later in the issue is this panel:

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For those unfamiliar with the Homeboy Shopping Network, skip to 2:56 in this video (then go back to the beginning because the sketch is hilarious):



I rest my case.

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Okay, so you’ve heard the early fun-in-in-the-sun stuff, you own Pet Sounds and The SMiLE Sessions and maybe have some greatest hits comps. You heard “Feel Flows” at the end of Almost Famous, “Sail On Sailor” in The Departed, and think “wow, I wonder if there’s anything else worth checking out?” I’m here to say that yes, there is. Below are 10 songs that aren’t on greatest hits comps or movie soundtracks (I don’t think… The Beach Boys have an ungodly amount of “hits” compilations) that everyone should check out if they even think they might like The Beach Boys. 

I’d Love Just Once to See You (1967)

Super catchy, deceptively simple, and it even has a lyrical punchline! (Note: it is the first song in the video.)

Aren’t You Glad (live 1969)

Originally released on Wild Honey, this particular version trumps the studio version, thanks to a bit more oomph, killer horns, and fuzz bass. From 1968-1974 or so, the group’s live shows were a real revelation.

Slip On Through (1970) 

The opening track to the best non-Pet Sounds or SMiLE album, Sunflower, this track shows what an incredible asset Dennis Wilson was to the group, bringing in a tune with a killer groove and laying down a fantastic lead vocal. Like nothing else the Beach Boys had done, this song rocks yet, thanks to the vocal arrangement, still sounds like The Beach Boys. (Extra credit work: check out the vocals only mix here!)

All I Wanna Do (1970) 

Another Sunflower tune, this gorgeous ballad is, quite frankly, perfect in every conceivable way. Also proof that Mike Love could write good lyrics that weren’t about surfing or referencing old hits when he wanted to.

Wouldn’t It Be Nice to Live Again (1971) 

Only recently released, on last year’s Made in California boxed set, this Surf’s Up outtake is jaw-droppingly beautiful. I’m running out of adjectives here. 

You Need a Mess of Help To Stand Alone (1972)

In the early 70s the Beach Boys lineup was augmented by Blondie Chaplin and Ricky Fataar, bringing more of an edge to the group. This is the lead track from the first album to feature the two.

The Night Was So Young (1977) 

Though Love You is a very polarizing album, it’s hard to dispute this song is anything but another incredible Brian Wilson ballad. The last verse in particular highlights one of my favorite Brian Wilson lyrical quirks: writing about putzing around the kitchen.

River Song (1977)

Though technically it’s Dennis Wilson solo, the song features Carl Wilson and drummer Ricky Fataar and began life as a Beach Boys recording, so it makes the list. Majestic, rockin’, beautiful, and everything in between. Dennis was the groups secret weapon, and I could write a whole post about how amazing his material is… and probably will. 

My Diane (1978) 

Speaking of Dennis, though this track was written by Brian, it’s Dennis’s late-70s moan that brings out the despair in this tune. An emotional gut punch.

From There to Back Again (2012)

Even more surprising than the fact that The Beach Boys managed to put aside their squabbles and release another album at all in 2012 was the fact that the album was actually pretty darn good. This track is the highlight, with some great synth work and very effective musical twists and turns. Yes, there’s a distracting amount of auto tune on the lead vocal, but ignore that and you’ve got a helluva song.

So there you go, ten tunes worth a listen from the Beach Boys. If you enjoy these, I recommend getting Sunflower first, then checking out all their albums from Smiley Smile through Holland at the very least. Love You is excellent, but it’s not for everyone, so be warned if you decide to go there. Maybe I’ll do a post with the 10 most bizarre Beach Boys recordings soon…

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