Sunday, December 17, 2017

BEST MUSIC: 2017, with Music Players!


Curtis Harding




ALL THE
REAL MUSIC!


Nevermind all those suburban-angst
"Best Music" lists that taste like paste!


These tunes will altitude your attitude
and amok your badonkadonk!


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Julie Byrne
(photo by Tonje Thilesen)


B E S T
N E W
A L B U M S :

2 0 1 7


BEST ALBUMS 2017
by Tym Stevens
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This music player has songs from the following albums, in the same order.




-Curtis Harding, "Face Your Fear"
Psychedelic Soul.

-JD McPherson, "UNDIVIDED HEART & SOUL"
Rockabilly and Soul.

-Julie Byrne, "Not Even Happiness"
Ethereal Folk.

-Thundercat, "Drunk"
Eclectic Soul.




-Temples, "Volcano"
Psychedelic Pop.

-St. Vincent, "MASSEDUCTION"
Future Rock.

-Father John Misty, "Pure Comedy"
Lacerating Folk commentary.

-Here Lies Man, "Here Lies Man"
Afrobeat Rock.




-Groovy Uncle, "A Clip Around The Ears"
Beatlesque Pop.

-Dan Auerbach, "Waiting On A Song"
Country Soul from Black Keys leader.

-Bootsy Collins, "World Wide Funk"
Hybrid Funk.

-Deerhoof, "Mountain Moves"
Melodic Noize Pop.




-The New Pornographers, "Whiteout Conditions"
Complex Pop from Indie supergroup.

-Zara McFarlane, "Arise"
SoulJazz angel chorales.

-Las Cobras, "Temporal"
Moody trance-adelic from Uruguay.

-The Secret Sisters, "You Don't Own Me Anymore"
(The secret sisters of the Everly brothers?)




-Songhoy Blues, "Resistance"
Desert Blues from Mali.

-Las Odio, "Futuras Esposas"
Garage Punk from Spain.

-Robert Cray & Hi Rhythm, "Robert Cray & Hi Rhythm"
Memphis Soul.

-Feist, "Pleasure"
Edgy Chamber Folk.




-Satellite Jockey, "Modern Life, Vol.1"
Psyche Pop.

-Nicole Atkins, "Goodnight Rhonda Lee"
Multifaceted Soul, Country, and Dream Pop.

-Ariel Pink, "Dedicated To Bobby Jameson"
Electrodelic.

-D/troit, "Soul Sound System"
Funky Soul from Denmark.




-Queens Of The Stone Age, "Villains"
Cold Glam with Boogie.

-The Pen Friend Club, "Wonderful World Of The Pen Friend Club"
A happy world of Pet Sounds from Japan.

-Childhood, "Universal High"
Sunshine Soul.

-Nicole Willis , "My Name Is Nicole Willis"
Soulful Funk.




-Roger Waters, "Is This The Life We Really Want?"
The Wall for the FakePrez era.

-Mavis Staples, "If All I Was Was Black"
Compassionate Gospel Soul.

-The Darts (U.S.), "The Darts"
A Garage Punk spin-off of The Love Me Nots.

-Jeb Loy Nichols, "Country Hustle"
Soul Country Folk Reggae Blues.




-Antibalas, "Where The Gods Are In Peace"
Political Afrobeat.

-Don Bryant, "Don't Give Up On Love"
Memphis Soul.

-Liam Gallagher, "As You Were"
Let It Be some more.

-Chicano Batman, "Freedom Is Free"
Latin Funk.




-Tashaki Miyaki, "The Dream"
Like Slowdive jamming with Crazy Horse.

-Nick Hakim, "Green Twins"
Kaleidoscopic Soul.

-Jane Weaver, "Modern Kosmology"
Harmonious Kraut Psyche.

-Perfume Genius, "No Shape"
Coldwave Soul Rock.




-The Claypool Lennon Delirium, "Lime And Limpid Green"
Covers E.P. of Psyche and Prog gems.

-Benjamin Booker, "Witness"
Soul Blues.

-Samehada Shiriko And Dynamite, "Brand New Dynamite"
Refracted Psyche maelstrom.

-The Como Mamas, "Move Upstairs"
Gospel.




-Glim Spanky, "Bizarre Carnival"
Baroque Pop.

-Guadalupe Plata, "Guadalupe Plata 2017"
Scary Spaghetti-billy.

-The Coathangers, "Parasite"
Punk trio with Pop hooks.

-Sunshine & The Rain, "In The Darkness Of My Nights"
Girl Group Buzz Punk.




-The Kaisers, "Wishing Street"
Perfect Merseybeat.

-Jessica Lea Mayfield, "Sorry Is Gone"
Alt-Country with a Grunge edge.

-Spoon, "Hot Thoughts"
Austin's finest Alt-Rock.

-Robert Plant, "Carry Fire"
Roots to the future.




-Angelo Badalamenti, +, "TWIN PEAKS (Limited Event Series Soundtrack)"
From the darkness of future past.

-Chrysta Bell, "We Dissolve"
David Lynch's protege graduates.

-Robert Johnson And Punchdrunks, "Morte di Seeburg"
Terse Cinecitta-style soundtrack chills.

-Sharon Jones And The Dap Kings, "Soul Of A Woman"
The swan song of the true queen of modern Soul.
Rest In Power.


Sharon Jones







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S O N G S :

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All the REAL MUSIC
beyond the box!


Nevermind Gloss Pop, Stepford Idols, Karaoke Choruses, Ego Brats, Brittle Bombast, and Robot-o-Tune schlock!

Here's the
D R E A M
J U K E B O X !

COOL SONGS 2017
by Tym Stevens
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This year's jukebox is sequenced into groups of sound, instead of randomly.
All the songs elasticize their genres.
Get your groove on in this sonic order.:

Ethereal! Soul! Rockabilly! Garage!

Psychedelic! Glam! RESIST! Covers!

Country! Funk! AfroBeat! Riot Grrrl!

Alt-Rap! Electro! Soundtracks!

Nicole Atkins; Thundercat;
The Darts; Glim Spanky


18 hours of mind-staggering, booty-swiveling music, featuring:

Julie Byrne, Chrysta Bell, Chuck Berry, The Secret Sisters, CTMF, The Shelters, Charlotte Gainesbourg, Thee Oh Sees, Beck, Louise Burns, Melvins, Nick Hakim, The Heliocentrics, Fleet Foxes, The Dirtbombs, of Montreal, Moon Duo, Sampha, THEEE BAT, Ruby Velle And The Soulphonics, Las Rosas, Tinariwen, Tony Allen, Sleater-Kinney, Beth Ditto, EMA, Moses Sumney, Wire,
and throngs more songs!






B E S T
R E I S S U E S :

2 0 1 7


Quality is timeless.

The act
you've known
for all
these years.


BEST REISSUES 2017
by Tym Stevens
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This music player has songs from the following albums, in the same order.



1950s

-Little Richard, "Here's Little Richard" (1957)
The Voice of Rock'n'Roll.



1960s

-Various Artists, "Girls With Guitars, Vol. 4"
Rock grrrls of the '60s.

-The Golliwogs, "Fight Fire: The Complete Recordings 1964-1967"
The early Beat and Garage songs of Creedence Clearwater Revival.

-The Creation, "Action Painting" (1967-'68)
Mod/ Garage.

-The Monks, "Hamburg Recordings 1967"
Garage.

-The Beatles, "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band"
The Greatest Rock Album Of All Time.

-The Rolling Stones, "Their Satanic Majesties Request"
Psyche response to Sgt. Pepper.

-The Beach Boys, "1967- Sunshine Tomorrow"
Box set of all their 1967 works.

-The Moody Blues, "Days Of Future Past" (1967)
Chamber Psyche.

-Tages, "Studio" (1967)
Swedish Psyche response to Sgt. Pepper.

-Various Artists, "Soulsville U.S.A.: A Celebration Of STAX" (1960-1976)
Stax Records box set.

-Marta Kubisova, "Songy a Balady" (1968)
Czech Soul balladeer.

-Sunny And The Sunliners, "Mr. Brown-Eyed Soul"
Latin Soul.

-Os Brazoes, "Os Brazoes" (1969)
Brazilian Psyche.




1970s

-P.P. Arnold, "The Turning Tide" (c. 1970)
Lost Rock album produced by Barry Gibb.

-Pink Floyd, "1970 Devi/ation"
All their 1970 works.

-Chris Bell +, "Looking Forward: The Roots Of Big Star"
Chris Bell's various projects before Big Star.

-Piero Piccioni, "Puppets On A Chain" (1970)
Groovy soundtrack.

-Pappo's Blues, "Pappo's Blues, Vol. 1" (1971)
Argentinian Blues-rock.

-The Stylistics, "The Stylistics" (1971)
Debut album produced by Thom Bell.

-Rain, "Rain" (1972)
Beatlesque Prog.

-Mulatu Astatke, "Mulatu of Ethiopia" (1972)
Ethiopian Jazz.

-The Delfonics, "Tell Me This Is A Dream" (1972)
Philly Soul.

-Isaac Hayes, "The Spirit Of Memphis (1962-1976)"
A box set overview of the Soul Man.

-Yoko Ono, "Fly", "Approximately Infinite Universe" , "Feeling The Space" (1971, 1973, 1973)
Crucial experimental Rock.
Approximately Infinite Universe is one of the greatest Rock double-albums ever made.

-Minnie Riperton, "Perfect Angel" (1974)
Produced by Stevie Wonder.

-The Stooges, "Heavy Liquid: "The Album" (1974)
The great lost follow-up to Raw Power.

-Sly Stone, "High On You" (1975)
Underrated Funk classic.

-Neil Young, "Hitchhiker" (1976)
Legendary unreleased acoustic demos album.

-The Jam, "1977"
All of their 1977 works.

-The Cars, "Candy-O", "Panorama" (1979, 1980)
The brilliant second record and the underappreciated third.

-The Pop Group, "Y" (1979)
PostPunk/DubNoize protest album for the ages.




1980s

-Tradition, "Captain Ganja And The Space Patrol" (1980)
Essential breakthrough Dub album.

-Maximum Joy, "I Can't Stand It Here On Quiet Nights: Singles 1981-82"
PostPunk Funk from the early-'80s NYC revolution.>

-The Rain Parade, "Emergency Third Rail Power Trip" (1983)
Neo-Psyche from the Paisley Underground scene.

-Annie Anxiety, "Soul Possession" (1984)
Damaged Spoken Punk.

-Prince And The Revolution, "Purple Rain" (1984)
A massive expansion of the best album of the '80s.

-Nick Lowe And His Cowboy Outfit, "The Rose Of England" (1985)
Rockabilly.

-INXS, "Kick" (1987)
Aussie Funk.

-Paul McCartney, "Flowers In The Dirt" (1989)
Now expanded with all of the terrific unreleased demos with Elvis Costello.




1990s

-L7, "Detroit" (1990)
Unreleased live album.

-Angelo Badalamenti, "TWIN PEAKS: Fire Walk With Me" (1992)
Hallucinatory demon Jazz.



2000s

-Anna And The Psychomen, "2002-2004 Complete Recordings"
Garage Punk from Italy.

-Yeah Yeah Yeahs, "Fever To Tell" (demos) (2003)
NYC Art-Punk.




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Thursday, December 14, 2017

BEST COMICS: 2017


S T A R S T R U C K :
Old Proldiers Never Die



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> Best Graphic Novel
> Best Comics
> Best Graphic Novels
> Best Collections
> Best Movies And TV
> Best Websites

> Rest In Power






B E S T
G R A P H I C
N O V E L :





-S T A R S T R U C K :
Old Proldiers Never Die
,
by Elaine Lee, Michael Wm Kaluta, and Lee Moyer

The long-awaited second volume, reprinting a classic story now exorbinantly expanded with 50% new story and artwork, and newly painted color.

Quality is always timeless, and now it's lightyears ahead.


Learn More:





B E S T
C O M I C S :





I D W




-S T A R S T R U C K :
Old Proldiers Never Die
#1-6,
by Elaine Lee, Michael Wm Kaluta, and Lee Moyer

The serialized mini-series, more sophisticated than any other title going by leagues and bounds, and a gift that just keeps giving.

A hardboiled mystery, a galactic history, a cyberpunk noir, a war memoir, a transgressive romance, a second chance.

Smart art for sharp hearts.


> IDW





I M A G E



Art by Fiona Staples; Cliff Chiang


-SAGA, by Fiona Staples and Brian K. Vaughan _______ ⇧
So vital, so brutal.
The best continues to best itself.

-PAPER GIRLS, by Brian K. Vaughan and Cliff Chiang _______ ⇧
Lazy comparisons to Stranger Things wither; this is far too wide, deep, and complex, an epic cryptogram of its own.




-ROCKET GIRL, by Amy Reeder and Brandon Montclare _______
Three sightings this year!

-SOLID STATE, by Matt Fraction, Jonathan Coulton, and Albert Monteys _______
Concept album turned sci-fi opus.

-BLACK CLOUD, by Jason Latour, Ivan Brandon, and Greg Hinkle _______
What dreams may come.

-SPY SEAL, by Rich Tomasso _______
Clean-line spy adventure fun in the best Tintin tradition.



-MONSTRESS, by Marjorie Liu and Sana Takeda _______
Best-selling author Marjorie Liu's Gothic Fantasy, with stunning art by Sana Takeda.

-THE AUTUMNLANDS, by Kurt Busiek, Benjamin Dewey, and Jordie Bellaire _______
Sociopolitical character-driven Fantasy.

-THE WICKED AND THE DIVINE, by Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie _______
Live, die, replete.





-SEX CRIMINALS, by Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky _______ ⇧
Deeper, faster, harder. >

-DESCENDER, by Jeff Lemire and Dustin Nguyen _______
Indiana Croft.

-BLACK SCIENCE, by Rick Remender, Matteo Scalera, and Dean White _______
Dare all pretensions in parallel dimensions.

-INVISIBLE REPUBLIC, by Corinna Bechko and Gabriel Hardman _______ ⇧
The king is dead, long live the dream.



-SOUTHERN CROSS, by Becky Cloonan and Andy Belanger _______
Mystery. Eternity.

-COPPERHEAD, by Jay Faerber and Scott Godlewski _______
HIGH NOON in the backwater worlds.

-LAZARUS, by Greg Rucka and Michael Lark _______
The ties that blind.






M A R V E L



Art by Cliff Chiang

-AMERICA, by Gabby Rivera, Joe Quinones, and Ramon Villalobos _______ ⇧
America Chavez to the rescue!
Fascists, beware!


-THE UNBEATABLE SQUIRREL GIRL, by Ryan North and Erica Henderson _______
Too funny by far!

-MOON GIRL AND DEVIL DINOSAUR, by Amy Reeder, Brandon Montclare, and Natacha Bustos _______
Inspiring all-ages book.
Science, dinosaurs, action!

-PATSY WALKER, a.k.a., Hellcat!, by Kate Leth and Brittney L. Williams _______
Great fun while it lasted.


Art by Russell Dauterman

-THE MIGHTY THOR, by Jason Aaron And Russell Dauterman _______ ⇧
Malekith, the Shi'ar, and The Phoenix take her on.
Even odds.

-MS. MARVEL, by G. Willow Wilson, Takeshi Miyazawa, and Adrian Alphona _______
Embiggen your mind.

-SPIDER-GWEN, by Jason Latour and Robbi Rodriguez _______
Does whatever a spider can.

-Invincible Iron Man: IRONHEART, by Brian Michael Bendis and Stefano Caselli _______
She's 15, a genius, and a mecha. Step off.



BLACK PANTHER, by Ta-Nehisi Coates and Brian Stelfreeze/Chris Sprouse _______
Bestselling author Ta-Nehisi Coates' brave experiment in bringing T'Challa forward to his fullest potential.

-ALIAS, by Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Gaydos _______
The return of Jessica Jones (and her creators). Worth it for her snarky dialogue alone.

JEAN GREY, by Dennis Hopless with Victor Ibanez, + _______
When Phoenix died in 1980, it was as seismic an event in comics as if it had actually happened.
And then Marvel has devalued that endlessly ever since.
This do-over series does precisely what it should, fixing all of that in a bid to give her a better fate.

-SCARLET WITCH, by James Robinson and Various Artists _______
James Robinson (Starman) helmed this artful and character-driven modern Sorcery series to its end.

_______________


S T A R
W A R S


Marvel is still nailing it making movies between the movies.


-STAR WARS, by Jason Aaron and Stuart Immonen, + _______
The flagship title covers the Rebel side of events during the period between A NEW HOPE and THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK.

-DARTH VADER: Dark Lord of the Sith, by
Charles Soule and Giuseppe Camuncoli
_______
This new, second VADER series covers his emergence immediately after REVENGE OF THE SITH.


-STAR WARS: Screaming Citadel, by a cast of dozens _______
A crossover event between titles featuring the Rebels 'teaming up' with Doctor Aphra.



-STAR WARS: Doctor Aphra, by Kieron Gillen and Kev Walker _______ ⇧
Everyone's favorite anti-Indiana Jones gets her own series.
Scams, chaos, and sarcasm ensue.

-STAR WARS: Poe Dameron, by Charles Soule and Angel Unzueta _______
Though he was a blip in THE FORCE AWAKENS, he's become a fully realized adventurer in this fun series.





D C



-MISTER MIRACLE, by Tom King and Mitch Gerads _______
Tom King, lauded last year for the psychological dread of THE VISION, helps the great escape artist elude his inner demons.

-WONDER WOMAN '77 MEETS THE BIONIC WOMAN, by Andy Mandels and Judit Tondora (DC/Dynamite) _______
Because sentimental.





Timely Reminder, Dept.
  • WATCHMEN (1986) is a graphic novel by writer Alan Moore and artist Dave Gibbons, with color by John Higgins.
  • They are the sole creators of this original saga, despite a copyright swindle by the publisher.
  • This is a self-contained story, period.
  • Any other "before" or "after" supplements, or "crossover integrations", are a complete fraud perpetrated by the greedy and supported by the foolish.





V E R T I G O


-ASTRO CITY, by Kurt Busiek and Brent Anderson, + Alex Ross _______
Avert catastrophe, support Astro City.





Y O U N G
A N I M A L



Art by Tula Lotay


-SHADE THE CHANGING GIRL, by Cecil Castellucci and Marley Zarcone _______ ⇧
Everything great about the 1978 Ditko original and the Milligan/McCarthy/Bacchalo '90s Vertigo run, made new and vital again.
Psychotropic clean-line graphics and shaded emotional nuance.

-DOOM PATROL, by Gerard Way and Nick Derington _______
Gerard Way tranmutes everything great about Grant Morrison's '90s run into new gold.





D A R K
H O R S E



Art by Gene Ha

-MAE, by Gene Ha _______ ⇧
An all-ages cross-dimensional adventure series by the acclaimed artist of Alan Moore' TOP 10.







B E S T
G R A P H I C
N O V E L S :





-PROVIDENCE, Act 1,
-PROVIDENCE, Act 2,
-PROVIDENCE, Act 3, by Alan Moore and Jacen Burrows (Avatar) _______ ⇧
Three volumes collecting Alan Moore's 12-issue maxi-series prequel to NEONOMICON, a terrifying rethink of Lovecraft.




-LOVE IS LOVE, by Various Creators (IDW/DC) _______ ⇧
A benifit anthology responding to the Orlando shooting tragedy, championing all aspects of the human love spectrum. >



Art by Emil Ferris

-MY FAVORITE THING IS MONSTERS, by Emil Ferris (Fantagraphics) _______ ⇧
An ink-pen diary and montage on notebook paper, tracing a mystery on many levels.

-CRAWL SPACE, by Jesse Jacobs (Koyama Press) _______
Mindwarping graphics and soul-searching prose.

-MAGRITTE: This Is Not a Biography, by Vincent Zabus and Thomas Campi (SelfMadeHero) _______
Fall into Magritte's world, and become it.
This is not a pipe (dream).



-EVERYTHING IS FLAMMABLE, by Gabrielle Bell (Uncivilized Books) _______
Memoir, diary, confession, dissertation.
Family issues and rebuilding.

-YOU & A BIKE & A ROAD, by Eleanor Davis (Koyama Press) _______
Putting yourself back together again, one sketch and sketchy moment at a time.

-NOTHING LASTS FOREVER, by Sina Grace (Image) _______
Existentialism amid the freedom and fatuousness of the digital age.

-BOUNDLESS, by Jillian Tamaki (Drawn & Quarterly) _______
Surreal short stories that challenge the boundaries of self and nature.



-SAIGON CALLING: London 1963-75, by Marcelino Truong (Arsenal Pulp Press) _______ ⇧
This sequel to Such a Lovely Little War brings the Vietnamese expat through the Counter-Cultural Revolution.

-THE BEST WE COULD DO, by Thi Bui (Abrams) _______
Immigration is both escaping and finding continuously.

-POPPIES OF IRAQ, by Brigitte Findakly and Lewis Trondheim (Abrams) _______
Breezy cartooning belies a nuanced work coming to grips with dangerous social upheaval.

-SPINNING, by Tillie Walden (First Second) _______
Competitive skating across emotional thin ice. Finding your own glide.



-SHATTERED WARRIOR, by Sharon Shinn and Molly Knox Ostertag (First Second) _______ ⇧
Fighting galactic repression, with graphics by the artist of Strong Female Protagonist.

-KIM & KIM, Vol. 1: This Glamorous, High-Flying Rock Star Life, by Magdalene Visaggio, Matt Pizzolo, Katy Rex, Eva Cabrera, and Claudia Aguirre (Black Mask) _______
Here. Queer. Kickin' your rear.

-THE SMELL OF STARVING BOYS, by Loo Hui Phang and Frederik Peeters (SelfMadeHero) _______
A western where frontiers open up and boundaries dissolve.






B E S T
C O L L E C T I O N S /
R E I S S U E S :





-KIRBY 100, by Jack Kirby, + (TwoMorrows) _______ ⇧
A centennial celebration of the King of Comics.



-THE EC ARCHIVES: The Haunt of Fear, The Vault of Horror, Shock SuspenStories, Tales from the Crypt, Weird Fantasy, Weird Science, Two-Fisted Tales, Panic, Valor, Aces High, by various (Dark Horse) _______
EC Comics was, and is, the revolution.

-BERNIE WRIGHTSON Artifact Edition Cover, by Bernie Wrightson (IDW) _______
Bernie Wrightson was one of the greatest modern heirs to the Golden Age of Illustration.



Art by Gene Day

Larger here

-Hands of Shang Chi, MASTER OF KUNG FU: Omnibus, Volume 4, by Doug Moench and Gene Day, + (Marvel) _______ ⇧
MOKF was a pivotal work of the '70s shamefully kept out of print ever since by legal problems.
Moench's complex and meditative hero forecast the mature comics of the '80s, and Gene Day's astonishing art at the end is the hinge from Will Eisner to J.H. Williams III.





-MICHAEL WM KALUTA'S STARSTRUCK Artist's Edition, by Elaine Lee and Michael Wm Kaluta (IDW) _______ ⇧
The original art pages of the 1984 graphic novel of STARSTRUCK, photographed at actual size.
> IDW

-DAVE STEVENS' THE ROCKETEER Artisan Edition, by Dave Stevens (IDW) _______
The page art of the classic adventurer, photographed at actual size.




-BATWOMAN, by Greg Rucka and JH Williams III (DC) _______ ⇧
An always timely reprinting of the stunning series, unequaled by any other still.

-STREAK OF CHALK, by Miguelanxo Prado (NBM) _______
A 1994 prism for interpretation, anchored around the beautiful watercolor art.


_______________



WHERE WE COME FROM, Dept.

Explore the past to map the future.
Get with, get going.



-LAST GIRL STANDING, by Trina Robbins (Fantagraphics) _______ ⇧
The autobiography of Trina Robbins, whose imprint spans from Vampirella's costume and Wimmen's Comix to Wonder Woman and acclaimed histories of female comics creators.

-HOW TO READ NANCY: The Elements of Comics in Three Easy Panels, by Paul Karasik And Mark Newgarden (Fantagraphics) _______
Using the (deceptively) formal clarity of Ernie Bushmiller's Nancy comic strip as a gateway to the medium.






B E S T
M O V I E S
a n d
T V:



I write and illustrate reviews of all comics-sourced films at the Four Color Films site.


Art by Tym Stevens

-LOGAN

-GHOST IN THE SHELL

-WONDER WOMAN

-SPIDER-MAN: Homecoming

-GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY, Vol. 2

-THOR: Raganarok

-JUSTICE LEAGUE



-LEGION, season 1

-THE DEFENDERS, season 1


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> BEST MOVIES & TV: 2017






B E S T
W E B C O M I C S




-The Nib

-Strong Female Protagonist






R E S T
I N
P O W E R




SWAMP THING,
by Len Wein and Berni Wrightson

  • Bernie Wrightson
  • Len Wein

From you, we exist.
Because of you, we persist.





Nuff said, pilgrim. Excelsior!


© Tym Stevens



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Tuesday, December 5, 2017

BEST COMICS: 2016


PAPER GIRLS,
by Vaughan and Chiang



Shortcut links:
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> Best Comics
> Best Novel
> Best Graphic Novels
> Best Collections/ Reissues
> Best Movies And TV
> Best Websites

> Rest In Power






B E S T
G R A P H I C
N O V E L :





-MARCH: Book Three, by Congressman John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell (Top Shelf) ⇧

Congressman John Lewis concludes his trilogy tracing his path through Civil Rights history.

Crucial and timeless reading.






B E S T
C O M I C S :





I M A G E




-SAGA, by Fiona Staples and Brian K. Vaughan ⇧ _______

Staples and Vaughan are creating a Space Fantasy for the ages. Their trademark blend of hilarity, surprises, heartbreak, and snark only gets better with expansion.


-PAPER GIRLS, by Brian K. Vaughan and Cliff Chiang ⇧ _______

Proving himself one of the most invaluable writers working, Vaughan teams with artist Chiang (coming off his acclaimed run on WONDER WOMAN) for this psychoactive time puzzle. Started well before the debut of STRANGER THINGS, they navigate the emprises of four paper delivery girls from 1988 colliding sideways into gods, the universe, and everything.

Heady stories, crack timing, bold color, and slippery text.


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Image Comics continues its startling and unlikely renaissance with excellent titles like these.:


-ODY-C, by Matt Fraction and Christian Ward _______
The female Odyssey in cosmidelic galactiscope.

-MONSTRESS, by Marjorie Liu and Sana Takeda _______
Steampunk matriarchy.

-THE AUTUMNLANDS, by Kurt Busiek, Benjamin Dewey, and Jordie Bellaire _______
Sharp Fantasy with great characters and art.

-THE WICKED AND THE DIVINE, by Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie _______
The premise of gods as doomed rock stars gets deeper, louder.



-NOWHERE MEN, by Eric Stephenson and Nate Bellegarde ⇧ _______
After a four-year delay, Volume 2 arrives with more of the repercussions of a Beatlesque quartet of inventors on the world.

-DESCENDER, by Jeff Lemire and Dustin Nguyen _______
Android Pinocchio.

-BLACK SCIENCE, by Rick Remender, Matteo Scalera, and Dean White _______
Alter native realty with alternate realities.

-INVISIBLE REPUBLIC, by Corinna Bechko and Gabriel Hardman _______
Galactic revolution or false crusade?



-SEX CRIMINALS, by Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky ⇧ _______
Sex-Positive and positively sexy.
Also more intimate and explorative.

-SOUTHERN CROSS, by Becky Cloonan and Andy Belanger _______
In space no one can hear you scream.

-LAZARUS, by Greg Rucka and Michael Lark _______
LA FEMME NIKITA meets THE GODFATHER.

-PRETTY DEADLY, by Kelly Sue DeConnick and Emma Rios ⇧ _______
Spaghetti Western gothadelic.





M A R V E L



Cover art by Gene Ha



-MIRACLEMAN: The Golden Age #4-6, by Neil Gaiman and Mark Buckingham

With MIRACLEMAN, Alan Moore created the postmodern deconstructed hero.

After completely transforming and elevating the comics medium across the '80s, he then handed the pivotal series over to his friend Neil Gaiman to usher in the '90s. Gaiman and artist Mark Buckingham completed one arc, "The Golden Age", before legal fiascos put everything on hold for two decades.

Thankfully, Marvel Comics has ended this cultural crime by restoring comics' greatest lost masterpiece. Over the last two years, they have reprinted the entire series with remastered art, new color and lettering, and guest-artist covers. Having restored Moore's work in MIRACLEMAN #1-16 (2015), they culminate with this 6-issue run of Gaiman's work.

Cross your fingers and let's hope that Gaiman and Buckingham can at last create and release their long-planned Second and Third Arcs which will finish the character's ultimate journey.

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Cinemascope version here

-THE MIGHTY THOR, by Jason Aaron And Russell Dauterman ⇧ _______
Lady Jane fights cosmic and internal struggles bigger than comprehension, and proves worthy every time.

-THE UNBEATABLE SQUIRREL GIRL, by Ryan North and Erica Henderson _______
She has the powers of both squirrel and girl. She can't be beat.

-MOON GIRL AND DEVIL DINOSAUR, by Amy Reeder, Brandon Montclare, and Natacha Bustos _______
A delightful rethink of Kirby concepts from the duo behind ROCKET GIRL (Image).

-BLACK WIDOW, by Mark Waid and Chris Samnee _______
This is Marvel's second recent attempt to give the superspy Natasha spotlight.
Another fine Fleming/Ludlum-esque thriller that reads like the great film we keep waiting for.



-MS. MARVEL, by G. Willow Wilson, Takeshi Miyazawa, and Adrian Alphona ⇧ _______
Kamala Khan is one of the best characters of this decade.

-SPIDER-GWEN, by Jason Latour and Robbi Rodriguez _______
The plots are as loose as the art, held together mainly by the strong concept and by inspired additions like the alternate universe Captain America.

-PATSY WALKER, a.k.a., Hellcat!, by Kate Leth and Brittney L. Williams _______
Patsy Walker started out as a '40s Timely Comics response to ARCHIE, before becoming a superhero in '76.
This whimsical series bring back all the charms of the classic Archie style with all the forward thinking of recent Archie comics.



BLACK PANTHER, by Ta-Nehisi Coates and Brian Stelfreeze ⇧ _______
Coates, the award-winning author and social critic for The Atlantic, restores clarity, vision, and overview to the king of Wakanda.

THE VISION, by Tom King and Gabriel Hernández _______
An acclaimed 12-issue run that challenges what it is to be human or normal, as a slow-burn boils to conflagration.

DOCTOR STRANGE, by Jason Aaron and Chris Bachalo, + _______
The ubiquitous Jason Aaron is one of the most varied and interesting writers in current comics.

HOWARD THE DUCK, by Chip Zdarsky and Joe Quinones, + _______
With the brother book to SQUIRREL GIRL, Zdarsky (Sex Criminals) channels that classic Steve Gerber smartass sass.



SCARLET WITCH, by James Robinson and Vanesa Del Rey, Marco Rudy, + _______
A contemplative and stylish restoration of Wanda, akin to Azzarello and Chiang's Wonder Woman run.

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S T A R
W A R S


Marvel is making brilliant STAR WARS comics that read like movies between the movies.

Set between A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back, the STAR WARS book follows the rebel side while the DARTH VADER book counter-charts the Imperial side concurrently.

Note: At issues #13-14 for each, they converged into a cross-over event called VADER DOWN before diverging back into their own title arcs.



-STAR WARS, by Jason Aaron and John Cassaday

Everything fun about STAR WARS; heists, dogfights, curveballs, vistas, carping, duels, absurdity, family.

Plus Sana Starros, Han Solo's other half.



-DARTH VADER, by Kieron Gillen and Salvador Larroca

Everything edgy about STAR WARS; schemes, melees, treachery, dominion, discord, duels, tragedy, dysfunction.

Plus the terrific Doctor Aphra (above, left).



There are also excellent supplementary mini-series and one-shots, including these standouts.:

-STAR WARS: Han Solo, by Marjorie Liu and Mark Brooks _______
A mini-series by novelist Marjorie Liu so spot-on and fun that George Lucas reportedly loved it.

-STAR WARS: Poe Dameron, by Charles Soule and Phil Noto _______
The least-developed character of The Force Awakens somehow takes on full-life here in this twisty and lively series.
The dialogue nails Oscar Issac's gung-ho swagger, and Noto's art is typically excellent.

See also:

-EMPRESS, by Mark Millar and Stuart Immonen _______
A STAR WARS-esque romp focused around a rebellious queen escaping an insidious empire.





D C



-SUPERMAN: American Alien, by Max Landis, Nick Dragotta, Tommy Lee Edwards, and Evan Shaner

The upbringing of Clark Kent has been covered in many variations over the decades.

Writer Max Landis (the DIRK GENTLY tv series showrunner) brings a fresh perspective with these incisive short stories across his growing years, backed up by a cadre of artists.




Timely Reminder, Dept.
  • WATCHMEN (1986) is a graphic novel by writer Alan Moore and artist Dave Gibbons, with color by John Higgins.
  • They are the sole creators of this original saga, despite a copyright swindle by the publisher.
  • This is a self-contained story, period.
  • Any other "before" or "after" supplements are a complete fraud perpetrated by the greedy and supported by the foolish.





V E R T I G O




THE SHERIFF OF BABYLON, by Tom King and Mitch Gerads ⇧ _______
A murder mystery during the aftermath of the Iraq War.

-ASTRO CITY, by Kurt Busiek and Brent Anderson, + Alex Ross _______
Stellar and expansive, true to its name.
The alternate universe of everything great about the varied Ages of Comics.





Y O U N G
A N I M A L


Young Animal is the new imprint of rock star/writer Gerard Way, carrying on the mantle of mid-'90s Vertigo Comics.


SHADE THE CHANGING GIRL, by Cecil Castellucci and Marley Zarcone _______
The more things change the more they stay insane.
Loma Shade is a puckish delight. Castellucci's wit is sharp and Zarcone's clean graphics flow.

-DOOM PATROL, by Gerard Way and Nick Derington _______
Gerard Way does a sterling job of channeling the spirit of his mentor, Grant Morrison, in this great reboot. Derington's art makes it a candy store of the senses.





D A R K
H O R S E




-HOUSE OF PENANCE, by Peter J. Tomasi and Ian Bertram ⇧ _______
It's true that the Winchester rifles widow built an endless mansion for twenty years to stave off death.
This horror fantasy imagines why, with spectacular graphics by Ian Bertram.

-HELLBOY IN HELL, by Mike Mignola _______
After a sprawl of years, the final saga of Hellboy at last comes to pass.





B O O M


Boom Studios is making a wide range of excellent All Ages and Teen+ comics that everyone should check out.




Roy Thomas once said, "The Golden Age of Comics is 8."

But what happens when youngsters have no way in? The Direct Market of the early-'80s, in which comic books shifted from newstands to private shops, was the best thing and the worst thing that ever happened to the medium: The best, because it liberated the creators to try every innovation in works geared for a mature audience; The worst, because it all left kids behind with no entry point. (This is why the new movies, reflecting the adult-oriented comics, are too rough for kids.) So where were kids and young teens to go for the last 30 years but to video games, cartoon channels, YA books, and tweenie TV?

Thankfully, some publishers like Boom, Oni, First Second, and Scholastic are starting to change that by bringing back smart all-ages comics and graphic novels for new minds to enjoy.


-JONESY, by Sam Humphries and Caitlin Rose Boyle ⇧ _______
The hip rocker and covert matchmaker for her school.

-GIANT DAYS, by John Allison, Max Sarin, Caanan Grall, and Lissa Treiman _______
Three young women in their first year of college.

-LUMBERJANES, by Kat Leyh, Shannon Watters, Carey Pietsch, Ayme Sotuyo, and Carolyn Nowak _______
The all-female scout troop comedy that everyone loves.

-STEVEN UNIVERSE & THE CRYSTAL GEMS, by Josceline Fenton and Chrystin Garland _______
Besides an array of original creator-owned series, Boom Studios has continuing original comics based on popular TV series like ADVENTURE TIME, THE DARK CRYSTAL, MIGHTY MORPHIN' POWER RANGERS, RUGRATS, and STEVEN UNIVERSE, including this graphic novel.





V A L I A N T




-FAITH, by Jody Houser and Pere Perez, + Marguerite Sauvage ⇧ _______

Faith is fandom itself if we ever got the chance to be a superhero. Whedon-esque fun for all.





I D W




-STAR TREK, by Mike Johnson and Tony Shasteen ⇧ _______

Since 2011, this sorely underrated TREK series helmed by Mike Johnson has rewritten the Original Series episodes in new outcomes with the Kelvin Universe/STAR TREK-Abrams crew.
Always reverential while fresh, with a clean and accurate art approach that blueprinted Marvel's current STAR WARS comics.





A V A T A R



-PROVIDENCE #7-12, by Alan Moore, Jacen Burrows, and Juan Rodriguez _______

Alan Moore completes his maxi-series prequel to NEONOMICON, his subversion and inversion of Lovecraft's Cthulhu mythos.






B E S T
N O V E L :





-JERUSALEM, by Alan Moore ⇧ _______

Like Tolkien, Alan Moore's magnum opus -one of the 10 longest books in the English language- was ultimately published as three volumes.

The eclectic narrative uses the historied locale of Northhampton as a prism to refract all the odd angles of the universe, macro to micro. Plugging the mundane into the transcendental has been the underlying theme of Moore's career, from Miracleman and Swamp Thing and Watchmen to Big Numbers and Top 10 and Promethea. This intricate mosaic, which took a decade to write, is his ultimate statement.

All'n more.







B E S T
G R A P H I C
N O V E L S :





-PROVIDENCE, Act 1, by Alan Moore, Jacen Burrows, and Juan Rodriguez (Avatar) ⇧ _______
The first of three volumes compiling Alan Moore's maxi-series prequel to NEONOMICON.



-ROLLING BLACKOUTS: Dispatches From Turkey, Syria, and Iraq, by Sarah Glidden (Drawn & Quarterly) _______
Like Joe Sacco, Sarah Giddens is pioneering a new form of smart, sensitive, humane journalism probing the real world around us.

-5000 km PER SECOND, by Manuele Fior (Fantagraphics) _______
The brackets of a love affair, in lovely watercolors.

-THE ART OF CHARLIE CHAN HOCK CHYE, by Sonny Liew (Pantheon) _______
What seems like a retrospective of the varied art career of the subject is actually a masterful fiction by the talanted Liew.

-HIPHOP FAMILY TREE, Vol. 4: 1984-1985, by Ed Piskor (Pantheon) _______
"The rhymes we say shall set a trend/
Because a devastating rap is what we send!"



-WONDER WOMAN: The True Amazon, by Jill Thompson (DC) _______
Jill Thompson does some of the best watercolor art of her fine career in this take on Diana's origins and motivations.

-WONDER WOMAN: Earth One, by Grant Morrison and Yanick Paquette (DC) _______
Grant Morrison tangos his own angle about 'loving submission', frescoed by the stunning art of Yanick Paquette (Swamp Thing).

-DARK NIGHT: A True Batman Story , by Paul Dini and Eduardo Risso (DC) _______
The true story of how Paul Dini, famed writer for the lauded Batman animated series, recovered from a devestating assault.

-THE UNBEATABLE SQUIRREL GIRL Beats Up The Marvel Universe, by Ryan North and Erica Henderson (Marvel) _______
The monthly comic wasn't enough unconquerable goodness for you, so here's some more in this all-new graphic novel!



-GHOSTS, by Raina Telgemeier (Scholastic Graphix) _______
The bestselling author of SMILE and SISTERS spins another autobio' yarn for all ages.

-HILDA And The Stone Forest, by Luke Pearson (Flying Eye) ⇧ _______
The commended HILDA series stays on the case.

-THE SECRET LOVES OF GEEK GIRLS, by Various Artists (Dark Horse) _______
An anthology of female comics creators taking on all aspects of genre fandom from the angle of romance/heartbreak/connection.
Great work, and fun for all.>



-SERENITY: No Power in the Verse, by Chris Roberson and Georges Jeanty (Dark Horse) ⇧ _______
Following "Leaves On The Wind", this volume continues the winning streak of capturing the chemistry and dialogue of the FIREFLY/SERENITY series.

-ONE HUNDRED NIGHTS OF HERO, by Isabel Greenberg (Little, Brown) _______
The follow-up to the widely hailed "The Encyclopedia of Early Earth" expands here charm, wit, and craft.
A cleaver spin on Scheherazade with parables for the present.

-CARPET SWEEPER TALES, by Julie Doucet (Drawn and Quarterly) _______
Turning to collage, Doucet mashes up '70s fumetti and womens magazines into a critique of social norms with cut-up dialogue.
Like a wicked tryst between Barbara Kruger, William S. Burroughs, and Good Housekeeping.



-BLACK DOG: The Dreams of Paul Nash, by Dave McKean (Dark Horse) ⇧ _______
Dave McKean is one of the finest and most versatile artists in comics history, and every new work is an event.






B E S T
C O L L E C T I O N S /
R E I S S U E S :





-MIRACLEMAN: The Golden Age, by Neil Gaiman and Mark Buckingham ⇧ _______
The commended HILDA series stays on the case.

The most essential and influencial modern supergod is at last back in print, better than ever.

All four volumes are crucial must-haves for any serious supporter of the graphics stories medium.:
- Book 1: A Dream Of Flying
- Book 2: The Red King Gambit
- Book 3: Olympus

- Book 4: The Golden Age



-TURN LOOSE OUR DEATH RAYS AND KILL THEM ALL: The Complete Works Of Fletcher Hanks, by Fletcher Hanks (Fantagraphics) _______
Fantagraphics combines their previous two collections of Hanks' surreal and unprecedented '40s comics into one vibrating strangeness.

-THE EC ARCHIVES: The Haunt of Fear, The Vault of Horror, Shock SuspenStories, Tales From The Crypt, Weird Fantasy, Weird Science, Two-Fisted Tales, Panic, by various geniuses (Dark Horse) _______
EC Comics were the adult revolution in comics in the early-'50s, the punk rock root of all the ones that followed.

-The Life and Legend of WALLACE WOOD, Vol. 1, by Wally Wood (Fantagraphics) _______
Wally Wood was one of the greatest EC artists, as well as the unacknowledged definer of Marvel's Daredevil.



-BATMAN OMNIBUS By Neal Adams, by Neal Adams (IDW) ⇧ _______

Denny O'Neil and Neal Adams brought adult relevancy to comics with Green Lantern/Green Arrow in the early-'70s.

Then they completely redefined The Batman for the modern era with hardboiled edge, moody darkness, and spectacular naturalistic art.

It's influence is incalculable: without these essential stories, the Miller or Bendis/Maleev Daredevil, the Moench/Sienkiewicz Moon Knight, the Rucka/Williams Batwoman, and the DARK KNIGHT films wouldn't exist.





-WONDER WOMAN: The Golden Age Omnibus, Vol. 1, by Charles Mounton and H.G. Peter (DC) _______
Like the clean-line fun of Captain Marvel, the original Wonder Woman stories were an alternate, better antidote to the '40s boy bash-ups.
Forward feminism and art nouveau style.

-PREZ: The First Teenage President, by Joe Simon and Jerry Grandanetti, + (DC) ⇧ _______
This late-coming and still timely volume collects every appearance of Prez, from his 1973 activist comic to cameos in Supergirl, The Dark Knight Returns, The Sandman, and more.

-PREZ: Corndog-In-Chief, by Mark Russell and Ben Caldwell (DC) ⇧ _______
The recent reboot of Prez with the first female teen president was the riotous satire of corporate tyranny, corrupt politics, and social media stupidity that we desperately needed.
Like the 1973 original, it was cancelled from public inattention.
Catch up here, now.

-KINGDOM COME: 20th Anniversary, by Mark Waid and Alex Ross (DC) _______
When Image Comics destroyed every last ethic and skill level of comics in the early-'90s, this epic and gorgeous direct riposte reset the standards for both, higher.
Essential.




-The Complete WIMMIN'S COMIX, by Various Artists (Fantagraphics) _______
Underground Comix needed more co-mix, and this series was the female retaliation.
Trina Robbins, Aline Kominsky-Crumb, Lee Marrs, Melinda Gebbie, Phoebe Gloeckner, Carol Lay, and Dori Seda ignited their careers here.

-AL WILLIAMSON'S EMPIRE STRIKES BACK Artist's Edition, by Archie Goodwin, Al Williamson, and Carlos Garzon (IDW) ⇧ _______
This adaptation, led by EC artist Al Williamson, is legendarily brilliant, and was followed by similarly essential versions of BLADE RUNNER and RETURN OF THE JEDI.

-MOEBIUS Library: The World of Edena, by Moebius (Dark Horse) _______
All of Moebius' sprawling '80s saga, in which he moved from hyper-hatching to clean-line, in one handsome volume.

-THE INCAL, by Alexandro Jodorowsky and Moebius (Humaniods) _______
Jodorowsky and Moebius. Insanity ensues.



-CAGES (Second Edition), by Dave McKean (Dark Horse) _______
Dave McKean' timeless '90s masterwork, in one remastered volume.

-WILL EISNER'S THE SPIRIT: The New Adventures (Second Edition), by Alan Moore, Neil Gaiman, Dave Gibbons + (Dark Horse) _______
In 1998, the finest creators in graphic stories did their heartfelt homages to "The CITIZEN KANE of comics", and every one was a winner.

-AMERICA'S BEST COMICS Artist's Edition, by Alan Moore, J.H Williams III, Kevin Nowlan, Chris Sprouse, Gene Ha, + (IDW) ⇧ _______
This reproduciton of the actual art pages at full size reveals all the naked glory of PROMETHEA, TOP 10, TOM STRONG, and TOMORROW STORIES.

-WALKING THROUGH THE LANDSCAPE OF FAERIE, by Charles Vess (Faerie Magazine) _______
This retrospective honors Fantasy artist Charles Vess, one the best modern heirs to the Golden Age Of Illustration.



-CHEAP NOVELTIES: The Pleasures Of Urban Decay, by Ben Katchor (Drawn & Quarterly) _______
The 1991 classic reprinted in all its sketchy precision and caustic scrutiny.

-R CRUMB'S KAFKA, by Robert Crumb (Fantagraphics) _______
1993 blend of bio, story adaption, and assessment of Kafta's work and influence.

-LAST LOOK: X-ed Out, The Hive, Sugar Skull, by Charles Burns (Pantheon) _______
Charles Burns' entire X-ED trilogy in one huge edition.



-PRINCE OF CATS, by Ronald Wimberly (Image) _______
The hiphop samurai gloss on "Romeo And Juliet" returns, verily.

-BAND FOR LIFE, by Anya Davidson (Fantagraphics) ⇧ _______
Hilarious street art about a punk band with no chance and all the attitude.

-MEAT CAKE BIBLE, by Dame Darcy (Fantagraphics) _______
All of Darcy's scandelous and berserk Meat Cake comics (1993-2008) in one unholy trove.

-SUNSTONE, Vol. 4, by Stjepan Sejic (Image/Top Cow) _______
Tightening the bonds of desire and romance.


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WHERE WE COME FROM, Dept.

Explore the past to map the future.
Get with, get going.


-WONDER WOMAN: A CELEBRATION OF 75 YEARS, by Various Artists (DC)

All hail the queen.


-WE TOLD YOU SO: Comics As Art, by Various (Fantagraphics)

Fantagraphics is the Oxford of comics, knocking the dumb out of comicdom, with scholarly critiques of the entire medium in the pages of The Comics Journal.
This overview clues everyone in on how, since the '70s, they have sheparded the maturity movement into public awareness.






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