Tuesday, August 11, 2009

The Return of STARSTRUCK! Or, Riot Grrrls Conquer the Universe!

(I'm going to take a break from Rock for once to hip you to something else that rocks! Trust me.)

(STARSTRUCK, the stage play, 1980)

The greatest graphic art/comic series you never heard of is finally returning! As great as anything Neal Gaiman, Alan Moore, or Will Eisner ever made and just as essential to the smart reader's collection.

STARSTRUCK, by writer Elaine Lee and artist Michael Wm. Kaluta, is back in print after two decades thanks to IDW Comics. It is being massively expanded with new art and stories and beautifully re-colored. The first of 13 monthly issues comes out Wednesday, August 12, 2009.

UPDATE: The entire new series is being collected at larger size in the STARSTRUCK Deluxe Edition, available in July, 2011.


(STARSTRUCK graphic novel, 1984)

So what's the fuss? Imagine if Alan Moore had revolutionized comics with SWAMP THING in 1984 but no one had noticed...

That's what happened to STARSTRUCK. Made at the same time, Elaine Lee's story is as rich, epic, radical, complex, progressive, hilarious, and breathtaking as the best of our man Alan's work. Matched with the impossibly-layered beauty of Kaluta's art it is beyond peer. (Imagine the humor of TOP 10, surreality of PROMETHEA, and complexity of FROM HELL in one series. But all in 1984, a year before WATCHMEN had even been thought of!)

STARSTRUCK ran for two years in the mid-80's, but its brilliance wasn't rewarded like WATCHMEN, DARK KNIGHT RETURNS, or KILLING JOKE. It came back in 1990 to restart and expand itself but everyone missed it again. Now it is returning and re-expanding. This is your chance to catch up to the revolution in its re-evolution. This time, be there with it as it expands and ultimately gets to resolve its amazing and epic story.

(STARSTRUCK, the first comic, 1985)

STARSTRUCK has scope like "Star Wars" and "Lord Of The Rings" have scope.

It has the huge art nouveau spectacle of Winsor McCay's "Little Nemo"; the retro-tech of Dick Calkins' 40's "Buck Rogers" strips; the surreal SF mindscapes of Moebius and Druillet and Pedro Bell; the humor of Monty Python, Lily Tomlin, and "The Little Rascals"; the mature complexity of Alan Moore; the space opera of Golden Age Pulps and George Lucas; vaster vistas of female possibility like Hermanos Hernandez, Joss Whedon, and Riot Grrrl punk; the ribald sensuality of Violet Blue or Susie Bright; and the fluid linearity of "WATCHMEN", "21 Grams", or "LOST". It is deep, ludicrous, action-packed, shocking, whip-smart, and sexy as all get out.

And with all of that, it adds up to something unlike anything you've ever seen. It was the best, and only getting better. We are so lucky right now to have this essential classic back again.

(STARSTRUCK #1, back cover, 2009)

There are great things that happen in life that, when they're gone, leave a quiet unending ache. If they return, you're almost afraid to believe it because you fear they will shimmer away. The deep stuff that matters, something so good that it's almost too much to hope. Imagine if TWIN PEAKS came back and finished up. Or FIREFLY had as many seasons as the Stargates. Or Neal Gaiman got to finish MIRACLEMAN. Or an unknown Beatles song was found. Or Peter Jackson made the third STAR WARS trilogy.

Getting STARSTRUCK back, with the hope of it continuing on, is just like that.

(STARSTRUCK #2, the new comic, October 2009)

Quality is timeless, and it's time that everyone caught up to the masterpiece they missed. Especially because Elaine and Michael can take us to the next level with new stories with your support! BUY THIS BOOK, in single issues and then later in trade paperback collections. You'll treasure it like you do your original issues of MIRACLEMAN or WATCHMEN. Satisfaction gauranteed.

The first issue is on sale Wednesday, August 12, 2009!

UPDATE: The entire new series is being collected at larger size in the STARSTRUCK Deluxe Edition, available in July, 2011.


Learn more in these new interviews:
Part 1,
Part 2,
Part 3!
And also here!

Monday, August 10, 2009

ROCK Sex: All over, "Baby Blue"!

ROCK Sex says, 'it's all over the place, Baby Blue!'

We've seen how an act inspires another, or a song is reinterpreted by generations. But this time the relay baton is a song title. Here's the example of how many great songs have come from the title "Baby Blue".

Rockabilly hellcat GENE VINCENT smoothes us into that mood indigo with this classic:


And here's this vocal group doing a love serenade:


BOB DYLAN always liked the title of Gene Vincent's song and worked it into this evergreen diatribe. The song's lyrics and snarling edge are pure Punk rock in Folk form.:


Rock's most under-appreciated wizards BADFINGER made this power pop classic:


In the finest tradition of The Beach Boys, The Raspberries, or 10CC, here's CHILLIWACK with another vocal beauty:


Not to be outdone, Dennis Wilson shines on this ethereal and unsung ballad recorded by THE BEACH BOYS:

BB -"BABY BLUE" (1979)

Here's a fine soulful song from MARTINA TOPLEY BIRD:


Bringing us full circle, here's The WHITE STRIPES covering Gene Vincent's original: