FORGOTTEN BOOK: SCIENCE FICTION COMICS: AN ILLUSTRATED HISTORY by Mike Benton, 1992
This is the 92nd in my series of Forgotten Books.
This is volume 3 in the Taylor History of Comics. I met Mike Benton back when he was working on these histories and found him to be quite a nice guy with a [Read it all...]
While we all-American kids were getting our electronic Eurosleaze filtered through Blondie, Donna Summer and Meco, disco citizens in the Soviet Union were blasting off to their own version of instrumental space disco in the form of ZODIAC.
ZODIAC’s head musical cosmonaut, Jānis Lūsēns hooked up fellow spaceheads at the Latvian [Read it all...]
The first album I ever bought with my own money was Star Wars and Other Galactic Funk, a side-long extended version of the hit single disco version of Star Wars by Meco. It was the soundtrack to many a bedroom light saber duel between myself and my kid brother, and probably more of an [Read it all...]
Rock Aliens sighted over San Pedro
Strange, the stuff that sticks in your mind, even after decades. I remember like it was yesterday, driving down San Pedro in 1984 and marveling at the giant billboard over Taco Cabana: VOYAGE OF THE ROCK ALIENS. Spilling out of the billboard were androids, spaceboys, [Read it all...]
Bardot makes Contact
Space Maidens. The future of music dare not exist without them. For songwriters still on the launching pad, the sci-fi universe offers a wellspring of lyrical subject matter. For video directors, it’s a great excuse to slip the lead singer into something foxy and futuristic.
For a [Read it all...]
Star Wars-themed art is in the limelight this Saturday as Art Slam San Antonio brings 15-20 local artists for a wild night of artistic mayhem titled The Artslam Strikes Back. This wretched hive of scum and villainy will descend upon the Limelight (2718 N. St. Mary’s) on Saturday May 14th, 2011 starting at [Read it all...]
Bill Crider – Author
The first holiday that really bowled me over was in the first issue of INFINITY back in November 1955. “The Star” by Arthur C. Clarke. I was just a kid, and I’d certainly never thought of anything like Clarke came up with. Not exactly the kind of Christmas story that would [Read it all...]
Chepo Peña's take on "El Borracho"
If you missed Friday’s edition of the San Antonio Express-News, you missed a great article about artist Chepo Peña’s Star Wars-themed Lotería cards. René A. Guzman, master of the MySanAntonio.com Geek Speak blog, put some questions to Peña, an Austin-based artist, graphic designer and musician.
Since [Read it all...]
Austin artist Chepo Peña is having a showing of his Star Wars themed loteria cards this weekend in Austin. Peña’s wry mashup of two cultural memes is spot on for both. His graphical style matches the classic Mexican loteria cards and his humorous translations of the cards to the Star Wars milieu is brilliant. Greedo [Read it all...]
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I remember as a kid when Star Wars (yes, the original one) came out and we could not get enough of it. My brother had an audio cassette (like an MP3 download only more plastic and rectangular) that was basically a radio-style dramatization [Read it all...]