July 24, 2014
NEW!!! Reglar Wiglar #22: The Book of Jobs Part 1

At long friggin’ last, Reglar Wiglar #22  has been photocopied, folded, stapled and is ready to be sent out to a mailing box near you. In this issue, I begin recounting my long employment history in “The Book of Jobs Part 1”. Also included: “The History of Music,” “Forgotten American Music Masters,” “Hungover Poetry,” “Donald Trump Versus Metallica,” “The Top Ten Numbers of All Time” and a brand new Cassetty the Cassette Pet comic: "Living in the 80s."

Get your very own copy by clicking the link below, or order through the RoosterCow Press Etsy Store!

July 23, 2014
SOUND ON SITE COMICS REVIEW: Buddy Buys a Dump

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BUDDY BUYS A DUMP
The Complete Buddy Bradley Stories from Hate Comics Volume III

Peter Bagge [Fantagraphics]

So Buddy buys a dump, eh? What else would you except from an all-grown-up slacker like Buddy Bradley? You didn’t think he was ever going to get a real job, did you? Best case scenario, he might have been coaxed (read: nagged) by his wife Lisa into taking a few classes at DeVry or ITT, but that would have required a serious tweaking of the man’s worldview. Buddy Buys a Dump is the latest collection (the first in seven years!) of the complete Buddy Bradley stories that were compiled in issues 1-9 of Hate Annual published from 2001 to 2011. This collection also features a new, previously unpublished tale of Bradley family woe.

I must admit, I had lost track of Buddy and Hate in recent years and could only assume that Mr. Bagge was still cranking away at his drawing table, devising new ways to make Buddy suffer. (He has in fact been cranking away doing work for DC, Marvel and writing or Reason magazine). My own history with the Hate series goes back to about ‘92 or ‘93 when, after spacing off my el stop on my way home from the Loop in Chicago, I ended up at a shop called Haley’s Comics located underneath the Paulina Street el station. Having never cared much for comics of the superhero variety, I went in nevertheless and the very different style of the Alternative Comics section, and Hate comics in particular, caught my eye immediately. The series was already up to about eight or nine issues at that point, so I bought every one and was soon a devotee, eventually even sporting an “I scream, you scream, we all scream for heroin!” t-shirt—a drug I would otherwise not endorse in this fashion.

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I’ve grown up and so has Buddy. Buddy’s life paralleled my own in some sense (crap jobs, weirdo roommates), but essentially I am not, nor will I ever be like Buddy Bradley. I certainly know the type, however, and therein lies the appeal of Buddy as a main character. The revolving cast of nut jobs that Buddy attracts to himself, and is attracted by, doesn’t hurt the appeal or comic potential either, nor does the sharp wit, great dialogue and Bagge’s unique style of rubbery, quavering limbs, popping eyes and massive pie holes shouting and swearing off the pages. Bagge developed this unique style many decades ago and he hasn’t toned it down much since his days drawing characters like Studs Kirby, Girly-Girl and Zoove Groover. Those squiggly lines of anger shooting from brows and spit firing off from teeth-bared mouths are his trademark.

There are eleven chapters in the continuing Bradley saga contained here. They involve the buying of a dump, of course, Buddy eventually going into business with Jay (again), the raising of Buddy and Lisa’s baby, Harold, with appearances by Buddy’s wing-nut brother, Butch, and other assorted neighborhood ne’er-do-wells. Even Buddy’s old high school chum Stinky makes a cameo. (Spoiler alert: he’s still a corpse.) Our hero does seem to have mellowed a bit with age. He doesn’t fly into a rage as easily as his younger self, Lisa seems to have a slightly firmer grip on him and although he does have his shocked and awed moments of disbelief (complete with the bulging eyes, gaping mouth and wavering lines of exclamation), life has kicked some of the old fight out of Buddy, but that was just the fight to be lazy and shiftless so that’s not such a bad thing. The new and final story, “Fuck It” created in 2013, sees the Hate storyline come full-circle as Buddy returns to Seattle, with kid in tow, on his way to meet Lisa who has been minding her sickly and aging family’s affairs. Who knows what new life and old characters await them there.

2015 will mark the 25th Anniversary of Hate and the Bradley family was introduced to the world at least five years before that in Bagge’s first series Neat Stuff. We’ve seen moves before, and deaths and breakups and births and we can only hope that Bagge has the time and inclination to keep humoring us aging Gen Xers by giving us a new taste of Hate every a yearChris Auman

This review was originally published on Sound on Site.

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July 8, 2014
Cassetty: Livin’ in the ’80s

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July 8, 2014
Small World Cup: Round of Twelve

The Cup the sports press doesn’t really cover

The FIBFA* Small World Cup

GROUP A

Tonga vs. Fed. States of Micronesia

GROUP B

Fiji vs. Maldives

GROUP C

St Kitts-Nevis vs. Djibouti

GROUP D

Grenada vs. Barbados

GROUP E

Vatican City vs. Liechtenstein

GROUP F

Luxembourg vs. Iceland

*FIBFA: Federation of Itty Bitty Futbol Associations

June 12, 2014
ZINE REVIEW: This Ain’t No Picnic

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This Ain’t No Picnic: Your Punk Rock Vegan Cookbook

Microcosm Publishing

Published by Microcosm Publishing, purveyor of DIY publications from health guides to left-leaning political zines, This Ain’t No Picnic is “Your Punk Rock Vegan Cookbook.” With pierced tongue in cheek, this awesome looking recipe compendium is presented in a humorous, self-effacing style that pokes fun at all things punk while simultaneously teaching you how to cook vegan-style. It’s not about dogma or even dog collars, it’s about making delicious vegan food on the cheap with limited access to things like stoves, ovens, freezers, fridges and other appliances generally associated with cooking.

The book features 80 new vegan recipes from the Punk Rock Vegan Chef, Joshua Ploeg and is broken down into eight sections that are accompanied by short introductions from various punk rockers, as well as recommended song lists of punk classics. Ploeg is a traveling vegan chef who has cooked for a long list of musicians and bands over his career on the fringes of the culinary world. He also has a lifelong connection to punk rock. He has authored dozens of zines and DIY cookbooks and has, in his words, lived in squalor for the past fifteen years. Photographers, Vice Cooler and Dalton Blanco, provide great full-color photos and, despite the intentionally chaotic and cluttered layout of the book, it looks exciting, fresh as a raw rutabaga and easy to use.

This book contains recipes for dishes that can be made in the tour van, like “Dashboard Jerky” for example, where marinated strips of beets, carrots and tofu or tempeh can be placed on a piece of foil so they can dehydrate on the hot dash. Or s’mores that can be roasted over the flame of a cigarette lighter. There are recipes for food that was “fished” from the dumpster, and tips on how to slice and dice vegetables with nothing more than a credit card a la the Credit Card Sandwich tutorial. (Don’t use your card for any other purpose.)

While it may increase your enjoyment of the book if you are familiar with the bands and songs that have inspired some of these recipes, and it may be helpful to be a vegan, neither is a prerequisite. Yes, you don’t have to live in a communal punk rock house to cook like a crusty vegan. You don’t even have to listen to punk rock to make these dishes, (you should though), but it may just inspire you to dig into the vast annals of punk rock’s past and explore the health benefits and cruelty-free aspects of a vegan dietChris Auman

This review was written for Green Action News and appears on their website.

June 4, 2014
Cassetty Endorses Puritan Pine!

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April 27, 2014
ZINE REVIEW: Travel On #5

TRAVEL ON #5

Letters, remember them? Of course you don’t. We don’t write them any more, but we used to. We used to put these lickable little squares called “stamps” on ‘em and then this thing called the Post Office would deliver them for you. To wherever you wanted.  You used to love getting them and hate writing them if they were to thank someone for a gift. You had to sit down and summarize your life. You had to think about it longer than the time it takes to fart out a tweet or a status update. If you liked something you might have to commit a whole paragraph to it instead of clicking on a little icon of a thumb pointing upward.

Well, this lost art isn’t lost on David Solomon as he seems to have a number of pen pals with whom he corresponds. His letters make up much of the fifth issue of Travel On along with a few vignettes and literary tidbits. David works for National Park Service in a job that has him traveling to various woodsy, secluded and mountainous areas of the country that few civilians will ever see. It sounds idyllic yet pretty difficult as well, but it also seems to allow for plenty of time for self reflection and the creation of zines like this one.  Buy Travel On #5 at David’s Esty Store!Chris Auman

April 27, 2014
ZINE REVIEW: Alive With Vigor

ALIVE WITH VIGOR

Surviving Your Adventurous Lifestyle

Compiled by Rob Sutter III [Microcosm]

Alive with Vigor is like a compilation of advice columns that dispense nuggets of wisdom on a range of topics from medical issues to dating and personal finance. That’s pretty much half the internet right there, but the internet won’t give you all this valuable information in the form of a really cool looking zine, will it? No, it won’t.

Although the purpose of this book is to help people survive an “adventurous lifestyle,” there isn’t a whole lot in here that isn’t universal: constipation, diarrhea, autoimmune disorders, breast cancer and abusive relationships can effect anyone regardless of their lifestyle, but the intended audience are those people that are, perhaps, on the fringe of society: the punkers, the transgendered, the outcasts (both willing and unwilling), the renegades, the rebels, etc. This book is for them.

Contributors to Alive with Vigor include Joe Biel, Buck Angel, Ayun Halliday and Rob Sutter III (who put this guide together) and a host of other folks who are into the DIY spirit and living an alternative lifestyleChris Auman

March 19, 2014
HISTORY OF MUSIC #12: Men at Work Pt. 2 - Cargo

The following review appeared in a slightly different form as a cassette review at Reglar Wiglar Magazine.

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Cargo

(CBS) 1983

Business as Usual was a monster hit for these Aussie lads at the beginning of the 1980s. They won a Grammy in 1982 for “Best New Artist” (aka The Kiss of Death) and it was all down hill from there. There was Cargo though. I was a Men at Work fan in ‘82 and ‘83. After Queen, they were probably my favorite band in junior high school. “Down Under” was a favorite among my Dungeons & Dragons playing friends. How that song ties into role playing games, I couldn’t tell you, but it did. The “Down Under” single, backed with “Crazy”, was one of the first forty-fives I ever bought.  In my 7th grade homeroom class (taught by Mrs. Popp, no lie), we got to bring in records every Friday to play for the class. We only got one side. I brought in “Down Under” but spun the b-side instead. You could hear “Down Under” on the radio 24 times a day, but I wanted to turn some heads onto the other sounds of Men at Work—a hipster DJ in the making!

Cargo saw four singles released. “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” is a decent enough tune. It’s not on par with any of the hits of its Business predecessor, but it was good enough to warrant release as a single. “Overkill,” “It’s a Mistake” and “High Wire” were the other three. Again, not the same caliber of stuff that made Business resonate with the public or made the cash registers ring, but the best of a batch of mediocre stuff nevertheless. The rest of Cargo is pretty forgettable and signaled the end of the Men’s career as hit makers.

Cargo would be followed by Two Hearts in ‘85. That album was met with the critical and commercial disappointment it almost surely deserved.

Discography:

Business As Usual(CBS) 1982

Cargo(CBS) 1983 

Two Hearts (Sony) 1985

It’s a Mistake (Kiosk) 1997

Brazil (Columbia) 1998

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February 28, 2014
Jesse Reklaw’s Graphic Memoir Couch Tag

COUCH TAG by Jesse Reklaw [Fantagraphics] Couch Tag is a new graphic memoir from the artist Jesse Reklaw, his first. While this may be Jesse’s debut in this format, this is hardly his first contribution to the world of comics. Jesse has been drawing and self-publishing comics for several decades. His strip, Slow Wave, in […]

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