new sticker DO YOU LOVE YOUR LCS? Nominate them to be featured on our show! It’s easy— just call 612-849-0545 and leave us a voicemail with the name of your comic shop and why you love it so much!  We’ll use your nomination on the show to spotlight your local shop, as well as independent comic creators and musicians near you. You can also send an .mp3 nomination to us at Bonus #1: This counts as 2 entries to win a free copy of Eisner Award-winning series Sex Criminals! Bonus #2: I’ll send FREE STICKERS to your shop to hand out to all of their customers, and I’ll personally mail one out to you!  What kind of sticker, you ask? A sticker featuring the VERY PRETTY PICTURE I made above ^!

Welcome (Back) To The Machine: The Aphex Twin “Syro” Advanced Listening Opportunity in Chicago

On the afternoon of September 7th, two blocks North from the roar of Wrigley Field, a couple hundred strangers lined around the block at SmartBar, waiting for the ‘special listening opportunity’ of Aphex Twin’s first album in 12 years. Many were intoxicated, many introverted, and perhaps all were wondering just what the hell ‘special listening opportunity’ meant. Despite the rather cryptic lime green emails stating the time and place of the event (and that no mobile phones would be allowed in the venue), not another detail was divulged. (more…)

Mara’s Manga Series- Death Note

Guest column by Mara Wood, contributor at Talking Comics and co-host of The Missfits

If a modern canon were developed today, the manga series Death Note would be on the short list for inclusion. This twelve-volume series by Tsugumi Ohba with art by Takeshi Obata has enjoyed massive international success, with millions and millions of copies in print. A television anime series of the original story exists, as well as expansions on the story in both print and televised formats. For years, Death Note has gripped its audience by showing us a world where Light, the main character, believes he is creating a utopia.

Fair warning: massive spoilers for the manga ahead. If you haven’t read the series already, I highly recommend looking at your local library for copies. VIZ Media, the publishers of the series, have Death Note available digitally on their manga platform and on ComiXology.

Light Yagami is a high school senior who is bored. Though he gets consistently high marks on every exam and has his life planned out, there is something missing. When Ryuk, an equally bored shinigami, drops his Death Note in the human world, Light finds a higher purpose and an outlet for his boredom.

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