I think all artists have a wide range of talents. But where most artists begin to appear to be spread to thin is when they haven’t taken command of the talent they are most effective and use that as a springboard to other mediums. I am a creative giant but I am most skilled as a musician. I know that and I make sure I always have that as my anchor to keep me grounded when it comes to my other passions. I don’t believe any artist does too much because each of us has one voice so every creative endeavor is connected whether you’re writing a screenplay, a song or developing an app. Our worlds are completely subjective when it comes to what we’re trying to say to the world but we have to be understood to be noticed. So focusing on your best and most impressive talent when approaching professionals can be a way to subtract some guess work when networking with other talented people.
When the skull of horror icon H.P. Lovecraft is stolen from his grave, a group of junkie misfits set out on a quest to retrieve it. Standing in their way are their enormous drug habits, belligerent punk rockers, Brazilian vampires, and the unspeakable horrors of Lovecraft’s fiction seeping into reality…
Currently available on the 215 Ink app on iOS and Android. Print release in Spring 2013.
Written by Andrew Harrison, Art by Karl Slominski
“Golgotha is Scooby Doo on liquid acid. The characters are fresh & funky & worthy of their own hysterically sick TV series. Sex, drugs & the Call of Cthulhu, baby!”
- Dan Fogler, award winning actor & creator of Moon Lake
Gangs decked out in clown make-up and wolf tails face off for supremacy. But this isn’t a comic book… it’s high school.
Jake Roth is a panic attack prone chess master with a chip on his shoulder the size of Rhode Island. When he agrees to help out his former best friend, Shizzle Dickpunch, he finds himself in the middle of a beef between the Juggalos and the Wolfpack. This after-school armageddon of wannabe werewolves and hip hop clowns ends in a very suspicious suicide. Armed with only his deductive skills and daily regimen of psych meds, Jake takes it upon himself to navigate the social anarchy of his high school and figure out the truth.
I gotta say, I like it. I’ve always been a fan on villain-focused comics. I was a big fan of Simone’s Secret Six as well as Johns’ one-shot Iron Heights. It’s a hard formula to screw up: villains are badasses, they do badass shit, occasionally we get glimpses of their humanity. Rinse and repeat.
So who’s in the Squad this time around? We’ve got King Shark, whom I think is that shark man that you always see in big groups of villains but he’s never been interesting enough to talk to. In the old DC Universe, he was a great white. Now he’s a hammerhead. Innovation, thy name is DC Comics. We’ve also got the ubiquitous Deadshot. In this bold new universe, Deadshot doesn’t have a mustache and he may not smoke. Then there are some other people I don’t know.
Harley Quinn is there, and she’s a crowd pleaser as usual. I was always one of those people who thought, “I wish Harley Quinn would show a little more skin.” Now she has a new costume that shows a LOT more skin. The only problem is that she looks less like a supervillain and more like some chick you might hit on in the Gathering of the Juggalos mosh pit.
The big shocker? Amanda Waller is now svelte! Insert clever facepalm GIF here.
In Hollywood they are always looking for something new and different. That’s what they say, anyway. In actuality what they want is something old and familiar that seems new at first glance. Then by the time you realize it’s the same old shit, they’ve already got their tendrils down your pants.
DC Comics has reset the continuity of their entire universe. This hasn’t happened since the late 80s. Sure, occasionally DC or Marvel will kill their signature characters like Superman or Captain America. But it’s always just a ruse to get an article in the Times and have a sales spike at the end of the quarter. What we have here is a much bigger ruse, and one that most likely will do more harm to the DCU than good. First, it reeks of desperation. Second, it could have a diluting effect on DC’s creative assets. In a recent interview, Alan Moore was asked his thoughts on the reboot: “the last time I looked at a rack of comics, there was nothing there that I recognized. Even the titles that I recognized, they were completely different characters, or characters who had been dead. It’s the same ideas recycled endlessly, and if you’re recycling your only fuel for decades, you’re only going to run out of any energy in your product, and it sounds like that’s what’s happening with comic at the moment.”
So what’s new besides slightly different costumes? Barbara Gordon is Batgirl, no longer the paraplegic Oracle. Justice League is toying with this highly original concept: what if people were hostile towards superheroes? Oh, and Superman is a dick.
Not only is he a dick, his title is being written by comics legend George Pérez. And what has George Pérez been up to in the recent past? “The popular Sisterhood of Superheroines Combat Adventure series from the pen of comic legend George Pérez!” Softcore superheroine porn.
In honor of all this, I am going to lock myself in a motel room with some fine scotch and all 52 first issues. I am going to read them all. I am going to write about it. And then I am going to die.
This is not a surprise at all. But, I find it to be weird that she died at the same age as Kurt Cobain and Jimi Hendrix. Although, she was not nearly as important as those artists, she probably was 10 times more tragic. I believe there was a waiting game for her to overdose but it doesn’t make it any better that it was expected.