Ape 2012: Love, Rockets & Indie Comics

Last weekend in San Francisco, the Alternative Press Expo–Comic-Con’s punky kid brother–brought small-press and self-published comics together with a few major figures and provided two pleasant, low-key afternoons for local comics fans to check out new talent and hear from the masters. Jim Woodring, Sergio Aragones and Los Bros. Hernandez were the stars, doing signings and giving talks about their careers.  Aragones, after 50 years in comics, remains a humble and entertaining man.  Asked about doing an autobiography, he pointed out that many of his comics are autobiographical, so eventually he’ll have chronicled his...

The Individual Mandate: A History Jul06

The Individual Manda...

Obamacare is finally a reality, and although the name is not necessarily popular, the major provisions of Obamacare actually enjoy wide support among all Americans — including Republicans — except one: The Individual Mandate. The mandate requires that everyone who can afford to, must...

Google Images: Asian Jun09

Google Images: Asian

Google is one of mankind’s greatest tools. It takes the entire wealth of human knowledge and the depth of our experience and makes it accessible via a few keystrokes and a click of a mouse. It has given us the unprecedented ability to tap knowledge and has forever changed how we interact with the world. But Google is far more than a simple tool. While we are using it to learn — Google is learning about us. Think of this as a sociological experiment. American European African Asian Asian (uncensored) ...

A Dance with an Angel of Death Jan30

A Dance with an Angel of Death

In 2009, Badmouth interviewed writer Ed Brubaker and actress/stuntwoman Zoe Bell at Wondercon as they were promoting Angel of Death, an episodic web series envisioned to have an afterlife as a single feature movie. At the time of the interview and its posting, only the earliest episodes had been released, and lazy bastards that we are, Badmouth never went back and reviewed the unified project. Until I decided to download it onto an iPad just to test out the experience of watching a movie on the same midsized screen I’m suddenly reading books. Short review of that: picture’s fine, but I wish the volume went up a bit higher. But...

Frank Frazetta, 1928-2010 May10

Frank Frazetta, 1928-2010

Badmouth is saddened to learn that Frank Frazetta, iconic fantasy illustrator, died on Monday. He’d suffered a series of strokes in recent years, and on Monday died of one in a hospital near his Pennsylvania home. The Beat provided a quick obituary, as did The Associated Press. The New York Times came along a few hours later with a deeper appreciation. Cribbing from Wikipedia, with all the caveats that requires, the artist was born in Brooklyn and studied at the Brooklyn Academy of Fine Arts before starting a career at 16 as a comic book artist. In the mid-’60s, Frazetta moved toward illustrating fantasy and science fiction book...

Health Care by the Numbers Aug16

Health Care by the Numbers

As many of you already know, Obama’s new health-care plan will allow your doctor to put down your grandmother like a rabid dog if she comes down with arthritis, bursitis, or just “a case of the Mondays.” I’m kidding, of course. It will be up to a government-appointed panel of socialist veterinary students. Your doctor will have nothing to do with it. As many Americans have discovered, well reasoned health-care policy can only be reached through the careful application of shouting. Shouting masks the mind-control techniques favored by secular death-panel advocates everywhere. Tin-foil underpants are optional —...