Wednesday, June 30, 2010
If you like Independent music, and I mean honest-to-goodnesss REAL Independent music from people who aren't signed with any kind of record label ... if you like musicians who create & record music just for the fun of it or are still trying to be discovered ... then head on over to http://www.garageband.com before July 15th. That's the date when GarageBand.com goes away forever.
Whether you like Heavy Metal, Hard Rock, Rap, Jazz, Techno, Folk, Funk, Pop, Punk or Classical, there is (still) something for everyone, and every once in a while, that "something" is worth listening to. So, if you're the kind of person who likes to be ahead of the curve by finding artists nobody else has ever heard of, then check-out GarageBand.com before it disappears forever.
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
Today I'm presenting single-panel cartoons from a few issues of "T.N.T." and "A-Laugh-A-Minnit", two titles published by Toby Press/Minoan. Both titles were published during the mid-50s, with "A-Laugh-A-Minnit" published at first under the Toby name, then using the Minoan imprint starting with issue # 12.
The quality of both the artwork & the writing seems rather spotty. Maybe it's just my personal preferences for humor, maybe it's a reflection of the times, maybe the jokes & art simply aren't that good. Still, there's a few pages that made me say to myself "That's kind of clever" or "That looks nice", so I figured I would share some of those here. Oh, and I apologize if some of the pages are a little out of focus. Toby/Minoan produced the books in a square-bound format, making scanning the pages a little difficult.
On a totally unrelated topic ...
I was reading about DC Comics digital comic plans, and while it's nice to see them finally get with the program and offer digital comics, I can't help but wonder ...
"What the heck are they charging $2.99 for?"
The problem I have with today's digital comics' pricing is that, physically, you aren't getting anything in return. All you have are a bunch of images that are formatted for viewing through some device (iPod, computer, what-have-you), so if that file gets corrupted or your device craps-out on you, you're pretty much left with nothing.
I think digital comics would work better at a 99¢ price (and no, I'm not the first person to make this statement). It's not like DC or Marvel have to pay for printing or distribution of physical books, so "$2.99" simply seems like they are trying to squeeze every penny they can out of people ... at least until some company comes along with some quality titles, and figures-out that it can turn a profit with a smaller cover-price.
Oh well, maybe some day somebody will come along and show Marvel & DC the error of their ways.