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Wednesday, 25 September 2013 04:05

The Dodgiest Hero in Comic Books

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Well, it’s been a fun month for me putting these pieces together — hopefully you, the reader (if indeed there any; notice I’m subconsciously talking up singular) haven’t minded the bumpy ride.
If you get a chance to check out my new novel Who is Killing the Great Capes of Heropa? you will find more than just comic books. There’s a mystery in there and much hardboiled action and dialogue, with a setting that’s partially a sci-fi dystopia.

Tuesday, 17 September 2013 04:29

The Lamest Sequential Art Rotter

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This week we pass-the-parcel from world’s greatest villain to a lesser medal-of-honour: The lamest rotter. Ever.

Tuesday, 10 September 2013 03:13

The Greatest Comic Book Villain

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Another toughie I initially thought would be a breeze — till I rifled through the rusted-up coin-lockers I call my brain and disentangled a whole wad of deserving types.

Tuesday, 03 September 2013 20:07

The Greatest Hero

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Picking the greatest comic hero isn’t as easy as it sounds, especially when you’ve grown up with four-colour and monochrome feats of derring-do from not only Marvel Comics and DC, printed in the ‘States, but 2000 AD in the UK and the English-language version of Hergé’s Tintin. Worthies like the Batman, Judge Dredd, the Phantom, Wolverine, Captain Haddock and Beast all had their moment in the sunroom of my nostalgia.

Thursday, 22 September 2011 04:23

Unaccustomed Mercy

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--He hates the night because there is no rest--he hates the day because it moves towards night.--

 --'Have you hidden him in the past?'--

 --Old shadows descend on the room like a judgment. Something deeper than sadness washes over my body, and, for the first time, I can see myself as I really am -- a broken toy, a defective machine bent by a brutal hand. I know something vital has been stolen from me and there's no way I can ever get it back -- not with overpaid doctors, multicolored pills or sweet prayers to Jesus. For me, there is no redemption--no road home.--

Monday, 05 September 2011 17:25

Catching Up with Paris and the Hiltons

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The third and possibly final album from Paris and the Hiltons is on the horizon. They've released an excerpt today...why are we posting about it here? Because Thunderdome needs to foray into music as well, and it's all part of a bigger project coming later in the year! Give 'em a listen and a like if you will by clicking HERE.

This is a guest post by Caleb J Ross as part of his Stranger Will Tour for Strange blog tour. His goal is to post at a different blog every few days beginning with the release of his novel Stranger Will in March 2011 to the release of his second novel, I Didn’t Mean to Be Kevin in November 2011. If you have connections to a lit blog of any type, professional journal or personal site, please contact him. He would love to compromise your integrity for a day. To be a groupie and follow this tour, subscribe to the Caleb J Ross blog RSS feed. Follow him on Twitter: @calebjross.com. Friend him on Facebook: Facebook.com/rosscaleb

calebjournalcoverEwwwww! Gross! Gross! Oh My God! Grooooosssss!

I was going to leave this review at that single reactionary statement, but I’ve decided that because I was forced to suffer through this Mötley Crüe family photo album, then you, morbidly fascinated reader, must as well.

Newspaper journalists will be familiar with the ‘inverted pyramid’ approach to revealing the book’s content without having to read the back cover. Talk about not burying your lead. “So, what is Color Atlas and Synopsis of Sexually Transmitted Diseases about?” “It’s an atlas that contains color photos and synopses of sexually transmitted diseases.” This, for normal people, would be the end of such a conversation. For me, it was, regrettably, the beginning.

The table of contents is conveniently structured by type of disease, allowing for quick access to information. Bacterial Sexually Transmitted Diseases is followed by Viral Sexually Transmitted Diseases is followed by Cutaneous Infestations is followed by Clinical STD Syndromes. This easy access makes the book very compatible with the lifestyle of the reader for which it seems to be intended. No time for condom means no time to navigate a detailed table of contents.

The scientific approach to the TOC as well as the linguistically clinical sounding book title instills a false sense of comfort when preparing to venture beyond the opening pages. I expected to be eased into the photographs. I wanted to be seduced, for lack of a better term. But no. Page 13. A close-cropped ¼ page image of a penis head, leaking something like a blend of semen and pus.

Ewwwww! Gross! Gross! Oh My God! Grooooosssss!

The book follows with hundreds more images, rarely less disturbing, usually building up and topping the established comfort gained by previous photos.

Perhaps the most amazing part of this book is that each photo contains patient profiles, outlining the age, sexual orientation, profession, and relationship history of the subjects. This offers a unique insight into the everyday lives of those one might assume are inherently “dirty.” But what I learned is that just about anyone can be an STD carrier. From the 23-year old female prostitute who undergoes routine STD screening every 3-4 months (pg 27) to the 26-year old male, unemployed IV drug user (pg 43) to the 47 year-old male merchant seaman…for real (pg 63)…wait, was I trying to make a point here? If the point was that prostitutes, drug addicts, and sailors often get sexual diseases, then I guess I’ve succeeded.

The only logical question at this point is, who would write such a book? The logical answer: someone who wants to do his family proud. Here is the actual dedication for this book:

“This book is dedicated with love and respect to my father, Hugh W. Handsfield, for 40 years an editor and editor-in-chief of the McGraw-Hill College Division. He always wanted a McGraw-Hill author in the family.”

“Thanks son. As I lie here on my deathbed—ironically due to an infection contracted from a Thai Ladyboy during last year’s annual “business trip”—I remember back on my initial hopes for you as you entered our world those many, many years ago: please, my darling baby boy, publish a book full of graphically detailed gross genitals. Make your father proud. *cough* Long live McGraw-Hill…”

Perhaps, though, the author with his homophonically pro-masturbation name, truly was destined to create such a book. Mr. Hunter ‘Hands feel’ writes sexual-repulsion book. Mic Hunter (my cunt/cunt hunter?) writes a pro-boner book. The world works in mysteriously unpleasant ways.

After all of this, you are probably wondering how you can get your lubricated hands on a copy of Color Atlas and Synopsis of Sexually Transmitted Diseases. Lady Luck (the figurative representation of good luck, not Hugh Hansfield’s aforementioned shemale hooker) is on your side. As part of this blog tour for my novel, Stranger Will, I am giving away a Tour Groupie package that contains a copy of this book. Also included: a selection of other groupie themed paraphernalia including:

  1. Latex gloves, or hand-condoms. This keeps you guilt free while reading Stranger Will.
  2. A paperback copy of Stranger Will, possibly slathered in my own DNA, definitely slathered in a personal inscription
  3. An 11” x 16” poster from the 1970 movie “I Am a Groupie.”

Read the tour stop at Big Other for more details

Sunday, 13 February 2011 07:12

Holiday Horror: Top 6 Movies to Watch On Valentine's Day

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Valentine's Day. It's copiously commercialized, atrociously unavoidable, and just so fucking... pink. While most people are out at fancy restaraunts, eating food they can't afford and watching flowers wilt, some of us... aren't. Here's a quick list of slashers for those of us who would rather stay home, a little bitter, a little bored, or just in the mood for a different shade of red.

Wednesday, 15 December 2010 05:35

"Witch House" is a Dr▲g

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"Witch house is a really gay thing to call a lot of cool shit," says faceless Youtuber lepusupel of self-proclamed drag musician oOoOO's heavily popular track NoSummr4u. "This isnt witch house, this is dope."