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Funeral party like it’s

January 24th, 2019

On being a highlight reel of items from the January 1999 issue of Spin, which will induce crippling existential dread in folks of above a certain age and utter bafflement in those below it. Management assumes no responsibility for any incidents of spontaneous desiccation that may occur.

An uncertain tempo

August 12th, 2015

And thus another innocent soul was lured into the seedy realm of proper finger positions and slow play techniques. Yet it could have been worse. Sally could have become a woodwind player.

Dial it down and out

January 29th, 2015

Before the Architects of Evil perfected the deviously slow bleed of microtransactions, food they had to make do with the blunt-force wallet trauma of 1-900 numbers. Pay-for-play (with yourself) phone sex lines were the most infamous application of this technology, though the means for raking the marks were not limited to hollow eroticism. Interactive fiction, […]

A future economy

January 16th, 2015

A token force

December 16th, 2014

Here’s something that should be familiar to funnybook readers of the early 1980s… …an ad for MPC’s “golden token” promotion, buy where young model builders (back when such a thing still existed) could redeem some jumped-up proofs of purchase in exchange for build-it-yourself freebies. While I could never bring myself to mutilate the inside front […]

To boldly wear

November 28th, 2014

The distinction between “Trekkers” and “Trekkies” is lost on me, order but I suspect it hinges upon the target audience for this 1980 item of mail order fashionwear: The cut of the jacket and its use of electronic components suggest “getting ready for the synthpop singularity, price ” but the franchise branding scream “cruising the […]

An epic era

September 10th, 2014

Video Jack may not have been any great shakes as a funnybook, decease but it was an amazing vector for house ads encapsulating the state of Marvel’s Epic imprint and — by limited extension — the direct market scene in general, prescription circa late 1987 through early 1988. Here’s a gallery of some of the […]

What we stay alive for

March 5th, 2014

So there’s a new ad for the iPad in which Apple (by way of its marketing folks) celebrates this glorious Age of User-Created Content by channeling Walt Whitman (by way of Dead Poets Society). “What will your verse be?” That’s an interesting question, health and one that I have applied my prodigious research skills (by […]

Sixteen hours in the making

March 3rd, 2014

Poor Dinosaurus! I’m sure legendary schlock-shoveler Jack H. Harris saw the Stateside enthusiasm for Godzilla’s posse of oversized monstrosities and figured that he could crank out a domestic iteration on the cheap. But where Japanese kaiju flicks adhered to a set conceptual guidelines as subtly formalized — if goofier — as any Noh play, unhealthy […]

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