My latest "Ties That Bind" column is up at PopMatters. "The Thunderbolt of Change: 'Angels in America' and the Marriage Equality Victory" considers the portrayal of change in Tony Kushner's massive play and reflects on this in light of the historic, wonderful, and long overdue victory for equal rights with the Obergefell v. Hodges ruling.Also,… Continue reading Ties That Bind and Don’t Start Me Talkin’
My new column is up at PopMatters: "Bill O'Reilly's Rock and Roll Machine". It's either read this or go see Paul Blart Mall Cop 2. You decide.This was another fun piece to read, soaked in anger though it is. It's also my first bit of political satire-meets-rock criticism, since it focuses on the intersections of… Continue reading Ties That Bind: Bill O’Reilly’s Rock and Roll Machine
Couch by Couchwest is a response to a similarly-named and slightly more famous music festival. As CXCW puts it on their website: "Let’s face it, we’re all too broke to go to South by Southwest in Austin, and even if we had the money, we couldn’t get out of work anyway." So they post homegrown… Continue reading Couch Surfing: The Blind Engineer on CXCW 2015
My article on poem comics and profluent lingering is up at The Comics Journal. Thanks to Dan Nadel and the TCJ staff, and to Bianca Stone for letting us reprint her two poem comics, "How It Is" and "Kneeling in a Pile of Leaves."Here's an excerpt from the essay:The clear problem in my [previous] definition… Continue reading Poem Comics and Profluent Lingering up at TCJ
I'll be playing as The Blind Engineer for the first time in a while this coming Friday, February 13 at the Mingo Town Music Happy Hour located at the Shrunken Head in Victorian Village. Showtime is 6pm-8pm, the cover is zero damn dollars.The terrific Eric Nassau will open the show. You can catch Eric in… Continue reading The Blind Engineer Rides Again
My review of the compelling documentary about cartoonist John Porcellino, Root Hog or Die, is up at The Comics Journal. I reviewed the screening held recently at The Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum.An excerpt: "I hope that Root Hog or Die is a demystifying punch in the gut for those who romanticize "nuts" and… Continue reading Review of Root Hog or Die
Hmm, no updates in a month. Must be teaching season.Today kicks off a busy couple of weeks. Up first, Marjane Satrapi visits CCAD this Tuesday. I've been teaching Persepolis since 2009, so I'm thrilled to meet her. On Thursday, Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky of Sex Criminals infamy visit the college for a lecture (sans… Continue reading Rocktober
Or site building, as the case may be. Stay tuned for updates.