Why ‘Brik’ Is A Comic Unlike Any Other

In an age of corporatized superhero blockbusters, writers Michael Benson and Adam Glass tell nuanced narratives. The duo first met on a picket line during the 2007-2008 Writers Guild of America strike. Benson had worked on HBO’s Entourage while Glass was getting ready to write and produce the CW sleeper hit Supernatural. A friendship was struck and suddenly the two were writing graphic novels together. Their creative partnership for Marvel has created stories where Deadpool is reimagined as a Cold War pulp thriller, Luke Cage wanders through a Prohibition-era Harlem defined by institutionalized racism, and the Punisher remains permanently trapped in his past hatreds. Throughout these immoral Read More

Now You Can Live in a Van Down by the River

This 1971 Volkswagen Type 2 Camper is powered by a 1600cc flat-four that was rebuilt by the previous owner with dual carburetors, new rockers, an oil sump, and a 12V alternator with a dual battery system. It retains its California blue plates and has reportedly been California-owned since new. Front disc brakes and a new front end with dropped spindles were installed in 2015, and the bus has been repainted in its original shade. Approximately 4,500 miles were added during the seller’s two-year ownership, and this tin-top camper is now being offered for sale with records dating to the prior owner and a clean California title. With Read More

Chris Cornell Plays Acoustic Cover of Prince Song

Grunge pioneer Chris Cornell — who was in town to promote his new solo album, Higher Truth — recently stopped by the SiriusXM studios for an in-depth interview with Rolling Stone’s David Fricke and an intimate acoustic performance backed by cellist Bryan Gibson and fellow guitarist Keaton Simons. Much like his ongoing acoustic tour for the album, he treated us to a variety of tracks spanning his storied career, including songs off the new solo album (Josephine, Nearly Forgot My Broken Heart), nods to his days with Soundgarden (Fell On Black Days) and Audioslave (Like A Stone), and an unexpected-but-beautiful cover of Prince’s Nothing Compares 2 U. Read More

City of Atlanta Moves to Protect Three Historic Buildings

The City of Atlanta is designating three historic buildings to be protected from demolition, according to Tim Keane, the city’s planning commissioner. Keane made the announcement Thursday evening at the Atlanta Urban Design Commission’s 40th annual Awards of Excellence. Two of the three buildings are 141 Walton St. and 152 Nassau St. in the Fairlie-Poplar district, and the company interested in developing a Margaritaville restaurant and bar has wanted to demolish those two buildings – at least in part. The developers have been partnering with the Skyview Ferris Wheel next door, and they have wanted to construct other rides next door as part of a vertical amusement park Read More

Offline is the New Luxury

We’ve all witnessed it in restaurants, family gatherings or special events. Resembling hordes of mesmerized zombies, nearly every face we see is buried in the hypnotic glow of their smart phone or tablet. Is there any escape? The new documentary titled Offline is the New Luxury, produced by VPRO, follows a new movement geared towards of achieving just that. The film begins by asking the most basic question. What have we lost as a result of our increasingly interconnected digital technologies? Ironically – in a world where we can engage in numerous social media platforms and send messages to nearly anyone on the planet – we’ve become Read More

Matt Damon Ended My Acting Dream

No More Acting, Thanks Matt

Matt Damon ended my film-acting-career dream. You might know that Matt Damon won an Oscar in 1997. The movie was Good Will Hunting which he “co-wrote” with Ben Affleck. He has not written anything since. Before Oscar win Damon was already somewhat of a star. In 1988 he made his film debut in Mystic Pizza with a small role and then appeared as an extra in a couple of films in 1989. I personally met Matt Damon in 1989 during the filming of Rising Son. Let me tell you a little bit about Rising Son. It was a cable television movie that was produced by TNT and released in Read More