Have you guys ever seen Over The Edge? It was Matt Dillon’s first film. Anyway I saw it for the first time last night. The opening titles go like so:
In 1978 110,000 kids under 18 were arrested for crimes of vandalism in the United States.
This story is based on true incidents occurring during the 70’s in a planned suburban community of condominiums and townhomes, where city planners ignored the fact that a quarter of the population was 15 years old or younger.
Here are some screengrabs from it.
We were lucky enough to get Pat Grant to contribute a comic to Beef Knuckles #2 and we’re trying to get him to send us stuff for #3 now. Anyway, check out his site – there’s some pretty great stuff on there.
Here’s the start to a comic he did about the Cronulla Riots in 2005. It formed part of his honours thesis. Read the whole thing here.
Here’s a shot from Lumpen #5, a comic Pat puts out semi-regularly. You can buy them here.
Recently I came across a copy of *?#%&#! Comics magazine. *?#%&#! Comics magazine is a compendium that was published in Melbourne in 1989, edited by brothers Andrew and Ian Haig. It’s interesting because it takes its cues from Raw Magazine.
Raw Magazine was edited by comic artist Art Spiegelman (Maus) and Françoise Mouly, and was a key part of the 80s underground comic movement. It brought together artists from the United States and Europe who were making intellectual, alternative comics.
*?#%&#! shares Raw’s large format and arty approach to making comics. Its contributors were almost all from Melbourne. They included Philip Brophy, who was part of the experimental group → ↑ → and now works as musician and artist; his then partner artist Maria Kozic who is now living in New York; Melissa Webb, who works as an illustrator in Melbourne; Carlo Golin, who is a practising artist and the two editors, Andrew and Ian Haig. Andrew Haig is now a designer and Ian Haig, whose work features heavily in the magazine, is now a practising artist who ‘works at the intersection of visual arts and media arts.’ He does cool drawings and animations.
At its core, *?#%&#! is a response to comics culture; Maria Kozic’s ‘Heads on Platters’ serves up decapitated comic icons. Fester Better’s ‘Tracey’s Dick’ turns Dick Tracey on its head, sending up Dick Tracey as a cross dressing transvestite who’d kill to keep his secret safe. Ian Haig’s ‘Then suddenly’ boils down the comic formula to a single panel illustration and text, which just might be the perfect comic. Its certainly the most economical. The comics inside *?#%&#! are funny, ironic, violent and poke fun at comics while paying homage to the art form.
As far as I can gather, there was only one edition of *?#%&#! ever made, which is a pity. *?#%&#! serves as a time capsule for Australian underground comics in 1989.
Ian Haig – http://www.ianhaig.net/
Andrew Haig – http://www.panghaig.com/main.html
Melissa Web – http://homepage.mac.com/fidelitarean/noisypics/folio/
Philip Brophy – http://www.philipbrophy.com/
Oh yeah, Beef Knuckles 3 coming early 2010!
Did you know that they love their sports stars in Papua New Guinea? The TV just told me that. They also love life, and there’s a good chance of growth there, cricket wise. The TV says a lot of stupid shit around 11:28pm, so instead let’s talk about England.
West Ham are my favourite football club. They’re not very good and their best league finish during my lifetime was a 5th place in ’98-’99, but that hardly matters (I’m very loyal with shitty sporting teams). The club is based somewhere out of East London and was very popular with Jamaican immigrants and anarcho skinheads in the ’70s and ’80s, which is pretty cool, although I didn’t really know this information when I first started liking them sometime during the mid-’90s. What made me really like them as a dumbnuts teenager was one man – Paolo Di Canio.
Paolo Di Canio was an Italian, which I don’t usually tolerate, but he was great and would score ridiculous goals for the Hammers on a weekly basis. He was also a REALLY crazy fucken bastard. One day he’d take it upon himself to stop a game to make sure an injured opponent was given medical treatment, and the next day he’d beat up a referee. A few years later when he moved on to play for Lazio in the Italian league (his fave childhood team), he caused a stir after giving a fascist salute to the club’s traditionally ultra-right fans. In his defence he said some shit like “I was just waving hello!”, but I’ve seen nice people wave hello and they don’t usually do it like this.
So anyway, I don’t really know where I was going with all this, but since I’m kinda talking about England and football, I’ll leave you with this classic track from New Order.
If you have a spare hour you should watch Maria Bamford’s Christmas Special! And while you’re at it check out the AV Club’s Best Comedy Albums of the Decade which include Eugene Mirman, Patton Oswalt, David Cross and Maria Bamford.
Hey! Here are some shots from R The Original, a collection of short stories by Kaneko Atsushi. When I was in Japan everyone was going wild for his comic Soil. And if you’re after some of his translated work you can pick up Bambi and Her Pink Gun.
Anyway, I dig the colours in this – would be great to do something similar for the next Beef Knuckles cover!! Enjoy!