“Magnets? I don’t fucking know. You know what I’m sayin’? People act like we’re stupid ‘cause we fucking said it, but c’mon, how do they work — no one really fuckin’ knows. It’s like in Journey to the Center of the Earth when they were talking about different layers of the Earth and stuff and they can’t figure out why the Earth has magnetism because they don’t know what the fuck is in the core. So no, I don’t know (how magnets work) and I don’t fucking care. I just know they hold up my kids’ pictures on the refrigerator and I’m happy with that.”
Down with the Clown since ‘94.
Oh the weird twisted history I have with Mike Doughty and his work. I do rather enjoy his poetry. Interested to give this memoir a read.
I met Mike Doughty through a friend over the summer; he actually walked into a party while one of his songs was playing over the speakers. It was a surreal New York moment, and I recognized him immediately as being the lead singer of the now-defunct Soul Coughing, a band that I had listened to in college (even though they broke up a year before my freshman year). Our mutual friend had told me that Mike wasn’t a Soul Coughing fan. “You should read his book when it comes out,” she told me, “and you’ll understand why.”
After seeing him at another party toward the end of last year, I asked Mike for a copy of The Book of Drugs. He obliged, and I tore through it in a matter of days. It’s a refreshingly genuine rock ‘n’ roll memoir, with the typical rise and fall of a rock star you might find as the plot of a musical biopic (complete with the requisite cameos from other musicians — in this case Jeff Buckley, Ani DiFranco, and, surprisingly, Redman). But it’s also a poetic look at the music industry in the late ’90s, a seemingly mythical time before the rise of .mp3s and iPods. It’s also impossible not to cheer for Doughty, who was outnumbered by a group of older, antagonistic musicians who all but took over the band that he created. I was very excited to sit down with him at Birch Coffee and chat about his memoir, life after Soul Coughing, and the stigma of being a singer-songwriter.
I interviewed Mike Doughty for BlackBook! Please take a look — I think it’s a great piece.
As a writer/artist, do you feel there was much of a difference in doing this book in digital format compared to how writing a physical book would be?
In a word, YES! A huge difference!
That was one of the things that we specifically wanted to do with Power Play– make it a different experience from the typical print comic, and that’s reflected in every step of the process.
I’d say the biggest difference is the change in thinking that we’ve had to go through to prepare a digital comic. Basically, we’re not planning on “pages” any more, but “screens.” So much about how you organize a traditional comic is about what you can fit on a page, how you’re going to arrange it on the page, and how well it reads on the page. But with digital comics, there are no pages anymore, just a screen. That changes everything from how Kurt writes the script, to how I draw the panels, and ultimately, to how the reader experiences the finished product.
Plus, the most exciting part for me is the new types of panel transitions we get to play around with because we’re no longer bound to a page. There are a lot of fun, cool, and new things we’re working with because of the differences between physical and digital comics.
REBECCA BLACK ROUND-UP
So, you may have heard about this 13 year old pop sensation called Rebecca Black and her smash single ‘Friday’ which discusses such pressing topics that teenagers handle every day, such as what seat to take in a car full of her friends, or a bowl of cereal in the morning, or just the order of the days of the week.
It’s gotten out of hand in the week since the video premiered. Produced by Ark Factory Music and paid for by Black’s parents as a vanity project costing $2,000, which really isn’t so bad considering they gave her the song and shot the video.
Follow Rebecca Black on Twitter
And if you’d like to hear Friday live, check out Rebecca Black’s tour lineup.
and of course, the endless covers…
but we all know the breakout star is thatgirlinpinkdancing:
LOVE LOVE LOVE this movie. And I stumble across this just as I leave work to go buy a used BMX. Been way too long.
This is what happens when the theme of the next issue of Slice Magazine is Villains: You get a crazy idea in your head that just won’t leave. At the last Slice Magazine editorial…
This is a link to the writing/comic podcast that I co-host. In this past episode though my cohort, Timothy Mucci, interview comic legend Alan Moore about his self-published magazine, his work-in-progress novel, and a few comic industry bits here and there. You can also hit up our Tumblr for tons of Alan Moore video, links to articles, and Moore!
And pick up Slice Magazine to read the print interview!!
Get to know the most beautiful and talented cartoonist I’ve ever had the pleasure of knowing, Ms. Laura Lee Gulledge. Read the article here.
For more info find out Who Is Laura Lee?
The Village Voice Runnin’ Scared blog sent me some questions for an interview, and I was in a bad mood, so I decided to fuck with them a little (my mom would call that ‘displacement’). I answered each question in a different personality. They didn’t print anything of course, so I’ll throw a few answers up here:
Mostly I find this blog to be coded uber-cool NYC blogger insider jargon nonsense that would only be decipherable if I gave a shit about the circles they ran in, which I don’t.
But then there’s gems like this. Bravo.