Tuesday, December 29, 2009


Komics & Kards Kastle
Trashy Cat wants your balls.
Big Bertha
Pitcher Plant

Monday, December 28, 2009

Hang On To Your Ego.

"I was never interested in being a rock star. I always wanted to be Boris Karloff." ~Gene Simmons
I used to work at the Oakland Public Library, it was my first "real" job. I'm not a "go to work" kind of guy, & i could tell that most of my employers got this about me. The ones that didn't hire me really got it! ha ha. But, i had just gotten engaged & i was trying to get my act together & the library was a cool gig, why, most of the Cuts & 2/10 worked there at one point or another (still do?). Anyhow, i had to bury alot of my natural tendencies to work in a big bureaucracy like the public library & you know, it being a library & all, there is a certain feeling to it which might be counter to who i am. Anyhow, at the same time i was working on learning alot of the history i had missed in school, alot of the art theory i had been interested in pursuing in art school but it wasn't covered & alot of the general absorption of thousands of magazines, newspapers & books that i couldn't afford to just buy.
"I wanted to be in a band that gave bang for the buck. I wanted to be in the band who didn't look like a bunch of guys who, you know, should be in a library studying for their finals." ~Gene Simmons
As i worked to get my act together i had to confront alot of the ideas about the world view i had developed during adolescence. I had become steeped in the depressive culture of the far-left which mixed with the adolescent depression & hormonal insanity & drugs that coursed through my veins & just distorted the holy Jesus out of me. I'm not going to critique that whole schtick here, but let's just say it wasn't me & it isn't me & from what i've seen, the mentality is both a contributor to & a result of depression. What made all this particularly hard at the time was the election of George W. Bush, 9-11 & our military ramp up. The San Francisco Bay Area bristled at the election of GWB & he was effectively Hitler incarnate. Something about Bush's swagger & confidence & shamelessness really rubbed all those pencil-necks the wrong way. As the 2000s played themselves out, the left became more & more rigid & ideologically crazed.
Then Gene Simmons' "Kiss & Make Up" book came out & while i was supposed to be shelving or processing books one afternoon i read the whole thing in one sitting. When i put the book down i knew i had to quit my job. The next day i did. The whole time i was reading the book i recognized that what drew me to Gene Simmons when i was a kid was what drew me to him then, which was that he was straight forward, he grabbed life by the balls & he had NO SHAME. Not to leave out the obvious, just look. As i read the book i saw that these same traits were what the left hated about George W. Bush & other "entitled white men". There had been so much propaganda thrown around about "entitlement" when i was growing up. I was fairly convinced that i didn't deserve anything & that to take was to take from others. Alot of bollocks, but you'd be surprised how many people feel that way. So reading about Gene moving to the USA from Israel & how he felt like he had been transported from another dimension & that when he turned on the TV or read comics or watched movies he felt free, reminded me how i felt as a kid. He described Israel as "living in a box", which is not unlike how i felt growing up. He talked about all of the great American things like monster movies, superheroes, rock & roll, cars & girls glowingly, without shame, with the kind of optimism that you don't hear living in the Bay Area.
Gene Simmons on the Mike Douglas Show 1974

I was sick of the pessimism, the guilt, the shame, of not taking life by the horns & riding that fucker into the sunset. I felt cheated.
"I'm in a weird band. We've done very well. The American Dream is alive and well." ~Gene Simmons
Gene & Paul in an interview from 1987, acting like a funny pair of queens.

Here's the fantastic interview of Terry Gross (Fresh Air) vs. Gene Simmons.

Friday, December 25, 2009

Fads: The Surfer's Cross

From TIME Magazine. Friday, Apr. 22, 1966
World War I Ace Max Immelmann earned two, as did Corporal Adolf Hitler, and now U.S. teen-agers are buying them by the gross. Dug out of attics and curio shops and freshly minted by the thousands, the German Iron Cross has become the newest surfer's emblem and high school fad. Nobody, except parents, seems upset by the Iron Cross's connotations. "When kids ask me about the 1939 inscription," says one distributor, "I just tell them it was a big year for surfing." Those who do know don't mind. "We just don't have the feeling about this Nazi thing that our parents do," explains Los Angeles Teen-Ager Rick Higgins. In fact, what parental disapproval there is seems only to fuel the fad. Admits Palmdale's Paul O'Hara, 15: "It really upsets your parents. That's why everyone buys them." The vogue started with California's Hell's Angels, whose motorcycle brigades also like to sport Nazi swastikas (TIME, Jan. 21). Then it spread to surfers, who began exchanging their St. Christopher medals for Iron Cross pendants (now sold as his-and-her pairs, charm bracelets and even earrings). Soon landlocked emulators across the U.S. took up the fad. Explains Chicago's Walter Wagner, 17: "I'd like to be a surfer, but you can't do much on Lake Michigan. If you can't surf and you can't have a board, at least you can have something." Spread across the country by chain and variety stores, the crosses are now being made of copper, wood, enamel and silver plate, and are being sold by such quality stores as Manhattan's Bergdorf Goodman and B. Altman. Largest manufacturer is Rhode Island's Ronnie Jewelry, Inc., which is now turning out some 24,000 crosses a day, calls them "the hottest single novelty item in years." But no one takes greater pleasure, and profit, from the new craze than Los Angeles' Ed ("Big Daddy") Roth, the 275-lb. supply sergeant for Hell's Angels, who was first on the bandwagon, has sold 51,800 to date. Roth, who specializes in morbid-art decals for the hip trade (latest sample: a baby with sign reading "Born Dead"), sees the Iron Crosses as setting a whole new trend, and he has already followed up with an even newer vogue: plastic copies of the Wehrmacht iron helmet. Says he: "They really reach into a kid's deepest emotions." Beyond that he sees a big potential market for SS emblems and Nazi swastikas. "You know," he says expansively, "that Hitler did a helluva public relations job for me."

Weekly World News - Now ONLINE!!!

Weekly World News was my favorite supermarket tabloid of all time but sadly went under in 2007. They are however, now online in their current incarnation here. Which is obviously not the same, the Weekly World News would always bring a smile to my face when i saw it at the checkout counter. More excitingly though is that Google now has archived Weekly World News on their insane Google Books thing. CHECK IT OUT & LEARN ABOUT THE AMAZING WORLD OF WEEKLY WORLD NEWS!!!!!!!!

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Merry Christmas from Frankenstein & Monster World!

From the fall of 1965 (with a January ’66 cover date), a Don Post mask of Glenn Strange as the Frankenstein Monster made festive for Warren & Ackerman’s Monster World number 6.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009




Apparently the Japanese are being fattened up in preparation for the REPTILLIAN HARVEST by McDonalds & Co, or maybe they are just discovering the wonder of burgers as high as an elephant's eye? Either way, the universal human impulse of creating enormous sandwiches has hit Japan with the MEGA MAC!!! It's not exactly NEW NEWS, but it's GOOD GNUS (or is it?) & IT'S GNU 2 ME!!! See, i was looking up the word MEGA to see if anyone was using it for a magazine & this damn MEGA MAC kept on coming up. Apparently the Japanese saw SUPER-SIZE ME & thought it was a commercial for MACUDONARLDSU.

Observe the astounding levels of burger stacking by Takeshi Fukuda
Also, according to their menu, McDonalds Japan serves hot dogs!

Bananas! Hot Dog! Dynamite!

The squares can keep their Time, Life, Newsweek & Black Tail magazines because Bananas, Hot Dog! & Dynamite are too exciting for any of them anyhow. Bananas was largely written by Jovial Bob Stine (aka R.L. Stine of Goosebumps fame) with cartoons by my hero John Holmstrom. Hot Dog! i can't find ANY information about! What's the deal? Dynamite! was a kid's guide to the tamer & lamer pop culture of the 70s & early 80s. They were all published by Scholastic.

THE LOST, LOST RAP: Mario Bros Super Show!

The Lost, Lost Rap Returns! I got a disk of the Super Mario Bros Super Show for my sons this Hanuka & was transported back into the world of 1989. The rap on this intro is great. You can memorize it after just a couple listens which is the sign of a "good" rap or jingle or anything. Also, the cartoon is produced in America by DiC which is kind of surprising given they probably could've just converted a Japanese Mario cartoon (not sure if they had one by that time).

The end credits are awesome too featuring Captain Lou Albano (god rest his soul) 'DOIN' THE MARIO'.

The show enters into the classic language of kid's shows by having a cartoon hosted by live segments. Get a clue TV producer people! Here's Mario & Luigi with famous break-dancer Shabba Doo.

Sunday, December 20, 2009

The Kool-Aid Man is Comin' Aroun'

“To me death is not a fearful thing. It's living that's cursed.” ~Jim Jones
"Let me present to you what you should see every day when you look in the mirror in the early morning hours ... Let me present to you a combination of Martin King, Angela Davis, Albert Einstein ... Chairman Mao." ~Willie Brown speaking of Jim Jones
OH NO!!!
I'm sure we all know by now that they drank Flavor-Aid at Jonestown, but Kool-Aid rolls off the tongue easier & there is no "Flavor-Aid Man", just some weird uncharismatic straw character. Charles Manson seems like the street version of Jim Jones, the homocidal street preacher with serpent-like hypnotic powers over the weak-minded. Manson & Jones are great jumping points into larger pictures & there's a fantastic series of connections to make from Manson to the Beach Boys & Scientology or the Process Church or Jones to Harvey Milk, George Moscone & other San Francisco liberal politicos. It's fun to think about these guys like Russian nesting dolls, you could put Manson (a baker's dozen killed) into Jim Jones, Jim Jones (900 cultists killed) into Hitler, Hitler (12 million Europeans) into Stalin (6-30 million Russians depending on who you listen to) & Stalin into Mao (50-70 million Chinese killed). Yet, Manson's face is the scariest of all these guys.

Friday, December 18, 2009

Electronic Theatre Restaurants Corp.

Chuck E. Cheese is a great concept with varied execution. I remember the rapid movements of the animatronic characters being very nerve-wracking & un-natural, as well as characters receding in & out of the darkness in order to emphasize or de-emphasize their role in the "show" making me feel like i was going to be attacked at any moment. Combine that with the open bench seating, the constant birthday party atmosphere & then the arcade full of screaming games & rides with the volumes cranked up, you've got sensory overload & a generally totally crazed environment. But, it sticks in my head, i only went to Chuck E. Cheese's twice in the 80s & it has been an obsessional figure-head in my archive of cool crap.

The basic concept is to create a mini theme park. Adding all of the characters & songs & crap like that builds up a cultural body for your restaurant or whatever. Why can't bars be like this? (too scary)

When we're hurtling through outer space this kind of stuff will be mandatory! It might take us hundreds of years to get from one planet to another so there better be ways of keeping us busy!

You can easily imagine McDonalds taking up this mode & forcing employees to dress as Ronald & Mayor McCheese & having Fry Guys dancing around. More excitingly this could be extended to things like sushi bars with Ultraman themes. All human organizations need mascots & then real-world costumes of these mascots wandering around.

Thursday, December 17, 2009


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Saturday, December 12, 2009

Portland Zine Symposium

Back whenever their theme was "celebrating creation" i was really going bonkers on the direction that zines had gone, particularly of the Portland variety. Basically a pile of emo self-help panty waisted pencil necked bollocks with an iron-clad political correctness that chapped my hide. Whenever that was, i was encouraged to "get involved" & push the symposium in the direction i wanted it to be. I thought this was absurd at the time, but this morning, i thought it was fantastic advice & i took my first step in "becoming the change i wanted to see."
Portland Zine Symposium 2010
Portland Zine Symposium, eat your heart out!

Friday, December 11, 2009

James Brown, Little Richard & Weird Al on Wheel of Fortune.

Courtesy of Bill Florio of all people.

Book Review: The Life & Times of Little Richard

Little Richard by Charles White
I'm not much of a reviewer, i don't go into bizarre writing exercises to try & sell you on the quality of something. I'm more of a jingle-writer or an ad copy writer. Like the cover of the book says, "You Don't Know Rock & Roll Until You Know Little Richard!" "Little Richard is King" -Mick Jagger. The back continues with the adulation. The interior is a wild ride through the greased up fireball that is Little Richard's life. Wild & bizarre sexuality. Weird southern weirdness. Tutti Frutti-ness to the MAX! Little Richard basically invented Rock & Roll & not unlike the Ramones or the Sex Pistols, passed the inspiration to pretty much everyone who would matter in the world of Rock & Roll: Elvis, Buddy Holly, Paul McCartney, James Brown. His charged mix of bisexuality, Rock & Roll devil's music & Southern Black religious fervor would electro magnetize those around him. Look at his eyes! His hair!

His vocals on these early tracks are the pinnacle of Rock singing. Period.

Little Richard is pure America & pure Mondo Trasho.

Vat-Grown Meat

H+ Magazine just published a piece about "In-Vitro Meat", which seems almost identical in speculation to what i was writing ten years ago in Goblinko's Futurist "GO!" magazine. This was writing under alot of the assumptions about where humanity needed to go forward & what seemed inevitable. Vat-Grown Meat is inevitable, not least because i've been talking about it for the last 20+ years or so, but also because it CAN be done, so it WILL be done. I also believe that there is a spiritually deadening quality to factory farming (probably factories in general as well, but that's another issue) & that eating vat-grown meat will help humanity out of these automated death machines. I can see the spread of vat-grown meat creating a new market of very high-quality butchers of REAL animals where they take care to get nothing but the best. Hunting could be re-introduced as a very special, ritualistic exercise in manhood for great feasts on holidays like Thanksgiving & Christmas. This seems beneficial on all levels. Also, when we enter outer-space in our enormous space hulks, i don't see us taking actual farms on-board, & animals would most likely be as companions rather than food. So growing vat-meat makes complete sense in our speculative future as well. Real meat will become a luxury & a complicated, ritualistic one at that, & the standard will be vat-grown meat or other things like the vat-grown fungal protein Quorn. Due to my gemini split personality, i'm torn between this kind of crazy futurism & a very stern traditional conservatism with smatterings of Conan anti-civilization barbarism & vibrating post-modern pop trash as well. This is all fine, but my tendency is to obsess over one, when they should be combined & the resulting friction will propel me forward. I think this is why i see myself as an "Archeo Futurist" as embodied by Evola & Marinetti.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Krampus Buttons!!!

Krampus is a mythical creature who accompanies Saint Nicholas in various regions of the world during the Christmas season. The word Krampus originates from the Old High German word for claw (Krampen). In the Alpine regions, Krampus is represented by a demon-like creature accompanying Saint Nicholas. Krampus acts in conjunction with Saint Nicholas; the latter gives gifts to good children, while the Krampus gives warnings and punishments to the bad children. Traditionally, young men dress up as the Krampus in the first two weeks of December, particularly in the evening of December 5, and roam the streets frightening children and women with rusty chains and bells. In some rural areas the tradition also includes birching by Krampus, especially of young females.
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Krampus Buttons!!!

Krampus is a mythical creature who accompanies Saint Nicholas in various regions of the world during the Christmas season. The word Krampus originates from the Old High German word for claw (Krampen). In the Alpine regions, Krampus is represented by a demon-like creature accompanying Saint Nicholas. Krampus acts in conjunction with Saint Nicholas; the latter gives gifts to good children, while the Krampus gives warnings and punishments to the bad children. Traditionally, young men dress up as the Krampus in the first two weeks of December, particularly in the evening of December 5, and roam the streets frightening children and women with rusty chains and bells. In some rural areas the tradition also includes birching by Krampus, especially of young females.
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Monday, December 7, 2009

Conspiracy Theory

What could be more Mondo Trasho than Jesse Ventura hosting a Conspiracy Theory TV show? Professional Wrestling plus Conspiracy Theories= Gold. Conspiracy Theories occupy the same place that science fiction used to occupy: popular speculation. Because pulp science-fiction isn't being produced anymore, the best place to imagine what is actually going on based on limited information & following patterns is in the world of conspiracy theories. Now, alot of people will try to say that the word conspiracy brings the whole discussion down, or isn't useful, based on some sort of judgment that they have or what they imagine others have towards the information presented. Others (like world's driest political intellectual Noam Chomsky) believe that the entire idea of a "conspiracy" doesn't exist at all, & that no one meets in secret to plan the course of events. If you believe that, you haven't seen much of the world.

Jesse "The Body" Ventura shortly after arriving at the WWF.

Jesse Ventura on the Alex Jones show.

Alex Jones is the best of conspiracy oriented talk radio. His angle is a bit too idealistic & "true libertarian" for how i see the world working & human nature in general, BUT, it's a fantastic show & his information tends to be correct.
Jesse Ventura's new Conspiracy Theory TV show is on NOW. Check it out.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

You Can't Stop Rock & Roll!!!

The difference between THEM & US, is that THEY look to bureaucracies & pieces of paper for power. By sucking up to authority & conforming, THEY become slaves to the system. WE distinguish ourselves & our power comes from how we use what god gave us. Twisted Sister PROVES MY POINT. Twisted Sister is the Dictators plus KISS.
Check the intro to this video!

Covering the Shangri-Las & putting Bobcat Goldthwait in your video?

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Comical Comics

I'm into very specific kinds of comics. Stupid, old comics. I especially like Gold Key, Whitman & Dell comics, with the super bold covers of famous cartoon characters floating on bright, solid colors. I like Harvey comics featuring Richie Rich, Casper & Hot Stuff. I like Archie Comics in all their glorious forms. I don't even read the stories, i just flip through, read a couple jokes, look at the ads & appreciate the entirety of the package. When someone wants to talk comics i usually have no idea what they are talking about with their Red Hulks, Secret Wars & Infinity Gauntlets. Don't get me wrong, if & when i find old superhero comics in the quarter bins i buy them, i like all those guys with funny names in tights & capes. But the good bad old superhero comics are harder to come by around here. When i was a kid i got a huge box of 70s kid's comics from a friend's older sister. While i really wanted some old Ghost War Stories types of comics, all of the Little Lulus, Baby Hueys, Popeyes, Beetle Baileys & Sugar & Spikes really stuck to my brain. The ads were another revelation. Sea Monkeys. Charles Atlas' muscle building book. Johnson Smith novelties. Roach Designs t-shirts & embroidered patches by Gandalf. Monkeys by mail. Foreign stamps. Magic Crabs. If you're lucky some old Marvels have ads from Ed Roth's "Weirdo Pad". Another friend of mine had a box full of old Ghost War Stories that we'd read into the late hours when we were kids. The stories were so awesomely morbid & judgmental. "Sergeant Gerald ditched his squadron under fire & was ambushed by ghosts of war in an old abandoned farmhouse where the exact same thing had happened 25 years earlier." I believe in throw-away titles that secretly aren't throw aways. Devil Dinosaur. Madballs. When my boys are old enough, they'll have an enormous trunk completely full of old comics to read with their friends.

Friday, December 4, 2009


The Jungle Girl is a rare sight these days, usually dredged up by perverted comic artists whose brushes lustily follow their every curve. Pappy's Golden Age Comics blog has been running tons of classic Jungle Girl comics, like this Camilla one here. You know them old rock videos like David Lee Roth's "Just a Gigolo?" where they take a Mel Brooks or is it Mad Magazine approach to the form & fill that sucker up with a million visual references? The Jungle Girl needs to be part of that. Also, gorillas, tribesman with the bone in their nose & anthropomorphic bananas.

Were the Ramones the last legitimate wavers of the Jungle Girl flag?

Here's some actual Sheena.

Here's Sheena's actress, Irish McCalla (aka German Von Shpatzle) showin' her stuff on the beach.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009


The whole McDonaldland world was a direct lift of Sid & Marty Krofft's H.R. Pufnstuf, & was even developed by alot of the people involved in the show. Despite the sheistyness of the ad agency that tried to swindle the Kroffts, they created something amazing blending the already insane world of H.R. Pufnstuf with the insane world of McDonalds. There has been alot of pressure for us to feel intense shame about fast food, but things like McDonalds are so obviously uber-American & Mondo Trasho, they can't be disposed of. The real problem is lethargy. Listen to the Dictators, "We play sports so we don't get fat."