He’s the Stephen King of String Theory

As I may have mentioned, this past Saturday was Free Comic Book Day. I ended up hitting Modern Myths with Dan (and we say James, Miles, and Zoe there as well). I was fortunate that my subscription status net me a copy of each FCBD book. Dan picked up the Scott Pilgrim book and some others (though Owly disappeared before we could snag an extra copy for Sophia. No problem, she can have mine when I’m finished with it.) I’ve made it through about ten of the books so far. I’m saving Scott Pilgrim for last, and so far the ones I’ve enjoyed most are the Bongo Comics books (why don’t I pick these up regularly?), The Preposterous Voyages of Ironhide Tom, and Funny Book (mostly for the Kupperman stuff). There are a couple I’m having a hard time bringing myself to read, (such as the Transformers one) and a couple I’m sorry I didn’t have a harder time bringing myself to read (such as the X-Men/Runaways one).

Unfortunately Saturday also saw me coming down with a cold, so I spent most of the rest of the day asleep, though I did wake up enough for us to watch Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit, which we thoroughly enjoyed.

Sunday morning was of course Doctor Who time and we really dug the latest episode, “The Girl in the Fireplace.” I of course liked the clockwork robots (despite there being no reason for them to be clockwork) and, like “Tooth and Claw”, it was nice to see a more traditional story done in the new-fangled style. And next week: Cybermen and Dirigibles! I’m gonna have to spend the rest of the day recuperating from that one, if you know what I mean.

Then we headed up to MASS MoCA (Museum of Contemporary Art) with James and Dave P. After a pleasant drive through the Berkshires we arrived in North Adams, did some touring of the galleries, were menaced by gypsy moth caterpillars, grabbed a bite to eat, and then headed to our reason for being there: The Books!

The Books are two residents of the area, Paul de Jong and Nick Zammuto. Their music is acoustic guitar, banjo, cello, bass, and other low-key instruments accompanying sound and image collages from found videotapes. James turned me onto them and hepped us to the show, and although had heard and liked their album Thought for Food, the songs take on much more substance when in their proper context with the video. As a reward for reading this far, have a sample mp3:

The Books — Smells Like Content (mp3)

The show at MASS MoCA was great, and the space it took place in was very inviting. We’re all hyped to grab their CDs now (in fact, I’m about to put an order in). We also had some interesting and hilarious conversations on the way there and back. I’m looking forward to seeing more shows there (and the rest of the gallery) including this Bill Frisell show.

Finally, apropos of nothing, I’ve decided I want one of these:

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3 Responses to He’s the Stephen King of String Theory

  1. Kurt says:

    I love our comicbook store, but it sounds like you had FAR more options than we did on the free front. We had a tokyopop sampler, an Image double (which I picked up and it wasn’t very good), Bongo (which I picked up and it was good), Owly (which was gone in the first 10 mins) and a handful of indies.

    I should have bought ‘Top Ten : The Forty-Niners’ but I hadn’t heard any reviews. I love Top Ten, but I just hadn’t heard of it.

    Love Scott Pilgrim. If V3 is out, I’m on it.

  2. David Thiel says:

    Same here. Out of the ones you mentioned, the only ones I got were “X-Men” and the Bongo sampler.

    I didn’t understand the rationale behind the “Superman/Batman” giveaway. Not only was it part one of a multipart storyline, it’s a storyline that –outside of the back issues bins–is only available as a TPB. How is that going to entice a kid to start reading the title?

  3. Shawn Fumo says:

    I’m sad that I missed out on the Owly sampler, but hopefully this means a lot of little kids got a cool comic to read! I also picked up Yotsuba #3 and Monster #1, so those have been good to start on. :)