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“Marvelous” [All-New Marvel NOW! week]

MS MARVEL COVER

Adam WarRock “Marvelous” (Download MP3)
Beat used: ProleteR “Can’t Stop Me”

MARVELNOWMon: “Norrin Radd”
Tues: “The Fist of Khonshu”

ms_marvel_cover_a_pCheck out All-New Ms. Marvel #1

There’s been a lot of talk about diversity in comics, whether that means race/ethnicity, sexuality, gender, age, or whatever other identity categorization you care to frame that word around. “Diversity” has become sort of a buzz word in most media, from the multiracial Benetton-like ads that corporations plaster everywhere, to forced-but-necessary debates on certain topics of varying levels of controversy and import. As the personal blueprint of the world continues to become more varied, more delineated, more diverse, it runs the danger of becoming a means to an end of appearing more aware of these issues than actually giving a damn about any of it.

A part of me asks: so? Not to say that any means justifies any good end, but speaking as someone of a minority community, I kinda…don’t care if it’s all for the appearances of diversity. That is, so long as the media being created is…y’know, GOOD. And take it from an Asian American person who grew up loving Jubilee as his favorite X-Man, these things matter. Seeing a representation of yourself, mirrored in your favorite pop cultural media – more importantly, seeing it presented in a way that’s not insulting, demeaning, degrading, belittling — not just lip service. It means something. It’s deeply affecting, and in a lot of ways life changing.

This is all to say that having the new Ms. Marvel be a Pakistani Muslim American can be accused by many as reading like a ploy, to tick off a bunch of boxes in any corporate diversity training program. And…well, I don’t care. Because the book is good; and if the book’s good, then it becomes less about Ms. Marvel being Muslim, and more about the fact that “it doesn’t matter that Ms. Marvel is Muslim.” or the fact that she’s Pakistani. And that, as much as a book that focuses on the fact that Kamala Khan is a kid, who deals with kid stuff, and gets these superpowers and tries her best to do good with them. Like any other superhero. And isn’t that a bit weird to say, that she’s “just like any other superhero,” being that superheroes are fantastical and amazing in their own right.

I’m sure you don’t need me to tell you any of this. You can read about the reaction to G. Willow Wilson’s new book here, and here, and in almost every other news outlet taking their swing at why it’s important. Other than the fact that the comic itself, at the core of Wilson and Amanat’s creation is good, and that Alphona’s art is great in and of itself.

It’s just another example of what comics are capable of doing: starting a conversation. Being a hero can’t be easy. See: every superhero story of all time. We ask these heroes to do what’s hard, because we know they can. It only seems natural we can ask them to help some people show that whatever religion, sexuality, gender, race or ethnicity you are, whether you’re an alien or a mutant or a robot or whatever: we’re all not that different.

See? It sort of sounds like an after-school special. There’s really no way around it. So just listen to the song, and I hope you dig it. Go read Ms. Marvel. I think it (and what Marvel has been doing lately) is everything that’s right about Big Two comics right now.

Tomorrow: Ghost Rider…IN A CAR!

TOUR DATES: 

April 16 - Columbus, OH – Packrat Comics
April 17 
- Cleveland, OH – Cleveland Comics
April 19
 – AwesomeCon – Washington, DC (linkOpening for Andrew WK
April 23 – Greensboro, NC – Geeksboro Coffeehouse Cinema

May 3 – FREE COMIC BOOK DAY - Hattiesburg, MS
Hub City Music & Southern Fried Comics

May 9 – Baltimore – Live Band Concert! - The Sidebar Lounge 
May 10
 – Orlando, FL – Ongaku Overdrive – The Haven Lounge
May 13 – Pittsburgh, PA – Pittsburgh Comics
May 15 – Northampton, MA – Modern Myths

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“The Fist of Khonshu” [All-New Marvel NOW! week]

MOON KNIGHT COVER

Adam WarRock “The Fist of Khonshu” (MP3)
Beat used: Fred the Godson “Prisoners Poetry”

MARVELNOW

MON: “Norrin Radd” (link)

If you’re an avid Marvel comics reader, you’ve probably said something close to this to any of your other Marvel comics-reading friends:

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Seriously. If you would’ve told me last year that one of my favorite comics right now would be MOON KNIGHT? I would’ve thought you’d lost your goddamn mind. But I guess it’s no surprise that you can put Warren Ellis on any character, and it will be amazing. Add Declan Shalvey, a guy whose art I’ve loved since the days of Comictwart, and you’ve got all the makings of a book that is going to be great enough to live up to the mantle of Marc Spector himself.

It’s weird, Moon Knight’s always been this character that has this weird cult following, but it’s not like you can walk up to ANY comic fan and say, “Hey, tell me what you know ’bout Moon Knight?” To be honest, the only experience I have with Moon Knight is the 1989 volume that ended at issue 60, and even back then there was never any kind of through narrative, with the title going through multiple cancellations and changes.

But seriously, if you haven’t read the All-New Moon Knight series, seriously. Even if you don’t give a damn about Moon Knight as a character; even if for some reason Warren Ellis isn’t enough to sell you on a book: go get this. It’s great.

Tomorrow: Ms. Marvel

TOUR DATES: 

April 16 - Columbus, OH – Packrat Comics
April 17 
- Cleveland, OH – Cleveland Comics
April 19
 – AwesomeCon – Washington, DC (linkOpening for Andrew WK
April 23 – Greensboro, NC – Geeksboro Coffeehouse Cinema

May 3 – FREE COMIC BOOK DAY - Hattiesburg, MS
Hub City Music & Southern Fried Comics

May 9 – Baltimore – Live Band Concert! - The Sidebar Lounge 
May 10
 – Orlando, FL – Ongaku Overdrive – The Haven Lounge
May 13 – Pittsburgh, PA – Pittsburgh Comics
May 15 – Northampton, MA – Modern Myths

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“Norrin Radd” [All-New Marvel NOW! week]

NORRIN RADD COVER

Adam WarRock “Norrin Radd” (Download MP3)
Beat used: Kensington Kross “Gimme Your Love”

MARVELNOW

Check out All-New Silver Surfer #1 by Dan Slott & Mike Allred

Hello! My oh my, it’s been a while since we did one of these theme weeks. I’m here to give you five songs inspired by All-New Marvel NOW! titles. And I’m so excited to talk about them, because I really do believe that these new all-new now titles are some of the most interesting, exciting and fun books I’ve read in a really long time. Why does this opening paragraph sound like an infomercial? The point is, I’m fired up, and some of these songs are the best songs (I think) I’ve done in a long time. It helps when the source material is so great in the first place.

The Silver Surfer, at least to me, was always a peripheral character. Although undeniably a cool character, he always worked better in the Fantastic Four universe, or in the cosmos hanging with Galactus, or being a person in a big event who brings forth good (or incredibly bad) news. The idea of The Silver Surfer as a character that I really care about on an emotional level is a foreign concept to me.

So when you sign up Norrin Radd as a kind of Doctor Who character, someone who’s possible in showing humans the galaxy and having adventures, you’ve got my attention. I think there’s something incredibly touching about the idea of a guy who has seen the ends of the galaxy being paired with a girl who has never really left her hometown. It taps into this emotion, this longing. I think the way Slott wrote that opening scene was so beautiful, the idea of this little girl wishing on a star, and it being Radd. It made me want to write some semblance of a love song. Maybe not romantic love, maybe just a love between two people who understand each other, even though there’s absolutely no way they should. It also doesn’t hurt that Mike Allred is the artist, and I mean, what more can you want from that?

So here’s my Norrin Radd song. Tomorrow: Moon Knight.

TOUR DATES: 

April 16 - Columbus, OH – Packrat Comics
April 17 
- Cleveland, OH – Cleveland Comics
April 19
 – AwesomeCon – Washington, DC (linkOpening for Andrew WK
April 23 – Greensboro, NC – Geeksboro Coffeehouse Cinema

May 3 – FREE COMIC BOOK DAY - Hattiesburg, MS
Hub City Music & Southern Fried Comics

May 9 – Baltimore – Live Band Concert! - The Sidebar Lounge 
May 10
 – Orlando, FL – Ongaku Overdrive – The Haven Lounge
May 13 – Pittsburgh, PA – Pittsburgh Comics
May 15 – Northampton, MA – Modern Myths

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“Cool” [free tunes]

cool coverAdam WarRock “Cool” (MP3)
Beat used: Mike Posner “Cooler Than Me” 

No pop cultural nods. Just a song about how we all go through hard stuff. Maybe you’re going through some hard stuff right now. If you are, find someone and talk about it. Find people who will be there for you. Don’t just say you’re fine.

I’m coming to the end of this four month long tour to support The Middle of Nowhere, and if for some reason you don’t know that I released a new album in November, you should check it out. It’s got people like MC Frontalot, Louis Logic, James Urbaniak, and more! And people seem to be enjoying it. Go here to purchase it, if that fits your fancy.

Tour dates:

Mar 22 - Durham, NC – Atomic Empire Comics
Mar 28 – Rutgers University Geek Week (link)
Mar 31 – Indianapolis, IN – ACPA – Radio Radio
April 16 - Columbus, OH – Packrat Comics
April 17 - Cleveland, OH – Cleveland Comics
April 19 – AwesomeCon – Washington, DC (linkOpening for Andrew WK
April 23 – Greensboro, NC – Geeksboro Coffeehouse Cinema
April 24 – Louisville, KY – Spinellis
May 3 – FCBD - Hattiesburg, MS - Hub City Music & Southern Fried Comics
May 9 – Baltimore – Live Band Concert! – The Sidebar Lounge
May 10 – Orlando, FL – Ongaku Overdrive – The Haven Lounge
May 13 – Pittsburgh, PA – Pittsburgh Comics
May 15 – Northampton, MA – Modern Myths

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Cosmic Cube Draft [Magic The Gathering - Marvel fans]

cubescreenshotI got some new free music for you tomorrow, but I would be completely remiss if I didn’t post this up. This is probably only relevant to Magic the Gathering fans, but maybe this will convert some of you.

When I was in New Orleans, Eric (aka Untested Methods) dropped off an insanely amazing gift for me before my show at BSI Comics. He brought me a full set of a Marvel Avengers Cosmic Cube card set (sleeved with mana included!). I asked him if I could share it here, and he was totally cool with it!

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For those who don’t know, a cube is a full set of pre-prepared cards (usually assembled from multiple pre-existing MTG sets) for the specific purpose of playing limited tournaments (i.e. sealed or draft). You can learn more about The Cube here. Eric printed out self-made proxies all based on Avengers-related characters and themes; and good Lord, it’s amazing just to flip through, much less PLAY.

You can download the fully printable PDFs here, and make your own! AND THEN PLAY MAGIC THE AVENGERSING. or something. Or you can just look at them, because they are awesome.

Anyway, follow Eric on twitter; and check out his new album with King Pheenix on Scrub Club records, based on Street Fighter II characters!

And go play with some friends! Free music tomorrow!





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