Wednesday, February 03, 2016

Swim, Woodrow, Swim

Swim, Woodrow, Swim!

(RoosterCow) 1980

When you run out of dry land, you gotta swim, Woodrow, swim! This second installment in the Run series got Woodrows fans running to the record store for a copy of this classic full-length. 


Contains sixteen explosive songs of desperation like "Backs to the Wall," "Fight or Flee," "Never Goin' Down" so many more. So many more.

Visit the Woodrows' Discography Page on reglarwiglar.com for more great albums!

Tuesday, February 02, 2016

Happy Groundhog Day!

Everybody's favorite punky rodent Punxsutawney Phil did not see his shadow today my friends. With the ass that rat has, you can bet your bottom dollar he couldn't have missed it. That means we can confidently look forward to an early spring, so let it begin!

T.R. Tuesday!


Monday, February 01, 2016

COMICS REVIEW: Trashed by Derf Backderf

TRASHED
Derf Backderf

Coincidentally, the day before I received my copy of Derf’s new graphic novel, Trashed, I had a conversation with a friend about the topic of garbage collection. By conversation I mean a series of texts, and by topic I mean my friend was advocating for sanitation workers to have their own TV show, a sitcom in particular. A quick Google search reminded me to remind him of Quark and Roc as being two examples of what he said had never been done before. The next day, I realized they at least had they’re own graphic novel depicting the hardships, and some might say futility, of their occupations. 

Trashed is Derf Backderf's contribution to the shedding of light on truly one of the world’s grimiest occupations. Derf uses the story of a couple of hapless village garbage collectors in the suburbs of Cleveland to set the stage for some shocking revelations about the trash we produce in this country. Doggie bags and diapers present a unique set of challenges for garbage collectors in terms of bursting bags and spraying doo doo, but the problem of what to do with the millions and millions of tons of trash we continuously bury in this country is also addressed.

The stories in the book are based on Derf’s own experiences slinging trash back in 1979 and 1980, but this is a fictionalized account. The stories concern these heroic sanitation engineers as they deal with the demanding tax payers, nutty civil servants and an uptight boss. Interspersed are factoids and information on US garbage consumption, landfills and the history of the garbage truck, which has changed surprisingly little since its invention. The books calls attention to yet another one of society’s many ills and another downside of wanton capitalism. Our landfills and the plastics we consume will live on forever, as will the toxic poisons that seep down into the soil and our water supply — a problem politicians will ignore for as long as we let them. 

Derf, is the creator of the long-running strip "In the City" which appeared in many, mostly now defunct alternative newspapers around the country. He has also previously produced several graphic novels most notably perhaps is his recent book My Friend Dahmer about his high school friendship with one of the country's most deviant serial killers, one Jeffrey Dahmer.

So what's the takeaway (pardon the trashy pun) from this graphic novel? Trashed is an entertaining, yet thoroughly disheartening, yet highly educational hitch on the back of the American garbage truck and an interesting and eye-opening account of what happens to the trash we throw away on a daily basis. Is it sustainable? Of course not. We’re all screwed—Chris Auman

Read a Reglar Wiglar interview with Derf Backderf
Read the Reglar Wiglar review of My Friend Dahmer


Wednesday, January 27, 2016

ZINE REVIEW: I Don't Care I'm Still Free


I DON’T CARE I’M STILL FREE
A Fanzine Celebrating Joss Whedon's Firefly
By Sarah May
(Pioneers Press)

Firefly was a show which aired for exactly one season in 2002-2003. Despite its premature demise, it was quick to attract a cult following which eventually earned the program, and Firefly fans, a full-length movie, Serenity in 2005.

The Firefly saga is set in the future, although it employs cowboy & western themes in its setting on the outer planets of the galaxy (which have been terraformed to look exactly like southern California). 

Zine author, Sarah May is a bit obsessed with Firefly. I've watched the series, and while it certainly has its charms, it is a bit corny and I sometimes grapple with the sci-fi/Old West/Rebel hodgepodge with Chinese phrases mixed in, but I get it, it's the future, it's a big ol' heaping cultural mash up. Some episodes struggle to hold my interest, but I definitely see its appeal. At any rate, this post isn't about Firefly, necessarily, it's about a zine about a show called Firefly and it will surely resonate with fellow fans of the show in its unabashed love for this short-lived, rebel cowboys-in-space adventure.

The zine contains trivia, song lyrics, anecdotes and a recipe for Mudder's Milk, which is an intoxicant consumed by the Mudders while they mine mud in Canton on muddy Higgin's Moon and worship Jayne Cobb, who is one of the crew members on -- oh never mind. If you're a fan you already know all that and as a fan you should be sure to obtain this handy Firefly companion. Why? Because they can "burn the land and boil the sea, you can't take the sky from me." Or something!

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

T.R. Tuesday!


ZINE REVIEW: Big Diamond

BIG DIAMOND
By Liam Ira Christian
(Pioneers Press)

If I would have read the "About the Artist" page at the end of this zine first, that would have cleared up a lot of things for me early on. However, I did not see it until I had finished reading this short zine. That said, I was trying hard not to be too judgmental of this publication and its creator as I turned the pages, but I was beginning to think Liam Christian a bit overzealous in what I could only describe as an attempt at outsider art. Discovering that Liam is in fact a three year old who took the photos, wrote the captions and chose the accompanying artwork for the zine himself, came as some relief. I started over from the beginning with this new found knowledge and suddenly it all made sense. Well, it made more sense at any rate.

Big Diamond is Liam's first zine. It is a collection of photos and cutout images he finds interesting. Star Wars is a theme that is explored here. He is the son of Jesse Duke, the proprietor of Pioneers Press and the Hard Fifty Farm in NE Kansas. That would mean Liam has been surrounded by zines his entire life and there will surely be more of his own publications to come. No matter what age your are, three to 83, everything you create is valid and worthy of publishing and sharing, in my opinion, so save your stuff, save your kid's stuff. My mom did and look what happened to it all these decades later.

Thursday, January 21, 2016

The Apocalypse Approacheth

What will happen when the Reglar Wiglar blog hits 100,000 page visits? Will the counter explode? Will the Universe implode? I don't know. No one knows, but it is about to happen. Just eleven more visits? 

Were you the 100,000th visitor?

Monday, January 18, 2016

Snake in the Grass

Snake in the Grass

(RoosterCow) 1980

Trust me, you don't wanna be hangin' out in the Woodrows' backyard! Snake in the Grass is twenty-five fantastic tunes by the Fearsome Foursome, including the awesome title track. Raunchy Woodrows classics like "Mowin' Your Lawn, Trimmin' Your Bush," "Ho in the Garden," and "Fetchin' Wood," will be sure to offend everyone of your neighbors as if they lived next store to the boyz themselves.


Visit the Woodrows' Discography Page on reglarwiglar.com for more great albums!

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Portrait of the Artist as a (Very) Young Man Part 2

Retreat, 1976 Crayon and Penc
Famous Art Critic Robert Studwood Hues' examination of the artist as a very young man (though now slightly older) continues in 1976, America's 200th Birthday.

Portrait of the Artist as a (Very) Young Man Part 2