Tuesday, August 30, 2022

Let's Live in Caves by The Moon Slivers

Sometimes the pressures of Invisible City are too great to bear. That’s when it’s time to dream about living in alternative spaces in faraway places. Where would you live if you could live anywhere? Let’s look at the moon and dream with The Moon Slivers.

Tuesday, February 22, 2022

Listen to FREE Faeryland “Flowers Everywhere” digital single

What happens when a radical finagle of faeries forms to fight the forces of gentrification that threaten their barrow in Invisible City? FREE Faeryland, that's what!

Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Used Records & Tapes Zine Issue No. 1

"We’re always going to need record stores and all that goes with them. And we’ll always need zines and bookstores too. This zine is a marriage of all of those things."

From the Introduction to UR&T#1

It wasn’t all that long ago that vinyl was declared a dying format, dead even. Compact discs were the future, the record industry said. This justified a jacked-up price for shiny plastic discs that allegedly sounded better and lasted forever. Except they didn’t on both counts. It wasn’t a hard choice for me. Vinyl records were cooler and CDs cost too much anyway.

Something was lost in the rush to make CDs the dominant format, but record companies didn’t miss a dime. Consumers were gouged, but hey, that’s just entertainment. Anyway, music is a luxury not a necessity, right? Paying too much for music is not real suffering. It is insulting though. Now we’ve flipped the record. Vinyl is back. CDs are wack. 

Order a copy of Used Records & Tapes #1.

What is Used Records and Tapes?

Two artists/writers (and music nerds) Mike Dixon and Chris Auman, put their heads together to create this funny, nostalgic look at records of decade's past. Part illustrated review zine, part perzine, this humorous review zine puts the fun back in what is often a very boring and pretentious genre.

Reviews of records by A Flock of Seagulls, Asia, The Cars, Falco, Jay Ferguson, James Gang, Guns N Roses, Martha & the Muffins, Men at Work, Thelonious Monster, Mötley Crüe, The Joe Perry Project, The Police, Ramones, Thompson Twins, The Unforgiven, and Yes.

Monday, October 25, 2021

Let Your Gray Flag Fly

Keep the Flag Waving

Check out my lit./perzine, Gray Flag. These two issues are comprised of journal entries and writing exercises I created as a student in the Story Workshop at Columbia College in the early 1990s.

Throughout those years, like many people before and since, I held down shitty jobs, saw of a lot of live rock shows, consumed much crappy beer in cruddy bars, listened to awesome music, and managed to attend a fair amount of my classes. 

Back then most people I knew didn’t have computers. Of course, nobody had cell phones. It was the 90s. People pretended they didn't give a shit about success and careers and listened to grunge music.

Anyway, visit gray-flag.com to learn more. And visit RoosterCow Press for more of my comics and zines.

Friday, January 22, 2021

RoosterCow Quarterly Newsletter


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Tuesday, April 28, 2020


Numbers run our lives, whether we are at the club throwing out our digits (cell phone numbers) to prospective sleeping companions, or in the alley behind the club giving up our PIN numbers at knife point, we can't live without numbers.

TEN (10)
Coming in first (which really means last) on our “Top Ten List of the Top Numbers of All Time” is Number Ten. Don't take it too hard, old buddy, this doesn't mean we don't love you. We appreciate your work ethic, but somebody has to come in at Number Ten and unfortunately that's you.

NINE (9)
The Number Nine is divine, and by divine we mean one better than Number Ten. Nine times out of ten we'll take the Number Nine over the Number Ten (with a margin of error of plus or minus one). Not too shabby.

Eight is great if you're a spider or an octopus, but not so great if you're John and Kate. But we're not them. We're not even Octomom, so we really do think eight is great. We wish there could be eight days a week, because that would mean one more day per week (which is currently seven days long) that we could love this number!

Seven is heaven and a little bit lucky to boot. We'd sail the Seven Seas to please this magical numeral. Not as needy as Six or as snooty as Eight, we think the Number Seven has it going on.

SIX (6)
Three of these in a row and you've got trouble, my Christian friend, but the Number Six by itself? A-dor-a-ble! (Just keep Six away from Nine, please, this is a family-friendly Top Ten List.)

FIVE (5)
Number Five is alive at Number Five. The Number Five doesn't take any jive and that's why we love it! So give us Five. Up high. Down low. You're never going to be too slow to hang out with this affable, middle-of-the-road, go-along-to-get-along, probably an undecided voter of a number.

FOUR (4)
Four is good luck if you're a clover, but not if you are in China as the number four sounds like the Chinese word for death. Yikes! That is not so lucky, unless you are praying for death like we pray for the Number Four to someday move on up in the ranks. Watch those weird back humps, Number Three, Number Four is going to murder you someday!

Three's a crowd, or so they say, but we disagree. That's why this numeral is near the top of our list. Coaches, and other overly competitive jerk wads, like to say things like: "If you're not first, you're last." (Which basically means, if you didn't win the game, you can not technically call yourself the winner). We say, not true! You can be a third place champion like our (third) favorite number, Number Three!

TWO (2)
Playing second fiddle to no one (except the digit at the number one spot on this list) is good old Number Two. Why do kids laugh when someone says your name, Number Two? So cruel. You don't care, because it sure feels good when you slide out ready to make a splash in the world!

ONE (1)
Number one on our list of the Top Ten Numbers of All Time is the undisputed champ, the greatest number that has existed or ever will exist, the perennial top dog—our Spanish speaking friends call this guy "Numero Uno" for good reason—yes, it's Number One! One is the loneliest number only if you believe Three Dog Night, but we don't. We've never trusted Three Dog Night about anything before and we're certainly not going to start listening to them dis our favorite number. Hey Number Ten, lose that Zero and get with a hero!

Sunday, April 26, 2020

Snacks in Space!

Ten Most Popular Snacks on the Planet Grylnx 3 (moon of Alpha Jerkwaddy)

1. Salty Blizgoips
2. Low Sodium Skrillynx
3. Sugar Zynt-Nockes
4. Beep Beep Bings (Robots only)
5. Sweet-N-Sour Plopnoids
6. Slurb-Slorp Jerky
7. Glizz Glorps
8. Taffy
9. Zero Gravity Bars
10. Techno Pops

Saturday, April 25, 2020

Thank You For Your Relentless Pursuit of Excellence -- April 2020

A shamelessly self-promoting column by Chris Auman, Wannabe Herpetologist...

Shellter In Place

Pretty crazy, eh? This whole COVID-19 business. I'm kinda
tired of thinking about it. Who knows what’s going to happen next week, next month, or even tomorrow. In Illinois, Governor Pritzker has extended the stay-at-home orders through the end of May. ¡Ay caramba!

Thursday, June 27, 2019


Early Iteration
[no label]

Grip presents another chapter in their legacy of brutality with the Early Iteration. The nine-song album is a bleak, no frills, joy-killing ride through a hellish landscape—and in the post hardcore genre, that's a good thing!

Friday, June 21, 2019


Ohio's Brat Curse deliver an album of poppy, punky rock and roll with their self-titled sophomore record—their first for Columbus indie label Anyway Records.

Thursday, June 20, 2019

BOOK REVIEW: No Apocalypse: Punk, Politics, and the Great American Weirdness

Al Burian lived in Chicago for the better part of the decade. During his Windy City residency, he made zines, drew comics, played in bands and wrote the columns collected in this new publication from Microcosm, No Apocalypse: Punk, Politics, and the Great American Weirdness.

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

BOOK REVIEW: Empire of Imagination: Gary Gygax and the Birth of Dungeons & Dragons

Empire of Imagination: Gary Gygax and the Birth of Dungeons & Dragons
Michael Witwer

Michael Witwer's Empire of Imagination tells Gygax’s story from cradle to grave. Gygax (it's a Swiss surname, in case you're curious) grew up on Chicago's north side before his family moved to his mother's home town of Lake Geneva. This Wisconsin town had provided an escape for Chicagoans since the Prohibition days. It was here in this placid small town that young Gary was free to explore the underground tunnels and buildings of an abandoned sanitarium with his friends. As a young man he become an avid war gammer, which used the small figurines now synonymous with the game he would some day help create. Gygax was a stickler for gaming rules, and not the greatest business man which created no small bit of tension with his partners and employees of TSR the game publishing company he started with Dave Arneson and his childhood friend Don Kaye.