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31 Days of Horror: Alone in the Dark (1982)

“All right, they’re crazy. Isn’t everybody?” – Dr. Leo Bain, Alone in the Dark

I’m a horror fan, but I’m not that crazy about slashers. That’s what makes 1982’s Alone in the Dark so special. Directed by Jack Sholder (A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge), the film mixes black humor with genuine scares, both of which elevate it far above the average slasher.
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‘Art Has Big Shoes To Fill’: Talking To INVSN’s Dennis Lyxzén

INVSN will be playing the Bovine in Toronto on Wednesday, September 13. Tickets are FREE!

Photo credit: Selma Grönlund

If you were into punk in the 1990s, you’ll remember Refused. If you were into punk at the turn of the millennium, you’ll also remember The (International) Noise Conspiracy. Singer Dennis Lyxzén is the common element in both of those exceptional bands. Not content to rest on his laurels, he’s now part of another Swedish punk collective called INVSN.
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Art Imitates Life Imitates ART OPS #1 On The Wednesday Run

ART-OPSThe reinvention of Vertigo Comics continues apace!

Earlier this month, the mature and sophisticated publishing arm of DC Comics turned a new leaf, and began releasing the first of twelve new titles over the Autumn season. You can read about one of those comics, written about in this very column, right here.

The reason for the fairly major re-launch by the publisher?

Relevancy, of course.

In a world where smaller, but still significant publishers like Dark Horse Comics and Image Comics are regularly releasing comics by established high profile, as well as up and coming, talent, and basically eating the lunch you helped make in the late nineteen eighties and early nineteen nineties, a publisher needs to re-make themselves.

It must be said: for Vertigo Comics in the month of October, so far, so good.

And today gives us the release of the eagerly anticipated punk rock, NYC-fashion, art-world inspired, madness of Art Ops #1.

Follow me after the jump for the art history lesson!

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Guest Blogger Robin Renee’s A South of the Border Salute to Stompin’ Tom

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Stompin’ Tom button by artist Steve Rolston

Musician and writer Robin Renee remembers Canadian legend Stompin’ Tom Connors, please check out this very special memorial after the jump.

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