Someone is looking through your window... Speak of the Devil #1 arrives this July!

Val Castillo is a young gymnast with a strange hobby—looking through her neighbors' windows. At first, no one knows the identity of the neighborhood peeper, only that the suspect wears a devil's mask.

When a friend discovers Val's secret, he joins her into a dark journey of spying and discovery that includes peering into the bedroom of Val's own father and stepmother. Intimate details of neighbors' lives, better left quiet, become chatter and threaten all involved, eventually snowballing into a dark journey that even the strongest soul would not care to endure.
Speak of the Devil #1 features story and art from Gilbert Hernandez (Love & Rockets). The miniseries arrives on sale July 25.

By |March 27th, 2007|Dark Horse, Press Releases|0 Comments

Eric Powell is back in The Goon #19!

After a long hiatus from the regular series to work on The Goon: Chinatown and the Mystery of Mr. Wicker graphic novel, Eric Powell, the mastermind behind The Goon is back! It’s been more than a year since Eric has written and drawn the ongoing adventures of his fan-favorite, award-winning antihero, and he aims to prove that the wait was worth it.

The brand-new story is the beginning of major upheavals in the Goon universe. The Zombie Priest and his latest abominations continue to plague the streets, but his madness and use of forbidden magic is drawing forces to Lonely Street that he may not be able to control. Plus the Goon comic is now offering 50% more poop jokes than all the Marvel and DC superhero titles combined. Suck on that, X-Men!

The Goon is a hilarious blend of pulpy horror and slapstick comedy following the ongoing misadventures of the man they call the Goon and his spastic sidekick Franky as they battle the legions of the undead!

The Goon #19 features story and art by Eric Powell. The comic arrives on sale from Dark Horse July 11.

By |March 27th, 2007|Dark Horse, Press Releases|0 Comments

Chrisopher Blue's Accomplished Full Length, Room Tones, Due April 17 on Sarathan Records

If the axiom, "What doesn't kill you only makes you stronger," has any merit, it certainly applies to singer/songwriter Chrisopher Blue and his evidentiary full-length, room tones, due April 17 on Sarathan Records. A subdued lullaby to a convoluted past, the album's 12 tracks were forged from Blue's tumultuous life and showcases a musician who has finally found serenity. This newfound state was previewed on a five-song self-titled EP released Sept. 26 via Sarathan Records and digitally on iTunes.

"It's almost as if these songs were written for where I am now," says Blue of his rooted sound. "Psychologically I was in a different place than I was physically. I'm home today in my heart and my head, and the songs reflect that process. They're the stories of how I got home."

However, getting there wasn't easy and required the Northern California-based musician to walk an arduous path. Following the breakup of his band the Sensation Junkies, a brief lock up in jail and a variety of life's other curveballs, Blue relocated from Seattle to the remote coastal city of Mendocino, Calif. where he sorted out his life and wrote songs as the waves crashed at his feet.

The resulting room tones is Blue's most accomplished work to date, deftly demonstrating his versatility, ranging from rootsy rock to jazz and blues. Produced and recorded by life-long friend DC Cooper, the album is a slinky affair that illuminates Blue's cinematic narratives and booze-soaked croon (think a less nicotine-damaged Mark Lanegan). Lyrics play [...]

By |March 27th, 2007|Press Releases|0 Comments

Starbucks: Today Stores, Tomorrow Vending Machines, Then... Implants!

Starbucks vending machine

Well, if you know any Starbucks conspiracy believers, you might want to give them a nice hug before you tell them about this. Because the coffee equivalent of Skynet is going to start selling their stuff out of vending machines:

Unlike any other coffee vending experiences in the market, the Starbucks vending platform utilizes proprietary heat-on-demand technology, developed by PepsiCo, which will offer customers yet another convenient way to enjoy Starbucks on-the-go.

Hell, you can sell everything else out of vending machines: anything from iPods to acne medication. So why not?

Found via Energy Fiend.

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By |March 27th, 2007|Coffee|1 Comment

Anime Network Scores New SVOD Carriage With WideOpenWest

Network Rollout to Additional Homes in Michigan, Cleveland and Illinois

HOUSTON, TX – March 26, 2007 – Continuing to expand its reach as North America's largest video-on-demand (VOD) offering, Anime Network has signed a carriage agreement with WideOpenWest (WOW!) to launch its popular subscription-based video-on-demand (SVOD) service in Michigan, Cleveland and Illinois. America's #1 Anime Channel is now available to WOW! Digital Cable customers, a move that builds on the network's current total reach of more than 40 million homes.

"We are very pleased at the opportunity to work with WideOpenWest in delivering our programming to new viewers in these markets," said Kevin McFeeley, the Network's Vice President of Affiliate Sales and New Media. "It is always gratifying to see more and more operators like WOW! realize the tremendous appeal and entertainment value of anime."

In Q4 2006, Anime Network announced SVOD deals with Insight, RCN and Cogeco Cable, Inc. and linear deals with operators in Puerto Rico, Missouri, Texas, Florida and Wisconsin. Additionally, the network made its first deal on the mobile platform, with special clips available in premium packages for Sprint Mobile subscribers.

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By |March 26th, 2007|AD Vision, Press Releases|0 Comments

Korea's 2003 Manhwa of the Year comes to America - the tortured son Chunchu!

In a time of chaos and war in a godforsaken era, twin sons are born to an emperor. But legend states that the son of the emperor shall be born a demon. But twins? Who is the demon, and who shall reign as emperor?

Chunchu is the story of a young man saved from death by his mother, banished by his people, hunted by his brother, and tortured by demons from within. Living and fighting with a warrior tribe that can never trust him, Chunchu lives a life of blood and violence. Still, something mysterious lurks within his cold exterior, something that could be awakened by the touch of a woman.

Chunchu was Korea's 2003 Manhwa of the Year and continues Dark Horse's Korean manhwa publishing program.

This exciting series features story by Kim Sung-Jae and art by Kim Byung-Jin and is presented in the original left-to-right format.

The trade paperback arrives on sale from Dark Horse on July 25.

By |March 26th, 2007|Dark Horse, Press Releases|0 Comments

Ritual Sacrifice of Co-Workers: Keep the Damned Fire Going

Steve at DIY Planner has been busy. Here's what he has to say for himself:

...this spirit of unadulterated self-interest is what you want to go for when sacrificing your co-workers. This is not as crazy as it sounds. Many companies use punitive measures to ensure hard work and loyalty from their employees, but human sacrifice goes far beyond a simple firing or unpaid leave. If everybody knows that the worst employees get killed, well, people will want to do a good job, won't they?

Read the whole thing. Dindrane would have posted this herself but she's already applying these techniques down the accounts receivable division here at SDI HQ.

By |March 26th, 2007|Stimuli|1 Comment

Jacket Cuff Lights: Holy Crap, When Did Dazzler Become a Guy?

Sorry, we're filthy liars. Find out the real skinnee on this project here.

But hey, now you can finally go as Radian next Halloween! Sweet!

Found via MAKE Blog.

By |March 26th, 2007|Stimuli|0 Comments

Your Weekend Justice

Sloshing through the swamp of pop culture so you don't have to. We bring you ideas for how to waste your weekend.

Of course, special thanks go out to Clutch for letting me use their absolutely badass song, "Promoter (of earthbound causes)" as my theme music for this.

Buy Blast Tyrant, which is where you can find "Promoter". Buy their latest album, Pitchforks and Lost Needles. Send them love and coin.

BTW, you iTunes subscriber types can nab this feed here.

Or if you want to do something else with it, the feed feed is here.

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By |March 25th, 2007|Archives|0 Comments

Elton John: No Two Ovens Are the Same

Elton John

Elton John demonstrates how he and Bernie Taupin wrote Lestat: The Musical.

Note: sync is a little off, but it's worth it.

That is some serious genius.

Direct link for the feedreaders.

Found via VideoSift.
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By |March 25th, 2007|Stimuli|0 Comments