A mysterious stranger! A truck in the desert! Find out what is happening in the new The Line!
I was given the opportunity to design the CD release of The Remnant’s Indian Summer LP. You’ll be able to pick up the album when they’re on tour this summer with MC Chris.
(If you’re in a band or are a producer/DJ and are looking for design that’s not-terrible then I am available. My fees are reasonable and I’m deadline-driven. Email me: firstname.lastname@example.org)
Signs and Meanings begins again with a new storyline, a drastically altered status-quo and one not-quite cuss word.
Things are happening in the new The Line that will change this comic forever!
Captain Paul Meredith and his first officer have found themselves trapped on a Klingon-run world. How can they escape? Find out in this strip featuring guest writer Josh Krach!
Max is done getting his education at Smart People Cartoon University or wherever it was, so here’s our double-sized return to Signs and Meanings!
Why it’s almost as if Paul is a completely different person! Find out what’s up when you read the new The Line!
Here are some of them, with commentary, in no particular order. (I’ve got no idea when these prices will go back up, so maybe you want to strike while the iron is hot? Yes.)
Alex Cox’s funny, surreal 80s epic Repo Man is one of Criterion’s most recent triumphs and $20 is a great deal. I also highly recommend Jonathan Demme’s Something Wild ($20) if you want a movie that evokes that era perfectly without relying on the saccharine (if admittedly effective) John Hughes mode of filmmaking.
If you’re more of a 90s kid, then there’s Danny Boyle’s yuppie noir Shallow Grave, Spike Jonez’s impossible-to-describe-at-a-party Being John Malkovich and David Fincher’s underappreciated thriller The Game. These are all just $20 each.
Terrence Malick’s lyric crime romance Badlands is also $20, and it’s worth that just for the cinematography by Haskell Wexler. (Speaking of Wexler, his experimental drama Medium Cool is just $20 as well.)
Some people have called Pressburger’s The Life And Death of Colonel Blimp the greatest English film ever. For just $20 you can find out if they’re telling the truth.
The genre-defining (and defying!) western 3:10 to Yuma is $20. There need to be more Westerns in the Criterion Collection, don’t there? At least as many as there are samurai movies.
Akira Kurosawa’s moody ransom drama High and Low ($20) feels about half as long as it is thanks to great performances and visual storytelling that engages the viewer constantly. You can also pick up Rashomon for the same price and enjoy a completely different sort of crime narrative. (And there’s also Kobayashi’s Harakiri ($20), which is frequently mistaken for a Kurosawa film because of how deftly it tells the tragic story of a samurai’s family.)
While we’re talking about Japanese cinema, you’ve not seen Godzilla until you’ve seen the Criterion Collection version ($20). It’s beautifully restored and loaded with fascinating documentary material. House ($20) from Obayashi launched a million terrifying (and hilarious) .gifs and Mizoguchi’s Sansho The Bailiff ($20) probably broke just as many hearts.
You can finally be a contender when you get On The Waterfront for $25 instead of its list price of $49.95. (I just really wanted to write that. It’s a great movie, though, one of those rare flicks whose reputation really does precede it.)
Fritz Lang’s Ministry of Fear is a visually striking thriller based on a novel by Graham Greene. It’s just $15 right now. Lang’s taught-in-film-schools-for-a-reason M is on-sale for just $20 at the moment, too.
I wasn’t really into foreign films until I saw Kieslowski’s Three Colors trilogy ($43), three loosely-related stories of women, love and loss. It should be art-house wank; it’s anything but. (You can get his The Double Life Of Veronique, which stars Red‘s Irene Jacob for $20, too.)
Before The Dark Knight Trilogy, Inception, The Prestige and even Memento, Christopher Nolan debuted with Following ($20). Shot on 16mm with remarkable precision, this neo-noir’s got a lot of the hallmarks that define his film language later on.
The Blob is a midnight matinee that’s actually worth looking at in the daylight. Well-acted, great special effects and editing and it’s just $20.
Alfred Hitchcock! He made a lot of movies that people love! The original version of The Man Who Knew Too Much, starring Peter Lorre, is just $20 right now, as is The 39 Steps, a movie that set the template for much of his later work.
If you ever want to understand why Burt Lancaster and Tony Curtis were so revered, the mean-as-fuck Sweet Smell of Success for $20 will clue you in. You’ll never look at a gossip column the same way.
On the opposite end of the emotional scale, no movie ever made me cry as hard as Paris, Texas ($20). I’m not sure if that’s an endorsement or not, really, but with a screenplay by Sam Shepard, direction from Wim Wenders and an amazing performance from Harry Dean Stanton, you probably want to check it out, too. Of similar mettle is Nicolas Roeg’s Walkabout ($20), a tone poem that explores loneliness and what happens when two cultures meet.
Ernst Lubitsch’s Design for Living ($20) was made in 1933. It is light-years ahead of every mainstream romantic comedy made today, especially when it comes to the woman’s agency. I honestly don’t know if you could get the ending of this movie past studio executives now.
There are others, of course: the frustratingly-close-to-greatness of Heaven’s Gate ($25); Schlesinger’s Midnight Cowboy follow-up Sunday, Bloody Sunday ($20); Fassbinder’s sci-fi epic World on a Wire ($20); Iranian director Abba Kiarostami’s remarkable examination of love, Certified Copy ($20) and so on and so forth. You’ll be rewarded if you do a little digging.
A hatch opens! Who comes out of it?
Linda looks on as brothers bond. Read the new The Line to see what happens next!
Linda has a solution for bad times! As you can imagine, it’s not that easy in the new The Line.
Paperwork! It’s one of the best parts of being a Starfleet captain.
Jerry takes his son for a late-night stroll in the latest The Rack!
What has Paul discovered? Is it gross and weird? Yup, and you can click here to find out what it is.
What’s Lydia mad about? What do ya got? Click here to read the new The Rack!
Short version: it’s not very good. Long version: click here to read it.
What does Paul smell? Click here to read the latest part of our latest storyline and find out the latest!
THE BAD NEWS:
The backup story originally slated to appear in the first issue of Regular Show has been put in a special holding pen, along with the second two-pager I wrote and another story.
THE GOOD NEWS:
My editor Whitney assures me that they will be coming out, in the nearish future, perhaps as part of a thing.
In the meantime, enjoy this portrait of me drawn by Coleman Engle, my collaborator on these stories. I am available for your party and/or corporate event as a professional Hi-Five Ghost impersonator.