I realized this morning that, despite a fairly steady stream of ongoing titles, miniseries and one-shots over the past two decades, I’ve never read a comic featuring Deadpool. Therefore, the sum total of my knowledge about Marvel’s popular Merc With a Mouth comes from Wikipedia, trailers for that recently released video game and those “Deadpool vs.” videos. Y’know, the ones where someone dressed as the character dances and fights his way through a comic convention, to “Gangnam Style,” or whatnot.
If Deadpool comics were about him dancing, only occasionally inappropriately, with the denizens of the Marvel Universe while taking periodic breaks to seek out tacos, I’d probably buy them all. And that, strangely enough, brings us to the latest video, in which Deadpool sends up
Alan Thicke and Gloria Loring’s theme song to The Facts of Life Robin Thicke’s inescapable “Blurred Lines” — with a little help from the Marvel Universe — in “Merc Lines.”
I apologize in advance for the tune getting stuck in your head again.
I’ve been a fan of the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion since I first heard the late radio DJ and tastemaker John Peel play “Cowboy” from the LP Orange. It sounded amazing, like Exile On Main St.-era Stones being deconstructed by a bunch of punks raised on Elvis and Captain Beefheart. Due to the miraculous powers of the Internet, I can even tell you that this was on Friday, Nov. 18, 1994. I remember turning the radio up, and grabbing a pen and paper to make a note of who this was, and probably had to wait while Peel played several other tunes before he put a name to it. This was a regular occurrence, I don’t think I ever made it through a Peel show without the same thing happening once or twice a night, right up until the man’s death in 2004. Every now and then I might still find a notebook with a list of band names or song titles somewhere in it.
The JSBX is currently on tour, and approached Alex Fugazi’s Texas design powerhouse Nakatomi Inc to produce a gig poster for its July 18 concert in Williamsburg, Brooklyn Fugazi engaged Deadline Magazine/Bulletproof Coffin artist Shaky Kane, who produced this glorious work of pop art.
Sometimes, a little curious clicking on a few links can pay off. I recently discovered that the fairly social media-resistant Jamie Hewlett has a public Instagram account, a fact that can’t be that widely known, considering that he has fewer than two dozen followers. There’s not that much to see there, as he’s posted just 17 images so far, but to follow up on our story about Hewlett’s additional designs for the upcoming New York City production of Monkey: Journey to the West, there are a few photos of some character make-up tests. The Lincoln Center’s YouTube account has some footage of rehearsals, and an interview with Jamie and Damon Albarn on the subject.
Between the Gorillaz’s studio albums Demon Days and Plastic Beach, Jamie Hewlett and Damon Albarn created Monkey: Journey to the West with Chinese opera director Chen Shi-zheng, which premiered in 2007. Their collaboration was somewhat written in the stars: Chen had been trying to get a version in production for a few years; the Gorillaz had been engaged to create something for the first Manchester International Festival; and Albarn and Hewlett had a certain nostalgia for Wu Cheng’en’s Ming dynasty-era epic due to their childhood exposure to the camp classic TV version we were exposed to in the U.K. by the BBC.
The opera has had a few productions around the world now, always well-reviewed, and is now returning stateside, running July 6–28 at the David H. Koch Theater of the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York City. Hewlett has returned to the world of Monkey for this production, adding several new character designs. A couple of these designs have now arrived online: Vulture debuted the River Demon, while MTV Buzzworthy was the first to see Pig Monster.
I’ve never managed to catch a production of this myself, but have been sorely wanting to since seeing the documentary Damon and Jamie’s Excellent Adventure around the time of the original premiere. It seemed pretty much like being dropped into a universe designed by Hewlett for a couple of hours, and what could be more blissful than that?
As a tribute to Beastie Boys co-founder Adam “MCA” Yauch, who passed away May 4, 2012, artist James Curran is showing “A Year and a Day,” an exhibit at Beach London that features 35 framed prints, each showcasing three iconic representations of references made in the band’s lyrics. Among them are comic-book nods to Captain Marvel, Popeye and underground artist Vaughn Bode.
A limited number of prints will be available for sale during the exhibition, which runs through Sunday, with proceeds benefiting Macmillan Cancer Support. You can check out the related video below, along with two more comics-related images.
If you thought that, between movies and television and video games, Comic-Con International has gotten awfully crowded for comic books, get ready to make a little more room: New Wave icon Adam Ant is using the event to launch his U.S. tour.
OK, the 58-year-old singer won’t actually perform in the San Diego Convention Center, but U-T San Diego reports the timing of the July 17 show (that’s Preview Night!) isn’t a coincidence: The concert’s promoters think there will be some crossover appeal. I’m not sure why they think con-goers would be interested in seeing someone wearing an ornate costume and funny hat … oh, wait.
The singer is no stranger to comic books, of course: As Michael May noted in December, Adam Ant briefly starred in his own comic strip in 1982.
From San Diego’s Balboa Theater, Ant’s North American tour travels through 22 states and Canada before wrapping up in September.