Friday, August 18, 2017

It's . . . . HELVIS!





I first met filmmaker and too cool dude Mike McCarthy while purchasing a copy of his film, Cigarette Girl (awesome dystopian film - must see!) but we really didn't converse until a while later. Mike McCarthy is very much a staple of Memphis - his house is a lovely shrine to the city, Elvis, and anything that was cool before "cool" was cool. When I learned that he would host a signing for HELVIS, his latest work, I knew I had to have it. HELVIS is a wild ride through the Underground with our "hero" Helvis as he meets comic censors of the past, comic book guru William M. Gaines, Grim Reapers who really DIGG it, almost dead demonic lovers, and . . . the Green Bay Packers?! Combined with crazy illustrations and satirical writing that pokes fun at those within and on the outside of fringe, HELVIS is for those who get their kicks outside of the norm!

The only question I have for McCarthy is this - when will the next installment come out? I read the book twice and am ready for more! Much thanks to 901 Comics for hosting the signing (go check them out - cool selection and one of the owners does an excellent cosplay of Moon Knight!) and thanks again to McCarthy in continuing to be an artist who does his own thing, Memphis style!

Before I forget - great usage of the Zippin Pippin! For those of you who don't know, the Zippin Pippin was a wooden roller coaster from our now gone amusement park, Libertyland. The Pippin was a simple roller coaster yet it provided much entertainment for the citizens of Memphis and beyond. Elvis used to open the park late at night or shut it down so that he could enjoy the ride without dealing with the crowds and screaming fans.

Yep, what a cool ride . . . . in the UNDERGROUND!


EX LIBRIS!




Friday, August 11, 2017

Flash Story - Easy Chinese





Monica decided that the fast food-esque Chinese place would suffice for her sudden craving of crab wontons and noodles. An Asian man turned hipster stood before her in line as he complained to the young person behind the order booth that he had been charged for rice. As the young employee explained the additional charge in a rapid tone, the customer said in the air fitting for the Haves, "I eat here everyday, so I know about the rice." Monica wanted to asked him if his life as home was that dreary that he had to come here to eat every day, only to stop herself from creating even more embarrassment. She soon placed her order then found herself seated at one of the tables by the windows. She pulled out her latest read written by a female British author who seemed to be out of touch with the world and dove in, only to stop when her food arrived. Monica dug in as her hunger took over and had to admit to herself that the food truly wasn't that bad. She tore into her crab wontons while Coldplay played through the speaker system, calming everyone down just enough so they could enjoy their lettuce wraps that much better. Her Asian salad met with the same fate as her wontons while her book lay near her arm, momentarily forgotten. Several minutes and two empty plates later, Monica resumed her reading as her quite tasty and hip Chinese food settled in her stomach, dissolving her latest panic attack that led her to the restaurant in the first place.