Making the most of New York Comic Con can be exhausting, and navigating the crowds can be as taxing as fighting Skrulls or thwarting Brainiac. So where in the city do comics heroes unwind or cut loose? Some of the top creators at NYCC shared their heroes' favorite New York hangouts.
Did you watch the most recent Wrestlemania? I didn't. I also haven't had a Mountain Dew in seven years. I guess this means I'm finally an real adult, which means I should do the mature thing and write a list for an audience of people who are mostly hung-over and sitting in cubicles. Instead, I'll be ... More >>
[Editor's note: Andrew is on tour in Canada. In lieu of a column this week, he sent us this heartfelt remembrance of his recently-passed friend Dave Brockie aka Oderus Urungus of GWAR. Ask Andrew W.K. returns next week.] I first met Dave Brockie when he and some other members of GWAR invited me to ... More >>
Are we not men?
It's too late now, and it's probably been too late for the last 10 years. Daft Punk, the French electronic duo who has singlehandedly dominated the press for the last month, will be wearing their robot suits for the rest of their lives. There will never be a reveal, a coming out, or a change of tone ... More >>
Better Than: Watching Elvira host Count Yorga, Vampire. It's always Halloween at a Rob Zombie and/or Marilyn Manson show. So when the reasonably dynamic, formerly dueling duo infiltrated New York a few weeks prior to the Pagan-ish holiday, it was hard to tell whether the crowd was in costume or str ... More >>
They don't come much more politically incorrect than GWAR. Despite two Grammy nods (their Phallus in Wonderland video losing to Annie Lennox in one instance), they're not exactly mainstream. Frontman Oderus Urungus, head of the Virginia-bred metal/satire/performance art band since their mid-80s ince ... More >>
Being dreadfully ugly and dead is always in style
Comedy from outer space
Electric Cowbell is Brooklyn's hardest-working new label, having dropped nearly a dozen 45s in under two years. It's impossible to really pin the label to a scene, since they seem to have dancing shoes in all of them: steamy Barbés global bounce, the Prospect Park afrobeat revival, Williamsb ... More >>
Michael Becker/FOXThis guy. American Idol seems like it should build toward a big finale, but it never works out that way. Instead, the real excitement surrounding any season of the show usually peaks around the time of its first shock elimination; this year, that'd be when Pia Toscano went ... More >>
A Gonzo collective enjoys nudity, Jack Daniel's, incest
GWAR and slaves host a fundraiser
Yes In My Backyard is a semiweekly column showcasing MP3s from new and emerging local talent. "Funk" has long been a four-letter word in Brooklyn's noise-punk loft scene. To survive, hyper-aware BK dance bands either adopted stiff no wave personas, used aggro-synth terrorism, squelched out d ... More >>
For the week of December 1319, 2006
Talking with John Mikl Thor, rock gladiator