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So, If you would have told me in 1995 that a mere 21 years later there would be not only SEVEN X-Men movies but one of them would have Apocalypse in it? This would have happened.
Fingers crossed that X-Men: Apocalypse borrows HEAVILY from my ALL-TIME favorite X-Men storyline, Age of Apocalypse!

So, If you would have told me in 1995 that a mere 21 years later there would be not only SEVEN X-Men movies but one of them would have Apocalypse in it? This would have happened.

Fingers crossed that X-Men: Apocalypse borrows HEAVILY from my ALL-TIME favorite X-Men storyline, Age of Apocalypse!

20
Oct
INKtober day 20! My theme: drawing the covers of my favorite records… today, a power-pop masterpiece:
Superdrag - Head Trip in Every Key - 1998
There’s two sad things here: one, younger kids today have never heard of (or heard) Superdrag, and two, even if you are aware of them (from their 1996 radio hit "Sucked Out", probably), chances are you may have never heard anything from this record, or subsequent records either. It’s a real shame, because Superdrag is a damn fine band!
Why didn’t you hear anything from this record? I have no idea. A band that leaned towards a retro sound didn’t fit in amongst bands like, you know, CREED. Why listen to something good when you can listen to “My Own Prison” a million times?
(To be fair, while I don’t like Creed, I can appreciate the fact that some people do.)
Anyway. This record is amazing. They took all the money their record company would give them and decided to make a very Beatles-esque record, which wasn’t a very popular idea at the time. And while the record was a flop and Elektra Records would eventually drop the band, we’re all the better for John Davis and company giving us these 13 fantastic songs.

Art note: I’m pretty happy with the pencil shading on her face… I like how the face is rendered by the rest of her is pretty stark. 

Favorite track: Shuck & Jive… but I can’t find a good link for you, so here’s my second favorite track, Sold You An Alibi

INKtober day 20! My theme: drawing the covers of my favorite records… today, a power-pop masterpiece:

Superdrag - Head Trip in Every Key - 1998

There’s two sad things here: one, younger kids today have never heard of (or heard) Superdrag, and two, even if you are aware of them (from their 1996 radio hit "Sucked Out", probably), chances are you may have never heard anything from this record, or subsequent records either. It’s a real shame, because Superdrag is a damn fine band!

Why didn’t you hear anything from this record? I have no idea. A band that leaned towards a retro sound didn’t fit in amongst bands like, you know, CREED. Why listen to something good when you can listen to “My Own Prison” a million times?

(To be fair, while I don’t like Creed, I can appreciate the fact that some people do.)

Anyway. This record is amazing. They took all the money their record company would give them and decided to make a very Beatles-esque record, which wasn’t a very popular idea at the time. And while the record was a flop and Elektra Records would eventually drop the band, we’re all the better for John Davis and company giving us these 13 fantastic songs.

Art note: I’m pretty happy with the pencil shading on her face… I like how the face is rendered by the rest of her is pretty stark. 

Favorite track: Shuck & Jive… but I can’t find a good link for you, so here’s my second favorite track, Sold You An Alibi

19
Oct
INKtober day 19! My Inktober theme is I’m drawing the covers to my favorite records. Today…
Eels - Souljacker - 2001
The Eels aren’t probably high on anyone’s list of “bands that rock hard”, but this is the Eels coming as close to being a metal band as they would ever would. Of course, there’s the standard “sad bastard” songs on here too, which no Eels album would be complete without. But the songs on here are loud, fuzzy and, uh… yeah, loud and fuzzy.
Anyway… if you’ve listened to the Eels before and said “needs more Big Muff fuzz pedal”, this is the one for you. 
Favorite track: World of Shit (one of those sad bastard tunes they excel so wonderfully at)

INKtober day 19! My Inktober theme is I’m drawing the covers to my favorite records. Today…

Eels - Souljacker - 2001

The Eels aren’t probably high on anyone’s list of “bands that rock hard”, but this is the Eels coming as close to being a metal band as they would ever would. Of course, there’s the standard “sad bastard” songs on here too, which no Eels album would be complete without. But the songs on here are loud, fuzzy and, uh… yeah, loud and fuzzy.

Anyway… if you’ve listened to the Eels before and said “needs more Big Muff fuzz pedal”, this is the one for you. 

Favorite track: World of Shit (one of those sad bastard tunes they excel so wonderfully at)

18
Oct
INKtober day 18! My Inktober theme is drawing the covers to my favorite records. Today…
Ben Folds Five - the Unauthorized Biography of Reinhold Messner - 1999
The “final” record from BF5, that is, until last year when they got back together and released the excellent “the Sound of the Life of the Mind”.
The title of the record is what Darren Jessee (the drummer) would use on fake ID’s as a kid. Pretty hilarious.
I think the fact that this record is darker than their other work (and even Ben’s solo stuff) makes this one stand out to me as a favorite. It just hit me at the right time, I suppose. This came out in April of 1999, so I was going into the summer before senior year of high school. I took a road trip with my grandparents from Chicago to the black hills of South Dakota… perhaps something “clicked” in my head while listening to this on my Discman while driving through the desolation of South Dakota in the summer time.
The record sort of has a sadness to it… as I was sad on that roadtrip, because it sure as shit felt like it wasn’t ever going to end. Or perhaps it was the fact that my brother and cousin got snubbed by the girls at a wedding we went to that summer… WHO KNOWS WHAT IT COULD HAVE BEEN. Either way, this one speaks directly to my soul.
Favorite track: Don’t Change Your Plans

INKtober day 18! My Inktober theme is drawing the covers to my favorite records. Today…

Ben Folds Five - the Unauthorized Biography of Reinhold Messner - 1999

The “final” record from BF5, that is, until last year when they got back together and released the excellent “the Sound of the Life of the Mind”.

The title of the record is what Darren Jessee (the drummer) would use on fake ID’s as a kid. Pretty hilarious.

I think the fact that this record is darker than their other work (and even Ben’s solo stuff) makes this one stand out to me as a favorite. It just hit me at the right time, I suppose. This came out in April of 1999, so I was going into the summer before senior year of high school. I took a road trip with my grandparents from Chicago to the black hills of South Dakota… perhaps something “clicked” in my head while listening to this on my Discman while driving through the desolation of South Dakota in the summer time.

The record sort of has a sadness to it… as I was sad on that roadtrip, because it sure as shit felt like it wasn’t ever going to end. Or perhaps it was the fact that my brother and cousin got snubbed by the girls at a wedding we went to that summer… WHO KNOWS WHAT IT COULD HAVE BEEN. Either way, this one speaks directly to my soul.

Favorite track: Don’t Change Your Plans

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