Thursday, December 4, 2008

BRUCE HAZEL AND SOME VOLUNTEERS :: Love Comics, Are Our Friends, Need Your Vote!

I wanted to disturb you fine folks for a few minutes today, and plead for your assistance. I would like you to vote for my friend Bruce Hazel & Some Volunteers! Take a minute on the "my space" and give his stuff a listen!

Bruce Hazel and the band are one of 13 semi-finalist in an international search for the "Best Unsigned Band" by Genya Ravan, Little Steven Van Zandt from the E Street Band and Wicked Cool Records. The last round of voting continues through Friday, December 12th, via Genya Ravan's Sirius Satellite program "Goldie's Garage". Find out more by checking out Bruce's website at Wheeler St. Music

Just click on this link to register, and then follow the directions to VOTE. You do have to register at the site to vote online. And just to prove their bona fides, I totally asked them to tell you, the Heroesonline fan, about their favorite comics. I did not just make these pull quotes while I was at work.

Brent Bagwell:
Justice Society of America

Brent is a horn player extraordinaire. He plays all styles, whether it is free form jazz in the NYC-based "eASTERN sEABOARD", or the improv stylings of the expansive "Project Bluebird", or the straight up honky-funk in the Volunteers. And he just can't get enough of the new JSA. He's a fan of all of Geoff John's recent yarns, up to and including Green Lantern, but Hawkman and the other '40s characters grab a firm hold of his imagination. He will totally corner you and go on and on about it (and I love it!)

Karla Marsh:
To Terra, by Keiko Takemiya

The complete three volumes tell the story of one of those "manga futures", wherein a race of telepathics called "Mu" are on the run from the humans who want to destroy them. Staying hidden and attempting to rescue as many Mu children as possible before they are eliminated, the Mu have only one desire: to return home. Heartbreaking and delicious.

Bruce Hazel:
Omega The Unknown

Bruce Hazel loves him some Jonathan Lethem, author of such notable novels as my favorite, Motherless Brooklyn, to Bruce's preferred Fortress of Solitude. Lethem's obvious love of comics is on display in his and Farel Dalrymple's collection of the ten issue series. Based on the '70s character created by Steve Gerber, Lethem explores areas of the search for identity, struggles for power and developing an understanding of who we are and what we are capable of.

Shawn Lynch:
E.C. Segars's Popeye, from Fantagraphics

Shawn, beloved guitarist for the Volunteers, plus member in good standing of Lou Ford, plus 1/9th of the band Buschovski (who happen to have a show at The Neighborhood Theatre on December 20th, along with the release of their "Compact Disk") likes the Fantagraphics "Popeye" collections. Originally a strip called "Thimble Theatre", Popeye went from being a one-note incidental player to international superstar. Read these and see why.

Chad Wilson:
Dark Horse Star Wars comics

Chad goes on and on and on about Star Wars, and the Sith and the what not. In his defense, he only likes "real" Star Wars, and not the recent knock-offs. however, he quite enjoys The Knights of the Old Republic series from Dark Horse. He has good taste, so I'll defer to him. He also liked Alan Moore's From Hell.

Plus, you can come see some of the Volunteers this very weekend as Shawn Lynch and Mark Lynch play, along with the rest of Lou Ford, Friday night at Snug Harbor! If you like that, come back to Snug Harbor on Saturday to see Mark again, when he plays with The Trouble Walkers. Caution: The show will have B-A-D words.

1 comment:

Rusty Baily said...

Man, I love that Bruce Hazel! And that Brent Bagwell dude can blow a sax! I think they're even kooler now that i know they like the funny books.