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  • Iron Man gets 'Captain Fantastic' treatment by classic-rock artist

     
    Hmmm, maybe Tony Stark is hitting more than the mini-bar these days. The trip-tastic image above is a special "variant" Marvel cover that will appear on some editions of "Avengers" No. 2, which hits stores on June 23. The artwork......
  • Ojai Music Festival: A look at Frank Zappa’s classical side

     
    When Frank Zappa was a teenager, he became obsessed with the daring music of Edgard Varèse. He listened to an album with the works of the European composer over and over, even though he didn’t understand the technical aspects. “I didnâ...
  • Dan Nadel brings the secret history of comics to Cinefamily on May 30

     
    FIVE QUESTIONS: DAN NADEL The curious corners of comics history are a specialty of Dan Nadel, the author and art director of "Art in Time: Unknown Comic Book Adventures, 1940-1980," which is a follow-up to his 2006 book "Art Out......
  • Music Review: Zappa at Ojai Music Festival [updated]

     
    Bring an esoteric 30-year-old German ensemble that specializes in extremely complex, sometimes inscrutable, music to perform on the West Coast for the first time. Program the concert with works of a dead white guy with an Italian name. And what......
  • Music review: Ojai Music Festival when it's 64

     
    Ojai, remarkably, remains Ojai. The 64th Ojai Music Festival was held over the weekend. The beloved, unstable Libbey Bowl was no less ratty, its uneven wood benches no more comfortable than before. The valley’s light looked illuminated, as is its......
  • Liz Phair's 'Funstyle': Interesting, even to hate

     
    And the conversation went something like this: OMG LIZ PHAIR POSTED A NEW ALBUM ON HER WEBSITE. I heard it's terrible. You can download it for $5.99. It's terrible, It's all over Twitter and you should read the comments on......
  • Harvey Pekar, 'American Splendor' author, dies at 70

     
    The Cleveland Plain-Dealer is reporting that Harvey Pekar, the singular and acerbic voice of underground comics who brought a new autobiographical candor and rhythm to the medium, has died. Here's an excerpt from the obituary by the paper's Joanna...
  • HASPIEL: Harvey Pekar's testament to life -- with no apologies

     
    AN APPRECIATION New York artist Dean Haspiel was one of the artists who took the words of Harvey Pekar and brought them to new life within the pages of "American Splendor" as well as in "The Quitter," the pair's acclaimed......
  • 'Greasy Love Songs': Zappa Family Trust digs into vaults to release 'Ruben & the Jets' rarities

     
    To get a sense of what a strange non sequitur Frank Zappa's "Cruising with Ruben & the Jets" probably was when it was released in 1968, take a look at what was on the charts that year. Competing with Zappa's......
  • Writers Salvador Plascencia and Michael Jaime-Becerra share a city and common inspiration: El Monte

    Writers Salvador Plascencia and Michael Jaime-Becerra share a city and common inspiration: El Monte
    Aside from their proximity in age, and the fulsome praise they got for their debut novels, Salvador Plascencia and Michael Jaime-Becerra would appear to have little in common as writers. Plascencia's "The People of Paper," which was published in 2005...
  • Ojai music director George Benjamin in a familiar spot

    Ojai music director George Benjamin in a familiar spot
    George Benjamin undertook his first visit to Ojai last January, but in some ways, the trip must have seemed like a homecoming for the celebrated British composer, conductor, pianist and teacher. The freak storms that pounded the normally bucolic...