They are like mini-magazines or home-made comic books about favourite bands, funny stories, sub-cultures, personal collections, commix
anthologies, diary entries, 'pathetic' report cards, chain restaurants and anything else.
The first one arrives this weekend at Hidden, with guests including Om Unit with MC Fox, Swindle, Commix
, Sukh Knight with Black Josh, Plastician, Kumarachi, Metrodome and Rich Reason.
SEWELL, PETER, Commix
Communications Inc., 1595 16thAve, Suite 301,
There is a little something for everyone here, ranging from mainstream and alternative "commix
" creators such as Frank Miller, Alan Moore, Robert Crumb, Chris Ware, and Lynda Barry, to more obscure graphic novelists like Ben Katchor and Marissa Marchetto.
Spiegelman's affords a particularly interesting case "commix
" Maus, which casts Jews as mice, Germans as cats, and Poles as pigs.
The stark contrast between heathen ethnics and Han heroes takes place within a clear narrative arc--the tale's conservative denouement implies that, having abandoned themselves to the pleasures of the flesh, the non-Hans are destined to forever remain inferior in the martial arts, endowed with a partial physical-technical mastery and relying on malicious and devious subterfuge but lacking the mental means, inner strength and spiritual quietude that pureblooded, responsible, and chaste Han heroes are able to commix
with their superior gongfu [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII], making them martial arts masters and respected champions of the jianghu world.
He joins the likes of Nero, Joker, Commix
, DJ Yoda and the Stanton Warriors.
ROCK & POP Aqualung/ Foreign Slippers/ Kaiser Cartel: 7.30pm, The Glee Club, The Arcadian, Birmingham 0871 472 0400; White Denim: O2 Academy 3, Dale End, Birmingham 0844 477 2000; Band Showcase Night: The Roadhouse, Lifford Lane, Stirchley 0121 459 5660; Out of the Blue: 8.30pm, The Station Hotel, Station St, Sutton Coldfield; Beggars Banquet: 8pm, Tower of Song, 107 Pershore Rd South, Kings Norton 0121 486 1300; Open Mic: 8pm, The Black Horse, Jennens Rd, Aston; Chase & Status feat MC Rage / London Elektricity / Logistics / Commix
/ Rusko / Plastician: 10pm, The Copper Rooms, Warwick Student Union, Coventry.
Although it was not his intent, Breakdowns, with its formal and conceptual experiments in what Spiegelman calls "commix
" (as in a co-mixture of word and image), became a kind of manual for a future generation as well as his own hothouse.
The words, all of which occur no more than five times within Shakespeare's dramatic canon, are: gyves sb., physic v, amplify v, blazon v, ruby sb., outwardly adv., tempter sb., aptness sb., commix
v, spongy a., slackly adv., feat a., rudeness sb., usury sb., and pervert v.
After 12 years, they'll go out with a bang as G Mac, DJ Kid and The General are joined by Commix
, DJ Die and MC's Feelman and AJ.