• Creation Stories, David Lynch, Existentialism, and Jazz: Instrumental Review

      Creation Stories, David Lynch, Existentialism, and Jazz: Instrumental Review By Colin O’Neill   There are two passions in my life (three if you count beer, and four if you count crippling self-doubt): Comics and music. They tend to overtake one another consistently. In junior high music was life. Days in class would be me simply daydreaming about playing a massive stadium packed full of people as I’m shredding a Gibson SG through a Marshall stack with a plethora of effects pedals at my feet to create noises that change lives. In high school, I quit guitar lessons because I became jaded after joining miserable bands with egotistical musicians and…

  • Derek M. Ballard in a Post Erotic World

    Derek M. Ballard is a cartoonist with an unmistakable style that blends geometric shapes and strange sexual imagery. His art is beautiful, disruptive, yet unsettling and different. In other words, he is absolutely everything the underground comix scene has represented since their conception. Currently residing in Gainsville, Florida, Ballard creates title cards and storyboards for the popular Cartoon Network show Adventure Time in addition to pursuing the dream of self-publishing comic books and zines. He says he originated “post-eroticism,” which I gather as seeing erotica as a form of entertainment rather than a sexual arousing manner as seen in his art. With both of Ballard’s Cartoonshow comics, Cartoonshow #1: You…