Thanks to popular culture, there are certain characters who’ve been immortalised. For better or worse, they inspire reactions and spark debates from fans all over the world. The Joker is one of those characters whose dark mystique has transcended every form of medium. Comics. TV. Movies. Books. Music as well.
With the release of the Joker film, NerdCore artists JT Music have created an original song called ‘From Ear To Ear’ that tells the story of the Clown Prince of Crime. Told from the perspective of how Arthur Fleck sees himself, JT Music’s song is haunting, darkly funny and over the top in the best possible way. Continue reading “NerdCore Artists JT Music’s Joker Song Will Have You Smiling From Ear To Ear”
Comic Kitchen is a series that creates a three-course menu around a superhero and spotlights unique food. New Orleans is renowned for having some of the most distinctive cuisine in the world. With a range of Creole and Cajun dishes, there’s so much to enjoy. Having grown up in New Orleans, Monica Rambeau is a superhero with great taste in food. I’m pleased to present a collaboration with All Star Lanes on a menu that’s fit for the former Captain Marvel. Seafood and spice come together to bring out the flavours of The Big Easy. Continue reading “Comic Kitchen: Monica Rambeau”
The Pop Culture Playlist tells the story of a character through ten tracks. Music has the ability to touch people on the deepest level, and few superheroes have faced the kind of odds that Psylocke has. Betsy Braddock grew up in a wealthy family, but all the money in the world couldn’t protect her. Starting off as a damsel in distress, Psylocke evolved into one of the X-Men’s most skilled members. Her playlist features songs that mix angst and hope together. Continue reading “The Pop Culture Playlist: Psylocke”
Music has the power to transform lives, whether through connecting with a song or being transported to another place. Nirvana was the kind of band that touched many people, with Kurt Cobain being an inspiration. But Cobain’s life was also complicated by depression, drug abuse and a distafisaction with the celebrity lifestyle. Cobain and his band were happiest when they were making music, which is what Jeremy Holt decided to explore in his graphic novel Skip To The End.
I’m happy to present an interview with Holt about the nature of his graphic novel and his thoughts on what it means to be transformed through music. He spoke candidly on his opinion of mental health, male suicide and the independent comic scene. Continue reading “Skip To The End Creator Jeremy Holt Talks Nirvana, Mental Health And Musical Time Travel”
The Pop Culture Playlist tells the story of a comic character through music and this edition features one of my favourite characters, Namor The Sub-Mariner. As Marvel’s first anti-hero and one of the oldest comic characters in existence, Namor’s importance goes without saying. The Sub-Mariner’s appeal lies in his complexity, as he’s played many roles during his life: king, hero, villain, conqueror and saviour. Here are ten tracks to showcase Namor’s journey and demonstrate why he’s a character worth reading about.
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Musicals have the power to connect with people, whether it be through song or the subject matter of the performance. Some musicals shine a light on the darker side of humanity, which is the case with Corrido de la Sangre, performed by the Tiger Lillies. The band, considered to be the innovators of Brechtian punk cabaret, are known for their macabre lyrics and content. The musical took place at HOME in Manchester, and here are my thoughts on what was a haunting performance.
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The Pop Culture Playlist tells the story of a superhero or villain through music. With a film on the way and an established presence in comics, Black Panther seems like an appropriate choice. As King of Wakanda, T’Challa has a responsibility to his people and the history of the animal that he represents. Black Panther is a symbol of Africa and his warrior spirit makes him one of the most courageous superheroes in comics. Here are ten tracks that describe T’Challa’s journey.
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The Pop Culture Playlist tells the story of a superhero or supervillain through music and captures their greatest moments. From Batman to Wonder Woman, there are songs that can remind you of certain characters. Music is a great way to bring underrated characters into the light and Artemis is one of them. Having lived in the shadow of Wonder Woman, Artemis has struggled to define her own path among women who are all as special as each other. The Pop Culture Playlist features ten tracks that describe her life.
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There have been plenty of talented wrestlers over the years, and Chris Jericho is one of the greatest of all time. But his talent extends beyond the ring, as he’s a bestselling author, podcast host and musician. Jericho’s wrestling career speaks for itself, but his work as a singer and the front man of Fozzy is underrated. I recently saw Fozzy in Manchester and it was one of the best gigs I’ve ever been to. Here I discuss what makes Jericho a phenomenal entertainer and what makes Fozzy a band you need to listen to.
Continue reading “Chris Jericho And The Judas Effect: The Art Of Entertaining People”
The Pop Culture Playlist uses music to describe a character, and the latest edition features Jax Teller from Sons of Anarchy. Jax is the epitome of an anti-hero who started off with the best intentions, but ultimately fell into darkness. He struggled to reconcile his outlaw lifestyle with being a good father. Here is the tragic tale of the SAMCRO President told through ten tracks.
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