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From 2008 to 2015 I wrote a weekly column for Synthesis Weekly under the name Zooey Mae. What started as an outlet to review graphic novels and comic books evolved over the years to cover everything from pop culture to whatever menial event was happening in my life. Looking back, I think I spent much too much time regaling Chico with tales of my allergies. 

Pitch Black Shitsnack

Originally published in Synthesis Weekly: January 2012

When did miserable become the new cool? I’ve been noticing lately this appears to be true especially in clothing ads. The models look absolutely miserable, (not to mention underfed). Like they got slapped with jury duty for a case about a dude who hides out in bathrooms and takes pictures of women’s feet under the stall doors. The models in question can be found nearly everywhere, but the ones from American Apparel are particularly terrible. Some of that might have something to do with the fact that you’d be hard pressed to find a real human who could pull off a sheer turquoise one-sie, but Seriously. These broads look like they need eight hours of sleep, a shower and a sandwich. I mean, what the hell ladies, at least run a goddamn comb through your hair. I know I’m really not one to talk, last time I left the house I was wearing the clothes I happened upon on the walk from my bed to my bathroom. See Mom? Turns out leaving my clothes on the floor as a kid as turned into a carefully honed skill for adulthood. Ugh, who am I kidding? I don’t think you can qualify as an “adult” when you still get unreasonably excited about buck night at U-Bar, and use made up words like “douche-canoe” and “shitsnack” on a regular basis. I’m no expert, but I’m fairly confident that an adult would spend their last $10 on something practical like groceries or gas, and not a pair of ceramic poodles I found at Elite Repeat. Don’t be jealous.

And now, let’s move on to discuss some serious grown-up business… comics. Fantagraphics recently released the Crumb Compendium in soft cover for your reading pleasure. If you’re not familiar with R. Crumb, then pay attention shitsnack, because this man has been an integral part of steering the industry in definitive and new directions for decades. Responsible for such classic titles as Fritz The Cat, Mr. Natural and Zap Comix, Crumb was inducted into the Will Eisner Comic Book Hall of Fame in 91’. This compendium serves as a guide to his work, including not only his comics, but periodicals, catalogs, posters, cards, record covers, buttons, statues and shirts, as well as interviews with the man himself. For any Crumb fanatic, this is a must-have.

In movie news, you may have already heard that a third film in the Pitch Blackfranchise has beengreen-lit. They’ve already had their share of troubles getting this project off the ground, most of them financial, but it seems they might finally be getting this project up and running. Vin Diesel has shown unfaltering support for the project, taking mostly to his Facebook page to do so. Although the powers-that-be have been tight-lipped on specifics of the film, they have let slip that they’re attempting to make Riddick similar to Pitch Black, both with the plot and budget size. That’s the news for now my nerd darlings, have a lovely grow-up week.

Arielle Mullen