Claude-a-saurus Wrecks “Tractor Tragedy”

Yes, a woman did illegally enter a Fourth of July parade and the cops had to get involved. You can read about it here.

Read a review of Pearl Jam “No Code” here.

I really wasn’t sure what to say about this album. When I recently listened to this album I had playing while I was doing other things. I was shocked when I realized that no music was coming through my headphones. I checked to see if something had gone wrong with my headphones or if Spotify had stopped working but, no, nothing had happened. The full album had played and was over. Nothing had jumped out at me. Nothing was memorable. I thought that maybe I was too distracted… So I listened to the album again.

This time I forced myself to be more attentive towards it but again it just seemed to flow by. Aside from some momentary instrumental trickery/playfulness noise after a slow and quiet song there wasn’t anything that caught my attention.

A review of another of Pearl Jam’s albums described Eddie Vedder’s style of singing as grunting, whispering, moaning, growling, and sometimes singing. I thought that was a light harsh at the time but these past two albums have me leaning more towards agreeing with that statement. This album honestly had me questioning whether or not I was actually a fan of Pearl Jam…

Oh boy…

And “Yield” is next…

My wife, son, and I went on vacation last week. My wife sang with the worship group at Family Camp for Lamar Lighthouse. I didn’t really go with a job but by the end of the week I was running the computer to put the slides up for the praise song lyrics and the sermon notes. My friend Nate drove up from Maryland and we got to spend Friday night and Saturday morning hanging out. It was such a great time.

Check out this cool sign street sign and this old truck.

Claude-a-saurus Wrecks “Legion of Narnia”

Click to read a review of Pearl Jam’s “Vitalogy” here.

With “Ten” and “VS”, two remarkable albums, under their belt, the pressures of feeling trapped by their new found fame, an ongoing fight with Ticketmaster over exorbitant ticket prices and service fees, disappointing some of their fans expectations by refusing to make any music videos for any of the 6 hits songs from “VS”, and the recent suicide of Nirvana front man Kurt Cobain, Pearl Jam wrote and released their third album “Vitalogy”.

This album is a hard one to write about for sure. It has a great song in “Better Man” and I also enjoyed “Corduroy” but I don’t find myself getting excited about too much more than that. “Bugs” is eccentric but not something I feel compelled to listen to more than once. “Spin the Black Circle” is a ripper for sure but not what I come to Pearl Jam for.

As my friend Nate likes to point out, this is the album where the main song writing responsibilities start to shift to Eddie Vedder and it’s noticeable as Pearl Jam never quite comes to the height of what they’ve done with their first two albums ever again. It’s almost sad to think that this is considered the last really good PJ album… Part of me is dreading listening to No Code next. I think I might have listened to that album a total of one time before… Who knows, maybe it’ll surprise me.

If you are wondering why the comics and reviews featuring Pearl Jam’s albums are out of order… I used the “VS” album artwork in a previous comic so I updated it to included a blog post. You can read the comic and post here.

Claude-a-saurus Wrecks “Pearl Jam Before Swine”

Click here to read a review of Pearl Jam “Ten” as published in Rolling Stone back on December 1991 here. To Rolling Stone, this album warranted only a paragraph. Oh how times have changed.

Here is another review of Ten from a website called Classic Rock Review. You can read it here. It’s okay to cry knowing that “Ten” is now being referred to as classic rock.

One of the coolest things about this comic strip lately is that I have been featuring albums that I have been listening too while finding and linking to reviews of the albums. I’ve gotten to listen to alot of good music the past several months. I decided that since Pearl Jam was such an influential band to me that I wanted to feature their entire discography and write about them for the next 15 or so comics (12 studio albums, Eddie Vedder solo albums, live albums I want to feature, so… hope you like Pearl Jam). I find it rather amusing that I know the albums for the next three months but none of the jokes for the comics.

I’ve already written about Pearl Jam “Ten” on this blog. I re-read that post and thought it was pretty great so I linked to it. You can read about how “Ten” by Pearl Jam is one of my STAKE IN THE GROUND albums here.

If you don’t know how the Pig and Rat from the comic are then you need to start reading Pearls Before Swine by Stephen Pastis.

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New Marvel Studios’ Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings – Official Trailer!

This movie looks fun and entertaining. I haven’t been interested in anything Marvel has done since Avengers Endgame. Hopefully this will be worth the ticket price.

Sci-Fi Jubilee

Check out the brand new trailer for Marvel Studios’ “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings”! Shang-Chi must confront the past he thought he left behind when he is drawn into the web of the mysterious Ten Rings organization. Directed by Destin Daniel Cretton and written by Daniel Callaham, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings stars Simu Liu as Shang-Chi, Tony Leung as Wenwu/The Mandarin, Awkwafina as Katy, Michelle Yeoh as Jiang Nan, Meng’er Zhang as Xialing, Ronny Chieng as Jon Jon, Fala Chen as Jiang Li and Florian Munteanu as Razor Fist. The film arrives in theaters Sept. 3..

About The Author

Hi, I’m Paul Bowler, blogger and reviewer of films, TV shows, and comic books. I’m a Sci-Fi geek, a big fan of Doctor Who, Star Trek, movies, Sci-Fi, Horror, Comic Books, and all things PS4.You can follow me on Twitter @paul_bowler,or at my…

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Claude-a-saurus Wrecks “Medieval Torture Magnet”

Read of a review of “Jupiter” by Cave in here. Spoiler Warning: The reviewer hates it. Why link to this review then? I thought the review was particularly insightful and also funny.

I, on the other hand, loved the album. I’ve written about it before as one of my Stake in the Ground albums, you can read about it here.

The dental device mentioned in the comics, sadly, does exist. You can read about it here.

This is a quote from the article.

Dubbed the DentalSlim Diet Control, the device allows the wearer to open their mouths just 1/5 of a centimeter (2mm), while still allowing users to breathe normally.

Sounds lovely doesn’t it…

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SPAWN’S UNIVERSE #1 Review

A great review of Spawn Universe #1. It’s okay to get excited about good comics.

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Spawn’s Universe #1

Review by Paul Bowler

A bold new era for Spawn and Image Comics begins with Spawn’s Universe #1, an epic 68 page one-shot written by Todd McFarlane, that sees the official introduction to the hotly anticipated expansion of the Spawn Universe. The world and mythology of Spawn is about to be changed forever. Spawn’s Universe #1 answers age old questions, introduce new heroes, new villains, and paves the way for three brand new ongoing Spawn titles: King Spawn, Gunslinger Spawn, and The Scorched!

From the ominous opening moments through to the action-packed set-pieces, Spawn’s Universe #1 doesn’t hold back, and Todd McFarlane’s tautly plotted script hardly lets up the pace for a moment. Hell’s Throne is empty, and with all the Dead Zone portals in lockdown, Demons and Angels cannot enter or leave the world of man. Those creatures who remain, most of them disguised in human…

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Claude-a-saurus Wrecks “Hardcore Country Songs”

Read a review of Whiskey Myers “Early Morning Shakes” here.

Stumbled across the video by Douglas Wilson and Christian Death Metal.

I really wasn’t sure what to make of this analysis. I will say that music affects my mood pretty significantly. If I were to just listen angry music all the time I would feel angry and depressed. So I get the point that he’s making. I’m just not sure how I feel about it.

A few weekends ago my family had a garage sale so we decided to clean out our attic and sort everthing that was in it. And I found some very cool stuff.

1.) I found the hand drawn and inked artwork for the very first Claude-a-saurus Wrecks comic strip.

2.) One of the first drawings of Claude-a-saurus Wrecks (back when it was named Rockzilla).

No, the character on the right does not have a tail. I drew this drawing on a page in a Harry Potter Journal and it just happens to be a wizard’s hat on the page that sort of looks like a tail. As you can see I also eliminated the nostril and his eyes are covered by his hair.

3.) The original inks for “Morale Vampire” which is a play on Dilbert, a comic strip I very much enjoy reading.

4.) Several other inked black and white inked comic pages that I was very excited to find.

Claude-a-saurus Wrecks “Professional Help”

Read a review of Shane Smith & The Saints “Hail Mary” here.

So the electrical guitar feedback at the beginning of this album had me interested right away. As it’s not something I’m used to hearing in any country album. It’s a great album and I really enjoyed it.

This past weekend my family held a garage sale. I decided that I wanted to slim down my comic book collection and keep only the comics that:

1.) that I thought I might read again;

2.) that I thought might be worth something in the future;

3.) that are currently worth money;

4.) that are TMNT and Usagi Comics.

I was contacted by three different people prior to the garage sale and one was a man moving to North Carolina and starting a comic book store. Since I knew if he bought the comics it would be most likely that the comics would end up in the hands of people that would read them. I went through the comics a second time and added some more. I wasn’t sure that what I was going to charge the guy but I figured it would be easier to sell to him as opposed to trying to sell on eBay or selling them through a garage sale. Since I didn’t think I would get good deals through the garage sale I only suggested $50 for the comics, but the guy had a counter offer.

He traded me the comics for this:

A graded comic book signed by Kevin Eastman!

I don’t actually know what this comic is worth but I’ve never owned a graded comic book or anything signed by either of the creators of TMNT. I would like to get a comic signed by Peter Laird at some point.

A month ago I tried to read TMNT #116 of the current ongoing run published by IDW and I couldn’t make it past the third page. Ever since Tom Waltz left as the writer of the series with #100 it has been absolutely horrible. I kept buying issue after issue thinking that the series HAD to get better or a better creative team would come along but 16 issues was just too much to keep paying for a series hoping that it will eventually get better. The Youtube channel thinking critical shared some similar thoughts and I found myself nodding in agreement while watching this video:

I don’t know if I would agree that the sole problem is Jennika but the main problem is that the series completely shifted away from the main characters. The stories weren’t entertaining. Lots of story ideas from Waltz run that were available to be explored were just left there while the new writer Campbell focused on Mutant Town. Mutant Town is an interesting idea but it should only have been a component of the story not the whole story and focus.

The limited series Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Last Ronin is absolutely amazing though.