JAWBREAKERS: GOD-KING IS NOT TO BE MISSED

Jawbreakers God KingWith superheroes OWNING pop culture right now, readers often ask me where the next big names are coming from since most of the iconic figures from Marvel and DC have already been brought to the big and small screens. Richard Meyer’s JAWBREAKERS series, featuring a team of mercenary superheroes, has become a graphic novel phenomenon in recent years. THESE are the superhero legends of tomorrow. 

The Jawbreakers’ line-up consists of Hellpriest, Silkworm, Devil Dog, Xaxi, Kuffz, Kill-Switch and Knife-Hand. The team premiered in Jawbreakers and continued their adventures in Lost Souls. Their 3rd volume, God-King, will be coming out after Meyer’s usual six-figure haul on Indiegogo recently. 

Meyer is one of the legends in Indy Comics right now, one of the “Outlaws” going their own way to bring their unique vision to four-color story-telling outside the confines of the Big Two publishers.   Continue reading

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POLITICAL CARTOONS: AUGUST 10th

First up this time is a look at Democrat Joaquin Castro’s ugly fascist attempt to sic violent mobs of slobbering psychopaths on people who donated to de facto Third Party President Donald Trump … And accidentally exposed some of his own donors who also donated to Trump. Democrat intolerance at its worst. 

Castro fascist

Then there’s this look at some Karmic Justice that has been handed out to assorted political malefactors lately.

Deep State Chickens

Democrats are determined to make the vague but convenient labels “white supremacist” and “white nationalist” as overused and meaningless as they’ve made “racist.” One of their dumbest maneuvers has been the pretense that the “OK” sign is a secret white supremacist hand gesture. Here we see Democrat Elijah Cummings, noted white supremacist, making that hand sign. 

Cummings making OK sign

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MALDOROR: A NEGLECTED MASTERPIECE OF SURREAL HORROR

“Maldoror and His Smile” by Lord Orlando

Balladeer’s Blog has done a comprehensive examination of The Songs of Maldoror, often referred to as just Maldoror. The original 1868 French language work by the self-designated Count de Lautreamont (real name Isidore Ducasse) was in verse form, which is great for poetry geeks like me but if you prefer prose there are plenty of prose translations available. 

This work of surreal horror was so far ahead of its time that the author himself, in one of the few existing copies of his correspondence, expressed fears that he might be jailed or thrown into an insane asylum and requested that the publisher literally “stop the presses.” Just 88 copies of the book were completed in that initial run and for a few decades The Songs of Maldoror languished in obscurity.  

By the 1890s those few copies of Maldoror had been circulating among the more adventurous literati of the time period and the work began to be hailed as a forgotten masterpiece by Maeterlink, Bloy, Huysmans and de Gourmont. This new acclaim ultimately resulted in a new run of copies – this time in the thousands instead of dozens like the first run. This also accounts for why some reviewers mistakenly refer to The Songs of Maldoror as an 1890s work, despite its original publication date of 1868. Continue reading

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DEMOCRAT JOE BIDEN SAYS “POOR KIDS ARE JUST AS BRIGHT AND JUST AS TALENTED AS WHITE KIDS”

Joe Biden pointingJoe Biden has been on a roll lately, once again confusing Teresa May with Margaret Thatcher, then saying that “We believe in truth, not facts,” and now he said “Poor kids are just as bright and just as talented as white kids.”

When de facto Third Party President Donald Trump has such gaffes the anti-Trump loons insist it is somehow an indictment of his intelligence. When Democrats have such gaffes the anti-Trump loons insist it is just a slip of the tongue, like everybody makes. Continue reading

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ANCIENT SCI-FI – 3,000 MILES THROUGH THE CLOUDS (1892)

The Boys of New York3,000 MILES THROUGH THE CLOUDS (1892) – Written by Francis W Doughty under a house pseudonym for The Boys of New York magazine, serialized from February 13th to April 2nd.

This story starts out like an imitation of Verne’s Mysterious Island but then becomes its own tale after a while. The action starts in 1864 when Union prisoners in the Confederate’s infamously hellish Libby Prison make their escape led by Captain Mark Wilbur. Their escape by balloon is aided by a sympathetic Confederate.

A storm blows our main characters – Mark, Noel Dupuy and their African-American friend Sam Sandyman – 3,000 miles to the north, where they finally come down into a crater that leads to a subterranean world. They discover a deserted futuristic city overflowing with jewels and precious metals. Continue reading

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COLLEGE FOOTBALL: 2019 GULF SOUTH CONFERENCE GAME OF THE WEEK SCHEDULE

August 22nd is when the 2019 college football season kicks off in the divisions covered here at Balladeer’s Blog. The Gulf South Conference – often called the SEC of D2 football, has released its Game of the Week schedule for the upcoming season.

West Florida Argonauts helmetSeptember 14th – The UNIVERSITY OF WEST FLORIDA ARGONAUTS at the SHORTER UNIVERSITY HAWKS … 1pm ET

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delta stateSeptember 21st – The DELTA STATE STATESMEN host the FLORIDA TECH PANTHERS … 7pm ET

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A READER ASKS: ARE BERNIE SANDERS AND ELIZABETH WARREN BEING ACCUSED OF CAUSING THE DAYTON SHOOTER’S ATTACK?

#WalkAwayOverseas readers are often very confused by the oddities of American life. Since regular readers here have gotten used to the fact that I’m an Independent Voter and can look at things from the perspective of a non-Democrat and non-Republican I’ve been asked if Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren are being accused of causing the Dayton shooting since that shooter expressed support for them and since Democrats love to accuse political opponents every time there are public tragedies. The insinuation being it would be Karmic Justice for the Democrats’ vile use of such cheap political tactics.  

In my opinion no one’s words – no, not from either political party – are ever to blame for shootings or any other violent acts. In America there is never any lack of idiots looking for scapegoats every time something bad happens (The Ox-Bow Incident still has relevance) and it’s become customary by the lowest of the low to score cheap political points after public tragedies by blaming prominent political figures from the opposing party.

These vultures spreading blame figuratively pile up the dead bodies and stand on top of them to use them as a political soapbox and to pretend they “care” more than the people who show the good taste to not politicize such tragedies.

Another question I was asked was why the accusations that the Democrats throw at Trump get so much more publicity than the accusations that Republicans throw at Sanders and Warren. Continue reading

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