Matthew Carpenter

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Location: Edmonton, Alberta
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Rehabilitating Mr. Wiggles: Vol. 1 by Neil Swaab
I started following this strip while living in Detroit. It began its run in the weekly entertainment rag, Real Detroit, in 2001 or 2002. At that point it was being carried to one other paper. Given the complete disregard for decency, the limited circulation isn't mysterious.
This stuff shouldn't be funny: Jesus's middle life crisis complete with hookers, isolated human suffering of all types, self-fellating time travelers, and child abuse. If you have a warped sense of humor and a strong stomach, this goes past Red Meat into an undiscovered country of humor.
This collection is generally strong and you can see a dramatic change in illustration style.
Dune: The Butlerian Jihad by Brian Herbert
Dune: The Butlerian Jihad by Brian Herbert
2.0 out of 5 stars Let down, Nov. 6 2002
The original Dune series and the first three prequels sewed the tantilizingly obscure seeds of the ancient man vs. machine conflict called the Butlerian Jihad. Everything that happens later has its origins there. Clearly the Jihad was THE event that shaped the Dune universe.
I grabbed this new prequel the week it was released. I was expecting an epic, tourtured narrative of mankinds near extermination a la Benford's "Great Sky River." What I got was brains floating in jars, seriously. How 1950s sci-fi cliche is that? These poor plot choices combined with no real ending made this an agonizing read. I just never believed that THIS scenario created the Dune universe. This is a… Read more
I'm Your Fan: The Songs of Leonard Cohen By... ~ I'm Your Fan
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1.0 out of 5 stars Beg to differ..., April 9 2001
This album is a perfect example of why tribute albums should be illegal. I can't imagine what the other reviewers saw in this. Bluntly, its 99% garbage. Either rote recitation or half hearted attempts. As the one bright spot, the Pixies (I Can't Forget)seem to be the only ones even excited about the idea of covering Cohen. The rest is just awful and will disappoint fans of both the bands or Cohen.
In addition to original sins, this disk suffers sins of omission. There are many incredible Cohen covers (ex: Concrete Blonde "Everybody Knows"), that were available at the time, that are missing.
Just go the next CD on your list. Now.

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