Flowerhead - white tapes limited to 150, willowtree records
Voodoo Leather - yellow tapes limited to 200, heartworm press

Birds of Prey (1999-2009) #104

“My husband and I have performed before royalty often. This garb? It’s merely armor of a different sort.”

I love Barda to pieces omg.

And honestly, I could have an entire series dedicated to her and Helena going around, kicking ass and taking names in fancy ballgowns together. That’d be amazing.

“Drop dead” is one of my favorite Helena moments, too XD

And look at Barda – she’s just so impressed with Helena’s spunk and attitude.


George Harrison onstage at the Olympia Stadium, Detroit, Michigan, 13 August 1966

Photos 1 & 2 © Bob Wimmer, via The Beatles Source and LiveJournal; photos 3 & 4 © Douglas Elbinger/Elbinger Media LLC

“The Beatles photos are some of my favorites. Every time I look at them I have to pinch myself and remind myself that I was really there.” - Doug Elbinger,, 29 January 2010

“George put his opinion of the Beatles’ effect on pop music this way: ‘We were right for the time when we came out. The pop scene five years ago was definitely looked upon by “musicians,” put that in brackets, as a dirty word. Pop was just something crumby. Now I think a lot of things in the pop field have more to them.
'We’re very influenced by others in pop music and others are influenced by us… That’s good. That’s the way life is. You’ve got to be influenced and you try to be influenced by the best.’” - “The Beatles: Four Smiling, Tired Guys Talk About Their Music” by Loraine Alterman, Detroit Free Press, 19 August 1966 [x]


Birds of Prey (1999-2009) #104

“Nonsense. I just need some pliers. Or a knife will do. And some strong wire. Oh, and a towel for the carpet, perhaps?”

Seriously. People who don’t love Barda? I don’t really have words.

Charlie’s facial expression in the first panel, too, is just hysterical.

I’ve wondered for a super long time, though, what happened to the rest of Barda’s chest plate in that middle panel. I’m not knocking Nicola Scott’s art – it’s gorgeous as always – and I’ve seen people give Barda a v-line for no reason before. It’s just weird here. Because they left her neckline armor and I’m all confused.

Image via Doug Kline/Flickr

Tomorrow is Free Comic Book Day!  Our very own Glen Weldon is here to set you straight on the many treats waiting for you at your friendly local comic book shop, and on the appropriate etiquette for FCBD:

  • Not every comics shop participates in Free Comic Book Day – use the Comics Shop Locator to make sure your local shop will be taking part. Understand that many of the stores that do participate make a Whole Big Freaking Deal of it: author/artist signings, costume contests, giveaways, etc. You got a kid, or access to same? Take it. [Ed. note: That’s what Glen said. “It.”]

  • This isn’t Supermarket Sweep, people. You can’t just storm the place in your matching banana-yellow sweaters and start scooping up copies of The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl like so many Huggies and filets mignon. (Though TUSG is a really great, fun book, and you should consider doing exactly that, provided you pay for them.)

  • Publishers print special Free Comic Book Day editions of the books that will be handed out on Saturday. There are 50 different FCBD books this year. Not every shop will offer all 50 titles. Some stores lay them out and let you pick the ones you want, other stores hand you a sampler pack.

  • If you do get your choice of books, the mini-reviews below might help you find the ones you’re likely to like.

  • If you don’t get a choice, hey: free comics.

  • While you’re there, buy something.

  • No, seriously? Buy something.

  • Buy SOMEthing. The comics shops still have to pay for the “free” FCBD books they stock, and they’re counting on the increased foot traffic to lift the day’s sales, so be a caring human being. And buy something.

  • How will you know WHAT you should buy? Ask someone on staff at the comics shop. It’s that simple. Tell them what kind of movies you like, what kind of books, what TV shows you binge on. They’re trained to make recommendations in line with your tastes. Or you could ask about one of the non-FCBD books in the list immediately below this list. They’re a mix of graphic novels, collections and ongoing monthly series, across a spectrum of genres and styles. Because that’s what comics looks like now, which is pretty great. Ask to check out one or more for yourself.

See Glen’s exhaustive review (and a bonus appearance from yours truly on this week’s Pop Culture Happy Hour) here!

– Petra

- DOUG FREE TAKES PAY CUT TO STAY WITH COWBOYS - The stalemate between the Dallas Cowboys and left tackle Doug Free is finally over.

Free will remain with the Cowboys as he has agreed to a pay cut as part of a new two-year contract that wi…ll pay him $7 million in 2013 and 2014, Ian Rapoport of reports.

Only his $3.5 million salary in 2013 is guaranteed making it essentially a one-year deal.

Free, who started 48 games for the Cowboys, was scheduled to make $7 million in 2013 as part of a four-year, $32 million deal he signed in 2011.

The Cowboys have always wanted Free to return to the team in 2013 and continue to compete with Jeremy Parnell at right tackle. But they were not going to pay him $7 million to do so.

If Free hadn’t agreed to a pay cut, he would have been released.

In the end both sides got something out of deal as it was unlikely Free would have gotten $3.5 million guaranteed for next season on the free agent market, especially at this late date.

The Cowboys were able to clear salary room to so they could possibly pursue other free agents or even give one of their players a contract extension.