Jun
13
2012

La Familia Solar

Photo by Lourdes Grobet, found at Bajo Las Capuchas.

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Jun
12
2012

Ofrenda de lucha

Photo by Diego Uriarte, who’s got some other great ofrenda pictures posted (along with some pretty strong protest march photos). Don’t know who created the actual ofrenda pictured, but it’s quite spectacular.

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Jun
11
2012

Blue Demon Destructor de Espias

Haven’t seen this one personally. From what I’ve read, it’s not quite Operación 67 good, but it’s decent if you want more in that vein. Directed by Emilio Gomez Muriel, whose artistic career may have peaked 30 years earlier with Redes. On the other hand, I’d rather watch a Blue Demon movie than one which anticipates Luchino Visconti.

The actual poster from the theatrical run is available at Santo Street. Be careful, you could spend days browsing their collection of movie posters.

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Jun
10
2012

Lucha Mates…Lucha Sexy

On a side note, you know Steve Jobs was inspired to wear turtlenecks after dropping acid and watching a Santo film? True story, if you don’t believe me look it up on wikipedia.

Image by WILL★REFUSE, who may or may not be under the mask.

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Jun
09
2012

Lucha liberty

I may be late to the party on this one, but damn! This is about as badass as it gets kids. Not a movie or TV. Riot police in Mexico City move in on a luchador on a motorcycle. Anyone got any more on this?

Think Mexican via Mexiroccan.

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Jun
09
2012

It’s Lucha Week!

Lucha Libre mas grande this week. What’s the occasion? Just seems like what the moment calls for. These two agree:

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May
30
2012

So Rorschach, did you enjoy Phoenix Comicon?

“This city is afraid of me. I have seen its true face. The streets are extended gutters and the gutters are full of blood and when the drains finally scab over, all the vermin will drown. The accumulated filth of all their sex and murder will foam up about their waists and all the whores and politicians will look up and shout ‘Save us!’… and I’ll look down and whisper ‘No.’”

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May
30
2012

Phoenix Comicon 2012 Zombie Walk

Zombie Walk! Legions of the undead! Outnumbered humans trying to stave off death for another day! Gratuitous exclamation marks!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

More zombie action after the jump!

 

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May
22
2012

Snake Worship in the USA!

Picture News was an interesting experiment – take news and true-life stories and turn them into comic book stories. Given the lead times involved in turning today’s headlines into a comic book on a news stand, it must have been hard to stay topical. But some subjects are timeless, and snake handlers certainly fit the bill. I’m not sure if there were significant efforts underway to stamp out snake handling in 1946 America, but this four pager from Picture News #3 certainly implies it was important to someone at the time.

Anyone get the feeling the Governor separates the cults from the religions based on whether the members can swing an election? Guessing most of the snake handlers depicted here aren’t registered to vote. Seems like a registration drive was needed.

Fury Comics has many issues of Picture News (and tons of other great stuff) on their site.

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May
22
2012

Monster booze store shoot-out: BevMo vs. Total Wine

There was big excitement in Phoenix a couple of years ago when venerable SoCal liquor giant BevMo started opening Arizona locations. Finally, a liquor superstore would kiss our sun-baked hellscape with its whiskey soaked lips! My first visit to BevMo was truly momentous…a samplin’ keg up front, and a huge floor full of Costco-style aisles brimming with booze. I’m not sure if BevMo drove the local Safeways to reduce their liquor selection, but the timing seems more than coincidental. Truly, BevMo was the new king of libations in Phoenix.

And then another contender came to town: Total Wine. Different. An emphasis on wine, to the point of it being in the name. TV commercials. Who was this upstart throwing money around and appealing to these riesling-sipping post-yuppie yahoos? Like they could ever come close to the selection and prices BevMo’s spartan but efficient boozatoriums has brought to town! And their nearest location was nearly twice as far away as my local BevMo. My disdainful laughter echoed from the nearest Circle K to the 2nd nearest Circle K!

And then I actually went to Total Wine…

I didn’t want to like them, but the first impression was good. Softer lighting, nicer displays. Lots of wine, but that’s also the case at BevMo. My prey was brown party liquor, and I stalked into the bowels of the store on the hunt. First, the rum section. I knew I was close when I saw the man dressed for a Jimmie Buffet concert. Their rum assortment looked to be good, two to three times the size of BevMo’s selection. And a pleasant surprise: Flor de Caña Grand Reserve 7 year! I’ve been on the lookout for this Nicaraguan beauty since reading a very positive review at The Rum Howler, and here it is for about $21. Is this sheer dumb luck, or is Total Wine catering to the rum enthusiast? Next check is for my rum of choice, Appleton Estate VX. Safeway used to carry it, but recently stopped (probably to make room for more Seagram’s Grape Malt Liquor-ade). Takes me a minute to locate an empty shelf where it should be. Failure! However, as a consolation prize they do have Appleton Reserve in stock right next to the empty VX space. Never seen that one before locally, but at $22 it’s probably worth a try.

Ok, enough with the rum, time to check out the rest of the store. What else can I think of that they probably won’t have? I know, good rye whiskey! Most stores sell the Jim Beam Rye and stop there. Not to knock the Jim Beam (about $12 a bottle and tastes like it should be $16), but I’m in the mood for something a bit more upmarket. The whiskey section is at the back of the store, and there’s a wide assortment to choose from. Even found some white whiskeys, which are very unusual in my corner of the desert southwest. Tempting, but too adventurous for today. After browsing the extensive party liquor assortment, I settled on a bottle of Bulleit Rye Whiskey for $20. At this point, I realized I needed to head for the checkout or risk spending the entire afternoon browsing and buying. Up towards the front of the store I could see they easily had two or three times as many registers as BevMo…less time waiting to pay, more time drinking in the parking lot! But before I could pay for my selections, we had to run the gauntlet of single-shot airplane bottles. All reasonably priced, and some interesting selections. I had to get a shot of the Jim Beam Devil’s Cut (the whiskey is actually pulled from the barrel’s wood!) just so I could drink to their marketing department. Once I had a handful of single-shots, I dashed the last few feet to the checkout. No equivalent to BevMo’s Club Bev here, but none is really needed. I didn’t shop based on price, but the prices all came out to be Club Bev good.

So how was the booze? The Flor de Caña is a wonderful sipping rum. Refined, smooth, and delicious. I prefer it neat. Although it’s great stuff for mixing, it seems almost criminal to bury it in a mixed drink. On the other hand, the Appleton Reserve really shines as a mixer. Their VX is great straight on ice, and for me it beats the Reserve by a hair that way. However, the Reserve has a slight edge over the VX in a Mai Tai. Given the similar price on the two, I think it comes down to personal taste more than anything. As for the Bulleit Rye, it’s a kicky little whiskey. I’d recommend it for anyone who enjoys Bulleit’s bourbon, or anyone who’s looking to explore rye whiskey in general. If it were a bourbon, stylistically it’d be closer to Wild Turkey than to Maker’s Mark. Raw and kicky, but in a good way.

So grudgingly, I’d have to say Total Wine edges out BevMo on almost every level. The closest Total Wine is twice as far as the nearest BevMo, but Total Wine is worth the longer trip. The prices are as good or better, the selection of liquor is better, and the ambiance is more pleasant. Hopefully BevMo will up their game to compete. For now, there’s a new golden calf in town, and I’ll be worshipping it regularly.

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