Monday Musings: Music and Comics

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Today’s Monday Musings features music and comics. I’ve recently read some comics I really enjoyed and there are a couple music-related things to check out.

Apple Bows Apple Music For Artists to Provide Acts With Deep Analytics Dive

The easily navigable dashboard’s home page provides artists with their current number of plays, spins, song purchases and album purchases. The user can specify the time period ranging from the past 24 hours to the 2015 launch of Apple Music.

I tried to get Elephant Jake access to their artist profile on Apple Music and wasn’t successful. It’ll be interesting to see if they roll this out to all artists or keep their focus on larger artists. There are plenty of smaller artists and labels who would love to have access to this data.

Justin Timberlake chats with Zane Lowe

Justin Timberlake talks about writing songs for Beyoncé and his son listening to “Filthy.” If you’re a fan, give this a listen. This is just the first part, but you can listen to the full interview here.

Batman and Son and Catwoman: Trail of the Catwoman

These are two comics that I recently read and really enjoyed. Batman and Son is the first trade of Grant Morrison’s run on Batman. Trail of the Catwoman is by Ed Brubaker with Darwyn Cooke on a good chunk of the art. If you like the Bat-family of characters at all, give these a read if you haven’t yet.

You can find all previous editions of Monday Musings here.

Monday Musings: Whatever A Spider Can

I started a new “job” today as editor of Whatever A Spider Can. I’m only putting that in quotations because it’s paid based on page views instead of an actual income and it’s fun, so it hasn’t felt like much of a job on day one. However, I’m still quite excited about it because now I get to do a ton of writing about Spider-Man and everything in that universe. Here are a couple of the articles I’ve posted today to kick off the relaunch of the site.

Brian Michael Bendis finished his run on Spider-Man

Brian Michael Bendis started writing Spider-Man comics back in 2000 with his long run on Ultimate Spider-Man. The series ran until 2009 and is a fantastic read. He’s also known for being the co-creator of Miles Morales, who has become quite the fan favorite. His work in the Spider-Verse didn’t end there, though. He also wrote Spider-Woman in 2009, which was a seven issue mini-series.

If you haven’t read any of his Spider-Man work, you’re definitely missing out.

Spider-Man’s next live action appearance and what to expect

In the trailer, Peter has the hair on his arm stand up when he senses trouble. Spider-sense is one of Peter’s abilities that gives him an advantage most heroes don’t have. In the comics, it’s been portrayed a variety of ways. In Spider-Man: Homecoming, Peter wasn’t totally confident in his abilities and how to handle himself. Avengers: Infinity Warshows that he’ll continue to learn more about his powers.

Even though Homecoming came out in 2017, I’m already looking forward to what role Spider-Man will play in Avengers: Infinity War. 

You can find all previous editions of Monday Musings here.

Monday Musings: Recent Comic Book Reads

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Monday Musings returns and this week I’m going to tell you a little about the recent comics I’ve read. I made a reading order list because it felt like the only way I’d stop hemming and hawing over what to read next every time I finished something. These are just a select few out of what I’ve read recently.

Batman: Arkham Asylum by Grant Morrison

This was unlike any other Batman comic I have ever read. Morrison takes thing to a whole other level with getting into Batman’s head in this. The art accurately portrays the tone the story is setting and while it might not be my favorite Batman story, it’s certainly one worth checking out.

Bizarro by Heath Corson

Heath Corson put together a fun Jimmy/Bizarro road trip in this trade. The art makes it a bit more fun, too, with Bizarro’s facial expressions and Jimmy’s somewhat ridiculous look. There’s very little of Superman in this, though, so it’s by no means a typical Bizarro story either.

Descender Vol. 1 by Jeff Lemire

Jeff Lemire and Dustin Nguyen make a great team. I remember meeting Dustin at WonderCon earlier this year and he asked me if I had read this. I told him I hadn’t, but I had bought it. I’m so glad I finally got around to it because it’s a gem of a comic. If you’re looking for a good space read, look no further.

Kill or Be Killed Vol. 1 by Ed Brubaker

This comic certainly won’t be for everyone. It’s pretty brutal. Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips continue to team up on some intriguing crime comics. If you aren’t one who wants to see a little bit of gore, though, you may want to pass on this one.