Hodge-podge: Graphic novels and Punk Rock Grows Up?

Next week I’ll be having a nice little break as my job let’s us have 2 holidays, Election Day and Veteran’s Day. I’m told that we’re lucky since it seems the rest of the world does not get these days off. I do appreciate it. I think it’s going to finally give me some time to play catch up. With that said, next week will really be a hodge-podge sort of week. 

First up on my list to do over the weekend and during the week, is to finish up reading all the articles due for my Anthropology classes. After that I’m hoping to find some time to do some leisure reading.

For example, I really should read all the graphic novels that have been piling up on my night stand. Last year,  Vish got me the entire series of Bacchus by Eddie Campbell; a series that’s right up my alley. It’s got that crude literary edge that I love but it also manages to appeal to my whimsical side too.  The author, Eddie Campbell also has a great blog. Check it out here.

In some ways, the Bacchus GN reminds me of Garth Ennis’ Preacher; my all time favorite GN series. If you’re bored, love the South and are a crazy Christian, you might find it extremely appealing. On the other hand, you might find it extremely offensive. You be the judge. It’s my favorite graphic novel thus far and I’m not sure what that says about me. I heard rumors here and there that Hollywood was going to make it into a movie but I lost faith a long time ago in Hollywood’s idea of remaking/rebooting just about any book or comic.

On an unrelated note, NPR has a great story on the punk music scene. Though I can’t claim ties to the original punk scene (I’m not that old), I did in my day love listening to and dressing in the punk style (i.e. plaid bondage pants, spike necklaces, the whole deal).

Traditionally, October has always been the month where my husband and I listen to nothing but the Misfits and Danzig. So it was interesting to see NPR’s article discussing the punk scene and how punks have grown up.

Robert Siegal of NPR interviewed director Andrea Nevins about her documentary film, “The Other F Word“, which answers the question, “What happens when a generation’s ultimate anti-authoritarians — punk rockers– become society’s ultimate authorities — dad’s?” The mini interview on NPR got me thinking. I started wondering exactly how we decide on when to let go of an image, especially an image so integral in forming our adolescent identities?I couldn’t remember exactly when I traded in my punk attire for a suit jacket and a string of pearls, but it might have been somewhere along the job interview process. In any case, see Nevins’ interiview and then watch her documentary which has clips with Tony Hawk and Burkett of NOFX.