Although this Vertigo Encyclopedia wasn't published by Vertigo, it blows the original one out of the water, not just because the original was made around the birth of the Vertigo imprint to detail the characters that switched over and this one deals with the life of it. But also because this one goes into great depth into the volumes Vertigo has released rather then just the characters, like others comic encyclopedias are known to do. But just because Vertigo didn't publish this doesn't mean it wasn't worked on by some of their greats, both Neil Gaiman (writer of Vertigo's The Sandman) and Karen Berger (the Executive Editor at Vertigo) provide forewords and still others helped with the content.
Misfits follows five early-20s delinquents on community service in Wertham (a fictional borough in an unnamed city), who are caught outside during a thunder storm and acquire special powers. Kelly (Lauren Socha) gains the ability to read the thoughts of others, Curtis (Nathan Stewart-Jarrett) can rewind time when experiencing an immense sense of regret, Alisha (Antonia Thomas) sends people into a sexual frenzy when they touch her skin, and Simon (Iwan Rheon) can become invisible. Seemingly left unaffected is smart alec Nathan (Robert Sheehan), who, in the final episode of the first series, discovers he is immortal.
Directors:Ethan Coen, Joel Coen
Violence and mayhem ensue after a hunter stumbles upon some dead bodies, a stash of heroin and more than $2 million in cash near the Rio Grande. In rural Texas, welder and hunter Llewelyn Moss discovers the remains of several drug runners who have all killed each other in an exchange gone violently wrong. Rather than report the discovery to the police, Moss decides to simply take the two million dollars present for himself. This puts the psychopathic killer, Anton Chigurh, on his trail as he dispassionately murders nearly every rival, bystander and even employer in his pursuit of his quarry and the money.
Los Angeles resident Steven Ellison. a.k.a. Juno Leed a.k.a. Flying Lotus is an electronic artist/hip-hop beat-maker, occasionally linked to artists such as Madlib , J Dilla and fellow LA resident The Gaslamp Killer for his more abstract and sometimes jazz-tinted style. Flying Lotus, often abbreviated to FlyLo, is currently signed to Warp Records, although he released his first album, 1983 on Plug Research Records, the label to which he belonged from 2006-2007. His June 2008 release, Los Angeles, with cover art designed by Build & Timothy Saccenti, was released to positive critical reviews.
The Misanthrope's Fable
Formed as a band in 2000 in Greece, Transcending Bizarre? recorded two promo CDs in the next couple of years. Transcending Bizarre? became an entity with the release of its debut album The Four Scissors in June 2003 under the label of SleaszyRider records. The debut album will be re-released soon by Vic Records worldwide containing 2 new tracks and amazing artwork from Seth (Paradise Lost, Old Man’s Child etc).
On The Wires Of Our Nerves
The three humans behind the suggestive sound barrage of Add N To (X) - Barry 7, Ann Shenton, Steve Claydon & Dean Honer - plugged in their equipment in 1993 with the intention of creating music that would be highly unconventional, profoundly evocative, and open to wild ideas. With what amounted to a political will to oppose dull and predictable use of machine as well as organic instruments, and a revulsion at the rise of coffee table electronic music, they were bound to be intriguing.
Aaron Funk, a Canadian producer of widely varying electronic music styles, achieved a reputation in experimental electronic circles upon his signing to Planet Mu (label run by Mike Paradinas, aka µ-Ziq). It’s a testament to his production prowess that his base of Winnipeg, Manitoba, hasn’t prevented electronic music enthusiasts around the world from investigating his recordings.
Scott Pilgrim must defeat his new girlfriend's seven evil exes in order to win her heart.
Scott Pilgrim vs. the World is a 2010 comedy film directed by Edgar Wright, based on the graphic novel series Scott Pilgrim by Bryan Lee O'Malley. The film is about Scott Pilgrim a young Canadian musician, meeting the girl of his dreams, Ramona Flowers an American delivery girl. In order to win Ramona, Scott learns that he must defeat Ramona's "seven evil exes", who are coming to kill him.
Katsuhiro Otomo - Visitors
As much as the front page and the name associates the plot with ghosts it has nothing to do with ghosts. This one shot isn't really focused on the plot, it's much more focused on the experimental narrative approach. The whole thing is drawn from the perspective of a person. You can't hear his (yours) words or anything, only reactions to his (yours) reactions.
Mark Z. Danijelevski - Kuća listova
Kuća listova predstavlja zaokret u savremenoj svetskoj književnosti svojim širokim obimom, erudicijom, formalnom inventivnošću i pripovedačkom veštinom, čime otvara novi prostor za roman kao umetničku formu u XXI veku. Srž ovog romana čini neobična priča o porodici koja se useljava u kuću za koju se, nakon preciznih merenja, ispostavlja da je iznutra veća nego spolja. Naime, u kući se nalazi misteriozni špajz koji pulsira, i u koji porodica kreće u ekspediciju kako bi ispitala granice svog doma, svog straha i svoje percepcije. Oko dokumentarnog zapisa nastalog tokom ove ekspedicije nalaze se još tri pripovedačka omotača zapisana različitom tipografijom i ispričana u fus-notama. Tok teksta i naracije teče u neočekivanim pravcima. Neki delovi knjige imaju samo nekoliko redova ili čak po jednu reč na strani, a same stranice su raspoređene na neobičan način, tako da izazovu klaustrofobičan efekat ili efekat odraza u ogledalu događaja iz romana, dok pojedine stranice čak zahtevaju čitanje uz pomoć ogledala.
House of Leaves, Danielewski's first novel, has gained a considerable cult following and won numerous awards, including the New York Public Library's Young Lions Fiction Award. His second novel, Only Revolutions, was released in 2006. Though released to less critical acclaim than his debut, the novel was a finalist for the 2006 National Book Award.
Ishitrobots - Doom
ISHITROBOTS was formed out of pure frustration and curiosity. in the middle of 2006, two guys, steve and chris, got together to do some fucking manly experiments combining lightspeed blastbeats and wonderfully fingered guitars coupled with insane guttural grunts and screams in the shortest possible song length.
Ilija Bakić - Led
LED, u mračnoj budućnosti mega-megapolisa, prati sudbinu dvojice lopova angažovanih od moćne kompanije za obavljanje manjih prljavih poslova. Po nalogu poslodavca oni se sklanjaju u tihi, javnosti neinteresantan muzej. Njegovi hodnici, međutim, kriju iznenađenja i izazove koji će postepeno razdvojiti dotadašnje prijatelje.
NA SATELLITU prati Wintera, lovca na ucenjene glave, koji na obodima megalopolisa budućnosti pokušava da pronađe nestalog druga. Potraga ga vodi od sumnjivih lokala do naselja za besprizorne, u kojima vladaju bazični principi ljudskog čopora zasnovani na fizičkom nasilju i potpunom pokoravanju. U košmarnom lavirintu lovac postaje žrtva koju besomučno progone.
Romani su pisani specifičnim jezikom budućnosti - amalgamom srpskog-nemačko-engleskog jezika sa posebnom gramatikom - što zaokružuje uverljivo oslikanu atmosferu.
Knjiga je u širem izboru za NIN-ovu nagradu.
SEIICHIROU TOKUNAN - Human Clock
The story follows the life of a young man. His family sells and makes clocks so our protagonist has developed an particular fetish. He likes to stare into watches. Make no mistake though, as innocent as this sounds our protagonist is no hero, in fact I don't think there are any good guys in this story. As the story progresses we follow our hero into insanity.
SUEHIRO MARUO - GICHI GICHI KUN
Gichi Gichi Kun is an episodic story about a boy named Gichi Gichi. He's in elementary school and apart from his weird looks and out of place apparel he also has super powers. He calls them "secret techniques" for some reason. Probably alluding to that he's from China. Surprisingly for a Maruo work he actually tries to do good with those superpowers. So what you really get here is some kind of twisted parody of school manga cliches.
Japanese doom overlords Boris have teamed up with a truly unexpected collaborator: Ian Astbury, the gigantic-voiced yowler from metal mystics the Cult. Together, they’ve recorded an EP called BXI, which Southern Lord will release on CD and 12” vinyl in September.
Boris and Astbury recorded the EP together in Tokyo, and Sunn o))) mastermind Stephen O’Malley designed the packaging. Astbury sang three of the EP’s four songs. The other is a cover of the Cult’s “Rain”, featuring Boris’ Wata on vocals.
WOSTOK- IZ DNEVNIKA JEDNOG DEBILA FROM THE DIARY OF A MORON
DANILO MILOŠEV- WOSTOK: Kultni srpski strip autor iz Vršca. Čovek koji misli da su mu stripovi spasili život kada je bio mali. Godine 1985. spalio sve svoje stripove. Poslije tri godine je nastavio crtati. Suradjuje s piscem Naborom Devolcem čije literarne predloške koristi za svoje radove. Sakupio ih je u zbirci "Nikad se ne zna". Surađuje i sa jos jednim vršačkim freakom- Grabowskim. U suradnji sa strip autorom Saletom Mihajlovićem, nedavno objavio i drugi album "Popošak i Cveće". Njegov fanzin "Krpelj" je prešao broj 350. Kad ne crta stripove,
snima low-fi filmove. Ima ih čitavu gomilu. Vrbovao je čitavu familiju da crta stripove, od kčerke Lole do oca Boće...
Danilo Milosev is a computer operator, who just happens to be a cult comic artist in his spare time. He is one of the most acclaimed Serbian authors abroad. Since 1995, he has been constantly publishing comics in Europe, the United States and Canada. He won awards several times and self-published the Krpelj fanzine.
The Thing is a Norwegian/Swedish jazz band, consisting of Mats Gustafsson (saxophones), Ingebrigt Håker-Flaten (double bass), and Paal Nilssen-Love (drums).
The trio was established in February 2000 during a series of concerts in Stockholm and a recording of Don Cherry-compositions that was released in Sweden by the label Crazy Wisdom/Universal. Melding German, British and American traditions of free music, their repertoire has later been collected from various sources such as James Blood Ulmer, Frank Lowe, PJ Harvey, White Stripes, Lightning Bolt and Joe McPhee.
In an English seaside town a group of physical performers and dancers tire of their roles and the way they are viewed by "normal" people. Two of the group in particular (an angry Scottish man and a disabled man) feel frustrated with their lot and walk off their show and into town. The Scottish man is very aggressive and talkative which brings him into conflict with some of his colleagues who just prefer their actions to do their talking.
Tomaž Lavrič - Muha
Tomaž Lavrič (Ljubljana, 1964.), poznat po nadimku TBC (povremeno se potpisuje i kao Diareja, J. Visarjonovič, Ton Ton ili Lovro Matič), višestruko je nagrađivani slovenski crtač stripova, karikaturist i ilustrator, izuzetno bogatog i raznolikog opusa; često eksperimentira crtajući različitim stilovima kako bi prilagodio crtež određenom tipu i ugođaju priče
Bosanske su basne emotivna i potresna zbirka prica o nalicju rata u Bosni i Hercegovini, o njegovom apsurdu i besmislu, o agoniji, beznadu, mržnji, pohlepi, gluposti, o ljudima i zvijerima, o životu i smrti.
Tomaz Lavric, better known as TBC, is probably the most successful contemporary Slovanian comics author. Born in Ljubljana, he went to study painting at the Ljubljana Art Academy. He cancelled his education at the academy to become an illustrator for the Mladina magazine in 1987. Since then, he has worked as an illustrator, comics artist and political cartoonist. Most of his work has appeared in Mladina, such as his political strip 'Diareja'. In this comic, Lavric has given comments on Slovenian politics since 1988. In addition, he has contributed to Stripburger. For this magazine, he created a series of short stories, called 'The Blind Sun' ('Slepo Sonce'), which were collected in an album by Republika Strip in 2004.
Swans is an influential band from New York City, New York, United States, active from 1982 to 1997, reformed in 2010, led by singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Michael Gira.
Marginally associated with the no wave scene at first, their original sound was slow and heavy, with live performances that were often so brutal and physical that in a number of instances certain audience members were made ill, police were called and venues were shut down. This early physical sound is possibly best heard on the live album Public Castration Is a Good Idea.
Director: Chris Cunningham
The title character is a boy whose bizarre skills frighten his caregivers. Due to his ability to contort his body into unnatural positions, he is kept locked in the family basement. With nothing more than a vivid imagination and a pitiful pet dog, he attempts to keep himself entertained.
Rubber Johnny is a six-minute experimental short film and music video directed by Chris Cunningham in 2005, using music composed by Aphex Twin. The name Rubber Johnny is drawn from a British slang for "condom" as well as a description of the main character, which explains the title sequence. The DVD comes with an art book, containing stills from the film, as well as conceptual drawings, photographs and more. The concept for Rubber Johnny came from Cunningham's imagining a raver morphing as he danced. The idea evolved to the present film, in which Johnny (played by Cunningham) is an isolated deformed (possibly hydrocephalic) teenager kept on a wheelchair and locked in a dark basement with his chihuahua. The film was originally intended to be a 30 second TV commercial for the Aphex Twin album drukqs, using the track "afx237 v7".
Fantômas is an avant-garde metal band from California, USA formed in 1998 when Mike Patton, previously famous for the multi-million selling Faith No More and art-rock heroes Mr. Bungle, composed a handful of spasmodic and experimental metal songs. Patton then sent the original compositions to musicians he thought would be right for the job, guitarist Buzz Osborne (of sludge outfit Melvins), his childhood friend and ex-bandmate bassist Trevor Dunn (of Mr. Bungle) and drummer Igor Cavalera (from thrash metal band Sepultura), but Cavalera rejected his offer.
On a cold winter's Sunday, the pastor of a small rural church (Tomas Ericsson) performs service for a tiny congregation; though he is suffering from a cold and a severe crisis of faith. After the service, he attempts to console a fisherman (Jonas Persson) who is tormented by anxiety, but Tomas can only speak about his own troubled relationship with God...
FugaziFugazi is a post-hardcore band formed in Washington, DC. Fronted by ex-Minor Threat vocalist Ian MacKaye and ex-Rites of Spring vocalist Guy Picciotto, both on vocals and guitar, Fugazi also consists of Joe Lally on bass and Brendan Canty on drums. Since its inception, Fugazi has been self-managed and have released almost all their material through Dischord Records, an independent label founded by MacKaye and partner Jeff Nelson in 1980. The band maintained a policy of affordable access to their work through low record and ticket prices and all-ages concerts.
"Treevenge," is about sentient Christmas trees, that are cut down by cruel woodsmen, then distributed to dumb families and the trees, subsequently, get their bloody revenge. That is it and yet the film is ten times better than anything in the theater today, tomorrow or next week! "Treevenge," was made by the creators of “Hobo with a Shotgun”, a mediocre effort I did not much care for, but this makes up for that film in spades. There is gore, which is played strictly for laughs, there are old-school effects, no CGI...
GnawGnaw is an experimental drone / noise band from New York City, New York, United States formed in 2006 by Alan Dubin.
Gnaw is the sawblade-wrapped-in-razorwire brainchild of Alan Dubin (Khanate, OLD), Carter Thornton (Enos Slaughter), Jun Mizumachi (Ike Yard), and Jamie Sykes (Thorr’s Hammer, Burning Witch). Their 2009 debut for Conspiracy Records “This Face” was further infected and finally delivered by engineer Brian Beatrice before being wrought for stage deployment with additional drummer Eric Neuser.
Directors:Jean-Loup Felicioli, Alain Gagnol
A young couple find themselves in great financial difficulties. The man finds a job in a boutique where the owner seems very strange.
ConvergeConverge is a 4-piece American band, formed in February of 1990 in Salem, Massachusetts, United States. Playing a blend of extreme metal and hardcore punk, this pioneer outfit helped define a lot of the rudiments of the fast-burgeoning metalcore and mathcore genres.
In Jersey City, an African American hit man follows "Hagakure: The Way of the Samurai." He lives alone, in simplicity with homing pigeons for company, calling himself Ghost Dog. His master, who saved his life eight years ago, is part of the local mob. When the boss' daughter witnesses one of Ghost Dog's hits, he becomes expendable. The first victims are his birds, and in response, Ghost Dog goes right at his attackers but does not want to harm his master or the young woman. On occasion, he talks with his best friend, a French-speaking Haitian who sells ice cream in the park, and with a child with whom he discusses books...
Kronos Quartet/Bob OstertagLiner notes by Bob Ostertag:
All the Rage
All the Rage was developed from a recording I made of a riot in San Francisco in October 1991, which followed California Governor Pete Wilson's veto of a bill designed to protect gays and lesbians from discrimination. First, I sifted through the recording and isolated those sections that to my ear suggested music. Some of these involved screaming, whistles, or windows being smashed. Two were based on slogans chanted by the crowd ("We're Not Going Back" and "Queers Fight Back"). Two more were based on individual voices (one shouting "Go For It," and several people yelling "Burn it" as the California State Office Building caught fire). I then developed these fragments into full musical structures through various digital editing techniques, and added the text by Sara Miles.
Spalovac mrtvol (1969)
Kopfrkingl enjoys his job at a crematorium in Czechoslovakia in the late 1930s. He likes reading the Tibetan book of the dead, and espouses the view that cremation relieves earthly suffering. At a reception, he meets Reineke, with whom he fought for Austria in the first World War. Reineke convinces Kopfrkingl to emphasize his supposedly German heritage...
A Country Doctor (カフカ 田舎医者, Kafuka) is a 2007 anime film directed by Koji Yamamura. The film is a direct interpretation of Franz Kafka's short story "A Country Doctor." The film has won several awards, including the 2008 Ofuji Noburo Award from the Mainichi Film Concours. It was also included in the Animation Show of Shows in 2008.
UlverUlver (Norwegian for “wolves”) is a multi-disciplinary musical quartet from Oslo, Norway and now, London, England. The band was formed by Kristoffer “Garm” Rygg in 1993, and their current members are Rygg (vocal, programming), Jørn H. Sværen (misc.), Tore Ylwizaker (programming, piano) and latest member Daniel O’Sullivan (guitar, piano, various). Since their first folk metal/black metal release in 1993, Ulver’s style has ever been changing by combining elements of experimental, electronic and ambient music, avant-garde, rock, trip-hop, and their own genre-defying innovations.
Director: Lars von Trier
A group of perfectly intelligent young people decide to react to society's cult of an aimless, non-creative and non-responsible form of intelligence by living together in a community of "idiots". Their main activity becomes going out into the world of "normal" people and pretending to be mentally retarded. They take advantage of this situation to create anarchy everywhere they go and try by every possible means to make people annoyed, disturbed, miserable, ridiculous, angered, and shocked. The films start as they recruit a new lost soul and introduced her to their megalomaniac leader.
Severe TortureSevere Torture is a brutal death metal band from the Netherlands. They formed in 1997.
In 1998 the band released a demo called “Baptized in Virginal Liquid”. After that demo Dennis (vocals) joined the band and in 1999 they recorded a 2-track promo. The promo was released as 7” EP by Damnation Records. They then signed with Fadeless Records which was a big boost as this got them to go on tour.
Director:Pier Paolo Pasolini
In this film inspired by the ancient erotic and mysterious tales of the Middle East, the main story concerns an innocent young man who comes to fall in love with a slave who selected him as her master. After his foolish error causes their separation, he travels in search of her. Various other travelers...
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ZENI GEVA is a Japanese prog-hardcore band, led by singer and guitarist KK Null, one pioneering group of innovators and legends.
Kazuyuki KISHINO - lead vocals, guitar, kaosspad (a.k.a. KK Null)
Mitsuru TABATA - guitar (Lenningrad Blues Machine, Acid Mothers Temple, etc)
Tatsuya YOSHIDA - drums, vocals, kaosspad(Ruins alone, Koenji Hyakkei, etc)
Masters of Horror - Incident on and Off a Mountain Road (TV episode 2005 #1.1)
While driving in the night in a lonely road through the mountains, Ellen distracts with her radio and hits a car parked on the road. She faints and she looks for help since her car does not start again. She meets in the woods Moonface, a deranged monster-like man that collects human bodies pulling a woman...
GO-ZEN is a Goregrind band from Japan.
The name of the band is derived from the greatest Goregrind band “JIG-AI” & Japanese voice actress Shizuka Ito’s (伊藤静) nickname “GOZEN (御前)”.
Masters of Horror - Imprint (TV episode 2006 #1.13)
In the Nineteenth Century, in Japan, the American journalist Christopher is traveling through the country searching Komomo, the missing love of his life that he had abandoned years ago promising to come back to her later. He arrives in a shadowy island inhabited by whores and caftans, where he has an encounter with a deformed prostitute that tells that his beloved Komomo had passed away...
Shintaro Kago - Fetus Collection
Shintaro Kago's style has been called "fashionable paranoia". He has been published in several adult manga magazines, gaining him considerable popularity. Many of his manga have strongly satirical overtones, and deal with grotesque subjects such as extreme sex, scatology and body modification.
Call of Duty Modern Warfare
Hans Zimmer (b. 1957) is a German-born, England-based musician and film composer.
Zimmer was born in Frankfurt am Main, Germany on 12th September 1957, and moved to London as a teenager. While he lived in London, Zimmer wrote advertising jingles for Air-Edel Associates. Zimmer began his musical career playing keyboards and synthesisers. In 1980 he worked with The Buggles, a New Wave band formed in 1977 with Trevor Horn, Geoff Downs, and Bruce Woolley. Zimmer can be briefly seen in the Buggles music video for “Video Killed the Radio” Star (1979).
Director: Nacho Vigalondo
A man accidentally gets into a time machine and travels back in time nearly an hour. Finding himself will be the first of a series of disasters of unforeseeable consequences.
Hector is an ordinary man who's moving to a new house with his wife. One evening, while he's looking through his binoculars, he sees a naked girl in the woods. He decides to go there just to find that same girl laying on a rock. Suddenly, a man with a pink bandage covering his face, stabs Hector in his arm with scissors...