Tag Archives: Concert

Cat Girl Comic Book Hope

10 Oct

Last night I went and saw Kimbra play some music live.  My friend Trent and I began the evening by waiting in line to get into the show.  We were directly behind this cute little girl in a leopard print dress including a black tu tu.  To top everything off, her shoes were actually bright red, fuzzy slippers with little claws.  She had a cat obsession, clearly.

The wonderful thing about this little girl was how playful she was, and that special something that warmed my heart: she was reading comics. [this post was just interrupted by a package being delivered for a book called “Reading Comics” which is not the book I was hoping  to read on the plane, but, oh well, I still got a book]  This little girl was full of energy taking her mom’s phone to use as a flashlight at the tables near the back of the venue (we ended up sitting behind them).  She was reading away first with a Sonic the Hedgehog comic and then with some sort of Angry Birds space picture book.  You could tell her mom was there for the music and this girl was there to satisfy her mom and to read books.

(The best quote from her was right before The Stepkids (who were reallllly bad) started playing another song and she exclaimed, “OH NO NOT AGAIN!”)

In case you haven’t gleaned from previous posts, I am an avid advocate for children’s comics.  I believe that companies should devote more time to fostering creative energy in children and start them early on comics.  Instead of the five titles a month coming out of the “Big Two” why not double or triple that?  You can tell that they have some sense of trying to get kids on comics, but that’s only one day of the year: Free Comic Book Day.  The comic companies are aware that children read comics, but they’re so caught up in appealing to this artificial white men, teens to 40s demographic that they don’t realize comics are for everyone!  This little girl is an example, Archie is appealing not only to the much younger generation’s demographic but also the little girls’ demographic.

Comics deserve to be in hands and read by everyone.  Companies should put emphasis on all readers rather than just alienating everyone outside of the superficial demographic.  Luckily, the “Big Two” aren’t the only ones making comics and the others know how to focus on kids.  Still, the “Big Two” have the (some) more recognizable characters so they should put an increased amount of effort into children’s comics.

Unfortunately, the little girl and her mom left right before the show was over.  I was going to get their attention and tell them, “hey, some of the best comics around for people your age are ____…”

Here’s a list that could have filled in the blank:

  • Owly
  • Tiny Titans
  • Johnny Boo
  • Archie
  •  Uncle Scrooge
  • Mega Man
  • Sonic the Hedgehog
  • Smile
  • Tin Tin
  • Bone
  • and many others.
Advertisements

Writing Challenge #17: My Favorite Band

25 Feb

My Favorite Band:

Is Breathe Owl Breathe.

I’ve spent a great deal of my music posts talking about how much I love Breathe Owl Breathe as can be seen specifically here with my review of their last album.

There’s just something magical about Breathe Owl Breathe.  The first time I saw them, they were wearing capes, and, on their first song, they asked everyone to make woodland animal noises.  I croaked like a frog, other people hooted, others tweeted, some roared.  It was great!  They interact with the audience with waves, claps, dance moves, and the sort.

On Thursday night, I saw them for the third time (which is tied for the bands I’ve seen the most) with Ashley, Daniel, and Lillian.  The opening bands of Kendl Winter and Cataldo.  It was a pretty great show which didn’t end until almost one in the morning.  They played a little bit more of their sadder songs, but it was still pretty fun.  Unfortunately, during this show they didn’t have as many of their usual props like a scuba/snorkeling mask or the capes.

The thing about them is that every show is different.  The frontman Micah, dances or acts out the lyrics and tells funny stories which always makes Andréa laugh.  Meanwhile, Trevor sits calmly at the drumset with his eyes closed.

They’re just a lot of fun and inventive.  Their songs are about things that most people don’t write songs about any more like magical tales of dragons working on their penmanship to correspond with princesses or walking dogs or swimming.  On top of that Micah is an accomplished printer, and their newest endeavor was creating a children’s book with a matching 7″ vinyl record matching it.

I walked up to Micah before the show and reminded him that I named my cat after their song “Sabertooth Tiger” and he gave me a hug.  They’re the type of people that walk around before the show and greet their fans.  It’s great.

Here’s a sampling of some of my favorite songs:

-0-0-0-0-0-

For my whole Writing Challenge extravaganza, follow the link!

The Best Album of 2010

30 Dec

There is absolutely no doubt that Magic Central by Breathe Owl Breathe was the best album of 2010.

Infectious is the best way to describe this band.  Idiosyncratic lyrics on par with the best of Colin Meloy and even better, quite frankly.  They are filled with delight, humor, and even a twinkle of sadness.  The whole album creates a whole sense of awe because, like the title, it’s purely magic.

The listening experience is so pleasant and happy, that it would just be a terrible accident if someone didn’t smile at least a little to the playful “House of Gold,”  “Own Stunts,” or “Board Games.”  My particular standout has to be “Swimming.”  I often find myself singing a handful of their songs to myself while I walk around town.  There’s just something so calming about their music that it is truly tranquil, but in a melodic and happy way.

Sure, some of the songs do become rather melancholy, but it adds a great amount of variety to the album.  Some other critics have claimed that many of the songs are similar to each other and that their originality becomes unoriginal within itself.  To that, I reply, I hardly see that as a case.  They do create such a high bar for themselves, but that only proves how uncommon such a fun band is in this day of mostly angsty indie music.  They’re doing something new, something fresh.  And it just happens to be something fun which a lot of music has lost sight of.

If you know me well, then you would know that I have a tendency to not listen to music more than once without a long gap of time between listens.  I can attest to the fact that Magic Central was in my car for a good two weeks.  That’s a testament to just how good this band is.  When the album’s over, you wish there was more, but you just listen to it again anyway.  If there’s any fault with this album, then it is that it doesn’t have 30 songs on it – each one likely to stand out on its own.

If you think that this band is worth checking out and you enjoy their album, then I plead with you to see them live.  I have twice, and they have both been some of the best concerts I have ever been to.  They are so friendly and personable people.  This is probably emphasized at the last show when I spotted Micah and Andrea in the crowd during one of the openers.  I walked up to them, flipped open my phone to the picture of my cat, and I admitted to them that I named her “Sabretooth” after one of their songs.  They burst out laughing and thanked me.  It was wonderful.

You can preview the album off of Amazon!

And, for your enjoyment, here’s Swimming:

Also, be sure to check out their wonderful Daytrotter show that you can download for free!