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Invisible-Six-String Samurai

The phrase “air guitar” evokes the image of pre-teens jamming out in their rooms to hard rock or heavy metal, banging their head without a care. Go up another level with “Competitive Air Guitar,” and heads are tilted in confusion at such a thought. Most who are aware of the competitive side of this hobby […]

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Bad News

With the final eight episodes of “Breaking Bad” coming up August 11th, Criminal Class has been spending its days, drifting through clouds of crystal meth cooking in the basement, pondering the fate of the show’s beloved chefs, Walter White and Jesse Pinkman. When Breaking Bad first aired, back in 2008, Walter White (played by three-time […]

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A Taste of the Noir East

Interview by Ned Landers “Manila Noir,” edited by Jessica Hagedorn, is a collection revealing the underbelly of The Philippines’ capital city. The stories within “Manila Noir” offer a glimpse at this mysterious city and the people who reside in its darkness—even those Manilenos who have peered into the shadows, intrigued or horrified. This Southeast sampler […]

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Comiconned

For a lot of folks, this weekend meant one thing only: C2E2, Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo—a time for oddballs, freaks and sweaty fan boys to come out of the woodwork and be awestruck at the vast array of events and activities featuring some the top celebs and artists in the graphic novel industry. Shocked […]

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They Came from UglyTown

Illustrations by Paul Pope “By The Balls: The Complete Collection,” written by Jim Pascoe and Tom Fassbender with illustrations by Paul Pope, throws readers into the underbelly of city life, where two-bit criminals gather in a warehouse for a cock fight, where crime bosses shuttle people who know too much down to the local quarry […]

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The Price of Paper and What It Means About Your Future

College grads are having a hard time finding jobs. Watch this dude torch his hard-earned diploma.. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EOWUZbgg5ao While this man may or may not have greater problems than unemployment, all college grads have serious thinking to do. Are tens, even hundreds, of thousands of dollars of debt for an education worth it? Sure, those millions […]

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The New Curriculum

Schools are becoming war zones where warped, deranged minds are armed to the teeth, seeking revenge on other students who may have wronged them or simply a case of naked aggression. No longer will a backpack, a new pair of shoes and school supplies cut it; students are in need of tactical and defense training, […]

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Dwayne Thomas: Black Skin, Blue Collar

Skinheads are one of the most notorious and feared subcultures, as seen by the masses of the world. Thought of as going hand in hand with racism, naked aggression, and being comprised of social deviants and psychopaths, the general appearance of a skin is one Jane or John Q. Public with no more want in […]

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City-City, Bang-Bang!

  Gangs are taking out their disputes in the streets of Chicago, where residents have been tormented by a dramatic increase in homicides and shootings this year. Blood has pooled with the dirt and crime of the poorer, grittier West Side district where 24 homicides occurred during the first half of the year. The West […]

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Technophilia: Our Beloved Enslavement

  Recently I purchased an E-reader to keep me company on a trip to visit family out west.  Dropping $300 dollars on a Samsung Galaxy tablet 7.0, a device that turned out to be comparable to the LG Optimus Android-powered phone that was reliable but too small to really enjoy, an entire evening was spent […]