Another collection from Ray! This time around he sent us 25 pages. Here’s what he had to say: “A few weeks ago I tore these pages out of a notebook. Many are just me making puns.” According to Ray, the comics have been placed in an order with just the slightest narrative thread running through them, but don’t need to be read that way. Check the main page or click on “Storylines” at the top of the page, if you find yourself interested.
Ray has put together some comics and decided it was time for them to be released! He has sent us two story arcs, one titled Alone and another called Planning, totaling 94 pages. They can be found at the top of the main page or in the archive section. Here are some details from Ray: “Planning is a story about going on vacation and ending up at a funeral. Alone is a variety of pages about being overweight, dejected, and wary of other people.”
Hey dudes and lady-dudes,
It’s been a long time since we’ve talked, but things have been happening around here (albeit slowly). Slowly because we here at Basement Show Girls have day jobs and other things that occupy our time. That being said, be prepared for a lot of BaseSG stuff to come your way.
One of those things is, as seen above, the long awaited Blast Wagon/Talkative split EP. This is an 8 song EP, including 3 Talkative songs, 4 BW songs, and one collaborative effort.
IIn other breaking news, you can buy this, and soon other fine BaseSG products online! Just hit those buttons under the image here to do it! Why don’t you treat yourself from the comfort of your own home?
They don’t look incredibly fancy or organized yet, but they will.
Here are some previous BW/Talkative releases:
How to find BW/Talkative music and information elsewhere:
There you have it. Stay tuned for some exciting and important news that may or may not (definitely will) involve The Money Works and what they’ve been up to in the near future.
The first offering from Robust Worlds is now available for preorder at De Stijl. Additionally, Robust Worlds may be appearing in your town in the coming weeks. Check out the facebook link below for more information.
One of many breaking news updates from the Basement Show Girls team:
Our good friend and collaborator Ray Slao has completed his first print collection of comics that have appeared on the site. These include: Followed, Cab, It’s Easy, Undercovers, I Could Want, Snap, Lacerate, and Negative Backdrop.
He has also prepared four unique “grab bags” of comics from his collection (content that has yet to be seen outside of a few people). The four collections are titled: Advice, Sleep, Communicator, and Intentions. These will come in manila envelopes with a stenciled cover.
All these comics are available for free if you contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Copies will also be available at local stores in the coming days and at the upcoming Zinefest.
Hey whoever is listening, The Money Works are playing a show! That’s right, we are participating in one of Modern Radio’s first Thursday features at the Kitty Cat Klub in Minneapolis, sharing the stage with Prissy Clerks. These Modern Radio nights are fun for the whole of-drinking-age family, featuring live music (The Money Works and Prissy Clerks, duh) and a whole host of local DJs, as well as Modern Radio’s very own Tom Loftus manning the Modern Radio mobile record store.
Additionally, there will be several BaseSG products available at the show; BW records, and The Money Works “Born To Prosper” EP. This is going to be a blast, so come on out and enjoy yourself, will you?
Again, this is taking place Thursday, August 2nd at the Kitty Cat Klub in Minneapolis’ historic Dinkytown plot.
Did we mention that it’s absolutely FREE? Because it is!
We here at Basement Show Girls are proud to announce that the inaugural EP from The Money Works has finally been released! The “Born To Prosper” EP is available (for a limited time) as a free download at The Money Works’ Bandcamp site.
The EP was recorded and mastered by Neil Weir at Old Blackberry Way studio in August 2010.
Like I mentioned, the EP will only be available free of charge for a short period of time, so you should go for it now!
Stay tuned for more Money Works news, including upcoming shows and pending releases!
Basement Show Girls Podcast, Episode #16
1. Political Mysticism – Make Believe
2. Hyper Enough – Superchunk
3. Overkill – Motorhead
4. Onomatopoepic Animal Faces – Joan of Arc
5. The Lemon of Pink – The Books
6. Johnny Appleseed – Guided By Voices
Here’s another gem that I found in the basement of Midway Comics: Cadillacs and Dinosaurs! When I came across this book, the title alone made fifty measly centimes seem more than a fair price. I found that beyond the ridiculous name, the cover itself was quite intriguing. White dude, busty girl, and token black guy crouching in classic gun poses, but with the added twist of some kind of lizard wrapped around a World War II era atomic bomb on top of some kind of Mayan construct. The issue in question, and sadly the only issue I was able to find, is issue #4, “History Lesson,” from February 1991 (although oddly, the splash page is dated 1987).
The back story: There was a series of geological events that started in the late 80s that forced people to retreat into subterranean shelters for four-hundred and fifty years. Most folks were wiped out in this period, known familiarly to the remaining humans as “The Cataclysm.” The reason for these geological events was lost to history (for the time being) and when people finally emerged from underground, the landscape had undergone vast changes. What was discovered was “(a) world fully populated by an unprecedented, eclectic ecosystem!” This basically means there are dinosaurs and weird dinosaur humanoids running around!
But that’s just the premise. The story itself begins when the two main characters, manly-man mechanic Jack, who does indeed drive a Cadillac, and his yet unrequited lady love Hannah, are running around in some badlands. Suddenly, Hannah desires to know why The Cataclysm happened! Jack, being a simple mechanic, sees no reason to question why, but Hannah insists that she needs to find out. Luckily, there is a secret library in a subterranean vault that also has a bunch of Cadillacs that Jack needs to use for parts. Jack, although hesitant, finding that Hannah will not take “no” for an answer, concedes and allows her to tag along in search of her precious knowledge. Women!
Our twosome meets up with Mustapha, the engineer, who needs to head to the vaults anyways, so they hop in a boat, dodge a giant Marlin, and head from decrepit and ancient New York City to the mysterious realm of The Moles, self appointed keepers of the vaults. After some squabbling with the guards and some talk about “The Council,” Hannah, who is described as a “Wassoon” (which I can only assume either means dumb ass bitch or outsider), is allowed entrance to the secret library.
Oops, watch out for the reptilian octopus!!
Once in the library, Hannah spends hours reading about late 20th century history while her mole companion snoozes – but not before checking out dat ass!
Before checking the library out, Hannah found a secret door. She was told there was “Nothing that concerns you” inside, so naturally she had to investigate. While the mole dude is passed out, she leaves the library and enters the secret vault where she finds the WWII atomic bomb! And suddenly, it all makes sense!
You see, some kind of nuclear war/holocaust took place, and as a result the Earth started to fight back in the form of crazy geological shifts aimed at ridding humans from the planet. According to one of the crazy mole guys, “only the cleansing upheavals of The Cataclysm could purge the disease (of human destruction) before it was too late!” But why then, considering the destruction caused by weapons such as the one in the vault, do they keep it there on top of a Mayan staircase? Because it serves as “(a) shrine to the evil that men turned to before the end!”
Once this revelation is made, the crazy mole starts breaking a bunch of water pumps and tries to flood everything, destroying the unarmed bomb and a ton of books.
Everyone escapes, but Hannah mourns the loss, or at least potential loss (it’s unclear) of the knowledge contained in the library. Jack, ever meat-headed , doesn’t understand why she gives a shit about a bunch of stupid books anyways. Mustapha understands though, and reassures Hannah that they’ll come back and check out the library. Some day. The End.
I actually really enjoyed this comic, and not in the usual “this is so shitty and hilarious” way. There was, of course, enough of that to go around in Cadillacs and Dinosaurs, but there were also some fairly compelling ideas. The premise itself was, as far as post-apocalyptic situations go, fairly unique, in that it was the Earth reacting to human misdeeds that undid everything, rather than simply humans bombing everything to oblivion. This made the situation a little more interesting for me. Beyond this, the bomb as a shrine to the evil in all men was pretty awesome. I am always fascinated by ideas about man’s capacity for evil. In this light, I was pretty excited to see a meditation, however rudimentary, on the evil that is mankind.
The shortfall of the book was in its characters rather than its ideas and concepts. Jack was your typical alpha male jackass, Hannah was the impulsive yet determined post-apocalyptic woman, and Mustapha was the fairly brutish but understanding black dude who, on the cover at least, is mysteriously wearing a Pittsburgh Pirates hat. The Moles were kind of cool, although predictably secretive about their enterprise of exploring and guarding the vast subterranean vaults.
Cadillacs and Dinosaurs was actually great, which came as a pleasant surprise to me. The story was compelling and, with some depth in the characters I think that despite the silly name it could be a pretty solid series. I only wish that I could have found more issues. However, dear reader, should I find another issue of this lost treasure, I will present it to the world post haste.
Basement Show Girls Podcast – Episode #7
1. “Prodigal Son” – The Rolling Stones
2. “Axons and Dendrites” – The Shipping News
3. “Jaroline” – Pee Pee
4. “Small Apartment Party Epiphany” – Make Believe
5. “Rose and Licorice” – Liars
6. “Raging Bull” – Silkworm
7. “Body and Soul” – The New Year