Afua Richardson and NC Comicon

Afua Richardson. Photo by Camron Wiltshire.

Afua Richardson. Photo by Camron Wiltshire.

NC Comicon returns to the Durham Convention Center this weekend. I had a really interesting interview with Afua Richardson, a comics artist with a crazy-impressive background (Soul Train! MTV Jams! Melvin Van Peebles!) who broke out with the chillingly-timed Genius (it came out during and reflected events in Ferguson last August) and is now headed for Wonder Woman at DC. We talked about the new wave of diversity in comics and the likely MMA influence of her Wonder Woman. Read it here.

Modest Mouse reissues review

homepage_large.daac23f2You’d think it would be easy to write about albums you’ve listened to, thought about and loved for 15 years, but it’s actually very hard, sorting through the fossil record of your thoughts and perspectives, all those different versions of yourself and layers of musical culture, trying to draw them into something coherent. That was my challenge in reviewing these reissues of the first two Modest Mouse records for Pitchfork, two of my favorites ever, and I hope I did them some approximation of justice.

Also of note (to me): In my 10+ years at Pitchfork, I’m pretty sure that this is the first time I’ve handed out a perfect score. I couldn’t think of a better record than The Lonesome Crowded West for me to break the 10.0 seal.

Interview: Jad Abumrad of Radiolab

Jad Abumrad of Radiolab. Photo courtesy of The Barclay Agency.

Jad Abumrad of Radiolab. Photo courtesy of The Barclay Agency.

I enjoy listening to Radiolab on WUNC on Sunday afternoons, so it was pleasure to interview co-host Jad Abumrad about the show and his new solo talk, “Gut Churn,” which he performs at the Carolina Theatre this weekend. Abumrad talks honestly about the chaotic origins of Radiolab and how he gets through times of feeling creatively lost. Read it here.

Halloween special

An item from Raleigh's Little Leviathan shop of oddities. Photo by Jeremy M. Lange

An item from Raleigh’s Little Leviathan shop of oddities. Photo by Jeremy M. Lange

Today at the INDY, we toast our favorite secular holiday with spooky stories and events picks to get you in the Halloween spirit. A special salute goes out to Jeremy M. Lange, JP Trostle and Chris Williams for their great photo and illustration work on this package. Read it here.