FULL BLEED: THE FUTURE WAS THEN - Final

Last pictures from the Southland. There may be some commentary with these. Note that this is the only place I was chased out of for taking pictures. "Can't do that. Not since 9/11," the guard told me in a voice that reached for stern but was more perpelexed. Who'd want to take places in a mall on its last legs? Who indeed. So, fun story. I used to work at the Laguna Hills Mall. And while I don't have time to write up a full cultural history/exploration of the place, like my online acquaintance Matthew Newton did (and it's good. You should go get it) I'll speak to it just a bit here. When I grew up in suburban Orange County of the seventies, there were two malls nearby. One in Mission Viejo,

Intrapanel 180420

WEIRD WAR TALES #43 1975, DC Comics Jack Oleck writing, Vince Geronimo art MARVEL SUPER ACTION #37 1981, Marvel Comics Roy Thomas writer, John Buscema artist, Tom Palmer inks, Sam Rosen letters Reprints AVENGERS #70, 1976 THE CHAMPIONS #14 1977, Marvel Comics Bill Mantlo and John Byrne co-plot, Bill Mantlo script, John Byrne pencils, Mike Esposito inks, Irv Watanabe letters, Glynis Wein colors

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Early morning downtown LA. Eastern Columbia Building, detail Western Jewelry Building Eastern Columbia Building, predawn Razorwire neon Last batch will be the Laguna Hills Mall, in the process of a languishing death. Also the only place I got chased out of for taking pictures.

FULL BLEED: A HEART-WARMING STORY OF SUCCESS AND TRIUMPH

I haven't talked much about that trip to LA, have I? Yeah, maybe not much to recall as a piece. Spent a lot of time solitary, driving or walking around and just recording, taking photos, that sort of thing. Trying not to think because I spend a lot of time doing that as it is. But one of the things that came up was the concept of recovery and this sort of post underground nuke test level of stress. You've seen the pictures, right? Dig a cave, park the nuke in the cave and detonate it. There's this sort of major upheaval and then a subsidence. The ground doesn't rest like it used to anymore. Building anything on top of it is, well, it's tricky. You'd think, "But isn't everything great now, Ma

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The mysteries of Burbank and the Old Griffith Park Zoo await. Safari Inn neon reflected in their midcentury pool Atwater Village Old Zoo Beverly and Rampart Command Signifying what

Intrapanel: 180412

For those of you who don't know, Intrapanel was a project I started up about five years ago and ran really hot on. Not a surprise since it was an idiosyncratic and nonviable (from a financial and rights standpoint, even given fair use and interpretive works) project. Mostly I was using it as a diversion from a bunch of real-life things. Sometimes trash tastes good, y'know? And sometimes it's not really trash at all. Anyways, after limping along on Tumblr for a while, I'm moving it over here. Only it's going to be dramatically scaled-back, but hopefully on a consistent basis. Shooting for at least once a week, hopefully twice. One of the only drawbacks here is that tagging individual entries

Diversions 4/11

Have come across a few things which might be of interest to those wandering by: Like it says on the tin: Roddy McDowall reads HP Lovecraft, this one being "The Hound" but others await. David McCallum reads "The Rats in the Walls" also by Lovecraft. These recordings do a lot to make the source material sing. Maybe Lovecraft intended these to be read aloud all along? Note that this one, in particular, uses racist language that was not uncommon to HPL's output but reads really differently today. An animatronic T-Rex suffers an ignominious end at the hands of an elemental force. Whole sequence here: Rodion GA from Romania, get the whole story here: (via Ned Raggett.) I'll try to do a few more po

Art vs Artist

So this hashtag has gone around lately. Here's my contribution. The last one's actually me. Well, more or less.

FULL BLEED: THE FUTURE WAS THEN - 4

More from LA. Let's all go to the Museum of Natural History! Guess my selection's pretty predictable, huh? Oh well. Never said I was a complicated dude.

FULL BLEED: THE FUTURE WAS THEN - 3

More from Los Angeles. Might actually write up the trip, but will probably do something else. Lotta interior time there, you understand. Islander Motel 2 From the observatory Beneath Riverside Beneath Riverside 2 Ave 19/San Fernando Road Ave 19/San Fernando Road Ave 19/San Fernando Road Ave 19/San Fernando Road Overpass reclamation Like I said, more to come. And I haven't forgotten about those FUTURE AMERICA pages. Honest.

FULL BLEED: THE FUTURE WAS THEN - 2

More from Los Angeles and environs. Abandoned Nike missile base, end of Mulholland Dr. Harvey Kurtzman layout, Jack Davis finishes, from the story "Jeep." Seen at Scott Eder's booth at Wonder-Con. If I had 22,000 extra dollars, I'd have bought it. Remnant neon, Los Angeles Colorado Blvd, Pasadena Griffith Park Observatory (sadly, most of these shots are overexposed as I'm not a sophisticated monkey.) Distant Viewing, Griffith Park I suppose I should offer something of a writeup, but artist's statements usually put my teeth on edge.

FULL BLEED: THE FUTURE WAS THEN - 1

Returned from a recent trip to LA. Brought my new camera. Took a bunch of pictures. Here's a few. More extensive write-ups to follow. Pasadena on Green street. Classic Movie World (in the process of being sold off.) Culver City Museum of Neon Art 118 along the 134 Yes, I watermarked these. Get used to it. Aww, don't worry. There's still plenty of room to chop the URL out. More to come, including some more THE FUTURE AMERICA pages.

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