Ji Nilsson came onto the scene last year thanks to the success of tracks like “Heartbreakfree” and “Encore”. Hailing from Stockholm, Ji’s music is that of an R&B mermaid luring in the masses over dance-inducing electronic beats. Ji sings, writes and produces all her own music. Equally entrancing as her music are Ji’s music videos. The videos for “Heartbreakfree” and “Encore” recall the best parts of 80’s Madonna and Kate Bush music videos. Ji’s recently released her new single “Perfume”, which is a downtempo summer smash. I talked with Ji about the new single, future music and her love of mermaids.
Power Nap is a hilarious science fiction webcomic about the breakdown of social norms, the daily grind of work and the power of dreams. Maritza Campos is the writer of the webcomic who works alongside the series artist Bachan. Together the two have formed a beautiful, dark and hysterical tale of imagination gone awry. The story follows an overworked man named Drew who signs up for dream experiments at a shady corporate office where he’s employed. I talked with Maritza about the comic’s story, her inspirations and her weirdest dream.
Chris McCoy is the creator of Safely Endangered, a hilariously dark webcomic about life, death and geek culture. Safely Endangered uses satire to poke fun at everything from dating culture to homophobia. I talked with Chris about his comic influences, video game favorites and his other projects.
CBS released the first trailer for Supergirl this week and it feels all too similar to the Black Widow SNL skit. The trailer has all the trappings of a romantic comedy. Kara (Supergirl) gets coffee for her boss, has a hot best friend who’s affection she doesn’t notice, is speechless around hunk Jimmy Olsen and has a giant apartment she could never afford. The trailer becomes more serious at the end but is undercut by a cheesy pop ballad.
Last week Lab Zero Games CEO Peter Bartholow announced the new features for Skullgirls 2nd Encore. For those that have never played Skullgirls, the game is beautifully hand-drawn 2D fighter with similar mechanics to Marvel Vs. Capcom. With the field of fighting games filling up with DLC heavy titles, Skullgirls is a welcome change.
The journey for an indie game like Skullgirls has not always been an easy one. The game has had various problems with problems with publishers over the game’s lifespan. In spite of setbacks, thanks to a rabid fanbase and a widely successful Indiegogo campaign the re-release, Skullgirls Encore, featured 6 new fighters. Thanks to the campaign, the 6 new fighters have been released as free DLC for Encore. Now, Skullgirls will be relaunched on the PS4 and PlayStation Vita as Skullgirls 2nd Encore.
The tenth entry in the Mortal Kombat series came out last week. NetherRealm Studios added a lot of new, interesting elements to the longstanding franchise. They introduced a global battle for dominance with factions, multiple fighting styles per character with variations and a fresh new take on the Krypt. The game isn’t without it’s problems however; there have been server issues and concerns over DLC. Here is the list of our top 5 loves and issues with the game:
Diana Huh is the author and illustrator of The Lonely Vincent Bellingham, a story about a runaway man who encounters a world of magic and intrigue. She works for Titmouse Inc. as a storyboard artist when not working on her own projects. Diana also recently contributed to the Ladies of Literature Vol. 2 which was successfully funded by Kickstarter. I talked to Diana about her inspirations, her comic and WonderCon.
Today Allie X released her first EP, COLLXTION I. The EP features hit singles “Catch”, “Bitch”, and “Prime” as well as several new tracks. We featured “Prime” as our #2 pop song of 2014. New track “Hello” is a bouncing, saccharine pop treat. Both new tracks “Good” and “Sanctuary” offer up fresh takes on the Allie X mystique. “Good” is a introspective downtempo chant while “Sanctuary” is a 90’s infected power ballad. With the range of sounds Allie X offers on COLLXTION I, it will be interesting to see how she ties these sounds together for her first album. COLLXTION I proves that Allie X should be one to watch in 2015 and beyond.
Tonight Logo will be premiering Cucumber and Banana, two new companion series by Queer As Folk creator Russell T Davies. Cucumber centers on Henry Best, a middle-aged gay man who’s work and love life are in a rut. Banana on the other hand follows a rotating cast of LGBTQ youth. Both shows share a core group of characters yet each has it’s own charms. Cucumber is a 40 minute show centered on Henry, while Banana is a 20 minute viewing that has a more experimental narrative structure. Both shows work together to form a complete tale of the lives of LGBTQ people living in Manchester.
Cucumber and Banana are a refreshing take on a show focused on LGBTQ people. For viewers that were burned by Looking‘s often lethargic pace and melodramatic storytelling, Cucumber and Banana offer up a modern view of LGBTQ people that isn’t bogged down by predictable schmaltz. Here are five reasons we love Cucumber and Banana:
Jessie Poland a.k.a. LACES has accomplished quite a bit in the past several years. She had a #3 album on the Billboard Top Heatseekers chart under her former moniker Charlotte Sometimes. Jessie then appeared on NBC’s The Voice, having all four judges turn around in the blind audition round. Now she is forging a new path under the name LACES. This new project is a way for Jessie to work freely with unique DJs and producers to create engaging electronic-infused pop. I talked with Jessie about the new project, her lead single and her time on The Voice.