Chloé Pourmorady, known on stage as Melanchloé, is a multi-talented violinist, vocalist and songwriter. The LA-based artist has been making waves on local radio and on SoundCloud. We featured her as one of our Top 50 Songs of 2014. She infuses her Persian-American roots into a uniquely heady music that is all her own. She has all the power of Fiona Apple with the intricacies and allure of Kate Bush. I chatted with Chloé about her influences, new music and her upcoming shows.
Last night was the 87th Annual Academy Awards. The show has always been known for its glitz and glamor. Neil Patrick Harris hosted and the eve felt just a bit gayer than usual. Here are 10 reasons why last night’s awards were the most fabulous yet.
10. The opening number ode to on-screen sexual tension.
Melanie Gillman is the accomplished writer and illustrator of As The Crow Flies along with many other works (Melanie has a graphic novel about lesbians, swing-dancing, and vampires). As The Crow Flies is about a 13-year-old queer African-American girl, named Charlie, who ends up at an all-white Christian youth backpacking camp. Charlie’s tale of discovery, identity and teenage anxiety is told through Melanie’s gorgeous colored pencil drawings. I talked to Melanie about the comic’s inspiration, art style and future projects.
DC Comics recently announced it will be launching 24 new titles in June as part of a lineup refresh. Many titles are being canceled or re-branded as part of their new focus on diversity. I made a list of the five new titles I’m most excited to see in June.
Always Raining Here is a webcomic about two lovesick and confused teenage boys growing up in British Columbia. The comic, by two talented ladies, is written by Bell and illustrated by Hazel. The main characters Adrian and Carter experience unrequited love and self-discovery amidst a host of geek culture references and painterly artwork. Always Raining Here was nominated for Best Webcomic by IGN in 2014. I talked with Bell about the comic’s conception, funny fan comments and the comic’s future.
Marvel recently announced that it will be ending it’s current universe starting with the upcoming event Secret Wars. They haven’t been exactly clear on the extent of the of the reboot after the event but it sounds like a combination refresh/reboot will be taking place. I thought it would be a fine time to make a list of things I would like to see in a new Marvel Universe. Here is a list of ten things I want:
Hi everyone. It has been exciting sharing my thoughts with you for a brief moment in 2014. I’m stoked to be able to take a full swing with this blog in 2015. I want to end the year with my annual favorite albums list. This list in no way reflects what I think are the best albums of the year (while many are) but instead which albums I truly loved in 2014. I hope you enjoy the list!
Sarah Bitely is the creator of Pimpkillah. It’s a comic about Sloane Stone, a woman who descends into a dark world of crime to avenge her sister who was nearly beaten to death by a pimp. Pimpkillah is a gritty revenge tale filled with betrayal, guns and pimp slapping. Sarah talked to me about her inspirations, showing the comic at Cons and the future of Pimpkillah.
I can’t believe 2014 is almost over. To commemorate the end of the year and the beginning of my blog I am posting my top 50 pop/pop-ish songs of the year. At the end of every year I always list the songs that moved me, made me dance or that I just couldn’t get out of my head: