All subscriber copies of Phase 7 #019 have been sent out, so Phase 7 #019 is now available for online ordering. This issue is the third and final installment of my "Weezer Fan Trilogy." Part Three documents every Weezer show that I went to between 2000 and 2010, including the show in Vermont where I poured my heart out in Rivers Cuomo's face backstage. You'll also read about how I eventually got to work for the band, drawing the Memories Tour posters!
It feels great to have this issue done for a couple of reasons: 1) it was an experiment in drawing faster (smaller, in a simpler style) and in having more fun with my comics. I feel like I succeeded on both fronts! 2) I now have 20 issues of Phase 7 completed! This feels fantastic. I am 1/5th of the way through my goal to reach issue #100 before I die. I've got so much fun stuff planned for the future of Phase 7, I'm excited to dive in and start telling new stories!
It's also worth noting that the new weezer album is out now and it is totally amazing! You should get it. You won't regret it. It is the best album I have heard in a long time. I've pretty much got it on repeat all day long over here at Phase 7 headquarters. It's a great time to be a Weezer fan.
I will be tabling this weekend (October 4th and 5th) at the Alternative Press Expo in San Francsico. I'll have copies of Phase 7 #019 hot off the press (subscriber issues are being mailed out TODAY!). I'll be joined at tables 903 and 904 by the following powerhouse of small press superstars:
- My wife, the multi-talented Claire Sanders will have all three issues of her Terrible Movie Nights zine, all of her Fluff Engine instruction and pattern booklets, as well as a few of the finished stuffed animals.
- Liz Prince is coming all the way out from Boston to promote her incredible new graphic novel, Tomboy. Tonight (10/3) she's doing a reading at Green Apple Books, and then she'll also have copies to sell at APE, along with her other great books like Alone Forever.
- Greg Means, of Tugboat Press fame will, of course, be in attendance and will have copies of graphic novel The Cute Girl Network as well as FREE copies of Runner Runner #3, the best indie Free Comic Book Day anthology out there.
And just in case anyone didn't know, APE has changed locations this year! If you are planning on coming out, please check the APE website. There are shuttle busses that can take you from downtown out to Fort Mason. I hope to see some of you there!
Last night the new Weezer album, Everything Will Be Alright In The End (or "EWBAITE") was posted on iTunes Radio as a "First Play" album. This means you can stream the entire album for free (with a few ads thrown in). I've listened to it about 15 times in the last 24 hours.
Do me a favor, go listen to it yourself. And if you like it even 1/100th as much as I do, consider pre-ordering it on iTunes, or swing by your local record store on October 7th and pick up the album. You won't regret it.
Obviously, I'm not able to give an unbiased review, because Weezer always has been, and always will be my favorite band, but it really is a fantastic album. I don't have the hangups that a lot of Weezer fans have, but a lot of people who gave up on the band after Pinkerton are calling EWBAITE a "return to form." If you're one of those people, and you feel like you got burned by Weezer at some point, please consider giving them another chance and checking out this album - I think you will be happily surprised! It's got everything you could possible want in a Weezer album - massive sound, catchy tunes and more face-melting guitar solos than you can shake a stick at.
It's hard for me to talk about how it feels for me to hear a new Weezer album... I genuinely enjoy every Weezer album and listen to all of them, all the time. Each album acts like an anchor in my life, reminding me of the year it came out and where I was and what was going on at that time. When I listen to a new Weezer album, I can hear the influence of all the previous albums, or at least hear the creative path that has lead from each album to the next. I really feel like I hear everything that is going on in a new Weezer album... or I will, once I listen to it a thousand more times. Anyway, it's a very personal experience for me. Another anchor dropped - Fall 2014 - I'll always remember this time! I'm so thankful for all the guys in Weezer and the music they create. Being a fan of their band makes my life so much richer.
Okay, that's enough out of me - have fun rocking out!