As a grown-up who was raised in an era where comics, anime, sci-fi and fantasy fandom instantly classified you as a "loser" or a "geek" (which was NOT something society liked as much back then), The Little Con of Comics warmed my heart.
Back when I first moved to New York City in 2005, art toys were blowing up. KidRobot was making art toys accessible to the trendiest hipsters with their playful vinyl toys and coordinating fashion. Anyone remember the neon hoodies?
I imagined that the battle between Sega and Nintendo would be similar to the classic rivalry between Magic Johnson and Larry Bird: a story of two great competitors who ultimately gain respect for each other.
"I thought VH1 had it right with their old moniker, 'Music First.' That's what I think for young artists. Keep it about your art. It's really easy for someone to say, 'Well things change. Everything's changed because the music distribution system has changed.' That doesn't change your music."
On November 20th, Vanguard Records is releasing the DVD and Blu-ray Chris Isaak Live! Beyond The Sun, featuring the artist's greatest hits plus his personal tribute to Sun Studio in Memphis and the legendary artists who recorded there.
Their appeal and fan base is definitely growing, whether or not it'll be enough to make them a hit in the U.S. still remains to be seen, but in the meantime founders Julian Barratt and Noel Fielding are certainly enjoying the ride.