Saturday, March 25, 2017

Ep. 16: Comics! #2 (Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, Spell on Wheels & Black Monday Murders)

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Hello and welcome back to the show!  Today, we tackle our second comic book episode and we have some really good books for you to check out!

The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina

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First up, is the Chilling Adventures of Sabrina published by Archie Comics and written by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa with art by Robert Hack.  Archie Comics has revamped their whole line of comic books and given all of your favorite characters from the past a makeover including Sabrina.  Your mother's favorite teenage witch comic is now a juicy gothic horror story set in the 50s and 60s!  With titles like Chilling Adventures of Sabrina and Afterlife with Archie, Archie Comics have created some of the best horror comics out there right now.  Check out this article on the new evolution of the Archie brand in comics and TV.

EC Horror Comics of the 1950's was one of the inspirations for Sabrina, the story of how EC was destroyed by censorship is very interesting.

In the show, we talk about how Sabrina's cousin Ambrose was given two cobra familiars who were rescued from a snake cult in Bombay who were followers of the snake god Glycon.  Our research on Glycon revealed that the great Alan Moore is a devotee of the snake god which we think is very fitting.

Our love-struck Sabrina uses a honey jar spell to get the boy she was crushing on to fall in love with her.  Briana Saussy, practitioner of the Sacred Arts shows us how to make a honey jar with pictures!

Spell on Wheels

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Spell on Wheels published by Dark Horse is the next comic book featured in the episode.  This book is written by Kate Leth with art by Megan Levens.  The book features a cool Goblin Marketplace which is basically a black market magical eBay!  People have been dreaming about Goblin Markets for a very long time, some even wrote poetry about them like poet Christina Rossetti.

During their magical rode trip, our witches meet a lot of interesting characters but none more than the sexy Satyr Paul!  Claire, one of the witches, recounts a legend about a goat boy which just so happens to be based on a real Maryland local legend about a goat man.

The young witches of Spell on Wheels use various methods of divination including the tarot, writing planchettes and seances.  Mysterious Planchette is a site that provides a history of planchettes, a gallery, patents and other cool information.  If the tarot is more to your liking, check out Sacred Seed, the wonderful and informative YouTube channel of tarot reader, collector and super tarot enthusiast Elle!  The tarot blog of tarot reader and teacher extraordinaire Mary K. Greer is a must!

Black Monday Murders

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Our last featured comic book is Black Monday Murders (BMM) published by Image Comics!  Black Monday Murders is written by Jonathan Hickman and art by Tomm Coker.  The book features some pretty nasty biblical angels and demons such as Mammon and Abaddon which seem tailor made for the financial world.  Be sure to also read these insightful interviews with Jonathan Hickman and Tomm Coker about the story.

The book features an NYPD Detective who has a familial background steeped in Voudou.  He is seen using an old divination system called "throwing the bones" that is practiced around the world.  The Association of Independent Readers & Rootworkers explain this intriguing system of divination.

Black Monday Murders features a ton of blood magic and magical cannibalism.  These folks literally consume their power!  The Magical Power of Cannibalism is a great article on magical and ritual cannibalism.

Sigil magic plays a big part in the BMM story and art.  Gordon White of Rune Soup wrote a wonderful blog post on how to get big magic from sigils.

Financial conspiracy theories are rampant in our culture and BMM certainly takes advantage of many of these theories including ones involving the Rothschild family.

Comic Recommendations

Lastly, we end the episode with comics to watch! We talk about several books that are currently available to read, some which are just beginning and a few that are forthcoming, these include:

Harrow County, Brutal Nature, Brutal Nature: Concrete Fury, American Gods: Shadows, Songs for the Dead, Life, Death & Sorcery, Heathen, and The Circle.

Theme music X-Files Theme Parody by Mallon Khan
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