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Industry Spotlight: Gary Suarez


Hello and welcome to a very special edition of our Industry Spotlight series. We usually reserve Friday afternoon for our company update, but we have been creating so much great content as of late that we could not resist the urge to share something extra special (and extra long) with you before the week let out.  If you have any questions about the content in this article, or if you have an artist you would like to see featured on this blog, please contact and share your thoughts. We can also be found on Twitter and Facebook.


I have a confession to make: Dragging my feet when it comes to transcribing interviews running over thirty minutes in length is a skill I have essentially mastered over the last six years of my writing career. It’s not the kind of thing anyone should be proud of, and truth be told there is a small part of me that hates the rest of me for making this professional shortcoming public information. Still, it needed to be said before getting too deep into today’s feature because it’s an article that should have run several weeks ago.

Gary Suarez is one of the most entertaining and insightful music critics working today. He’s the kind of guy that knows a little bit about everything this business has to offer, which makes him the perfect person to highlight in our ongoing Industry Spotlight series. For more than a decade Gary has been writing about the best, worst, and most unique music the world has to offer. He’s also become a prominent figure in the world of social media, critiquing various aspects of the entertainment business in creative 140-character bursts. Today, in a rare interview, he tells us how it all came together.

I had the good fortune of speaking with Gary about his professional life a little over a month ago. My plan at the time was to run our conversation the following week, but as we began to chat the minutes quickly added up, and by the time I reached for the stop button I noticed that we were closer to hitting the hour mark than almost any interview I had done for this blog up to that point. I told myself the best way to get through the transcription challenge I had set for myself was to work on it right away, but that ultimately did not happen. Instead, I procrastinated like a fool and the amount of work I had to do continued to pile up until I had no choice except to dedicate a weekend to transcription. That occurred just a few days ago, and now I am finally able to share with you one of my favorite conversations to date.

If you would like to learn more about Gary and his ongoing efforts in entertainment, do yourself a favor and make it a point to follow him on Twitter. Additional questions and comments can be left at the end of this post.

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I didn’t know Haulix had a blog… 

Anyway, Gary is a good dude and always has wisdom to spare.


Barlowe’s Guide to Extraterrestrials (1979)

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These whimsical images come from the mind of Louis Crusius, a physician and artist who was born in Wisconsin and later moved to St. Louis, Missouri.  The Antikamnia Chemical Company used Crusius’ images in a series of calendars they published from 1897-1901, which they sent to physicians who could prove their medical standing.

The company, whose name means “opposed to pain,” was known for manufacturing a patent medicine called Antikamnia tablets.  Like most patent medicines of the time, the ingredients in the tablets could have ill effects - the tablets contained acetanilide, which could cause cyanosis (a condition in which the skin becomes blood due to insufficient oxygen).

Even more Crusius: The Antikamnia Chemical Company post on BibliOdyssey.

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Anonymous said: Can I get a brief explanation of 8House?



8house is a series of stories all set in the same world or universe ruled by 8 magic houses. The idea is to make a shared space where different creators can play off each other’s ideas

The first series is going to be a series of mini series starting with:

8house Arclight (#1 to #4) written by me and drawn by Marian Churchland. about a women whose mind is trapped in the body of a monster that she projected herself into years ago.

8house Kiem (#5 to 8) by me and Xurxo Penalta is about a soldier who is asked to fake her death in order to transport a mysterious box to an enemy house.

in issue #9 (to 12)  Emma Rios and Hwei Lim take over with 8house Mirror

and then issue 13 will be the start of 8house: Yorris story by Fil Barlow.

and at SDCC  From under mountains was just  announced. It’s an  8house series by Marian Churchland Sloane Leong and Claire Gibson

Set in the isolated country of Akhara, rival houses face off in the struggle for political power and military security. Three unlikely figures — a lord’s daughter, a disgraced knight, and a runaway thief — will change the fate of their world, but the only hope of peace may lie with the mystery shrouded goblins and witches, and the ancient powers they command”


The iPod, like the Walkman cassette player before it, allows us to listen to our music wherever we want. Previously, recording technology had unlinked music from the concert hall, the café, and the saloon, but now music can always be carried with us. Michael Bull, who has written frequently about the impact of the Walkman and the iPod, points out that we often use devices to ‘aestheticize urban space.’ We carry our own soundtrack with us wherever we go, and the world around us is overlaid with our music. Our whole life becomes a movie, and we can alter the score for it over and over again: one minute it’s a tragedy, and the next it’s an action film. Energetic, dreamy, or ominous and dark: everyone has their own private movie going on in their heads, and no two are the same….Theodor Adorno… called this situation ‘accompanied solitude,’ a situation where we might be alone, but we have the ability via music to create the illusion that we are not. from How Music Works, by David Byrne (via girlfromtralfamadore)

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Strikingly bizarre concept art by Chris Foss for Alejandro Jodorowsky’s abandoned Dune adaptation

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Tony Roberts, 1978.

Reblog if you feel like the Stormtrooper could turn his head toward the camera and start singing at any moment.



Tony Roberts, 1978.

Reblog if you feel like the Stormtrooper could turn his head toward the camera and start singing at any moment.