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    Morrissey... in comic book form. WTF?

    From EW:

    When we heard that a selection of songs by the Smiths had inspired a comic book series, we started to imagine what kind of superhero Morrissey would be. Maybe he’d call himself Super Bummed Out Man, or perhaps he’d anchor a series called Captain Big Mouth Strikes Again?
    We’ll get to find out when the comic book compilation Unite and Take Over: Comic Book Stories Inspired by The Smiths premieres at Tuscon Comic-Con in November, just following the October release of that massive Smiths box set.

    The comic book project was inspired by Moz fan and SpazDog Press publisher Shawn Demumbrum, who tapped indie comics vets Christian Vilaire, Henry Barajas, Jeff Pina, Shelby Robertson, and others for 78 pages’ worth of comic strips. (Demumbrum also wrote one himself.)
    “The concept’s pretty simple: what’s the story that plays in your head when you listen to your favorite Smiths song?” Demumbrum explained in a promotional video for the crowdsourcing web site Kickstarter.com, which helped fund the project. “The song acts as an inspiration, jumping off point, theme or mood for the story.”

    In an interview with the Guardian, Demumbrum added: “As a teen in the 80s, one of my favourite soundtracks was the Pretty in Pink soundtrack. While training for cross country, I played the cassette over and over on my Walkman as I ran. There was always something about the Smiths’ ‘Please Please Please Let Me Get What I Want.’ It tapped into my teenage psyche, a combination of loneliness and yet hopeful optimism, that only Morrissey’s vocals seem to capture.”
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    Mothers.******** LOCK UP YOUR SONS!

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    bloody hell...This forum software replaced ... with *** WTF???

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    Oh, hah. I put a block in place to remove more than three instances of a period in a row because there's a bug in the software that causes a 404 error when that's in the title. See, I thought I was being smart and working around the bug and have obviously wound up censoring you by accident. Sorry.
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    Will he elope with Henry Rollins from Danzig?

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    Morrissey is a dink. Nothing worse than when he's referred to as "Moz" Unless it's the treatment of animals for fast food. That's worse than anything.

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    I like some of the his solo stuff and some of The Smiths stuff. I don't need a Morrissey comic anymore than I need a royal wedding DVD though.
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    The Morrissey Tavern on Yonge Street was better. It would make a pretty good comic book.

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    I don't know that i've ever been there.....

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    It's gone to condos now. I went to university at the Morrissey in the 80s. Last of the great oldstyle Toronto taverns (men's side tiled into black and less black hexagonal tiles; ladies & escorts side, which had a sort of carpet). Pickled eggs & humpty dumpty chips, cheap pitchers of beer (I think Blue, with that nasty perfume-mouth the next morning). Salt shakers for head, if you were stretching a glass. Filthy full-length urinals you had to step up to, like a challenge.

    There was shuffleboard, but you had to stand up to play that. The other, better sport was to stare at the green wall, waiting for the ghost horse to resolve through the paint. There was a mural of one of Willie Morrissey's thoroughbreds on one wall, and another one painted over on the other. Morrissey went from newspaper boy in Toronto to rich horse guy and tavern/hotel owner: one of the murals was the famous Bunty Lawless, I guess.

    Tommy the Portugeuese waiter was great, but there was another guy like late-career Karloff and that big skull coming at you behind a pitcher was something to see. Great cast of regulars: it was these characters I was thinking of when I said it'd make a good comic, they all looked like Eugene O'Neill Iceman characters,white Russian aristos, or pissed professors. It was the solitary regular drinkers with books and foreign papers gave the place an inspiring sense of what a young man could look forward to in his career. Later, it turned into a party spot, I think, but back then it was for serious lastcall drunks.

    My wife got thrown out once for being underage. I stayed to finish the pitcher. Good times.

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