kaPOW! Dirtbag Endorsed Artists Create a Comic Book

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We can all agree that 2017 is a strange time to be alive. A time wrought with scandal and tragedy on what seems to be a daily basis. While we all carry different perspectives and ideas about the past, present and future, Dirtbag Endorsed Artists, SUBURBAN VERMIN have given an artistic take on our modern day of weird. “TV HEAD NATION” is the name of their first ever comic book series, and it is being released alongside some new music from the band, as well as some other goodies and add-ins.

I had a chat with the band about the series.

So, you’ve created your own comic book series, and that automatically makes you cooler than 80% of all bands. Well done! Was any one of you responsible for the idea to create a comic series, or was it a whole-band concept?
The basic concept stems from a poster we had commissioned from artist Nathan Blu a number of years ago with the band depicted as super heroes. For our last record ‘Headless Over Heels’, we did a horror anthology comic with different artists for each song. For ‘TV Head Nation’ we we wanted to serialize the comic story as well as the music to match how music is consumed currently. There have been many contributions to the basic concept by the entire band and management, but the concept and stories were conceived and written by bassist/vocalist Jason Vermin. There also was some additional writing by Dan Rafter who has worked on the Gearz series.
What is the series all about?
Before the election last year when we started planning the comic series, there was a lot of fear about what the world would look like if the unthinkable happened. ‘TV Head Nation’ in a lot of ways is a reflection of a worst case scenario. There are some parallels that can be drawn to current events, but through a science fiction filter.
The series itself follows our hero Ramona trying to find her wife who has been abducted by an alien warlord and his empire. There are the band characters who help her out, but for the most part, it’s Ramona who is the driving force behind the comic. You get the sense the more you read how evil can spread and how that effects the different characters and the world they live in.
How many books will be in the series, and what does the release schedule look like?
There are technically three comics in this series, with Issue #1 being double length. The first half of issue one was initially released for free comic book day as Issue #0, but they ran out so quickly, we didn’t want anyone to pick up Issue # 1 and not have the full story as well as miss out on the songs that were included with that release. Issue # 2 will be released October 20th 2017. Issue # 3, we’re hoping December, but at the latest January.
In addition to “TV Head Nation,” we are releasing “Zombie Bloody Zombie,” a Suburban Vermin short story that takes place before the events of “TV Head Nation.” That’ll be out October 28th 2017 for Halloween ComicFest.
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Who is the mastermind behind these awesome illustrations?
The illustrations are by Amy Fay, an artist out of the UK. She’s been amazing to work with and instrumental to the success that we’ve experienced with “TV Head Nation.” She will be working with us on the next set of comics.
Have you considered shopping it around, or maybe bringing it out to Comic-Con next year?
There are pros and cons to having an imprint or company try and help or take over the Suburban Vermin comics. It’s a lot like trying to find a record deal. You want to maintain creative control and not to have art decided by committee. The comics already have been a big boost to the music and we’ve gotten such a warm reaction. We’re still relatively inexperienced in the comic world, but already we’re getting some modest success doing things unconventionally.
As for comic conventions, we actually are stating to get into that scene. We’re making our con debut October 21-22nd at the Central City Comic Con in Yakima, WA. They already have some great guests and are really enthusiastic with working with us.
Next year, we’re going to be doing more conventions and balancing that schedule with our regular show schedule and with releases that we’re planning for potentially this time next year. We’re actively planning to expand our comic universe so right now we feel that conventions will become a big pillar in how we do things as a band.
And where can we buy this thing?!
If you’re in the Northwest you can buy the first issue from Comic Hut in Renton, WA. You can buy digital copies of the comics for your tablets along with mp3s from our website. We’re trying to workout a web solution for selling the physical copies online, but due to the nature of the project, we’d like to ensure that they reach people in good condition which can drive up the price for shipping with comics.
Another thing that all you Dirtbags can do out there is let your local conventions know that you want us there. We’re really keen on getting on the road, playing for all of you and getting you our comics as our comic universe expands. We’re really into contributing to the comic/geek culture instead of just using the comics as a gimmick for promoting the music. We also have trading cards that contain music, paper craft figures, board games, etc.
We’re all nerds, for me this is combining pretty much everything I’m nerdy for into the band. It’s all different ways to compliment the music.
Thanks for all the support!!
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A New Gin Infused With Vintage Harley Davidson Parts

Are you tired of eating the worms at the bottom of your tequila? Are your pockets lined with cash? Do you love vintage motorcycles so much that you live, breathe and.. drink them?

If you answered yes to all three of these- look no further. A new product has hit the market, and it was made just for you.

World-class custom bike builder, Uwe Ehinger, AKA The Archaeologist, has recently released a new line of gin, ‘infused’ with actual parts from classic Harley Davidson Motorcycles. That’s right- each vintage chic bottle comes with a pretty good-sized hunk of old engine floating around in it… the spirit of a Harley in your cup of spirit.

We at Dirtbag Clothing think this designer gin is ‘totally metal’.. and would love to give it a try. It comes in three revved up varieties:

  • For your entry level biker dude, the 1962 Panhead- weighing in at about $1060.
  • For the guy who is serious about drinking motorcycle parts, but is not entirely sold on this marveling concept, the 1947 Knucklehead- available at a cool $1175.
  • And lastly, the only gift worthy of kings, or maybe just the ruler of your bike club.. the 1939 Flathead- the true premium option at around $1300.

At prices like these, this gin is nothing to shake a camshaft at. A neat relic, as well as attention to detail are the biggest selling points here. Every bottle comes packaged with a fancy paper insert, printed on some 1930’s printing press, bearing the stories of the engine parts enclosed.. I don’t know about you, but I always like to know the true origins of the engine I’m sippin’ on.

Lastly, the burning question: is it safe for me to drink steel Harley Davidson components from the mid-twentieth century? A quick dive into the statements from the company says it is. Apparently the parts are specially cleansed and coated with some space-aged food-safe tin alloy… seems legit.

The gin can be purchased at The Archaeologist’s Website.

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Dirtbag Endorsed Artists, “WHAT HAPPENED YESTERDAY” have been nominated for the Carolina Music Awards Rock Band of the Year. Winning this award in 2014, this is the band’s third consecutive year receiving this nomination. The guys appeared on WFMY News in North Carolina this week, sporting some fresh Dirtbag gear. They discuss their newly released E.P., “Looking Inward” and preview the new track, “22”. You can vote for WHAT HAPPENED YESTERDAY here.

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Dear Abbey – Song Review – Parasite

I jump-started my Friday morning by rushing out the door for work. I was still dreary, and in a bit of a haze from the show I had gone to the night before. When I got on the road, I received an email asking me to review the new single from Dirtbag artists, Dear Abbey, entitled: Parasite. Given the condition I was in at this particular time of the day, I was unprepared for the musical kick in my ass that was about to be delivered.
This track busts through the doors with a driving guitar lick, led in by a full-band hulk smash. Right off the bat, I hear a fat, pumping, pulsing kick drum. It cuts right through the heavy guitar rhythms/soaring lead like a fresh blade. This song has gotten my attention; I am wide awake now, and we haven’t even hit the first verse.
So the band pulls back a little; a tight, crunchy rhythm takes over, and out pours the beast himself, Jeremy Hunter. In an era of such steep uncertainty for hard rock, a strong, male-fronted act is exactly what these times call for.. and Jeremy Hunter delivers. The verse builds perfectly into a catchy hook, followed by an expected and appropriately-placed interlude.
From here, the rest of the track writes itself. The above mentioned sequences repeat, and we are taken into a majestic and curious-sounding bridge, which incorporates some neat guitar sound effects. The chorus then plays out two more times, and the song hits its abrupt finish- the lead slowly echoing off into the distance. Although I could feel the punch in this song, I could almost predict what was coming next. This song would make a perfect push for radio play.
Parasite is hot, it’s heavy, and is guaranteed to blow the lid off your brown-bottle flu. Another woe often overlooked in hard rock these days is accessibility [and in many cases, intelligibility]. Without a doubt, this song is accessible, relatable, and radio-ready. I am exceedingly ambitious to hear the rest of Dear Abbey’s new LP, The View From Up Here, available April 15 on iTunes, Google Play, and Spotify.

5 stars.

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