Jul 19, 2017

The Heroin Diaries Graphic Novel

Yes, you heard it right. Nikki Sixx's The Heroin Diaries: A Year in the Life of a Shattered Rock Star novel which was originally published in September 2007 is going to be published as a graphic novel.  Nikki Sixx made this announcement today. The book was already a New York Times best-seller.

The graphic novel has become an increasingly popular reading format, combining a lot of visual imagery much like comic books (but not always printed in color) with reading text. Nikki Sixx has partnered with the iconic HEAVY METAL magazine to create this graphic novel adaptation of Nikki's very personal autobiography.

There's already a soundtrack for the book - remember the popular album The Heroin Diaries Soundtrack released by his band, Sixx:AM? (That was an awesome soundtrack, by the way! I think everyone who has ever listened to that album can agree that the single hit "Life is Beautiful" is just one of the most inspirational rock songs ever recorded.)

Anyway, we will get to see a preview of the graphic novel at this year's San Diego Comic Con, booth #1529. Here are a few images that Nikki Sixx shared on Facebook:

This version will take on Nikki's life and death (and back to life) story from a different perspective.  I may not be a huge fan of the graphic novel format, but I appreciate all forms of art and this looks like it's going to be quite interesting. We'll have to wait and see...

Jul 18, 2017

Palindromic Days?

This has been an interesting month so far...did you know that, since the 10th of July and until tomorrow, we have what are called palindromic days?  What exactly are palindromic days?  Well, a palindrome is  a word, phrase, or sequence that reads the same backward as forward. Here are a couple of examples : nun, madam, Tim Smit, Dammit I'm Mad. Heard of any of those?

Well, did you know you can do the same with dates? If the numerical sequence of date is mo/day/year you can easily form a palindrome with the date. This kind of thing only happens but for a few days each year. This year, it only happens for ten days this month. Interesting, isn't it?

Jul 11, 2017

My Top Five BAD Songs

There are some bad songs that became popular...and then there are some BAD songs that also became popular. I have a few favorite picks of BAD songs - songs that have "Bad" in their titles. Here are my Top Five Picks (in no particular order).

I'm from the generation whose teen years and early adult years enjoyed the hair bands at their peak, before grunge and alternative music took over the airwaves (more like took over the "hair" waves, if you think about it). Hair bands created and popularized many really catchy rock songs, some really hard and some really dreamy soft. That's probably why they appealed to such a broad range of audience.

One of my favorite rock bands that was big during that era was Bon Jovi. Although the New Jersey album wasn't as successful as its predecessor (Slippery When Wet), it did produce a few hits, including this one - Bad Medicine.

Premiering in March 1989, COPS ended up becoming one of the Fox network's top shows. It ran for 25 seasons before it was cancelled by Fox, then later restarted on Spike TV for another five seasons.  Its 30th season premiered this past June. I listed the show's theme song, Bad Boys by Inner Circle because it is so recognizable and every time I hear it, I think of the show...doesn't everybody?