Category Archives: Literature

Comics Review: Kill Or Be Killed: Volume One

A new collaboration between writer Ed Brubaker, artist Sean Phillips and colorist Elizabeth Breitweiser is always something to check out. Sleeper, Fatale, Criminal, and The Fade Out are all masterpieces of comic book storytelling and crime fiction. We can now add Kill or Be Killed to that list. Kill or Be Killed, published by Image Comics, begins with a simple concept. A young, […]

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TuffGnarl.com staff picks: The Best of 2016

We here at TuffGnarl.com are just as exhausted with 2016 as you are. A cavalcade of celebrity deaths, a historically ugly and divisive presidential election, daily terrorist attacks and shootings… The list goes on. Suffice it to say, this year was rough. But in entertainment, 2016 was one of the finest years in recent memory in terms of quality, selection, accessibility […]

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Review: Patience by Daniel Clowes

“A COSMIC TIMEWARP DEATHTRIP TO THE PRIMORDIAL INFINITE OF EVERLASTING LOVE BY DANIEL CLOWES.” That’s the description written on the back cover of the new Daniel Clowes graphic novel, Patience (published by Fantagraphics), and it is an apt one indeed. Clowes’ work has always been strange. Even when grounded in reality, like Ghost World, there is always an air of […]

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Interview: Catching up with Ain’t It Cool’s “Quint” (AKA Eric Vespe)

Ain’t It Cool? News (AICN) was one of the pioneers of fan-based journalism. During the internet’s infancy, AICN bypassed the exclusivity of main stream press and fed readers inside scoops, reviews and interviews served on a familiar and homegrown plate. Writer Eric Vespe, AKA “Quint” was there from the beginning, and has since become one of the the site’s most prolific, widely read, and engaging […]

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Interview: Archie Comics’ Alex Segura talks Archie meets The Ramones, crime fiction, his love for hometown Miami and a long career in comics.

Alex Segura is a hometown boy done good. After cutting his teeth working for The Miami Herald, Alex took his life long love of comics and made the jump into that very industry, quickly becoming a professional and working with some the medium’s biggest publishers. Also an accomplished crime novelist, he has written two books in an on-going series.  Alex is one […]

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INTERVIEW: Shooting the shit with Joe R. Lansdale

Joe R. Lansdale may be the most prolific writer you haven’t heard of. Champion Joe (as his fans call him) has written everything from novels (The Drive-In), short stories (Bubba-Ho-Tep), screenplays (the animated Son of Batman film) and comic books  (DC/Vertigo’s Jonah Hex: Two-Gun Mojo).   Lansdale even dipped his pen into a few episodes of the classic Batman: The […]

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FICTION – ΔΔΔ ALT-SPECTRE ΔΔΔ, POST # ▀ : iWasteland

Practical hacks from digital occult sophisticates for the everyday Internet of Ectoplasmic Things, with your hosts: Mozen and Crowzniak (by Bobby Dixon and Matt Murphy)   Water from the receding shorelines moves through the desert in a pipeline engineered to carry oil, but oil is not the hot resource any more. It is water that brings us to this desert, […]

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FICTION – ΔΔΔ ALT-SPECTRE ΔΔΔ, POST 333: SMARTPHONE FROM HELL

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Practical hacks from digital occult sophisticates for the everyday Internet of Ectoplasmic Things, with your hosts: Mozen and Crowzniak (by Bobby Dixon and Matt Murphy)   Hey Weirdos,   My maybe-boyfriend (hereafter referred to as “Boynerdfriend”) literally made me a custom smartphone.  I think it might be from Hell or another parallel creeper dimension though.  It’s actually a pretty bitchin’ phone, […]

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Author Eric Simpson examines mind over matter in “The Mental Side of Sports Workbook”

Regardless of whatever it is that fuels your passions, if you’re doing things the right way you are spending the majority of your time adding to your legacy. What your legacy becomes is entirely up to you—it can be spiritually based, monetary, vocational, familial, etc.—but ultimately it becomes whatever it is you spend your time on. For many years, Eric […]

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FICTION – ΔΔΔ ALT-SPECTRE ΔΔΔ, POST 42: CHELLY, SOUPE à LA TORTUE

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Practical hacks from digital occult sophisticates for the everyday Internet of Ectoplasmic Things, with your hosts: Mozen and Crowzniak (by Bobby Dixon and Matt Murphy) Good evening, sirs   Last year my mother cleaved her relationship with my stepfather. And I would I miss him but I do not have time for wistfulness, just a low impact brood. They sold […]

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