The Chap Olympics

Posted By on March 25, 2014

Held every year in central London, The Chap Olympics will complete its tenth anniversary this year.

The Chap Olympics is a celebration of Britain’s sporting ineptitude: sensational cravats take precedence over sweaty lycra; more points are awarded for maintaining immaculate trouser creases than crossing the finishing line. Taking place in a leafy central London square, The Chap Olympics is a gathering place for the most eccentrically dressed sportsmen and sportswomen of the nation.

Competitive events aim to test the principal gentlemanly disciplines such as drinking tea, using an umbrella, drinking G&Ts and making an ass of oneself in public. Events include Umbrella Jousting, Tea Pursuit, Not Playing Tennis, Cucumber Sandwich Discus and Bounders.

This year’s Chap Olympics will take place in Bedford Square Gardens, London, on Saturday 12th July 2014. Tickets are available from

Michael Gove is Chap Hop Fan

Posted By on March 25, 2014

The Daily Telegraph has reported a curious affiliation by Education Secretary Michael Gove for the works of Mr. B the Gentleman Rhymer.

It seems that Mr. Gove, when asked by another newspaper to name his favourite musical artistes, professed to being “strangely addicted to chap hop rappers Professor Elemental, Mr B the Gentleman Rhymer and Mr Bruce and the Correspondents.” The confession was immediately viewed by journalists as a deliberate attempt to make himself sound rather “with-it”, until they realised just how difficult it is to become acquainted with the works of said chap hop artistes.

Being an aficionado of chap hop requires one to attend concerts in dingy basement clubs in Brighthelmstone and attend small, poorly run festivals in other disreputable seaside towns; these are not the sorts of places one expects a member of the Cabinet to frequent. However, The Telegraph pointed out, perhaps Mr. Gove’s interest in Mr. B’s work was more of a dig at his upper class chumrades in the Cabinet. Mr. B’s They Don’t Allow Rappers in the Bullingdon Club pours scorn on Mr. Cameron, Mr. Osborne and Boris Johnson.

Mr. Gove, the adopted son of an Aberdeen fish processor, has previously criticised the “preposterous” number of Old Etonians in David Cameron’s inner circle, stating that “a similar concentration of privilege running the country does not exist in any other developed economy.” All of this can only lead one to conclude that Mr. Gove’s professed musical tastes are genuine, for a spin doctor would never have recommended he pretend to like such contentious music. He would instead, like Gordon Brown, have been told to say he likes the Arctic Monkeys.

Good Co. swings it with their new album, The Kicker

Posted By on March 24, 2014

Electroswing me brother, with a solid four.

Things are looking bright for Good Co with their second studio album, The Kicker. Following on the smoking heels of 2013’s Electro Swing for the Masses, this sophomore album corrects some of the flaws with its predecessor and spreads out in new & unusual directions.

If you’re just finding the Good Co sound, then you’re in for a treat. Fronted by jazz-man Carey Rayburn, this American electroswing band is an assembly of Abney Park alumni, traditional brass players, torch singers, and swing aficiantos spiced with modern breakbeats and retro synth sounds.

Good Co

In The Kicker, Carey and company bring their aural medley together with twelve new tunes stretching from the steampunk-inspired “Through the Door,” to the 1950s cabana beats of “Getaway,” and back again to 1920s with the gospel-inspired “In The Water.”

If you’re looking for more of the same, don’t worry. You’ll have a few songs to grab onto, but this is definitely an evolution from Electro Swing for the Masses. The Kicker brings in different beats, different styles, and different singers, showing the world that Good Co isn’t a one-trick pony. While this approach may not produce a signature sound for the band just yet, it shows us that the group is well trained and comfortable with a wide breadth of techniques not normally found on the contemporary market.

If they can keep the fires stoked and continue to evolve as shown in The Kicker, I have no doubt Good Co will be able to stand the test of time.

4/5 trumpets


For more information about Good Co, check out our interview with Carey Rayburn on Dieselpunks

Check out Good Co live in Brooklyn on Friday, March 28th at Noir York City


DC comics goes dieselpunk in June

Posted By on March 23, 2014

Whether it’s January’s “Scribblenauts” variants, February’s Steampunk variants or March’s “Robot Chicken” variants, DC Comics has certainly made 2014 the year of themed-cover months so far. Although there aren’t any announced plans for April, May will bring “Batman ’66″-style variants by Mike Allred and — according to the announcement on USA Today — June will be DC Bombshells variant month, showcasing covers in the style of DC Collectibles’ statue line of the same name, which re-imagine DC mainstay characters as icons inspired by the 1940s and ’50s.

Wonder Woman bombshell cover

“I’m so proud of the work we’ve accomplished on the Bombshell line and very excited to see them become part of the cover series,” Bombshell designer Ant Lucia told USA Today. “It has been a privilege to work with the team at DC Collectibles and watch these develop.

Lucia will also design the variants, which will appear on 20 of DC’s June-shipping titles.

Check out the full list of titles to receive the Bombshell variant treatment below.

  • Action Comics #32
  • Aquaman #32
  • Batgirl #32
  • Batman #32
  • Batman and Ra’s al Ghul #32
  • Batman/Superman #12
  • Batwoman #32
  • Catwoman #32
  • Detective Comics #32
  • Green Lantern #32
  • Green Lantern Corps #32
  • Harley Quinn #7
  • Justice League #32
  • Justice League Dark #32
  • Justice League United #2
  • Red Hood and the Outlaws #32
  • Superman #32
  • Superman/Wonder Woman #9
  • The Flash #32
  • Wonder Woman #32


More at: DC Comics

Cap’n’s Cabaret #114: The Other Football

Posted By on March 22, 2014

Football that primarily uses the players’ feet? Uncanny! It’s the growing sport of Soccer, what the rest of the world calls football, and if it can overcome its internal difficulties it’s set to become the next great American sport!

Yes, the “Other Football” may not have the glory of the Gridiron yet, but if the growing popularity of the American Soccer League is any indication, this popular European sport, which is already outpacing Basketball as America’s favorite Second Tier sport, the future of US Soccer may be golden.

The ASL is bringing in the fans up in the US northeast by attracting the best talent from England and Scotland. The many European imigrants that have come to this great nation have brought with them a love for the sport, and they are happy to share the enthusiasm with the native born.

Soccer is an athelete’s game for sure. No hands, just feet, heads, and bodies, requiring a complete rethink on the possibilities of the human body. While not quite the violent crush match of its American homonym, Soccer, much like Basketball, is a fast-paced constant motion game of positions unbroken by downs or outs. The young men are constantly darting, sprinting, and moving the ball, and a fan dares not take his eyes off the game for a second, less he miss the big GOAL.

Several incredible teams are lining up on the field, including the great Bethlehem Steel team, the Boston Wonder Workers, the Brooklyn Wanderers, the New York Field Club, the Paterson Silk Sox, the New Bedford Whalers, and the Bridgeport Bears. But the undisputed masters of this athleticism are the Fall River Marksmen [shown above; image from wikimedia], a Boston area team who have well earned their name given the deadly accuracy of their kicks. Who can forget their 1924 Open Cup Final victory over Vesper Buick of St. Louis? 


Congratulations to Mike Mignola on 20 years of Hellboy comics

Posted By on March 22, 2014

March 22 marks the twentieth anniversary of Mike Mignola’s career-defining release of Hellboy: Seed of Destruction #1. After the character’s somewhat humble beginnings in an eight-page feature in Dark Horse’s San Diego Comic-Con Comics special, Seed of Destruction would begin the long life of the beloved “beast of the apocalypse.”

In December, Dark Horse announced March 22, 2014, would be Hellboy Day, with events happening in comic shops around the world!

In addition to a slew of exclusive giveaways, Dark Horse has produced an all-new sampler comic featuring two classic Mignola tales, “The Ghoul” and “Another Day at the Office,” as well as two new stories by Mignola, Fábio Moon, and R. Sikoryak!

Additionally, as part of this special promotion, participating retailers were entered to win an original piece of art from Mike Mignola. This special honor goes to Hot Comics and Collectibles in New Hope, Minnesota!

Look for the Hellboy: The First 20 Years hardcover collection, on sale in comic shops everywhere on March 19! This deluxe oversized hardcover presents Mignola’s favorite covers and illustrations in gallery style, from his first drawing of Hellboy through twenty years of publishing.

Dark Horse Digital has Hellboy Day offerings as well, with the Hellboy MegaBundle Sale and the Mike Mignola Sale!

See below for the list of stores hosting signings and events with the creators currently working in the Hellboy universe!

HELLBOY DAY EVENTS—Saturday, March 22, 2014

1. Mike Mignola—Meltdown Comics—Los Angeles, CA
2 p.m. Meltdown Comics
7522 Sunset Boulevard Los Angeles, CA 90046(323) 851-7223
Facebook Event Page:

2. Tyler Crook, Dave Stewart & Scott Allie—TFAW—Portland, OR
7 p.m.–10 p.m.Things From Another World—Portland Location
2916 NE Broadway StreetPortland, OR 97232(503) 284-4693
Facebook Event Page:

3. Duncan Fegredo, Laurence Campbell & Mick McMahon—Gosh! Comics—London, England
2 p.m.–4 p.m. Gosh! Comics
1 Berwick StreetLondon W1F 0DR+44 20 7636 1011
Facebook Event Page:
British Comics Month Blog Post:

4. Art Baltazar—Aw Yeah Comics—Skokie, IL
Aw Yeah Comics
4933 Oakton StreetSkokie, IL 60077(847) 423-2916
Facebook Event Page:

The Return of Philip Marlowe

Posted By on March 17, 2014

Respected Dublin based and former Booker Prize winning Irish author John Banville writing under the pen name of Benjamin Black has just published a new novel entitled The Black-Eyed Blonde.  Having good reviews so far (though I haven’t read it yet) it’s a sequel to Raymond Chandler’s The Long Goodbye.  So probably a must for Philip Marlowe fans but you might want to re-read ‘Goodbye’ first. 

As a taster here’s the second sentence:

“The telephone on my desk has the air of something that knows it’s being watched”. 

Banville seems an unlikely choice to take on such a project but I wonder if there will be a film in the pipeline?  Anyway Marlowe fans, it’s out there now.



Clockworks! AEther Salon (edited transcript)

Posted By on March 17, 2014

Bookworm Hienrichs: Welcome to this month’s Aether Salon! Today, Miss Nika Thought-werk will discuss a topic in which she certainly has experience – clockworks!

Before we proceed, some housekeeping reminders:

1) To ensure you can hear the speaker, stand or sit on the patterned carpet.

2) If you do not have a wearable chair and wish one, please contact Baron Wulfenbach.

3) Please remove all

Clockworks! AEther Salon (unedited transcript)

Posted By on March 17, 2014

[13:58] Baron Klaus Wulfenbach (klauswulfenbach.outlander) activates the Salon clank

[13:59] Selena (selenaanansi) curtsies to Baronin "Good day"

[13:59] Garnet Psaltery: Hello Wild

[13:59] Dollianna (annamated) waves to Mr Beaumont

[13:59] Bookworm Hienrichs: Welcome, Admiral, Baronin.

[13:59] Wildstar Beaumont: good evening !

[13:59] Darlingmonster Ember: Hullo Admiral

[13:59] Baron

Getting Weird in the Tiki Room with The Innsmouth Fogcutter

Posted By on March 10, 2014

Since fulfilling his wild dream of making the Cthulhu tiki mug, Jonathan “Atari” Chaffin of has decided it’s time to tackle a wilder dream…the Innsmouth Fogcutter tiki mug (with matching Esoteric Order of Dagon Fez).

This large original tiki mug is inspired by HP Lovecraft’s story “The Shadow Over Innsmouth” (you should read it if you haven’t… I’ll wait right here). Back? Good! Like I was saying, I designed a tiki mug inspired by that story and shelled out to have it prototyped. It is amazing. I need your help to send the prototype to production (a run of at least 1000). The backstory for the mug is supported by artifacts and ephemera I designed around an outline for a romantic tragedy set in Innsmouth. This romantic tragedy flows from fan theory; if you and your beloved were both raised knowing you were special and really would be together forever, what would happen if you couldn’t be?

The campaign ends Monday, March 10, at 5:00pm EST, so grab one today!

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Fox Van Rutter

Posted By on March 9, 2014

Mr. Fox van Rutter’s photograph was sent by a lady friend, who perhaps is more qualified to answer the following questions than we are.

Why is he wearing a newspaper for a shirt, a pair of curtains for a waistcoat, a cushion cover for a cravat and a Santa Claus cuddly toy for an epaulette? Was he trying to ruin everyone’s Christmas, or just ours?

Cap’n’s Cabaret #113: Shooting Hoops

Posted By on March 8, 2014

It’s the Little Sport that Could: Basketball! Once a second-tier game with a minor following, basketball is about to hit the big time!

With the growth of the new American Basketball League, this lesser-known American sport, invented a while back in the Midwest by Dr. James Naismith, is getting a new influx of money and a new surge of interest outside of the small gymnasiums, churches, and college circuits.

For those who haven’t seen the game, the goal (no pun intended) is to get a round ball into a small basket atop a pole. It’s more challenging than it looks, particularly with some six-foot behemoth between it and you.

Those who have seen it, particularly those of us who have followed New York City’s amazing Original Celtics [pictured, no relation to the Boston team; image from] know what an exciting game it can be, particularly in the last few minutes of a close game.

Watching Nat Holman in action is like watching basketball personified. He’s like “Mr. Basketball”. But he’s not alone: this Original Celtics squad alone features talents like big Joe Lapchick, John Beckman (the “Babe Ruth of Basketball”), George “Horse” Haggerty, and speedy Davey Banks.

And with this new American League things may very well pick up. Now dozens of teams proliferate across the country, from the Baltimore Orioles to the Washington Palace Five. A score of new talents is taking to the court for a non-stop scramble of an event requiring as level of strategy and coordination you’d never have assumed for such a small playing area (hardly much larger than a tennis court!). 

Yet once again the best talents may be the ones you won’t see. Our Colored brothers in Harlem have taken to the sport and love the game like no one else as a wholesome alternative to the scandal-ridden, gambling-tied sports of baseball and football.

Starting in church basements, the sport has spread like wildfire there and produced incredible talents. I’d venture the best in the world! Even the mighty Original Celtics have fallen to the Negro powerhouse known as the New York Renaissance, or “Rens” [pictured; image from].