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by Zane Austin Grant

5 Aug 2009

It seems it is impossible to be a moral citizen in Mega-City One, the dystopian future city for which Judge Dredd serves as law enforcement and quick judiciary.  Pretty much everyone is breaking a law, often even those who are filing complaints, so any time one gets near a ‘Judge’, they are probably going to receive a relatively harsh sentence.  Young perpetrators, or “Y.P.s” as the judges call them, receive equally cruel sentences for their misdemeanors.

Writer John Wagner and artist Ron Smith addressed the issue of graffiti and youth crime in two 1981 issues of 2000 AD, the comics magazine that to this day serializes the ‘Dredd’ stories.  Following the teenage Marlon Shakespeare through his school days, in which he attends a compulsory class about his future titled ‘unemployment’, he is instructed to find a hobby and stay out of trouble.  After all, finding a job in a city with an 87% unemployment rate is highly unlikely, another class lesson.  The hobbies of his family are absurdly boring, so Marlon has decides to be the biggest ‘scrawler’ (graffiti artist) in the city. Using the tag name ‘Chopper’, Marlon gets into a graffiti war with a rival scrawler who goes by ‘The Phantom’. 

The art war escalates from skyscrapers to monuments, until the final scene in which the two scrawlers plan to tag the Statue of Judgement, a giant statue of a judge that overshadows the Statue of Liberty.  In the panel above, Chopper finds out the surprising identity of his rival and the meaning of resistance in his ungovernable police state before tricking the Judges in a surprise ending.

by PopMatters Staff

5 Aug 2009

Flaming Lips fan will dig Stardeath and White Dwarfs who have just released their latest video. Band leader Dennis Coyne is the nephew of the Lips’ Wayne Coyne and they trade in a similar brand of psychedelic pop.

by Matt Mazur

5 Aug 2009

A-list actors, director and material = the biggest Oscar bait of the year. Could be awesome, could be a mess, but either way the trailer looks intriguing, if a bit too revealing of plot.

by PopMatters Staff

5 Aug 2009

Arctic Monkeys
Humbug
(Domino)
Releasing: 25 August 2009 (US) / 24 August 2009 (UK)

SONG LIST
01 My Propeller    
02 Crying Lightning
03 Dangerous Animals  
04 Secret Door  
05 Potion Approaching   
06 Fire and the Thud  
07 Cornerstone  
08 Dance Little Liar  
09 Pretty Visitors   
10 The Jeweller’s Hands

by PopMatters Staff

5 Aug 2009

YACHT have just released their new video for “Psychic City (Voodoo City)”. They are quite emphatic in stressing they aren’t endorsing the occult in this depiction of contrasts of “good” and “evil”.

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Players Lose Control in ‘Tales from the Borderlands’

// Moving Pixels

"This is an interactive story in which players don’t craft the characters, we just control them.

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