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What a character

Some recent work by Dayton comic artist Jay King, better known as “Rusty Shackles”

Digital artist combines pop culture savvy, comic art skill and music fandom for business By Tim Anderl When self-taught digital comic artist Jay King fell in love with food blogger Brandy Voiles (now Brandy King), their whirlwind courtship landed King in the land of square-shaped pizza – Dayton. Operating under the moniker Rusty Shackles, King […]

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Commentary Forum, 12/6/11

Nuts? “Squirrel Lady” is guilty of a big heart By  Tim Anderl Trespassing: present participle of trespass (Verb). Enter the owner’s land or property without permission. — Merriam Webster’s Dictionary During the winter of 2010, Dayton was hit with a storm that filled streets, sidewalks and driveways with inches of snow. I returned from my […]

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Spin It: Tender Mercy

Tender Mercy, The Road To Good Intention Is Paved With Hell EP [Drunkenstein Records] Tender Mercy’s The Road To Good Intention Is Paved With Hell is an exploratory and experimental record, unlike anything I’ve recently laid ears on. Free of rock cynicism or pompous overproduction, the record emerges as an incredibly personal portrait of former […]

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Cowtown releases its “creatures”

Columbus new-wavers Phantods visit Blind Bob’s By Tim Anderl In 2009, a female-fronted, new-wave quintet comprised of local music veterans emerged in Columbus and their kooky and campy self-titled debut was released to rave reviews in the blogosphere and national indie music press. Almost immediately the band found themselves on the College Music Journal Top […]

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It came from the shadows

Dayton writer publishes captivating horror novella By Tim Anderl In 2008 a challenge from a friend inspired K.W. (Kathleen) Taylor to put pen to paper and by October 2011, Taylor’s first horror novella, “We Shadows Have Offended,” was reaching Barnes and Noble store shelves and Amazon’s electronic book shop. “The prompt was supposed to be […]

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Front Row: Drive A

Los Angeles rockers peel in to the Attic Club in Kettering With tours supporting everyone from the Used to Alkaline Trio and HIM in their rearview mirror, radical Los Angeles punk quartet Drive A are revving up their engines for a headlining run they’re calling the “Let’s Get Wrecked” tour that brings them to the […]

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In the eyes of tiger

Elbow grease and imagination yield award-winning motorcycles By Tim Anderl In 1978, the Misfits, a band widely recognized for their unyielding approach to punk rock recorded “We Are 138.” For unconventional motorcycle designer and fabricator, Cole Rogers, “138” became the moniker and mantra for a 2-year-old custom cycle fabrication business that has been widely recognized […]

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Spin It: Part Chimp / Torche

Part Chimp / Torche Split [Chunklet Industries] To celebrate their November U.S. tour together, sludgy English rock band Part Chimp teamed with Florida metal maestros Torche for a limited-edition (500 copies pressed), split 12” record.  For their half of the split, Torche deliver their take on three classics from Dayton hometown heroes Guided By Voices. […]

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From the pavement to the gallery

Skate culture and art collide in the work of Don Pendleton By Tim Anderl Active in skate art for over a decade, Dayton-based artist Don Pendleton creates cubist folk art that incorporates insects, animals and ambiguous characters to create a tense narrative about how creatures cohabitate in the same space.  As a full-time, in-house artist […]

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Get your freak on

Costumed partygoers invade Oregon District for Annual Hauntfest on Fifth by Tim Anderl Thousands of sexy and spooky partygoers will converge on downtown Dayton to celebrate all that goes bump in the night at the annual Hauntfest on Fifth celebration. In its 26th year, Hauntfest on Fifth takes place in Dayton’s Oregon District on East […]

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On craft and craftsmanship

In the studio with Landon Crowell By Eva Buttacavoli Photo: Landon Crowell, Inertia in Light of a Likely Disaster, 2011. Wood, […]

Modern masters, talking turkeys and the king himself

Your summer roadmap to art in Cincinnati By Susan Byrnes Photo: Trenton Doyle Hancock, “Hot Coals in Soul,” 2010. Acrylic and […]

International flavor, Midwest vibe

Annual Festival of Nations returns By Andy Hertel Photo: The Brazil delegation proudly represents its country at the 2012 Festival of […]

It’s my party

Troy Hayner Cultural Center rings in 100 years By Alyssa Reck Photo: Hayner Days will begin at 11 a.m. on Aug. […]

Scene around the fence

Beautifying a Yellow Springs construction space By Tammy Newsom Photo:  This is a wall of many capers. A Young’s Dairy […]

Drawn on the lawn

Annual Art on the Lawn event returns By Evan Shaub Photo: A musician performs at 2013’s Art on the Lawn event; […]