Close to the Ground | 16th June

Hello, Friday. Here are some things:

Freddy Carrasco

Let me share with you this news via a blog post by the creative writer behind alternative comics crit/fan site Comics & Cola and ShortBox, a subscription based box-of-original-alt-comics publisher. They’ve just announced their latest collaboration with the swedes at Peow studios, contributing a completely new work, Hot Summer Nights.

lurking via by Freddy Carrasco

Peow studios is delivering the unique talent of Toronto based afro-futurist animator-illustrator Freddy Carrasco to the sub-box. 

Go read ShortBox’s article which brings with it a short preview of Carrasco’s contribution.

Freddy also does dope mixes. listen here.


An interview with Seth Price by the villiage psychic about their street installations sparks the kind of conversation I love about metropolitan street skating; the invisible lines between public, private, and privately-owned public space, which is real.

the nose bonk is pretty clear. “unskateable” my salt sweat shoestring belt.


And lastly, there’s still time to wrap up good in the oddest throwback range of softies avaliable.

Would an actual journalist query the exact machinations behind such designs by the boys at Parliament skate shop and No Cure magazine feature creature Luke Day

Surely, or else we wouldn’t have a bar for base journalistic standards to never attain.

Get in-store now if you’re after that reassuring nod of approval from yr homies at next week’s Bracken Ridge GSD activities.

If there’s other shit going down in brisbane for GSD then I’m sure you know about it. 

Have a rad weekend.

@malaiseskate –

Stokoe’s Dead Orbit is about to land

Like a Xenomorph to the flamethrower, absolute loose nail James Stokoe’s new run with IDW on an official Alien story is looking like it’ll melt more than just minds in this preview from Paste.

Stokoe’s created licensed work in the past with IDW on Godzilla: Half-Century War and Godzilla In Hell. Both are monuments to their source material, and true adaptations in that Stokoe is sure to not let the weight of cannon get in the way of a total aesthetic retake. And yeah, even the king of kaiju isn’t safe from continuity hell.

His drawing style is highly obsessive. Heavy detail with just a formative nod to technicality is a stellar fit to the acid-oozing, organic plethora of Giger-esque alien technology, gum and tape bound space suits and dank, abandoned industrial structures.

Quickly inhale this preview of Dead Orbit before waiting for the cold dark space of that empty spot on your bookshelf to be filled this April.










Aliens: Dead Orbit/Predator: Hunters Ashcan Cover and Interior Art by James Stokoe