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Tuesday
Jul242012

The Story of Rock 'N' Roll Comics

The Story of Rock N Roll Comics is a documentary about Todd Loren, who was the publisher/founder of Rock N Roll and Revolution Comics.  Todd's idea was to do comics about rock bands and kind of exploit their antics in print.  The Comics featured about every hard rock band you could imagine, from Pink Floyd to Metallica, he covered the gamut.  Todd came under fire by many of the artists, and was sued in many instances, but came out on top in a landmark First Amendment case; Unfortunately Todd didn't live long enough to reap the benefits of the decision, because he was brutally murdered shortly thereafter.

The DVD was interesting, which featured some archival footage of Todd as well as interviews with many of his co-workers.  They were also able to grab Alice Cooper, who was okay with publication, to make a cameo.  Many of the artists were pissed that Todd was putting out these comics, but some of them got it, and actually partnered up with the company like Kiss (Gene Simmons specifically).  The DVD was interesting, but went on a little too long for me.  It was interesting to hear how it all came together, but after awhile it started to drag.

Bottom Line: If you dig hard rock and comics, this might appeal to you.  Also, if you dig a murder mystery, you might be intrigued as well.  Had this one been about 20min shorter, it would have been a home run.

-Ragman found the candlestick in the coat room.

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