Wednesday, November 12, 2014

The Atomic Elbow "Only Wrestling Is Real" Shirts Available NOW!

UPDATE: Okay, so the information below basically doesn't matter because these shirts are sold out now. There my be a reprint on a different color in early 2015.

Thanks to all of you.

Hey.

I had some more shirts made.

They look like this:


That's pretty great, right? RIGHT. These were made by the good people at Lehigh Valley Apparel Creations and they look really good.

Here's a close-up of the print on the front. It's on the left hand side.


I added that ruler so you can see how big it is. If you're not in the USA or Zaire, you would probably recognize that size as approximately 10.5 centimeters.

Here's what the back looks like:


It's basically the best shirt. But here's the thing. There are only 30 of them. Now, I'm not saying there won't be more later, but I am saying that there are only 30 right now and a reprint of this spectacular design is not guaranteed. I'm not trying to tell you how to live your life, but if you want one, you should maybe get one now.

I'm going to charge $11 for these shirts, plus $4.00 shipping in the US. Is that fair? I hope that's fair. I'm still trying to wrap my head around the fact that I have to pay for envelopes. I used to just take them from work when I worked at the campus bookstore. I feel okay telling you that because they laid me off after working there for 10 years, and the envelopes I took were ones that had already been used by Cindy in the accounting department. Cindy got laid off, too. I have a job now and I like that place too much to take their envelopes. I hope Cindy is okay.

International friends, I'm sorry in advance for the ridiculous cost of shipping.

So, yeah, head on over to The Atomic Elbow online store and buy a shirt. And maybe some other stuff.

Thanks!

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

STATUS REPORT: October 8, 2014



Here are some statements that are true:
  • *The "First Four Issues" collection is sold out and out of print. It might be reprinted, but honestly, I think I may have reached everyone I'm gonna reach with that material, so unless someone comes along and offers to work with me on a reprint, it might be gone for good.
  • *Issues 5 through 11 are in print and available right now from the online store.
  • *Issues 5, 6, 7, and 8 are limited to stock on hand and then I think I am going to allow them to go out of print as well.
  • *I have been asked whether I intend to collect issues 5, 6, 7, and 8 in a book. I would like to do this, but I'm not sure if it's necessary (see my comment above re: reaching everyone I'm gonna reach.) Also, given the cost of printing a book and the minimum quantities involved with the process, this is probably not something I can do without help.
  • *Speaking of all of this, if you know a publisher who might be interested in working with me on these collections, send him or her my way. 
  • *I still have a few t-shirts available for only eight dollars (plus shipping).
  • *Probably going to have a new Atomic Elbow t-shirt available this winter. Just in time for cold weather!
  • *Issue 12 will be out by the end of 2014. You guys keep reading this thing, so I have no plans to stop making it.
  • *I'm bad at marketing and I kind of hate money, but if you have a friend (or even an enemy) that you think would like my 'zine, maybe send them my way?
  • *Also, I'm trying to get more cool stores to sell my thing, like Bizarro Wuxtry in Athens, GA and Holy Mountain in Tulsa, OK to sell my 'zine. If you know of a cool place like these, send them my way.
  • *Sorry to keep asking you guys to do my marketing work for me. Also sorry to keep using the phrase "send them my way."
  • *For real, thank you for reading The Atomic Elbow. I never thought more than eight or nine people would be into this. Turns out I was wrong. There are at least eleven people reading this 'zine. Thanks to all of you forever.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

The Atomic Elbow: Issue 11

WE DID IT!

I'm not 100% sure what we did, but I do know this. There are now eleven issues of The Atomic Elbow. That's kind of weird, I guess, but also pretty awesome, even though that's kind of bragging a little bit. I shouldn't do that.

ANYWAY...

You know what's up. Issue Eleven is what's up!


Look at it! It looks good. It's yellow. Everyone likes yellow things. But what's on the inside? Well, I'll tell you!


Sam Mickens watched every single WrestleMania match featuring The Undertaker. Then he wrote about it for you. What an awesome guy he is!


Shawn Daughhetee wrote about Dolph Ziggler and how she thinks he is great. I like Shawn, and you should like Shawn, so the things that Shawn likes are also things that you should think about liking.


Scott Holland went to SummerSlam in 1994. It took him two decades, but he finally got around to writing about it.


Michael Francis is from the magical wonderland of Australia. Did you know they have wrestling there? Let him tell you about it, why don't you?


I don't know a whole lot about Texas wrestling in the 1980s, but that sure didn't stop me from writing about it. It was fun. Will I watch more? Will I write about it? You'll have to read this article to find out!



There's also more art by 11-year-old Black Cat.


And more amazing art from the Hand of Beaver.

Now, you're probably thinking that all of this has to cost at least thirty dollars. But you are wrong. All of this is still five American dollars, and that price includes shipping within the USA. What a bargain! You can get yours right now at The Atomic Elbow Online Store. Go get yours now!

Friday, June 6, 2014

The Tenth Issue of The Atomic Elbow


Look at that! It's the 10th issue of The Atomic Elbow. You know what happens now, right? I'm going to try to get you to buy it. I really think you should. It's good, and I think you would like it.

Let's take a look inside:


The inside covers have some drawings of wrestlers that The Black Cat (co-host of The Old School Wrestling Podcast) did when he was eleven years old.

There's a story about the time Corwin Gibson kind of went to Brie Bella and Daniel Bryan's wedding. Don't worry, it's not creepy. The whole thing was filmed for an episode of Total Divas.


Box Brown made a comic book biography of Andre the Giant. You've probably heard of it because it was a New York Times Bestseller. No big deal. This issue has an interview with Box and some never-before published pages that were too hot for his publisher to put in the book. Or maybe they were cut for space and pacing reasons. But I'm going to tell you it's because they were too hot. They weren't. But I'm going to tell you they were. Box Brown is an awesome dude. For real.


Our friend J. "Anonymous" Rex went to WrestleMania. Remember WrestleMania? It's this wrestling festival they have every year? Anyway, apparently it's a "thing." Read this article and find out what the heck is up with that whole thing...


I wrote about another episode of that Hulk Hogan cartoon. In this one, some children almost kill some pedestrians and then they beat up some cops. It's fun.


Chris Sims wrote an article about William Regal. That sentence should be all you need to convince your brain that you need to read this article. I mean, really.


If you're a living human being, you have probably wondered what happened on WCW's Nitro every time it was broadcast from Chicago. Luckily, Scott Holland's here to give you that information. Well, not here, exactly. What I mean is that his words are in this 'zine. You know what's up.


These pictures are getting kind of blurry because I was hungry and my dinner was sitting out on the table and I didn't want a cat to eat it. Sorry. What I'm not sorry about is this interview with the dudes from the band Vaderbomb by Avery Boysenberry.


There's also another illustration by the always magnificent Hand of Beaver. You're gonna love it. You'll probably love Chips & Beer magazine, too. Beaver's work is all over that thing.


All of this is still only five of your American dollars and that price includes domestic postage. I'm not sure how long I can keep that deal up, but it's still going on now and that's what matters.

So, fire up the ol' PayPal machine and head on over to The Official Atomic Elbow Online Store to get your copy today. I'll send you some stickers and stuff, too.

Thanks!

Friday, March 21, 2014

The Atomic Elbow: Issue Nine!


I thought it would be thematically appropriate to cram a copy of The Atomic Elbow #9 in a camellia bush because it's the first or second day of Spring, but I don't know. It looks like I just put a thing in a tree and I don't think the theme really comes across, you know?

ANYWAY, the ninth issue of The Atomic Elbow is now available!

The first 100 copies have gold foil stamping on the cover, 1990s Spider-Man style!

This one starts off with an amazing drawing of the Four Horsemen by the Hand of Beaver.



There's an interview with host of TBS's "Dinner and a Movie" and nWo member (4 Life!) Paul Gilmartin!


There's an article about the time I went to a wrestling show in Pennsylvania (there's very little writing about wrestling in this article).


There's an interview with CHIKARA's Mike Quackenbush. I chose a barely readable font for the title. It's like I'm Raygun magazine over here or something...


Scott "Star of Savage" Holland is back with an article about independent wrestling and why you should be paying more attention to it (hint: because it is great). 



Scott Stripling made a comic about Arn Anderson, and that's in this issue, too!


J. "Anonymous" Rex wrote a review of the A.J. Lee fanzine Total Girl Chaos.



And there's another over-long, digression-filled, overly-critical article about a wrestling event you've probably never seen. It's also got a reference to mid-90s NASCAR. It's an Atomic Elbow tradition!


All of this and more is waiting for you right now in the Atomic Elbow Online Store! GO GET IT! Thanks!








Thursday, December 26, 2013

The Atomic Elbow issue 8 is on sale now!

Hello again.

I made another issue, because that's what I do.


Maybe some of these photos aren't the best, but you know what ink on paper looks like, right? I'm counting on you for that much. You're one of the good ones. Always have been.

Anyway, wrestling fanzines, right? RIGHT!

Here's what this one's got for you:


More words about that infernal Hulk Hogan cartoon. That thing haunts my dreams. Anyway, you can read about it rather than watching it, and frankly anything you do to avoid watching it is a good plan. 


There's an article about everybody's favorite rapper John Cena by the Wil Jones, the editor of everybody's favorite action movie fanzine.


Scott Holland's back with an analysis of the 1994 Royal Rumble.


Issue 8 has an in-depth interview with Justin "Marion Fontaine" Nottke, the man behind The Extravaganza of Wrestling Exhibitions, among other things.


Kieran Shiach of the Have A Nice Day Podcast wrote an article about Biker Undertaker and Santino Marella (and some other stuff).


I went to the Superstars of Wrestling Fanfest in Rome, Georgia and wrote a little bit about it. Also some stuff about bookstore cats and Thai restaurants.

This one also has comics and drawings from the following artists:



and


So, yeah, maybe you would like to buy a copy? I hope you would like to do that. It's only five dollars, which still includes postage in the USA. Why not head on over to The Atomic Elbow Online Store and buy one now? We would both be glad if you did. (By "both," I mean both me and you. That sentence looks a little weird. It's not like I've got a "Basket Case" situation going on over here. I'm still just one dude. Anyway, thanks.)



Tuesday, September 10, 2013

The Atomic Elbow Issue 7.

Hello!


That's the 7th issue of The Atomic Elbow right there. It's ready for you to order in The Atomic Elbow Online Store right now!

This one's got a wrap-around cover!


That's great, right? But I'll bet you want to know what's inside. Okay. This one has:


An article about wrestling superstar Virgil, written and illustrated by Corwin Gibson!


A report on the Chikara Tag World Grand Prix Tournament by Ed Blair!


An absolutely incredible comic by Kyle Starks!


Some thoughts on Brutus "The Barber" Beefcake from Scott T. "Star of Savage" Holland!


And an article I wrote that is (mostly) about the episode of Nitro on which "Hollywood" Hulk Hogan wrestled Bill Goldberg. This also features an illustration by Beaver that is so good you're gonna have to buy the 'zine to see it.

It's still only five dollars. That includes postage in the USA. Head on over to The Atomic Elbow Online Store to get yours.

Oh, and hey, the collection of the first four issues of The Atomic Elbow is now available from the good folks at Evil Weevil Records. I have a very small amount of individual copies of issues 1, 2, and 3. I have reduced the price on these to $3.00. These will not be reprinted now that the book exists. It's cheaper to buy the book, really, but I'm selling these at my cost plus postage just to get 'em out of the house. Thanks! Now go buy things from me!