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November 5, 2008


U.S. President-elect Barack Obama also beat Senator John McCain in comic book sales. Barack's comic is outselling McCain's by 18%, according to the Los Angeles Times' Jacket Copy blog.

Obama's comic book is outselling McCain's by 18 percentage points (Obama 59%, McCain 41%), according to IDW, publisher of the graphic novel style biographies of the candidates (more at Hero Complex). Mike Malve, owner of the four Atomic Comics stores in Phoenix (in McCain's home state of Arizona), reports that Obama is outselling not only McCain, but also Batman, Spider-Man, X-Men and Captain America — and as far as we know, the senator from Illinois isn't a mutant and doesn't live in the Bat Cave.

TIME interviews author Margaret Atwood.

Prefix celebrates Barack Obama's victory with a downloadable mixtape.

Amazon is selling the digital version of Queen's News of the World album for $1.99 today.

Election t-shirt of the day: "I Voted for Obama"

PopMatters recaps this year's CMJ Music Marathon.

Amazon editors lists their 100 best books of 2008, including the following Largehearted Boy Book Notes participants:

Knockemstiff, by Donald Ray Pollock
The Monsters of Templeton, by Lauren Groff
The Gargoyle, by Andrew Davidson
The Alcoholic, by Jonathan Ames & Dean Haspiel
Bottomless Belly Button, by Dash Shaw
Ms. Hempel Chronicles, by Sarah Shun-lien Bynum

IGN lists 8 great modern Britpop albums.

Share your iTunes playlists at SonicSwap.

The Los Angeles Times' Pop & Hiss blog gathers early reviews of the Flaming Lips' film, Christmas on Mars (out November 11th on DVD).

OnMilwaukee interviews Scott Lucas of Local H.

So, when you hear of another two-person band like, say, The White Stripes getting a ton of press and praise for being inventive and unique for doing the two-piece thing, do you ever wonder where the heck all that attention was for you?

SL: You can kind of get into that, I mean, you can kind of see that, but I mean we didn’t invent this thing. You know, the first band I heard doing it was The Flatduo Jets.

I think something like The White Stripes, it was more a debt to those guys cause I mean most of the two-pieces that were happening when we were coming up was the blues-based bands, so like them and Chickasaw Mudd Puppies were this kind of thing...that’s probably where the two-piece thing came from is, you know, them – the Mississippi tall tale blues-type things.

Continuum is calling for authors for its 33 1/3 series of books on seminal albums.

io9 lists science fiction novels that caused political change.

The Oregonian profiles cartoonist Nate Powell, the genius behind one of the year's best graphic novels, Swallow Me Whole (see the Oregonian's review of the book).

T-shirt of the day: anything from

Daytrotter posted an in-studio Born Ruffians session yesterday.

Southern Shelter is sharing mp3s of Deerhunter's Halloween Atlanta performance.

At NPR's Book Tour, Paul Theroux reads from his latest book, Ghost Train to the Eastern Star: On the Tracks of the Great Railway Bazaar.

also at Largehearted Boy:

daily mp3 downloads
Try It Before You Buy It (mp3s and full album streams from this week's CD releases)
this week's CD releases


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