DO YOU REMEMBER ROCK’N’ROLL RADIO? #1: $5, 10¼” x 7”, 28 pgs.

The story, adapted from a column by a former record store and record label owner, is about the last time he ever met the Ramones. As a story, it’s a great read. The prose touches on concepts of aging, increasing irrelevance, and the fading cultural ghost of rock‘n’roll. To the kids who listen to the Ramones, the band exists in mythic-like tales, as ghosts of an age of rock that no longer exists. But to Bela Koe-Krompecher, the Ramones were flesh and blood entities. They were record collectors, stoners, and all around great guys who looked out for people they considered their friends. Bela contemplates all of this when he sees a Ramones T-shirt worn by a junkie, and reminisces about his experiences interacting with the band. Though the story was excellent, I can’t in good consciousness say that as a comic book it worked insanely well. Some panels got too bogged down by text and a good chunk of text had to be kept as omniscient narration because it would have either taken too many pages to adapt it graphically or there is no real way to show it visually. This dwelling on abstract thought is antithetical to a comic book and only really works in the prose medium. But those are the dangers of adapting a prose story into such a format. Grade: B. –Bryan Static (Nix Rock’n’Roll Comics, nixcomics.com)