The PopCulteer
August 18, 2023

We have a couple of cool things to tell you about this week while we are still recovering from our epic road trip.

I Wish The Gods Were Dead

First, it’s a Kickstarter note on a very short campaign that wraps up in about a week.

I’ve been telling you about Anthony Stokes’ comics for over a year now. He’s one of the most exciting young storytellers to turn up on the scene, and hot on the heels of his excellent Tap or Die comic he has a new project, a fantasy Manga-style comic book called I Wish The Gods Were Dead.

Here’s how Stokes describes the series:

How far would you go to avenge a loved one?

After stumbling upon a powerful ancient relic, an overlord enslaves humanity using giant animals as overseers. After her brother is killed, Shyanne becomes humanity’s last hope. She regularly battles with giant monsters, rarely coming out unscathed.

Insurmountable odds be damned Shyanne is ready to risk it all to get revenge and save humanity in the process.

Fans of Berserk and Attack On Titan will love I Wish The Gods Were Dead. It’s a must read for manga fans.

I’m interested to see how Stokes works with a more fantastic setting. Joining Stokes on this series is artist Andrea Virnicchi.

Stokes has quickly established himself as a major creative force on the comics scene, and it’s a treat to get to watch as he broadens his scope and grows as a storyteller, taking on new genre and building grand new mythologies.

Once again, this book was already fully-funded before I had a chance to tell you about it. If you want to see another great project from Stokes, Kick in while you can.

Go Back To 1978 On MIRRORBALL

Mel Larch’s Disco Showcase, MIRRORBALL, returns Friday.  At 2 PM on The AIR, Mel Larch devotes the full hour of MIRRORBALL to the Disco Hits of 1978, one of the peak years of classic dance music.  The AIR is PopCult‘s sister radio station. You can hear these shows on The AIR website, or just click on the embedded player found elsewhere on this page.

Basking in in the glow of the previous year’s Saturday Night Fever, Disco burst out of the clubs and into the mainstream as dance beats took over the top 40 and could be heard everywhere! The country may be been in the midst of the great malaise, but people put on their boogie shoes and danced away from their problems as the seventies wound down. Get ready for a full hour of Disco: 1978.

It’s a killer time capsule of primo Disco tunes from forty-five years ago. Check out the playlist…


A Taste of Honey “Boogie Oogie Oogie”
Chaka Khan “Some Love”
Musique “Keep On Jumpin'”
Sylvester “Disco Heat”
Chic “I Want Your Love”
Dan Hartman “Instant Replay”
Village People “Sodom and Gomorrah”
The Jacksons “Blame It On The Boogie”
Average White Band “Same Feeling, Different Song”
Andy Gibb “Shadow Dancing”
Peaches and Herb “Shake Your Groove Thing”

You can hear MIRRORBALL every Friday at 2 PM, with replays throughout the following week Monday at 9 AM and Tuesday at 1 PM and a mini-marathon Saturday nights at 9 PM

At 3 PM we bring you an encore of a classic episode of Sydney’s Big Electric Cat that was the second of two shows that presented music by by prominent New Wave musicians in the years well after the New Wave boom of the 1980s went bust.

Here’s the playlist…

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Elvis Costello and The Imposters “Mr. And Mrs. Hush” (2018)
Blondie “Love Level” (2017)
“Glen Matlock “I Couldn’t Give A Damn” (2018)
Garland Jeffires “Streetwise” (2011)
The Stranglers “Relentless” (2006)
Hugh Cornwell “Delightful Nightmare” (2008)
Hazel O’Connor “Good Morning Heartache” (2017)
Adam Ant “Punkyounggirl” (2013)
Suicidal Tendancies “Ain’t Messin’ Around” (2018)
The Damned “Daily Liar” (2018)
OMD “Metroland” (2013)
The Go Gos “Stuck In My Car (2001)
Paul Weller “Satellite Kid” (2017)
Killing Joke “New Jeruselem” (2015)
Dexys “I’m Always Going To Love You” (2012)
a-ha “Giving Up The Ghost” (2015)
Cyndi Lauper “Mother Earth” (2010)
The B 52s “Eyes Wide Open” (2008)
Bad Manners “Shape I’m In” (2013)
The English Beat with Dave Wakeling “Every Time You Told Me” (2018)
Annie Lennox “Mood Indigo” (2014)
Ultravox “Brilliant” (2012)

Sydney’s Big Electric Cat is produced at Haversham Recording Institute in London, and can be heard every Friday at 3 PM, with replays Saturday afternoon, Monday at 7 AM, Tuesday at 8 PM, Wednesday at Noon and Thursday at 10 AM, exclusively on The AIR. Two classic episodes can also be heard every Sunday, starting at 10 AM.

And that is this week’s PopCulteer. Check back every day for fresh content.