The Darcys recently released their interpretation of Steely Dan's 1977 album Aja, which is also the second in a trilogy of releases from the Toronto band. You can download the album for free from - and we suggest you do as it's very good.

Dave Hurlow from the band has put together a Graphic Novel related 'Under The Influence' for us, from Scott Pilgrim to The Invisibles. Enjoy!




The Invisibles:

Grant Morrison's impossibly bizarre series from the 90's about freedom loving radicals who embark on violent, trippy, spiritual quests and travel through time and space in order to defeat the powers of evil who are trying to maintain status quo, enslave humanity and destroy the world. fuck. I just read that back and it sounds really lame... but actually it's really great I swear!



Jack Knight is a dude who loves to eat pizza, watch classic movies and haggle over the price of old radios while sporting rare vintage Hawaiian shirts. When his older brother is killed he is unwittingly thrust into the role of Starman, taking up the cosmic rod that wields the power of the stars! Really great alternative superhero stuff, also from the 90's, recently re-released in several volumes of sweet sweet omnibus. Big-up cameos form Batman and Hellboy and I'll throw in a sky fight with jet-pack Nazis. 


Scott Pilgrim:

I feel bad, because this bumped Art Spiegelman's Maus which really is a masterpiece, but in the end I caved. I'm such a sucker for Scott Pilgrim because his fictional life basically paralleled mine at the time of its release. Which is to say, yes I had a lot of girl problems and played bass in a struggling indie rock band, but I swear there's more to it than that! A glorious ode to Super Nintendo, the beautiful city of Toronto and the semi impoverished indie rock lifestyle. The Edgar Wright film starring Michael Cera is a pretty good adaptation but you really need to read these. 


New X-Men:

As far as I'm concerned, it just doesn't get any better than the X-Men. I grew up on those old Saturday morning cartoons and have a deep seeded emotional connection to most of the major characters. In New X-Men, Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely take super hero comics to a new level of cool. It's sexy, it's violent, it's topical, it's everything you ever wanted from a comic book. Wolverine's never looked better and it turns out that Beast might be gay. Also recently re-released in sweet sweet paper back omnibus. 


Ex Machina:

An NYC civil engineer has an accident that gives him the power to speak to machines and tell them what to do. He becomes The Great Machine, a hero who flies around in a jet pack doling out justice and yelling at elevators and such. Later he becomes the Mayor of New York City and all kinds of zany shit occurs. This series rules for so many reasons, Vaughn is a brilliant and hilarious author of dialogue and his cross genre mash up of politics and superheroes is spot on. Tony Harris (who also pencilled the bulk of Starman) ups the ante by drawing the best facial expressions in the funny book industry.