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Guest on Chatting with Sherri Program

posted Jul 15, 2018, 5:37 PM by Nicholas Diak

This upcoming Thursday, July 19th at 1:00 pm PST, I'll be a guest on Sherri Rabinowitz's program, Chatting with Sherry. Much like Voice of Olympus, Sherri's program uses Blogtalk radio, so you can hear the episode live or stream it later. Here is the URL where the episode can be heard:

Hope yall can tune in! 

Guest on Voice of Olympus 2018-07-09

posted Jul 9, 2018, 7:54 AM by Nicholas Diak

Tonight, along with Michele Brittany, I'll be a guest on the Voice of Olympus radio program. The subject will be about cats in both H. P. Lovecraft and in Ancient Egypt. We go on at 7:00 PM PST and the episode can be streamed here:

Exotica Moderne Launch Party

posted Jul 5, 2018, 4:58 PM by Nicholas Diak

It's official! The inaugural issue of Exotica Moderne will be at The Tonga Hut in LA on Saturday, August 18th. As a contributor, I'll be one of the guests in attendance. Apparently, for this event there will also be an exclusive mai tai glass as well.

Here is a copy/paste from The House of Tabu's Instagram post for the event as well as describing the magazine:

Exotica Moderne Magazine

Launch into the Moderne era! Exotica Moderne - the magazine designed for the future - will be debuting in August at the Lowbrow Aloha! Artists Show at Hala Kahiki in River Grove, Illinois on August 5th and at LA’s oldest tiki bar, the Tonga Hut on August 18th! We’ll be at both events and if you’re in the LA area, meet cover artist Tom "Thor" Thordarson, Contributors Nicholas Diak and Joe Rocco, plus publisher Ken Holewczynski from House of Tabu.

Also exclusive to the party at Tonga Hut, will be the custom Tonga Hut & Exotica Moderne Mai Tai glass. Pick one up and have it filled with a delicious new concoction created just for the event!

Exotica Moderne is a quarterly publication showcasing the new tiki and lowbrow art and artists, exotic cocktails, kustom kulture, music and more. Focusing on where these genres have been and where they are heading, Exotica Moderne features emerging artists as well as those spearheading these movements. Where all of these subcultures meet and intersect, Exotica Moderne covers next wave of tiki and lowbrow art.

Regular Features:
Tiki with Ray, Cocktail Hour, Moving in Stereo, Private Oasis, Cocktail Hour
Special Features:Artist profiles, commentary, pinups and more!
Single Issue Sales - Subscriptions are currently not offered.

Xerxes Review and Voice of Olympus Appearance

posted Jul 2, 2018, 11:09 AM by Nicholas Diak

Two sword and sandal updates for today!

First, issue #4 of Frank Miller's Xerxes: The Fall of the House of Darius and the Rise of Alexander has been published at Fanbase Press. It can be read here:

Second, both Michele and I will be guests on tonight's Voice of Olympus program. The show starts at 6:00 pm PST, I'll be on at 6:30 pm and Michele at 7:00 pm. It will be broadcast here:

The Mercenary Films of Antonio Margheriti

posted Jun 25, 2018, 7:58 AM by Nicholas Diak

I'm extremely excited to have a new essay published at the Cold War-era pop culture website We Are the Mutants. I've composed an essay called "Welcome to the Jungle: Fun and Games in Antonio Margheriti’s 1980s Mercenary Films." Really happy with this one as I got to dive back into the world of Margheriti and leverage my master's thesis, but also excited for the opportunity to write for WATM. 

The essay can be read here:

Dinosaur Island and RetroModernism Panel

posted Jun 22, 2018, 8:56 AM by Nicholas Diak

Today the new Jurassic Park film is released into theaters. To commemorate the new film and the legacy of the franchise as a whole, Fanbase Press is doing a series of articles on Jurassic Park. I've contributed an article about the Choose Your Own Adventure book Dinosaur Island. It can be read here:

Also, back during Comic Con Revolution, I was on a panel about 80s appearing back in pop culture. The panel was recorded and it can be listened to here:

Essay In Upcoming Tiki Magazine Exotica Moderne

posted Jun 15, 2018, 8:27 AM by Nicholas Diak

The Tiki mug company House of Tabu is launching a new magazine called Exotica Moderne. I've contributed an article to the inaugural issue called "Tiki-Noir in Fritz Lang's While the City Sleeps." The magazine will be out later this summer. Check out the House of Tabu link below for more information.

Dead Reckonings Contributor Copy

posted Jun 12, 2018, 9:42 PM by Nicholas Diak

Back to back publishing news! I've received my contributor copy of Dead Reckonings #23 from Hippocampus Press. My essay on Gary Myers and his various versions of "House of the Worm" is in this issue.

Nicholas Diak Dead Reckonings 23 Hippocampus Press

The journal can be ordered from the publisher's website:

Stranger Things Book!

posted Jun 10, 2018, 11:09 PM by Nicholas Diak

I've received my contributor's copy of Kevin Wetmore's Stranger Things book. It's fantastic to have an essay in this wonderful academic anthology!

The book can be found at McFarland's website:

Nicholas Diak Stranger Things Synthwave

Xerxes #3 Review Published and Voice of Olympus Appearance

posted Jun 4, 2018, 2:21 PM by Nicholas Diak

My review of issue #3 of Frank Miller's Xerxes comic is now published online at Fanbase Press. This is a great, artistic issue with every page being a double spread. The review can be found here:

Also tonight, both Michele and I will be on the Voice of Olympus program. We will be on at 6:30 PM PST. It will be streamed here:

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