Open-uri20140816-2-d5cd5x_thumb

Jeff Ayers

Writer, Reviewer, Violinist

Saratoga Springs, NY

Jeff Ayers

Boba Fett is my spirit animal.

Open-uri20141119-2-k1mhm7_profile

As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride

It is a rare feat for any movie to stand the test of time and be considered a “classic.”. It is even rarer for a movie that was modestly received upon release to have new life breathed into it and vaulted to the upper echelon of cherished films. The Princess Bride is one of the few movies (if not the only one) to achieve such a feat while also crossing multiple genres and incorporating everything from pirates and giants, to romance and fairy tales, all as a story within a story.
Bookreporter.com Link to Story
Open-uri20140911-2-jr6mfs_profile

Moonhead and the Music Machine

In his first full-length graphic novel, Andrew Rae takes great care to craft a well-written, beautifully drawn adventure through high school. MOONHEAD AND THE MUSIC MACHINE opens a new window onto the hardships that children face when trying to navigate the adolescent landscape and attempting to fit into the crowd.
Graphic Novel Reporter Link to Story
Open-uri20140922-2-d705u2_profile

Interview: Rob Caggiano of Volbeat talks tour with Five Finger Death Punch and coming back to Upstate New York

The massive success of Volbeat and Five Finger Death Punch in the last year has led to a co-headlining tour that is built on epic proportions. The lineup is filled out by rockers Hellyeah and Nothing More, and will wind up playing two shows in the Upstate area. I got the chance to talk with Rob Caggiano, the new guitarist of Volbeat, as well as alumni of the bands Anthrax and The Damned Things.
Upstate Live Music Guide Link to Story
Open-uri20141016-2-29o6zt_profile

Hearing Aide: Unearth Brings Metal Mastery with ‘Watchers of Rule’

Unearth has remained present in the metal landscape for over fifteen years. This has everything to do with their work ethic, constant touring, and producing quality albums for that entire time. Their newest record, Watchers of Rule, is another incredible heavy masterpiece from this band that has consistently kept metalcore music heavy as ever.
Upstate Live Music Guide Link to Story
Open-uri20141108-2-jfhvzy_profile

43 years ago, the album with no name was released to the world by LED ZEPPELIN

In 1970, Led Zeppelin had received varied and lukewarm reception of their latest album, Led Zeppelin III. So when they went into the studio to record their next effort, Jimmy Page decided to leave the record untitled, with only four symbols representing the four band members. “We decided that on the fourth album, we would deliberately play down the group name, and there wouldn’t be any information whatsoever on the outer jacket”, Page explained.
Neon Gods Link to Story
Open-uri20140904-2-101lcgz_profile

Death of Wolverine #1 Review! “The End”

Through the last few decades, Wolverine has become a household name, and has gained an incredible amount of fame in and outside the culture of comics. One would have never thought that Marvel would toy with the idea of killing off this immensely popular character, until now, when they totally are going to do just that.
Comic Book Herald Link to Story
Open-uri20140911-2-o5s4pm_profile

DEATH OF WOLVERINE #2 Review! “Poison”

Fresh on the heels of the first issue, DEATH OF WOLVERINE 2 hit the shelves this week. Marvel plans on pumping out all four issues in this month, so the beloved character will be good and buried by October. Smart play on their part, because drawing out this event at this point would be tedious and lose momentum.
Comic Book Herald Link to Story
Open-uri20141004-2-1d1es56_profile

Death of Wolverine #3 Review! “Seppuku”

Here we are, only one issue away from Wolverine’s actual death. As always with these specific reviews, there will be a ton of SPOILERS, so read on at your own risk. Lets jump right into this penultimate issue of this four part mini-series. First of all, the title evokes a certain air right off the bad.
Comic Book Herald Link to Story
Open-uri20141016-2-klqqwl_profile

DEATH OF WOLVERINE #4 Review! “History” – (SPOILERS!)

First of all, this review contains MAJOR SPOILERS about this mini-series. I know that many of you might only read these reviews, maybe because you don’t collect Wolverine, or don’t read comics at all. But this event is pretty significant to all of the Marvel Universe, hell, it’s pretty damn significant to anyone and everyone who knows who Wolverine is.
Comic Book Herald Link to Story
Open-uri20141018-2-dgpsh9_profile

Interview: Hellyeah! Vinnie Paul talks about touring, Blood for Blood, and the story behind Rebel Meets Rebel

In the world of hard rock and heavy metal, there are drummers, and then there is Vinnie Paul. Starting up his first project in 1981, which would soon become the game-changing metal band Pantera, Vinnie has been delivering crushing drum beats for three solid decades. When tragedy struck in 2004 while playing with Damageplan, it was unclear if Vinnie would ever play drums again.
Upstate Live Music Guide Link to Story
Open-uri20140922-2-tp5t94_profile

Don’t Ban Our Comics! #1: Jeff Ayers reflects on THE KILLING JOKE

I remember going into my local comic shop when I first started collecting comics circa 1994. I was mesmerized by the sheer vastness of comics there were, and had no real idea what direction my collecting would take me. But this shop, like most others, had prized books --- the gems of the collection, or the owners personal favorites --- adorning the top of the wall: books like THE DEATH OF SUPERMAN, various older X-Men and Spider-Man books, and BATMAN: THE KILLING JOKE, which totally caught my eye.
Graphic Novel Reporter Link to Story
Open-uri20140920-2-1bcyxev_profile

Interview: Dan Maines, bassist of Clutch, talks Upstate NY, a new record, and The Walking Dead

When Clutch came to Upstate Concert Hall in September, I was lucky enough to sit down with the bassist, Dan Maines. The lineup of the band has added members to it’s roster over the years, but the core lineup of Dan, Neil Fallon, Jean-Paul Gaster and Tim Sult has remained the constant for over twenty years.
Upstate Live Music Guide Link to Story

About

Jeff Ayers

I started reading at a very young age with my parents. My father read the comic strips in the paper with me, like Spider-Man, Calvin and Hobbes, and Peanuts. Later, my love of reading blossomed into books, graphic novels and comic books. I also am a classically trained violinist, playing with the Empire State Youth Orchestra program as a child, and played electric violin with the progressive metal band Lore(1997-2003) and the experimental rock and roll band Skeletons in the Piano(2008-2014). I studied creative writing and journalism at SUNY Oswego and I am currently working on an illustrated collection of short stories with the talented fine artist Matt Mrowka. I live in Saratoga Springs, NY, where I frequent rock shows, dive bars and the best comic store around, The Comic Depot. Currently I review new comics for Comic Book Herald, graphic novels for Graphic Novel Reporter, and review concerts, albums, and interview bands for Upstate Live Music Guide.

Open-uri20140816-2-d5cd5x_profile_large

Skills

  • Writing
  • Social Media
  • Music Composition
  • Promotion
  • Editing
  • Music
  • Music Promotion
  • Reviewing
  • Blogging
  • Violin
  • Keyboard