Author Archives: Mark and Mark

Oct. 6th: A Visit to the Old Asylum

Weird NJ will be participating in a FREE multi-media event at the Montclair Art Museum—A Night at the Old Asylum with Wheeler Antabanez! Get into the Halloween spirit with spooky Free First Thursday Night hosted by Weird NJ co-publishers Mark … Continue reading

D.I.Y.N.J. Part XI Breaking Bargain Bins with COMIC TRIPS

Weird NJ correspondent Matt Chyrstal attempts to keep up with the adventures of Paul Brown and Kat Habrukowich creators and stars of the web series, Comic Trips. The series has accurately been labeled as the “American Pickers for 80’s babies” and has already logged in five seasons plus several special episodes (Drunk Toy Review, What’s in the Box? Contest Giveways, Twinkie Taste Test, etc). Paul and Kat are powerhouses of positivity and pop culture knowledge. They are out and about, cruising down the nostalgia highway on a mission to find key issues, vintage toys and unique collectibles. Continue reading

New Issue #47 Is Available NOW!

That’s right, the new issue of Weird NJ, #47, which just might be the BEST ISSUE EVER, is now available for purchase through our web site and Amazon store. It won’t be in stores until next week, but you can order … Continue reading

D.I.Y.N.J. Part X: Breaking Batty with BAT FACTORY

Bat Factory can no longer be considered a secret as a result of Jodi’s tireless do-it-yourself work ethic, resourcefulness and imagination. And sure, Bat Factory can still be referred to as “underground,” in the sense that her unique conceptions are far from the everyday, the run-of-the-mill prints or wall hangings for sale at Pottery Barn. Continue reading

Weird Travels on Indian Cabin Road

A desolate, isolated roadway through the Pine Barrens, mysterious graves in the woods, crazed pineys, an abandoned orphan asylum and the hermit child molester known as “The Kruker”–all part of a weird journey down Indian Cabin Road. Continue reading

D.I.Y.N.J. Part IX: Breaking Waves–Asbury Park Surf Music Festival

I am flying high over Tupelo, Mississippi with America’s hottest band… and we are all about to die! Ok, you got me… I’m at an Aloha Friday party on the boardwalk in Asbury Park, enjoying my second, possibly fourth Asbury Boogie (rye whiskey, dark rum, pineapple, lemon and passion fruit) and hanging with the husband and wife DIY duo of Vincent Minervino and Magdalena O’Connell. Continue reading

D.I.Y.N.J. Part VIII: Breaking Burly

Matt Chrystal interview Minnie D’Moocha, Viktor Devonne and Vonka, three sensational performers who are breaking bad and literally busting out of the garden state, has led me to the conclusion that burlesque performers and cosplayers are kinda like Transformers… yup, there’s more than meets the eye. I have some more research to do, so let’s hear it from these three movers and shakers (pun intended) as they answer my ten questions for D.I.Y.N.J. Continue reading

The Cult of Mysterious “Monks Castle”

In the late 70s and early 80s rumors of a “Sex and Drugs” cult residing at “Monks Castle” began circulating around Montclair. One resident described the reaction of the community as “panic stricken” in a New York Times article about the cult, which ran under the headline “Guru’s Cult in Castle Troubles Montclair.” Continue reading