Today my latest newspaper article came out, its on a subject that we should really do something about: road safety in Japan.
Out this week on ‘that COMIXOLOGY that you have nowadays’.
The digital ebook version of our book about science V religion, GOODBYE GOD, and for a decent price too.
Written by me or I or someone who looks like me.
Art by the esteemed Hunt Emerson.
Nowadays you dont have to actually stoop to the lowly action of doing anything interesting, creative or useful in order to be famous. No need to work hard on X book, movie, painting, discovery, invention, charity, song, political policy, health and education work, etc. Just change your clothes a lot, show off your body and look good
1. Create an interesting book/movie/song - get 500 followers.
2. Show off your body in the latest fashion - get 5 million followers.
“It’s hard to believe she’s 'famous' – she hasn’t really done anything yet”
Oh, brave new world that has such people in it!
It's a very bad situation. What can we do about it? At the very least we can NOT follow such 'influencers' ourselves, and, indeed, not bother with most mainstream stuff at all....but, instead, show interest in indie creators who do good stuff and who need our attention.
And for people who find themselves very famous by accident, please wear a t-shirt for your millions of followers saying:
"The system that encourages such shallowness as this is bad - lets end it."
Further indication that the USSR was not a communist system: from the world of chess!
In 1971 Soviet grandmaster and concert pianist Mark Taimonov was beaten by US grandmaster Bobby Fischer. Not just beaten, he was slaughtered 6-0, and extremely unusual and humiliating defeat in such a high level chess match.
As a result Taimonov: “… was thrown out of the USSR team and forbidden to travel for two years. He was banned from writing articles, was deprived of his monthly stipend... [and] the authorities prohibited him from performing on the concert platform."
A genuinely communist system would not severely punish someone like that merely for losing a game, no matter how prestigious. That's how dictatorships act, not a democracy based on common control.
An article by little me for a literary web site, on the image, nature and potential of comics books. Just one more effort, as many of us are making, to improve the image of the art form.
I'm glad to see that there is a good bit of political awareness in comics recently, of a decent focus on social issues.
There are two events in the UK this month with at least a partial focus on the financial and economic aspects of comics.
Jon Lock is organizing an event this weekend in the University of Gloucestershire, ‘Comic Summit’ including a focus on:
“How do you balance the demands of life and art? What do we mean by ‘success’ outside of the bigger publishers? And how can we address the challenges we face as a community?”
And Myriad Editions, who I am with now via their partnership with New Internationalist, are doing this on the 28th of July in the Cartoon Museum in London, with various interesting creators and organisers :
Sustaining Comics: What the Future Holds?
“Join Myriad’s Creative Director Corinne Pearlman as she enjoys an afternoon chatting about the comics profession with fellow publishers, organisers and artists: voices include Rachael Ball (Laydeez do Comics; Wolf Man), Hannah Berry (LIVESTOCK; Vox Pop), Karrie Fransman (The House that Groaned; Over, Under, Sidways, Down), Sha Nazir (BHP Comics; Laptop Guy), and Andy Oliver (Broken Frontier).”
There is also the collection Draw the Line organized by Myfanwy Tristram:
“Draw the Line is a project that collects illustrated examples and ideas of political actions that can be taken by anyone who wants to make a difference within the current social climate of fear an confusion. Over 100 comics artists across several countries have contributed to the project, including Karrie Fransman, Hannah Berry, Steven Appleby, Lucy Knisley, Danny Noble and more.” Also including my Japanese with a Scottish connection nakama, Fumio Obata, who did this image for it (and whom im meeting here in Japan next week!).
And, this week INK magazine, for which I wrote an article last year about the the wider economic aspects of comics, has an interview with Karrie Fransman:
“one of the artists featured in Draw the Line, has also answered our questions about the project, reminding us that many of today's dominant political issues directly affect the comics industry.”
And indeed they do, so we need to affect them back again. I’ve written 3 or 4 articles on how we comic book folk need to take the wider economic system into account during such talks and books (rather than focus ONLY on the smaller scale elements of marketing, social media, etc) - as the economic system is the basic cause of the money troubles we face. So it should be mentioned, at least once!
My own next contribution to this type of comics on social issues is the book ‘The Many Not the Few’, which is coming out a few months later via New Internationalist and Myriad, with lovely art by Robert Brown:
"With a mix of serious research and family jokes old union rep, Joe, and his granddaughter, Arushi, go into the complicated history, the ideological battles, the class conflict, a consideration of what unions are for, and what the future of unions may be. Starting way back with the 14th-century Peasants' Revolt, taking in the Levellers and the Luddites, the expansion of the unions in the 19th century, the height of their power in the '70s, the great conflicts and decline of the '80s, and considering the future positive role for unions."
The excellent web site run by journalist and writer, Amy Chavez, has a spotlight on the classic novel Wuthering Heights, and since they are enlightened enough to realize how wonderful comic books are they asked me to do an article for them on comic books.
And they have just put up this interview with little me to go along with their spotlight on Wuthering Heights:
‘Two Gay Geeks’ in America and one Socialist Scot in Japan…talk about comics and anything else.
That’s diversity fer ye!
A collection of the serious and silly sayings of the legendary Gandry Macallan, that great and admired ‘person of all persuasions’, in visual format. Memes you can them nowadays… the page recently opened on facebook and my articles website.
His wisdom, quips and observations on everything under the sun… and a few things under the sea. The image is the same in each case, but the words are different. Oh yes.
What a guy! What a wit! What sideburns!
Check out and LIKE his facebook page folks, just set up recently and already full of serious and silly sayings by the lad himself:
And on my articles website:
Our award winning comic book Portraits of Violence is now out on Comixology. Fresh out this week.
Somewhat to my surprise the book was far better received that I thought it would be, selling the most of all my 'social issue' type books so far, getting an award and four foreign language versions. Nice!
So get your ebook/digital version here, for a good price:
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