thedanmorris asked: I know that you frequently talk about making space for new books but do you find yourself buying more digital books than printed ones at this point? And do you ever see yourself going all digital comics wise?
I buy fewer digital comics than I did in the last couple of years. They are a hassle to read on my phone. And comic-makers are intensely resistant to making a comic that is good to read on a phone.
Digital comics can be good but the companies need to make digital a real storytelling priority. They haven’t done so yet.
11:57 am |
November 9 2013
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Anonymous asked: so you argue for arguments sake? lets argue! mustard or ketchup? one must be the better!
"Hate" is a strong word so one should be careful about how one uses this, the most severe of dislikes. "Hate" is a strong word indeed.
The very thought of it disgusts me. Tomatoes belong in the deepest caves, far from the light that would permit them to grow.
Mustard is pretty gross too.
11:51 am |
November 9 2013
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Anonymous asked: what do you think about alex ross? ive heard very opposite passionate opinions about that guy
He’s good at what he does. I liked “Marvels” and “Kingdom Come” in high school. But generally I don’t return to those works very much.
I think he is unfairly overlooked by some comic-likers who fundamentally think his style is an elaborate gimmick but hey it’s just their opinion, what does it really mean (nothing). I have no strong feelings about him either way.
He doesn’t really do comics anymore anyway. Just cover illustrations. So everybody can argue about the ’90s over thataway *points to time machine*
11:49 am |
November 9 2013
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Anonymous asked: Can art be objectively bad?
In general, no: art succeeds or fails based around human-determined criteria.
In particular, yes: art can objectively fail in its goals. If a piece of art is meant to instruct people about something and it fails to, for example.
In the personal, absolutely: if the audience member doesn’t receive an experience that they find useful within the art, that’s a good personal barometer for art-effectiveness.
But “objective” is a strange word to use in art. Objective things are facts. Such as “this art work is certainly made of paint.” Or “this sculpture is definitely made of marble.”
I know how attractive impartiality feels but let go of the rope and let yourself float: you’re in a world of No Fixed Rules.
11:45 am |
November 9 2013
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Anonymous asked: Isn't most music that touches on political issues necessarily going to be a bit shallow? Four minutes doesn't usually lend itself to much more than a surface-level treatment of a subject. I don't listen to a song expecting to hear, say, an exploration of the PLA Navy's ability to project force in the Taiwan Strait, so hearing an artist say that the prison system is bad doesn't really bother me.
Let’s not go to extremes here. Nobody’s expecting Heideggar or whatever, which is a dumb exaggeration to prove your point. Yes, songs are going to be shallow compared to things that aren’t set to music, but songs are capable of incredible depth, whether they’re dealing with emotions or facts.
There are a ton of songs that are explicitly political or otherwise message-oriented, good songs, and coherent. Kanye’s done it, PE’s done it, The Clash have done it, dozens of singers did it during the Vietnam War…this isn’t Mt. Everest we’re talking about here. This is basic “being a rapper” stuff, “getting your ideas across effectively.” And dpz, as much as I love them, have a depressingly low batting average in that arena. stic.man’s Manhood was pretty solid overall, but the thesis of Let’s Get Free was “We need to drop out of school, learn karate, kill the mayor, break everybody out of prison, kill the president, and then kill a whole bunch of white people and then we can have mind sex and eat grass.”
And being exposed to these ideas (in non-glib form) is valuable, for sure. It is important to be aware of injustice, improve your self, be healthy, respect women, and have a plan to kill the president in case of race war. But if you go back and listen to the songs, they’re stone stupid. Hell Yeah suggests robbing pizza delivery drivers, stealing from your job and actively sabotaging it out of spite, and doing a dumb credit card scam that wouldn’t even work are cool revolutionary acts for cool revolutionary dudes to do. There’s a bunch of worthless Behold A Pale Horse conspiracy theory nonsense lurking just underneath everything, which was super common in rap at the time but annoying here because it was so bald and strident.
So yeah, I’m gonna call that training wheels, because then you have to go and learn it the right way.
11:16 am |
November 9 2013
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I thought that I was gonna answer these tumblr asks in picture form but I don’t even know how that would play out
Because some of these are “yes/no” questions and some of them are really particular and nuanced questions.
01. Today is the festival C.A.B.: Comic Art Brooklyn. You’d better go there and say hi to my friends. No excuses will be permitted.
02. I dug up some incomplete comic pages and some blank comic papers in my apartment. It’s like all these readymade comics fell into my lap. But they’re not quite primetime so We Shall See. I often don’t even know what I’m doing before I start drawing so a lot of these pages are incomplete for a reason.
03. Apartment’s looking good. I don’t think that I’m giving away books anymore. The chaos has been tamed somewhat. At least enough that I can see clearly.
04. I’ve sent some comics to the tumblr magazine Comics Workbook. http://comicsworkbook.tumblr.com
4a. Contrary to popular belief, I’m really modest about that sort of thing.
05. On my birthday, I’m going to draw a single comic strip from nothing to completion, in keeping with my annual tradition. (•̀ᴗ•́)و ̑̑
5a. November 25, thanks for asking.
06. I think that it is nonsense that The New Yorker magazine doesn’t have a weekly comic strip in its pages. It is ridiculous. They’ve got journalism, fiction, poetry, single-image cartoons… but not one measly page for a strip by any of their rotating stable of excellent comic-makers? Get on the ball, The New Yorker.
6a. Mad Magazine needs to get its act together. I know that they do those pop culture “parodies” to stay afloat but why so much of that other garbage. I mean, you have Sergio Aragones in your rolodex, this is the best publication that you can make? No.
07. My friends and I saw Thor: The Dark World this past Thor’s Day.
08. A lot of times, the Rakim songs from Eric B. & Rakim’s first three albums are the only hip hop that makes any sense to me.
09. Public Enemy’s first four albums are perhaps peak hip hop.
10. I’m a terrible sketcher. I don’t sketch, I knock out complete drawings. This doesn’t allow me to get in the kind of practice which is essential to growth as an artist. I can’t seem to loosen up and that stands in the way of getting outside of my ingrained patterns.
11. The previous weeks, I argued hard about being called a big arguer. I don’t see any irony or hypocrisy about this at all. A spurious charge is a spurious charge. That’s the type of rhetorical trap designed to intimidate or shame someone into silence. I will not be silenced, especially by somebody who spews his thoughts for a living. Heck no.
12. The Prodigy quote “do your thing, I’ll do mine, kid, stay out of my way” applies to the other discussion about why people talk in depth and with great intensity about social issues that affect them personally. If something doesn’t affect YOU, you don’t get to tell other people that they’re blowing something out of proportion.
13. Joss Whedon is a cornball and an actual idiot in a lot of ways but I do like his writing for The Avengers movie and The Astonishing X-Men comic book.
14. Brendan McCarthy means nothing to me but I worry if it’s easier for me to dismiss him as insignificant because he’s a jerk whose art hasn’t affected me.
15. I’ve been typing for too long and now I’m late for C.A.B.
16. It feels weird when people call me a good critical voice because they don’t know how much I hold back. Without turning into Nick Gazin, I could be a lot more truthful in my public words about the comics that I talk about. I feel like…I don’t really trust comic readers or comic people enough to fully hold forth. I’d also probably not have this tendency to waffle and nitpick and hem and haw if I just went for the knockout every time. But then I couldn’t talk to anybody because comics is a small world and people hold grudges. People hold grudges for their friends’ sake. People hold grudges for the sake of people they aren’t even friends with. And my fundamental weakness is that I like people.
17. But in retrospect I wish that I had gotten in my Serious Conversation About Brian Wood before we all learned about his behavior because now his actions will always be a justification for trashing his work and we’ll never get to talk about how it’s simply Bad Comics, besides everything else.
18. I just want to have discussions about this art form we all care about. I talk about things that I like. That’s how I communicate. I became a “critic” entirely by accident.
19. I should really call my (god)brother. Too bad he doesn’t read comics anymore!
10:55 am |
November 9 2013
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Encik Farhan is a scammer. He backs projects, pledging hundreds or thousands of dollars at the highest tier, and then disputes the credit card charges 1-3 months later, often after his rewards have been shipped.
He pledged $1000 to my campaign, and a few days after I posted an update that backer rewards were being shipped, he filed a charge dispute with his credit card company. I’m still waiting for the outcome of my appeal, but if I lose $1000, it will ruin me.
Another project creator got in touch with me this week, asking about Encik Farhan, and dozens of creators have been affected by this asshole, but there is no built-in way to report individual backers or profiles on Kickstarter.
His profile: http://www.kickstarter.com/profile/61606350
His email address registered with Kickstarter is email@example.com, and the contact email he gave me in his survey response is firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are starting a project, WATCH OUT FOR THIS GUY. If he backs your project, assume that those funds will be disputed after your campaign is over. He’s screwing over creators, and meanwhile, he still gets to look good with all these “backed” projects showing up on his profile.
BOOST! This is really disgusting. Its not only stealing from independent artists by collecting rewards before yanking back the funds, just pledging the money fraudulently could be catastrophic for a creator.
Signal boosting, since I know Kickstarter is a really popular platform here on Tumblr.
4:45 pm |
November 8 2013
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