Yup, you could hear a pin drop.
Crooked Timber's Kieran Healy catches Michelle Malkin being presumptuous and sloppy with the facts:
Crooked Timber's Kieran Healy catches Michelle Malkin being presumptuous and sloppy with the facts:
I need to fix comments, trackbacks, trackback spam and subsite integration on rocr.xepher.net. Here's how things are going:
Just posted on Talk About Comics:
GRAPHIC SMASH welcomes STEVE HOGAN, ZACK GIALLONGO, and GABRIEL FUA to the action-adventure family!
The media coverage of my book Shadow continues. Today the new issue of Stripschrift, a Dutch comics magazine came out, and there was a pretty good review of the book in it. It got 4 out of a possible five !!!!'s, which is fine, I guess. The reporter noted a mistake I made which I had not yet noticed myself, nor any of my proof readers(!): on the back cover I used the word "brigade" where I should have used "divisie." In the very next sentence the reporter makes a mistake of her own: she says my grandfather was a "KNIL-soldier," which he was not. Which is rather annoying as the KNIL army consisted of Indonesian soldiers, and my grandfather was obviously Dutch.
Orders keep coming in, though I have no idea when I can get a reprint done. I'm trying to get it published professionally, but that seems to take a lot of time. I'm not sure what to do now, print a limited amount of copies for these people, or do it properly and getting it in bookstores, with a delay of at least several months.
Don't forget you can still read Shadow at Modern Tales!
Crossposted to Talk About Comics:
Share the Love: Reinder Dijkhuis loves Michael Oscarsson's Flick
Today, I went to see a production of the Knot Garden. It's one of those modern operas, created by those people who look at great works that broke the rules, then decide to break all the rules at once. It's supposedly about Shakespeare's Tempest. Although, of course, actually letting any Shakespeare in wouldn't be modern, would it?
Whilst suffering through it, I amused myself by coming up with my own version. I needed to get rid of some hate and bile.
NOTE: Anything placed within *'s is set to the same rising, discordant theme.
THE NOT RUDDIGORE.
Opening Scene: A room with 8 chairs. On four of them sit Rose Maybud (disguised as a young boy), Dame Hannah (terribly disfigured), Mad Margaret, and Roderick. Enter Despard. Everyone switches chairs. Enter Robin. Everyone switches chairs. Enter Old Adam, who is black because we must have racial politics in a modern opera. Everyone switches chairs. Enter Richard. Everyone switches chairs. Roderick stands.
DISCORDANT RECITATIVE: RODERICK:
With these people, I will *create Ruddigore!*
The scene switches to a dead garden, with a house in the middle. Roderick leads in Mad Margaret. She sets to pruning a dead rose bush, removing the roses. Although in the original, the symbolism didn't make sense. Roderick comes over to her.
RODERICK: *I thought I'd help you prune!*
MARGARET: *Only I may prune the* roses.
...Well, it would seem that a train crash in East Deer Township was rather close to home for comfort: only a hundred feet or so from my mother's home. She's been evacuated for several days, staying with my aunt and uncle, and is now back home, with burning sensations in her lungs and eyes.
...I'm rather worried about her.
I think this interview with Craig Thompson was the one that journalist Peter Breedveld published on the Comics Journal forums, and then pulled after the thread following it became a flame-fest.
... I can tell how much milk there is in my tea by looking at my tea!
The sock thing is pure genius though.
A friend showed me this link, www.wketchup.com
IT's a ketchup which attempts to stir the political fervour of Conservative Americans. But let's look deeper.
After the Knot Garden I felt I deserved a good operatic Shakespeare adaptation. And what could be better than Verdi's Falstaff, a hilarious trouser-dropping, Wedgie-giving, crossdressing farce of an opera, from Shakespeare's cross-dressing gay-marriage farce the Merry Wives of Windsor.
Sometimes, adding low humour is fulfilling the author's intent.
And this was a brilliant production - two groups of people hiding from each other in the same washing spinning-up thingie - you know, the ones that look kind of like a tree? - and coming out from the washing as needed to talk, whilst the others spin the washing around. Falstaff, fat, bald, and swaggering. The bottom of the washing basket falling out when the servants lift it to throw it in the river, and Falstaff walking along under it, only to be left squaltting in the window ledge until Alice kicked him into the river.
And the Elf scene, with a wonderful effect of the world turning upside down, and the washing line-spinning-clothestree thing being used as Herne's oak lifted into the air, and slowly turned over as the moon ansd stars moved onto the floor of the stage, and with the elves made up of the key props from the show: the antlers of Faldstaff's black huntsman costume, the broom that was used in so many scenes for hitting people with. (on one elf the arms were made of a noose (the huntsman hanged himself) instead of the antlers).
It was just brilliantly staged, brilliantly sung, and had brilliant comic timing. I only wish I could see that production again at will.
I am seriously considering canceling the Internet service at the studio, or at least opting out of my share of it.
Next week, Rogues of Clwyd-Rhan will update 5 times to make up for lost time during last week's computer troubles. Last week, I posted filler art, but continued working on the comics so that I could catch up as soon as I was able to.
This means that there will be extra updates on Tuesday and Thursday. If you don't have a Modern Tales subscription, be sure to check the website on those days.
Also, a new chapter will start on Monday, the final one of the long Rite of Serfdom storyline. That means that on Tuesday, the previous 19-page chapter, Grimborg, will stop being free to non-subscribers, and the new chapter, called Home, will become the new free chapter. That's one more day to catch up with the events of the night before the new chapter!
Boing Boing rarely tells me stuff I already know, but when it's about music, they're a little behind the times:
Punk cover bands and Motorhead's bluegrass makeover
Punk cover bands: here are two, but IMO that's enough to comprise a genre. Any others out there?
Gay Black Flag cover band BLACK FAG Link
All-Jewish Skrewdriver cover band JEWDRIVER: Link
(Thanks, Sean Bonner!)
After reading the first two pages of The Tenth Life of Pishio the Cat, I almost didn't read on to the third, because I didn't like the pseudo-primitive style of those two pages. But on the third page, the style changed to a more realistic, but still cartoony one, with really nice black and white blocking, interesting story content, and a big ole cock! The only downside is that the cock isn't French like the one in my comic tomorrow. On the other hand, this one does poetry, which Jean-Pierre isn't bright enough to do.
Seriously, I'm a sucker for styles like that, and may find myself falling for this comic like I've done for the work of Ursula Vernon and Jesse Hamm. But it's early days. We'll see.
Much as I dislike Little Green Footballs' comments policy, Brad DeLong shows that it's possible to err too far in the other direction.
(To the tune of By the Mystic Regulation (here sequenced by Clifton Coles) from Gilbert and Sullivan's The Grand Duke
At the start of life's creation
'Twas the chemical relation
That allowed the duplication
Of the precursors of life
That began this vale of strife
(That began this vale of strife, this vale of strife)
And those that copied faster
For the others caused disaster
For the resources they'd master
And the others would lose out,
Then new mutants start their bout
(Then new mutants, then new mutants start their bout)
Some people get Slashdotted, others get Boinged. I just got Mircked. Or maybe that should be "Comicbased"?
In any case, I'm nominated for a Clickie at Clickburg, who I really need to get in touch with on a nearly unrelated matter...
Edit: Jeroen has also been nominated for various projects: Capn, Opa, Van de Pup... and his work on Dangerous and Fluffy.
I'm putting together my part of a joint portfolio for the studio I'm in. We're finally getting our arses in gear to present ourselves to the outside world as a unified organisation, a sort of creative hive-mind that will assimmilate your unformed concepts.
While rummaging through my old art, I found that I rather liked some illustrations I drew for Hello You in 2003/4, so I added a page's worth of them to the Gallery. (Over time, I'll move these pics around. But for now, the material fits rather neatly on a page, representing most of the illustration I've ever done that was aimed at pre-teens)
Branko mentions that the latest release of The GIMP has some improved usability features, so I've downloaded it for the studio computer. We'll see. I need more GIMP practice, if only because I found switching last week such a daunting project. I worked with The GIMP for years, but that was ages ago. Since then I got used to working with Paint Shop Pro, while the GIMP changed and changed. Paint Shop Pro, however, has some horrible bugs and stability issues.
I just had a meeting with two of my studio mates about joining forces, seeking out illustration work as a unit instead of each of us by ourselves. That has made me think, once again, about my plans for this year. I've done a lot of work lately re-designing the various websites I've got, but I haven't made them into a cohesive whole yet (that's in the pipeline, though), and I haven't addressed the issue of making them into a jobs-seeking resource, which they will have to become.
I missed this, because it happened at the same time as web access at home breaking down for some reason, but ROCR.net is down. If you want to read the latest beard-a-rific comic page, go to the nifty new mirror site or read the comic at Modern Tales.
Actually, go to the mirror site anyway, and check out the design. How does it all look to you? I'm very close to switching the design on the main site over to a simplified version of this one, and the next step after that will be to more the domain name over to xepher.net. I have so much more control over things at Xepher, and can build a much better website using the tools I get there.
A few weeks ago, Driek van Wissen, a light versifier from the fine old town I live in, caused a bit of a scandal in Dutch literary circles by bagging the title of Poet Laureate through extensive lobbying and public campaigning. Good for him, I suppose: I'm no fan of his work, but I don't automatically scoff at what he does just because it isn't serious literary poetry.
But if any one writer of light verse deserved to represent Dutch poetry internationally, it was John O'Mill.
(Via Boing boing's coverage of a San Francisco photographer being harrassed by cops in a MUNI station):
The Photographer's Right is a downloadable guide that is loosely based on the ACLU's Bust Card and the Know Your Rights flyer. It may be downloaded and printed out using Adobe Acrobat Reader. You may make copies and carry them your wallet, pocket or camera bag to give you quick access to your rights and obligations concerning confrontations over photography. You may distribute the guide to others provided that such distribution is not done for commercial gain and credit is given to the author.
Almost a year ago, I refused to buy Douce Victime by Flemish sirens Lais because it was on one of those shiny non-CD CDs that EMI puts out routinely. (I am currently refusing to buy the solo album from Kaizers Orkestra main man Janove Ottesen for the same reason, and am very worried about the forthcoming new Kate Bush album. Let's hope that, like Pink Floyd, she can use her clout within EMI to put a stop to that nonsense.) However, this has never been an absolute boycott - instead I consider ShinyDisks to be severely devalued by the playback problems they cause me and the need to (irony of ironies, all is irony) make backup copies immediately after buying them because the so-called copy protection technology breaks the error correction track and makes the disks much more damage-prone. If a CD like that gets marked down, I think about buying it again. Douce Victime is currently on sale, so I got it.
... at least, if you look at it in Internet Explorer 5 — not that there's any reason why you should. I'd been tweaking the site layout from home, where I don't have Internet Explorer available, and none of the web browsers that I did have available rendered it anywhere near this way.
As I write this, it's past my bedtime, and if the error shows up in Internet Explorer 6+ (not that there's any reason why you should use that either), I'll spend some of my copious spare time trying to fix it. I see no reason why the CSS should be interpreted the way IE 5 does, but if someone else does, please let me know.
Rogues of Clwyd-Rhan will update 5 times this week. Possibly, maybe, conceivably. I have no buffer right now but if I manage to get 5 updates out, the storyline will end on Friday, which would be quite neat.
So, while it's very rare for me to promise updates knowing that I may miss them (unlike on this weblog, where I'm as likely to break promises as keep them), I'll do it this time. I'll shoot for five, meaning extra updates on Tuesday and Thursday. If things go wrong, it's more likely that I miss the Friday update than the Tuesday one, so the only way you'll know if I've updated is by checking...
the 6-time Eisner Award nominee and Xeric Award winning creator of Clan Apis and The Sandwalk Adventures. His comics have been featured in Science, The New York Times, The Chronicle of Higher Education, The Booklist, The London Times Higher Education Supplement, Discover Magazine, The New Scientist, Skeptical Inquirer, The Association for Women in Science Magazine and The Comics Journal.
From Alas, a Blog comes proof that babies are descended from monkeys. This great photo series of his youngest housemate Sidney climbing a ladder, and then a raised bed, reminded me of the same behaviour in my nephew Kyle, who likes to climb stairs, a lot. Like Sidney, he's quite happy to start again if you pick him up and carry him back to the bottom. It's the journey, not the destination, that matters to these kids.
There are only a few days left before the end of Rogues of Clwyd-Rhan storyline The Rite of Serfdom. A while ago, I asked readers to post their nitpicks about the story on the Message Board, so that I could devote a series of special episodes to resolving them. People have responded, but too many of the nitpicks were submitted through other channels like email or MSN. If you have posted nitpicks that way, please repost them in the message board. Otherwise I may forget or lose them. I will try not to, but the best way to get your nitpicks answered is to post them in the message board, allowing me to simply print out the thread on Friday and start working on the ones that I can answer in a comic.
The thread is still open for new nitpicks as well.
Today's Rogues of Clwyd-Rhan comic concludes the Rite of Serfdom storyline! And of course, there's only one way a story like this one can end: with a banquet!
I wanted to get back to my Euro-comics roots, so I put in some references to other classic comics from the European continent. See if you can find them.
Jeroen, Sidsel and I saw Lais perform in a packed Oosterpoort tonight and they sure didn't disappoint. Considering that, on the basis of their four records, I consider them to be among the very best European music has to offer, that's high praise indeed.
They were backed by a guitarist, bassist, drummer, keyboardist and accordionist, and that backing group sounded a lot better on the new material than the big production I mentioned in my review of the album.
This week, Rogues of Clwyd-Rhan will answer nitpicks from readers. I will also take the opportunity, in these non-canonical strips, to experiment with my tools a bit.
For every item that I've crossed off my to-do list for the week, two new ones have sprung up. For the past year (actually longer, but it only began to be harmful in the past year), I've put work first before anything else. It's that mindset which allowed me to complete a long story with regular updates, full page format, full color. But it's also caused me to neglect a lot of stuff - from correspondence to replacing household items to actually making concrete plans for the next couple of months. And now it's all coming home to roost.
The reason I mention this here instead of on my Livejournal is that some of it actually affects other areas of the job, like reprinting old minicomics and sending them to people who have them on order. I'll get to it this week. However, it sometimes helps to poke me a little bit because that takes me out of my hyperfocus... eventually. So don't be shy about dropping me an urgent email reminding me to do this, that or the other, should the need arise.
Today's experiment has been succesful beyond my wildest dreams. I now know that I can't do that.
I tried to color the comic with Ecoline, a transparent water-based range of paints that used to be used in professional comics in the Netherlands in the 1970s and '80s. Then, the art was colored at published size, on a blueprint of the line art. Now, like many other products, it's falling into disuse, and I thought I'd learn about it while the product was still available at all.
At last, an internet meme that's actually significant! These, apparently, are the 110 most banned books (somewhere, presumably in the US). Make the ones you've read in full bold. Make the ones you've read in part italic. I've underlined the cases where I don't quite remember if I have read them myself or if I've become acquainted with them through citation or adaptation (in one variant, you must underline the ones you'd like to read, but I was more interested in the "uuuhhhhh" ones):
#1 The Bible
#2 Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
#3 Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes
#4 The Koran
#5 Arabian Nights
#6 Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
#7 Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift
#8 Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer (Prologue) - I've read the Prologue in full but not all the tales.
#9 Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
#10 Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman
#11 The Prince by Niccolo Machiavelli
#12 Uncle Tom's Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe
#13 Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
#14 Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
#15 Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens
#16 Les Miserables by Victor Hugo
#17 Dracula by Bram Stoker
#18 Autobiography by Benjamin Franklin
#19 Tom Jones by Henry Fielding -- I'm going to, Adam, honest.
#20 Essays by Michel de Montaigne
#21 Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
#22 History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire by Edward Gibbon
#23 Tess of the D'Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy
#24 Origin of Species by Charles Darwin -- I'm going to, Adam, honest.
#25 Ulysses by James Joyce
#26 Decameron by Giovanni Boccaccio
#27 Animal Farm by George Orwell
#28 Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell
#29 Candide by Voltaire
#30 To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
#31 Analects by Confucius
#32 Dubliners by James Joyce
#33 Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
#34 Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway
#35 Red and the Black by Stendhal
#36 Das Kapital by Karl Marx
#37 Les Fleurs du Mal by Charles Baudelaire
#38 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
#39 Lady Chatterley's Lover by D. H. Lawrence
#40 Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
#41 Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser
#42 Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
#43 Jungle by Upton Sinclair
#44 All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque
#45 Communist Manifesto by Karl Marx
#46 Lord of the Flies by William Golding
#47 Diary by Samuel Pepys
#48 Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
#49 Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy
#50 Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
#51 Doctor Zhivago by Boris Pasternak
#52 Critique of Pure Reason by Immanuel Kant
53 One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey
#54 Praise of Folly by Desiderius Erasmus
#55 Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
#56 Autobiography of Malcolm X by Malcolm X
#57 Color Purple by Alice Walker
#58 Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger
#59 Essay Concerning Human Understanding by John Locke
#60 Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
#61 Moll Flanders by Daniel Defoe
#62 One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
#63 East of Eden by John Steinbeck
#64 Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
#65 I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
#66 Confessions by Jean Jacques Rousseau
#67 Gargantua and Pantagruel by Francois Rabelais
#68 Leviathan by Thomas Hobbes
#69 The Talmud
#70 Social Contract by Jean Jacques Rousseau
#71 Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson
#72 Women in Love by D. H. Lawrence
#73 American Tragedy by Theodore Dreiser
#74 Mein Kampf by Adolf Hitler
#75 Separate Peace by John Knowles
#76 Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
#77 Red Pony by John Steinbeck
#78 Popol Vuh
#79 Affluent Society by John Kenneth Galbraith - Why is this banned?
#80 Satyricon by Petronius
#81 James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl
#82 Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
#83 Black Boy by Richard Wright
#84 Spirit of the Laws by Charles de Secondat Baron de Montesquieu
#85 Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut
#86 Julie of the Wolves by Jean Craighead George
#87 Metaphysics by Aristotle
#88 Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder
#89 Institutes of the Christian Religion by Jean Calvin
#90 Steppenwolf by Hermann Hesse
#91 Power and the Glory by Graham Greene
#92 Sanctuary by William Faulkner
#93 As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner
#94 Black Like Me by John Howard Griffin
#95 Sylvester and the Magic Pebble by William Steig
#96 Sorrows of Young Werther by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
#97 General Introduction to Psychoanalysis by Sigmund Freud
#98 Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
#99 Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee by Dee Alexander Brown
#100 Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
#101 Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman by Ernest J. Gaines
#102 Emile Jean by Jacques Rousseau
#103 Nana by Emile Zola
#104 Chocolate War by Robert Cormier
#105 Go Tell It on the Mountain by James Baldwin
#106 Gulag Archipelago by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn - Only very small bits, mind. Basically I've leafed through my father's copy.
#107 Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert A. Heinlein
#108 Day No Pigs Would Die by Robert Peck
#109 Ox-Bow Incident by Walter Van Tilburg Clark
#110 Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes
Looks like I've read more from the very most banned than from the tail of the list.
Are you living in a failed state? Find out by taking this one-question pop quiz!
1. Consider this scenario:
"On your way to work, you zip past a red light and are immediately nabbed."
Does the word "nabbed" mean:
a) "gunned down by a local militia who didn't like the look of your own militia colors"
b) "arrested by a religious police organisation run by students who were trained in a refugee camp in a neighbouring country. They don't care about you ignoring the red light, but you spend the night in a makeshift cell and are flogged in the public square for not wearing a long beard or a veil."
c) "mobbed by starving kids who think you're a UN aid convoy, because nobody else can ignore a red light without a) or b) occurring."
d) "blown up by a car bomber passing the green light from your left."
e) "fined € 25 and told to pay more attention in traffic."