New Suzy Spreadwell poster: #10 - Witnessing The Sleepy Sins of Suzy Spreadwell is now a series of ten 18x24 posters, or varying sizes of prints. This was done recently and it's making me more eager to perhaps do the next issue of that next, instead of Vladrushka who just had her turn last anyway. This one, unlike many in the series, is fully digital, drawn and colored in Clip Studio, though apart from that very much by hand.
You can buy this and the others in the series (and in most cases, painted originals too) at the links here on her page.
Here is a tweet about Trump and how he's full of shit and not to be feared as he wants to be. The context was Raw Story running yet another stupid scare story about Trump and the threat he poses. Yes, of course he does, but only insofar as we give him that power at this point.
Right media sucks Trump's cock, but left media gets outrage clicks.
In my view Trump should just now be left to the wolves, to be torn apart by the legal system for his many, many, many crimes, Jan. 6 just being the worst but definitely a bunch of crimes by itself; with no GOP to shield him. When I said he should be slapped I mean he should be humiliated for real, hard, and he'll crumble like any bully. After all the loss he caused for the GOP only the hardest core crazies want to save his ass anymore. But we should stop letting him scare us. That's what I was saying.
This got my Twitter account locked, for 7 days.
So, since I've been considering it anyway as Musk is torturing the platform to death, I deactivated it. You can find me instead on Mastodon. (and the usual other places that have not been Musked)
New from Moon Wiring Club "Malfunctioning anachronistic automatons praying for divine dissolution
as they relentlessly traverse an arid, scorch-marked blotted-out
landscape ~ mechanically festering underneath the battering blaze of an
unforgiving sun, set within a sky eternally bleached an unearthly
As I write this, Twitter is in the beginning of gravitational collapse. And, given its size, that will cause some serious ripples. This is because Elon Musk has bought it; despite lies to advertisers to the contrary, he already has let it become a bit of a hellscape, because he already got rid of much of the content moderation staff. (much of the staff, period; but especially those who can make it run) You have your tweets from people who could not wait to use the n-word dozens of times. You also have your antisemitic tweets.
And you have lots of tweets from Elon Musk's incel fanboys, who suck up to him like they imagine the richest man in the world is just a little smirking troll like themselves. They speak to him like henchmen waiting to carry out his plans, but as though they were somehow his bros, his equals--or even his equivalents. Just look at this:
This is only a week after this man, the supposed richest man in the world, acted as the willing accelerator of an invented right-wing fringe rumor concerning an attempted assassination of the husband of the Speaker of the House, and the intention to assault and possibly kill the Speaker herself. I won't say what the rumor was nor post a link to it, because it's already been thoroughly debunked, and it's counterproductive to give such bullshit oxygen. You can easily look it up, if you don't know about it already. But you probably already do, because Musk made sure this would get as much publicity as possible, as virtually his first act as Twitter's dictator. He made sure to reinforce an idea the Republicans put out there, that this was no big deal, that this is just random crime by an isolated individual that has nothing to do with their own escalating violent rhetoric. That it's not something to worry about and even comical. Because cruelty is all Republicans seem to be able to do anymore.
And Musk openly helps this trivialization, and worse.
Some people want to think this shows him to be stupid, or insane. As I've said many, many times, the belief a seemingly counterproductive action by someone you disagree with is "stupid" or "insane" should always be tested against the possibility that you're assuming someone who you disagree with nevertheless shares the same goals as yourself. Like calling Republicans stupid for believing or spreading election lies. This is a stupid activity if you want elections to be respected, or taken seriously, or conducted in a peaceful and honest way. But it's not stupid if fucking up elections was your goal.
Similarly, nothing Musk is doing is stupid if he wants Twitter to be so filled with shit it sheds all its advertisers, and crashes and burns. He can even claim it was the fault of liberals being against free speech. That's not the case, but he is already saying this and his lickspittles are spreading it.
An election that, if Republicans prevail, could be the last free election the US ever has, will be taking place this Tuesday. A lot of the money for Elon's purchase of this toy he's breaking was put up by Saudi and Russian investors(and in the latter case, you can assume that means Putin's catspaws)--so if he's ruining the platform, don't you think they'd stop him if they wanted to?
If Republicans win, this means at the least we stop helping Ukraine, something Musk has said he'd like us to do.
Why do you think such an important platform would be sabotaged just in time for such an election? Surely you're not that dense as to think it's accidental that Musk delayed the purchase till JUST two weeks before said election, at which point he began making the site as horrid as he could, as fast as he could. No way the chaos could possibly cool down by this Tuesday, even if he wanted it to, and you would not lose money on a bet he does not.
I keep wanting to return to this blog from Twitter and other social
media sites that have sucked away a lot of what I used to write here. I
don't know why that should be a problem; writing is writing, and here I
have almost none of the strictures of length, content, or style that
Twitter demands. But I have let Twitter suck away much of my online time
in the past decade.
Why? Why do most of us find it hard to get
away from? And why should one stupid website have the power to warp our
culture and politics?
Anyway, I want to remind myself what it was like without it, so please keep checking here. (or at my very afffordable Patreon) Because I'm going to try to stop tweeting.
That Time Winsor McCay Did A Puff Piece Glorifying Mussolini for Hearst As you may know, Winsor McCay did a massive number of editorial cartoons for Hearst papers. As you may also know, Hearst was so fond of Mussolini that he proposed(via his funding of Gabriel Over the White House, which I intend to do a longer piece on in the near future) having a Mussolini figure as the dictator president of the US.
Here, from 1928, McCay drew this...intensely complimentary piece on Mussolini for Hearst. Likely Hearst even wrote the copy. A very weird little historical moment.
Judge Luttig: "I believe that had the VP obeyed his orders from the president...and declared Donald Trump the next President...that...would have plunged America into what...would have been tantamount to a revolution within a Constitutional crisis." pic.twitter.com/883oBdVV0b
Really think, after Thursday's rather terrifying Jan. 6 testimonies, about the horror of what Trump wanted to happen on January 6, 2021.
Including the fact that, had Pence been hanged, Trump would have taken that as LOVE FOR HIM.
This is what Trump means when he says there was "so much love." They wanted to kill. For. Him. Trump was FLATTERED.
Adding to that Trump directly TRIED to incite this assassination.
All this for Trump's ego. THIS is what Bill Hicks meant by "fevered egos."
Trump would let the whole country collapse into murderous chaos as long as he felt like he was being flattered.
Rudy Giuliani (apologies to Stuart Immonen, art from NEXTWAVE)
"I implore you to consider one more relatively minor violation" - Eastman was still begging Pence's staff (in writing!) to try to reject the election results *even after* the Capitol had been ransacked on J6.
Kurtz in APOCALYPSE NOW speaks in favor of being, in his view, "honest" in how you wage war, and he associates massive brutality with said honesty. There are people who think he's better than the hypocrites running the war for this.
No, Kurtz is the spirit of My Lai. Remember he is the villain. Not some fount of wisdom.
Most music biopics are dispensable garbage. Ken Russell was one of the few directors(Tony Palmer would be another) who really understands music and creativity, who did films that try to think about music and the way it feeds our imaginations for good and for ill. And that is why MAHLER is one of the greatest films about music ever made.
The next big thing in VLADRUSHKA 3 will be my long-simmering big Vladrushka parody THE KULAK'S DAUGHTER, and while I won't be able to resume work on it till June when I'm done moving (and if you're in the East Bay and know of a decent cat-friendly studio or one-bedroom please feel free to tell me in the comments) here's a playlist of the films used as parody and reference material.
New Vladrushka (and Octobriana) at Patreon For those of you who are not yet patrons at Patreon: why not? It's very inexpensive and currently, you get exclusive looks at the next issue of Vladrushka and each page's progress. And the final pages long before I publish them wider. Like this bit for instance with Octobriana & Projunior. Support my work and join today!
Vladrushka and Suzy Spreadwell: Recent Prints and Posters (Explicit Content)
Did you know this year is twenty years since this blog began?
Anyway, in the time since I last posted here, I've been doing a lot of comics and single pieces too. A few with Suzy. A lot starring your favorite Siberian smut princess. (Incidentally, it was Putin who'd thrown her out of Russia, and she hates him, but I haven't gotten to that in the story yet; it's only recently I got past the censorship!) Here are some of them, which you can get at Society6, Artpal or Saatchi. (a complete selection of images and links here and also here)
So I had to go to the Post Office in Hayward today and took an Uber back(well, and to as well) because I live way up in the hills and there wasn't much in the way of buses before Covid 19, but now, some hope. As you may imagine, I've been quite isolated since March; I could count the number of times I've left the house since then on one hand, give or take a finger. So I always see something that shocks me anew when I go down there. I remarked how surprised I was to see so many people at outdoor restaurants, and not one wore a mask.
The driver said, "Well look at it from their point of view. They see you walking down the street in the open air and wearing your mask and they think wow, he's not really living."
And I said, "You know what's really living? Staying alive. I don't care if I have to wear a stupid little mask."
"Man, it's sad to see people that way."
"Well, if you ever want to see people again they should grow up and do it. For the sake of being careless in one stupid conversation at one stupid little meal, it's worth death? You think that's 'really living?' THAT'S sad."
Hey, the Blog's Back? YES! AND LULU BOOK 2 IS OUT NOW!
As those of you that have been following me on Patreon, where along with my Twitter account has been mostly where I've been while finishing my latest project, know, I just finished the second book of LULU! Below is the cover.
I'm wrestling with getting the print version out now. It's not so much an issue of censorship this time(thank God), as it is formatting issues, which are still being resolved. But while the Comixology version is also pending still, you can get it right now in digital at Kindle, Google Play Books, and even directly from me! In the latter two cases, DRM-free.
And this one, following from the excellent introduction I'm grateful the late Martin Pasko wrote for Book 1 (may he rest in peace; he was a fine man and one of the best writers comics ever had, on a level with Steve Gerber) has an introduction from the equally legendary DONNA BARR! And I'm incredibly grateful for this as well. Buy the digital version now!
The problems I was having with the formatting here meanwhile at Blogger appear to be resolved by an old version of the code I uploaded, so at least everything's not at the bottom of the page now. This happened when Blogger accidentally updated me to one of their "new themes." I will be using my OWN very basic theme, thanks. It's served well for a long time. So please excuse all the outdated things. I will shortly be updating all of that and restoring old links.
In the meantime, I will let you know when the print version is out, and will be spending more time here again. So add me to your Feedly or whatever, and keep coming back!
And please let me know what you think of LULU Book 2 in the comments. Thanks!
March 22: Happy Birthday Angel Wherever you are, today's still your birthday and you're still one of the fondest friends in my memory. Have a happy one. March 1989, and the only Catholic Church near Pisgah National Forest, where we were camping. She needed the palms for some kind of Brazilian spiritual ceremony that I still don't understand.
Our idea of Spring Break from Chicago was the wet Smoky Mountains in the deepest part of the forest. But right next to a roaring waterfall. And a lot of Neil Young and Sandy Denny on the box. And Siouxsie & the Banshees, which she liked and at the time I did not.
Any adaptation of Dracula will always be one removed from the original, because the original is an epistolary(told through journal entries, letters, and that kind of thing). So when Dracula is adapted, one is forced to interpret, and usually those are quite different than the novel. Sometimes this ends up good, like with both versions of Nosferatu. Other times it's mangled, like most of the 1931 version or Coppola's pretty debacle.The most usual thing is for Lucy and Mina to either be switched or merged, and Quincy Morris and Arthur Holmwood are either eliminated or, as in this version, merged.
This one manages to be closer to Stoker than any other version. And is quite scary. Also kind of hot. This film has been somewhat of an obsession for me since I was a kid. You may disagree, but for me, this is the best non-Nosferatu version of Dracula.
It's BBC 1970s, which means it's film outside, video inside. But like many, I think horror works better when it looks cheaper, and in any event they do a fantastic job with the means they have. I certainly prefer it to the American-clean way a lot of BBC looks now. And I actually like the cheesy video effects too. Also excellent are Frank Finlay as Van Helsing, Judi Bowker as Mina, Jack Shepherd as the best Renfield since Dwight Frye--and maybe better--and my first movie crush, the incredibly sexy Susan Penhaligon as Lucy Westenra. To this day I have a thing for chokers or ribbons about the neck thanks to her in this, which is why I draw them so often on women. Quincy is played with the worst American accent you've ever heard, but try to look past that. (as well as the Portuguese subtitles, unless you speak it, in which case, bonus!)
Here's the score, which makes heavy use of not a theremin, but a different early electronic instrument called the Ondes Martenot, which Radiohead fans might recall as an instrument Jonny Greenwood is very fond of. You start hearing it about 0:45 in--it's a bit like a theremin in that it sounds like it's singing, but in a much warmer way. After is the full film.
Trump is far more like Stalin than like Hitler. In his conviction only he should make any decisions(and thus government only does what he's interested in, which is very little that has to do with American interests); he rewrites facts that don't suit him and ejects anyone who knows more than him from the government.
And Stalin thought Hitler was his pal.
Till the invasion of Russia, Stalin was happy to deal with Hitler and rather admired him, as they shared many of the same goals and prejudices. So it was both nations that invaded and shredded Poland. Stalin was thrilled because of all the additional land and resources and the chance to purge party members he disliked and slaughter Polish army officers (see: Katyn)
And when Hitler did the obvious thing that he'd done many times before to others, which was fuck him over, Stalin was genuinely shocked, and paralyzed with depression for a week, realizing he'd purged all his best generals.
Oh No, Martin Scorsese Said Something Bad About Movies that Gross Billions All of you jumping down Scorsese's throat for speaking the truth: where are you when actual innovative films that need your support go under? Why do films that gross billions need you to defend them? People who want Marvel movies to be called real movies: 1. Don't ever tell me to "turn off my mind, it's just fun" when I point out their flaws. If it's a real film it can handle criticism like any real film. 2. Does it occur to you that largely they do no more than IMITATE real movies? WINTER SOLDIER knocks off from THREE DAYS OF THE CONDOR and was praised for that. The Ant-Man films cribbed from Ocean's 11 and again, praised. They're fun but they are faux and would have not have much most would go see without their grafting from other non-superhero films. That's how they get the masses to accept it. 3. You may have forgotten, because of Marvel's imitation and replacement strategy, what real movies are like. 4. They're all basically the same plot arc. RAGNAROK isn't and that's why it sticks out--it defies all that. And that's why it's to be undone.
Thor and Hulk Resolving Eternal Issues of Human Relationships
Really clever of Trump to taint the GOP's backup Normal Republican this way. He ensured Pence was part of the same plot, so they don't dare help impeach unless they're willing to lose the whole office. To Nancy Pelosi. Who's in the line of succession after Pence. Seriously, if they'd had any sense they'd have at least made sure Pence was involved in no Trump decisions at all. Otherwise, what was the point of him? I'm guessing that once they got one more Supreme Court Justice, and the country softened for the GOP by all of Trump's draconian policies, they'd have cut him loose to have Pence with a country made easy for him by the sacrificial Trump. I think that was the hope. And then they'd say Trump was never a real Republican at all. They managed to muddle the memory of Dubya fairly well, why not him? But we saw them, how they are when they fear no loss of power for making America suffer; how much they enjoy the permission Trump gives them, and how little they ever meant their crowd-controlling talk of their perverse 50s view of Christian morality they themselves would never follow. And we will not forget.
New Art: Crazy Jane Inspired by the rather nifty new DOOM PATROL show, and especially Diane Guerrero's stellar performance, I drew this piece of one of my favorite characters ever, Grant Morrison & Richard Case's Crazy Jane. (click to enlarge) Drawing her was both easy and difficult, because as I drew her I realized I'd been using elements of her in female characters all this time without realizing it. I didn't realize how much my style owed to Case.
New at Patreon: Suzy Spreadwell Chapter 3 p. 3 Final Color (Free!) Yes, my generous heart is allowing non-subscribers to get away with reading the new pages well ahead of the issue. Won't you have a look at the whole page by clicking the panels below, and please support this and other works for only $1? Right now your support would mean a lot, especially if you ask friends to support Bottomless Studio as well. Anyway, here's the new one! Happy Saturday!
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New at Patreon: SUZY SPREADWELL Returns! (Free!) I've begun drawing the new chapter of SUZY SPREADWELL, and while most of the finished pages will only be available to $1 patrons till "official" release, this brand new one's free, so click the image to see the whole page, and be sure to subscribe today to see everything afterward! (and more)
New (Old) Stuff Posted at Patreon: Two Banned Works Newly Up for Patrons I have resumed and (slightly) revamped my Patreon page, and now it's a very simple, streamlined pledge structure: $1 (or more, we accept more) for access to all posts except two things: ebook downloads and the really explicit stuff...
"Eternity in the company of Beelzebub, and all of his hellish instruments of death, will be a picnic compared to five minutes with me & this pencil." --E. Blackadder, 1789 Questionable
words & pictures from John Linton Roberson