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31 December 2008
  ARE YOU A RED DUPE? (Kurtzman & Davis on Censorship)


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Bush Does One Good Thing

I'm a fair man. Never let it be said I let it pass unmentioned.

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  A Reality Show Even I Could Love?

I like the sound of this. "KopBusters." Kind of an anti-Cops. A former drug cop punks, and busts, crooked and overzealous cops. Just the kind of puncturing of intimidation this country needs. You can see a trailer and background story here at Raw Story.

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27 December 2008
  Walt Kelly on Cartooning

Or more particularly, every way to cheat. Love that man. (courtesy of dr hermes)


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  "Allerleirauh"

Time for some unexpurgated Grimm! James Romberger's adaptation of the earliest version of "Cinderella." Which is creepy as hell. (courtesy of "cyberghostface" once again--I also think this post is Livejournal members-only)

And more Grimm comics here, from the same book (the Big Book of Grimm). Not for kids!


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26 December 2008
 
Mainstream Family Film Causes Tragic Shootings

A man was shot(not fatally) because his family were talking during The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.

I've been warning against the Family Film menace for so long now, but no one will listen. Next time, it'll be something with animated penguins. You watch.

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"The Story of O"(1975)

Very softcore, and about as Euroslick as it gets. (of course, UberEurotrash actor Udo Kier is in it, and you can never have too much Udo) And it's incomplete and much of it is in French. But anyway...it's sort of a nice try...I still like Crepax's version better.


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25 December 2008
 
Hottest Comic In Japan?

Right now it's a comics version (a dramatization, apparently, which is an odd idea) of Das Kapital. And the Japanese Communist Party is showing signs of popularity.

Hmm.

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  Whatever Happened to Bruno S.?

The New York Times catches up with the star (whose last name is actually "Schleinstein") of Herzog's Stroszek and Every Man For Himself & God Against All.(aka the Enigma of Kaspar Hauser)


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21 December 2008
  Your Wikipedia For Today

The Krampus.

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  Zorak Sings What I'm Thinking

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19 December 2008
  Why Hate Christmas? #1

Because I am trying to kill you, I bring you this to make your brain trickle out your ears.

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  America's Collapse In A Song



ASHES IN THE FALL by Zack De La Rocha

A mass of hands press on the market window
Ghosts of progress
Dressed in slow death
Feeding on hunger
And glaring through the promise
Upon the food that rots slowly in the aisle
A mass of nameless at the oasis
That hides the graves beneath the master's hill
Are buried for drinking
The rivers water while
Shackled to the the line at the empty well

This is the new sound, just like the old sound
Just like the noose wound, over the new ground
This is the new sound, just like the old sound
Just like the noose wound, over new ground

Listen to the fascist sing
"Take hope here
War is elsewhere
You were chosen
This is Gods land
Soon we'll be free
Of blot and mixture
Seeds planted by our Forefathers hand"
A mass of promises
Begin to rupture
Like the pockets Of the new world kings
Like swollen stomachs In Appalachia
Like the priest that fucked you as he whispered holy things
A mass of tears have transformed the stones now
Sharpened on suffering
And woven into the slings
Hope lies in the rubble of this rich fortress
Taking today what tomorrow never brings


This is the new sound, just like the old sound
Just like the noose wound, over new ground
Ain't the new sound, just like the old sound
Look at the noose now over the burning ground

Ain't it funny how the factory doors close
Round the time that the school doors close
Round the time that the doors of the jail cells
Open up to greet you like the reaper
Ain't it funny how the factory doors close
Round the time that the school doors close
Round the time that a hundred thousand jail cells
Open up to greet you like the reaper


Like ashes in the fall

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This Is How The Rich Sound When They Suffer

And it's a good tune! You can tap your foot to it. Behold Alexandra Penney, one of the least sympathetic victims of the economic collapse. This wealthy victim of Bernard Madoff, entitled from birth and also the author of How To Make Love To A Man(which I assume proves she has knowledge which will soon prove useful), and, most appropriately, onetime editor of Self Magazine, has been running to any media outlet she can to bemoan the sudden loss of privilege she will soon endure. I saw her on Nightline earlier this week and now she's on the Daily Beast. Here is a typical example of the horror she will endure. I sewar to god, this is not a parody, this is not the Onion, she's real and she's serious:

I’ve lived a great and interesting life. I love beautiful things: high thread count sheets, old china, watches, jewelry, Hermes purses, and Louboutin shoes. I like expensive French milled soap, good wines, and white truffles. I have given extravagant gifts like diamond earrings. I traveled a lot. In this last year, I've been Laos, Cambodia, India, Russia, and Berlin for my first solo art show. Will I ever be able to explore exotic places again?

Since this happened last Thursday, I have barely left my apartment, I haven't been out for dinner; haven't bought groceries. Can’t remember the last time I ate a full meal. Food, which is one of my most favorite things in the world, has become meaningless. But I look on that as an upside.

Yesterday, I took my first subway ride in 30 years. Dennis came with me to show me how to get a MetroCard. The world looks very different from a crowded Lexington Avenue No. 6 train.

Well, if I were here the first thing I'd do is go to Ebay with those Hermes handbags. Good Christ. Some of us have somehow endured having none of this, ever. The subway? The poor thing has to ride the subway? Oh my god, how horrible. I haven't even had a car since 1998. At some point she also bemoans how she will now have to iron her 40 white shirts herself.

And most of us don't get to sell our story to the media, either.

This is pretty typical of the comments it received, and I couldn't agree with this one more:
It is quite possible, while my head steamed with anger at your obscene lack of perspective, that I missed the line where you regretted you would no longer be able to donate to the charitable causes that support single working mothers. Or the ones that feed starving artists. Perhaps you make those sacrifices, but I didn't read you lament losing your ability to help those who face the challenges you have overcome.

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At Last We Will Be Rid of Baz Luhrmann

He just bought the rights to the Great Gatsby, a book which I personally dislike and find vastly overrated, but which, in any case, has broken everyone who's tried to adapt it in any form.

I'm assuming he'll throw in a Bowie tune or three and think that will save him.

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  Thundersnow

So I left Chicago for Seattle partly because I was sick of the ice and snow.


But the bastards followed me...


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18 December 2008
 
Cheney On The Way Out: Oh By The Way America? Fuck You

Cheney admitting, and not by accident, that he okayed torture. Which means he's trying to force Bush to pardon him, or expose himself to the prosecution that Cheney has now shown is appropriate for him.

What balls. But then, you have to give him credit: he never once pretended to care about Bush, or soldiers, or Americans, or anything but his own benefit, and never stopped smirking. And shouldn't a villain smirk when he's won? And to our discredit, there he sat not pretending he was anything but vile and up to no good, and we let him.

Bush never liked to admit a mistake. Neither do we. And we'll find some way to look back on these years and think we did the best we could do.

But we didn't. And so Cheney smirks.

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17 December 2008
  Now This Might Get Me To Travel More

At Slate: "The Pervert's Grand Tour of Europe."

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12 December 2008
 
Republicans Murder UAW

Having apparently decided they only want the Southern states on their side even if that means they become an isolated fringe party, the Republicans have also decided to help the foreign automakers in their states by killing union labor in this country. But then, why not--as I well know, the South doesn't view itself as part of this country anyway. This will assure they will never get another vote from the Rust Belt or anywhere near it, ever again. I'm wondering why the Republicans aren't simply committing mass suicide.

Though they may love the idea of killing one last crucial part of America on their way out, even Dick Cheney said this will assure the party's demise(which is why the White House is on the bailout side). Is hurting Americans--on the behalf of other nations--just something they enjoy too much to stop?



I was raised in the South. I briefly worked in South Carolina, at a music instrument warehouse, following my first stay in Chicago. And I saw the effects of no union presence on the work environment. Pathetic pay that can be cut anytime. A pension plan removed, retroactively, with no notice. Being forced to work overtime every single day, and being paid the very same wages, and no recourse to get the overtime one's been cheated out of. Because as workers have no rights, there's nobody to defend them.

Psychologically, it felt like slavery; that was the effect on the workers, who'd already been raised from birth with the idea that they had no rights and someone giving them a job was doing them a favor. Which is the situation that suits the wealthy Southerner well--you can do as you like and nobody dares complain. Maybe we should let the South secede again for good, as they've already shown they're ruled by selfish traitors who don't give a fuck about this country.

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11 December 2008
  Bettie Page (1923-2008)

A beautiful woman who will always be remembered for the impact she made on our culture. Just by smiling and posing, she changed our world, at least a little, for the happier. May she rest in peace.

She rules, now and forever.

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09 December 2008
  Oh, Illinois

You with your horribly corrupt governors who keep going to jail. You're adorable. Don't miss ya.

This is Chicago. We are used to corrupt politicians.

But Blagojevich is accused of behavior so brazen that it makes the state look like it’s being run by the mob.

Mary Mitchell, Sun-Times




Funny thing about this is that I lived in Chicago during the years he's been governor, except the past year. And suffered the economic misery that he did nothing to help reverse. (You're all in a recession now; in Chicago it began about 2002 and didn't end) And until now, like a lot of people there who just call him "Blago," I could never pronounce his damn name. Now I can.

I expect soon everyone will be able to. That must be some consolation for him. But what I loved seeing in this especially was not only the possibility(still unconfirmed) that it was Rahm Emanuel who dropped a dime on the governor when a deal was attempted(which would be brilliant of Emanuel--distance him, drive out a political liability, and also drive out corruption in the process, exactly the way you want to approach a bribe solicitation):
According to the charges:

ROD BLAGOJEVICH said that the consultants ... are telling him that he has to "suck it up" for two years and do nothing and give this "motherfucker [the President-elect] his senator. Fuck him. For nothing? Fuck him."

I mean, what was he thinking? He needed the Obama administration more than it needed him, which is to say it didn't need him at all. Even if they were corrupt, this wouldn't have worked; they would have gained nothing by becoming party to it. They have the White House. It's the pettiness of this big toad in a little pond that is breathtaking. The governor actually seemed to think he had leverage in this. What he didn't realize was that Obama had much more to gain should he fall.

But you know, it's not really shocking to me, because I met people like this--had them as bosses--many times when I lived in Chicago. Some were people who, quite literally, took an interest in making my life hellish, as any reader of this blog(and you don't even know the half of it) knows. It is a deeply sick, corrupt, ugly place, and it really does breed thugs like this that rely only on their power to prevent people from informing on them. I don't even mean political figures. Sorry, but it's true. It's a vile place that stole a lot from me, both materially and spiritually. And I'm glad that's become impossible to ignore.

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  The Invisible Hand of the Free Market!

Click to expand the Hand.

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"Martha"

It's finished, all 28 pages, and if you're over 18 you can read it here for free*. One of my few attempts to deliberately create a happy story(and one of my few website updates in forever).


And in addition? The Charles Alverson-written Story of OH! (my second collaboration with him)Pray this is not your next job interview. (Or, depending on your tastes, pray it is, I guess...)


That's 53 pages of free comics. You're welcome. Don't read these at work.

*And if you like it(and adultwebcomics and Cafepress both having become temporarily problematic) please feel free to donate using the handy box at the bottom of each page. Anything you care to give would be much appreciated, especially right now. (and don't forget my Ebay and Amazon stores)

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08 December 2008
  Tom Paxton: "The Last Thing on My Mind"

I was trying to find the cover Sandy Denny did with Strawbs, but found the original instead. And it's lovely.

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07 December 2008
  Wormtongue Resurgent

Noted mugwumpy right-wing toady David Horowitz, never one to miss a chance to be on the winning side, has crawled back out from under a rock to...defend Obama from right-wing critics?

The beginning of the article I link to sums up Horowitz best:

It goes like this: D-ho, as the histrionically neurotic former 1960s far-left radical turned far-right propagandist is sometimes called, was supposedly irritated by something said by a former '60s comrade who is now a liberal, and responded to his former comrade that if the New Left had won, people like him (i.e., sellout liberals) would have been shot. The former comrade responded that if the '60s left had won, David Horowitz would still be in it.
I mean, Jesus, at least you can say Dennis Miller's just an entertainer with bills to pay, and dismiss his sleazily Dick Morris-like whoredom to Fox News.

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06 December 2008
 
A Lars Von Trier Comedy?

Actually, it's not so surprising; there was plenty of humor in the Kingdom, for instance, and in most of his films. Even if it's usually dry as a bone and in a sea of grimness, but I like that. And I love Von Trier's films, except Epidemic.

But last night I saw the Boss of It All, and again, very, very dry. But absolutely hilarious. I don't feel like writing a review, but I do highly recommend you watch it. In structure, it's actually an oddly old-fashioned comedy. Even the blowjob scene. (Yes, you read that right. But it's as tasteful as that can be)

I don't usually, but I also recommend the DVD extras, especially the "mockumentary" about the incredibly skilled actors. Who, apparently, are just as funny in character when improvising as when scripted.

Oh, and did you know Zentropa, now under its regular title of Europa, will finally be coming out on DVD this week from Criterion? Click below to pre-order.

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  Radiskull & Devil Doll

You may remember this.

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05 December 2008
  Bettie Page Suffers Heart Attack

Please be sending her your best wishes. She's 85, frail, and in critical condition. This is very sad.

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04 December 2008
 
The Stagnant World of Comics

Steven Grant has some things to say about 2008, and in particular about "creators" who want to spend their energies perpetuating corporate properties(Geoff Johns, you do great work, but I'm still looking at you).

I do remember that in the 1980s, when I was absorbing most of my primary influences, including Howard Chaykin, Dave Sim, Gilbert Hernandez, and Alan Moore, only one of those was working on corporate properties and the appeal of it was partly how he separated it from the other properties. Now the ambition is to tie everything together in one brain-strangling mess of continuity that damn well keeps anyone new from picking up comics. But what you don't find a lot of is creators whose full ambition is the creation of comics, their own, in which no one has tights maybe.

Anyway, Grant:

Throughout my professional lifetime, I've watched talent go to Marvel or DC and occasionally other places, simply so they could work on Jack Kirby's characters. And do "their" version of Kirby. This includes people I consider friends. Again, it's one thing to have a good OMAC story in mind, but I'm talking about people whose greatest dream in life is to make their careers continuing Kirby characters. I don't think there was one of them who didn't believe their work on his characters somehow honored Kirby's contributions to the field. I only spoke to Jack twice in my life, but one of those times I asked him about this.

In fact, Jack did not feel honored. He wasn't upset about it, and didn't complain (like others I've known in similar positions have) that he hadn't been hired instead to work on his own characters. He was saddened. Why? Because he hadn't spent his career just working. He'd spent it creating, and constantly coming up with new characters and new creations wherever he had the chance.

What saddened him was that message – create your own, create your own, create your own - wasn't the legacy his career was leaving for new talents instead.

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03 December 2008
  Pere Ubu: "Waiting For Mary"

Again from Night Music. Sanborn tries to cheese it up, but fails.

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  Karen Mantler: "I Wanna Be Good"


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02 December 2008
  She Shot Bullwinkle!

(by way of Sullivan)

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  A Little Victory

The Supreme Court affirms California's medical marijuana law and brushes aside the federal government's challenge.

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