Some updates and stuff.
Last night there was a report of Bent Con on the radio show IMRU that talked about me, Northwest Press and some other cartoonists quite a bit, you can hear the show archived here . They also played part of an audio interview with me Linda Birch did at Bent Con, with me talking about my comics and sex fetishes, and it’s pretty entertaining to listen to if you’re curious. You can hear the clip of just the audio interview with me here . They were also giving away a signed copy of my book and I believe one of my Happiness is a Boy Who Swallows t-shirts, along with some other comics. I’m not sure if they’ve given them all out yet, but the way to try to win one was to go and Like the Facebook page for their show and say you wanted one of the items, so if you want to try you can head over there and do that.
There was also a new review of my book by Greg McElhatton at Read About Comics , and a Bent Con roundup report with a brief profile of me on the JLHLS website , so check those out.
If all these reactions have you dying for a copy of my amazing book- And who wouldn’t be?- the digital version is on sale for a limited time in iTunes , and you can get it for only $5! What? Amazing, I know!
Also, I’m gonna keep reminding periodically, if you’d like to stay up to date on things like this and updates involving my comics, plus also me going on about random stuff, you can find lots of that by following me at twitter.com/bloodoftheland , and you can also get updates about my comics by Liking the Facebook page for them !
Let’s clear something up really quick: if you think there’s such a thing as a “war on Christmas,” you’re a fucking retard.
Sorry this comic wasn’t posted yesterday, I was having some problems with my internet connection, but now that seems to be sorted out. I’ll have another new comic posted tomorrow, so check back!
Pushy bottoms out there, you know I love you, but you should listen to Santa here, he’s got some really solid advice.
Writing this, I figured Santa would be a pretty chill dude. Just because he’s some sort of 500 year old quasi-deity thing or something, that doesn’t mean he can’t have a good sex life with Mrs. Claus.
I’m going to post two more Christmas strips this week, Wednesday and Friday. When I was little reading newspaper comics, I really loved when the comics changed with the seasons, and I especially loved when Calvin and Hobbes did Christmas strips. There were so many amazing ones.
Hey, everybody! A lot’s been going on, so I figured I’d do a brief blog to encapsulate some of it.
My book’s been out for a bit over a month now, and I want to thank everybody who’s read it and say I’ve been amazed by some of the comments it’s received. Some people have had a really personal reaction to it, or just been incredibly kind about how much they liked it, and that’s been really gratifying to hear. I really love hearing people’s reactions and feedback on it. Maybe I’d feel differently if I had been getting harsh reactions, but everybody who’s talked to me about it has been so nice, so it’s great ;)
There have also been some new reviews of the book, again all really kind, and here are links to a couple:
There are, of course, links to several ways to buy the book on the store page of this website .
For anybody that’s enjoyed the book, stick with this website, because since I finished the content that appears in the book I’ve been writing a shit ton of new stuff, and I’m really excited about it. There are a lot of things that have been in my head for a really long time that are going to start getting posted soon, and a lot of new things, too. Some of them I wish I could start talking about, but I don’t want to ruin the surprise.
I also had a great time this last weekend at Bent-Con , despite the fact that I started feeling sick and losing my voice right before I was supposed to speak on two panels. So, people got to hear my hoarsely rasping about my comics, which I’m sure must have been enjoyable. If you tried to talk to me and I wasn’t saying much, that was probably part of the reason, so don’t take it personally. We also premiered the first A Waste of Time t-shirt, with the phrase, “Happiness is a Boy Who Swallows,” on it, and people seemed to really like it. I mean, that’s pretty much a universal truth, so who wouldn’t like a t-shirt saying it? And I met some really awesome people, including the great Marc Andreyko, who was just really nice and a lot of fun to talk to. I also met, again- We met before, but this was the first time we talked much- Alex Woolfson, who writes, among other things, the comic Artifice , which is really prettily illustrated by Winona Nelson and tells a smart, tasteful sci-fi boy-on-humanoid robot porn story. If there’s something to not like about smart, tasteful sci-fi boy-on-humanoid robot porn stories, I haven’t figured out what it is. Well, maybe I’d prefer it to be a little bit less tasteful and more hardcore, but as it is it’s got a cute, cheerful vibe that makes you smile.
Also coming up this weekend is the opening for a show at the Cartoon Art Museum in which I have a piece. The show’s got a great lineup of amazing cartoonists, and I’m proud to be in it, so you should all come if you can and check it out. Here’s the Facebook page for the event , and here’s the press release:
Cartoon Art Museum Exhibition: December 10, 2011 – March 4, 2012
Opening Reception Saturday, December 17, 2011, 5:30-7:30pm
SAN FRANCISCO, CA: Beginning on December 10, 2011, the Cartoon Art Museum’s ongoing Small Press Spotlight will feature the art of ten Bay Area LGBTQ cartoonists.
This installment of the Cartoon Art Museum’s Small Press Spotlight has been curated by the students of the Engage: Queer Comics Project class at the California College of the Arts. The exhibit will feature original and printed art from ten Bay Area artists, showcasing the remarkable world of LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer) comics from the last four decades.
A film composed of interviews of major figures in queer cartooning conducted by the students over the course of two semesters will also be on display, as well as copies of Quilt Bag, a zine of original material created by the students themselves.
Featured creators in this exhibit include Burton Clarke (Gay Comix), Jaime Cortez (Sexile), Ed Luce (Wuvable Oaf), Jon Macy (Teleny and Camille), MariNaomi (Kiss and Tell), Trina Robbins (Wimmen’s Comix), Joey Alison Sayers (Just So You Know), Christine Smith (The Princess), Mary Wings (Come Out Comix), and Rick Worley (A Waste of Time).
An opening reception will be held is on Saturday, December 17th from 5:30-7:30pm at the Cartoon Art Museum, hosted by the class’ teacherJustin Hall with comics-inspired drag performances by the uncanny Sue Casa, Trangela Lansbury, Karma Zabetch, and other special guests. This reception will be free and open to the public.
About the Small Press Spotlight:
San Francisco has been a hotbed of innovative, groundbreaking comic art since the late 1800s with the advent of the modern comic strip. In the1960s, the Bay Area gained further notoriety when the underground comix movement launched from San Francisco’s Haight-Ashbury district. Today, some of the biggest names in alternative and small-press comics hail from the Bay Area, and the Cartoon Art Museum’s Small Press Spotlight focuses on the works of these talented individuals.
Cartoon Art Museum • 655 Mission Street • San Francisco, CA 94105 • 415-CAR-TOON • www.cartoonart.org
Hours: Tues. – Sun. 11:00 – 5:00, Closed Monday
General Admission: $7.00 • Student/Senior: $5.00 • Children 6-12: $3.00 • Members & Children under 6: Free
The Cartoon Art Museum is a tax-exempt, non-profit, educational organization dedicated to the collection,
preservation, study and exhibition of original cartoon art in all forms.
Sounds awesome, right?
People around the Bay Area should also check out this really good rundown of the San Francisco comics scene written by Gabby Gamboa and posted on The Comics Journal website ! It hits on a lot of the cool things that have been going on up here and mentions some of my favorite comics shops in the area. It also mentions me (If only to say that I was at an event that the author didn’t attend) so there’s that :P
One last reminder: I’m going to be sticking to the Monday/ Wednesday/ Friday schedule for posts to this website for a while, but as I work on various different things there have also been drawings and bits of different things that I’ve been posting to my tumblr , so if you’re curious, check that out. You can also follow me at twitter.com/bloodoftheland , and on the Facebook page for A Waste of Time for more updates and stuff.
New comic to be posted tomorrow, Wednesday, and next week I’m gonna post a few Christmas-themed comics, so check back!
When I’ve been talking about the recent delusional babbling on Frank Miller’s website, I’ve been struggling to not use the word, “retarded.” I don’t know another word that quite captures the tone of his blithering, though, that quite captures the way he goes past saying stupid things and ignorant things into actually coming off as somebody who’s brain damaged. The problem with using that word is that there are perfectly nice mentally handicapped people out there who would be degraded by the comparison.
On every internet messgeboard that’s talking about it, and even on my own Facebook where I posted about it, you’ll always find a couple morons who say that Frank Miller was right. The mind boggling thing about that is that he didn’t even make any points that you could agree with, even if you wanted to. His ramblings kind of start out by calling the Occupy people spoiled and rapists and a few other random things that popped into Frank’s addled brain and all of which can be demonstrably disproved, and then he quickly veers into senile free association racist anger about terrorists. Or something. He can’t manage to hold a thought from one sentence to the next, he’s just kind of spouting off about things that he doesn’t like.
The thing is, that’s the mindset of people who think like that. You can’t argue with them or reason with them because they don’t really have a point to begin with. It’s just kinda stuff that makes them angry, and somehow it’s all tied together and they think it has something to do with iPhones. This is the problem I have debating a lot of issues that should be fundamentally obvious to people. There are not two sides of equal weight to the arguments over gay marriage, for example. There’s really simple basic logic on one side, backed by every reputable piece of scientific information we have on human sexuality and which you can’t argue with if you have even a basic child’s knowledge of civil rights or the way our government works, and then on the other side you have blithering idiots babbling about things that they think are icky, and if you try to bring the conversation back to a rational place, their response to that is that whatever they’re saying they’re saying because God told them so.
The other thing I’ve seen a couple places now is people saying that whether you agree with him or not, Frank’s brave to speak his mind, and they admire people who say what they think and don’t mince words. The problem with this argument is that what he’s saying is idiotic. If people think idiotic things, why would you admire them for being an idiot, just because they talked about being an idiot? The reason for Frank to keep his idiot thoughts to himself isn’t because of fear or because of pressure from some Liberal media insitution, the reason is because he’s an idiot. I actually think the First Amendment is important, and unlike Frank Miller I’m actually familiar with what it means. Nobody’s saying, or at least I’m not saying, that he shouldn’t have said these things, because now it’s better to know that he is, in fact, an idiot, rather than to have him present himself as a person that could pass basic literacy tests and then not know that he’s actually hiding the fact that he’s a seething moronic racist. Is it somehow brave to be an idiot and a racist, just because you’re willing to project these things about yourself?
Then there’s the issue that people keep bringing up, that you should separate an artist from their work. The artist’s personal life shouldn’t have any bearing on whether or not you enjoy their work. I actually agree with this in some cases to an extent, but the problem with Frank Miller is that this idiot part of him does inform most of the work. The thing I’ve seen a lot of people say in the last couple of days is that they’re embarrassed, because they used to like Frank Miller’s work. That’s how I feel about it, too.
When I heard a while back that he was writing something called, Holy Terror, Batman! I thought, oh wow, this could be great. It was so ridiculous, I thought, to be taking a play on Robin’s phrase from the campy Batman TV series and using it to apply to a piece written in response to 9/11, that I assumed Frank was making an epic statement about our reaction to 9/11. What I took from it was him poking fun at the adolescent notion of how we think superheroics can solve our problem, how ridiculous it is that all the social issues that led to 9/11 could be resolved with a punch to the jaw. I thought he was saying that this ridiculous cowboy attitude of how to respond to it was fundamentally childish, and I thought him evoking the capes and spandex and bright primary colors of the campy TV show to make that point might possibly be brilliant.
Then the book actually came out. It wasn’t called Holy Terror, Batman, anymore, it was just called Holy Terror. The Batman joke wasn’t there anymore, but the reference to the bizarre goofy TV show was. The stupidness of the whole thing was there, only Frank wasn’t kidding.
I actually event defended Frank Miller’s All Star Batman and Robin when it came out, because I thought it was hilarious. I thought the whole thing was a send-up. I thought Sin City, too, was meant to take the broad archetypes of Noir and push them out to their logical extremes, and I thought by making something that highlighted and extreme and ridiculous you could get at the emotional truths that had spawned these sorts of revenge fantasies to begin with. I said I liked these comics. This is embarrassing now.
Marv and Dwight punching shit in Sin City is actually how Frank Miller views the world. The terrifying part is when people take this sort of sad broken little boy view of the world and then try to apply it to politics and economics, without knowing anything about either. In Frank Miller’s case, it’s a sad broken little boy view through the eyes of a crotchety old man, so he’s mad about hippies and other stuff too. Oh, and he thinks the Occupy people are rapists. For no clear reason other than the fact that Frank Miller isn’t capable of writing anything without talking about rape.
So this view of how Frank Miller thinks the world should be fixed brings me to what I think should be one of the most offensive things he says, but for some reason my favorite part of it hasn’t been mentioned quite as much as the rest:
“Maybe, between bouts of self-pity and all the other tasty tidbits of narcissism you’ve been served up in your sheltered, comfy little worlds, you’ve heard terms like al-Qaeda and Islamicism.
And this enemy of mine — not of yours, apparently – must be getting a dark chuckle, if not an outright horselaugh – out of your vain, childish, self-destructive spectacle.”
“This enemy of mine.” And then he goes on to tell the pond scum that they should join the military. Frank’s never been in the military, as far as I know, but in his senile old man brain he thinks he’s fighting this war. He thinks he’s some sort of beleaguered hero. How is he fighting, exactly? Maybe he’s actually planning to go out and kick some butt himself, since obviously he thinks the world is looking to him for solutions.
So watch out, Islamcites! Frank Miller is coming for ya, and he’s gonna kick butt! He’s gonna fly through a window with lots of shattered glass and he’s gonna be throwing ninja weapons he saw in a book somewhere but doesn’t know how to use. And all enemies of Frank will be blinded and rendered helpless by large splashes of white gouache that Frank has figured out he can spackle over a black background to create blood or rain effects instead of, you know, actually drawing stuff! And this being Frank Miller, when he comes crashing through that window he’ll doubtlessly have a very angry hooker in a corset with him, and her stilettos will be coming for your head.