Here is a sketch comic I made called Ducks, in five parts.
Ducks is about part of my time working at a mining site in Fort McMurray, the events are from 2008. It is a complicated place, it is not the same for all, and these are only my own experiences there. It is a sketch because I want to test how I would tell these stories, and how I feel about sharing them. A larger work gets talked about from time to time. It is not a place I could describe in one or two stories. Ducks is about a lot of things, and among these, it is about environmental destruction in an environment that includes humans. Thank you for taking the time to read it.
BRB, just crying at my desk on a Monday.
Cities and Spaces and got finished just in time for MoCCA! I’ll be tabling with Delia Evin and Jensine Eckwall so make sure to come by and say hello this weekend ✍
This book by Rebekka Dunlap made my heart ACHE.
Remember that thing Björk said about sealhunting and orgs like Greenpeace getting mad at Inuits for sustaining their way of life?
This thing? (Except crossout Greenpeace and fill in Ellen DeGeneres and PETA.)
Well, it happened. To the point that people are so angry with Tagaq that they’ve photoshopped pictures of her child into photos of (white) sealhunters killing babyseals. Her toddler was replaced with the seal in the picture.
tl;dr - Western white rabid animal rights activists would rather have people of color assimilate, die, or account for the ruin Western industralization has caused on this planet; even if certain methods of eating are the only way groups can survive.
Irony: Tanya Tagaq has actually collaborated with Björk and was featured on Medulla.
I’ve started researching incarceration/prison/punishment in the “real” sense as opposed to the Foucauldian things I learned about surveillance, discipline, punishment …and can’t stop thinking about it.
Great resources coming out of the States (Angela Davis, Michelle Alexander, Dean Spade, etc) but is anyone familiar with Canadian researchers in this field? My 1st year sociology prof Gillian Balfour I’ve found has written some pretty good stuff but I’m on the hunt for more of intersectional analysis, more recent about the federal government’s policy shifts, and some hard facts.
If you’re in NY please come say hi at the Bluestockings book launch for War of Streets and Houses (Monday April 7th at 7pm), or one of the other events below!
Spring/Summer appearances thus far:
4/02 - Providence, RI - Comic Reading with Sam Alden, O. Horvath, Cathy Johnson, Mickey Z
4/5&6 - NY, NY - MoCCA Festival - with Uncivilized Books
4/07 - NY, NY - Bluestockings - NY book launch for War of Streets and Houses
4/08 - NY, NY - New York Comics & Picture-story Symposium - with Sam Alden
4/11-13 - Quebec City - Festival de la Bande Dessinée Francophone de Quebec - with la mauvaise tête
5/1 - White River Junction, VT - Center for Cartoon Studies - with Sam Alden
5/10 & 11 - Toronto, ON - TCAF - with Uncivilized Books
5/31 & 6/1 - Chicago IL - CAKE - with Uncivilized Books
8/2&3 - Providence, RI - RIPExpo
I own a lot of Sophie’s zines and can’t wait to see the book!
"Self-destruction for love is a particularly Durasian obsession. "You destroy me. You’re so good for me," repeats the woman in "Hiroshima Mon Amour" to her lover. I ask her today why sex and death are always entwined for her.
"It’s difficult to articulate. It’s erotic." She takes a deep breath. "I had a lover with whom I drank a lot of alcohol." She pauses, staring straight at me. Her face is expressionless, her dark eyes are absolutely still. "I’m acquainted with it, the desire to be killed. I know it exists.""
From an October 1991 NYTimes interview that remains an open tab on my computer, always.
You should read this.
“And this doubt grows around you. This doubt is alone, it is the doubt of solitude. It is born of it, of solitude. At least the word can be named. I think a lot of people couldn’t bear what I’m saying here; they would run away. Perhaps that’s why everyone isn’t a writer. Yes. That’s it. That’s the difference. That’s the truth. Nothing else. Doubt is writing. Thus, it is also the writer. And with the writer, everyone writes. We’ve always known that.”
Marguerite Duras (via batarde)
Marguerite would have been 100 today.
Come Worry with Us! OFFICIAL TRAILER
Just saw this tonight, so good. Beautiful portrait of a new family, peppered with insightful challenges about the fucked up ways the world works. Powerful commentary from “rock moms” and how older women are pushed out of music scenes, the guilt and shame associated with wanting to be a creative person and a mother.
Also you should visit the website for the doc, http://comeworrywithus.ca/
It is beautiful.
Tammy Rae Carland
One Love Leads to Another
Saw the Alien She exhibit today. It is really great.
Tammy Rae Carland’s One Love Leads to Another is one of my favorites - how simply it speaks to the interconnectedness of things when you are at an age where interests and identity are interchangeable. One Love Leads to Another is an articulation of why I don’t throw anything away, why I have all of these scraps of paper and old tapes and envelopes (just because I liked the way my name and now defunct address were written.)