Echoes of my everything

johndarnielle:

giraffepoliceforce:

Still pretty proud of my response to this.

I loved Marvel comics when I was a kid; I was a weird kid who didn’t get down with macho stuff, in part because of the general scene in my house & in part because I was scrawny and couldn’t really front like I was tough. In my tiny limited-to-my-personal-friends-and-surroundings comics scene, the idea that macho norm-enforcer types could be into comics would have come as a huge and deeply disappointing surprise; comics, in my mind, were for people who’d already begun to sense that, in the immortal words of Anti-Flag, “their system doesn’t work for you.”
I hope Marvel systematically “ruins” absolutely every one of their legacy characters forever, one after another, and then D.C. runs a Sgt. Rock miniseries where he renounces violence as a means of conflict resolution. May the grousing of the macho comics dudes ascend to Heaven forever and make an acceptable sacrifice unto Galactus

"in the immortal words of Anti-Flag" is a phrase I don’t think I expected to hear from JD, but this was a good way to start the day.

johndarnielle:

giraffepoliceforce:

Still pretty proud of my response to this.

I loved Marvel comics when I was a kid; I was a weird kid who didn’t get down with macho stuff, in part because of the general scene in my house & in part because I was scrawny and couldn’t really front like I was tough. In my tiny limited-to-my-personal-friends-and-surroundings comics scene, the idea that macho norm-enforcer types could be into comics would have come as a huge and deeply disappointing surprise; comics, in my mind, were for people who’d already begun to sense that, in the immortal words of Anti-Flag, “their system doesn’t work for you.”

I hope Marvel systematically “ruins” absolutely every one of their legacy characters forever, one after another, and then D.C. runs a Sgt. Rock miniseries where he renounces violence as a means of conflict resolution. May the grousing of the macho comics dudes ascend to Heaven forever and make an acceptable sacrifice unto Galactus

"in the immortal words of Anti-Flag" is a phrase I don’t think I expected to hear from JD, but this was a good way to start the day.

  • friend: hey! I'm going to scotland!
  • me: THERE WAS A BARN OWL
  • TRAPPED IN THE RAFTERS
  • friend: uh
  • me: the GROUND UNDERNEATH US WAS WET AND COL D
iamdavidbrothers:

Y’all like free comics? Ask a question at my panels, get a random #1

I was spoiled by two Shaky Kane comics in one summer.

iamdavidbrothers:

Y’all like free comics? Ask a question at my panels, get a random #1

I was spoiled by two Shaky Kane comics in one summer.

There’s a lot of Twitter activity I don’t enjoy — which is, everyone’s like, “who can we condemn today.” Where can this roving mob turn to condemn someone today in a quick, thoughtless manner? Even if you’re pretending you’re being thoughtful, it’s 140 characters, it’s not a good place for dialog.

Comedian Chelsea Peretti, from the 56th episode of her podcast Call Chelsea Peretti

While I don’t really agree that Twitter can’t be a good place for dialog, I do agree I’ve seen people go from tackling real issues to desperately trying to find any small minueteau to condemn someone on and it’s a trend I hope lapses sooner than later as the heavy signal-to-noise drowns out things which actually matter. 

(via joekeatinge)

Oh man, if you think Twitter’s bad about that, you should totally check out this new site. It’s called Tumblr, and…

(I love Tumblr something fierce, but I’ve never seen a more hyperbolic, black-and-white view of anything that seems so eager to condemn than some of the folks on here)

mikerugnetta:

wnyc:

laughingsquid:

Determined Raccoon Drags 28-Pound Bag of Cat Food Out of the Sun and Under Nearby Porch

Top notch.

-Jody, BL Show-

A couple weeks ago me and Molly were wandering around Red Hook and upon turning some corner I made direct eye contact with a raccoon standing (yep, standing, because they can do that) about 2 ft away. Both of his hands were full of cat food from a nearby DIY shelter some neighborhood people had built for the local cats, which Molly and I had only just recently finished gaping at the sheer number of.

Anyway. There’s Raccoon, straight grillin’ me, with two hands full of cat foot like “What? And?”. I’ve stopped in my tracks. Molly keeps walking. I say, quietly, “Hey! C’mere! There’s a raccoon just, like, givin’ me the business” and I swear to glob Raccoon rolls its eyes and nonchalantly wanders off and behind a fence. By the time Molly got there, Raccoon was gone, and I couldn’t very well be like “This raccoon was just staring at me and then I think… I think I irritated it by calling you over?”

Moral of the story: raccoons don’t mess.

So, my undergrad campus is in the middle of town. It’s not a huge city, but we’ve got about 150,000 people or so. I was walking around campus and in front of the dining hall as dusk was setting in one night and I saw a raccoon the size of a dog standing right between the pillars to the entrance to the dining hall. 

We just stood there, staring at each other, for what felt like forever until he slowly walked over to a bush and went into hiding and I just walked away confused both by his brazen chilling on campus and his size.

royalboiler:

Here’s a quick Nemo drawing I did this morning. I’m gonna be doing a big print to go with this Nemo book.  The kickstarter still has some time on it. 
I’m gonna go through McCay’s work this week and think up what to dooo. maybe throw some George Herriman Krazy kat in there— because that is my jam. 

Yesssss, combine two of the most influential cartoonists of the early 1900s. I happily tacked on the $30 for your print, sir, and I only wish it could be a part of the book. 

royalboiler:

Here’s a quick Nemo drawing I did this morning. I’m gonna be doing a big print to go with this Nemo book.  The kickstarter still has some time on it. 

I’m gonna go through McCay’s work this week and think up what to dooo. maybe throw some George Herriman Krazy kat in there— because that is my jam. 

Yesssss, combine two of the most influential cartoonists of the early 1900s. I happily tacked on the $30 for your print, sir, and I only wish it could be a part of the book. 

http://wilwheaton.tumblr.com/post/92431892804/maxistentialist-the-sacramento-bee-dire

johndarnielle:

maxistentialist:

The Sacramento Bee:

Dire predictions about jobs being destroyed spread across California in 2012 as voters debated whether to enact the sales and, for those near the top of the income ladder, stiff income tax increases in Proposition 30. Million-dollar-plus earners face…

this seems worth noting, paying attention to, reminding people of. I am the least expert economist in the history of the field, I will sell most anything for magic beans (not the cow, though, the cow over all is my motto), but the whole magic “cut taxes and the people who pay less will just give it back in the form of jobs instead of banking it in off-shore accounts” proposition has always seemed kinda like

no they won’t

No doubt it happens at times that people. even those whom we love best, become permeated with the gloom or irritation that emanates from us. There is however an inanimate object which is capable of a power of exasperation to which no human being will ever attain: to wit, a piano.

Proust (via joberholtzer)

Good morning, inanimate objects.

(via mikerugnetta)

(via mikerugnetta)

Anonymous asked: What are your thoughts on what marvel is doing now? Will it have any kind of affect on the movie universe?

royalboiler:

I don’ cuuure.

Look at this thing: This might be a good car if you were a Babar style Elephant that lived among men in human clothes. You could travel accross the country with some bird dudes who could scout ahead and then have the roof rack to land on and you wouldn’t even have to stop.

I wonder if the steering wheel would need to be fixed for elephant hands though..

That luggage rack feels like an awfully inconvenient place for a family of elephants to put their trunks

jennyowenyoungs:

NBD just hanging out with #Lumberjanes co-creator @gracecellis I’M SO FANCY ETC

I really love that some of my favorite musicians are on those Lumberjanes mix CDs.

jennyowenyoungs:

NBD just hanging out with #Lumberjanes co-creator @gracecellis I’M SO FANCY ETC

I really love that some of my favorite musicians are on those Lumberjanes mix CDs.

existentialcrisisfactory:

Kamala Khan has enraptured the world as many times as she’s saved it. Now, the plucky Pakistani-American teen who made history as the new Ms Marvel, comics’ first ever lead Muslim superhero, is getting a rare sixth printing—and heralding a new era of diversity in comics.

Although the world of comics occupies an increasingly large part of the pop cultural domain—last year the industry did about $800 million in sales—the number of people who actually buy comics is relatively small. Most comics only average about 3,000 copies per printing; with Kamala now on her sixth printing, she’s headed towards a whopping 20,000 print copies sold. 

Still, to put things in perspective, sixth printings are major milestones in the world of comics. Spider-Man Issue #583, the one with President Obama on the cover, only made it to a fifth printing despite making international headlines. Kamala now joins an elite lineup of bestselling comics that have performed beyond all expectations.

What Ms. Marvel’s rare 6th printing means for diversity in comics

Multiple printings aren’t actually the milestone people tend to think they are. They are very often a sign that comics retailers underestimated the demand for a title and had to reorder. Sometimes they also indicate that the publisher didn’t want to risk overprinting that first run and being left with backstock. Further, six printings of Ms. Marvel don’t even kind of scale to the Obama Spider-Man cover, which had a much larger print run for obvious reasons.When you see something like this happen, it’s an indication of just how far out of touch the publisher (and often the retailer) is with the people who buy comics. What will be really telling is to see if this keeps happening, if publishers and retailers don’t realize and accommodate the demand for change.
What it means for diversity is that the fans are dragging the institution kicking and screaming into a more progressive era.

existentialcrisisfactory:

Kamala Khan has enraptured the world as many times as she’s saved it. Now, the plucky Pakistani-American teen who made history as the new Ms Marvel, comics’ first ever lead Muslim superhero, is getting a rare sixth printing—and heralding a new era of diversity in comics.

Although the world of comics occupies an increasingly large part of the pop cultural domain—last year the industry did about $800 million in sales—the number of people who actually buy comics is relatively small. Most comics only average about 3,000 copies per printing; with Kamala now on her sixth printing, she’s headed towards a whopping 20,000 print copies sold.

Still, to put things in perspective, sixth printings are major milestones in the world of comics. Spider-Man Issue #583, the one with President Obama on the cover, only made it to a fifth printing despite making international headlines. Kamala now joins an elite lineup of bestselling comics that have performed beyond all expectations.

What Ms. Marvel’s rare 6th printing means for diversity in comics

Multiple printings aren’t actually the milestone people tend to think they are. They are very often a sign that comics retailers underestimated the demand for a title and had to reorder. Sometimes they also indicate that the publisher didn’t want to risk overprinting that first run and being left with backstock. Further, six printings of Ms. Marvel don’t even kind of scale to the Obama Spider-Man cover, which had a much larger print run for obvious reasons.

When you see something like this happen, it’s an indication of just how far out of touch the publisher (and often the retailer) is with the people who buy comics. What will be really telling is to see if this keeps happening, if publishers and retailers don’t realize and accommodate the demand for change.

What it means for diversity is that the fans are dragging the institution kicking and screaming into a more progressive era.

(via mikerugnetta)

spx:

libraryadvocates:

lalie:

The fact that the ALA shared this link is so gloriously bitter and angry and I love it.

Is there a portmanteau for that? Angritter? Bangry? 

Library cards SHOULD BE GLORIFIED.

spx:

libraryadvocates:

lalie:

The fact that the ALA shared this link is so gloriously bitter and angry and I love it.

Is there a portmanteau for that? Angritter? Bangry? 

Library cards SHOULD BE GLORIFIED.