I wish I was talented enough to make this stuff up, but this is all stuff folks have said to me.
I was tagged by alexmuninn
List ten books that have stayed with you in some way. Don’t take but a few minutes, and don’t think too hard — they don’t have to be the “right” or “great” works, just the ones that have touched you. Tag [ten] friends, including me, so I’ll see your list.
Let Us Now Praise Famous Men by James Agee and Walker Evans
The Night of the Hunter by Davis Grubb
The Complete Short Stories of Flannery O’Connor
Fancies and Goodnights by John Collier
Mystery Train: Images of America in Rock and Roll by Greil Marcus
Whipping Girl by Julia Serrano
The Circus of Doctor Lao by Charles Finney
I Married a Dead Man by Cornell Woolrich
Absalom, Absalom by William Faulkner
Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
The Land of Laughs by Jonathan Carroll
The Devil’s Candy by Julie Salamon
Her Smoke Rose Up Forever by James Tiptree, jr (aka Alice Sheldon)
The October Country by Ray Bradbury
The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson
The Years of Lyndon Johnson by Robert Caro (I’ve only read the first three)
Eichmann in Jerusalem by Hannah Arendt
Beloved by Toni Morrison
Well, crap. That’s a lot more than ten. You have no idea of how bad my book habit is…
The cover for my forthcoming comic. Annoying kickstarter pimping soon to commence (probably next week). This is a vector, created in Adobe Illustrator.
(via Christianne’s Art and Comics: Exiles Cover)
NSFW at SPX -
Ok, the NSFW Signal just hit the Bethesda skyline.
Answer the call!
It seems like every year, I leave SPX and find out three days later that there was a great erotic anthology at the show that I missed out on. I hate to think of how many other people didn’t know about it,…
Damn. Now I wish my book was done in time to go to SPX. Next year for sure!
Image description: On Saturday, the Navy christened a new research ship the “Sally Ride” after the first U.S. woman and youngest person in space. It is the fifth current ship named for an astronaut.
Photo from the U.S. Navy
the person doing the christening is dr. tam o’shaughnessy, ride’s partner of 27 yrs. sally ride was not just the first woman and youngest person in space: she was also the first lesbian in space - likely, the first lgbtq person in space.
I know we shared this before but finding out that this ship was christened by Dr. Tam O’Shaughnessy was something that required re-sharing.
Krell Laboratories: Star Time -
Looking at the James Brown biopic, Get On Up, on my movie blog today.
The shadow of race and the civil rights movement lies heavy on this film. In one of the film’s more memorable scenes, Brown as a boy steals the shoes off the feet of a man who has been lynched. That scene is electrifying; it puts Brown’s life in the context of the racial discontent that defines American history. The Boston concert and Brown’s USO trip to Vietnam further contextualize Brown in the zeitgeist of his times. Brown was thought of as one of the most important black men in the Unites States following the killings of King and Malcolm X and Bobby Kennedy (Brown was set to endorse Kennedy when the man was shot, something this film omits). In a lot of ways, Brown represented an aspirational figure, proof that a black man wasn’t destined to be crushed by America, given that Brown started at the lowest rung of the ladder and ascended very high indeed. But then, Brown was a genius, something upon which the film doesn’t put too fine a point. That very genius complicates the fact that Brown was a violent, abusive man to those around him, whether the band he exploits or the women he batters. The film doesn’t sidestep this aspect of the man—which is good—nor does it argue for some half-assed benefit of clergy for his transgressions. It does, however, significantly understate Brown’s reputation for violence. The movie makes no mention of the rape allegations that dogged him, for instance, and the scenes of violence that famously landed the older Brown in jail are played like movie tropes: a high speed chase of dubious real-life provenance, his brandishing of a shotgun to a crowd of terrified people that’s played for laughs, etc. This is all troubling.
My Dream Date with a Villain is the first publication from Heretical Sexts. Fourteen artists and authors have detailed their romantic encounters with infamous villains including Doctor Doom, Elizabeth Bathory, Captain Hook and Bellatrix Lestrange. My Dream Date with a Villain will be available to order in late August.
Click here to view samples from Dream Dates.
So I have a story in this zine. Due out at the end of the month. Should be fun. My piece was certainly fun to make.
"I Want to Live"
I drew this comic yesterday and today it’s up on The Nib.
This is perfect.