My favourite thing about being a cartoonist is that I can draw anything. As an example I drew the hardest things I could think of, a spiral staircase, a bike, and a horse. Like, that staircase is real hinky but I bet it could work if I drew someone walking down it.
I saw this knowing that there are obviously levels, like, there’s Jillian Tamaki who is a remarkable cartoonist but also makes work like this, which is absolutely incredible and beautiful and inspiring.
Haha but still I think that anyone who’s smart, creative and funny can be a cartoonist. I think that’s neat. I think … that cartooning … might … be … easy.
2:35 pm • 20 April 2014 • 236 notes
Experts have repeatedly debunked the myth that transgender non-discrimination laws give sexual predators access to women’s restrooms, but that hasn’t stopped conservative media outlets from promoting fake news stories to fear monger about trans-inclusive bathrooms.
For as long as the transgender community has fought for protection from discrimination in public spaces, conservatives have peddled the myth that sexual predators will exploit non-discrimination laws to sneak into women’s restrooms.
That fear has been an extremely effective tool for scaring people into voting against even basic protections for transgender people, which is why conservatives routinely use the phrase “bathroom bill" to describe laws prohibiting discrimination in public accommodations. When conservative media outlets attack non-discrimination laws for transgender people, they almost exclusively focus on bathroom and locker room facilities.
But that fear is baseless - completely unsupported by years of evidence from states that already have non-discrimination laws on the books. In a new
Media Matters report
, experts from twelve states - including law enforcement officials, state human rights workers, and sexual assault victims advocates - debunk the myth that non-discrimination laws have any relation to incidents of sexual assault or harassment in public restrooms
11:40 pm • 19 April 2014 • 4,326 notes
waryalbatross asked: Hi John, there's a lot of stuff I want to ask you, but I've just had a terrible week of loss and rejection in my "budding art career" and it really sucks and it seems like something you would have a piece of wisdom for. How do you cope with putting your ego and life's work on the line over and over?
I tried to answer this a bunch of times but I don’t really know! You hold onto Berryman’s line — “It is idle to reply to critics” — and understand that the actual work isn’t the thing you make, but the process that makes it, whose inherent value and dignity is well beyond any debate, because it is an expression of your self and therefore nobody can really judge it.
this is an unsatisfying answer, I know, artists have struggled with varying degrees of success over how to deal with these problems forever. the simple terrible platitudes of kindergarten are actually applicable here — the ones that tell you your work is good no matter what anyone thinks of it — but they seldom help much in the short term. in the long term, they do. people didn’t get very excited about Get Lonely when it was new. we were bummed! we felt it was our best work. we thought we’d gone somewhere special, unique in our work, its own place. over time, the people who relate to our impulse on that record have found it and connected with it, and the people who didn’t care for it have stopped thinking about it, because not many people spend a lot of time dwelling on work they didn’t care for.
but as I say this is a question people struggle with, I don’t think there’s a “here’s what you do” answer (and I reject, with thanks, any allegations that I am wise). you keep your focus on the work, I figure. when your focus wanders, you bring it back.
11:26 pm • 19 April 2014 • 287 notes
The other night I went to a live storytelling event at a bar. It was a fun time with friends.
But one of the storytellers’ tale was about meeting a woman he had met on the internet. She wasn’t “short and petite” how she had described herself, but taller and heavier. “I expected an hourglass figure, but she was more of a pear” he said. The rest of his story had more fat jokes, and more cruelty to this woman, and I got mad. I already had my sketchbook out so I doodled this.
The pear has the most detail because it’s Author Insertion, obviously.
7:31 pm • 18 April 2014 • 41 notes
“I twittered about this earlier, but sometimes it feels as though talking about misogyny in this industry is like dealing with Groundhog Day: there seems to be a continuous reset, a collective male amnesia around the issue. As if, when a woman speaks out, it’s for the first time and everyone is shocked. Just shocked, I tell you. Sexism exists? OH MY GOD.”
— Veteran writer Marjorie Liu on sexual harassment/misogny in the comics industry—and the collective amnesia that hits much of the industry every time the topic ever gets broached. (via robot6)
9:15 am • 17 April 2014 • 6,606 notes
“If I just manage this place but don’t serve dishes, then what’s the point?”
Made Better in Japan - WSJ.com
Basically the philosophy that hamstrings every one of my projects.
3:31 pm • 16 April 2014 • 5 notes
i did a poster for the mountain goats and erin mckeown and i realized i forgot to actually mention it on the thing where i am ostensibly supposed to be posting art
4 colors on white paper, edition of 63
thank you industry print shop in austin texas, who did a truly amazing job on this
thank you alyson west for organizing everything and tolerating all my amateur hour nonsense
thank you john darnielle for the impeccable art direction and for being just the coolest
thank you erin mckeown for also being the coolest and incredibly kind (note the free album download on her website—-IT IS SO GOOD)
and thank you trudy, whose last name i do not know, for doing the actual selling of the posters and for keeping me company before the show!
i have thought about screen printing posters for musicians every day for like 6 years now—-that the first one i did was for my favorite band, and furthermore came out looking pretty okay seems OMINOUS.
anyway since i can’t help but disclose process stuff, here are some links to some of the material/inspiration/reference used in making the poster:
Walton Ford - Der Panterausbruch
Pieter Bruegel the Elder - Hunters in the Snow
tMG - Deuteronomy 2:10
tMG - Sourdoire Valley Song
tMG - Ox Baker Triumphant
Erin McKeown - The Politician
Erin McKeown - Histories
12:57 pm • 16 April 2014 • 75 notes
Radar has a superhero persona, created by my friend Brandi and me: the Scrambler: a well-intentioned hero of incredible strength who bursts on the scene to saves the day but makes a huge mess in the process.
“Help us, Scrambler!” the people cry, on the precipice of some terrible disaster.
This is tremendous, but I also link to it for containing the phrase
“a hand down his humid throat”
Which is the sort of noun and prepositional phrase combo that reminds me there are still wonderful surprises out there if you’re willing to put one word in front of the next.
12:55 pm • 16 April 2014 • 19 notes
"That was when I decided to take seriously the person I actually am rather than try to be a person whom others define as serious. Leaving academia to write fiction for children and teenagers was a return to that person I had been — the one who laughed easily, who liked makeup and baking and dance. I stopped being afraid of being thought silly or weak and instead pushed myself to be more than competent at the things I loved best to do. I am true now to what brings me joy and to what I do well — and most of the time, to hell with the rest."
(via E. Lockhart on embracing the young adult inside her - latimes.com)
More reasons to love E. Lockhart.
Thanks for posting, Rachel. This was from the LA Times, and I wrote it for the Book Festival paper.
I love this piece by E. Lockhart because I used to try so hard to be a serious writer. I thought to write a novel it had to be A Novel. I thought if it wasn’t The Great American Novel, I might as well not bother.
And then I read authors including E. Lockhart who made me realize I wasn’t actually a serious person. I wanted to write girlie books. I wanted to write about boys and kissing and clothes and I still wanted to imbue my work with feminism and joy and love and other big ideas I care a lot about.
Blah blah blah once I did that I finished a book and got an agent. Blah blah blah now those two books that came out of my decision to just be myself are in stores. Blah blah blah just be yourself. You are a great you.
7:26 pm • 15 April 2014 • 212 notes