I want to be Chrissie Hynde when I grow up. She’s 62 and cooler than you are. Or really, just about anyone.
Maybe I could just dress like her. That’s a good plan. Between her and Dio, I think I’ve found my summer style icons.
(This is probably my favorite Chrissie Hynde story, and I think it’s a good summary of her. “I, Chrissie Hynde, do hereby allow Garbage, the rock band, to sample any of my sounds, my voice, or indeed my very ass.” That’s just awesome. Because she is.)
Oh yeah, thanks for reminding me my record player is broken so I can’t listen to any of my Pretenders albums.
nicbelor asked: just came across your work and love it! How long have you been drawing comics for? Do you find it hard coming up with ideas? I find you work really warm and evocative so I'm just interested in your process!
Thank you Nic! I actually have a really specific process for coming up with ideas, which is drinking a lot of coffee and drawing panels from imaginary stories until I like something enough to draw the rest of the comic. The original panel often gets discarded in the finished version.
2014 Ignatz Awards Submissions Are Open!
Tis the time to submit your comics for consideration in Small Press Expo’s festival prize, the Ignatz Award. Submissions are open to all independent comics creators and publishers.Note: You do not need to be an SPX 2014 exhibitor to submit, nor do you need to attend Small Press Expo to win.Fame, fortune, glory and drink tickets galore await you!Ignatz nominees are selected by a super-secret jury of creators (a new group each year) and voted on by attendees and exhibitors of Small Press Expo 2014.As a part of the SPX Permanent Collection at the Library of Congress, all Ignatz nominees will automatically be sent to the LOC for permanent preservation.
Previous Ignatz winners include Kate Beaton, Michael DeForge, Lisa Hanawalt, Jaime Hernandez, Kevin Huizenga, Jillian Tamaki and Craig Thompson to name just a few!
The Ignatz CategoriesAll work will be eligible in all applicable categories, which include:
- Outstanding Artist
- Outstanding Anthology or Collection
- Outstanding Graphic Novel
- Outstanding Story
- Promising New Talent
- Outstanding Series
- Outstanding Comic
- Outstanding Minicomic
- Outstanding Online ComicDat RatSpeaking of “Promising New Talent,” starting in 2012 we began asking the winner of this particular award to create their own version of George Herriman’s brick-throwing rat (thank you Daryl Ayo and Lale Westvind!).Last years’ well-deserved winner, Sam Alden produced the wonderful illustration above for our use in 2014.The Ignatz Submission Process
In order to be considered for an Ignatz nomination, six copies of a work published between June 1, 2013 and May 31, 2014 should be sent to:
SPX Ignatz Awards
c/o Big Planet Comics
4849 Cordell Ave.
Bethesda, MD 20814USA
** Please note this is a different address from last year. **
Links to comics eligible for the Outstanding Online Comic category should be emailed to email@example.com.All submissions must be received by June 7, 2014.Full guidelines are available at http://www.spxpo.com/ignatz-guidelines.
All questions should be sent to the Ignatz Award coordinator, Eden Miller, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I will keep reminding you until you submit. Do it!
Shirley Jackson: “The Man in the Woods” -
“Are we almost ready then?” Aunt Cissy said. She swept her eyes across the table, adjusted a fork, and stood back, her glance never for a minute resting on Christopher. Then she moved over to the wall beside the door, where she stood, quiet and erect, and Phyllis went to stand beside her. The two women stayed respectfully by the far wall, and Christopher stood up without knowing why, except that it was his host who was entering.
This week’s issue of The New Yorker has a previously unpublished Shirley Jackson story, and I like to believe she’s smoking a cigarette somewhere, watching us and thinking “Yes, kids, that’s totally how it’s done.”
Because, yes, kids, this is totally how it’s done.
The more Shirley Jackson I read, the less patience I have for a lot of her followers. So many of her stories were built on a creeping dread, even when they didn’t necessarily turn into anything. And that is even more terrifying than if something happened. And her stories that turn really dark are completely unafraid to be dark. Her work is purposefully haunting in a way that gets inside your head.
I think she understood the horrors of every day life better than anyone else.
My life story.
Except I don’t eat animal products mostly so things get weird.
Exhibitor Application | MICE 2014 -
Exhibitor Applications for MICE 2014 are now live! Applications will be accepted for review and lottery until May 19.
All applicants will notified by June 1.
MICE 2014 is October 4 - 5.
Orphan Black is the best thing on TV right now.
It’s maybe not the absolute smartest show, but it’s twisty and ridiculous and fun, and the twists have payoffs. It’s never afraid to raise the stakes.
But it’s also about women. It’s about the lives of women.
Out of the core of our three main clones, none seem shamed for her choices. You can be a streetwise punk (Sarah), a suburban mom (Alison) or an academic (Cosima) and all those places in life are treated as absolutely valid for a 27-year-old woman to be in. They all have their strengths and weaknesses — Sarah can think on her feet but doesn’t always have common sense; Alison’s organized and methodical but can go off the rails when things don’t go according to plan; and Cosima’s science background covers emotional vulnerability. They’re all interesting women. We want to root for all of them.
But in a larger context, it’s about who own and controls women’s bodies. These women have their own lives but they’re watched by the corporation who made them. Their lives aren’t their own. That’s some awesome, feminist sci-fi right there and I love it.
(I’m usually pretty against storylines of “women makin’ babies is special!” but I think in this context, it works. Even if Sarah is special that she could have a child, it was Sarah’s choice to do so. She wasn’t forced to have a baby.)
And yeah, part of me is sort of disappointed that all these women are played by just one actress — the amazing Tatiana Maslany — but in other ways, I think that’s absolutely the point. How many other TV shows and movies treat women as basically interchangeable? Like it doesn’t matter which actress is playing which part because they’re all the same? I love how much Maslany defies that on this show. Yes, she’s one actress, but look at the range she has! Look at how each of these characters are their own! (No, seriously — it’s easy to forget this is the same actress in all these parts.)
(Maslany also has ridiculous chemistry with herself on screen. I don’t even know how that’s possible.)
Do you like shows about women? Do you like sci-fi? Please watch this show. It’s so cool. I don’t know how I’m going to make it week to week between episodes, other than rewatching each one several times.
Original comic art for sale!
Buy these! They’re way too cheap and they’re awesome!
I have one and I love it. I look at it every morning, more or less.
Tamora Pierce had a contest for her Tumblr followers recently and basically, if you followed her on Tumblr, you were entered into it.
I was one of the winners, and that’s why I now have a signed copy of Battle Magic. (If you can’t read the inscription, it says “Follow your magic.”)
I can’t explain how much 12-year-old me is delighted by this. But I now have a new book to read.