I hope I never stop being amused by the echoing sibilant hiss of “trespass against us” in evening Mass.

“¿Admiras a algún historietista?

“Ahí va una de esas injustas listas en las que te acabas olvidando de muchos de tus ídolos: Will Eisner, Alberto Breccia, Jack Kirby, El Cubri, Tardi, Chaland, Clowes, Federico del Barrio, Beto Hernández, Micharmut, Cifré, Gallardo, Martí. Y Jack Cole. Y todos los pioneros de la historieta de principios del XX”.”

Keko in a recent interview.

"Do you admire any cartoonists?"

"Here comes one of those unfair lists in which you end by forgetting many of your idols: Will Eisner, Alberto Breccia, Jack Kirby, El Cubri, [Jacques] Tardi, [Yves] Chaland, [Daniel] Clowes, Federico del Barrio, Beto Hernandez, Micharmut, [Guillém, presumably] Cifré, [Miguel] Gallardo, Martí. And Jack Cole. And all the pioneers of comics in the early part of the 20th century."

Right: Guillermo Cifré’s cover to the first issue of Tío Vivo,1957. Left: Paco Roca’s recreation, 2010. The caption can be translated to U.S. English as “Hey, he’s cutting!”

For background, see here.


Money spines paper lung kidney bingos organ fun

To critics

No matter what your topic of choice is, there are more people in the world who haven’t read/seen/heard/experienced it than have. The more you’re asking your audience to know, the more you’re winnowing it down. Which is fine — much of my own critical work lately is aimed at an audience of one, which is why it doesn’t get published — but it’s always good to keep in mind that the general audience is a collective fiction on the part of publishers to fool advertisers and accountants into funding work which has historically reinforced barriers of class, culture, and education far more frequently than it has made openings in them. If you want to keep talking to the same thousand, ten thousand, or couple million people who share your demographic profile (or more likely, whose demographic profile you aspire to share), great; if you can make money doing it, even better. There are a lot more people than that in the world, though, and if you’re serious about not treating everyone who doesn’t share that aspirational demographic profile as a member of the global servant class, it might be worth your while to find out what they’re reading and watching and hearing and experiencing, and working out what it says about the world you’re sharing with them.

This is terrifying.

A rare pre-Franka strip by Henk Kuijpers, from Pep, 1974.

Goddammit, there’s going to be a new Ted Benoît book this fall and there’s no way in hell I’ll be able to afford the shipping charges, much less the book itself. I mean pretty much all of it is already on his blogspot site (have I mentioned how adorable I find it that pretty much every great living European cartoonist with a web presence is still on blogspot?) but there’s something about physical pages.


Anonymous asked:

Jack Kero-wack?



That’s right.


It’s funny because actual real people stories are filled with sickening horrific atrocities

(via occupyrichierich)


Kesha, “Tik Tok” (Top 40 debut: 11/7/09, chart peak: #1)

"What went through your mind the first time you heard ‘Tik Tok’ by Kesha?" is a question I would like to ask everyone ever.

(on It Started In The ’00s! - Top 10 Chart Debuts)

The further away we get from it the more epochal it looks.


So this photo, much to my astonishment, has been circulating on various social media networks to incite an emotional response out of people to the plight of Palestinians. There are a couple issues with this.

America is a settler colonial state. And no, this is not something of the past. Many people, including activists unfortunately, often portray the suffering of Indigenous communities as something that is not rooted in the present. Its not a reality that doesn’t have adverse affects on Indigenous communities currently. Trafficking on reservations is a reality. Mass impoverishment and skyrocketing prices and in turn, lacking access to food in Indigenous communities is a reality. Violence and continued colonization is a grounded and apparently a neglected social justice issue.

This parallel, whether or not it intends to, is crudely neglectful of that. To assume the vast majority of settlers in the US would exude empathy for Palestinians and their stolen land and the ghettoization, if not demolishment of their homes is to assume that they would also then be actively committed to addressing and deconstructing the oppression faced by NDN communities, which is patently false.

Since America in itself is an illegitimate state, the upheaval of the US should not be threatening to anyone who considers themselves a decolonial activist. This photo pretty much says “imagine Americans, if this happened to your country”, but this isn’t our country. None of this is our land to begin with, aside from Indigenous and Black American communities, who have felt the backlash and served as the main and direct recipients of US violence for hundreds of years. No one living in America who does not descend from the genocided and the trafficked should feel the entitlement to and comfort of this land and living here that this infograph would require one to.

How can we expect those that have been here and were the first to experience US bred brutality to feel empathy with us if we are not willing to extend genuine solidarity and exhibit constant conscientiousness of their struggle? I believe in Muslim communities and that we’re able to have a more nuanced and inclusive approach than this. We can’t denounce settler neglect elsewhere while perpetuating it ourselves, which is precisely what this photo did. That’s not activism, that’s exploitation.

(via tzoc-che)

I would like to remove the part of me that attempts to have opinions on things I haven’t read.