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    Ales -- The one I ordered it from is here:
    Another one that I'd suggest contacting is: as I'm pretty sure they'll up their orders for something when the creative team sends them an e-mail advertising it to them a little bit.
    Side Note: If you can find a way to get a bunch of stores e-mail addresses you should send them a little promo e-mail. I know a few different stores that will order / increase their orders when the creative teams shows that they care and take the time to do something like that.
    • CommentAuthorales kot
    • CommentTimeMay 16th 2012
    @Fauxhammer: Danke!

    @Warped Savant: Thank you as well, sir!

    Also, yes, a big promo effort -- calls and e-mails -- is happening tomorrow and on Friday.
    • CommentAuthorales kot
    • CommentTimeMay 20th 2012 edited
      CommentAuthorJay Kay
    • CommentTimeMay 21st 2012
    A graphic novella about the fucked-up-ness of public education? Yeah, this sounds like my cup of tea.
    • CommentAuthorales kot
    • CommentTimeMay 28th 2012
    I hope you're going to enjoy it, Jay. Do let me know.
    • CommentAuthorales kot
    • CommentTimeJun 7th 2012

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    Since Alan Moore is promoting this I'm going to trust it's good and check it out.
    • CommentAuthorales kot
    • CommentTimeJun 7th 2012
    Alan Moore is not promoting this. I rediscovered that quote last week here, but it’s originally from this. Worth your time and money.

    My bad – I should have added something to the teaser to avoid confusion.
    • CommentAuthorArgos
    • CommentTimeJun 7th 2012 edited
    “Don’t blindly believe what I say. Don’t believe me because others convince you of my words. Don’t believe anything you see, read, or hear from others, whether of authority, religious teachers or texts. Don’t rely on logic alone, nor speculation. Don’t infer or be deceived by appearances.” I read these words when I was about 12 or 13 and this Siddhartha Gautama [the Buddha] quote, together with an influx of new interesting music and books, rewired my brain. But in the six schools I went to, I never heard anything like that from a teacher.

    I was lucky enough to have one professor during my last year in college who told us to call bullshit on her if we so felt the need. She was very much about basing her class on horizontal education, as she called it, versus a vertical "I am the teacher and I know everything" education. I was also lucky enough to have enough other teachers and professors throughout high school and university who were open to discussion that I was able to explore the subjects and not just consume their material, but for the most part you hit it on the nail when you said that they just teach us how to be predictable - I definitely had a couple teachers whom I just could not STAND because they were always looking for some very narrow answers. Anyway, this seems really interesting and I am loving the art, so I'll definitely be checking it out.
    • CommentAuthorMark R
    • CommentTimeJun 7th 2012
    Ordered it with my Previews list at my LCS. Looking forward to it quite a bit.
    • CommentAuthorArgos
    • CommentTimeJun 7th 2012
    relatedly: I read this blog post from a Japanese culture blog I follow about how Japanese Universities aren't doing so well because rather than focusing on educating their students, they're lowering their standards for the sake of keeping paying students, and that people often graduate without proper education because they rush their degree for the sake of getting early start on job hunting. So in the end, they end up with a bunch of graduates who learned nothing while getting their degree because they're just being taught how to job hunt rather than how to think creatively. Furthermore, people are discouraged to study abroad and get different perspective on their education because it's a common belief among Japanese companies that people who study abroad won't work well with co-workers who only studied in Japan, so people will forego going abroad for the sake of increasing their employment opportunities.

    Anyway, the blog post itself isn't very in-depth, but they link to a couple decent sources that get into more detail about the issues.
    • CommentAuthorales kot
    • CommentTimeJun 12th 2012
    @Argos: Thanks much for the link and for the kind words. Glad you had some good teachers - I met some as well, for sure, and they definitely improved my life.

    Do let me know what you thought of the comic, please.

    @ Mark R: Thank you for pre-ordering & the same goes to you - if you'll feel like it, do let me know what you thought of the comic.

    PRINTER: T-1 day.
    • CommentAuthorArgos
    • CommentTimeJun 14th 2012
    Bah, I JUST stopped by my local comic shop, and they're having issues with their computer system, so they weren't able to look anything up for me. I did leave them the info though, including Diamond order code, so they're gonna look into it as soon as their able. If it doesn't work out I'll call other comic shops in San Diego and see who can hook me up.
    • CommentAuthorales kot
    • CommentTimeJun 14th 2012
    Argos: Or pick up a copy at the Con next month - I should be doing a signing there.
    • CommentAuthorArgos
    • CommentTimeJun 14th 2012
    Oh hey, I'll be going on Friday. I can do that. And if I miss your signing since I'm only going the one day it's good to know I can still at least purchase it there.
    • CommentAuthorales kot
    • CommentTimeJun 14th 2012
    Yes you can!

    Now back to work. Writing new things.
    • CommentAuthorales kot
    • CommentTimeJul 8th 2012
    WILD CHILDREN is coming out this Wednesday. It looks like people like it so far:

    USA TODAY says: "The Image Comics book (out Wednesday) is like a 1970s drama in its social commentary, mixing in 21st century issues, an Oliver Stone bent and more than a little punk rock. In fact, Wild Children is Network for the prep-school set."

    Douglas Rushkoff says: "Wild Children reveals the black hole at the center of consensus reality. An artful act of intellectual terrorism that leaves you hopeful instead of dead."

    Jhonen Vasquez says: "I don't know what the hell just happened, but I hope more of it happens soon."

    David Mack says: "Cutting through metaphors like a hot knife, Wild Children plays on the grammar of the comic book format as a language of the post-modern culture. Beautifully drawn and cleverly written through the lens of a conscious popular culture that is continually creating and consuming itself."

    JH Williams III. says: "Ales Kot, through "fictional" aggressive actions of teenagers, lets loose the notion that the comic is metaphor for life as life is metaphor for the comic. Ultimately inseparable, life and story. Inherently, the message is that we live by the story we design for ourselves, we decide what is in the frame and what isn't. And the perfectly sparse art by Riley Rossmo allows for the universe to fill the space between the lines. Together, these creators arrange a deceptively easy to digest study of what makes up an existence. Just read it."

    If there's a store you go to, buy a copy. If it won't blow your mind, I'll give you the money back.

    If there's no store near you, you can buy 'Wild Children' at , , & .
    • CommentAuthorales kot
    • CommentTimeJul 9th 2012
    • CommentAuthorArgos
    • CommentTimeJul 10th 2012 edited
    Ales, I just read Zo's blog. It looks like you're not doing any signings on Friday at SDCC :( Is that correct or did she not list it? That's the only day I have a badge for.

    edit: n/m we just sorted it out over the twitter
    • CommentAuthorkperkins
    • CommentTimeJul 11th 2012
    Just finished it. Great comic! Writing, and art are excellent.