Burned paper trash today, and helped heat up my area of the house, as well. Take that, junkmail and old bad drawings! I also thought it might be interesting to try to take pics of said firescapes, and got a bunch of rather interesting textured images that don't really LOOK like fire to me, but *shrugs* I like 'em anyhow. I like how in this one you can see the flowery-shape of the curling tongue of flame, and a hint of the texture of the paper being burned (That's over 500 monopoly money $1's, that were given to a coworker for a 'tip' which got passed onto me).
...with the fury and talent of a five year old. I'm getting better, though. On the job training and what not. If you'd like, you can have 16 pages of childish comics starring robots and tentacley monsters. Just click the cover, it links directly to a PDF.
It has some stories from my first two print comics as well as some that were first available else where.
if the benchmark on the yardstick of success in society is divided by units that are increments of dollar amounts, if earthquakes are measured on richter scales as opposed to some greater seismological force that serves to be a causative agent that can move tectonic plates, if we can only see synthetic life as being successful in terms of how human it seems when humans are essentially imperfections dithered down by years of genepool pollution and wading in a soup of chemicals and noise that has blotted out our access to our own physiological development, if self-aware machines are only created to mimic our behavior and our faults, if we judge anything beyond the fourth dimension of time as only being relative or "useful" in relation to our "fixed" or "static" world when there are dimensions beyond that are fundamentally beyond our understanding, if alien intelligence is only perceived as a resource to plunder and rape and pillage the same way invaders treated the native americans, if human cloning and human clone trafficking becomes an industry rife with corruption, prostitution and forced labor without the consideration of posthuman rights, if a country's strength is only determined in the number of nuclear weapons they can manufacture, if practical fusion reactors replace incinerators only to become a dry breast for a young world with an unending appetite for energy, for power, for dominance, if superconductors intended to end the global lack of a renewable, sustainable energy supply are bought and sold to the highest bidder who will only divide and conquer people and distribute the right to a better future based on political alignment or religious following or social class or barbaric tribalism, if an extinction level event looms over the public's head but is always deemed as information to be disseminated on a need to know basis, if a viral pandemic's damage is first and foremost considered in terms of economic impact and financial implications as opposed to human suffering, if the only thing standing to reshape the world is the rising seas occurring due to polar meltdown and unavoidable storm surges....
if all of these things are true, then any time spent thinking forward in space-time is time well spent.
So, of late I've been doing this discussion series. Early on I got some advice from some Whitechapel folks about it, and I posted the first meeting's info here a bit ago.
This isn't about the event, except that I'm starting to get some preflight worries about it.
I've got to lead a discussion, in a public place, about advertising, with several people in the audience who are experts on advertising and marketing. A lot of the RSVPs are people I don't know at all.
I'm starting to feel like I'm gonna be out of my depth. I know a lot of random shit, and I'm pretty articulate, and that's usually enough, but this is the big leagues. If somebody is unhappy, or if the owner of the venue is unhappy, it could stick what I'm trying to do with my organization into the icebox for a long time yet.
I give talks on a semi-regular basis about facts I've discovered myself, and that's hard enough. Here I've got to talk about something that I've got an armchair understanding of, but it's mostly audience-driven discussion where I'm just the guy tying it all together.
Still, jitters. Any advice, kind folk of the Internet?
David does these dinners — he was an editor at Disney for their old in house comics back in the day.
Comics industry dinner returns this Thursday!
WHEN: Thursday, January 27, 7:00 p.m.
WHERE: Junior's Deli, 2379 Westwood Boulevard in Westwood, near the intersection of the 10 and 405 freeways.
WHAT we'll discuss: Local publishers -- Top Cow, Bongo, Tokyopop, and other comic-book and graphic-novel publishers based in southern California (including DC's move out here)
With Disney's ownership of Marvel and Warner Bros. moving some DC Comics operations out to Burbank, is the center of comics-industry power shifting to L.A.? And if it is, what kind of creative and business opportunities is it bringing our way? A lot of us know bits and pieces of the answer to these questions, so come swap insights with colleagues for a prosperous 2011.
About the comics dinner: Held on the last Thursday of the month, it’s for anyone who's worked in comic books or graphic novels: artists, retailers, publishers, printers, teachers, writers, librarians, editors, everyone. (No fans or wannabes, though. This is just for the industry.) There’s no formal agenda; we eat, drink, trade news and gossip, show off new work, and so on. People have built friendships and business deals after meeting at the dinners. If you’ve got announcements or questions for your colleagues, bring them. Someone’s bound to be interested.
Let me know if you'll come. If you show up without RSVPing, we won't toss you out, but I need an idea of how many people we'll get. I'm at email@example.com ...