I brought back a modest haul from CAKE (where I sold out of the books I brought). New Ted May, some cool stuff from Koyama Press, and Beta-Testing the Apocalypse all look great. There was an overwhelming amount of impressive-looking comics at the show you could come away withI tend to be ultra-conservative with my spending.
Cathy Hannah’s comic includes comics of my comics. This is an autobio comic about a class she taught non-fiction comicsmeta!
Two things from nsfwcorp, which I’ve posted about my comics for before. First, the editor and founder, Paul Carr, has a great piece up on the relationship between Silicon Valley and the NSA. I’ve unlocked it for non-subscribers, which means you can read it through this link for the next 48 hours.
The second thing I can’t entirely reveal yet. But I’ll say that I will be continuing to do work for their print issues for the foreseeable future and now would be a good time to subscribe.
I think what Kanye West is going to mean is something similar to what Steve Jobs means. I am undoubtedly, you know, Steve of Internet, downtown, fashion, culture. Period. By a long jump. I honestly feel that because Steve has passed, you know, its like when Biggie passed and Jay-Z was allowed to become Jay-Z.
I’ve been connected to the most culturally important albums of the past four years, the most influential artists of the past ten years. You have like, Steve Jobs, Walt Disney, Henry Ford, Howard Hughes, Nicolas Ghesquiere, Anna Wintour, David Stern.
I think thats a responsibility that I have, to push possibilities, to show people: “This is the level that things could be at.” So when you get something that has the name Kanye West on it, it’s supposed to be pushing the furthest possibilities. I will be the leader of a company that ends up being worth billions of dollars, because I got the answers. I understand culture. I am the nucleus.
- Kanye West, ladies and gentlemen
Obama’s legacy is beginning to take shape and it’s one where drone attacks, persecuting whistleblowers, and the rise of a permanent surveillance state stopped being an aberration and started being normal. In other words, it’s looking really validating for Bush fans (who packed the airwaves over the last week to sing Obama’s praises for expanding the NSA’s reach). Regardless of other accomplishments, Obama has failed miserably in the civil liberties department. While most of the practices I’m referring to started under Bush, Obama supported them as Senator, voting for the FISA law and to renew the Patriot Act, and has defended each one when scandals come to light.
Of note: This is my 1000th editorial cartoon! When I count freelance jobs I’ve done a lot more, but this is #1000 in the line of comics that began in college as “idiot Box” and eventually became my Official syndicated work. Fitting then that it has Bush in it, since his disastrous presidency was the reason I started doing this in the first place.
Obama has trotted out the “let’s have this debate” defense for a couple of scandals now. He and his team are very eager to discuss this important issue, he says. The one he’s been keeping secret. Obama has always been very adept at positioning himself as the most reasonable man in the room and always above the fray, above the “people on both sides of the issue” who disagree with him and are unreasonable. When he spoke last week about the Prism revelations, he said this news was “a sign of maturity because probably five years ago, six years ago we might not have been having this debate.” Five, six years ago when the dastardly George Bush was president. Hell, maybe even last week when Obama himself was in office.