a ghost is born

I'm John, I draw and write things.

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My dear Tom, Delighted to get your letter. Do write again. This life is terrible and I dont understand how it can be endured.

Samuel Beckett

It was, he said, his long experience of failure that made him as a writer; here we see him under its first full cold blast. A friend of the Joyces, Nuala Costello, tells him that “you haven’t a good word to say about anyone but the failures”; he notes that this is “quite the nicest thing anyone had said to me for a long time”.

SDCC so far has been pretty good - I splurged on a bunch of art books and comics (though I keep missing out on The Art of Princess Mononoke - it has been sold out these two days, even when I went right at the opening of the Exhibit Hall today.)

I’m going to at least one portfolio review this time. The Cartoon Network list ran too long for the allotted time yesterday, so I’m hoping they’ll get to me today.

(I have to stay and wait for my name to be called, so I’ll miss that Grant Morrison Multiversity panel. Redtha’s post mentioned Morrison using the New Bloods. I would presume, given Morrison’s intent with the project, that it would feature more of that era. But then again, I’ve learned my lesson about getting my hopes up. It’s probably highly unlikely that Pantha and/or Cass Cain would appear, and I’m rather conflicted about Morrison of late.)

I’ve been too anxious to talk to other artists and creators, and I’m kinda kicking myself over it…

Animators New Favorite Software: Animation Paper

This looks like it could be an ideal 2D animation program! I contributed it to it, and I hope it reaches its goal…

A lot of people don’t feel welcome in the greater comics community. We created and create this environment with our words and actions. If it’s not people hassling you over taste or creeping on you at cons or making “funny” jokes about things you care about, it’s seeing how people respond to outrage. When you see a community consistently dis and dismiss people expressing their pain, you’re less likely to share your own pain when the time comes, because odds are good you’re gonna feel a lot worse when the usual suspects get ahold of your words and the blowback starts coming in.

The way we talk about outrage-in-the-abstract has a way of building further outrage in addition to diminishing other types. Where some people will shy away out of self-preservation, others will go even harder because they know you won’t listen. They know their words will be skimmed and stripped of context before being ignored and insulted. To have a point you care deeply about and then to be told that point is irrelevant and invalid—that warrants anger, doesn’t it?

I have friends who simply don’t talk about things or hold back because they know their words will fall on deaf ears or worse. My friends have been screwed with on a level that’s incredibly frustrating and continually disappointing. In watching how they’re treated and talking to them about it, in watching what happens to the men and women who would rather send out tough guy threats and harassment, I’ve learned that a lot of things don’t get said because the offended doesn’t have any real power but their words, and others with more power will eagerly leverage their power to crush the dissent in the name of “keeping the peace.”

Beyond Outrage by David Brothers

by Rei Hiroe 
via AICN Anime
Revy is the best at what she does, and what she does ain’t very nice.

by Rei Hiroe 

via AICN Anime

Revy is the best at what she does, and what she does ain’t very nice.

electricstalker asked: I am pleased by the fact that you like Buster Keaton and Frankenhole.

Keaton is the best! Not just for his physical comedy, but his filmmaking skills too. It’s kind of perfectly appropriate he would go on to collaborate with Samuel Beckett, if just for one film, because they had some shared sentiments.

Frankenhole had a great stop-motion style, talented cast and crew, and could reach some fiendishly clever highs. One of the reasons scary monster episode was my favorite is because it balanced the cutting humor and pathos so well.

I’ve been watching Sailor Moon on Hulu.

In a striking number of animated kids’ movies of the past couple of decades (coincidental with the resurgence of Disney and the rise of Pixar and DreamWorks), the dead mother is replaced not by an evil stepmother but by a good father. He may start out hypercritical (Chicken Little) or reluctant (Ice Age). He may be a tyrant (The Little Mermaid) or a ne’er-do-well (Despicable Me). He may be of the wrong species (Kung Fu Panda). He may even be the killer of the child’s mother (Brother Bear). No matter how bad he starts out, though, he always ends up good.

Quite simply, mothers are killed in today’s kids’ movies so the fathers can take over. (Of course, there are exceptions; in Lilo and Stitch, for instance, both of Lilo’s parents die and it’s her big sister who becomes the surrogate parent.) The old fairy-tale, family-romance movies that pitted poor motherless children against horrible vengeful stepmothers are a thing of the past. Now plucky children and their plucky fathers join forces to make their way in a motherless world. The orphan plot of yore seems to have morphed, over the past decade, into the buddy plot of today. Roll over, Freud: in a neat reversal of the Oedipus complex, the mother is killed so that the children can have the father to themselves. Sure, women and girls may come and go, even participate in the adventure, but mothers? Not allowed. And you know what? It looks like fun!

Why Are All the Cartoon Mothers Dead? by Sarah Boxer

"Nickelodeon’s animation development team will sit for three long days in a trade show booth at next month’s Comic-Con International and evaluate in-person proposals for shorts. Comic-Con, a convention that draws 130,000 pop culture fans, will take place on July 24-27 in San Diego."

Nickelodeon Opens a Talent Search Even Wider

Hmm… very interesting… There’s more information I found.

Since I’m going to San Diego, I’m going to see if I can look through notes/sketches and see if I can come up with something…

(Though the 2 minute limit makes it kinda tricky. There’s also Cartoon Hangover to submit to, but 4 minutes is tricky too.)

Cameron From 'Halt & Catch Fire,' and the Legacy of Female Badasses in the '80s


This is probably the funniest thing I’ve ever seen in my life


I thought that style looked familiar - it’s Kiyohiko Azuma!

(via wisnia)