Tuesday, April 24, 2012

futurejournalismproject:

The Influencing Machine: A Brief Visual History of the Media

via Brain Pickings:

One of the coolest and most charming book releases of this year, The Influencing Machine is a graphic novel about the media, its history, and its many maladies.

Written by Brooke Gladstone, longtime host of NPR’s excellent On the Media, and illustrated by cartoonist Josh NeufeldThe Influencing Machine takes a refreshingly alternative approach to the age-old issue of why we disparage and distrust the news. 

Gladstone (in the video above):

…what victims of the syndrome have lost: identity. They no longer know who they are. They have shattered themselves into fragments and projected the shameful bits onto the influencing machine. That is my metaphor for how we see the media. We feared the telegraph, the radio, the television, the computer. Heck, Socrates even disdained writing. But I believe the media are mirrors, a mess of mirrors. And what we fear is not the machine, but the reflection. 

FJP: This just made my day! Wonderful, creative, exciting, intelligent, and so true. —Jihii

Tuesday, March 20, 2012
Drawing comics is hard, it’s really really hard. This was the longest comic I had done to that point (4 issues, about 90 pages or so). I didn’t get done until towards the end of the year. I was slow. They even had to get someone else to ink the 3rd issue both because I sucked at inking and because I was way behind schedule. But all of it was a learning experience. At the same time, I had noooo money and was lettering Blue Monday comics for Oni and taking on side jobs from Udon - mostly more inking, which, again, I sucked at. It was a slow miserable year, I was poor, but hey I was young & skinny and enjoyed eating ramen. Bryan Lee O’Malley (creator/writer of Scott Pilgrim): Tips on how to become a comic artist
Tuesday, March 13, 2012

If you mean literally how did I sustain myself, it was a weird combination of taking good physical care of myself and drinking more than is perhaps strictly advisable. I don’t want to mythologize or glorify the difficulty of writing this book. Writing is just hard.

But this project was harder than the book about my father because I knew my mother would see it. And I knew there were other people waiting for it with certain expectations. No one was waiting for the book about my father, or expecting anything from it—I was completely free when I was writing Fun Home. But I had to write this second memoir with a huge boulder strapped to my back.

Alison Bechdel, from this excellent, excellent Q&A conducted by Heather McCormack. (via libraryjournal)
Wednesday, February 1, 2012 Wednesday, December 14, 2011 Tuesday, November 8, 2011
bigbaddru:

I started and finished Americus last night, and even though I didn’t like all of it, I’m convinced this is a book librarians should read.
From the description:
Neal Barton just wants to read in peace.Unluckily for him, some  local Christian activists are trying to get his favorite fantasy series  banned from the Americus public library on grounds of immoral content  and heresy. Something has to be done, and it looks like quiet, shy Neal  is going to have to do it. With youth services librarian Charlotte  Murphy at his back, Neal finds himself leading the charge to defend the  mega-bestselling fantasy series that makes his life worth living.

bigbaddru:

I started and finished Americus last night, and even though I didn’t like all of it, I’m convinced this is a book librarians should read.

From the description:

Neal Barton just wants to read in peace.Unluckily for him, some local Christian activists are trying to get his favorite fantasy series banned from the Americus public library on grounds of immoral content and heresy. Something has to be done, and it looks like quiet, shy Neal is going to have to do it. With youth services librarian Charlotte Murphy at his back, Neal finds himself leading the charge to defend the mega-bestselling fantasy series that makes his life worth living.

Thursday, October 20, 2011 Monday, October 17, 2011

Kate Beaton signing copies of her book Hark A Vagrant at Boston Book Fest, October 15, 2011.

Seth discusses his new work, The Great Northern Brotherhood of Canadian Cartoonists, at the Boston Book Fest on October 15, 2011.

Waiting their turn to speak alongside him on the stage are Alison Bechdel and Daniel Clowes.

Thursday, October 13, 2011