Alan Watts: What if money was no object? (x)
(via ashelisms)Source: zenpencils.com
What’s supposed to happen
What’s happening when you don’t credit
What you’re making them do
Every artist grow by displaying their work and getting critique. But when their work is spread around without any credit to the artist, AND EVEN MAKES THE OWN ARTIST DELETE IT FROM HIS/HER SITE it lost the purpose and meaning.
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d a n g…………………….
oh ow. that really hits a bit too close to home.
I don’t mean to belittle the sentiments of this piece at all by adding to it (it’s a very effective and relatable comic!), but quite a few of my friends have been very down about this lately (the whole having nothing to offer thing)…so I just sort of want to remind them that there’s always someone who admires your work, who perhaps gets inspired by you, who maybe gets fuzzy feelings looking at your stuff. Maybe you don’t know them yet, or maybe you do but you’re too distracted by this feeling to realize it… They might be someone who watches you from afar and has the same feelings, maybe someone who you’re actually quite close to, or maybe someone you look up to.
It’s fine to feel like this, yes, but I just hope that it won’t stop you from wanting to move forward and keep going at what you like. We can’t control our feelings all the time, but I hope you don’t feel inferior around people who you think are more talented/skilled. It would sorta suck to know you’re putting someone down with the skill you’ve developed in doing what you love. I know it’s hard and sometimes you just feel plain crummy, but maybe try to let it inspire and empower you. I don’t know if it’s nice to take comfort in the fact that there will always be people ‘worse’ than you, but I hope that knowing that there will always be people ‘better’ than you will inspire and give you something to always look up at, to keep your head up. It’s hard to improve when you’re always looking down!
Again, this isn’t really a direct response to the original comic, but moreso to my friends who have been feeling very glum about the matter recently (which is a surprising lot of you)… Must be something in the weather?
If you guys ever need to talk, I’m here man. My advice sucks but I can lend an ear.
Hell, even if we’re strangers and you need to talk, just shoot me an ask.
Jei did you see this? It’s really wonderful
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Reporting on Africa Through Interactive Comics
via Color Lines:
I ask Bunmi Oloruntoba why he works in comics; his answer speaks volumes.
“In many ways, the medium is like the African continent itself: it’s misrepresented,” he says. “When it comes to the continent, you know, it’s the conflict, it’s war, it’s the famine. And in comics, it’s Spiderman, the Hulk, superheroes! One genre within the medium has grown so large that it eclipses the medium, and people can’t see the potential. Just like it’s hard to see the humanity, the complexity, the drive of all the things Africans are doing, because it’s been eclipsed.”
This eclipsing is what novelist Chimamanda Adichie has called the problem of the ‘single story.’ Oloruntoba, a Nigerian-born journalist and academic in Washington, D.C., is proposing a solution: collide Africa’s single-story problem against comics’ single-story problem, and see what interesting new particles appear. With literary editor Emmanuel Iduma, he runs 3Bute.com (pronounced tri-bute), adapting other writers’ stories about Africa into three-page comics — and then wrapping those comics in a ‘mashable’ layer that lets any reader dot the panels with their own public annotations. Mouse over a drawing of a laptop surrounded by partiers, and you can watch a Youtube music video of the Hausa hit they might be dancing to; mouse over a drawing of Charles Chikwanje boldly refusing to reveal the name of his gay lover on Malawi television, and get a recommendation for a biography of Bayard Rustin. It’s new-media innovation, historical context, Wikipedia rabbithole, and sometimes even loyal dissent, side by side. And all of it is a living antithesis to the single story.
FJP: What’s really neat is that 3Bute uses what they call a mash-up platform that lets writers and artists collaborate on the 3 page visualizations. Each works like a pinboard where readers can tag a story with relevant context. Visit the site and check it out.
Image: 3bute.com collaborated with the Caine Prize, Africa’s leading literary prize, to adapt all the stories shortlisted into comics. Above is a screenshot from Bombay’s Republic by Rotimi Babatunde.
This relates to our previous post on the state of editorial cartooning in Canada and the US, specifically about what was said regarding “journalistic cartooning” in other parts of the world (I’m paraphrasing).
It’s easy to be a jaded artist. It’s easy to be a distant artist. I resent the claim that those of us who are not jaded somehow had it easy in becoming not jaded. I find it difficult to show sentiment and vulnerability, especially when today’s open media finds people who love to use vulnerability…