PLACES YOU SHOULD NEVER KISS
1. In a Men’s Warehouse, not the suit store. A warehouse where they make lousy men.
2. Conservative foam party. Not right wing conservative, conservative as in the soap is rationed so no one gets too fucky.
3. On the Peter Pan ride at Disneyland. Don’t kiss while fake flying. Notice how you move over the darkness. Pay attention to tiny London. Tiny London is paying attention to you!
4. At a gun range after happy hour. Everyone you love is one bad joke away from leaving you for good.
5. In a city that doesn’t get its own jokes.
6. Um. Never kiss someone who is searching for a word and tells you they are blanking. They will think you are putting words in their mouth. It’s much worse.
7. In front of someone in Malibu with a sense of humor.
8. Inside of a literal white Russian. It must break you.
9. At a vegan BBQ while everyone compares the glisten of their fake meat sweats around the L.E.D. campfire, embracing the future, embracing a lack of joy until that becomes joy. Do not kiss them until they admit they are meat.
10. In a gay western seafood bar called Fish and Chaps.
11. You should never kiss someone who is trying to enjoy a churro. A churro is just a donut with a boner.
Four Flat Favorites Series: Album Covers
This is part 2 of a series I am working on (I have no idea how many parts there will be right now). The basis for the series is to illustrate four of my favorite “things” in the style of flat design.
I’m thinking of making shirt of these available on the society6 store.
Alison Bechdel, 54, Bolton, Vt.
Cartoonist and graphic memoirist
The innovative comic artist known for the graphic memoirs “Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic” and “Are You My Mother” is at an artist residency in Italy and initially didn’t pick up the phone when the MacArthur Foundation called. When the phone rang again, she figured it must be important. “It was crazy,” she said. “It was a little garbled, then I heard the person on the other end say the words MacArthur Foundation, and the world started spinning.”
Umm, he’ll yes!
Yes yes yes
Hey guys — two things! I’ve launched an Octopus Pie Patreon campaign. The idea behind it is that I’ll be able to take on less freelance, spend more time on the comic, and get cool things like health insurance. And there are a few rewards involved, including more comics, e-books, sketchbook and process drawings. Check it out if you are looking for a very inexpensive way to support the comic!
The other thing is I’m doing a new flea market art sale! This is a limited time thing. You can select from a list of storylines, and I’ll pick out a page you’ll love, for just $30-40!
CARTOONISTS OF COLOR DATABASE AIMS TO GIVE ARTISTS GREATER VISIBILITY
The Cartoonists of Color Database is a new project by cartoonist MariNaomi that aims to collect information on people of color working in comics. The FAQ succinctly outlines the need for such a database with four statements: “For visibility. For academia. For inspiration. For community building.”
The database formally launched this week with over 700 creator listings, and MariNaomi has made a public call for people to add more information, refine the information that’s currently there, and correct any mistakes.
Artists who want to submit their names to the database can do so via this Google Doc form. That form can also be used to update erroneous information, or anything that’s listed as N/A. In addition to the master list of cartoonists of color, the site has separate lists specifically breaking out LGBTQ, non-male, and non-mainstream cartoonists of color.
Today, her witchiness Grimes released the music video for her song Go. With a completely different sound coming off her sophomore album, it’s clear Grimes is uninterested in your boxed categorizations.
Grimes said the video is inspired by Korn’s “Freak on a Leash” and that a lot of the imagery represents modern-day equivalents of Dante’s circles as hell.
Is there anything this girl can’t do? This song plays hopscotch along genres, from electronica to dream pop dubstep. It’s all Grimes.
"Go" was originally written for a collaboration with Rhianna which makes Grimes performance even more entrancing.
What time is it? Grimes time.