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Cathy G Johnson has been nominated for this year’s Ignatz Award in “Promising New Talent” for damn good reason. Visit her and vote next month at SPX 2014. Here’s her seriously good (and unfortunately timely) comic from As You Were #3. Visit this Tumblr next week for our interview with Cathy and more arts!

As You Were is a punk-comix anthology series featuring new stories by our favorite independent artists from punk communities around the world. The theme for issue #3 is “Big, Big Changes”, available for [purchase here from Silver Sprocket].


Hourlies so far today! I’m a bit behind now but eehhhhhhh~~~


midnight doodle of Trish. mainly a brush setting experiment. she has three eyes in case one goest bad. 

midnight doodle of Trish. mainly a brush setting experiment. she has three eyes in case one goest bad. 


midnight doodle of Trish. mainly a brush setting experiment. she has three eyes in case one goest bad. 


  • Do not forget Michael Brown
  • Do not forget how the media dehumanized him and tried to justify his murder
  • Do not forget how peaceful protests were painted as savage riots
  • Do not forget police armed with military grade weapons terrorized and arrested black civilians
  • Do not forget Darren Wilson being awarded over $200,000 in fundraiser donations for murdering an unarmed black child
  • Do not forget that this system was not built to defend us, but to control us
  • Do not forget Ferguson 

don’t worry, beyonce isn’t going to destroy you…she’s gonna bestroy you.

prepare for bestruction

- enchanted gnome guarding beyonce’s lair

finally got around to watching life of pi, movie i was avoiding for more than a year

don’t know why i was avoiding it, but had bought a 3D blu-ray player just to watch it (after having missed out on the theater 3D version), finally watched it last night, and ok, sure. 

i guess the rest of this post counts as “spoilers” although the book’s been out and the movie’s been out long enough that i don’t care. 

heart-“warming,” the tale of a boy whose family dies due to a sunken ship, how he ends up on a lifeboat with a zebra, an orangutan, a hyena and a tiger, and how he ends up not dying somehow (there’s a weird subplot with a carnivorous island that can’t be true but looks very pretty). 

at the end of the movie the guy tells the writer (this whole thing is a flashback framed around an interview) how he told japanese authorities “what really happened” after he was rescued, a story which involved his mother, a cook and a sailor, and confesses to murdering the cook. does this to “not sound crazy and tell a story about animals” except why lie about something in a way that makes you a murderer? that seems weird to me. 

"which story do you like better?" the guy asks the writer at the end of the movie. 

"the story with the tiger," the writer says. but what i actually hear him saying is "the story where you didn’t murder a dude."

this is not proof that steve roggenbuck is probirdrightsalthough i am pro bird rights and probably steve is
this is not proof that steve roggenbuck is probirdrightsalthough i am pro bird rights and probably steve is

this is not proof that steve roggenbuck is probirdrights

although i am pro bird rights and probably steve is


Columbia student will carry her mattress until her rapist exits school
September 2, 2014

While most students at Columbia University will spend the first day of classes carrying backpacks and books, Emma Sulkowicz will start her semester on Tuesday with a far heavier burden. The senior plans on carrying an extra-long, twin-size mattress across the quad and through each New York City building – to every class, every day – until the man she says raped her moves off campus.

“I was raped in my own bed,” Sulkowicz told me the other day, as she was gearing up to head back to school in this, the year American colleges are finally, supposedly, ready to do something about sexual assault. “I could have taken my pillow, but I want people to see how it weighs down a person to be ignored by the school administration and harassed by police.”

Sulkowicz is one of three women who made complaints to Columbia against the same fellow senior, who was found “not responsible” in all three cases. She also filed a police report, but Sulkowicz was treated abysmally – by the cops, and by a Columbia disciplinary panel so uneducated about the scourge of campus violence that one panelist asked how it was possible to be anally raped without lubrication.

So Sulkowicz joined a federal complaint in April over Columbia’s mishandling of sexual misconduct cases, and she will will hoist that mattress on her shoulders as part savvy activism, part performance art. “The administration can end the piece, by expelling him,” she says, “or he can, by leaving campus.”

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As painful as I know the constant reminder of attending school with her rapist must be, I’m glad she won’t be the only one forced to remember. I hope the rapist drops out immediately…or better yet, I hope he faces the justice he deserves. 

Anonymous asked:
Seems like this blog is mostly just people telling you about racist occurrences in their daily lives. How do you feel about that?

Adam Holwerda's brain itches.
yoisthisracist answered:

Feels ok.

#PatrickMcLaw, Me, and Other Thought Criminals


I can’t stop thinking about the terrifying story of the Maryland teacher/novelist who’s being weirdly punished because he once wrote a novel that includes a school shooting. No one knows the full story yet… Maybe there will turn out to be more going on here? As is, though, it sure looks like an author’s Constitutional rights are being violated simply because of his fiction. Because he wrote about a taboo subject, a subject that’s so scary we as a culture dare not discuss it even in fictional terms.

School shootings are absolutely chilling, evil, nightmarish. So are police states. And in a healthy society, we should be free to engage with those subjects in fiction without fear of a “Soviet-style punishment.”

Last month at the Willamette Writers Conference in Portland, my co-author and I pitched a sci-fi adventure screenplay which met with enthusiastic response… until we mentioned that our heroine time-travels to prevent a school shooting. Producers gently broke it to us that school shootings–even theoretical, thwarted ones–were totally taboo in Hollywood. Even bringing up the subject of domestic terrorism was right out. One producer even gifted us with a hot tip: just change it from a school shooting to something cool, safe, and timely–Ebola. (Brilliant! I’ll just go do a “find” “replace” right now.)

That’s when it occurred to this novelist-turned-novice-screenwriter that Hollywood’s fearful hangups could stymie a screenwriter in a way that no one really can do to a novelist anymore. Even if a Big 5 press doesn’t buy your book, you can self-publish it. Thanks to freedom of speech, as a novelist in America you can choose to write about difficult subjects without fear of being censored, blacklisted, etc. The worst that could happen is readers could collectively shrug and dollar-vote you down to obscurity. (In other words, what happens to most of us anyway.)

As of today I’m no longer sure that’s true.

#PatrickMcLaw, Me, and Other Thought Criminals was originally published on A Herd of Cats


What baffles me most about the Patrick McLaw situation is that none of the big media articles end in “and this is frakkin nuts, WTF police?”

Objective journalism is one thing. Not commenting on a serious  breach of law and abuse of power, stemmed from the basic inability to distinguish fact from fiction on the part of the law enforcement, is basically endorsing it.