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Friday
Feb222019

Quentin's Weeknotes 2/16/19-2/22/19

This week:

  • I read Lady Killer Vol. 1 by Jamie S. Rich and Joelle Jones. The story is fun--a 1950's-era suburban housewife who moonlights as an assassin. It's a great combination of blood and sterile cleanliness. But the real draw is the breath-taking art by Joelle Jones, which draws on mid-century design, but also shows off her peerless drafting and pencilling skills.
  • I read this brief note from M. John Harrison's blog, worth reproducing in full for its advice on writing good characters, as well as for a good description of what many of us are living through these days:

People who lost their ontological security so long ago they don’t even remember it happened to them. They muddle along trying to construct and maintain a self out of what’s left, continually remaking the world out of unstable bits and pieces, suffering a condition they don’t even recognise as loneliness. They stumble upon a life of habit and that will have to do. It gives them a certain gallantry. We recognise that about them even when it’s irritating. People who have lost ontological security to that extent are rarely aware of it, so when writing them it is best not to present direct explanations or origins. That would rationalise their behaviour the way single-event trauma is used in the Hollywood blueprint, to add motivation and simple causality to plot-driving characterisations and characterisation-driven plots.



Friday
Feb152019

Quentin's Weeknotes 2/9/19-2/15/19

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Thursday
Feb142019

Book Notes: Encyclopedia of Black Comics by Dr. Sheena Howard

Review/Notes on The Encyclopedia of Black Comics by Sheena C. Howard. Forward by Henry Louis Gates. Afterward by Christopher Priest (Link)

Date Finished: 2/13/19

It's a real treat to be able to read something about a subject you love and feel close to, and discover a whole other side to it that you never knew. This was definitely the case with The Encyclopedia of Black Comics, which (as with any book about race in America) held up a mirror to the world of comics and sequential art and provided an extended counter-narrative to the one I knew.

The real beating heart of this book is the amazing life-stories of the people who make up the biographical entries. Some of the most enlightening to me were:

-Orrin Cromwell Evans, who, with the publication of All-Negro Comics in 1947 became the first African-American publisher of comic books.

-Vernon E Grant, who helped introduce Manga to western audiences through his translations, after serving in the Vietnam war and living in Tokyo.

-Ollie Harrington, political cartoonist for many prominent African-American newspapers, for which he was eventually forced to leave the country for fear of his life and livelihood.

-Micheline Hess, an early colorist at Milestone comics who made the transition to web-comics and now writes amazing and gorgeous comics with Black female protagonists.

-Ariell Johnson, owner of Amalgam Comics & Coffeehouse, the first (?) Black woman to own a comic store

-Jackie Ormes, the first female African-American cartoonist who wrote some of the first positive representations of Black women in comics in the 1930s and 40s.

-Sanford Greene, who simultaneously drew Power Man and Iron Fist and also illustrated Hip-Hop album covers by MF Doom and other Hip-Hop artists.

This book has also given me lots of great comics to go and check out, and I'm glad to have such an evocative and informative springboard for new stuff to read. Huzzah Dr. Howard!

Friday
Feb082019

Quentin's Weeknotes 2/2/19-2/8/19

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And he had a complete set of the Infamous Bibles, individually named from error's in typesetting.

These Bibles included the Unrighteous Bible, so called from a printer's error which caused it to proclaim, in I Corinthians, "Know ye not that the unrighteous shall inherit the Kingdom of God?"; and the Wicked Bible, printed by Barker and Lucas in 1632, in which the word not was omitted from the seventh commandment:, making it "Thou shalt commit Adultery." There were the Discharge bible, the Treacle Bible, the Standing Fishes Bible, the Charing Cross Bible and the rest. Aziraphale had them all.

the progressive movement has, in rather short order, thrust into mainstream US politics a program to address climate change that is wildly more ambitious than anything the Democratic Party was talking about even two years ago.

Friday
Feb012019

Quentin's Weeknotes 1/26/19-2/01/19

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