Aaron Cockle here today with Flipism in the USA; New York Comics & Picture-story Symposium Fall 2017 Schedule; The Black Hood; Whit Taylor/Miranda Harmon; Workers of the World, Conform!; Book-making in the USA


Carl Barks, from Flip Decision

‘At every crossroad of life, let Flipism chart your course!’
On an episode of the new season of the streaming Netflix series House of Cards, a political crisis in the United States may have to be decided by a coin flip (as determined by that country’s originating document of fundamental principals and established precedents), and the President in this alternate history extols the benefits of Flipism, a philosophy created by Carl Barks for a story in a Donald Duck comic in 1952. To date, Flipism remains as valid as any other belief system currently in practice.


New York Comics & Picture-Story Symposium Fall 2017 Schedule
Lectures of specific interest to readers of this newsblog include:


Mike Taylor & Tara Booth

‘A number of the cartoonists focus in on the grey, hazy feeling of depression.’
Rob Clough reviews the excellent anthology The Black Hood: An Anthology of Depression and Anxiety, edited by Josh Bayer and Mike Freiheit.

With regard to trying to find a way out, Lizz Hickey’s “My Lamictal Side-Effect Diary” is another great fit for this book. There are many cartoonists here who do weird and unnerving autobio as well as bizarre fiction, so it makes sense not only to include them, but that they’d be willing to talk about it in such a blunt manner. Hickey goes week by week and talks about the doses of medication she’s taking and the effects, which range from nervous to sleepy, to normal, to frustrated. The final week seems promising at the highest dose, until she becomes manic, teary, and tired once again–and that’s the end of the strip. No further conclusions are offered.


In other Rob Clough News…
At his review blog, High-Low, Clough has started a new series, High-Low Intersection,

an occasional (and hopefully soon to be regular) feature that will highlight reviews, essays and interviews by other writers about comics, specifically for this site. They will be posted on High-Low’s regular blank day (Friday) when they appear. There are so many excellent writers about comics and too few of them have a regular outlet for their work.

In this first edition, Whit Taylor interviews Miranda Harmon:

[TAYLOR] What advice would you give to fans of your work who are looking to make their own comics?

[HARMON] People should come before work if you can help it. When you’re making friends, find your peers instead of chasing down your heroes. Keep reminding everyone that you exist by making comics and showing up. It can feel lonely at first but in my experience people respond to sincerity and kindness. Really listen and get to know people and draw from your own experiences when you make comics.


Collage by Nader Vossoughian, with illustrations created from images taken from Ernst Neufert, Bauentwurfslehre (1936) and Bauordnungslehre (1943); K. W. Bührer and Adolf Saager, Die Organisierung der geistigen Arbeit durch “Die Brücke” (1911); Walter Porstmann, DIN Buch 1: Normformate* (1930); Werner Gräff, ed. Staatliche Bauhochschule Weimar (1929); and the work of students in Neufert’s Schnellentwerfen course.

But, Ostwald complained, in the realms of science and geistige Arbeit—which roughly translates as intellectual work—there had been “virtually no level of organization.”

At Triple Canopy, Nader Vossoughian about the history of information standards, standardization of information, and what it all means for someone reading this on a computer screen (or printed out on regular paper, I guess):

The imposition of uniformity that was achieved before and after WWII by the German state and party organizations is now more likely to be undertaken by software companies, industrial consortiums, and groups such as the ISO and ASTM International. They claim only to ease the circulation of information and goods, but in fact they make highly political decisions about, for instance, the flow of data in packets through broadband cables. As Andrew Russell asserts in Open Standards and the Digital Age: History, Ideology, and Networks (2014), the rhetoric of openness that characterizes the Internet belies the role of sophisticated (and nearly invisible) forms of hierarchical control. Russell scrutinizes the “system builders” who create the infrastructure on which we rely, and who are “always engaged in ideological and discursive work, not merely technical work.”


Never Comes Tomorrow – Frank made a graphic novel about his parents and he needs help making handbound copies for each of them.
Frank Santoro, our illustrious founder/editor-in-chief, is raising some money for a book-making project, and is offering a good deal of historical comics documents in support of this. Please consider helping out.


And remember:


A Cosmic Journey – 8-8-2017 – by Cameron Arthur


Suzy and Cecil – 8-8-2017 – by Gabriella Tito


Joanie and Jordie – 8-8-2017 – by Caleb Orecchio

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