Aaron here today with some Jillian Fleck comics; an interview with Phoebe Gloeckner; a schedule of Zinefests; a review of King-Cat #76; Data is Nature; the situation in Turkey; Et tu, the Golden Ratio?; the Society and the Spectacle; Clowes auction continues
Tell Me All Your Bad Thoughtz on God
Featured Comic this week is by Jillian Fleck, made for Comics Workbook in 2015 as part of Fleck’s Bad Thoughtz series.
Does knowing how to render in detail a liver or digestive system, did that effect how you draw people from the outside? Did that inform things somehow in ways you didn’t expect?
We never see our own liver, if we’re lucky, right? I remember when I was a kid I was fascinated by this huge painting, I think it was Rubens, Prometheus Bound. He’s tied to a rock and the eagle was tearing at his liver. So there you get to see his liver, and he does too, but other than that there aren’t too many opportunities. But still I wanted to know that somehow. It’s hard to know what’s inside bodies without seeing them. And that education, I was at autopsies and surgeries. So the experience was very direct and it was good for me.
Phoebe Gloeckner interviewed by Nancy Updike over at Jezebel
Schedule of Zinefests on This Planet Earth Circa 2016
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John Porcellino’s King-Cat 76 reviewed over at Panel Patter
It’s this universal experience portrayed through specific events that make Porcellino’s comics unique. The ways that he observes the moment when how a dream leads to a memory that’s a decade old or the emotions that seeing an old lady and a man stir up in him strike a chord that’s resonant as part of the human experience. But it’s also in the way that he observes nature that shows how Porcellino makes something specific into something broad and understandable.
From the Archive: Data is Nature, or, Everything You Wanted to Know About Nomographs But Were Afraid to Ask
In the visual arts Agnes Denes used nomographs for the basis of some of her philosophical drawings which she argued represented the metaphysical aspect of mathematics conveyed through aesthetics. She wrote, “I love mathematics because I could humanize it, and in turn it gave me perfection and beauty”. In her work The System , she embellished the well known Smith Chart – a nomograph designed for solving radio frequency problems with transmission lines and matching circuits in radio frequency engineering.
Jonathan Guyer spoke with Public Radio International about the current state of political cartooning after the recent coup attempt in Turkey
Guyer spoke to a number of cartoonists during his month in Istanbul. “Every cartoonist I interviewed in Turkey told me that 2016, irrespective of the recent coup and crackdown, has been the most difficult year for cartoonists on record.” Guyer says about 1,500 people, including cartoonists, celebrities and journalists, are under investigation for insulting the president.
The Golden Ratio: Design’s Biggest Myth???
This has been making the rounds on various internet platforms.
The Society, the Spectacle
Over at Hyperallergic, An Illustrated Guide to Guy Debord’s ‘The Society of the Spectacle’, by Tiernan Morgan & Lauren Purj
To be clear, Debord did not believe that new technology was, in itself, a bad thing. He specifically objected to the use of perceptual technologies for economic gain. The spectacle, which is driven by economic interest and profit, replaces lived reality with the “contemplation of the spectacle.” Being is replaced by having, and having is replaced by appearing. We no longer live. We aspire. We work to get richer. Paradoxically, we find ourselves working in order to have a “vacation.” We can’t seem to actually live without working. Capitalism has thus completely occupied social life.
Daniel Clowes Auction Items Up Through Wednesday, August 17, 1pm EST
All proceeds benefit the Comics Workbook Rowhouse Residency.