MonthSeptember 2020

Savant Savant: Becoming Psychic Ebola

“Comics are sick. Savant will be an antibody. Savant shall be a forum to celebrate the good and condemn the moronic; a testing ground for theories. We want what’s good in comics to be fruitful and multiply so that it may push out the wretched and the week. Evolve or die.”

From the opening page of Savant issue one – May 4th, 2000

Despite what I’ve been told by many a crusty old retailer, I spend a lot of my time digging through the comic industry’s past in an attempt to learn and grow from lessons of the past. One of my earlier efforts in this was the acquisition of every last drop of Savant that was available to me – something that took quite a bit of shoving in the Wayback Machine mines.

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I have never let schooling interfere with my eduction.

Mark Twain

Something Eric Clapton Said Once

Yesterday, I attended a meeting as a board member of the business area. Currently, I am the vice-chair. Next year, I will be the chair.

As the co-owner of a business for just a little over 5 years, I don’t have a whole lot of free time to attend to bonus things. But I still choose to make the time for my community.

The world is on fire. And that’s not going to stop. As much as I would like the insanity to stop, that’s not where we are right now. We’re in the thick of decline. As long as we allow billionaires to live, that’s still going to happen. The world has the tools to fix a lot of the widespread problems, but we don’t because our structures are built to protect to macro… and the macro is built to maintain the systems that keep rich people rich.

So here’s what I do. I choose to utilize some of the time I have to effect the micro. I choose to use what little influence I have to be a push for something better. Because a person like me will never, ever effect the macro scale. I don’t have the time, and I don’t have the money. But I can use my force to move things in my immediate community. I can ensure attempt to ensure that my are is taken care of.

And truly, the way forward isn’t trying to push and yell at the macro. History shows that the macro doesn’t budge. It doesn’t change. The only way it shifts is when there’s enough micro to cause it to shift.

Power and money craves what it already has: attention and sway. If you threaten to take that away, things change quite swiftly. The trouble is this: yelling at the void accomplishes nothing. But a mass change on a small scale… that eventually creates a tide that can’t be ignored. Suddenly, there’s a situation where power is dependant on an acquired mass of the micro.

So I use my time. I try to change the micro. I push and I fight and I scream so that I become a voice of change. I do what I can, where I can. Combined with enough voices? With enough of the micro, gathered together? We create a change. We effect the world.

Let’s all start small. Let’s all start here. Let’s scream and bit and create a force in the micro. Let’s force it into the macro. Let’s break the status quo. Let’s push to change the structure. Let’s focus on the places where change can actually happen… until we have enough steam to change the whole damn world.

Danica On “I Have Some Notes”

This week, Danica is taking on Venom (and not the whole show) with the guys over at I Have Some Notes!

I might be a little bias, but she was awesome on it, and the podcast (and the movie) are a lot of fun… and you can listen to it below!

From the episode’s description: “Venom is good…actually? Sure there’s a serious lack of Spider-man, and there’s at least 40-minutes of pointless globetrotting, but overall we have to admit this film is pretty fun.

“Of course, that doesn’t mean we didn’t find plenty to tweak. I mean, the titular symbiote has some real motivation problems, and Riz Ahmed needs a better relationship with his new genocidal alien buddy Riot. No amount of fun can stand in the way of our movie meddling, and we do it all with fan favourite guest, Danica LeBlanc!”

The Reading Pile // Stillwater #1

So I’ve become a little pre-occupied with death, lately.

There’s been nothing really that’s triggered this. I’m not sad, not depressed, not contemplating it, just uncomfortable aware of it and fearful of it’s tendrils. I’ve also found this theme has started creeping into many of the comics I read – though I think I’m starting to realize that the “school” of creators I’ve grown up with are taking stock of their lives for one reason or another and confronting it in their work.

(A brief aside, hearing Brian Michael Bendis talk about his near death experience from a couple of years back and Ed Brubaker talking about pretty much accepting his death out at sea quite recently are both wild, things that I’ll come back to on this blog at some point.)

Stillwater is a book that confronts death from the get go, and seems to find it wanting in its own way. The titular town is a place that moves so slow that death can’t seem to touch it. There’s an ever permitting sense of dread that lingers over the piece as the premise reveals itself layer by layer. Something strange is happening, and it isn’t right. Isn’t natural.

For all of my fear of it, death does bring our lives more calm and purpose than it creates chaos. It certainly contains an element of chaos, but life in general tends to as a design, not so much a flaw as a feature. Here, we see what happens when impossible life meets fear and secrets. The stage is set. There’s more to come. I think I’m on board, if my mind will allow it.

A thanks to the creators of this book – Chip Zdarsky, Ramon K. Perez and Mike Spicer for the experience.

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Blood for the Machine (or) An Exercise In Daily Content

In the dark, there’s a yowling. Ideas clawing about, demanding some kind of form, always at the edges, never well seen.

I’ve been having trouble writing almost from the moment I discovered the joys of the process. I enjoy using text to create form, but I too often find the task to be impossible.

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