Wednesday, November 26, 2008
I've wanted to see this film since I saw bits of it on TV one X-mas as a nipper and got really into the cute robots v.i.n.c.e.n.t. and old b.o.b.
Finally got to see it and it's great, bit wooden at the start but it gets going and has a real dark, bonkers feel to it. The whole thing looks beautiful too.
He agreed to answer to some questions about the Livre Sans Poche… (livre sans poche : literally, book without a pocket)
A: I suppose I could do it. But I let you introduce the idea of Livres Sans Poches…
Y: The "Livres Sans Poches" are thin-sized photocopied fanzines (A6, black and white, 16 pages) which are distributed according to the bookcrossing principle. This means that each copy is given away or made available in a public place so it can be read by someone who in turn will make it available to somebody else etc. Thus the books circulate from reader to reader and belong to everybody and nobody at the same time. Also, there is a website where people are welcome to comment, write about the places where they found the books and the way in which they passed them on… The books are numbered, which makes it possible to trace the different routes they cover. On this website you can also print out the books and make use of them as you wish.
A: Considering the random distribution of these fanzines and their wide accessibility, do you envisage any mismatch in the interaction between the books and a public which they were not intended for?
Y: Obviously, this distribution principle is part of the book project (to facilitate comprehension, the principle is quite plainly exposed on the fourth cover so that anybody who might come across such a book can grasp the essence). Thus, total freedom being allowed, all readers are invited to involve dynamically and creatively in the physical life of these books by choosing where to make them available, by sharing opinions through the website and even by uploading photos of abandoned books. In conclusion there are no mismatches actually, but a wide range of possibilities implied by the concept. On the other hand, I can see the meaning underlying your question, given the fact that all the books fundamentally embrace the same aesthetics. However I don’t think that the concept of 'Livre Sans Poche' implies creating a book deprived of originality, just to match any taste. In other words, I just publish things that I like, and that's the bottom line.
A: On the back cover of the book which you allowed me to create I made the suggestion for readers to discreetly slip some Livres Sans Poches inside other books… This was my reaction to the prospective that some Livres Sans Poches might end up being available in bookshops. Can't this attitude be interpreted as a desire to assimilate the distribution facilities? Is this not an incentive to use these facilities for other purposes and without formalities?
Y: No doubt, I created Livres Sans Poches in reaction to the issues that the distribution of fanzines might involve in terms of price, merchandising etc.. I had a huge desire to say FUCK: nobody creates fanzines to make money; then why should we play the vendors to distribute our books? The bookcrossing concept offers the possibility to deliver books outside the merchandising system and this is very good. Your proposition to squat bookshops may be regarded as a kind of invitation to pirate the system... Ok, why not? But as far as I'm concerned I would say that there are other alternatives available, to elude the current 'culture diffusion' marketing system. It is slightly utopian but that is the reason I feel even more motivated to fight."
A: Any notable reactions from authors or readers?
Y: In general, all the people to whom I presented the concept - mostly during the comix festivals, were very receptive…. The only decidedly negative feedback came from a book dealer labeled “if I like a book I keep it”. Of course! But the Livre sans Poche concept states exactly the opposite!
G : My analogy may be far-fetched but I've noted in the Livre Sans Poche a quite strong connection to reality : the content of the book isn’t confined to what’s between its covers. I feel pretty much the same about your drawings and music (listen to Yann's music here).
Y : As regards my drawings I’m not sure we can establish a correlation with reality because my art is never mimetic. I always draw from memory. My images aren’t real: they are pure fantasies playing with this pretence of the seeming reality. Getting back to Livres Sans Poches, we deal with books, which are real, tangible objects. As to the wide range of possibilities offered by the Internet, in our opinion they represent a valid option. I think that one of the fundamental ideas of bookcrossing is to show that the exchange processes which develop by means of the Internet can also be found in the physical world. This is beyond doubt a very utopian point of view. But I believe that it opens new paths for reflection. And there’s still a long way to go!
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Monday, November 24, 2008
When I see u I love u, when I teach u I love u, when I play basketball against u I love u. No I love u! If u were an overgrown lizard I'd still love u. I love u. Will u love me back? I know we have our age differences but I'm sure we could work that out. You're the thing I think about most besides chocolate. I wish I could have told u this at school but it was too private. I know we can work it out if I get a decent job and u skip college. When I see u, a little light inside me sparks up. Your gayness turns me on. I know it might be weird seeing us two walking down the street but if I can handle my feelings for u I can handle eggs being thrown at us everyday. When we live together we could share our thoughts and own a sweet little kitten. I thought we might be able to have a parrot but I've had troubles with parrots. I once had a parrot and it shouted gay at me at my 16th birthday party, I never had any friends after that. That dumb parrot. Remember I Love U. You're secret admirer
P.S I know u wear makeup
Saturday, November 22, 2008
Dennis Dread reports that Ron Turner, founder of Last Gasp comics in San Francisco visited S. Clay Wilson, expecting to say goodbye & instead found himself saying, "See you later." Read it for yourself here. Like i said, keep him in your thoughts.
If anyone's innarested it's available here for the next week:
The zip file includes the cover art, best printed onto tracing paper, folded and put into a plastic sleeve.
Oppressive Dreams part one
Oppressive Dreams part two
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
I just vomited out this logo for my old friend Jake Kelly who is now producing the blog & zine "The Evil Eye". The blog covers mostly horror movie reviews so far. Check it out! He is part of the American Trash Culture movement as well.
Saturday, November 15, 2008
This is the puzzle that you can assemble from the correct 9 Monsters, Weirdos & Creeps cards. I think i've drawn about 10 different pictures where things take the form of a nuclear mushroom cloud.
If YOU'D like some packs of these for yourself, they are 1.50 ppd for a waxpack of 7. You can paypal gogoblinko at gmail dot com. 27 cards total. Monsters, Weirdos & Creeps on one side, comics, heroic profiles, cultural signifiers, this grotesque puzzle image & more on the other side.
Got me a new blog for monster art and info. I am going to teach a monster class at my school as an after school program nad Mr. Mostyn is what all the kids call me so the name stuck. Much thanks to Sean for inspiration. I am also drawing strips again (haven't done in a while). Here is a new one. I am also making a Monsterama zine as well.
Friday, November 14, 2008
S. Clay Wilson, pioneering grotesque underground comix artiste extraordinaire is in a coma with apparent brain
damage after being found unconscious lying in the street in the rain in San Francisco. His work is full of the dangerous element, pirates, demons & bikers.
S. Clay Wilson represents the good side of the 60s to me, which was not repressing your creative tendencies, upsetting the uptight squares & male chauvinism.
"Just because you depict evil, doesn't mean you are evil. People always get that confused. They expect me to be all the monsters I draw. I say, 'No, I'm a repressed Victorian. I shuffle around here and I drink my morning tea.' People show up in leathers and s**t, looking like my characters, I won't let them in my house."
"I get a lot of flak from feminists, but we all do, But within that group of feminists, there's all kinds of mentalities. Some don't understand what we're dong -- making fun of everything. Spain (Rodriguez) gets a lot of s**t about it, we all do. I like the idea of keeping the boat rocking."
Here's an interview with him.
& another one.
Anyhow, just keep him in your thoughts.
Thursday, November 13, 2008
Second thing. I have a new blog which I hope will be tied into a new zine of monster realted goodness I am working on. I am also taking Sean's lead and teaching some of my kids at my middle school about monsters in an after school program. I will post my monster stuff there and any of the normal art on the Squat thrust site. Hope you will stop by as new work goes up.
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
My little brother Daniel (aka Danny James) formerly of the Cuts, now doing solo music came up with the boogers & blood concept when he was working on his master's thesis in advanced brattyness at age 9, after noticing that big juicy boogers have blood on the end of them frequently.