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This may be the old-man-iest comic I've ever done.
On Thursday, January 31, Nina Paley will dedicate her new feature film Seder-Masochism to the public domain, releasing master files on archive.org.
Seder-Masochism, an animated musical, loosely follows the Passover Seder story, with events from the Book of Exodus retold by Moses, Aharon, the Angel of Death, Jesus and the directors father. The film puts a twist on the traditional Biblical story by including a female deity perspective the Goddess in a tragic struggle against the forces of patriarchy.
Seder-Masochism has been in the works since 2012 when Paley first animated a scene called This Land Is Mine, a parody about never-ending conflict in the Levant which has been viewed over 10 million times on various online channels.
Paley released her first feature, Sita Sings the Blues, for free to the public in March 2009 under a Creative Commons Share-Alike license, dedicating it to the public domain 5 years later. Contradicting movie industry expectations, the more people saw Sita online, the more they sought it out in theaters and film festivals. In December 2009, Sita enjoyed a 5-week run at the IFC Film Center in New York (extended by popular demand beyond its planned 1-week run), and it continues screening in theaters, festivals, and special events to this day.
Accustomed to working outside the mainstream movie industry, Paley has made Seder-Masochism a one-woman project: she wrote, directed, and animated it herself on a total budget of $20,000. Being independent allows her to release and distribute her films in unorthodox ways such as into the public domain.
A Public Domain dedication (using a Creative Commons license called CC-0) means anyone can re-use, remix, and redistribute the work, with no restrictions. All of Paleys animation and images will be free for anyone to use however they wish; however the music will continue to be controlled by its copyright holders.
Paley has no plans to pursue commercial distribution for Seder-Masochism. I claim Fair Use for the music, but distributors are loath to do that. Instead theyd want to obtain music licenses, which would be daunting, she says.
Seder-Masochism has screened at nea...
I think you could make a really good Star Wars movie where scientists discover force access is just a matter of implicit memory, and the robes and sayings are all just layered on top.
Happy New Year, geeks!
(For full embiggenation of the cartoon below, click on kneeling workers feet.)
Bizarro is brought to you today by My Ninth Grade Afro. (seriously)
This is the time of year when media outlets of all kinds are releasing their lists for 2018; most important news stories, best TV shows, movies, music, books, etc. For me, recapping 2018 would be like remembering the year one spent being held hostage by toddlers who regularly kick you between the legs and hit you in the face with a Supersoaker between episodes of running around the neighborhood stealing babies and setting fire to buildings. As for me, Ive no desire to recount it, Im just happy to be escaping it alive, which is more than many of my fellow citizens of Earth have managed.
Will next year be better? One is tempted to say, It certainly cant get any worse, but we know from merciless personal experience that this is not the case. It can most assuredly get worse and it likely will.
Will any person, organization, or divine force rescue us from the preschool in which we are being held and return the neighborhood to a less selfish, childish and brutal place? Probably not. I wish I had better news.
No, I think it is up to us to overthrow the toddlers. We have to snatch the Supersoakers out of their tiny hands, swat them on their butts, and put them in time-out while the grownups sort things out and try to rebuild what these spoiled brats have destroyed. Easier said than done, of course.
And so, I will end 2018 with this p...
Its a folding crank-forward, with one hinge in the middle and one on the steering column. Its branded Specialized and stickered Belize Bikes Canada (Ive checked their web site, they no longer sell anything remotely like this). It looks sort of like a prototype of the Tartaruga, but it probably isnt. I just bought it from a guy from Chicago, whose only information about its provenance was he got it from a neighbor. Its old, but how old? The serial number on the steering tube is JP05048017.
The backrest is useless my back doesnt come close to reaching it while my butt is on the somewhat slippery seat but it is a remarkably comfortable ride. Maybe its that great big shock absorber, or maybe its the squishy tires, which specify inflate to 35 pounds. Its slow, even at its top gear, which is 6.
Ive searched various combinations of the following terms: specialized, crank forward, semi recumbent, folding bike. I have yet to find a picture of this bike anywhere.
What is it?
Jesus has gotten really weird ever since he got that Mankiw textbook.
(To engage the embiggenation function of the cartoon below, click the would-be fishermans butt.)
Bizarro is brought to you today by The Perfect Stocking Stuffer.
In years past, Ive created Xmas-themed cartoons for this time of year but that didnt happen this year. Im required by my publishers to submit cartoons four weeks before publication so I needed to write the cartoon for this date back in November and I just wasnt feeling Xmasyeven in a sarcastic way.
I think Im not alone in perceiving the unmitigated commercial orgy of materialism that Xmas has become in the U.S. to be an unmitigated commercial orgy of materialism. Its not that Im religious and am sensitive to the reason for the season; Im not. (I wouldnt want to be bombarded with Jesusy stuff, eith...
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This is a comic I did for CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably) who are a charity for preventing male suicide. They provide great mental health resources and a suicide prevention hotline. There is so much pressure to be happy over Xmas- its okay if you dont feel extremely merry, and there are always people you can reach out to <3 <3 <3
For the record, this comic is not directed at anyone in particular. You are welcome to praise or damn me for whomever you think I'm talking about, though!
This will be the primary value of augmented reality - the compelling illusion that everyone else is worse off than you, but not enough to obligate you to change your behavior.
are u fucking kidding me
someone wanted to figure out what the hell was happening here
- credit to Jerusalem
But this would snag on clothes, and bend. So I came up with this:
But it looks like a bottle opener. Plus the Chinese pin-making company emailed me back that a cut-out like this would have to be at least 2 long. So instead of cut-out details I designed for 1.5 hard enamel:
But then I thought to make the details shiny metal, and the main area color, with a thicker outline that would make the pin more stable:
In 2018, we received a total of 8,517 in our newsroom. 209 cartoons were published on our homepage. It has become somewhat of a tradition to make a list of our 10 favorite cartoons of the year (see the 2017 edition here, the 2016 edition here).
It's been a good year for Cartoon Movement, but then again, it's always a good year for cartoonists when bad things happen. It's what we thrive one, sadly. Some positive notes include our very first cartoon competition - The Art of Resistance - and our first partnership with the United Nations, about human rights. We also launched the Cartoon Movement Shop, making it easier for cartoons around the world to use images from our database.
But our main mission this year was, of course, to publish great cartoons. Here's our top 10:
1. Shithole President
These days, you can always rely on Trump to say something cartoon-worthy. In January 2018, he referred to some countries as shithole countries. Rice Araujo from Brazil drew a portrait of what many consider to be a shithole president. Published on January 12.
2. Absolutely Healthy
Our second cartoon in this list, by Marian Kamensky, is also about Trump. Don't worry, t he rest of our list is Trump-free. We include this one because it earned its maker a ban from Facebook (because it includes a swastika). We believe that cartoons sometimes should employ powerful symbols to make a p...
UPDATE: 1. Paypal owns Venmo. 2. E was on his phone, I was at my desktop. I removed fecebook and messenger (ant twitter!) from my phone over a year ago, for increasingly obvious reasons.
Its difficult to copy-and-paste a fecebook messenger conversation into a blog post, but I tried, because I want people to know about fecebook reading a private conversation about sending money through PayPal, and instantly creating an unauthorized transaction request without either partys knowledge or permission. Below, text from a conversation between me and E in Fecebook messenger, December 16 2018:
E: Hey where is the pay pal link? Im not finding it. Or do you have Venmo, thats even easier
N: Just go to PayPal and send it to ____@_________.com.
N: Wait, what? This isnt PayPal, this is some weird fecebook thing. I really dont want to give fecebook my bank info. Can you please just PayPal it to ____@_________.com?
E: Oh fuck I got a request from you via FB and so I sent it. I thought thats what you were asking. I dont know if I can retrieve it. If you didnt request that is fucked up.
There was a little green button so I clicked it.
N: I sure as fuck didnt send you a fecebook money request.
Can you take a screen cap of the green button/apparent fecebook request? I can publicize and shame them for doing this, it is way unethical.
E: The green button is gone. It is replaced by this:
I originally posted this as a twitter joke and a horde of angry people believed I was serious, resulting in dozens of angry replies, hastening the heat death of the universe.
(To begin the embiggenation process, click any characters earlobe.)
Bizarro is brought to you today by Beer Math.
In todays economy, it pays to have a wide assortment of skills at the ready. As for me, Ive been a store clerk, delivery driver, busboy, graphic designer, store display artist, commercial illustrator, sign painter, muralist, cartoonist, fine artist, stand-up comic, TV show host, and painter. Many people assume that because my cartoon feature is sort of famous that Im rich, but thats one thing Ive never been.
Its also why Im asking you today to...
meuller already already caught so many fish that his boat sank
and hes still going. agc
democrats act like they need to wait for some mythical power to
step in and remove trump instead of doing it themselves. a
December 10 was Human Rights Day, a day we celebrated with cartoon exhibitions in The Hague and So Paulo. This year marked the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Earlier this year, we organized a cartoon contest together with the United Nations Human Rights Office.
Out of over 500 submissions from around the globe, 30 cartoons were selected; one for each of the articles of the UDHR. These cartoons were on display at the Peace Palace (which was turned blue for Human Rights Day) in The Hague and at the Public Defender's Office in So Paulo.
But December 10 didn't mark the end of this project. Instead, it was the launch of a new contest, this time not just for cartoonists. For this new contest we're asking people around the world the question: What action do you take to support human rights?
(To embiggenate the image below, click the guitar.)
Bizarro is brought to you today by Voyeurs.
The biggest problem with playing air guitar on the moon is the volume inside your helmet, which can lead to hearing loss. Outside of the helmet, you can barely hear anything at all. NASA officials and other super intelligent know-it-alls of science have listed this as one of the top three reasons that render the moon uninhabitable. The other two reasons are the lack of Starbucks locations (only six on the entire moon) and the proximity to Earth, which would be a constant reminder in the sky of how stupendously foolishly we destroyed our original home.
If this knowledge makes you wish you had a new stocking cap with a Bizarro Secret Symbol on it, youre in luck! These have just been listed and are ready to ship. (Ask for expedited shipping to arrive by Dec 24 and order soon!)
heck, maybe weve been getting john wilkes booth wrong all these
The rich should bear the vast majority of the burden for preventing global warming, not the common man. A good comic.
- fister roboto
Graven-on-demand copies available here! Transparency: I get about $6 per $35 order. Hopefully by next year some publisher will have them offset-printed in hardcover with sewn bindings, but until then, graven-on-demand is it.
Its a Haggadah! Its an Anti-Haggadah!
soon! Its almost 200 pages, in full color! Here
are some pictures of the proof I just got.
the media is a fool for rehabbing ghwbs image after his death, a
(To embiggen the cartoon below, click any fur-bearing mammal.)
Bizarro is brought to you today by Not Quite The Right Holiday Font.
I really enjoy drawing dogs as I hope you can tell from this cartoon. They come in so many different sizes, shapes, colors, and textures. Ever wondered why various breeds of cats are not as varied as dogs are? I have, but not enough to actually research it. But imagine if housecats could be as big as a Great Dane or St. Bernard, or as small as a teacup Chihuahua.
Ever wondered where you can get fun gifts for people? How about one of these options?
in the 1960s, america would have been all to happy to extend civil rights to blacks if only they werent all just a bunch of lawless looters and rioters.
good thing weve grown as a society since then!
in the 1960s, america would have gladly listened to civil rights leaders if only they werent all just stoking so much darn violence all the time!
good thing mlks image has been rehabilitated and black leaders are taken seriously now!
in the 1960s, the value of human life was placed above that of inert property - if only those uppity blacks would just take our word for it...
its trying to warn her about her evil magabear behind her there
(If youre wondering what the cartoon below might look like embiggenated, click the floor pie.)
Bizarro is brought to you today by Holiday Gifts To Die For.
Im all for urban gardening and if you live in an apartment building, your only option may be your roof. If youve ever tried to grow a garden on your rooftop you know that one of the biggest problems is flying deer eating your plants on Christmas Eve. Another is drone cameras spotting your plants and reporting you to the DEA.
Im happy to say that I successfully avoided both issues last year so the dish I made from our rooftop garden for Thanksgiving this year got everyone plenty relaxed and giggling up a storm. I hope that if you celebrate (American) Thanksgiving, you had as enjoyable a dinner and day with friends and family as we did.
If, on the other hand, youre the type who cannot ignore the moral issues that arise from the folklore surrounding the first Thanksgiving, Im with you. I can spend the day enjoying food, family, and friends, but I dont believe the sanitized stories we tell our school children about it (This cartoon is about as true as much of what weve taught in schools!) and take no pride in the way or reasons our European ancestors colonized the Western Hemisphere. But, our species has always been a violent and...
love from someone with the emotional legs of a stubby daschund and ability to crumple with all the grace of an accordion on a winter morning
Hi! A quick question, is there a way to buy your book directly from you? They do sell it at Barnes & Nobles and such but i'd rather the money go straight to you during purchase rather than big ol' corporate. Thanks lots, keep it jazzy "IndyWatch Feed Comics"
Ah that is very kind. I dont sell my own other than at local events BUT I can recommend asking a local bookshop to order it in, cos we should be supporting those lovingly and in abundance x
Wanna? Get some stuff for the holidays?? And also conveniently??? Support my work????
DO IT THEN, YOU WONT.
Sitting in his chair,
The day before the feast,
All that he would eat.
His wife walks by,
Asks him if he was lit,
Not knowing in his head,
About his fucked up shit.
If only she knew,
His mind so forlorn,
About the madness therein,
About that food orgy porn.
I attended the 2018 Emerald City Comic Con in Seattle. It was my first con, as the lingo goes, and I had only the internet to learn how to prepare for a comic convention. I read a few articles, but more were about prepping to go as a guest, or even surviving a con. I even got distracted reading about how to dress up for comic cons.
Megan McKay is the lovely creator of Doodle for Food, and I had the pleasure of tabling with her at ECCC (thats in-crowd slang for we shared a table). She has a lot of experience going to different comic cons around the US, and soon Finland. Where I slid my display prints into plastic sleeves and scattered them across my half of the table, she came prepared with a grid set-up to display prints, a portfolio book, stickers, buttons, and an incredibly welcoming disposition to chat with convention attendees.
She taught me a lot about how to set-up your convention table. With that in mind, were going to interview Megan and pick her brain for advice for artists tabling at comic cons.
Hello! My name is Megan. Im a Texas-based cartoonist working on a bunch of comics under the umbrella name of Doodle for Food. Right now my series focuses on cute dogs working human jobs.
Ive attended a few now! So far Ive attended Awesome Con,...
(To instigate the embigennation process, click the falling man.)
Bizarro is brought to you today by Too Much Yoga.
Like quicksand, bottomless pits are one of those things that explorers of uncharted territory are taught to look out for. I always appreciate it when people take the time to label such things but also wonder how the person who erected this sign knew the pit had no bottom.
With gags like this one, one or two well-meaning readers will often point out that, scientifically speaking, anyone falling into a tunnel that goes through the center of the Earth would be incinerated as they approached the core. (Hey, thanks for that useful info!)
But had I considered all of that while drawing this, it would not have been very funny. Here...
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