Sunday, March 25, 2007

northwestgraphicsupply


northwestgraphicsupply
Originally uploaded by ash966.
It was a lovely day last Friday, so of course Dr. S. and I went in search of urban grit to photograph.

Saturday, March 17, 2007

KING OF NEW YORK

Local street artist Deuce Seven, whose show I caught at SooVac back in November, is now the toast of New York, according to this article in the Village Voice. Apparently, his Minnesota-bred hardiness helps him paint the town in a season when wimpy NYC taggers are all home shivering in their beds.

Monday, March 12, 2007

MORE NEWS ON THE COMING PIG TAKEOVER . . .


I recently found out that's it's not only the Year of the Boar according to the Chinese calendar, it's the Year of the Golden Boar, which only comes around once every 600 years. It's supposed to be a year of good fortune--yeah right, for the boars, that is! The mainstream media is downplaying this story, so stick to Odd Obsession for more pig-related news.

Monday, March 05, 2007

COMIC BOOK REVISIONISM

I was reading the Silly Daddy graphic novel by Joe Chiappetta, and something was starting to bug me. I own an earlier compilation and a couple of single issues which were including in this newer compilation, and there were subtle changes. The original version featured the cartoonist John Porcellino as a character in the story and was sprinkled with references to his comic book, King-Cat Comics. In the new version, the character's name was changed to "Al Indufamily" and the comic book to "Kind-Cat". Also, in one scene we see a book entitled Ape Rape, which was changed to Ape.

In the first case, I can only assume a falling-out between the two friends, either due to personal beliefs (Chiappetta reveals in a newer story at the end of the book that he has converted to Christianity) or business (Porcellino published Chiappetta's earlier work under the Spit and a Half imprint). The second case might be self-censorship due to complaints of offensiveness, although the book was there to indicate that the character lived in the sleazy underground of 60's Hollywood, and I find it hard to believe that anyone would think Chiappetta was promoting bestiality.

Either way, it may be a minor matter, but it gives me a creepy, 1984-ish feeling, as if my memories are being fiddled with. Yes, the author has the legal right to change things and the person who is depicted has the right to ask for a pseudonym. I just have more respect for creators who renounce work that they consider inferior or that no longer reflects their views, rather than sneakily changing this bit or that. They can refuse to perform the songs (like Weezer with Pinkerton) or refuse reprint rights (like Octavia Butler with Survivor). This may annoy me as a fan, but at least the artwork exists for me to decide whether I agree or not, though it may be harder to find. If it was Porcellino asking for a pseudonym, I just think that the first publication is the time for that. So many indie cartoonists write autobiographical stories which feature friends and spouses who are also cartoonists that it could get pretty ridiculous if they rewrite history whenever there's a falling out.

Well, dear readers, if I convert to radical anarchism in the future and renounce Odd Obsession in favor of chaining myself to trees and sticking it to The Man, I promise to just leave it up on the Internet as is, rather than adding political messages to each post.