There’s a Place for Us?

Passing Through by Saburo Murakami 1956

“You were not expected to aspire to excellence: you were expected to make peace with mediocrity.”

James Baldwin, The Fire Next Time.

Capitalism, as the story goes, was economic system that our country was founded on.  The story also tells us that to be a buyer or producer is the paramount experience.  If one is consuming and living well, one is doing well.   Alternatively, if one is producing things that are consumed and creating capital one is doing even better.

Recently, I reflected on the lunch counter sit-ins of the early 1960s and more recently, the controversy over baking cakes for same sex weddings.  For if the story of Capitalism-is-Paramount is truly correct, why would someone deny another person the right to buy something for them?  Therefore, Capital is not indeed the highest priority in America.  In fact, discrimination is most likely the highest priority.

Recently my young daughter has told me numerous time that “I just don’t fit in”.  She is unhappy in this world we have created for her and feels pressures of conformity and conventionality.  From a young age, I too felt the pressure from the world to be squeezed into its mold.  I chaffed at the idea of a life of normalcy.  When my 8th grade English teacher showed us “Dead Poets Society” I felt something unlock within me.  Like Knox, I longs to escape on my bike and ride through a flock of geese causing them to fly away in distress.

Until my daughter expressed these things to me, I thought my experience was uncommon.  From Henry David Thoreau to James Baldwin, the artistic experience in America has been to kick against the goads of mediocrity.  Yet, I fear that even amongst the all the diversity of experiences in this country, the common theme seems to be “you don’t belong here”.

So how do we build a world where we belong?

 

Relaunching My Patreon Account

I’ll be relaunching my Patreon account next week.  I plan on having new comics up each week.  Some of these will be new and others will be “re-runs” from my mini comics that haven’t been online in years.  Each story will be available to the public for 28 days, but Patrons will have access to the stories forever and will get access to them a week earlier.

Please consider becoming a Patron for even as low as $.25 a week.

 

Monks on Fire! (12 Weeks of Comics Week 3)

Wednesday is New Comic Book Day!  This is actually an old comic I put out in Dodo Comics #1, but its always been one of my favorites.

It is inspired by Coptic textiles and The Saying of the Desert Fathers.

Also, I forgot to mention last week that I have posted the entire 4th issue of My Life in Records.  You can read it all for absolutely free and if you want to support my efforts, I would encourage you to buy a physical copy of it here.

The 12 Weeks of Comics

As 2015 winds down and 2016 starts up, I’ll be posting comics to the comics page.  I’ll dip into the archives of comics that I haven’t had up on the web in a few years, as well as post some new comics that have never been seen before.

The 12 days of Christmas traditionally starts December 25 and runs through, January 6th, but hey- I’m a busy guy.  I’m starting today and posting for the next 12 weeks on Wednesdays.

We’ll start off with Where Do Ideas Come From?, a comic I made inspired by some theories that Neil Cohn was writing about.

Stop by next week for some of the final pages from Hell’s Bells.