Posts tagged Mindless self promotion
Posts tagged Mindless self promotion
This started out as a Tumblr post but then it kept going so I decided to put it on the Mindless site because fuck it, we’ve been talking about putting more notcomics writing up there for a while now.
It’s all about local heroes Mogwai and the mess of quiet contradictions they contain and how none of them matter cause they play really fucking loud in concert.
I’m hoping to get some more time for bloggy writing in the next few weeks, but some Annoying Real Life Shit is eating up all my spare time right now so we’ll see.
Pages 5-7 of ‘The Blowdown of Barry Brown’, a comic strip I drew on my phone and published in Looking Glass Heights #1, a zine about hubris, housing, suicide, customer service, Frank Miller, and Eddie Campbell..
I’m pretty happy with the way it came out, given that I can’t fucking draw!
UPDATE: issue #1 is now available to buy online, if you find yourself with a few extra pennies and a sense of curiosity:
Here’s what the cool kids are saying about Looking Glass Heights #1:
“David Allison has produced something of a winner here, combining comics and essays into a powerful zine… one comic, one essay into the sociopolitical message behind it, one essay that critiques comics that have influenced the comic, and a critique of the comic itself. Jesus christ, if more comic creators did this I would be an extremely happy bunny! Though I’d also be out of a job…” – Laura Sneddon, The Beat
“…made me feel thing with a limited size and toolkit” – Twitter’s own James Baker
Quite who he thinks he’s calling a tiny toolkit I’m not sure. Just as well I’m not a hideous egomaniac in need of constant reinforcement, right?
I wrote and published a Mindless Ones post about this book yesterday that’s also about my current job situation and how both Eddie Campbell and me are probably fictional characters. I think it might actually pretty good.
Not as good as the comic, obviously, but you know: Eddie Campbell!
A new Mindless Ones post, in which bobsy puts Shaky Kane’s work on Elephantman #33 under the knife.
Shaky Kane’s work with David Hine on the first issue of The Bulletproof Coffin: Disinterred is essential reading, by the way. It’s a timely warning about the dangers of using comic books as a wikipedia for life, and you really should check it out before it’s too late…
Sing it in the style of Girls Aloud or don’t sing it at …
One Song For You’s Top Five bits of Mindless Bloggery 2011:
5)Mssrs Amypoodle and Zom, with Masters Andrew Hickey, Bobsy, Gary Lactus and The Beast Must Die The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen Century: 1969 by Alan Moore and Kevin O’Neil
In which a creepy walk on a summers day got even creepier and more summery with the help of the Mindless Massive. Still the best annocoms in town, no question, and the classic classics features and Kevin O’Neil interview were pretty fucking great too.
Because it felt good to broaden the conversation about the shitty ethics of your (our?) favourite concept farms that was ongoing throughout 2011, because the ”ethical capitalism” is a tired joke to be filed alongside “military intelligence”, and because FULL COMMUNISM »» Glibertarianism, always.
Sometimes you have to work hard to break a bastard’s reasonable facade and expose the prime fucknugget within, but sometimes…. sometimes the bastards do all the hard work for you.
Brother Zom might think these posts needed more work, but for me this essay series was just more proof that my fellow Mindless Ones “get” the potential of these lurid fictions way more than most of the fatbalding awkwardmen who are paid to maintain them.
Heath Ledger? Aye, that guy’s Joker was pretty good in a prawn cocktail sort of way, but we’re talking about DINNER here, awright?
It’s a little bit annoying that my favourite bit of Mindless bloggery from 2011 didn’t actually appear on the Mindless Ones site, but on the other hand these posts are easily the best things to have graced the “pages” of the relaunched Comics Journal website so it’s not all bad!
Before I read these articles I was pretty sure I was done with The Invisibles. No comic had ever fucked me up so much before, and I didn’t (and still don’t!) expect any comic to ever fuck me up quite so much again, but at the start of 2011 The Invisibles seemed exhausted and embarrassing, like so much of my own past. And maybe it still is every bit as irrelevant to NOW as I expected it to be, but while I was reading these articles the comic seemed alive and inhabitable once more and (it sounds stupid to say it but this is how it felt so fuck it!) so did the future.
Say it once more with feeling, try to believe it:
I finally managed to finish my post on the Left 4 Dead games for the Mindless Ones’ Notes From the Borderland series. It’s all about how the games can bring out all sorts of weird feelings of hostility and betrayal, even when you play them with your friends, and how that’s maybe part of their appeal.
It also contains a stilted erotic fantasy involving this guy:
It’s a little weird.
Dan White’s latest Cindy and Biscuit strip, Biscuit Beyond, is a straight classic - I’m amazed by how much he’s been able to do with the Cindy and Biscuit formula, and this is possibly his best strip yet.
Go read it now so you won’t feel like a dick later when everyone’s talking about it!
The Beast Must Die has created a noice new banner for us (above), so expect lots of spooky shit, starting at the end of the week.