Probably the greatest, comprehensive analysis on one of the most important film makers in animation gone too soon, and my direct influence in storyboard/visual storytelling in animation, the late great Kon Satoshi.
Rest in Power, Kon-san!
I’m just writing this last thing because I believe it’s important. (I’m sorry for disappearing, but it’s been a long time coming.)
There is no situation that is made better by violence. Retaliatory violence of any kind counts. Emotional violence counts. It’s very hard to know what the right thing to do is in life. People spend whole lifetimes struggling with that. It’s far, far too easy to hurt someone accidentally. But sometimes it’s obvious something is the wrong thing. It’s important to try your best to do right, even though you’re going to fuck up, a lot. It’s essential.
I believe that people are good. I believe it’s impossible to know exactly where a person is coming from, what’s inside them, what they’ve been through, what they’re feeling, even if you think you know them well. That’s even more true on the internet, when you don’t have the luxury of tone or context. Compassion means reminding yourself of that and trying your best to overcome the visceral reactions you might have because of where you are coming from. The very best we can do as human beings is try to understand and be compassionate towards each other.
This is meant for a lot of people. If you respect me as an artist, please try to understand me as a person, because my art is the way it is because of who I am. If you respect me as an artist, please think about what I believe. You’re all good people. Please be kind to each other.
Jelani Cobb on Spike Lee’s “Do the Right Thing” and the cinematic sense of déjà vu: http://nyr.kr/1nb8qkR
“The images remain familiar twenty-five years later because time has passed but in crucial ways our context has scarcely changed at all.”
Above: A memorial for Eric Garner at the site where he died. Photograph by Mark Peterson/Redux
gijinkart asked: I love how Lucky Penny has been going so far, I'm at the edge of my seat waiting for updates! I had to pause when I read the latest one revealing David's master scheme and his flashback with Penny--in Lucky Penny p.23 he says he's eleven and a half, and the flashback was 8 years ago so... David's been a criminal since he was 3?!
He prefers “entrepreneur”.
Comics has an outrage problem.
I spent some time in LA over 4th of July weekend getting my west coast on. I came back to the world on Monday after a great weekend, only to find that the comics internet had melted down over an ill-conceived hashtag and was busy stomping up and down on the heads of people who were no threat to them.
This isn’t about that, or the hashtag. It’s about all the other times comics has faced controversy and replied with scorn.
The short version is “you don’t have to like it, but please respect it.” The long version is through the link. Comments are off until I get back from lunch, but hopefully you get something out of this.
Sometimes I’m spinning my wheels on a feeling or thought for weeks, and then David Brothers drops something new and I’m just like “…. oh.”