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Archive for January 23rd, 2013

Three Comics

… that I like.

Three Crowdfunded Comics

I backed three comics crowdfunding campaigns this week and wanted to give them all a quick shout out here.

Fellow Oregonians (and history lovers) should rally to back this comic on “the life and times of former Gov. Tom McCall.” Written by my friend, sometimes collaborator and the editor of my upcoming Kickstarter book, Sarah Mirk, and illustrated by Daniel Duford, they are requesting a very modest amount to do the book and are in the final stretch of the campaign.

Lefty editorial cartoonist Stephanie McMillan stopped her weekly comic and moved on to another project: “Capitalism Must Die!” It’s available for pre-order on Indiegogo and will combine comics, illustration and prose to create “accessible theory for the beginning revolutionary.”

Finally, Zach Weiner has a Kickstarter to fund his next collection of Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal Comics: SCIENCE: Ruining Everything Since 1543. If you don’t happen to know SMBC, my god, catch up.

Gun Safety with Harry Hollow Point

So “Gun Appreciation Day” sort of, um, backfired, with five people injured at three different gun shows. As someone who was raised around guns, I cannot fathom why bullets were even near these weapons or why they would hit someone if accidentally fired. You always – ALWAYS –point a firearm in a safe direction. It’s gun safety 101. But accidents happen as not everyone is capable of following simple safety procedures. That’s sort of the whole point with not wanting more guns in our society. It results it more accidents, suicides, and murders.

A shooting at a Texas college on Tuesday seems to have happened precisely because the individuals were armed. It appears to have been an unplanned altercation between two men – at least one of which was armed – that left bystanders in the hospital. Texas Republicans are already calling for more guns in schools as a result. I’ve been outpaced by reality once again.