they’re so cute THEY’RE SO CUTE
CONFIRMATION THAT SMUPPETS ARE JUST LEPRECHAUNS IN HEAT
owlsbuttley i think thats a bit reductive i think a lot of it is coming from a place of concern for a friend, if you see a friend putting themselves in danger of course you want to stop them and keep them safe. wanting someone to be helped and safe is not the same.
aviroberts yeah! there’s a lot of people expressing genuine concern in good faith. but on the other hand, I also see people saying or implying that john’s actions are beyond understanding, that john has no control over themself, and therefore john should be arrested, or committed to a institution for the sake of her mental health - against her will.
owlsbuttley i agree w/ you but there are times where someone is not acting in their own best intrests to the point that it puts themselves in danger, and it is possible that’s happening here. but very hard to know from outside the situation and observers should prob just stay the fuck out of it tbh
aviroberts yeah. also I’m seeing that the farther this story travels, the more hostile and unsympathetic people are. it’s starting to trickle out into the mainstream media. mostly I’m distressed that john wrote a whole impassioned speil about how ppl with mental illness are vilified, viewed with suspicion and contempt, and the reaction to John’s latest stunt totally bears that out. plays it out. "How upset do you have to be before you are mentally ill?" John’s words seem to condemn the reaction before it even happened
aviroberts and on the one hand, Campbell is isolating herself and rejecting support from her peers and on the other hand, her peers are rejecting her. Campbell’s peers cutting ties with her and even while they say she’s dangerously isolated and needs support
beblueberry sometimes when you’re not able to help someone you need to cut ties for your /own/ mental health even while wishing them health. i don’t see what’s wrong with seeing that someone needs help but refusing to support them
It was gross that a lot of people back in February were calling John nuts…I feel like an implied assumption in a lot of people’s reactions is that mental illness means you don’t have agency, are incapable of making rational choices, and anything you do is fundamentally suspect. not sure how to express this but I feel like there’s something real icky about so many people having a kneejerk reaction of calling Campbell irrational, crazy, etc. stereotypically feminine coded terms for crazy.
John Campbell seems less and less crazy the more I think about how:
-art isn’t considered a “real” job
-things people do to support themselves while they try to succeed at art, like food service or retail, aren’t considered “real” careers
-freelancers have precarious careers with few legal protections
-people with bad resumes are “unemployable”
-people who are out of work for only like 6-12 months in this wonderful post-crash economy are permanently kicked out of the workforce
-even some successful famous cartoonists in corporate comics still end up broke
We’re in an economic depression with hundreds of applicants for each job, and every month the unemployment rate is falling because people are giving up.
everyone’s hung up on John rejecting money cause that’s too weird and bizarre. but she’s rejecting careerism, achievement, ambition as empty values. why should an artist be “ambitious” if society does not honor your ambitions. why would you emotionally invest yourself in consumerism and careerism when you’re never going to be rewarded for it. artists don’t get to be Don Draper.
like if we are sympathetic towards a famous cape comic cartoonist who signed a bad contract decades ago and now needs donations to survive, why can’t we extend that same fellowship towards an indie cartoonist who busted ass and ended up broke. arguably due to circumstances beyond their control.
logistically, if someone whose only job has been comics for the past few years wanted to quit comics because they’ve lost all their income and savings, what other options would they really have aside from relying on their friends’ good will? who’s going to hire someone who has a failed business on their resume?
Crib sheet: Business joking about the meaninglessness of physical matter = funny, charming. John Campbell doing the same = pariah.
What the Fantagraphics tweet says is that when you have a huge overwhelming pile of useless stuff, more than a single person can handle, it’s basically junk. There’s nowhere to store it, no way to sell it, no one will read them, too difficult too return them, no reason to value it.
A single book is beautiful, a pile of books is a liability.
Same thing with restaurants, bakeries trashing slightly stale food that’s still edible.
That is the point Campbell was making, that got lost in outraged cries of “theft!” “fraud!” Now, these are likely unsolicited, unwanted submissions, so Fantagraphics has no obligation to the creators of those submissions. But why not? Isn’t this still theft, destruction of valuable property, disrespect and disregard for Fanta’s fans?
Footage I got of being HARASSED by Lou Ann Zelenik and others after a court hearing. Islamaphobia is alive and well in this part of the U.S. I’ve never, ever experienced anything like this in my entire life. Please share this video. Spread awareness.
Notice how they treat her, the black cameraman, the people around them. Notice how they feel they are being put “in the back of the bus”. Notice the raging issue in this video. Stop pretending this is not real. Stop pretending this country is advanced enough to even fathom a future as a post-racial society.
DID SHE SERIOUSLY JUST SAY BACK OF THE BUS.
exact same body language as Governor Jan Brewer accosting President Obama
Three people were reported dead on Sunday in a possible anti-Semitic shooting attack at two buildings serving the Jewish community near Kansas City.
More news - the suspected murderer is a 73 year old white supremacist and Klan leader with a long history of violence
Content warning for images of violence against undocumented migrants
Image above via The Local. Caption of the image at the site reads: “A Spanish Civil Guard officer helps out a sub-Saharan immigrant after entering Spanish territory”. File Photo: Desiree Martín/AFP
I’m thinking about this as Passover starts…
now that I’ve seen the connection made, it seems so obvious now that a deportation is an expulsion. Until now I’ve only ever heard the word used in context of expulsions of the Jews from European countries in centuries past. Our language is so deeply sanitized and bureaucratized, the violence is sanitized out of our discourse.