Thursday, January 28, 2010

Bong Hits 4 Jesus


So, let's get this straight. With the Supreme Court decision in Citizen's United, the Activist Judges of Conservative Persuasion want to allow corporations "Free Speech" rights when it comes election time. Corporations are "people" and money is "speech", or so they would have you believe, and Freedom of Speech is sacred, so let the spending begin!

But when it comes time for an individual, a high school student, to express religious beliefs during a field trip, the Same Activist Judges of Conservative Persuasion want to outlaw the students rights to Freedom of Speech!

Morse v. Frederick, 551 U.S. 393 (2007) was a school speech case in which the United States Supreme Court held that theFirst Amendment does not prevent educators from suppressing student speech, at a school-supervised event, that is reasonably viewed as promoting illegal drug use...Majority opinion. Chief Justice Roberts, writing for the majority, concluded that the school officials did not violate the First Amendment. To do so, he made three legal determinations: first, that "school speech" doctrine should apply because Frederick's speech occurred "at a school event"; second, that the speech was "reasonably viewed as promoting illegal drug use"; and third, that a principal may legally restrict that speech—based on the three existing First Amendment school speech precedents, other Constitutional jurisprudence relating to schools, and a school's "important—indeed, perhaps compelling interest" in deterring drug use by students.




Apparently, all speech is equal except some speech is more equal than others.

"Commercial Free Speech" is a funny concept! How much money does Free Speech cost? There's your Zen Koan for the month. Speech sent over the public airwaves is regulated and censored everyday. Hello George Carlin! Some people find pornography obscene, and"Obscenity Laws" exist to restrict pornographers' Free Speech Rights. Let's just declare Corporations Spending Money On Political TV Commercials and Other Election Related Activities to be obscene, and prevent them from "Speaking" the same way you prevent Hustler Magazine from "Speaking" during the ABC After School Special time slot.




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Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Walk like a Cat



As part of an anniversary celebration, The Comics Journal did a series of "conversations" between cartoonists. The conversation between Ted Rall and Matt Bors struck a chord with something I've been mulling over in my mind. How to make any fucking money in the cartoon business.

About a year ago, I posted about the Print Comics Apocalypse and the increasing difficulties of trying to make a buck from creating art. Editorial cartoons have a short shelf life, and syndication is a shrinking outlet.I don't even try anymore with that avenue. You can tell from the archives when I stopped trying.I started drawing stuff like this Denny Hastert Cure for Republican Sex Scandals.



Only a handful of diehard fans will ever purchase a collection of single panel type editorial cartoons. But maybe one day I'll be motivated enough to put my favorites in a book, just for the hell of it.

If you check the archives, or have a copy of Grill Rats #1, you can also see where I stopped trying to create a strip that might be considered for syndication, or publication in a print newspaper, (Hello, Daily Iowan!). It's the point where I stopped using the "F@#K%$" type euphemism...



...For the actual word "Fucking".






I've kept Zencomix ad free for 5 years. It would seem pointless to start now as I don't generate enough traffic. Placing ads may even drive traffic down as pages will take longer to load. At Blue Gal's Salon the other night, we briefly chatted about ad revenues, and money from ads seems to have dried up. So, what's left?

Books. Ye Olde Graphic Novel. Comic books. Mini-comics. Cartoons with stories have a wider appeal in book form than the one shot editorial cartoons in book form, so that's where I'm headed. I've been drawing Grill Rats for the blog, and compiling it in book form, but I've decided to draw directly for the book. The only way to possibly make any money is to stop giving it all away for free on the blog. Giving it away for free on the blog is a great way to gain exposure, but there is no incentive for somebody to buy a book when it's all there for free on the blog.

I'll continue drawing the occasional one shot editorial cartoons, and posting them for all to see for free. I'll probably post some excerpts from the comic books also. One of the benefits of drawing for the book instead of for the blog will be the tightening up of the story. As the need for daily continuity has been disposed of, I can spend more energy on advancing the story, developing a character, or working more on backgrounds and layout of pages. Maybe develop a treatment for an animation series. Who knows? Freeing myself from my own blog shackles is the first step to advancing as an artist. It is more important for me to be a cartoonist than a blogger.

So, anyways, I'll still be around, still commenting at other people's blogs. Still posting cartoons occasionally, but it's time to stop acting like a dog pulling the sled that is zencomix and time to start acting like a cat hunting its prey. I'm going back underground with my comix.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Are We Having Funk Yet?



Lagniappe:


Small Town TV News Anchor Segue Small Talk!


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Friday, January 08, 2010

Like I was just saying a couple of days ago...



"We had no domestic attacks under Bush. We've had one under Obama."

Blogroll additions

Smell That Film

McBoogles


When I moved from Colorado to Iowa many moons ago, one of my nieces, maybe 4 or 5 years old, was asked why her uncle was moving to Iowa. She replied that the reason I was moving was so I could eat bacon in Iowa with Pena. Can't argue with that!

Scribbler on the roof.

BlackDog Read

Driftglass

Tarcs

The Grunge

Under The Lobsterscope

Urantian Sojourn

For it is written:

When your planes blow up their people, their people blow up your planes. Peace!

Who is IOZ?

Bungy Chords

The Void Sketcher

I think that's all of the recent additions. If I'm on your blogroll, and you are not on mine, drop me a link in comments and I'll get you on the list.

Thursday, January 07, 2010

Wednesday, January 06, 2010

Mad Men






Today is the 5th year anniversary of Zencomix. Many Thanks to my sweet little angel, PenaLynn for helping to make it happen!

John McCain, Sarah Palin, Condi Rice, Mitt Romney, Joe Lieberman, Rick Santorum, David Vitter's diaper, Digger The Dog, Karl Rove, Rudy G., Bill OReilly, and George W. Bush walk into a bar...

Over the years,one of the themes I've worked on in my cartoons is the concept of politics as a product that is packaged and sold to the man with the petunia haircut. I still get lots of google image search hits from people looking for Denny Hastert's Cure for Republican Sex Scandals (Head On, apply directly to the foreskin, Head On, apply directly to the foreskin, Head On, apply directly to the foreskin!) The packaging and selling of "Iraq/WMD/9-11" went so well, there is still a sizable portion of the country that thinks Iraq was responsible for flying planes into the World Trade Center.


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Monday, January 04, 2010

Five Long Years






Five years ago this week, I started posting cartoons to the Wide World of Web at Zencomix. Thrill of Victory and Agony of Defeat, spanning the globe, and all that.

To celebrate, I'll be trying out some different things for the rest of the month. Maybe run a contest. Who knows?! I'm just making shit up as I go along.

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Saturday, January 02, 2010