Man Like John Eden: All about the cosmic dub, innit.
"It’s not that artists shouldn’t be paid for their labor, but we ought to refuse the assignation of value and worth purely based on salability or the validation of institutions. Systems will always seek to swallow us. We must resist the efficiency of its gears with the softness of our humanity. Unprofessionalism is asserting our right to be human against this machine.
"Fragile, weak, doubtful, bumbling, to be “unprofessional” is to simply be human. This does not mean acting without ethics, honesty, or basic kindness. These finer qualities can easily exist independent from how we trade our time for money.
"Professionalism makes a person into a brand. The cynical think this has already happened: our slightest movement tracked for personalized advertisements, our declarations and photographs that we share with others all branded and branding, self-awareness as commerce. And though others can attempt to professionalize you, reduce your spirit to a slogan, a product, a logo, you do not have to do this to yourself."
But mostly this: "...an artist needs the courage to act alone and a community that makes such acts more bearable. One that allows us to be vulnerable, inappropriate, to go rogue, go wild, act weird, and fail."
Willy Vandersteen, I think. Belgian / Flemish friends, please correct me if I'm wrong...
((Can't figure out if this is Life After Trump, or The Resistance Against Trump...))
Proper Job comics.
It's a PLANET! And I'll fight anyone who sez it ain't!
From New Scientist:
"Near the eastern edge of a dark highland region of Pluto known as Cthulhu Regio, a canyon and a crater meet. Elliot crater, a majestic feature 85 kilometres across (in the lower left quadrant of the above photograph), is a relative rarity in these parts of the solar system. Across Pluto and its large moon, Charon, there is a relative shortage of large craters. That may be telling us something profound about how planets form."
((Pluto: a dwarf planet, now with added paywalls))
Beware of quacks, superstition and pseudoscience! Oh, wait...Shocking new data reveals scientists only right about half the time -- only slightly better than randomly guessing stuff (laughs) -- "But it's okay, we're, uh, getting better at that there sciency stuff..."
"Yes, dinosaurs. Michael Benton, professor of vertebrate paleontology at the University of Bristol in England, says a new dinosaur species is named about once a week, on average. Another paleontologist, Thomas R. Holtz Jr. of the University of Maryland, keeps a running tally of new dinos each year for an encyclopedia he is in the process of updating. He’s up to 14 this year. In 2015, he hit 45.
"But while that rate of discovery might delight 8-year-olds, it’s not necessarily an accurate reflection of the ancient world. Eight years ago, Benton published two papers on the error rate in dinosaur species identification and found that 48.2 percent of “new dinosaurs” are eventually cast aside, deemed invalid for a variety of reasons."
Yeah! Gramps tells it like it is:
TAINTED: THE FALL OF DEADWORLD - by Dave Kendall and myself - started this week in 2000AD, Prog 1973. A perfect jumping on point - all-new series!
Dave's amazing "Behind the Scenes" art sketchbook for the series is here. It was a real thrill and a treat, seeing his wonderful designs for TAINTED, and his incredible pencils and fully-rendered art as they come in, episode by episode.
Respect to Greg at Multiversity for being on-point with this.
Gramps is my new favourite character to write.