A pretty good / straightforward guide to the current state-of-play for those struggling to wrap their heads around all this and to untangle conspiracy theory from something approaching reality. Unfortunately, we are in an era that is growing so increasingly different from what went before that it feels like Science Fiction or some sort of weird Hollywood espionage thriller to most people, and is therefore implausible or impossible. I'm sure that when Trump is eventually deposed, indicted, whatever, there will be a LOT of Americans who will put it down to a Clinton-led counter-coup or the 'establishment' striking back, because reality - or whatever it is that poses as it these days - is just too bizarre for them to process.
Anyway, a primer for those scratching their heads about this. I'm pretty sure the Graun has done similar.
"Last week, it was reported that both Congressional investigators and the FBI are now exploring whether Russian operatives were guided in their efforts by Trump’s digital team, and the House Intelligence Committee has invited Trump’s digital director, Brad Parscale, to testify. Largely ignored in this discussion, however, is another possibility: that the Russians themselves, through their hacking of Democratic Party records, were supplying crucial information to the digital team."
Mike Molcher, resident Rebellion PR dude, talks about The Order.
The Order by Brit Comic-book legend John M Burns, Ellie de Ville, Annie Parkhouse & myself.
Die Mensch Maschine, a trade collecting the first two series, is available on-line here.
Can be ordered through any decent book shop or comic-shop. If you live in Yeovil / South Somerset, UK, you can score signed copies via Atomic Comics & Games of Yeovil.
"A neurosis is by no means merely a negative thing, it is also something positive. Only a soulless rationalism reinforced by a narrow materialistic outlook could possibly have overlooked this fact. In reality the neurosis contains the patient's psyche, or at least an essential part of it; and if, as the rationalist pretends, the neurosis could be plucked from him like a bad tooth, he would have gained nothing but would have lost something very essential to him. That is to say, he would have lost as much as the thinker deprived of his doubt, or the moralist deprived of his temptation, or the brave man deprived of his fear. To lose a neurosis is to find oneself without an object; life loses its point and hence its meaning. This would not be a cure, it would be a regular amputation."
Jung -- Civilization in Transition
It feels weird to finish something I started 6 months ago, to - you know - not be doing it any more.
I mean, it's not like I've been working on it solidly, 24-7, for 6+ months - that's an elapsed-time thing, and I have (honest!) been doing loads of other things in-parallel. But I am a slow mother-fucker of a writer compared with some folks (and we'll talk about that another day) - I approach stuff in a very dense / compressed / compacted / choreographed way - am I control-freaky? - well, maybe, a bit - but I leave blocks of story open to chance / change / happenstance -- the artist might throw a bunch of GREAT ideas at me that reframe what I'd originally thought, or I might change my own mind about shit or... sometimes, the characters just tell me where they want to go, and then it's not up to me, the artist or - well, maybe the editor might have some say in all that... but a good story will kinda tell itself if given the chance, and the artist n me just end up going along for the ride. The medium is the medium.
But, yeah - where was I? - Oh, yeah: just finished something that wasn't even, I dunno, a major event, but it weirdly occupied a serious chunk of my thinking time for months - even when I weren't overtly thinking about it, I wuz... I'd write endless notes, scratch my head in [Cogs Cage, Yeovil], walk around the garden, hassle my wife ("So, there's this bit where...").
A better, more switched-on writer dude than me, woulda tuned it out, I'm sure -- just another job -- Bang! Done-in-one! On to the next! - but I didn't know the characters - they're not mine - (and sometimes, even that don't help, the 'knowing' them)...
But hey, it's been a super-interesting 6 months - everything's a learning process - one script a month-ish on this series (man, that's not fucking working! And before you kick me - quite rightly - for my self-indulgent privilege in talking about all this non-important boojswaz writin' shit, I have worked in the past as a toilet-cleaner, office-cleaner in helicopter n train company offices, chemical factory cleaner, super-market warehouse boy, blahblahblah; oh, fuck, all over the place LOL, so cut me some slack, here... ) - but now that they're out my head, these characters, I kinda miss them.... or, maybe I just miss thinkin' about them....