“I think most comics being made today are generally pretty bad, but the medium is inherently limitless. it’s just words and pictures. You can tell any type of story you want. You can do things they can’t do in movies & cartoons, because they have budget limitations and schedules and deadlines, lawyers and producers and accountants. The real world gets in their way. YOU can literally just sit down with a pencil and make something better than anything you’ve ever seen on a screen. It’s all that stuff they tell you when you’re a kid about how your imagination has unlimited potential. comics are just an extension of your imagination. So start drawing and don’t stop drawing.”—
Bryan Lee O’Malley
I may not be the biggest fan of “Scott Pilgrim,” but I can’t deny just how vital this statement is for anyone wondering why comics are still an important medium. I saw this on O’Malley’s tumblr and I couldn’t resist sharing it.
Yes, please boycott Oreo for their support of Gay Rights. We’ll all appreciate you going on a diet. While you’re at it, please also throw away your iPod, iPhone, and iPad since Apple supports as well. Hopefully you have lots of clothes, because you’ll need to ditch your Levi’s and Nike’s too. Perhaps you bought them at ... JC Penney’s or Sears? Sucks you’ll have to take them back … or actually, anything you wear from anywhere probably had a gay involved. Flying somewhere soon? Better not be on American, Delta, Southwest, or United…you’ll need a new ticket. Airline wasn’t mentioned? Just be sure your jet isn’t Boeing made. Don’t sleep at Marriott or Hilton (or any of their family brands) because you might catch the gay they support. That morning coffee from Starbucks will have to go as well, go ahead it replace it with a McCafe…oh wait, McDonald’s supports gay rights too. Hmm, do you clean with Tide, Gain, or Bounty? Use Duracell batteries, shave with Gillette, or use Fixodent? Brush with Crest, use Pantene, Scope, Tampax, Venus, or Old Spice products? Those are all gone too, stupid Proctor & Gamble supporting the gays. Damn, you’re using Internet Explorer or Chrome to see Facebook and read this status? Download something else, Microsoft and Google show their Pride as well. Ah, but your drinks are safe. Coca-Cola, Pepsi, and Budweiser are on your side … if your side is on the right side of history since all three also support Gay Rights. Hopefully, you or your lawyer will never need in-depth research. Both LexisNexis and Westlaw, who together control the market, support Gay Rights. Drive that big, manly, Ford F350? It’s a "Friend of Dorothy" too, as it’s company Ford and General Motors also support the rights of all. So, do us all a favor, don’t take it all out on a festive cookie … just stay home and boycott everything.
“When welfare applicants finally prove that they exist, and show their material worth to be nothing, they usually receive far less than they need to live on. That’s what happened to Curtis and Concita Cates. The maximum amount of aid that a single adult is eligible for in Santa Barbara, they learned, is $291 per month – $200 in food stamps, $91 in cash assistance. The waiting time for Section 8 housing, if you have priority status, is six months to a year. If you belong to the vast majority who don’t have priority status – if you’re not elderly, disabled or a veteran with dependents – the wait is between four and eight years.”—
When I was very little, my family was so poor that we didn’t even qualify for welfare.
I don’t think most people truly understand the stress of being that kind of poor. Your relationships change. Your motivation changes. Your logic changes. When the value of your time and energy is less than zero, you start to make decisions that reflect that value.
However living better now, Coogi sweater now and all that shit — but even long after leaving welfare behind, my parents still make the occasional odd decision or get into seemingly silly arguments about things that would only seem meaningful when using the logic of poverty. I realize now that they will never get over it (and in some ways, I probably won’t either.)