On the third installment of Comic Book Decalogue, Yumi Sakugawa (I Think I Am In Friend-Love With You, Ikebana) talks meditation, Megahex, and linework as handwriting.
can we get this on itunes or soundcloud or some downloadable way :/ ?
We’re working on iTunes, but in the meantime, you should be able to download it in mp3 form by clicking the icon marked “Audio MP3” at the bottom.
It showed up on my TCJ Talkies subscription in iTunes.
I’m looking forward to getting this book.
Regarding Crumb: definitely seems like he’s losing relevance with a lot alternative comics-makers who are maybe more enlightened or sensitive (or something) than previous generations, but I still have a special place in my heart for him.
Yes, the current generation of comic makers are more “enlightened” than previous generations. Good grief.
It really isn’t that surprising that Crumb and the other creators of underground comix are losing influence in the age of pushing for diversity, checking your privilege, and the trigger warning. It seems to me that what Crumb and others of his generation were fighting for was to bring things bubbling under the surface but never talked about like sex and race relations to the forefront. But through that process they created many images that are seen as misogynistic and racist. Were in a very different spot now. Today many cartoonists are more focused on identity politics. At the moment Alison Bechdel is probably more influential than Crumb or any alternative cartoonist pre-Maus.
Well, they objectify women far less, or at least depict them as much more complex than almost anyone of Crumb’s generation ever did, and there’s a much more conscious demand for diversity both in makers and their creations, which was also brought up in this podcast. I’m not saying they were fucking backwards or anything, but I don’t know, that all seems like progress to me. (shrug)
I’m interested to see if The Complete Wimmen’s Comix Fantagraphics will be releasing soon will have any affect on modern underground cartoonists. From what little I’ve seen of them so far, it seems like that work is much more relatable to modern cartoonists, in the sense that it is bringing up topics of gender inequality.
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