Happy first anniversary (in anticipation of your thirty ninth)

gammasandgerunds:

Bob Hicok

I don’t have much time. I’m an important person
to chickadees and mourning doves, whose feeder
was smashed last night by a raccoon. Soon
I’ll be wielding duct tape, noticing the dew,
wanting to bathe in it, hoping the awkwardness
of yesterday (three instances of people talking
with bear traps for mouths) never repeats itself
and we all go forward as if to a party
for a five year old who refuses to smash candy
out of a burro. It’s too cute, the burro, too real
for him not to ask his mother, can I keep it,
and when the other children cry, they’re given
lake front property, it works out, this
is what I see for you, the working out. Think of the
        year
behind you as a root or think of going to Spain
and feeling sorry for bulls or don’t think,
this isn’t the SATs, don’t think but stay.
Stay happy, honest, stay as tall as you are
as long as you can using giraffes if you need to
to see each other above the crowd. I have these
        moments
when I realize I’m not breathing, my wife
is never why I’m not breathing and always why
I want to lick a human heart, remember that each of
        you
is half of why your bed will sag toward the middle
of being a boat and that you will both sag
if you’re lucky together, be lucky together
and acquire in sagging more square footage
to kiss and to hold. And always remember
that I hate you for being so much closer
than I am to where none of us ever get to go
again—first look, first touch, first
inadvertent brush of breath or hair, first time
you turned over and looked at who was surprising
you by how fully she was there.

Poets.org

If you’ll bear with me for stating the obvious for a minute: an interesting but unsurprising element of recent going-on’s in the games journalism world (what is now being referred to by gamers as #GamerGate) is how often I’m seeing the claim of “corruption in gaming” being used as an excuse the misogynist campaign. This appeals to a very neo-liberal notion of what “corruption” is or how it operates. “Corruption” is term that operates within a certain premade moral framework, the idea that there is a widely accepted right and noble way of doing things. This framework as it exists in gaming infers that:

making multiple games where you play a white guy shooting arabs = right
limbless woman cadaver statue = right
independent games developers struggling to make a living wage = right
accused rapist active in the games scene = right
woman having sex with guys = DEAD WRONG

The claims that video game journalism has now lost its integrity under the revelation that woman have sex is telling, as the relationships some gaming review sites have with larger games publishers has long been common knowledge. Apparently, before women entered the scene and “messed up the system”, the system was not only better, but more moral. There are some kinds of violence that are inherent to the system, which when questioned are met with a “don’t get bent out of shape / that’s just how it is” response, and there are perceived violences (wherein a guy who once had a girl be mean to him projects his feelings of victimhood onto the situation involving the ~oh so evil~ Zoe Quinn) which are “corruption”. Men actively gain from this framework. Anyway, my key point on the current state of the games industry can be read over here.

seibei:

KATIE SKELLY x SEIBEI is coming!
In early September we’re releasing tees and tanks with this art from Katie Skelly's Operation Margarine, printed with ultra-soft inks and a jumbo 16” x 24” print (there will start to be a little distance between the collar and the top of the print on X-Large shirts and up).
Tees and tanks are currently at the printer and should be in hands soon, at which point they’ll go online with two other new tees and reprints at SEIBEI. 
Katie will also have some tees and tanks available at the Small Press Expo (and I’ll be there too). She’ll be splitting her time between the AdHouse Books table (W53-55) and her table (B6A). I’ll be at the Telegraph Art & Comics table (K2) and will have some other SEIBEI tees in limited quantities behind the table (and can point you towards Katie!). 
Katie Skelly is a cartoonist who lives and works in Queens, New York. Her first book Nurse Nurse was published by Sparkplug Books in 2012, and her latest book Operation Margarine was published by AdHouse Books in 2014. She loves winged eyeliner and problems.
SEIBEI
Katie Skelly (calicocomics on Tumblr)

seibei:

KATIE SKELLY x SEIBEI is coming!

In early September we’re releasing tees and tanks with this art from Katie Skelly's Operation Margarine, printed with ultra-soft inks and a jumbo 16” x 24” print (there will start to be a little distance between the collar and the top of the print on X-Large shirts and up).

Tees and tanks are currently at the printer and should be in hands soon, at which point they’ll go online with two other new tees and reprints at SEIBEI

Katie will also have some tees and tanks available at the Small Press Expo (and I’ll be there too). She’ll be splitting her time between the AdHouse Books table (W53-55) and her table (B6A). I’ll be at the Telegraph Art & Comics table (K2) and will have some other SEIBEI tees in limited quantities behind the table (and can point you towards Katie!). 

Katie Skelly is a cartoonist who lives and works in Queens, New York. Her first book Nurse Nurse was published by Sparkplug Books in 2012, and her latest book Operation Margarine was published by AdHouse Books in 2014. She loves winged eyeliner and problems.

SEIBEI

Katie Skelly (calicocomics on Tumblr)