“For me, Root, hog, or die! means: Fulfill your destiny. Do it yourself. Take on this responsibility for yourself. When I heard this terminology, it had a lot of connotations for me and for my beloved DIY culture. Do it yourself. No one else is going to do it for you. No one should do it for you. Take responsibility. If you want to do something, do it. It was my attitude toward sickness. It’s my attitude toward life. It’s kind of my motto. In moments of toughness, I will actually think it to myself, “Root, hog, or die!” It emboldens me a little bit.”—An Interview with John Porcellino | The Comics Journal (via craghead)
“I’ve been trawling tumblr here and there for the past few days, looking for people talking about me the panels I ran at NYCC this year (I need the feedback), and also cosplayers who were at the con (cosplay is dope). A side effect is I’ve seen a fair number of essays or statements kinda policing cosplay, drawing lines in the sand in the name of diversity and respect. A sentiment I’ve seen that rubbed me the wrong way was the idea that white people shouldn’t cosplay characters of color because it’s disrespectful to take those characters from the culture they belong to. Which has something of a point, but technically most of those characters were invented by white men, at least as far as comics go, so the culture point is on shaky ground to begin with.”—
some rough copy (shaking that rust off) about white folks cosplaying non-white folks and why saying white folks shouldn’t cosplay non-white folks only serves to make non-white folks even more of a niche than they already are
if you can be respectful and creative, do it and walk like you’re hotter than the surface of the sun if you’re gonna paint your face, go jump in a lake with ten pound shoes on
I feel like comics makers make the best tees, in terms of things I like to wear and enjoy seeing. A big part of comics (in my opinion) is efficient communication and streamlining your art, and it can also give you a strong background in character design, so they go hand-in-hand. I’m always stoked when comic artists try out tee design.
I’m going to write more about this later; I’ve been doing a bunch of reading lately to try and refine and tie my ideas about tee design together.
On a related note, most of the comics I’ve put out there are pretty bad. I’m trying to get better!