A collected post of all my most recent illustrations of women wanderers and warriors. Prints here.
Ringo the Rescued Raccoon Play Wrestles with His Best Friend, Rock the Coon Dog ** video **
Here it is, finished, my crocheted Anubis MK I (had already on mind several improvements). You can see it on plenty of positions, from resting in his “coffing” to ordering a beer (*ahem*). It was a gif for a friend, including the box. Hope you like it!
An Interview with the Former Weekly World News Editor Who Created Bat Boy
Every supermarket checkout stand in America is boring and prosaic these days. Sure, there’s plenty of news about Lindsay Lohan and Brangelina, but in the 80s and 90s there was an outlet for ridiculous, made-up stories called Weekly World News. Early on, its headlines were just fake enough to not be considered fraud, but just true enough to grab your attention.
They often relied on existing myths and conspiracies, like the lumberjack who kept Bigfoot as a love slave. Sometimes they would co-opt religious imagery, as when a giant Jesus went all Godzilla on the UN. But nothing had the staying power of Bat Boy.
Bat Boy was easily the paper’s greatest contribution to pop culture. According to a Washington Post article titled ”All the News That Seemed Unfit to Print,” the writer Bob Lind was inspired to write the headline “Bat Child Found in Cave” when he saw an image that artist Dick Kulpa had created almost by accident. But the Post didn’t talk to Kulpa about what was in his head when he accidentally birthed part of America’s cultural imagination. So I did.
I wanted to know why he inserted this ghoul into the nightmares of every American who shopped for groceries in the late 20th century. Instead of a feisty old retired yellow journalist, he turned out to be a friendly cartoonist who still occasionally puts Bat Boy into his work. He did have some choice words for The Onion, though.
VICE: Hi, Dick. How did you get a job at Weekly World News?
Dick Kulpa: I started out as a freelance illustrator working long distance from Akron, Illinois, and I produced drawings for these guys. Nine artists were in contention for this, and they all fell by the wayside. I did something like 85 drawings over the course of a year, many of them with under 24 hours notice. When they discovered I could write headlines, I was invited to try out for the staff, and I did, and within two days I was hired full-time.
What were your contributions, other than Bat Boy?
My natural capabilities are in story editing and editorial. I used that throughout my life as my tool to express myself. But there’s a difference between artists and editorial artists. I used to rewrite scripts sent to me by comics magazines years ago, and it was something because I had to pop up the punch lines, etc, and make it so a reader, when they read it, gets a payoff. That was my calling, basically. I could come up with all sorts of story ideas of this nature, and did. That was my value. Those people on that staff were top-notch people.
The frightening and enigmatic Georgia Guidestones were recently updated with a stone tag that reads, “2014”.
This strange monument sounds like the creation of an evil bad guy in a science fiction movie who wants to take over the world. However, these stones are very real and their most frightening declaration is, “Maintain humanity under 500,000,000 (five-hundred-million) in perpetual balance with nature.” There are currently 7,000,000,000 (seven-billion) people living on the planet. So, it seems whoever created these stones, which are written in eight languages, wants to murder a large majority of the planet.
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IT’S THE 21st-century version of the old military recruiting poster: Uncle Sam wants you…to hate Muslim “extremists” and trust him to go to war again.
That’s the message of the propaganda onslaught for the latest chapter in the never-ending “war on terror,” coming from Democratic and Republican political leaders alike and parroted by the media.
The U.S. military is once again dropping bombs on Iraq—and now Syria, a newcomer to the list of targets—in a war against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS).
The hypocrisies have multiplied with each air strike. ISIS arose as a direct consequence of the U.S. occupation of Iraq and the disaster that imperialism caused in the Middle East. Washington’s celebrated Arab allies in the assault on ISIS are authoritarian regimes every bit as barbaric and oppressive as ISIS. The sectarian conflict between Shia and Sunni, officially decried in Washington, is being further aggravated.
… EVERY WAR overseas is accompanied by a war at home. During the U.S. “war on terror,” the brunt of that war at home has fallen on Arab Americans and Muslims—and suspicion and bigotry is being wound up again as the war on ISIS takes off.
There was a particularly awful example last week following workplace violence at a food processing plant in Moore, Okla. After he was fired from the Vaughn Foods facility, Alton Nolen went to another building and began attacking workers at random. He beheaded one of his victims before he was shot.
The killing was horrific—not just the gruesome beheading, but the fact that Nolen lashed out at fellow employees who had nothing to do with his firing. But of course, the manner of the murder immediately focused attention on Nolen, who was revealed to have recently converted to Islam.
Professional Islamophobe Pam Geller, whose group has funded racist subway and bus ads in cities across the U.S., immediately proclaimed on her website, “The Islamic ritual slaughter of beheading has moved past Iraq, Syria, Algeria, Philippines and into the streets of London and now the American workplace.”
Such a message is an incitement to treat all Muslims, or anyone who might “look Muslim,” as a potential terrorist—even though there is zero evidence to connect this crazed act in Oklahoma with either ISIS half a world away or with Islam itself, as even the FBI declared in a statement.
This is just the latest example in a wave of scaremongering about ISIS terrorism supposedly reaching U.S. shores.
Earlier this month, a Colorado teenager named Shannon Conley pled guilty to a reduced terrorism charge. The young woman, a recent convert to Islam, reportedly engaged in an online relationship with a man claiming to be an ISIS fighter—and planned to travel to meet him, when she was stopped and arrested last April. Her case is one of several that kindled a mini-media frenzy about ISIS supposedly preying on love-struck “schoolgirl jihadis.”
All this fits a very old pattern of imperial scapegoating: the hunting of an “enemy within” to justify war without. Just as Communists and immigrants and radical Black activists once were, Muslims and Arab Americans are the shadowy menace—and everyone is suspect.
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