You Can’t Scare Me:p14
Monday — July 11th, 2011

You Can’t Scare Me:p14


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FSA Shutter Bugs

Believe it or not use a lot of photo reference for Tug. Fortunately for me government’s Farm Securities Administration hired a cadre of photographers to document the plight of the poor farmer. These photographers (Walter Evans, Gordon Parks, and Russell Lee are among my favorites.) toke amazing pictures of just about everything. Unfortunately, there was debate about what should be photographed and what shouldn’t, the photographers had a habit of snapping pics of just about everything. The program was shut down around 44.

It’s surprising that the government would go out of it’s way to document the after shock of industrial farming, economic disparity, and the like, since the government we’re most used to tends to obfuscate and understate a crisis that power creates.

I found a site that has some audio of a few of the photographers. Their work is great stuff and really worth a look at.

Russell Lee

Russell Lee

Gordon Parks

Gordon Parks

Walker Evans

So the 1919 Seattle General strike was the first city wide general strike in the US. A general strike is when every worker walks off the job. In this particular case a strike committee was formed out of representatives of each union. It’s an autonomous body that is in charge of facilitating strike funds, negotiations, ect. In this case it served as an alternative government in Seattle. Everybody struck in Seattle from conductors to maritime laborers, 100,000 in total. The whole city was brought to a stand still. On top of it being one of the most effective strikes, it was totally peaceful. The Seattle Veterans group formed an unarmed nonviolent police force and crime actually went down.

I found this site that has a really nice archive of the 1919 Seattle General strike. They have a bunch of audio and a number of newspaper clippings. There’s also a video and a couple photos. cc’[

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The Little Red Song Book.

The Little Red Book is a collection of I.W.W songs there were created and used to spread the Wobs message of the One Big Union, the idea that all workers should organize into one autonomous collective. They often adapted popular songs at the the time and reworded them. Lots of fun.

Utah Phillips, a folk singer and labor organizer, has done a number of the songs all kinds of justice.

I was scouring the book’s contents to find a tune I could use for up coming chapters. I ended up spending an afternoon listening to Billy Bragg, which is more work than pleasure. Union songs are done pretty poorly overall, really cheesy. I concede that they are already really hokey due to their age, but sometimes folks get them right.

Two posts is a little excessive maybe, but I’ve been gone a while.

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Home Again

Back in Nola. Chpt 5 comin.

On The Great White North par dux

Not sure how you spell that. I’m waiting for my ride from North Hampton to New York, where Kate an I are rendezvousing for our train ride to T Dot. Big fun in Canada let me tell you. I’ve got this hankering to sell sell sell some mini comics.

I realized yesterday that I haven’t drawn Tug in a while, and even though he’s only going to be in the next chapter for a sec I felt like I should brush up on him. So here’s some sketchy sketches of em.

I just heard an interview of Daniel Clowes, who is my current favorite along with Gabby Shulz. That guy is a beast, I’ve been buying up all his books lately from Cresent City Comics.

Chapter 5 is coming on, just had a break through while I was sketching in GB’s local coffee hut. I was huddled against the  ever expanding mass of New Yorkers stuffing themselves into my hometown. I feel the urge to punt them into the frikken quarry when they give me that, “Man I thought I got away from all the blacks and/or hoboes and/or Liberals and/or hippies and/or young people out here. I guess I shouldn’t whine, they’re keeping the money pumping into a town even I refuse to live in.

My mom is getting into harvesting wild plants for use in drinks and food. We clipped sumac and chicory by the road the other. I know, “mind the run off blah blah blah.” We’re a harder sort out here okay, and anyway it was a cute moment.

I was thinking that I should post more ref and even put some articles about recent labor struggles going down. IF any of you have any thoughts on the later let a bro know.

Stay (What have you.)

Boon

Deleted scenes

So I spent all day yesterday reformatting all my big hooking comic pages and dropping them into my mini-comic template, which just involves buckets of wrist cramps and watching the rainbow pinwheel spin. At the end I realized I had miscounted the page amount when I made the dummy copy so I had three blank pages in the middle of my comic. So basically I spent 12+ hours on my book and in order to fix my mistake I’d have to spend another 12. So I did some quick coffee fueled thinking and decided to just add three brand new pages in the middle and keep it all formatted as is.

What I did was add a short scene of Eddie in his room. It’s after he walks defeated from Whitworth’s mansion. The three pages start after this one.

I don’t think I’ll include these pages into the final book, but it I think they’re kind of cool for the mini-comic.

Times they are ah slightly different.

Well I’ve had one hell of an afternoon with this here site. I’ve added a different content for the “about” section of the site so it’s less childish rant and gets into what the over story is about. You long time readers don’t really need to read it, it won’t shine any new light on the story for you. You can find it at “The Yarn” tab.

I’ve also wrote a little about myself. My agent asked my to write a short bio so I figured since I had it I may as well put it up. So if you’re ever curios about yours truly tap on “The Spinner.”

I also spent a hell of a lot of time making a character bio page, but the site is doing wacky stuff so we’ll have to wait on that one.

I’m also thinking about adding links to books I like, if you’re interested in me putting on my links page let me know.

Anarchism in the USA has had an interesting history. It was given to us by the russian jews, spaniards, and other immigrants east if us, who came to work in the ever expanding factories and fields. They influenced an alternative to power, community, society, and governance. Syndicalism played an important part in the labor fight of the USA and I’d like to take time in another book to do it justice, I don’t think I could do it justice right now. I’ve been researching it more and more lately, I’ve been playing with a couple ideas for a new book.

I ran across this film, Anarchism in America today. I thought it was an interesting look. It covers the then emerging Libertarian movement and a little of it’s Individualist roots. Anyway, You should watch it.

Joe Hill by Frank Rosemont

So here’s another reference, this ones a dog stop of a book printed by Charles H Kerr publishing so it doesn’t need to be said that it’s not going to bad mouth the movement at all. That being said it’s a really great celebration of hill and the wobs, highlighting the music, performance, art and literature that really defined the union. It also gives an exhaustive account of Hill and his case. This is THE book on the IWW to get in my opinion. Kerr publishing also has a couple other collections (one on the music of the wob’s for instance.) that are also really well done.

Homesick Blues by Langston Hughes

De railroad bridge’s
A sad song in de air.
De railroad bridge’s
A sad song in de air.
Ever time de trains pass
I wants to go somewhere.

I went down to de station.
Ma heart was in ma mouth.
Went down to de station.
Heart was in ma mouth.
Lookin’ for a box car
To roll me to de South.

Homesick blues, Lawd,
‘S a terrible thing to have.
Homesick blues is
A terrible thing to have.
To keep from cryin’
I opens ma mouth an’ laughs.

Originally published in Measure, June 1926.
Reprinted in Fine Clothes to the Jew, 1927.