Been following the story of the shooting of Congresswoman Giffords all day. Tragic event, paired with a lot of mind-numbingly depressing partisan bickering and bull. I realize that this in itself is quite partisan, but I just logged onto humanevents.com to see how the right is responding to the shooting, and the most recent reader comment in their article covering this news story is:
“She voted against Pelosi. There was a Republican Federal District Judge present who was the real target. Obama gets to put a Liberal District Judge who is Simpatico to the illegal Aliens in and send a message to his own not to cross him. This was a set up by the Obama Administration pure and simple. They will now spin this to make the Tea Party members and conservatives look like the bad guys; introduce new legislation to remove more of are freedoms. This to them is just another means to an end. The Liberal media will have a Hey day with this. They want the House back and will do anything to get it.”
Grammar aside—ugh. That was enough to make me stop reading further. Comments as extreme as that one make me hope that they must be satirical, but unfortunately I do know someone in real life (much to my extreme chagrin) who thinks the exact same way, and I can definitely imagine an identical-to-the-above sentiment coming out of his mouth.
It’s nothing but sad.
On a much more random tangent that has absolutely nothing to do with current events and politics whatsoever, the linoleum of my first cat&girl drawing is completely cut, and I'll think about printing some prints of it soon:
I'm thinking of doing a series of linocuts of cat&girl. And giving them a proper name. I'm not opposed to cat&girl, but there's already the pretty-popular webcomic Cat and Girl out there. Then again, giving the "work" a name seems like I'm taking this series seriously as a "work", whereas I know that they're just pretty silly and not-art. Then again, I'd consider my whole recent body of work as not-art and embrace it as so.
It's okay, I like my comics and inks.
(everytime I think about what is art/what isn't art, I think of Lisa Turtle from Saved by the Bell and the quote, "What is art? Are we art? Is ART art?" Can't get any more low-brow than that. )
I was thinking about the girl and the cat on my train ride yesterday, and about possibly expanding them outside of linocuts since I do find them more potentially interesting than previous ideas... but I'm probably going to stick with the linocuts for the time being. The person-with-cat idea isn't particularly original, after all (aside from Cat and Girl, there's also Garfield and Calvin and Hobbes, among countless others that I'm currently forgetting, I'm sure).
I'm growing fond of the girl and the cat though.
Here's the second linocut I'm currently working on:
He's also currently digging his car out all by himself (insisted that I can stay indoors) so we can go catch a showing of "Black Swan" tonight. He's the best!