Over the past month, a number of disturbing revelations have come to light within the Canadian literary community
READ THIS AND UNDERSTAND: "…quite simply, when a woman tells you a man you know is an abuser, trust her. It doesn’t matter if he’s “always been nice” to you – don’t give him the benefit of your doubt. Don’t protect his “literary genius.” Don’t publish or review his work, don’t sign him up for your reading series or festival, don’t buy his books, and don’t continue to support his ability to victimize the voiceless. Don’t value politeness, or avoiding conflict, or your career over the safety of the traumatized. Don’t knowingly make spaces intolerable for the abused. And don’t ever tell a woman where or how she’s allowed to tell her story.”
I struggled not to put this quotation in all caps, because how often does someone say, “well it’s not my experience, so I’m not going to change my treatment of this person based on yours,” or “that’s his personal life, it doesn’t affect our business relationship,” or “it sounds like a misunderstanding to me.”
Literally get the fuck out of my life if you can’t see how you’re enabling this shit — and yeah, every one of those examples has been said directly to me.
I had a really good time at SPX this year! I was really impressed by the quality of the work I saw on tables, and the show was so dense and busy I didn’t get to see about a quarter of the floor.
Special thanks to my tablemate Rebekka for being the best, to Pablo and Iasmin for letting me hop in their caravan, to everyone who told me they appreciate my work, and congrats to Cathy on the well-deserved Ignatz!
Extra special thanks to Michael for his hard work on the SPX organization and outreach! Making artists feel wanted and valued is so important and he’s devoted to it.
The weekend was so busy I only took these two pictures:
I’ve spent some time the past week reading “serious” comics, books like Asterios Polyp, that while beautiful, are also a bit emotionally challenging. Comics as a medium has a great range in tone, and this week I wanted to highlight some books that were just plain fun to read. Mini reviews,…
I saw your answer to the person asking about scanning watercolors, and I want to add that scanners have trouble with watercolors because of the kind of bulb they use in the lighting element. It's not a complete kind of light, it's missing parts of the spectrum, relying on natural mixing of colors to fill in the gaps. Nobody as far as I know makes the kind of light you'd need to get a perfect scan, I've looked. I get best results taking photos under incandescent, halogen, or sunlight.