I keep trying to write about this in different ways, but the whole situation seriously, seriously bums me out and I can’t quite find the words. It’s terrifying, in a way. Instead:
-Robert Washington III died on 06/06/12, at the age of 47 years old.
-He wrote the first year and change of Milestone’s Static, a book that is way more near and dear to my heart than I had realized.
-He died poor, having depended on the Hero Initiative for help for a while.
-His final interview is rough.
-He died alone.
-He’s going to be buried in an anonymous grave because he was so broke.
-Please donate to the Hero Initiative in Robert Washington III’s name.
-When you donate, please put his name in the “Add special instructions to the seller” field to make sure that the money is earmarked for his funeral.
-Once his funeral is paid for, I believe that the funds will go to help out other creators in need.
-Tell your friends.
Canadian pulp ideasplosion.
What the hell, these seem to be popular, why not do another one?
These are courtesy of the Canadian and Québécois pulps of the 1940s and 1950s. They were, without a doubt, the most offensively misogynistic pulps of them all, far worse than their American, French, or German counterparts, and they had an obsession with rape (including a Martian rapist, of all things) that bespeaks something disturbing in post-war Québécois society, not to mention the usual racism and anti-Semitism of all popular culture of the era. But the pulps also had the occasional good story, like the first positive portrayal of openly gay men in any pulps anywhere, and the more-than-occasional fun or Awesome idea. Like these:
- a squad of Canadian female supersoldiers who take up crime after the War ends
- aliens living in tombolos in the Great Lakes
- invisible Chinese assassins who kill their victims by blowing invisible opium smoke into their mouths
- Femmes Fatale, oh, so many Femmes Fatale: strippers, leaders of all-women biker gangs, Hawaiian cha-cha dancers, belly dancers, expensive hitwomen, serial killers, circus acrobats, vivisectors, and Selenites, among others.
- Assassins who leave Tarot cards behind on their victims
- Mannequins who come to life at night and go on rampages in Montreal
- so many fabulous names: the Wizards of Hell, the Society of Hunchbacks, the Faceless Men, the Headless Men, Hugo Scarface, the Red-Eyed Buddha, Death Cab #6, the Barons of the Mafia, and the Monster of Chinatown.
- werewolves, vampires, sea serpents, and mummies, including the “Mummy Millionaire.”
- a Canadian Bluebeard (more of that misogyny I mentioned)
- an android crimelord called “the Automatic Professor”
- lots of native Canadians who use tomahawks to kill and scalp their white victims (more of that racism I mentioned)
- crooked circuses which use their lions to dispose of their murder victims
- a medium possessed by a ghost who seeks justice for her murder,
- Inuit criminals called “the Band of the Hippopotamus” [sic] [sic] [sic]
- a criminal who uses trained rats for murder and thievery
- a female Tarzan, the Panther Woman, active in the Yukon, and a male Tarzan, “the Tarzan of Korea,” fighting the Chinese and North Koreans from behind enemy lines during the Korean War
- Communist spies working in the White House and in traveling circuses
- a wax museum murderer similar to but anticipating Vincent Prince in House of Wax
- liquid uranium [sic] used as a murder weapon (injected into its victims in a syringe)
- a serial killer who wears a Santa Claus suit as a disguise
- and, of course, a crossover, in which the hardboiled detective is forced to deal with King Kong, who goes on a rampage in Montreal.
- some story titles: “The Pungent Carcasses,” “Dolls Play Hard,” “Cigarettes, Whiskey, and a Colt .45,” “Farewell, I Die,” “You Figure It Out, Cutie!” “Mother Morphine,” “The Gigolo of the Stars,” “The Satellite of Flesh,” “A Rain of Skulls,” “The Mephisto of Crime,” “Sodom on Canvas,” “The Torturers of the SS Ranch,” and “A Degenerate Father.”
what is this i can’t even
This 1899 cartoon published in Puck magazine depicts Uncle Sam menacingly waving a stick at children labeled Philippines, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, and Hawaii, as well as a Native American boy next to the door holding a book upside down, a Chinese boy outside the door, and a Black boy washing the window. The original caption reads:
School Begins. Uncle Sam (to his new class in Civilization): Now, children, you’ve got to learn these lessons whether you want to or not! But just take a look at the class ahead of you, and remember that, in a little while, you will feel as glad to be here as they are!
The blackboard reads:
The consent of the governed is a good thing in theory, but very rare in fact. — England has governed her colonies whether they consented or not. By not waiting for their consent she has greatly advanced the world’s civilization. — The U.S. must govern its new territories with or without their consent until they can govern themselves.
And you thought today’s political cartoons were heavy-handed!
(Seriously: this kind of makes me want to puke.)
‘Colonial Africa’ Themed Wedding
This is offensive as fuck.
I wonder how many CFWF are going to reblog and say that it’s adorable and they want to recreate it.
Fucking white people man. I’m out.
Apparently, racism is not only “cool” again, it’s fashion smart. Insert vomit here.
You know, I could have forgiven all the furnishings.
UNTIL I GOT TO THE SHOT WITH THE BLACK PEOPLE STANDING AT THE BACK WITH FEZZES.
I have many questions about the wedding planner, the guests, the family, the staff…just so many questions. Not least being to wonder how they pitched this to the catering company.
so if you go to the source
look where they had the wedding
It turns out that once you get the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers theme in your head, you start hearing everything in it.
“Go go Paulo Freire! [sick guitar riffs] Go go Paulo Freire! Go go Paulo Freire! Pedagogy of the Oppressed!”