Writing from the ground up
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Writing from the ground up

A veteran activist was kind enough to speak with me the other day about antiracist work and we both agreed that we were dissatisfied with what we saw as an overemphasis on education and training. Personally, I have long thought this was not an effective strategy – only useful if augmenting more radical changes that … Continue reading

Why reviews?
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Why reviews?

Last week, @Jimzub tweeted “98% of the articles/reviews written are by would-be comic writers sucking up or bitterly criticizing others.” Then, one of my favourite film critics died. And I began thinking more about arts criticism and the act of writing reviews. Zub’s tweet raises an important point because unlike films, concerts, literary works and … Continue reading

On having a social life
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On having a social life

Having heard a number of cartoonists speak, one of the predominant themes that arises is the crushing social isolation the act of making comics entails. Even for the most die-hard introvert, this can be fairly dispiriting at times. I enjoy my solitude but I’ve put myself on a strict schedule to allow myself to actually … Continue reading