Sari Botton Interviews Samantha Irby. (I cried reading this)
||My dad’s lawyer brings her dog to the animal hospital where I worked, and I was in Chicago magazine, which is like the type of magazine your Jewish lawyer orders for her office. My dad used to drive her to the airport, and he’d have me in the car with him. He was like her chauffeur. And one day she was like, “I checked out your blog, and oh, the language, and oh, whatever,” and you could tell that she was waiting for me to apologize. So I just didn’t say anything, and then we had an awkward silence, and I was like, “What do you want me to say? Sorry? Or I’m ashamed? Tell me what you want, ’cause I don’t have the deference thing because there’s no parents around to shame me, so I get to look you in the eye as an adult and ask you what it is you’re trying to do to me. How are you trying to make me feel?”
||Wow, what did she say?
||She didn’t say anything. She just stood there and was just like, “Well, it was shocking to me.” And I was like, “Okay, but what am I supposed to do with that? Do you want me to tell you I’m sorry? I’m not sorry. I’m sorry you read it. If you can’t be supportive, I’m sorry you read it.” I don’t want anybody to put their shit on me.
9:46 pm • 27 July 2014 • 120 notes
Look how beautifully Allyce’s lion tattoo turned out! This is my custom drawing tattooed by Thomas from Supergenius Tattoo in Seattle.
1:33 pm • 25 July 2014 • 17 notes
hot97official said: have you ever considered doing a full tarot deck? I love your drawings, and have noticed you've done a few tarot-relevant ones. I don't know what the market's like but I'd definitely buy one (provided it doesn't end up being, like, $100)
There are a few reasons why I haven’t done this. The most important one is that as an atheist and a relentless skeptic, I think it would be in bad faith for me to produce a tarot deck. I employ a lot of Christian imagery in my work, too, for example, and it has resonance for me, but it would be disingenuous for me to publish a devotional tract, worse still if I were to turn a profit by taking advantage of the innocence of those who actually believe. Another reason is that it would be an enormous investment (78 original illustrations of the sort I usually expect to be paid at least $80 apiece for, and then I would need to front printing and packaging costs) to create an item for which I’m not convinced there’s much demand. Finally, I consider myself primarily a comics artist, and I don’t feel I have anything unique to say that can only be expressed in the medium of tarot card illustration. I’d certainly consider a project like this if I were hired to do it, which would mitigate both the ideological and financial constraints, but I probably will never pursue it independently.
1:18 pm • 25 July 2014 • 12 notes
certifiedtherapycat said: Hey there! I was just wondering where I should contact you to make an inquiry about a custom tattoo design.
I offer custom drawings on my etsy store, at a few different sizes and levels of complexity, so the first thing you should do is check to see whether one of those meets your needs. If you need something different, or you have questions, you can contact me here, via etsy convo, or by email.
11:14 am • 25 July 2014 • 4 notes
A very accurate pixel portrait of me drawn by Michael DeForge.
8:03 pm • 22 July 2014 • 42 notes
“A writer […] is able to describe her/his depression to us, and this is already a triumph experience over depression.”
— Julia Kristeva (via alterities)
9:56 am • 14 July 2014 • 32 notes
“The artist is not outside the symptoms, but makes … art from them, which sometimes serves to precipitate them, and sometimes to transform them.”
— Deleuze (via alterities)
9:26 am • 14 July 2014 • 52 notes
Sometimes I let TCJ influence a buy.
It worked out nicely this time around on Julia Gfrörer’s Black is the Color,
a comic about a castaway sailor and his mermaid lover.
I ate it up in one sitting on the train ride home. The draftsmanship and composition of panels are incredible. She makes the most minuscule changes to a character’s facial expression or body language over the course of two or three panels, affecting a shift in tone and emotion in a comic with otherwise sparse dialogue and no narration. Also: mermaids are fucked up. It’s dope as hell.
Neat bonus: the copy I found on the shelf at Strand was signed!
Looks like The Strand still has (signed!) copies of my sold-out graphic novel, Black is the Color. If you still want one, now you know where to go.
1:05 pm • 11 July 2014 • 105 notes