I HAVE A NEW INTERNET
I haven’t really liked how I’ve been using this tumblr lately. It seems like I just go on here to get mad and be a dick about stuff and reblog the same political articles/cat.gifs that everyone else does. Not that there’s anything wrong with that, I love seeing those things on my feed. But I’d like to get something else out of my bloggin’ here.
I also want to consolidate my internet presence somewhat, and merge my personal tumblr with my comics one. Given that I’ve had this tumblr for almost four years, it’d be kind of a pain in the ass to go back and tag stuff.
So I’m moving on from this tumblr yo, follow my new jam at www.un-funk.tumblr.com if you want.
Expect basically the same content as this blog, with hopefully more of my art garbage and images/music that I’m into, with some curbing on the memes and politics front, barring what’s in my art. And when I say I’m curbing the “politics” blogging I don’t mean I’m not interested in it or that it will be apolitical, I just don’t want to reblog the same context-free quotes and news articles that make their way around the tumblr mill without my help and I really want to cut out my own angry rants because I need a break from that.
To quote an old friend:
My fellow Americans. As a young boy, I dreamed of being a baseball, but tonight I say, we must move forward, not backward, upward not forward, and always twirling, twirling, twirling towards freedom.
see you on the other internet!
8:11 pm • 16 November 2012 • 12 notes
I have you in my phone as Dr. Mike Funk from Das Funkenluff Universitas. Let me know if I should add The Kraken as a middle name or something.
That is the best title I could ever hope for, hold the Krakens!
6:26 pm • 15 November 2012 • 2 notes
call me ishmichael
I’m changing my name. Michael will be my first name, Kim will be my middle name. I don’t really care if people still call me Kim for now, I’m just trying to start this process.
I like “Mike” because it’s got “Kim” backwards in it, but it’s also a much butcher shoe to fill. I know people really like my name how it was but like, I don’t. I had a longer explanation but I don’t need to explain it, I’m the one who has to live with the name.
I’m also probably switching to a new tumblr soon. More on that later.
5:24 pm • 15 November 2012 • 55 notes
Weird Mystery Tales #11, May 1974, cover by Luis Dominguez
11:08 pm • 14 November 2012 • 498 notes
Maybe this was a bad idea.
is this sold out yet//how do i get this
“free pussy riot”
10:59 pm • 14 November 2012 • 75 notes
PRETTY MUCH. Charlie Brown, reading my mind/looking weirdly like Ian MacKaye (you know the “HA! HA! HA!”s totally made you think of at least one Minor Threat song) like always.
My name is Charlie Brown, and I’m in Minor Threat
1:52 am • 14 November 2012 • 77 notes
Next time I want to be mean about memoir, I’ll just say something rude about Norman Mailer and Joan Didion like I always do.
1:36 am • 14 November 2012 • 6 notes
being real but mostly being mean, my bad
- I wasn’t trying to be a dick earlier with that post, but it turns out I was totally being a dick! I am sorry.
- I wanted to complicate the original post’s assertion about the separation between fiction/non-fiction, because I really and truly think they are more alike than not. I didn’t want to posit one as more authentic than the other! Green Day is one of my favorite bands, clearly my authenticity ship sailed a while ago. But I can see how it reads that way. I should have phrased it more like “people intentionally and unintentionally make shit up when they call it non-fiction and intentionally and unintentionally say true things when they make shit up.”
- I said that I agreed with ourcastastrophe’s original post symbolically because I am not literally against memoir. I’m also not against the self, I mean I’m a leo. Real talk: I mostly read and wrote memoir/non-fiction/personal essays in college, I wouldn’t have done that if it wasn’t something I cared about. But I’ve had a lot of feelings about it.
- Feelings I expressed with unnecessary rudeness! My point in critiquing memoir/perzine/auto-bio comics wasn’t because I think they’re inherently inferior to ~fiction~ or any other genre. That’s seriously not a conversation I care that much about. I don’t even have a horse in that race because I don’t write fiction and I mostly do auto-bio work. I got all snarky and all-capsy because I’ve been feeling disappointed and bored by a lot of the things that I’ve read recently, and I wanted to critique the tropes I’ve been seeing because I think the genre can be pushed further than it has.
- But for real feminist/queer literature has been kind of saturated with memoir. Especially in regards to transgender writing there are so many memoirs, and I can only read about the first time someone tried on a binder so many times. That’s partially on me and my reading choices, of course and there was recently a pretty cool anthology of trans fiction. But,
- I don’t think it’s bad to encourage or try to put a spotlight on people doing feminist and queer and indie comix stuff in other genres!
- But what I wrote earlier was not encouraging anyone to do anything. That disappointment and boredom I felt with what I’d been reading made me look at my own work in a not so positive light, and a lot of the negativity in my post should have been directed inward and not at other people who make stuff. There is so much that I’ve done that I wish I had let ruminate a little longer or spent a little more time on before I showed it to people, put it online or printed it in a zine. My rant earlier is a perfect example.
- But if I didn’t start somewhere, I would never have made anything. And I’m serious when I say that making things is what makes me want to stay on this planet and I think everyone should make things.
- Not everyone makes zines/comix/whatever for the same reasons I do. I don’t need to shit on people to make things. I also don’t need to buy everyone’s stuff though.
- Pretty sure I wrote all this because of how many comics and zines I’ve bought out of guilt after walking up to a table and making eye contact with the creator. I’m sure people have done this with my stuff too. Comixland is pretty socially anxious, who’d have thought!
- Without being a dick though, can there be room to point out the repetition in a lot of the things that people put out? In terms of aesthetics, writing style, and subject matter. A lot of very similar voices take up a lot of space. My original rude comment about tea and self-care was not aimed at anyone specific, and I do find it a little funny that the example I pulled out of my butt and threw in the air landed on someone who had written something along those lines.
- I do think there’s a politics and power behind whose stories and zines and comix and blogs everyone shits themselves over, though. Suzy points it out in her take on this argument here, and yeah, it’s a lot of white people, straight people, cis people, middle class and beyond people whose stories are most audible. I’m not saying don’t make zines if you’re not the subaltern, but like maybe think about what you consume and what you put out there, myself included, there’s a reason I haven’t made any zines since early spring and currently don’t plan to. I love zines and the community surrounding them but they also don’t need another white guy.
- In sum: I still think there are parts of this conversation worth having! But sorry for being mean, I could have and should have made my points without being an asshole. My bad.
1:33 am • 14 November 2012 • 6 notes
Kim left me a voicemail this evening
And was just him playing guitar. I thought I was being serenaded, I thought it was some kind of romantic gesture… until he told me that he butt-dialed me while practicing.
now that’s a BOOTY call
(rest assured my butt serenades Suzy all the time)
10:45 pm • 13 November 2012 • 29 notes
LGBTQ* Authors, Illustrators, and Writers You Should Know
(following text and above photo from Out 100’s list)
Out100: Alison Bechdel
BY OUT.COM EDITORS
Photography by M. Sharkey
While many know Bechdel for her strip Dykes to Watch Out For, the cartoonist has turned to autobiographical territory in her latest projects and received even more mainstream attention in the process. Following her 2006 graphic memoir, Fun Home, about her father, this year she published Are You My Mother? Subtitled A Comic Drama, it weaves in psychoanalysis to interpret dreams and Bechdel’s relationship with her mom.
Photographed at Sun Studios in New York City on October 1, 2012
For a moment I thought this was a photo from GQ and I got shamefully excited.
6:24 pm • 13 November 2012 • 229 notes
“How can you change something if you won’t even acknowledge its existence, or if you downplay its significance? White supremacy is the great silence of our world, and in it is embedded much of what ails us as a planet. The silence around white supremacy is like the silence around Sauron in The Lord of the Rings, or the Voldemort name which must never be uttered in the Harry Potter novels. And yet here’s the rub: if a critique of white supremacy doesn’t first flow through you, doesn’t first implicate you, then you have missed the mark; you have, in fact, almost guaranteed its survival and reproduction. There’s that old saying: the devil’s greatest trick is that he convinced people that he doesn’t exist. Well, white supremacy’s greatest trick is that it has convinced people that, if it exists at all, it exists always in other people, never in us.”
— junot diaz
(Source: bad-dominicana, via tofuboots)
3:26 pm • 13 November 2012 • 648 notes