Tom Gauld’s new graphic novel Goliath turns the classic biblical tale of David vs. Goliath on its head by telling the story from the giant’s perspective, and showing us that he mightn’t be such a bad guy after all.
Tom Gauld is one of my favourite cartoonists because of his ability to…
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“Classes starting in the education space, what’s interesting is the relationship between the digital studio and the college. Not only is this a first in a number of ways that we’ve talked about, but 30% of the workforce at our digital studio down in Florida, is not only going to be free, with student labor, it’s going to be labor that’s actually paying us for the privilege of working on our films.”—Digital Domain’s John Textor Brags to Investors about Exploiting Animation Student Labor
Smoo #5 is available now for pre-order. This comic is about the year I spent living in Falmouth. I’ve been trying to write these stories for a long time now, and this is what finally came out. I’m very proud of it. I hope you like it too. Previews below.
Walt:…how does religion factor into The Unwritten? I know it’s a topic people want to shy away from because people don’t want to offend others. Having worked on Lucifer, it seems neither one of you have a problem touching on religion. Will this be coming into effect in the book, or is this not the place to talk about it?
Peter:Well, we’re definitely not going to be having that Quran arc we talked about. (laughs)
Mike:I think there is a sense that the whole book is about religion. The whole book is about belief. As Wallace Stevens said in Notes Towards a Supreme Fiction, “belief must be in a fiction.” It’s only a question of what fiction you choose. Because ideas are made things. Ideas are things that originate in our minds. Maybe they have an objective reality or maybe they don’t. But we believe in them as stories. So everything in our book is about religion.
Peter:I think one of my core things going into this that…let’s take something like The Bible. I’m fine with saying that is a world-changing book. The ideas in that book are all worth considering and acting on. But for me, it’s not important for it to not be a story. But a lot of people need it to be literally true. I think that’s a core idea we want to talk about. Why is it that people think a story is less important than a literal truth, when in fact, it’s not? Everything about the world is a story we tell ourselves. For me, if people were comfortable saying that the Bible is the most important book in Western Culture, but it comes from story place. We’d have a lot less problems in this world, if we’d just comfortably leave story things in story place. But also accept that those things are of equal importance to other things in this world.
Mike:There’s another text which is very important to me when I’m writing The Unwritten…Cat’s Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut, where he has the religion of Bokononism, and in that religion they have a concept of foma, which are lies, but they aren’t any less important for being lies. The religion says live by the foma that make you happy and good. Lies can impact the truth. Lies can have a positive and negative reality.
“What’s fundamentally broken about the MPAA isn’t the system so much as the thinking behind the judgments. The ratings-board members, swathed in their shadow of anonymity, insist on a nearly Victorian double standard for sex and violence: Anything associated with the former (like the word “f—-“) is treated as taboo, whereas horror and action films that feature over-the-top violence routinely get a PG-13. This outdated distinction may be a reflection of “American values,” but that does not make it right. And the fact that the board tends to go easier on big-budget blockbusters may be the shoddiest double standard of all.”—Owen Gleiberman takes on the MPAA in his review of Bully. (The movie gets a B+.)