I always look forward to Kate Beaton’s Halloween comic and this year was no exception. She took vintage Halloween postcards and illustrated them (similar to the Gorey covers and Nancy Drew series) and this is one of my favorites. Basket witch! I’m sure there is some actual mythology behind basket witch, but I don’t want to ruin the magic. Happy Halloween, everyone!
I had to post this Incidental Comic on “The Nature of Ambition” (which you should absolutely be reading because they are great) because this is very much how my life is now in more than one way. To lose control of things that define you, for them to leave you which challenges your identity, and finally to have them return and humble you – its quite an experience. I think the comic articulates it better then I ever could though!
Inspiration is for amateurs — the rest of us just show up and get to work. And the belief that things will grow out of the activity itself and that you will — through work — bump into other possibilities and kick open other doors that you would never have dreamt of if you were just sitting around looking for a great ‘art idea.’ And the belief that process, in a sense, is liberating and that you don’t have to reinvent the wheel every day. Today, you know what you’ll do, you could be doing what you were doing yesterday, and tomorrow you are gonna do what you did today, and at least for a certain period of time you can just work. If you hang in there, you will get somewhere.
– Chuck Close
Words to live by, creative types.
This is the best thing ever. It’s called See Something? Cite Something. and it’s about how lame people are killing the internet. Click on the image to view it larger and (if it’s still tiny) click again to see it full size. From the original blog post:
Consider this reference material for the next time you find an artist’s work on a website without attribution to all the hard work someone put in. Next time you see someone posting something that isn’t theirs on Tumblr or Flickr or DeviantArt or wherever else, let them know what you really think. That they are killing the internet. And of course, every time you do that, the Internet (which, let’s face it, is a kitten) sheds a single tear. And then dies because IT HAS BEEN KILLED BY STUPID PEOPLE.
This is something I have complained about a million times and it’s the reason I have stopped using Tumblr and unsubscribed to the Fred Flare blog (now defunct). They are a huge lifestyle blog and are enormous offenders when it comes to culling things from the internet and linking only to themselves in the post content. Tacky!
I’ve had tons of things taken from my blogs, too, and it’s just patheti-sad. Hey fools! I know when you’re stealing my post ideas! I subscribe to your blog too! On the up side, when I see that someone has credited to me I usually try to thank them, leave a comment, or something similar. I also want to give special props to Tomopop, they’re a huge blog with tons of advertisers and they’ve cited me as a source two times. Not only does it make me happy, but it makes me feel more bonded to that blog. Maybe think about that next time you want to steal content ya lazies!
via Lost at E Minor