August 17-25, members of Canadian independent comic book collective Colosse tour from San Francisco to Vancouver BC with multimedia readings of their acclaimed and edgy works, followed by book signings. Authors include Sophie Yanow (In Situ, a graphically daring, poetic journal strip) and Francois Samson-Dunlop and Alexandre Fontaine Rousseau (Pinkerton, an indie-rock rom com about getting over a truly 90s breakup in a post-90s world). Don’t miss this rare West Coast appearance!
Friday, Aug. 17, 7pm • Mission: Comics and Art, San Francisco, CA (guest reader MariNaomi!)
Saturday, Aug. 18, 5pm • The Escapist Comic Bookstore, Berkeley, CA (guest readers Susie Cagle and Kane Lynch!)
Tuesday, Aug. 21, 7pm • Spine and Crown Books, Seattle, WA (guest reader Maré Odomo!)
Thursday, Aug. 23, 7pm • Lucky’s Comics, Vancouver, BC
2. Contrary to how we’ve been lead to feel, free education is as much the fight of the worker as the student, as the University is inextricably linked to all aspects of society, from work to prison.
3. In California, in the Fall of 2009, under the pretense of economic meltdown and empty coffers, the public universities proposed tuition hikes that would be neither subtle nor gradual.
4. In the face of these hikes, students and allies at the University of California occupied their administrative buildings. A statement was penned by “Three Non-Matriculating Proletarians”:
5. “The assaults on police officers, the confrontations with the administration, the refusal of lectures, and the squatted buildings point the objective struggle in the direction of the complete and total negation of the university.
6. That is, brick by brick smashing the academic monolith into pieces and abolishing the college as a specialized institution restricted to a specific segment of society.
7. This will require the instillation of technique known as learning to be wholly subverted and recomposing education as a generalized and practical activity of the entire population: an undermining through which the student shall auto-destruct.”
8. While the movement officially refused to offer demands, it is clear that this is because they felt that the university could not give them that which they desired.
9. The protesters in California wished to explode the identity of “student,” to reintegrate practical working life and the act of learning, and to forge a space to host the creativity required to fix what ails society.
10. These goals are made impossible when we are instead forced into meaningless jobs by a cloud of debt and anxiety.
11. We should demand tuition freeze, and further: free education.
12. When the State will not give it to us, we (both ‘outsiders’ and ‘insiders’ of the University) must occupy, and take what is ours.
Solidarity with the students of Quebec!
Tonight in San Francisco there is an art opening and comic book reading called Tales, put together by Francois Vigneault (who runs Family Style, and puts out Elfworld). I have a story in an upcoming issue of Elfworld, and I created this image for the show. It will be available as a giclée print (from the French verb meaning ‘to spurt’). The image features one of the characters from my story, and a little bit of the world.
The opening will be held at Mission Comics and Art,
3520 20th St. Suite B
and it runs now through the month of October.