Private eyes, Prospect Street.
New issue of Miss Sequential zine available now ! ! !
This zine is a little different from the past couple of issues of Miss Sequential: rather than one long story or theme, this issue is a collection of sketchbook drawings and short comics inspired by dreams, daydreams, and real life. That said, if you liked any of the other issues of Miss Sequential, you will love this, too.
Copies available HERE now.
What I use for comics-drawing: nothing too fancy here, everything obtained at my local Artist & Craftsman Supply
- Staedtler non-repro blue pencils for sketching
- Uniball Vision Fine for drawing/lettering (I buy these by the box from an office supply store since I go through them so quickly)
- Micron Pigma in 005 and 03 for detail/crosshatching, but I don’t actually like drawing with these, if that makes sense. There’s no give in the points. Dry and skritchy.
- Staedtler Pigment Liner in .1 is also nice for detail.
- Staedtler eraser thing, although let it be known that I hate erasing in general because it’s so MESSY. Eraser dust = worst. Just draw it over.
- Faber-Castell ginormous brush pen thing (I also use smaller versions of this) for filling in areas that I could probably do easier on the computer. Whatever.
- Clear ruler with all those grid lines
- Bleedproof paper for pens. I used to use Bristol board, but found that it was too bleedy. This is better.
- Not pictured: adhesive Ben Day dots (I get these wherever I can find them), x-acto knife, security envelopes.
What materials do you use?
Dear every single blogger: you are the best. Doesn’t matter what anyone says; let ‘em complain that your blog is too boring, or all photos, or only about comics & role-playing games, or too much poetry or whatever. You add to the sum total of art & information, & that is wonderful. Most people? Don’t. & that— that is the heart of the matter. In the future, most people won’t need keyboards. All you need to be a consumer & a purchaser is to be able to point at a picture of what you want. It isn’t the Orwellian future we should be worried about; it is the Huxleyian future. Not Newspeak but Soma. In a decade or so, the keyboard will be the sign of somebody who cares— an object of mild derision for the rest & a symbol of pride for the few.
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This is an interesting piece on being purely an internet content consumer vs. being a participant/creator. This issue is something that has been on my mind a lot recently, in relation to social networking in general but especially in relation to tumblr and the variety of ways to use/interact with/create/consume its content.
I resisted tumblr for a long time because I wasn’t sure how I would use it or how it could be useful/interesting to me. Did I really need a digital collection of random images from various sources? Was it a blog or what? Would using it take away from my paper sketchbook? Eventually I decided I would balance curation of other people’s content with creation of my own new content (and yeah, I came up with loose percentages for that balance, because that’s how I do), because I like to participate and because the combination of consumption + production (or production as reaction to consumption) has always been the most interesting thing about the internet to me. You can comment about whatever you want, so why not, you know?
And I especially like that this essay was originally posted on Livejournal, because I remember when people used to write stuff—TONS of stuff—on there all the time: clearly a different era.