You’ll have a chance to chat with comics pals and peers and enjoy food, drinks and limited editions goodies. Editors Joyana McDiarmid, Simon Reinhardt and Juan Fernandez will be present to discuss our ongoing projects.
And, of course, you can pick up copies of both publications, hot off the press!!
The third issue of Dog City, the comics magazine I edit with my buddies Simon Reinhardt and Luke Healy, is making its way into the world in two weeks! We’re having a little get together with the amazing folks at Maple Key Comics on Saturday the 6th of September to celebrate the third issues of our publications.
This issue of Dog City is full of such wonderful comics and illustrations. Readers are in for a real treat. I’m proud to say that this is one of the best $20 you’ll spend on small press comics this year.
Join us in Pittsburgh for this special night to chat comics and enjoy food and drinks. Editors Joyana McDiarmid,Simon Reinhardt and Juan Fernandez(me!) will be present to discuss our ongoing projects and to talk shop with all you fine folks.
And, of course, you can pick up copies of both publications, hot off the press!!
I’ve said this before and I’ll point it out again -
Menstruation is caused by change in hormonal levels to stop the creation of a uterine lining and encourage the body to flush the lining out. The body does this by lowering estrogen levels and raising testosterone.
Or, to put it more plainly “That time of the month” is when female hormones most closely resemble male hormones. So if (cis) women aren’t suited to office at “That time of the month” then (cis) men are NEVER suited to office.
If you are a dude and don’t dig the ladies around you at their time of the month, just think! That is you all of the time.
And, on a final note, post-menopausal (cis) women are the most hormonally stable of all human demographics. They have fewer hormonal fluctuations of anyone, meaning older women like Hilary Clinton and Elizabeth Warren would theoretically be among the least likely candidates to make an irrational decision due to hormonal fluctuations, and if we were basing our leadership decisions on hormone levels, then only women over fifty should ever be allowed to hold office.
This week’s SEIBEI PROFILE features my friend Caitlin Rose Boyle!
Who are you and what do you do?
1. I’m Caitlin Rose Boyle (CRB!)- and I make comics, illustrations, tiny video games, and short animations. I’m currently living & working in Pittsburgh, PA.
What’s your favorite SEIBEI shirt?
2. My favorite SEIBEI shirt is FEELINGS, hands down- I probably wear it at least once a week. Out of all of my SEIBEI shirts it gets the best responses- most people just want to know what my feelings are RE: pizza, but some end up sharing really deep philosophical musings on the implications of FEELINGS & what FEELINGS mean to them. It’s also got an absolutely perfect color scheme.
What are you working on right now?
3. My big project right now is an animated short for Nickelodeon! My creative partner Tara Helfer and I are hard at work creating “Night Crew,” a 2 minute short for Nickelodeon’s 2014 Animated Shorts Program. This is my first big foray into network animation- it’s been a really wild ride so far, and I can’t wait until everyone sees what we’re putting together.
In terms of comics projects, earlier this year I wrote “" - an autobiographical mini-comic that’s debuting at SPX in Dog City #3! Currently, any spare time I have after Nickelodeon short work & my day job is funneled into making tiny sketch comics- you can watch my tumblr for a trickle of one-pagers, autobio and otherwise.
This is one of the comics that I produced for my thesis & it was intended to be the fourth (or third) installment in a larger work that would have seen Edith from her earliest days to her death. Now it will be mothballed for the indefinite future so I can work on other things.
You knew it was coming, but now we’re finally able to announce officially that Dog City issue #3 is on the horizon!
Even more exciting is that issue #3 will be available in just about 3 weeks! We’re launching this issue at a live event on September 5th, and we’ll be releasing more details about that soon. We are very excited about this, and we hope you are too.
And you should be excited, because Dog City 3 will feature new comics by:
Have you ever thought about taking “comic book lessons”? Maybe you already know how to draw a comic book and would like to just brush up on your composition skills. Maybe you have never drawn a comic book before but always wish you had. Perhaps there is someone close to you who dreams of drawing comics?
Well, the Santoro Correspondence Course for Comic Book Makers may be just perfect for you! I will guide you through the steps necessary to complete your own original 16 page comic book in a matter of weeks. Learn the tricks of the trade from a working cartoonist! I have been doing this correspondence course for three years now and the ”learn from home” method of teaching comics yields real results! (please take a moment to read the student testimonials that follow)
(**I’m feeling a lot of feelings about the tragedy that happened in CA this past weekend, so I’m going to share them, because sometimes sharing is a positive thing. I hope that this is one of those times. Bit of a trigger warning to go along with this, rape talk ahead)
What happened this weekend wasn’t an act of deranged mental illness, it wasn’t an untraceable inexplicable moment of rare violence. Unlike other shootings, the cause and effect is extremely clear. What happened was a direct result of the widespread misogyny, entitlement, and violence against women that permeates our society. The killer was simply one of many men whose anger is fueled by the thought that they are owed access to women’s bodies, who feel injustice in their inability to gain it, and who act out when they are rejected.
It is that same sense of entitlement that lead my rapist to believe that a few weeks of seeing each other entitled him to taking my virginity from me while I was so drunk that I, an inexperienced drinker, could not stand (when he was 100% sober.) And it was that exact entitlement that fueled the anger on his end in the argument we’d had earlier that day about why I wouldn’t sleep with him. Not allowing him access to my body was an injustice to him, and since I wouldn’t’ give it to him, he took it.
It’s the same entitlement that lead my male (and female) friends to actively question me on whether or not I had “wanted it,” and was just afraid to say so, or if it was all a misunderstanding (I had been involved with him, afterall.)
And it’s the same violence and misogyny that lead to him spitting on my best friend in a music venue, screaming ‘slut,’ and throwing punches at me while my male friends begrudgingly defended me, later chastising me for ‘causing drama.’
It was the same anger that caused someone to anonymously create a website mocking me for being raped, and for people to actively take sides (the majority of whom chose his) and lash out against me in what I now know (but didn’t then,) was a very clear case of rape.
It’s all of those things combined that have often kept me from feeling safe numerous times in the presence of a male, that kept me confined to my apartment for the three years after out of fear and anxiety, and that have unfortunately kept me from actively speaking out about my rape (because his presence is littered all over the internet, and my fear of igniting his anger has often outweighed what value sharing my story might have.)
Anyone who has ever spent a day not responding to messages on OkCupid can tell you that there is a horde of angry, violent, and sexist ‘nice guys,’ out there. What happened this weekend was not a surprise to me, it’s just a step further than the ‘fuck you bitch,’ messages I’ve gotten in response to no response online; a mere inches away from the behavior I’ve seen my friends deal with when they’ve rejected advances. And it’s a step, not a leap.
This is the kind of world we live in; this is the reality of being a woman. And unfortunately, my reality is much kinder than that of women who are minorities, or living in other countries. My rape pales in comparison to the treatment other women have dealt with and will continue to deal with. There is a vast spectrum of violence against women and it takes place daily all around us, in little and big ways. You don’t have to look far to find it.
I’ve always identified myself as a feminist, and I hope that if there is some silver lining in this tragedy it’s that now maybe more females my age will be willing to do so, that some level of awareness has been spread of the vast inequality that still exists between the sexes. What is happening is not okay, and the more awareness that is spread the better; the more people that share their stories the better off we are. So here I am sharing mine.
I hope that the #YesAllWomen uproar on twitter is indicative of a unification of us third-wavers that has been long overdue, and that this isn’t simply a call for women to protect themselves and for men to behave better, but for everyone to try to initiate change on every level.
At the very least, I hope someone reads this and knows that they are not alone, that violence against women/rape and sexual assault is a widespread epidemic that more people suffer from than speak out about. That there is hope and healing and a life after what seems like the end of it. That it really and truly wasn’t your fault.
If you ever need it:
National Sexual Assault Hotline: 1-800-656-HOPE
Or if you need someone to talk to, there’s always the good ole’ ‘ask’ button on my tumblr.
The above video yells at you in funny ways. If you don’t appreciate being yelled at, even when it is for the hyucks, check out this more tempered video that explores the concept and implementation of Julie and Scott’s paradigm shifting technology: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SNMFKKyFU60
I hope you can help support this idea making it’s way into the world successfully. Like Phonebloks, this is a good, human supporting technological idea.