Ducks got such a response, and I am overwhelmed, and heartened. Thank you for your kind words. I think more seriously about a larger work, after this. I’ve read a lot about people’s experiences in Fort McMurray, articles and exposés, and what have you, but not too many matched the things I saw and felt, not many came from people who had been there for any length of time. And it never feels like the time when I am up the task of doing the place justice, like my comics talent has not hit that point yet, but at the same time, I’ll eventually lose the details if I wait too long.
I wondered what to follow that up with, since this blog is a random mix, and will go back to being that. I figure a post about Stan Rogers might be the ticket.
If you’re unfamiliar, Stan Rogers was a Canadian folk musician. What made him great, in my eyes, is the ability to get at the heart of a matter, evoke loss, convey great feeling, without being overly sentimental. He could really paint a picture. And though most of his best known work is heavily Maritimes, he could convince you he came from anywhere in Canada, depending on the song, because he wrote with a powerful understanding of place and identity.
The album here is a greatest hits sort of thing, but I encourage you to look up more if you never have. If I take storytelling cues from anywhere, I hope many of them come from Stan.
An eccentric genius explains how half-Yeti hybrids have enslaved mankind
Behold!!! The Protong by Stanislav Szukalski Last Gasp 2000, 96 pages, 10.8 x 12.1 x 0.3 $21 Buy a copy on Amazon
In 1934 the government of Poland declared Stanislav Szukalski the country’s ‘Greatest Living Artist.’ It built the Szukalski National Museum in Warsaw to hold his massive sculptures and dramatic, mythological paintings.
When the Nazis invaded Poland in 1939, they destroyed the museum and all of Szukalski’s sculptures and paintings. He fled to the United States, where no one recognized him as a celebrated hero. He lived in a small apartment in Glendale, California and made a meager income drawing maps for the aerospace industry. He devoted the rest of his life developing his theory of “Zermatism,” which centered on his belief that human beings were under the control of a race of human-yeti hybrids (the result of ‘yeti apes’ raping human women). Szukalski wrote over 10,000 pages about Zermatism and illustrated his argument with 40,000 illustrations.
Szukalski would have remained in total obscurity if he hadn’t been discovered by a few popular underground cartoonists: Robert Williams, Rick Griffin, and Jim Woodring – who recognized Szukalski’s immense artistic talent, and befriended him. (I interviewed Woodring about his friendship with the incredibly arrogant yet charming Szukalski on my Boing Boing podcast, Gweek. You can listen to it here.)
Several years ago I had the opportunity to see the entire Zermatism archives firsthand. They are bound in massive books and are in the possession of comic book art collector Glenn Bray. It was a stunning sight. Behold!!! The Protong represents less than 1% of the total Zermatism oeuvre, but it’s enough to give you a feel for the depth of breadth of Szukalski’s lifelong obssession. — Mark Frauenfelder
Being a professional man in numerous fields of intellectual activities, I have evolved a different attitude towards them than the layman, who keeps on repeating the same phraseology and terminology, thus sustaining the same, common attitude. Frankly, I am talented in many fields because my interests are numerous, so that I understand to a higher degree how they are interrelated.
Thus, when I say about myself that I am a genius, it is not self-praise, but a statement to describe a type of mindset: whatever it does in any field, it does well. A mind that peruses in many fields will comprehend better, and many things more, than one that is absorbed in only one. It becomes a universal mind.
Due to our ignorance of our bastardly past, our inbreeding with the apes, we carried the Burden of History, which actually is the struggle between Humans and a-Humans. The a-Humans, however, because they are born in our own countries and communicate in our languages, are not recognized and are taken to be Poles in Poland, Englishmen in England, Russians in Russia.
The gigantic abdomen that gorillas have to keep on feeding all day was inherited by their bastardly descendents, which physical trait was sublimated into avarice for everything in sight.
A hospital in Pennsylvania will soon begin clinical trials to put gunshot or other accident victims into a state of suspended animation while their organs are repaired. By all measures the people suspended will be dead for hours but with luck many will be brought back to life.