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Film Series Special Event: The Image Revolution

Screening and Q&A with director Patrick Meaney ’07.

20 years ago, a group of artists left Marvel Comics to create their own company…a company that impacts mainstream comics and culture to this day. Image Comics was more than just a publisher. It was a response to years of creator mistreatment, and it changed comics forever, thanks to blockbuster titles like Spawn and The Walking Dead.

The Image Revolution tells the story of artists who took a risk, profited wildly and almost lost their soul in the process. Filled with colorful characters, amazing art, it’s a roller coaster journey following a company from wild startup days on a twenty year journey to fulfill its mission of creative freedom.

Tonight / 8 p.m. / Powell Cinema / Free

Procrastination Destination Du Jour: Horse_eComics

A post about a Tumblr about comics about a Twitter feed described as “cryptic missives that read like Zen koans which have been dropped on a computer keyboard from a great height.”

It’s the last week of the semester, Reading Week Two Days are upon us, and you know what that means: a fucking crateload of puppies are being shipped to Zelnick tomorrow it’s time for Wesleying’s biannual Procrastination Destination extravaganza. In brief,  here’s the idea: from here on out, we’ll be posting a procrastinatory, addictive, and generally toxic link each day for the entirety of finals period. You’ll find yourself clicking these links and spamming your friends’ Facebook walls instead of starting the research paper that’s due tomorrow. You’re welcome. For previous Procrastination Destination content (which we won’t repeat), click here. To suggest a procrastinatory link, email us at staff(at)wesleying(dot)org.

Kicking off the series, today’s link is  a Tumblr featuring comics about a Twitter feed described as “cryptic missives that read like Zen koans which have been dropped on a computer keyboard from a great height.” If you’re unfamiliar with bizarrely viral spam Twitter account @Horse_ebooks at this point in the game, just give up skim the Wiki entry, followed by the five most recent tweets:

Buffy Makes Tough Decision in Comics Series, Creator Whedon Weighs in

It doesn’t always get easier after high school — not for Buffy the Vampire Slayer, anyway. The adventures of the heroine from the hit television show created by alum Joss Whedon ’87 continue to be chronicled in a series of comics from Dark Horse. In the latest issue of the current season, Buffy — living in San Francisco after having destroyed the “seed of all magic on earth” — will be forced to face one of the toughest decisions she will ever have had to make when she finds out she is pregnant, reports Entertainment Weekly. [explicit spoilers]

Details and executive producer Whedon’s wise words behind the cut.

Procrastination Destination Du Jour: The Book of Biff

Today’s procrastination site, The Book of Biff, is a webcomic by Chris Hallbeck that dates back to January 2006. The comic is updated daily Monday through Friday and stars Biff, a strange man who seems to have insect-like feelers. Each comic is a one-panel picture of Biff in a bizarre situation, followed by a caption about the lesson that Biff has learned from his experience. Matter-of-fact and frequently absurd, it can be a great way to pass the time. Here are some rather entertaining ones to check out:

Be sure to read Hallbeck’s anecdotes. Below most comics, he writes a paragraph or so talking about an experience in his life that either inspired him to make that day’s comic or comes to mind when reading it.

Also, don’t forget to send us your favorite procrastination sites at staff(at)wesleying(dot)org. We’d be happy to share them!


Bittermensch Comics Lives On

There’s something missing from the pages of the Argus this semester, and it doesn’t rhyme with Schmytheos Schmolt.

I’m referring, of course, to the hilarious, wry, and almost alarmingly prolific comics of former comics editor Jason Bitterman ’10, whom you may also remember as the designer of last year’s obscenely hilarious Spring Fling t-shirts.

Bitterman graduated, but his comics live on in blog form, including the ones he drew at Wes and new material depicting post-Wes life (yes, there is such a thing). Alex Holachek ’10 sends in the tip:

If you want a searing, brave (yet also heart-stoppingly beautiful) glimpse into the bleak realities of post-Wes life, go to bittermensch.blogspot.com. The site features a weekly comic drawn by former Argus comics editor Jason Bitterman ’10. It also indexes every comic he drew while at Wesleyan.

Link, again. Sweet.

Superheroes in the ’60s: Comics & Counterculture

A new lecture sponsored by the Adelphic Education Fund:

Graphic artist and comics historian Arlen Schumer explores the origins of the superhero tradition, its personification American ideals and values, and how these attitudes and portrayals changed during the 1960s, using comic book panels and pages in a large-size projection format that graphically communicates the sequential nature of comic book art itself. And while that art reflected the dominant motifs of the 1960s, from the futuristic idealism of Infantino to the cinematic realism of Adams, the superheroes changed, from establishment conservatives like Superman, The Flash and Green Lantern, to counterculture liberals like Spider-Man, Dr. Strange and Green Arrow.

  • Date: Thursday, September 23
  • Time: 6:00 PM
  • Place: The Powell Family Cinema, Center for Film Studies
  • Cost: Absolutely Free

Sign up for student forums!

Since they’re not advertised through Wesmaps, it can be tough to find good information about student forums.

Jason Bitterman ’10 sends in some info about his upcoming student forum, “Comics as a Language:”

Interested in reading and discussing comics? Sign up for the comics student forum this semester!

We will be looking into a variety of comics, including mainstream comics, graphic novels, alternative comics, and manga. Over the course of the semester we will try to define what comics are, discuss different methods of cartooning, and determine what comics can do that no other medium is capable of.

If you are interested, please email jbitterman@wes.

Long Lane Farm sends in some info about its student forum, “Sustainable Agriculture and Sustainable Food Distribution:”

The Long Lane Farm is offering a student forum this semester focusing on sustainable agriculture and sustainable food systems. This forum will be worth one full credit, and will involve weekly readings, some weekend practical work at the farm, as well as a final project. We can accept up to 15 participants, but also please let us know if you’re interested in auditing. There will be a meeting for those interested on this coming Thursday (the 22nd) at 8 pm at Earth House. If you cannot attend, but are still interested, please let us know! Contact us at longlanefarm@gmail if you have any interest – we will send you an application.

Annie Paladino ’09 sends in a blurb about the “Intro to Stage Management” class:

Interested in learning about stage management? Stage managing a show this semester and want to have a group of people to bounce ideas off of? If you’ve ever been interested stage managing theater performances at Wesleyan (or elsewhere!), but weren’t sure where to start, come learn the ropes in this .5 credit student forum!

What does a stage manager do? The stage manager is one of the most important positions for any theatrical production, coordinating and serving as a point person for virtually all aspects of the production/rehearsal process. At Wesleyan, student stage managers often have to make do with on-the-job training; this forum aims to provide an alternative, low-pressure environment where students can develop the skills necessary to be a successful stage manager.

Shows are always in need of competent stage managers, and this is a great way to get involved in theater at Wesleyan or just see how this process works! Contact Annie Paladino ’09 (ampaladino@wes) if you are interested!

And Melody Chang ’12 tells us about the student forum, “The past, present, and future of sustainability:”

Join us this semester for a student forum about sustainability! Worth 1 credit and capped at 15 students, this forum will be meeting Monday & Thursdays 7:30 – 9:00 p.m. Sustainability is a word used left & right these days but – what is it? Does it really matter? How did we get to our current state and what can be done to move towards a more “sustainable” world? Topics to be covered include: climate change, energy, water, waste, & food systems, economic & governmental policy, social justice, religion & finally personal values as they pertain to a continued existence on earth.

Email mchang@wes for an application and more detailed outline of topics to be covered. Thanks!

To see all of the student forums approved for this semester, check out the Registrar’s webpage.

The Week in Now

  • Ironically, Joe Newman ’09‘s comic dissing Gawker ended up on Gawker and hence legitimized Wesleyan’s place as the most annoying, pretentious, “privelledged” liberal arts college. (But really, who among us did not see this coming?)
  • In other news, as if Bob Allen’s racist wordvomit wasn’t enough to leave skidmarks in the GOP’s panties this month (with Daily Show coverage, of course), recently-elected president of the Young Republican National Federation, Glenn Murphy Jr. burns an unfortunate legacy for himself as that creepy dude who tries to perform unwanted sex acts on sleeping college guys. I like this article because it paints the Young Republican National Federation in my mind as an organization led by fat, closeted vampires.
  • Got Health Insurance? Young adults between 19 and 29 make up the largest group of the uninsured. Incoming froshies and rising sophies, if you’re on your parents’ health insurance, you might want to have them check their policy to see how much longer it’ll cover you. I have had a couple of friends this year get dropped from their parents’ coverage or state coverage without notice.
  • And a related warning to incoming frosh: the default plan Wesleyan puts you on if you’re uninsured *sucks* (I know because I’m on it and it alone). Covers pretty much nothing short of getting your arms ripped off by a rampaging chimpanzee. But it’s coverage, you know, still, in case you do get your arms ripped off by a rampaging chimpanzee.
  • In New Haven, two computers stolen from Yale last month contained the social security numbers of over 10,000 students, faculty and staff, jeopardizing their financial records. Well, I’d say that trumps our Ambien Hackgate 2007, don’t you?
  • Lastly, this will probably affect very, very few people, but in VIDEO GAME NEWS, I just read that Beautiful Katamari will be coming out on the wii now and not on the PS3 or 360 (which just dropped its price a pitiful $20). But, Guitar Hero III is still coming out on my dinky, yet awesomely cheap PS2, so I’m good on systems I think for another year since realistically, I shouldn’t be playing video games this year anyway with the, what, six billion things I need to do before I graduate.
  • Edit: A commenter informs us that BK will be coming out on the 360. Because I have no 360, I did not pay attention because I’m horrible. I’m sorry :(.