COMIC BOOK ART and the Progressive Liberation Movement
by Anita Sands Hernandez, "GUERILLA CAPITALISM" GURU
I AM A "SUPERHERO", SENT TO
CLEANSE AMERICA OF IMF & IRS SCUM,
FEDERAL RESERVE BANKSTERS,
corrupt Yalie bankers and Wall Street
hoodlums. Give me your sons for
MY progressive activist army!
There's something vigorous, manly and appealing in comic book art. High school boys who doodle their way through classes --- filling their notebook with drawings --- really ought to take an Art class every semester in hopes that they can develop their stroke to match the marketplace's typical cartoon art. http://www.comicartcommunity.com/gallery/
After school, instead of dating coeds, swilling beer or playing football, (mind wasting pastimes,) high school and college boys could do worse than try their hand at propaganda art. Imagine the manhood of America focusing on progressive activism and honing their cartooning skills to create relevant, even droll propaganda, utilizing their scanning software to get GIF and JPG files, putting the cherry on the sundae with their desk top publishing skills to create political theme cartoons for writers or posters that people would actually hang. OR GUERILLA POST on phone poles! Like Robbie Conal did.He was the great contemporary agit prop artist, ROBBIE and his pals would glue posters to phone poles all night long You remember seeing them, don't you?
He is the last in a parade of Heroic artists, SEE:
Tie some uniquely conceived posters into a lecture tour of some heroic great speaker, (Amy Goodman of Democracy Now radio frequently does college talk tours) and you'd have a serious Reform Movement up on its feet. There are so many great writers, (ONE LIST HERE,) researchers, bloggers, thinkers and posters who have never been conscripted for talk tours. That doesn't make sense! There should be a speaker's bureau that offered every great website pundit, (LIST OF BEST SITES, a longer list, here.) forcing the intellectuals to come squinting out of their twilight holes, emerging into the bright light of college auditoriums and ad hoc grassy knoll stages with bullhorns.
Some artists just make great posters for the OCCUPY DEMONSTRATION & they'd end up in the student's bedroom -- See: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/worldnews/article-1168213/Barack-Barbarian-takes-scantily-clad-nemesis-Sarah-Palin-new-comic-superhero-role.html
Meet Barack the Barbarian taking on scantily clad nemesis Sarah Palin in new comic superhero role
My old boyfriend worked in the propaganda mines of W.W.II at Fort Roach in Hollywood, (my cameraman stepfather did, also and flew over Hiroshima with cameras,) where Ronald Reagan spent the entire W.W.II. All the movie stars worked there, filming training films. Can you imagine Bill Holden complaining that he'd got the clap? Well that was Bill's movie. The government asked for a research project on what was the most inspiring or motivating form of informing GI's, choosing from A.) written works, articles similar to WebBlogs, B.) recorded audio instructions or 'records' as they were called, C.) Filmed lectures similar to today's VIDEOs on U-Tube or D.) in-person speakers. Live Speakers came out number one, film was just behind. The Progressive movement is missing a bet leaving activism to U-tube.
Recently the much missed Charlie Rose show had three in-person speakers, on this theme: New York Times book reviewer of Hans Fallada's last novel (Liesl Schillinger) and Fallada's son and his father's publisher. Fallada's last book EVERYMAN DIES ALONE was inspired by a real-life wartime couple who'd lost their only son in Hitler's war and who did an anti-Hitler campaign of post cards sent daily to unknown people, until the day that Goebbels tracked them down and they were arrested. In "Every Man dies Alone," this poor, illiterate couple (EveryMan) filled 550 postcards with frightening. scribbled words like 'we lost our son, will they get yours?' They made frequent grammar and spelling errors, but conducted their own WHITE ROSE/ Von Stauffenberg effort, their moans of grief not unlike that of the effective anti-Bush War activist, Cindy Sheehan whose loss was vivid and personal and moved Americans into following her in a brief anti-war effort. How could the progressive movement get that higher octave of emotion fury out of teen aged cartoonists? Just give them a Recession to chew on.A 'century of war.'
As you get more dedicated to your website, every article, every blog, every one of your BEST PROGRESSIVE articles should salt and pepper the MAIN INDEX PAGE with postage stamp graphics, next to a description of the CONTENTS OF EACH ARTICLE, "HOW ROOSEVELT SAVED AMERICA in THE GREAT DEPRESSION," and A LIVE LINK so the reader is motivated to click. Then, they should salt that page with graphics. SUCH MELANGES are abundant on the internet, ferinstance see: http://www.comicartcommunity.com/gallery Just put in the search terms, 'comic art,' and you'll get thousands, save with a RIGHT CLICK, they're in your cache, Re-size them to suit your needs and FTP them to your website, and put live links in the articles that link to that graphic. I write up that sequence in GRAPHICS FOR SERIOUS ARTICLES. Any article, even on POLITICAL ISSUES, needs a truculent, relevant graphic off to one side. You know the riff, Wrap around text. Maybe a comic font l0 pt a witty bullet under the graphic. Or, if you don't want a bullet right under the graphic, do word wrap so article's lines slide around the words of the article.
While poignant photos of babies stacked, bullet holes through temple or brains exposed work well on adults, to crank up the younger set into volunteer activism, typically a college age activity, before family responsibilities were in the picture, you'd have an effective TSUNAMI of SEMINARS, training and writing that would slide easily down young throats and nutrify the powerful brains which the Human being is known to have at that student age, not to mention the strong legs, typing arms and those midnight POSTING hands for the phone poles of our cities. Some as attractive cartoon poster art, AGIT PROP, and others as invitations to on-campus meetings.
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