I saw the Northern Lights once when I was in Northern Quebec on a camping trip and they were so spectacular I’d give anything to see them again. I’m desperately trying to find a job in the North.. one day.
CRUMMY PANTS. Hey there delightful awesome possums! I can finally blurt out the good news! Our local alternative weekly here in Halifax, The Coast, gave me the great privilege of making comics for them for the next three months. They told me I had free reign to draw/write anything and of course I went with boring ol’ stories from my life. Sorry about that one. I promise they won’t just be about me eating pizza and then regretting it because I can’t deal with dairy very well (but I luuuuuuuff it).
This particular comic is a bit of a reflection on a breakdown I had this past spring/summer. I began developing intense panic attacks after some pretty basic, pretty standard harassment (as in, the kind I get everyday, in every job I’ve ever worked, NOT that harassment should be standard) which led to me paying off a coworker to give me hour-long breaks while I cried in the corner of our public washroom. I had to quit four months into the job. I was devastated.
The crummy part is, the incidents above are very…. well… vanilla versions of things that have really happened to me in the past five years. I’m not even including the other 23 years I have existed on this earth. That’s pretty crazy.
But the WORST PART of it all is that I’m not alone. All my friends have similar experiences. All of us have scarier stories to tell. And for a long time, we’ve been told that we’re just too “sensitive”. I get that a lot from acquaintances and bosses. It’s pure bullshit. You’re not too sensitive. We just live in a pretty fucked up place.
On Facebook, former Gits drummer Steve Moriarty has called for a boycott of NBC related to an upcoming show concerning the brutal rape and murder of Gits singer Mia Zapata:
NBC’s True Crime in the Dark* (or something equally as tasteless) series, recently filmed a reenactment of the murder of our friend Mia Zapata. They used actors and canned music. I tried to have civil and logical conversations with the producers of the show, however, NBC did not think that using The Gits music or film footage of Mia playing live was worth paying customary and fair licensing fees as established by ASCAP, BMI and the recording Industry.
There is nothing artistic, musical or positive about the re-telling of Mia’s brutal death. Nothing except a cheap way for NBC to sell ads for a younger, hipper demographic which the network desperately needs.
The piece will air in June and does not have the endorsement of any of the band, Mia’s family or immediate friends. It is simply, Gitsploitation and I suggest local business refrain from advertising products and services on NBC during the month of the one hour episode of “murder in the dark”. (Or whatever the title) featuring The murder of Mia and the city of Seattle.
“Set into the snow, this abandoned house had the artist working in below zero temperatures to get the interior and exterior carved out just right. During the coldest months the dilapidated house was sprayed with thousands of gallons of water and left to freeze. The result was chilling, and at some points looks more like a thick coat of white acrylic.”
It was a weird year in music, actually it was a weird year in general… at least for me. I spent a lot of the year re-listening to old stuff I loved, and re-discovering older bands.
My favourite record of the year was probably Foxygen’s We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace and Magic. It reminded me of a Wes Anderson film soundtrack. Melodic and dreamy.
2013 wasn’t the best year, I met a lot of great people, had a lot of really great times - but there was a lot of badness that went down. It ended with some really horrible stuff. Pretty confident 2014 is gonna be rad as fuck! Or at least have 75% less drama.