I am too cheap to upgrade to the premium option, so I’m just starting a new blog. The url will still be sassyfrasscircus.com, or https://sinewthatshrinks.wordpress.com/. Thanks for your patience while I get the site together, and don’t worry: this site isn’t going anywhere, with years and years of comics and zines and weird fashion posts! Sassyfrass Circus lives on.
As everyone knows, procrastination is the name of the game. I prefer procrastibaking, and then procrastisnacking. I drew this testament to a way of life for a fellow devoted snacker, as a form of procrastination. Also I tried out a new marker paper which is supposed to be bleedproof and awesome and specially designed for markers but actually it’s like drawing on wax paper. Which is fine. It’s a look.
back to the endless piecing together,
the lonely pre-dissertator
Boston Marriages! Girls Gone Wild Colonial Jamestown! Forbidden Love! Whatever! I’m not a historian!
Elvis of Homos in Herstory etc. and I are putting together a collection of comics about queer history! You may have seen the call here before, but now it’s in technicolor, with an extended deadline, and we are really really serious.
SEND US YOUR THINGS! Email me if you have those things, or questions. (sassyfrasscircus at gmail dot com)
Maybe those [comics and queer history] seem unrelated, but in many ways comics are the perfect medium for exploring history…you can delve into the past and walk through each little panel into an imagined world, where reality and our historical imaginations coincide on the page.
In recent history, queer lives have been typically pushed to the margins of existence…but the nature of “transgressions” of gender/sexuality norms has changed radically even in the past 100 years, and definitely throughout different cultures.
Anyhow! If you make comics about queer themes or folks from history (we’ll interpret that broadly, as “not-contemporary”), please send ‘em our way or get in touch!
A while back I drew this adaptation of the myth “The Man who Married a She-Demon,” from Joachim Neugroschel’s The Dybbuk and the Yiddish Imagination for a collection called the Jewish Comix Anthology. You can buy the whole collection from AH Comics, but here is my little corner of that, for your enjoyment:
I drew this diary comic over the summer–some folks have seen it since it was in the collection from Sangría Editora, “Not in Our Name: Against US Aid to the Massacre in Gaza/Contra la ayuda de los Estados Unidos a la masacre en Gaza” (you can download the e-book for free at the link). In a rather indirect way, I am putting it online now because of the attacks on the satirical paper Charlie Hebdo–because I think their comics are racist and Islamophobic and I nevertheless support the right of journalists and critics and artists to produce whatever they feel like saying whether or not I agree. The best things I’ve read so far have been “Unmournable Bodies” by Teju Cole in the New Yorker, and this smart, pointedly offensive comic by Joe Sacco. Additionally, tons of folks are pointing out in blogs and on social media the ways in which so-called world leaders are rallying around the cry for freedom, liberty, free speech etc., often to recuperate their own violence against these very ideals. This also is a time to remember cartoonists around the world, particularly Arab and Muslim cartoonists, like Naji el-Ali, who have been targeted for their critique, or have been killed senselessly in the rippling violence that is loosely labelled the War on Terror.
I’ve mostly been working on #dayjob stuff these days (okay that is never not true lets be real), and an attempt at a longer project that may or may not come to fruition, BUT I couldn’t resist doing this Xmas present for a friend, because i never get to draw superheroes and it’s totally weird (so many strange muscles in all the places!), and also the couple that nerds together stays together.
First event is at Rutgers: Come December 9th to speak truth to power at the New Brunswick College Ave student center, and then, December 11th, we’re having a grade in focusing on graduate student concerns, particularly the slashing of TA and GA lines. In a quick and dirty rundown: this affects everyone at RU, both in terms of stable funding that allows graduate students to survive, work, and effectively serve our undergrads, and in terms of the broad shift in academia towards contingent labor paid poverty wages. Follow Rutgers AAUP-AFT on Facebook or the Graduate Organizing Committee tumblr to stay up to date on these conversations!
The next event is at the beginning of January, I drew the poster as a commission but it seems like a really cool event in line with my own goals of thinking about how to create space for leftist politics and critique within observant Judaism, or to articulate the ways in which my leftist politics are always already Jewishly-inflected. Maybe check it out!
Also, because this blog is mostly a depository for art and I haven’t drawn anything about these subjects yet (and generally have been posting infrequently since starting graduate school), I haven’t posted anything about the non-indictments in the Mike Brown, John Crawford and Eric Garner murders, or about the police murders of too many others, including 12 year old Tamir Rice. I don’t have much to say that hasn’t been better said by others, but it also feels intensely wrong to say nothing. So, in the elegant and concise words of Alicia Garza, Patrisse Cullors and Opal Tometi: Black Lives Matter.
Stay angry, stay in the streets, until every prison door is open, until every cop is off the streets.