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Two upcoming events! Jews and Scarlet Knights!

4 Dec

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!

gradein

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!

leftyshabbaton

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.

.jb.

Call for Submissions–Long Distance Zine!

13 Feb

I am seeking submissions of art and writing on the subject of long distance relationships, describing the funny, sad, and tender moments of having a partners or partners far away. This is not an “advice” zine, though pieces that incorporate advice will be considered. Submissions do not need to be about a current relationship or a currently long-distance relationship. I am particularly interested in questions of chosen or forced distance, queer(ed) relationships, Internet dating, membership in a globalized/ precariat labor force, ways of making contact across distance, the idea of “building a life,” struggles with immigration or across national borders, co-parenting across distance, and the different ways in which we create and sustain families and define “home.”

Please indicate the distance (for example, 500 miles) between you and your significant other(s) in the title or subtitle of your submission.

Due April 1st 

EXTENDED DEADLINE! MAY 1st!

500-1,000 words preferred, please submit as a word document or in the body of an email.

Images must be black and white, 300+ dpi

Send submissions/ inquiries to sassyfrasscircus@gmail.com

World of Weathercraft

7 Jan

My favorite person and I wrote a piece for the most recent issue of The New Inquiry, in which we tackle the theme of “Weather” by combining my interest in sci-fi, Bailey’s interest in nature, and our mutual interest in “scary things the government does.” Check it out if you have a subscription already, or get one if you don’t want to wait forever to read it.

–JB

Valentine’s Day e-cards

6 Feb

So my Curmudgeon co-author Foster and I are not all about Valentine’s Day, unless it’s actually Lupercalia, but we do want to show our love to everyone who shows us theirs. For the month of February, everyone who donates a dollar to Curmudgeon will get secret e-cards from Foster and I, that I will not show the Internet. Then you can like, forward them to your sweeties and they will appreciate you so much.

In the meantime you get this crappy paint guide to finding our donations page:

Help us keep the Curmudgeon lights on and contribute to Foster’s top surgery fund! Bristol board and feeding unicats gets expensive.

Thanks for your love, webcomic readers of the universe.

❤ jb

p.s. You can also still buy anything your heart desires from my Etsy store.

Signal Boost: FSTR

17 Nov

My Curmudgeon collaborator, Foster, has started an Etsy shop. Right now he is selling these awesome bird stickers, each one is handmade and totally unique. I have a couple of them on my sketchbook and they are adorable. Also, all the proceeds go towards Foster’s top surgery.

Just in time for the holidays!

❤ JB

WMUC 88.1

22 Apr

Over the past few days, the college radio station at the University of Maryland, WMUC 88.1, has faced a budget crisis due to de-funding by the Student Government Association. After almost 75 years, WMUC could stop transmitting. We need to find a way to save this radio station, whether it is fighting the SGA on their funding decisions or raising the money ourselves.

Hanging out with Chris and Katie during someone's show.

WMUC is important to the campus community as a source of news and independent music, as a source of affordable (free) live shows and (free) sound engineer training. It is a hold out of independent radio airspace in a world ruled by Clear Channel and you will never hear the same 10 songs on loop on WMUC. The station has birthed amazing DJS and musicians, journalists, independent record labels and independent music supporters. Unlike many other so-called college radio stations in this area, WMUC is student-run and truly allows a space for students to express themselves and learn about radio.

At a live show...maybe Babykiller Estelle?

For me (and for countless others), WMUC has always been more than a radio station. My first show was with my freshman roommate Calei, it was called Talk Box and we played 90% indie bands I had never heard of. Later I convinced my friend Carter to start Hobo’s Lullaby with me, where we played folk and blues and anything with left-leaning lyrics and talked about politics. My last show was called Revolution Girl Style Now and ended in a blaze of glory when we played all Le Tigre for 2 hours (So much for my riot grrrl phase).

A flier I made for a show I set up at WMUC!

WMUC meant countless treks across campus at 2 am, 4 am, 6 am (and that one brilliant semester at 8 pm, oh the good life). We drank a lot of coffee and other things too, smoked cigarettes out the window (I’m not proud/don’t condone), ate bagels with olive oil and hot sauce (Carter and my vegan phase) and convinced our friends to bring us coffee at all hours of the night. We played songs on the radio when it was so cold we worried the tower would freeze and we had to wear ten layers because the heat was always broken. I spent my nineteenth birthday at the station, up above the South Campus Dining Hall on those suspiciously stained sofas.

Pretty much immediately after turning 19, at the station.

WMUC facilitated hook ups and friendships, new musical discoveries and countless dance parties and live shows. Being involved with college radio cemented my interest in independent and community media, in D.I.Y. ethics. It’s where I learned how (and how not) to book and promote shows. Also, WMUC facilitated the beginning of my career as an artist–many of my first drawings were for show fliers. Without WMUC, Sassyfrass Circus would not exist. Without WMUC I think college life at the University of Maryland would have been bullshit.

If you are a member of the College Park community, if you support independent media, if you support independent artists, if you are in a band that has ever played at WMUC (in the good company of Don McLean and other greats), then please, help save WMUC.

❤ jb

Next page of my longer, super self-involved project.

13 Feb

Really isn’t everything I do self-involved, since I just draw myself over and over? Hilarious.

Stay tuned for more navel gazing and so much speculative dialogue that there’s no room for anything but a cartoon version of me surrounded by speech bubbles.

❤ jb