Princess Ashelle, while a bit breezy around the edges, is also a brilliant military tactician and liberator of over a thousand worlds from the Galactic Imperium. (Princess Leia would probably find her insufferable, but the two basically fulfill the same function.) Anyway. . . With all the news around Egypt today, I thought it would be a neat idea for Ashelle to weigh in with her opinions on how to start a healthy new Democracy! (Visit my YouTube channel to see me drawing this strip while discussing it.)
Because, in spite of all the talk and bother, nobody has ever truly managed to do that. All this poor world of ours has ever managed to achieve is "The Super-Rich Own Everything" under one label or another. Plutocracy.
***UPDATE, Dec 13, 2011:
Iceland's president, Olafur Grimmson, when interviewed by the CBC (transcription here) describes about how Iceland refused to play along with the bank bailout/austerity scheme being imposed upon it by the world. A rebel among nations, Iceland rejected the formula for economic slavehood and is now showing a very healthy recovery after it allowed the banks to collapse and refused to pass the responsibility of their debts on to the Icelandic public. Iceland is an example of the three virtues Ashelle talks about in the comics below; Controling your own national currency, Keeping strong social bonds among the people, and Kicking out the psychopaths. Not necessarily in that order. Read the interview to see what I mean.
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Sample Chapter from, Thieves & Kings, Volume 3, "The Blue Book"
Thieves & Kings is not a webcomic. It's an all-ages fantasy/adventure graphic novel series which I've been working on since 1994. It is nearly done; I hope to wrap up the story in the 7th volume, (currently in production). The chapter featured here offers a good example of what it's like to read Thieves & Kings. --It's a peppy sequence, and it contains both regular comic pages, and some text pages. It doesn't show much of the title character, (Rubel) and none of the Shadow Lady, but Heath and Varkias carry the show quite nicely. I do hope you enjoy this sample of my work!
The Walking Mage is a complete story. Originally it was done in black & white, (which you can check out here, if you like). I wanted to experiment with color and so began by using a computer to color the Walking Mage for its print release. After a few panels I decided that it would be a lot more fun to paint it by hand, and so switched to water-color around episode six.
The story itself is quite a good little yarn; funny and pointed in many places, as political satire ought to be. I was actually quite surprised to learn this! I found myself laughing out loud in several places. --I don't know why this story in particular was so hard for me to accept, but it was. I avoided reading it for several years after it first went to press. The ending is rather abrupt, but it was a serial strip, after all.
So anyway, after having let this web-comic languish in the digital attic, I've decided to pull it out and post it again for all the world in its full-color glory. This is the first time the Walking Mage has been available in full color on the web. I hope you enjoy the adventures of Quinton and Varkias. Cheers!
So in sleepspace, Jeff MacNelly, the cartoonist who drew "Shoe" (about a bullpen of reporters who were all birds working at manual typewriters up in a tree), had this whole other side project going. -One filled with amazing characters and strange but touching stories of pure genius.
I'd never paid much attention to his work, and I have no idea why of all the cartoonists I could possibly dream about, "Shoe" would bubble to the top of my subconscious.
-But in the dream a comics friend of mine insisted I take a look and excitedly loaned me a big hard cover book filled with MacNelly's epic cartoon world, and I read the whole thing over what felt like hours, unfolding the spectacular narrative page after page. (At some point, they became animated. Jeff was also a brilliant animator in my dream, and his works so loved by the world that studio money had been poured liberally over his various projects).
His humor was subtle and surreal but totally magnetic. I thought, "Gosh, I was too young to get his stuff when I was a kid, but now..! I had no idea he did more than his bird reporter strip. That little thing was just a side show!"
One story was about this character who was a 2 dimensional talking candle stick. It proudly announced, "I am going to the convenience store!" and began walking to the stairs to leave our little apartment.
I said, (apparently interacting as a character in the story myself), "Um, no Candle. You're only able to walk on shadows. You're flat. How are you even going to manage the stairs?"
Candle, undaunted, began the task of scaling the shadow cast by the hand railing. When the other characters saw what he was attempting, he was eagerly followed by a procession. They managed after some acrobatics to get up to the door and outside, then proceeded to cross the street by walking along the cast shadow of a telephone pole. They had to tussle with the shadow of a cat on the opposite sidewalk, and ended up running around the neighbor's house, taking cover under shrubs and the shadow of a parked car.
Weird, weird, weird! -But also so full of heart. The proud single-minded focus and slight sadness of the piece was inspiring. -All the other characters in Candle's life were able to casually go to the convenience store any time they wished, and Candle had decided that today was the day he would also venture to this wonderful place he had only heard of in stories and wished finally to also see with his own eyes, to be like all his friends but could never manage.
The whole thing was drawn in Jeff's fabulously loose political cartoon style, and I woke up with a dozen similar stories fresh in my head, separate pieces which at the end of the book, all connected and interwove with brilliant nuance offering a big picture comment about our world and the human experience.
Humbled by these works of a great cartoonist whose accomplishments I felt certain I would never match in my lifetime, I tumbled out of bed and made for my computer. I Googled, "Shoe cartoonist, other works" wondering and hoping if maybe it was a real thing!
He did do a bunch of political cartoons, won a few Pulitzer prizes for them, and he'd also illustrated some kid's books, -all respectable works indeed, but nothing like the sprawling interconnected universe of characters I'd just woken from.
So I guess these weird stories are mine if I want 'em.
But as with all dreams, the details melted away, leaving me with only disjointed images.
I hope in some reality sideways from here, Jeff MacNelly perhaps really did write and draw all that stuff!
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