Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Overload & French lessons

I'VE been invited to contribute a story to the next issue of Martin Conaghan's excellent Overload anthology comic (the cover to the most recent issue is above).

The story will be six pages, in black and white and I'm looking for an artist to work on it with me. My story may be a parody of the Avatar horror comic Crossed, or perhaps something else entirely. Anyone interested, give me a shout at andywinter1@gmail.com

* SPENT most of last week in Paris, and it was from the huge Virgin Megastore along the Champs-Elysees there that I bought this graphic novel...

It was prominently displayed in the store's large comic department and I couldn't help but wonder what the reaction would be if, say, the big HMV store on Oxford Street decided to stock a comic-book with such a confrontational title. The Daily Mail would be baying for blood and prison sentences, I suspect!

Although the in-your-face title may suggest otherwise, Motherfucker is actually a very serious work as this blurb from the back cover attests...

Point 1: We want the power to determine the destiny of our black people. Point 2: We want full employment for our people. Point 3: We want black people no longer robbed by the capitalists. Point 4: We want decent housing, decent. Point 5: We want education for our people that exposes the true nature of this decadent American society. We want education that teaches us our true history and our role in society today.

My French is pretty rotten but from what I can gather the book is about the formation and development of the Black Panther Party in the US in the 1960s. As I say, my French is only a few notches above "J'mapelle Andy" and "Quelle heure est-il?" but with the help of Google Translate I'm going to try and read it. 

It may well take me a month or two though...

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