I met a traveller from an antique land
Who said: Two vast and trunkless legs of stone
Stand in the desert. Near them, on the sand,
Half sunk, a shattered visage lies, whose frown,
And wrinkled lip, and sneer of cold command,
Tell that its sculptor well those passions read
Which yet survive, stamped on these lifeless things,
The hand that mocked them and the heart that fed:
And on the pedestal these words appear:
“My name is Ozymandias, king of kings:
Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!”
Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare
The lone and level sands stretch far away.
(Source: matthewlacroix, via love-and-radiation)
(Source: woodsmokeandpumpkins, via continuants)
Short version: I got a gun license and drew a comic about it. Read it over at the Brookline TAB right now:
Long version: So with the off-again, on-again debate about guns that we have in America, it feels like we’re stuck in a simple, unwinnable argument — whether we should have the right to bear arms, or not.
The problem with *that* fight is we forget what the right to bear arms actually looks like: How is it regulated, who can have a gun and for what purposes?
Gun laws are complicated. So I focused in on the issue that basically is what the Second Amendment is all about — the ability to carry a concealed handgun in public. Short version: It’s complicated, involves lots of forms and — as a traditional news story — would be about 30 inches of grey text.
So, comics. I told this story as a comic to exploit the medium’s visual flexibility in telling a story. It’s based on my own experiences, but also relies heavily on research and public records (more about those sources here) to report on the scope and nature of the nation’s really complicated license to carry laws. Anyway, read it here.
For this week’s Brookline TAB, a friendly reminder to college students coming to Brookline that the town has hilariously controlling noise bylaws aimed right at students, plus amazingly strict parking rules.
And yes, those fines are real.
BTW — You should totally read the Brookline TAB.
I’ve been bad about posting new material recently, but I’ve been basically head-down (aside from a trip to MassMOCA & maybe a few runs of Mario Kart) for the past few weeks trying to get a project finished. I’m looking forward to getting this out there, but I hate talking up something before it’s finished, so I’m cutting this short.
Meantime, THIS via Melanie Gillman.