Time again for every instagram, twitter and tumblr dashboard to blow up with inktober drawings. There is so much amazing art out there I think it kind of makes up for me not getting my head wrapped around it one this year.
If Inktober isn’t your thing, there is always Drawlloween:
If you have clicked around on the site lately, you may have noticed some changes, especially where the comics are concerned. In an attempt to raise the profile of the comics, I have given them their own mini-sites within the LeEMSmachine.
This means, for you RSS feed reader readers, that the RSS feed you are currently subscribed to for the Bean will not show the comics. I’ll post alerts here when there is a comic posting, and especially when a new comic story line is debuting…which will happen soon. In the meantime, explore and have fun!
This was suggested to me long ago, and then I took a while to draw it, and then I took a while to finish the sketchbook it was in so I could scan it. And then I took a long while before I colored it. I hope you like.
My search for author voices in the copyright debate leads me to old newspapers and magazines. I thought Judge magazine would bear more copyright fruit than it did, however, it did include this little gem about happenings in my home state. The gentleman is saying: “Pardon me, madam, but could I borrow your infant for a few hours tomorrow night. I want to use him to attract alligators.”
And this other pictures is just pretty, and pretty sneaky. I might be dense, but I didn’t get it until I looked at it for the third time.
Hey, so I’ve noticed that comic postings can sometimes get buried and not be obvious. I’m working on a new way to run my comics on my site, so stay tuned. In the meantime, enjoy these slices of library life:
I want to take a moment to be thankful for peanuts. They are my breakfast sometimes. They are the perfect way to stave off sugar lows and hunger pains. They are vitamin rich and high in protein and have been shown to help protect against heart disease, alleviate the effects of diabetes, reduce inflammation and protect against colon cancer. And they are in our lives today because of the work of just one man: George Washington Carver. He changed agriculture in the south by encouraging the cultivation of alternate crops like peanuts and sweet potatoes instead of cotton.
Before copyright law there were poets and playwrights who bemoaned the theft of their work and words by others while at the same time they stole words to build their poems and plays. Plagiarism was rampant, though, the act of literary theft was only just termed plagiarism, by one poet’s re-purposing of a Latin term for man-stealing or kidnapping. After copyright law was established, there were authors postulating its merits and its deficiencies, in writing, to the public and their peers. Authors were thinking about copyright.
When I discovered that one of my favorite authors, Mark Twain, had stood before congress to give his professional opinion on a copyright term extension I was more than excited. But, I found myself arguing with Twain. I could see some of his point, but I did not agree with all of it. I wondered, where were the author voices on copyright today. I’m still searching, but what I’m finding is that most of the well known, professionally published and successful authors are letting publishers and author’s guilds speak for them. Do they really agree with everything that’s being said?
Now that copyright is immediate without registration, the world is teaming with authors. Some write for fun, and to entertain their friends. Some make a living off of it, or perhaps off of other creative endeavors offered up to the public via the web. And just like those poet thieves from before copyright law, all authors are users of copyrighted content as well. With this huge population of authors, there is still little thinking and postulating and writing about copyright. I’m not saying copyright theory is crazy sexy or anything…well, no, you know what? It is. It is obsession worthy. It is discussion worthy. I mean, think about it, copyright law is government regulation over what we birth and grow in our minds and give to the world. If Athena emerged from Zeus’ head today she would be protected by copyright law! If art is a conversation, copyright law is keeping checks on what we say!
Anyway, my obsession with finding author voices has resulted in these things, so far. Twain and Tolstoy were contemporaries; and if you think all authors would argue for longer and stronger copyright law, Tolstoy would prove you wrong. He was against copyright. He looked on his writing as a service to the public that both provided him the experiences he used to write and the living that let him write. The burden of his education and leisure was to reach out to people, teach them, and attempt to enrich their lives with the fruit of his literary genius.