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"You could literally kill yourself and it would make zero impact on the world"

A heated discussion about the value of having a social conscience.

Excerpt from Angie Bongiolatti

Angie Bongiolatti is a 20-something political activist with the International Socialist Organization. Her day-job is at Global Learning Systems, an internet company looking to develop online college courses. The year is 2002, and a large public protest against the World Economic Forum holding it’s conference in New York City is about to take place. The terrorist attacks of September 11th are only a few months in the past.

This is the story of Angie and a disparate group of her friends and acquaintances, all linked through our eponymous heroine. People from Angie’s past and present are brought out to the rally, each for reasons of their own. Some have a genuine enthusiasm for social activism, others have ulterior motives. Throughout the story each character has their political outlooks questioned and challenged.

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"Liberals in rich countries - they’re full of it!"

Kim expresses herself, paraphrasing a George Orwell essay on Rudyard Kipling.

"But because he identifies himself with the official class, he does possess one thing which ‘enlightened’ people seldom or never possess, and that is a sense of responsibility. The middle-class Left hate him for this quite as much as for his cruelty and vulgarity. All left-wing parties in the highly industrialized countries are at bottom a sham, because they make it their business to fight against something which they do not really wish to destroy. They have internationalist aims, and at the same time they struggle to keep up a standard of life with which those aims are incompatible. We all live by robbing Asiatic coolies, and those of us who are ‘enlightened’ all maintain that those coolies ought to be set free; but our standard of living, and hence our ‘enlightenment’, demands that the robbery shall continue. A humanitarian is always a hypocrite, and Kipling’s understanding of this is perhaps the central secret of his power to create telling phrases.”

http://orwell.ru/library/reviews/kipling/english/e_rkip

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Nobody wins in D&D!! It’s not that kind of game!!

Double Damage a lil’ Gabagool! adventure

My favorite short story featuring these characters, from Gabagool! issue 4, 2003.

NSFW-ish…

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Godamnit Godzilla

Why couldn’t you have been the movie I wanted to see?

When I watched your trailer, I thought this was going to be the version of this movie I’d been waiting for. The one that taps into all of our collective deep-seated subconscious anxiety about impending environmental and societal collapse. Bryan Cranston sounding the alarms about something so horrible it’ll send us back to the stone age, Ken Watanabe solemnly intoning about the arrogance of man, thinking we can control nature. YESSSSS, this is what I wanted. Let me sit back in my recliner seat at the movie theater with my big cup of Coke Zero, and let every nightmarish fear and anxiety about our uncertain futures get visualized and fed right back to me in 3D CGI. Let all that horror wash right over me. Give me what I want!

But, no. Just dumb monster punching, all done from a safe distance. Emotionally disconnected. Very little sign of a real human cost. I don’t think anybody even gets stepped on.

Cloverfield remains the only Godzilla movie that has come close to giving me what I want. I didn’t love Pacific Rim, for all the same reasons of emotional disconnection from what was happening, but it was more entertaining than 2014 Godzilla.

I can’t believe it, but I might even think 1998 Godzilla is a better movie. At least Matthew Broderick has charisma, and there’s a little levity. Also, don’t quote me on this, but I think somebody might even get stepped on in that one.

Gags is impossible to please.

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"I might as well have told her that we make sculpture out of our own snot."

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What’s “Normal” and what isn’t.

Slightly NSFW-ish preview pages from Angie Bongiolatti

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The Age of Play - every Monday At Study Group Comic Books

New pages of the comic I am serializing over at Study Group have been posted here

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We’re doing a LIVE recording of Minutes 111 & 112! 

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