The 2017 RPM Challenge is open for registration

This is The Challenge – Record an album in 28 days, just because you can.
That’s 10 songs or 35 minutes of original material recorded during the month of February. 

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It’s a little like National Novel Writing Month, (NaNoWriMo.org) where writers challenge each other to write 1,700 words a day for 30 days, or the great folks over at February Album Writing Month (fawm.org), who encourage artists to write 14 new songs in February. Maybe they don’t have “Grapes of Wrath” or “Abbey Road” at the end of the month, or maybe they do—but that’s not the point. The point is they get busy and stop waiting around for the muse to appear. Get the gears moving. Do something. You can’t write 1,700 words a day and not get better.

Don’t wait for inspiration – taking action puts you in a position to get inspired. You’ll stumble across ideas you would have never come up with otherwise, and maybe only because you were trying to meet a day’s quota of (song)writing. Show up and get something done, and invest in yourself and each other.

nickname: Rebel took the challenge way back in 2008. We may have another go this year if the stars align in our favor. It is what it is.

Magic Whistle Radio Hour 107

This edition features tracks from SOMETHIN’ SMITH & THE REDHEADS, LUCKY STARR, SYLVIA AND MURRAY WINANT, MICKEY KATZ, MAGILLA GORILLA and more.

Things I’ve collected over the years or acquired on mixtapes and comps or gathered from the internet or the library or my parents’ attic. Thus the volume disparity. I make no claims to “discovering” or “owning” anything. Probably neither do you. It’s whatever I feel like playing that week. Things that may or may not be familiar. Who knows.

Much of the material here is at least a generation old and therefore sometimes has racist and sexist standards we wouldn’t conform to today. I can’t do a line-item veto. Think of it like a friend you like hanging out with 95% of the time but once in a while they embarrass you. My own attitude is to move forward.

Magic Whistle Radio Hour 106

Things I’ve collected over the years or acquired on mixtapes and comps or gathered from the internet or the library or my parents’ attic. Thus the volume disparity. I make no claims to “discovering” or “owning” anything. Probably neither do you. It’s whatever I feel like playing that week. Things that may or may not be familiar. Who knows.

Much of the material here is at least a generation old and therefore sometimes has racist and sexist standards we wouldn’t conform to today. I can’t do a line-item veto. Think of it like a friend you like hanging out with 95% of the time but once in a while they embarrass you. My own attitude is to move forward.

Support the Sequential Artists Workshop

Please feed the artists

If you’re reading this, you probably value comics and the arts in general. You may even be an artist. Which means you probably know just how little support the artists are given, both financially and emotionally, in spite of the value our art adds to our individual lives and culture in general.

Where would we be without the comic creations at the top?

SAW, The Sequential Artists Workshop,  is here to at least fix part of this picture for a few (mostly) self-selecting students. We’re here to mentor them, as cartoonists, as artists, as thinkers.

I didn’t know how to fix this problem for the country or the arts in general. But I felt like maybe I could help a few cartoonists.

When I started SAW, I hoped to nurture a community of cartoonists. I hoped to give my students peers. I hoped to be a mentor and to connect them with other mentors, until they became my peers, and my students became mentors to future students.

It’s been five years now, and nearly 300 students have come through SAW.

Here’s the story of one of Maxine, whom your donations have helped.

“I still feel like I’m digesting all that I learned at SAW. One of the best things about SAW is working next to your teachers. Being up late, working next to Wolfgang, or seeing Tom thumbnail a comic, or talking to Leela about her research for her book. I learned so much just from watching them go through their process.

“It’s hard to put a value on being part of a community of cartoonists and artists. Gainesville in general has a great, supportive arts community, but it’s hard to beat the camaraderie that you feel when you’re working next to your classmate, or when you read a draft, or when you see their work published. I didn’t think I’d stick around Gainesville when I came to SAW, but by January, I knew I wanted to stay.”
Maxine also told her SAW story more in depth on our blog.

Please, feed the artists.

Donate today so that we can share more stories like Maxine’s.

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From me to you,

Tom Hart

Wow Cool Boxing Week Sale

Wow Cool Alternative Comics is having a big boxing week sale.

20% off everything in the Cupertino and Online Wow Cool shops

Every order completed from Noon Monday, December 26 through Midnight Saturday, December 31st will be discounted 20%. Discount is applied when you add items to your cart.

The Cupertino store will be open usual hours: Tues, Thurs—Sat Noon—6pm, Wed Noon—7pm.

Shop online now.

Watch Me: Where do you draw the line?

Where do you draw the line? (full film) from Where do you draw the line? on Vimeo.

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Why is the Ecuadorian government proposing to extract oil in an area frequently classified by ecologists as one of the most bio-diverse rainforest regions left intact on earth? 

This documentary was filmed in Sani Isla and Ecuador’s capital city, Quito. It gives voice to an indigenous community in the Ecuadorian Amazon. To break the bond with the forest that has sustained their people for generations would be the death of their culture and community. Their resolve is tested in the face of corruption, bribery and greed as well as oil companies and the military threatening to take over the land by force.

At first glance it might appear that the community is just another victim of big oil’s need to feed ‘our’ collective habit. But a more complex story emerges: China taking over the role of the IMF and World Bank funding overseas development in return for oil; well-meaning but under resourced and ultimately failing, local government and worldwide initiatives; the international community turning a blind eye; blatant denial of indigenous rights; as well as the desires of the community themselves, to develop in line with modern expectations.

The film features:?- Academics who explain the government’s push for oil in order to fund development;?- Leading researchers who demonstrate the unique species and rich biodiversity existing within the region;?- Community members explaining their long history in the area, and their plans for a sustainable future based on eco-tourism for future generations, as well as the lengths they will go to in order to protect their community;?- A government minister who was part of a now cancelled initiative which could have saved the region entirely.?- Covertly captured footage of an oil production platform guarded by the military (many camera crews have tried and failed to gain access)?- Footage of an oil slick which flowed down through Ecuador into Peru and The Amazon itself.

Biologists classify this region as one of the most bio-diverse regions on the planet. To extract oil in what we all know as ‘the lungs of the earth’ for 8 days worth of oil (at current rates of world consumption) would bring this particular ecosystem to the brink of collapse. In a globalised world of mass consumption run on fossil fuels, could we all play in a part in the destruction of this pristine rainforest? If so, ‘Where do you draw the line?’

(Production notes:)?Produced by 3 recent uni-graduate friends. All 3 grew up in Bristol and went off to Ecuador on a self-funded whim having saved up for a year after reading a newspaper article in The Guardian. ‘How hard can it be to make a film?’ As they soon found out, very. They had no experience of film making and learned everything along the way. Looking through the footage it became clear that they had captured a snapshot of a global issue with lasting implications for us all. Recognising the importance of the subject matter Daddy G suggested he might be interested in helping raise awareness – he recorded his voiceover in between tours having become committed to the project.? Released with the intention of raising awareness and educating, this film is not expected to generate any profit.

 

Wow Cool 20% Off Sale November 25–28 2016

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In celebration of the Black Friday/Small Business Saturday/Whatever Sunday Is/Cyber Monday buying frenzy, Wow Cool will be holding a 20% off everything in the store sale from November 25–28th online; and, Friday the 25th and Saturday the 26th in our Cupertino store. We will be open the usual hours noon–6pm. Discount is available on any pre-paid special orders and first month of subscriptions.

Every order completed online from Midnight Thursday, November 24th/Friday, November 25th through Midnight Monday, November 28th/Tuesday, November 29th (Mountain Time) will be discounted 20%. Discount is applied when you add items to your cart.

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The Great Martian War

Great martian war from PLAZMA on Vimeo.

It’s a couple years old, but new to me. Discovered via fellow deranged Acadian cousin Stephen Bissette.

Magic Whistle Radio Hour 94

This upload features tracks from KITTY FORDDICK TRACYTHE SURFSIDERSVICTOR LUNDBERGJAY MCSHANN’S ORCHESTRA and more.

Things I’ve collected over the years or acquired on mixtapes and comps or gathered from the internet or the library or my parents’ attic. Thus the volume disparity. I make no claims to “discovering” or “owning” anything. Probably neither do you. It’s whatever I feel like playing that week. Things that may or may not be familiar. Who knows.

Much of the material here is at least a generation old and therefore sometimes has racist and sexist standards we wouldn’t conform to today. I can’t do a line-item veto. Think of it like a friend you like hanging out with 95% of the time but once in a while they embarrass you. My own attitude is to move forward.

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