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kruku
Our next meeting we will be meeting in one of Streatham Library's meeting rooms on Monday the 3 August. So just pop in to Streatham Library on the day and ask at the library staff desk which meeting room we are meeting in..

Everyone is welcome. So please turn for a chat about comics & graphic novels and what we would all like to see in our Streatham Library graphic novel collection on Monday the 3 August.

Oh and if you're late we reconvene at about 20:00 in the Holland & Tringham pub just down the road :)


Venue:
Streatham Library
63 Streatham High Road
London SW16 1PL
After Meeting drink:
Holland and Tringham
107-109 StreathamHigh Road
London SW16 1HJ
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Cross posted to lambeth_comics & our Facebook Group
 
 
 
kruku
Our next meeting we will be meeting in one of Streatham Library's meeting rooms on Monday this coming 6 July. So just pop in to Streatham Library on the day and ask at the library staff desk which meeting room we are meeting in..

Everyone is welcome. Everyone is welcome. So please turn for a chat about comics & graphic novels and what we would all like to see in our Streatham Library graphic novel collection on Monday the 6 July.

Oh and if you're late we reconvene at about 20:00 in the Holland & Tringham pub just down the road :)


Venue:
Streatham Library
63 Streatham High Road
London SW16 1PL
After Meeting drink:
Holland and Tringham
107-109 StreathamHigh Road
London SW16 1HJ
Printable Map Printable Map



Cross posted to lambeth_comics & our Facebook Group
 
 
 
kruku
Our next meeting we will be meeting in one of Streatham Library's meeting rooms on Monday this 1 June. So just pop in to Streatham Library on the day and ask at the library staff desk which meeting room we are meeting in..

Everyone is welcome. Everyone is welcome. So please turn for a chat about comics & graphic novels and what we would all like to see in our Streatham Library graphic novel collection on Monday the 1 June.

Oh and if you're late we reconvene at about 20:00 in the Holland & Tringham pub just down the road :)


Venue:
Streatham Library
63 Streatham High Road
London SW16 1PL
After Meeting drink:
Holland and Tringham
107-109 StreathamHigh Road
London SW16 1HJ
Printable Map Printable Map



Cross posted to lambeth_comics & our Facebook Group
 
 
 
kruku
19 May 2015 @ 04:53 pm
Frankie Boyle's Election Autopsy on BBC iPlayer got me a little depressed yesterday.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/mediacentre/proginfo/2015/20/frankie-boyle-election-autopsy

I like Frankie Boyle's acerbic humour which normally propels me effortlessly through the week on a big fluffy, razor studded, cloud composed of sugary-sweet shedefrued and bitter vindication. However when his guest, the rapper Akala, made the very good case that Britain has an inherently racist culture I was made aware how insidious "white privilege" is. I have always felt some empathy with bikers. Not those displaying their inappropriate lumps via over-tight lycra. I mean the leather clad motorcycle riding genus. Bikers have persistently followed a lifestyle in the face of public and civil censure but the latest furor of the bikers involved in a public shootout in Texas made me aware that if the same incident had occurred between gangs of a predominantly black cultural bias the police would have decended upon them with all the military might they could muster like the wrath of god and also used the event as an excuse to assault every American African in the immediate area with prejudice. So as much I esteem bikers they do enjoy the privilege of being part of very white cultural phenonoma.
http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2015/may/18/bandidos-motorcycle-gang-bad-boy-reputation-waco-shootout

I do so enjoy having my cultural icons compromised ...not ):
 
 
 
kruku
11 May 2015 @ 03:33 pm
I am my sister's carer, despite that she has been declared fit for work(:

I went to her flat this weekend gone to clean her flat for her. This is necessary because she insists on cooking. My sister can not cook to save her life, or mine(: It runs in the family at least, it seems, with the women in my family. My sister's lack of skill in the kitchen includes burning herself while cooking last week. Instead of calling me she decided to do the cleaning herself and the burn has turned septic. This has happened in spite of the doctor telling her not to get the burn wet. So I am now cleaning her flat regularly until her burn heals.

After finishing cleaning her flat last night I accepted my sister's offer of a vegetarian meal in a moment of weakness. I sat down at the table and was presented with a fish supper. Not knowing how to refuse it I ate with some dread.

This morning I was woken by a rumbling tummy. My sister set out on her appointments and I house-sat her flat to wait for the maintenance man to fix a window. As feared, I spent most of the morning and afternoon sitting in the toilet.

How do you tell a woman with the delusion that she is a cordon bleu cook she is killing you with her cooking and still get past her front door so you can look after her?
 
 
 
kruku

Change of venue!

Our next meeting we will be meeting in the Holland & Tringham pub from 19:00. 

Everyone is welcome. The pub is a cheerful busy venue that provides coffee tea and cakes as well as alcohol. So please turn up for this holiday Streatham Graphic Novel Readers Group meeting for a chat about comics & graphic novels.on Bank Holiday Monday the 4 May.


Venue:
Holland and Tringham
107-109 StreathamHigh Road
London SW16 1HJ
Printable Map


Cross posted to lambeth_comics & our Facebook Group
 
 
 
kruku
13 April 2015 @ 07:34 pm

Done loads of springcleaning and got headache from all the dust but feeing good until I heard that our landlords have just fined us for have having parties! According to neighbours, some of whom I have met, insist we are all sqautters and shouldn't be living here now claim we are having a wild old time. We are not and we aren't. How likely is it delusional tories could get their facts wrong about us making a lot of noise when we're next door to a Territorial Barracks that drill cadets until very late and throw loud events well past midnight. I don't suppose the night club next door to the Territorial Barracks could be the culprit either(:

 
 
 
kruku
Change of venue!

Our next meeting we will be meeting in the Holland & Tringham pub from 19:00. 

Everyone is welcome. The pub is a cheerful busy venue that provides coffee tea and cakes as well as alcohol. So please turn up for this holiday Streatham Graphic Novel Readers Group meeting for a chat about comics & graphic novels.on Bank Holiday Monday the 6 April.


Venue:
Holland and Tringham
107-109 StreathamHigh Road
London SW16 1HJ
Printable Map


Cross posted to lambeth_comics & our Facebook Group
 
 
 
kruku
08 March 2015 @ 09:41 pm


I got up early to clean the front drive/yard again today. It's too packed with parked cars during the week to anything done so Sunday is the best day to do it. There were two car spaces empty I had not cleaned before so I was keen to get on with it. Even so it took me the best part of three hours to clean up two car spaces. The rubbish and debris is so thick on the ground it hides ancient beer cans buried deep within it.

So I was scraping the muck and rubbish up and sweeping it into piles and shifting the piles into refuse bags when a gentleman, dressed in sloanie country kit, walking his tiny pedigree dog stopped to cross examine me. By his manner he obviously felt he had the right. I was bemused but not unhappy about being approached since it gave me an excuse to slack off and catch my breath. We talked about the state of the front yard and why my landlords have not done anything about it. Apparently it impringed on his and his friends' & neighbors' sense of rightness. He and his friends & neighbors, even though they lived at some distance to us, have complained to the council about the poor state of my apartment building's front yard/drive on numerous occaissions. I did wonder why it never occurred to them to approach the residents or the landlords, whose address is plainly posted on the front of the building. I was happy to inform the gentleman of our landlords and of our, the residents, responsibilities.

At some point I described my landlords to him as neoliberal to emphasise their capitalist motives. He was unaware of the term. I informed him that it was an economic philosophy and he suggested I was wrong since he was educated in economics and had never heard of the term. When I suggested it was well known and Margaret Thatcher and General Pinochet were great fans he held up his hand to my face and said "I'm afraid we'll have to part". That's when I realised he was one of the "party faithful". He was a Tory but he also was one of those people that refused to read or listen to anything that suggested that an extreme right wing government was anything but beneficial. I could quite imagine him as a faithful follower of Hitler in 1940's Nazi Germany and terribly confused when he, along with many German citizens, were asked to account at the end of the war.

I don't think some people can be negotiated with until they are aware they've completely lost any chance to advance their ideology.

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kruku
The Mahou Shounen Breakfast Club is/was a webcomic created in the manga style by Toril Orlesky (alias Starlock) and Katie O’Neill.

The Mahou Shounen Breakfast Club came under fire from manga fans for not being authentic. I had no idea what was happening bar the fact that "Mahou Shounen Breakfast Club" was being criticised as the contreversy raged so I kept out of it and my comments to myself. Quite wisely as it turns out :)

The thing that has struck me in the ongoing debate was the question can "white people do manga?"

Well, no. Not unless they've spent some time working and living in Nihon (Japan) or have spent a lot of time socialising & working with Japanese people and communities in the west. Why these conditions? Because a "manga" is a "Japanese comic". Most all manga's I've read are rooted in the Japanese perspective of Nihon (Japan), society, the future, technology, etc, etc... So unless you are very familiar with Japanese culture and it's people you are going to be struggling in an art form where your work is going to compared to that of accomplished manga creators, often of a very professional standard, who have been raised in the culture.

Is it offensive for white people to exploit other cultures in their art? It is no more offensive for white people to create manga than all the Japanese mangas that are set in some Dick Van Dyke Anglo-Euro setting are offensive to me. I am aware that these mangas are some artists creation and they have a right to express themselves no matter how much some of it makes me cringe. A few cartoonists in Paris paid for the freedom of expression and the right to cause offense with their lives this year. Anyone can write or create anything they please. It's called freedom of speech. You're a fool if you don't a defend it but a fool if you flaunt it to no end.

What white people who have little experience of Japan can do is create comics in the style of manga. Adam Warren did years ago. It has been called "pseudo manga" or "world manga" . Bryan Lee O'Malley has built a career out of "world manga". The likes of O'Malley's "Scott Pilgrim" & Warren's "Bubblegum Crisis, Grand Mal" & "Empowered" are recognised and respected (in the west , if not Nihon) as a homage to manga. But what Warren and O'Malley have both done is set their story worlds in the future or the west. Which sidesteps the issue of patronising other cultures.

Should Toril Orlesky and Katie O’Neill have quit? I would have reccomended a reboot of The Shounen Breakfast Club. They suddenly had an world wide audience of critics including Japanese manga fans, regardless of any hostility. It's the sort of response publishers' market research people dream about. They could have accepted the criticisms, respected their, new found audience, no matter how rude and used whatever feedback they were getting to change the Shounen Breakfast Club. Personally I would fielded the idea that the manga style be kept, for the majority of the characters to be occidental even if it meant changing them and the story set it in the future, in New Zealand, Australia or on the Moon.

I wish Toril Orlesky and Katie O’Neill all the best and I hope they learn from this and go on with making comics and art.

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