Louder than words: Brazilian graffiti clashes against the World Cup
While the protests that took place during last summer’s Confederations Cup were overwhelming and affecting, recent news out of Brazil suggests that what we saw last year might have only been a precursor to a larger movement set to convene just as the World Cup looks to kick off in less than two weeks.
From teachers to doctors, artists to indigenous populations, the Brazilian population is once again uniting against a perceived neglect on the part of the Brazilian government. With taxpayer funds gone missing, local businesses shunned in favor of multinational conglomerates, and many Brazilians left in an unstable position as both housing costs and forceful evictions increase, Brazilians are angry, and rightfully so.
But while last summer’s protests focused upon mass gatherings as a primary means to garner international attention, organizers and frustrated Brazilians have shifted tactics, utilizing a variety of platforms to spread their message. And what could be more arresting for visitors to Brazil than anti-World Cup graffiti in the cities hosting matches?
trevorhale sagte: When you have an idea for a long form story (comic-wise) where do you usually start? I'm thinking along the lines of Transmet or Planetary, I guess. What's your process for getting from raw idea to that finished first issue?
I’m answering this one mostly because I hope other people read it too.
The answer is, I’m afraid, staggeringly useless for you, Trevor, because for me it’s: just bloody do it. Too many people think there’s a process list or magic trick for this sort of thing, and there’s not. Write and revise and write. Isolate the things you want to write about and the things you want to say and, really, just bloody well write them down. Screenwriting courses and creative writing guides have given people the idea that there’s a miraculous cheat sheet for doing any kind of commercial writing, and it’s bullshit. The idea works or it doesn’t. You’re either good or you’re not. And if you’re not, keep writing until you are. That’s it.
I would be a fine motivational coach, if only I had a steady stream of innocent bystanders to punch in the face to emphasise points. I think there’s potential there, though.
"He told me to fuck off and just write something! And then he ATE A BABY! It was SO COOL! Right up to the point where he choked on the umbilical cord."
Quick reminder to self.
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Zum Beispiel die bitterböse Realsatire Der Affe von Hartlepool, geschrieben von Wilfrid Lupano und gezeichnet von Jérémie Morau.
I started Dresden Codak nine years ago. Here’s a comparison of the very first strip I uploaded with the last panel of the most recent page.
In 2005 I was a floundering 21-year-old college student with no direction and growing debt. I drew that snake comic in a statistics class I was failing, and on my way home I decided to scan it and maybe put together a website. I thought if I kept doing that, I could teach myself to draw, as a fun hobby.
Since then, this comic has become my full time job (since 2008), and last year I raised over half a million dollars in the second most successful comics Kickstarter ever. I draw what I like, I have fans all around the globe, and most fortunately, I know what I want to do with my life. In those nine years I’ve had countless people from all corners tell me I couldn’t do this or that, or that I was wasting my time trying something that had no future or point. At the end of the day, though, I can only say “I’ll show you,” and I try to do just that.
Never underestimate the power of time, hard work, and stubbornness.