Incoherent senseless rambling’s always… interesting. Got some shit here for ya. When it comes to rambling, only 7 people do it better than that one bearded mumbler who wrote Transmetropolitan. In today’s episode, he’s talking about the lonely death of print, specifically magazines. He’s pointing his dipped fingers at MagCloud, a self-publishing site specializing on helping normal folks (well, maybe people in the biz too who’re out of work) “publish [their] own printed magazine”. It’s a sad time for print they say, but perhaps they did it to themselves? That’s what beardy thinks. My glass is half full though, I think it’s an exciting and opportunistic time for print and what it means to the global media market.
And I’m (holds out hand, fore finger and thumb) THIS close to looking into it. Print out of home. Give a local company an offer to place “X” amount of magazines, with their ads of course, at “X” locations across the metro. Guy like me, or anybody else who’s interested to begin with (without money involved), would charge such a small price it’d be no skin off any moderately successful company’s back. Put it next to The Onion. Put it in coffee shops, gas stations, grocery stores, bookstores, record stores, fucking bus stations, I don’t know. See where it takes you. In the words of Matt Jones’ t-shirt: get excited and make things!!
Yes, there’s always failure. It’s everywhere. Apollo 13 is full of shit — the Ron Howard movie not the moon mission — failure is an option, and it isn’t that bad. People fail everyday. The saying should go: LACK OF TRYING is not an option. If failing wasn’t an option, we’d all be dead surely. Or mad.
- There’s a chick, lady, whatever, named Margaret Atwood who I’m convinced is a genius. She’s a Canadian, writer, optimist, speculator, and award winner. The magazine, speaking of them, Wired is featuring a very interesting interview with Atwood on her work, the differences between speculative fiction and science fiction, and the future of humanity to cite a few. READ IT. It’s good.
- “Truth and Consequences” are two powerful things. So it makes sense that CBR titled their interview with Jason Aaron that, subtitled “Aaron on Scalped“, a story that revolves around, examines, practically breaths both of them. I just finished the middle issue of “The Gnawing” and it’s consequences that weave in and out of the dialogue and themes. Gina won’t leave the Reservation, no matter how much money she’s offered, because she’s already nearly been killed before for trying that same thing. Bad Horse made a deal with a nut-case, who’s only getting out of jail because the FBI’s pulling strings, because of the consequences if he doesn’t. Catcher’s about to kill a local police officer, and the Hmong crew is coming to fuck up Red Crow.
- That Metal Faced Blog is linking to a badass, MF Doom (sorry… DOOM) themed mixtape by a dude called Pipomixes. Nothin’ wrong with that. It’s an interesting little mix that takes one to the depths of the Operation Doomsday secret lair base to the high cliffed cave of Born Like This hieroglyphics and all. I’d stream it, but it takes a while to upload on WordPress. Just follow the LINK.