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Wherein I give my thoughts on the Israel-Palestine Conflict.

thewoodquarter:

So, to begin with, there is irony in that Israeli actions from 1948 onwards created Palestinian national consciousness by giving them a shared history and narrative (expulsion, the refugee camps, the PLO etc). If we are not to treat the Occupied Territories as a legitimate…

Ladies and Gentlemen of Tumblr, this is the sort of considered and intelligent post you should be aiming for. I don’t necessarily think it’s fair to say Palestinian national consciousness comes from Israeli actions, it May have galvanised it somewhat, but Palestinian nationalism (distinct from wider Arab nationalism) predates Israel by almost half a century; and while Israel has exasperated and failed to address the issue, it is really one they inherited due to the negligence of the various powers that historical held the territory.

… That horribly convoluted “but in fairness” sentence aside, what I’m trying to say is post like this are rare on tumblr, and you should follow this blog, it’s aces.

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http://politicalsexkitten.tumblr.com/post/92532051275/overweener-politicalsexkitten-posts-photo

overweener:

politicalsexkitten:

*posts photo of hate crimes against PoC by white Irish people*

*someone reblogs*

"This isn’t all of Ireland! Just a part of Ireland bags really racist! Don’t depict us like that! Just because we’re white doesn’t mean we weren’t oppressed!"

Like there’s…

Yeah! How dare you point out that the republic and the north are different countries, where issues like racism are rooted in completely different sociopolitical contexts, and as a result require different approaches to stamp it out!

Say, is there a variant on mansplaining that covers when Americans show up to share their well informed opinions about Irish politics and history?

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How to Fake Being a Rich Kid of Instagram

roisinkiberd:

 

My first piece for the main part of Vice is about discount private jets for Insta-ballers. 

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kingsandqueers:

tom-fletcher:

feminismandtea:

cradily:

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i hate this website

"Irish is a form of English"
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j e s u s fucking christ

irish is a people gaelic is a language stop being rude is my favourite

"Technically it’s celtic" 

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hoogiehowser:

1977

Paul Pope

THB: Comics from Mars #2

(via joekeatinge)

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Random throwback post: I’m on Thought Catalog

roisinkiberd:

Ever googled yourself and discovered that a piece you submitted forever ago got published without you knowing?

It’s a strange and pleasant feeling.

Here’s a piece on Thought Catalog I wrote about what Sofia Coppola’s Bling Ring means for my generation.

(Fan-made poster via Black is White)

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thewoodquarter:

thewoodquarter:

Lads, seriously. You need to stop posting photos of dead Palestinian kids. 

fucking read it again and stop being so hideously disrespectful. 

What he said.

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Breitbart UK have a piece on Ireland’s recent visit to the UN. It’s nuts and stupid, but the best part is the comment section.

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On Trigger Warnings

roisinkiberd:

My piece on (against) trigger warnings for the Irish Times is an odd one, in that I’ve never talked about my own mental health in a piece before, let alone in a national newspaper.

I’ve wanted to, but it’s taken this long.

Anyways, here it is. Ro, you’re in the paper of record. That’s pretty cool.

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Meanwhile on twitter, a worrying number of people are putting human rights in scare quotes while discussing Israeli airstrikes. Expecting Israel to comply with its human rights obligations is not the same as denying its right to defend itself.

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Some fill in pages I did for Dan Schkade and Jesse Snavlin’s webcomic, the Fowl, have been running on their site for the past few weeks and these pages are the big finish. You should go here and the rest of ‘em a read. Go on, you’ll have a good time, I promise. 

Oh and these pages contain nudity; of the gentleman and lady kind. It’s all very tasteful and (I hope) vaguely symbolic, but just so your delicate sensibilities aren’t shocked I thought I should mention it. 

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I wish the Israelis and the Palestinians would just put their differences aside and focus on the real issues, like Grath Brooks and the flegs.

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julienick: Hi Declan :) Absolutely loving Moon Knight, your artwork is gorgeous and it's been a really enjoyable run. I remember you posting your inspiration for some of the issues, like stills from Only God Forgives and Oldboy. I was wondering, do you use them for reference as well? I'm really struggling with drawing fight scenes and was hoping to know the source of the stills or any advice you have for an inexperienced penciller. Thank you! Looking forward to your next project!

dshalv:

Do I use films for reference? NEVER

Still from Drive (2011) v panel from Moon Knight #5

*COUGH* Okay, this week’s MOON KNIGHT #5 is an exception, as there’s deliberate homages to particular films.

To properly answer your question though, yes I do use films for reference, but only to inform; I don’t take stills from movies and use them in my pages. Generally, I find films great resources for immersive reference; I take advantage of the research teams and art crews for the background material they find. I used Terrence Malick's 'The New World' for some detailed Native American reference in my AMERICAN VAMPIRE story, for example. I often see some screen compositions that give me ideas. Six Feet Under had a huge impact on my sense of storytelling, especially knowing when to pull back for certain emotional beats.

Six Feet Under, S4 E01; ‘Falling Into Place’

As regards action scenes, I’ve often looked at action movies and looked at how fights are stages, how they’re paced, etc. I remember John Woo’s 'Hard Boiled' being a particular revelation to me, for example. But, it’s not like you can take a filmed sequence and just transfer it over to a comics page, or take stills and plant them into a scene. While they’re both visual mediums, they work totally differently; the storytelling of a page is dictated by the actions that happen on the page, and even the shape of the page. .

Take this DEADPOOL page, for example. The script asks for certain things and while I could try and essentially copy-and-paste shots from movies, that’s just not going to flow storytelling-wise. Collaging a fight scene just isn’t going to work. In this page I use the action to deliberately direct the reader around the page. If the page were a different format, the composition of the panels would be radically different.

That’s the type of thing you need to keep in mind when drawing comics. The storytelling. Consider the action and the space available to you, that’s what will make it a great comics page. Once you’ve figured that out, you can always find/make the reference to support your storytelling decisions. So by all means, study film, but as with any reference, the results are better when they inform the craft and not dictate it.

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