I feel like a little bit of a jerk for so rarely giving comics and zines their own posts. But the thing is, I tend to read them between and along side bigger books, and so they kinda pile up on my table after I’m done, and I have a hard time getting around to writing reviews for them because I’m already reading something else and too lazy… Maybe that’s a crappy excuse. But I want it on the record that I think that comics and zines are just as important as books. Sometimes even more important because they’re saying stuff that isn’t always marketable to mass audiences.
Truckface #14 and Truckface #16 by LB
I’ve only read 3 Truckfaces (see other mention here), and they’re hard to find online and it’s sad because I totally want more. Truckface is a fantastic fat little perzine that LB writes about teaching in public high school in Chicago. Ack, they’re packed full of good though provoking descriptions of teacher strikes and issues of the real world reflected in classrooms, and how fucked up implementations like “no child left behind” are. Not interested in teaching at this moment? It doesn’t matter. LB will make you see how it and the education system all tie into the wider world.
Find them both (along with lots of other awesome stuff that I want) at Ms Valerie Park Distro while they last!
Invasion of the Dykes to Watch Out For by Alison Bechdel
Omg, I had forgotten how totally great this comic was. When I was a teen, the strip was in the lesbian weekly (which I devoured), and the books were some of the only non-erotica queer books by women that could be found at the local gay-friendly indie book store I devoured it, and the characters were a decently sized fraction of the queer culture that I was absorbing. Bechdel recently got more famous for her memoirs (Are You My Mother and Fun Home), but I want to remind my few readers and accidental Googlers that Dykes To Watch Out For is a freaking awesome comic that confronts all sorts of stuff in a really awesome way: corporate america, politix, gender roles, unintentional hypocrisy, human habits, relationship un/conventions and more (and duh, is fun to read).
Find a copy at your library, or ask for it at your local indie book store (if you don’t buy things there but can technically at least kind of afford to, then you’re not doing anything to stave off its inevitable demise… I realized this recently and bought a bunch of stuff at Dog Eared Books)
I was riding my bike through the Mission and came to a hasty stop when I saw the sign-free, windowless establishment that is known as the All Season Market. I felt inexplicably drawn to it. I went inside and chose one of the few $1 scratchers that I hadn’t seen yet, the “Ea$Y GRAND.” I did not win a grand, but the strange pull had a reason– I won a free ticket! And the proprietor of this market didn’t even wish me good luck! Amazing!
I mentioned in a previous post that I was starting to feel a little bit weird about buying all of these lottery tickets. On the upside, the CA Lottery allegedly gives quite a bit of money to local schools. It even says so on the back of their tickets. I decided to investigate a bit on their website. Their stats are somewhat out of date, but here’s how much they’ve given to some of the schools/districts in San Francisco. The Lottery site claims that individual school districts get to choose how they use their lottery money. However, they additionally offer the bizarre stat that 63% of Lottery funds are used in California’s public schools to attract and retain teachers. I would be curious to know what that entails.