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Thursday, August 21, 2014

New comic book from Bobby Campbell

Bobby Campbell has issued the new digital comic book AGNOSIS #1 — #FINDTHEOTHERS. It is 64 pages long and available for $1.95 as a digital download here.  I bought my copy right after it came out and read it the next night.

It's written by Bobby with rather good art from Marcelino Balao III. RAW fans will enjoy the work, as it is dense with allusions to Bob, Timothy Leary, James Joyce, Robert Shea, Aleister Crowley, etc., and will enjoy seeing some of their concepts brought to life in Balao's art. I particularly liked the No Bunny and the entire panel illustration the eight circuit model of consciousness. I hope Bobby sends this to Alan Moore and gets a response.

There's no DRM, so I was able to download my copy, back it up online, and then transfer it to a tablet for convenient lie-on-the-couch viewing.

Also available: Weird Comix #1, an anthology from Bobby (for just 99 cents).

I interviewed Bobby earlier this year.


Bobby Campbell said...

Thanks so much for the write up! And thanks to everyone willing to give this thing a gander!

Here's a small bit of RAW trivia about the comic:

I actually wrote the script for this, and Marcelino drew all the art, back in 2004-05. I was writing it while I was studying w/ RAW at MLA.

Back then he would occasionally hold small group discussions in internet chat rooms, and one night, because I was 23 and stoned, and he was 72 and drunk, I asked and he agreed that I could use Simon Moon (My fav RAW character) in the comic I was working on.

After the fact I felt like it wasn't really fair that I asked him that, and that maybe I had taken advantage of his kindness, and so I decided not to explicitly use his character, but rather just a sort of an oblique homage.

Which actually works better for such a meta-fictional/medium aware/multiversal character.

And so maybe Simon Moon appears in Agnosis! and maybe not.

"I never died, said he; I never die, said he"


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In Sync?...A less than serious Liberatrian voice (one of my impromptu pseudonymns) speaks to a MSM columnist/novelist's (Wangersky) comment section on arbitrary 'random' stops at suspected drunk driving locales in Newfoundland. The name chosen was Simon Moonshine Wiggletarian: :::We're dancin w/ Wags da Dog. What a pullover The columnist has knitted here for the hypothetical police state's pet poodle-tactic. I'd like to suggest an emp unit in every cruiser, just stop them dead electrically on the road because they could try to speed away, being arbitrarily drunk an'all. Gleichshaltung Baby!  Next column I predict he has more botany and landscape than this Street Legal rerun cartoon remix. Give sober drivers a prize when you stop them. Then it's not ID for a hunch. Maybe give the sober driver a credit? Reward sober drivers. Let's leave metaphysical human rights alone, and legal rights alone as much as possible. New Rule hypothetical: If a cop makes you blow and you under, you get a credit to you account for being a good sober sport and not going all rights-crazy preaching some hierarchy of values, sending selfies to lawyers. Our police officers should not be subjected to "wastin my time dam nab it, I got pets to mend, been in AA past 10 year" What if she only was met with - a reward for her professed and demonstrated sobriety as a repurposed tax accountant gone veterinarian (it happens) - "really Officer,  (cut section, too long!) turkey voucher is an idea. Also, have an Intuition of the Year Award for the spooky, highest-ratio Amazing Raveen-like RNC officers. Everyone's a winner. Don't hate the players. Fix the game. This is not a game to MADD and they know you can't expect habits to change by solely diminishing self-esteem with shame. Get a MADD magnet when subjected to these courtesy  check-stops, after all they bravely paved the way to this change when they revised the name in the (80s?) from against drunk drivers, to against drunk driving. Give the people credit and they will historically, be caught extending it to our police. Police are in the safety business and should have access to hunches like any safety professionals. Even some radio surveys will send you a Toonie for your time. A cab ride voucher, anything. This contest is void for citizen reports, of course! That would make too many turkeys. With turkey rights what they are. Is the common privilege to refuse solicitation, as in be excused from further services in play here? As in no ID need be produced if the officer is sufficiently satisfied with the situation as a bad hunch, "Thank you officer, I'm OK...". But you give ID to get credit, of course. It just can't be an id check, its a gut-check. People are crippled up and might spasm and seem drunk for a sec and would love a turkey, not a shakedown beyond there condition. A gift from a cop would shock the confession out of a wanted felon (it happens). Cops are there to make you safe. You have no right to a turkey or gift card to Swiss Chalet. That is what makes it sweet. The gradient between being enticed, harangued and coerced into a working bill of rights, for everyone. I suppose that is the whole point I couldn't make in the first place about metaphysics gone concrete.:::Tom/Bobby?:: I'd rather an Olivetti yypewriter interfaced to an iPad. This feels like a squeezebox and make me write like one. Simon moon is real cool. Real moon in orbit is so fake...

Bobby Campbell said...

@Thorfinn Axelson I know that I love Canada, and friendly/creative/cooperative solutions to social problems, and Swiss Chalet!

Onward and upward!

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