While there is a lot of appropriate rage about Ferguson right now, the killing of John Crawford, III is getting less attention than it deserves. I put Shaun King’s tweets and history lesson on the matter in chronological order for easier consumption.


Autopsy and video show John Crawford shot from behind in Wal-Mart

Witness in murder of John Crawford changes story

You really should be following Shaun King on Twitter.

I try to keep this Tumblr all about my art, but some things are too important to try to share in any way that isn’t immediate.



Open call for work: looking for handmade, one of a kind artists’ books for a show I’m organizing at the Sculpture Center. ALL work submitted will be accepted if it meets the above criteria (no multiples, no editions accepted!). We’ll have a pop-up shop at the Sculpture Center in conjunction with…

I should submit my comic, Speak Up.





Sketchbook comic about Kajieme Powell’s death at the hands of police on August 19th.

The video that the bystander recorded and the police released, apparently to exonerate themselves, is very disturbing. The police go to their guns too easily too often. There is less than half a minute between the time they pull up and the moment where this man is shot to death. Again, they must have had some knowledge of his potentially disturbed mental state - the reason the police were called seems to be because the man was acting strange. Other police arrive on the scene within a minute.

For more thoughts on this incident I thought this link was good.

I saw this video too, and it shook me very deeply.  In this society we hold institutional authority too dear and human life far too cheap.

Agree. Well put.

Some things must be spread by any media possible: Human life is valuable. Pass it on.



Dear Students

Some times we don’t know what to draw. That’s a good time to copy something. Like a postcard. Here is an extra credit assignment: Open your composition notebooks, set a timer for 20 minutes and draw the dancer in this postcard.

This is NEVER a bad idea!

Why not do it now?


Professor Bootsy

I did the assignment! All in preparation for my What It Is online workshop with Liz Rush - we’re gonna do those assignments too.


Kurt Vonnegut’s Rules for Short Stories
1. Use the time of a total stranger in such a way that he or she will not feel the time was wasted.

2. Give the reader at least one character he or she can root for.

3. Every character should want something, even if it is only a glass of water.

4. Every sentence must do one of two things–reveal character or advance the action.

5. Start as close to the end as possible.

6. Be a sadist. No matter how sweet and innocent your leading characters, make awful things happen to them–in order that the reader may see what they are made of.

7. Write to please just one person. If you open a window and make love to the world, so to speak, your story will get pneumonia.

8. Give your readers as much information as possible as soon as possible. To heck with suspense. Readers should have such complete understanding of what is going on, where and why, that they could finish the story themselves, should cockroaches eat the last few pages.

Kurt Vonnegut (via chrisarrant)

Reblogging because I must.