Sunday, July 13, 2014

LATEST EDITION.

Regarding CLR James: Ye editor says not to lose heart, the book will be published. I dam sure hope so!

Below, another sequence from my CLR James 'graphic novel' (comic, dammit!). James at age 8 in Trinidad.






Yrs, MK

COPYRIGHT 2014 BY MILTON KNIGHT
FOILED AGAIN

The project I’ve been working on since Fall last year is less than likely to see print. The history of CLR James, 20th century Trinidadian social activist, is not a subject I would have chosen myself. It was presented to me by an editor who said it had a publisher and that it was a “done deal”. It wasn’t, and once the months of (paid) labor were presented, the publisher passed on it. They have committed themselves to too many ‘graphic novel’ projects as it is. (I have my doubts about the legitimacy of the “graphic novel revolution’, but will go into that another time.)

Since the humor element of comics has been supplanted by strivings for Art and Education (‘humor’, ‘comics’, how’s that for irony?), I hoped that this book might break one or two glass ceilings for me, and also hoped that the book would serve a more noble purpose: to use a cartoon style to present images of blacks in new, constructive, even heroic roles. I wanted to make a book that would make kids’ eyes pop and would inspire wonder and interest to those of all ages, especially those who normally avoid the majority of stodgy graphic textbooks. A sort of ‘learning by accident’.

Since, as I said, the book is less than likely to see print, I feel less beholden to keep it a secret. Here’s a sequence summarizing CLR James’ play, TOUSSAINT L’OVERTURE, about the former slave who led his fellow Haitians to freedom. Paul Robeson created the leading role, and it is he who plays it here. (Note: Haiti was under French rule at the time, 1791, and renamed San Domingo. The blacks had been officially freed, but the conditions of life remained the same.)
 















 
 
Yrs, MK
 
COPYRIGHT 2014 BY MILTON KNIGHT

Monday, July 7, 2014

NOTION

Tired of 'awesome' art that isn't ABOUT anything.

This is a 'Golden Age' of polished artists; the schools are spewing out more than ever before. But most of them are high on polish and low on actual ideas. There is nothing there besides being 'awesome'. And to see every country going this way is depressing to me. No more styles unique to their countries. Just one big, highly polished lump.
SLAUGHTER THE EVIL

Today's my first day seeing Tod Slaughter, England's drooling, cackling poverty row horror star. These broad melodramas are like staged spook shows. Even Ed Wood said they were bad (but loved them). Three finales here.

Friday, July 4, 2014

HAPPY 4th!



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Thursday, July 3, 2014

CANINE/FELINE CLASSICS!

Now out: another in the GRAPHIC CLASSICS line of paperbacks; CANINE/FELINE CLASSICS features a whole heap of vital cartoonists bringing pet-oriented literature to life in full color. (Happy to say I have two pages therein.)






Now available from the publisher at only $15. http://graphicclassics.com/

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

HOW PLIMPS AND PLUMPS FOOLED THE DETECTIVE

Odd German cut out animation from about 1912. I believe the full title is HOW PLIMPS AND PLUMPS FOOLED THE DETECTIVE. http://youtu.be/8ZlFUSSC8IA