There are only two diametrical techniques in which the legacies of revolutionary leaders is presented on neoliberal mass media circuits.
Either its the deliberate manipulation of how threatening they were to the status quo by undermining their radical politics and presenting their struggle for justice as a pacifist, peace loving and non-violence pandering in which they’re finally rewarded for their good behavior, which is what happened to MLK and now sadly, with Mandela it seems. On the other hand, they’re grossly vilified, their words sensationalized and taken out of its original meaning and their complex ideologies and perceptions are thouroughly omitted from mainstream consciousness, the result being cryptic understandings of their lives and intentions, such as what occurs regularly with figures like Malcolm X and Assata Shakur.
Both of these approaches are dehumanizing; they flatline and decontextualize multi faceted human beings and reduce their personalities to dichotomous tropes. They both blur the truth of what’s required to attain justice for oppressed demographics. They put the onus opon the marginalized to prove their humanity by withstanding mistreatment in a particular way, then and only then will they be liberated by the oppressive class. They make freedom something you have to ask for, instead of demanding. Both are disgusting, false and premeditated strategies which only serve to hinder the potential of effectiveness to fight for justice.
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As of December 31, 2013, PictureBox will no longer release any new titles. This was not an easy decision, but the company is no longer feasible for me as a thoroughgoing venture. Change is, as the cliché goes, a good thing, and I am proud of PictureBox the idea and the company, and grateful to the many artists I’ve worked with over the years. I’ve been publishing since 2000, and without such an astounding array of loyal and talented people PictureBox would be nothing. Some of my closest friends were made while working on PictureBox projects.
I want to thank all the artists and writers I’ve worked with over the years, and I look forward to future ventures together in other areas. I also want to thank all the stores and distributors who have carried PictureBox over the years. And thank you, readers and book lovers, for your support.
PictureBox books will remain available to stores and individuals through my distributors and this web site.
But don’t be sad. Celebrate by taking 50% off everything on the PictureBox site through January 2.
As some of you may know, the international rates via USPS shipping recently doubled again. I.e., sending one copy of “Gut Feelings” (which is less than 6 oz) now costs me over $12 to send to the UK. A bundle of Happiness 1-3 now costs well over $30, save the flat-rate priority shipping envelopes I’ve come to adore, they are then reduced to $24 (which is still more than what I charge for the books combined, and an unfavorable amount to charge for shipping).
I have adjusted my shipping prices in my storenvy to reflect this unfair hike, and understand that this may dissuade much of our international audience from purchasing directly from us in the future.
With that said, we would like to start distributing more to international shops & distros, as shipping in bulk overseas is more cost-effective than to individual readers. Happiness has in the past been available at London retailers GOSH! and Nobrow, as well as Glasgow-based retailer Good Press, and would more than ever, like to do a better job of distributing outside of North America.
If you know of or run an overseas distro that would likely sell a giant art & comics book (and other zines), please message me! I want very much for our international audience to be able to get their hands on our books at an affordable price, and I think at the moment, this might be the best solution.