European Space Race

My name is Bled. I live in Toronto.

I work in music,
volunteer/work in improv (CIG)
and fully volunteer in comics
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I sat alone in the 2 Cup. Fall Out Boy played through my headphones. As I read about the rising STIs rates in Toronto, while I waited for my hot apple cider to become less hot, a single question cut through my moment. “Is travelling inherently selfish?” Probably. It’s is hardly selfless, that’s for sure.
By the time most of you read this, I will have breathed foreign air.

GhostbustersIceage - In HazeThe Bitters - Nails in the CoffinSleater-Kinney - End of YouGirls S02E01The Hold Steady - You Can Make Him Like YouThe Go! Team - I Never Need It Now So MuchDavid Letterman featuring Fred Armisen and Carrie BrownsteinCoasting - Pirates CoveThao & The Get Down Stay Down - Kindness Be ConceivedThe Velvet Underground - After HoursBunheads S01E14Andre Ethier - Now I Wanna Be Your DadSamantha Savage Smith - DevilmanYo La Tengo - I’ll Be Around

giveuponline:

I sat alone in the 2 Cup. Fall Out Boy played through my headphones. As I read about the rising STIs rates in Toronto, while I waited for my hot apple cider to become less hot, a single question cut through my moment. “Is travelling inherently selfish?” Probably. It’s is hardly selfless, that’s for sure.

By the time most of you read this, I will have breathed foreign air.

Ghostbusters
Iceage - In Haze
The Bitters - Nails in the Coffin
Sleater-Kinney - End of You
Girls S02E01
The Hold Steady - You Can Make Him Like You
The Go! Team - I Never Need It Now So Much
David Letterman featuring Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein
Coasting - Pirates Cove
Thao & The Get Down Stay Down - Kindness Be Conceived
The Velvet Underground - After Hours
Bunheads S01E14
Andre Ethier - Now I Wanna Be Your Dad
Samantha Savage Smith - Devilman
Yo La Tengo - I’ll Be Around

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[Michael Hartney] Just Wrote This To DC Comics

michaelhartney:

Hi, DC!

My name’s Michael Hartney. I’m as big a Superman fan as you’ll ever meet. I have bought Superman comics every Wednesday since I learned to read, which was nearly 30 years ago. Superman was the subject of my blog and my one-man show. My name is tattooed on my arm in Kryptonian, for Zod’s sake. Oh, and I’m super-gay.

I can’t and won’t support the hiring of Orson Scott Card on Adventures of Superman. There’s a difference between having conservative political beliefs and being an active force of bigotry and hatred. Card is the latter. So draw away, Ethan Van Sciver, you fabulous Republican! Fine with me! Orson Scott Card, however, is in an entirely different, unjust league.

If this was a holocaust denier or a white supremacist, there would be no question. Hiring that writer would be an embarrassment to your company. Well, Card is an embarrassment to your company, DC. This is the same. The LGBTQ community will no longer take this lying down. Our civil rights are no longer up for debate or discussion.

Ugh. And of all the characters Card could have been hired to write, you give him Superman? The character that taught me to lead by example? To do the right thing, even when it was hard? To keep going, even when it seemed hopeless? What an insult. Kids are killing themselves. They are killing themselves in a climate of intolerance and homophobia publicly fostered by people like Orson Scott Card. You don’t have to contribute to this. You shouldn’t. You mustn’t.

What can you do to keep my business, and the business of other LBGTQ readers (and their straight allies) who feel utterly betrayed by this thoughtless, illogical decision? Great question, DC. Yank the story. Don’t publish it. You don’t have to fire Card. Pay him, thank him for his time, and run something else. Say, by Phil Jimenez, or one of the other incredible LGBTQ talents you have in your stable that have been alienated by this colossal blunder. Then, publish an It Gets Better comic. With 100% of the proceeds going to the Trevor Project. Stories starring Batwoman, Bunker, Alan Scott, and straight heroes too. I’ll do you a favor: I’ll write the Superman story, free of charge. I’ve got more than thirty years of Superman research under my belt, so I think I know him pretty well.

I wish you did too.

giveuponline:

As I put the final/first touches on Give Up Winter 2013 (zine) and Give Up January (podcast), I’m getting wicked nostalgic/embarrassed about Give Up 2012. It’s changed a lot since it started 1 year ago. I’ve changed a lot. We’ve gotten a lot better, and we’ve gotten a lot worse, and we’ve largely stayed the same. How’d you do?
If you missed a podcast or the zines, then please download the following bundle of things. Give Up 2012 Zip is all of the podcasts in mp3 form, and all the zines as pdfs. This will only be available for a limited time, so don’t wait. 
Download Give Up 2012 Zip

giveuponline:

As I put the final/first touches on Give Up Winter 2013 (zine) and Give Up January (podcast), I’m getting wicked nostalgic/embarrassed about Give Up 2012. It’s changed a lot since it started 1 year ago. I’ve changed a lot. We’ve gotten a lot better, and we’ve gotten a lot worse, and we’ve largely stayed the same. How’d you do?

If you missed a podcast or the zines, then please download the following bundle of things. Give Up 2012 Zip is all of the podcasts in mp3 form, and all the zines as pdfs. This will only be available for a limited time, so don’t wait. 

Download Give Up 2012 Zip

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