If you are 35 or younger - and quite often, older - the advice of the old economy does not apply to you. You live in the post-employment economy, where corporations have decided not to pay people. Profits are still high. The money is still there. But not for you. You will work without a raise, benefits, or job security. Survival is now a laudable aspiration.

Quoted from Sarah Kendzior’s “Surviving the Post-Employment Economy

“In the United States, nine percent of computer science majors are unemployed, and 14.7 percent of those who hold degrees in information systems have no job. Graduates with degrees in STEM - science, technology, engineering and medicine - are facing record joblessness, with unemployment at more than twice pre-recession levels. The job market for law degree holders continues to erode, with only 55 percent of 2011 law graduates in full-time jobs. Even in the military, that behemoth of the national budget, positions are being eliminated or becoming contingent due to the sequester.

It is not skills or majors that are being devalued. It is people.”

Her work is frank, speaking of a reality I hope that will never be mine. At the same time, it gives me a strange comfort to know that I am not alone.

(via sextus—empiricus)

I will always reblog this quote.  Hits way too close to home for me.

(via missbananafish)

The most salient part of this, to me, is the underscoring of the fact that there is no “right” college major where you’re guaranteed a job forever. Conservatives love to pretend college graduates working minimum-wage or freelance jobs just didn’t “pick the right major” - those foolish fools studied the arts or literature or something else frivolous, so they deserve crushing debt and no job security! No. There is no magical college major that will let you sidestep the jobless recovery.

(via teh-den)

Let's talk about how some men talk to women in comics

kateordie:

gimpnelly:

Last week I wrote this piece for Comic Book Resources about the new Teen Titans #1 cover. The point of the piece was hey, there’s a broad demographic DC *could* be hitting with this book but the cover is certainly not made for that potential demographic. Instead, it’s more of the same-old,…

People are always scared to talk about this, and it needs to be discussed. It takes brave people like Janelle to actually take a stand, and risk becoming a target. It takes the rest of us to say something and have her back.

Please read this if you have any interest or involvement in the comics industry, and fill out her survey!

DirecTV guy came the other day and did some kinda upgrade. Didn’t think I needed to worry about it. Then I found out we have on-demand now, which is basically streaming on your TV, which I didn’t know was a thing because I never watch TV, I just use my computer.

The takeaway is I’m actually finally getting to see Game of Thrones now, and its good stuff. Watching a couple episodes a day, I’m on episode 4 I think, very cool.

More importantly, tonight at midnight the final page of Chapter 1 of Psychic Mafia is going up, which will mark the beginning of a month-long haitus while I get Chapter 2 prepped for posting. It’s all written and nearly all thumbnailed and lettered (should finish that tonight), so pencils begin tomorrow. Exciting stuff. Shooting to have that done within two weeks at most.

It is April 13 so there should be Homestuck updates or something since this is like Homestuck’s birthday? Maybe he’s waiting until midnight. I hope so. It’s been a long time.

beatonna:

Here is a sketch comic I made called Ducks, in five parts.
Part One
Part Two
Part Three
Part Four
Part Five
Ducks is about part of my time working at a mining site in Fort McMurray, the events are from 2008.  It is a complicated place, it is not the same for all, and these are only my own experiences there.  It is a sketch because I want to test how I would tell these stories, and how I feel about sharing them.  A larger work gets talked about from time to time.  It is not a place I could describe in one or two stories.  Ducks is about a lot of things, and among these, it is about environmental destruction in an environment that includes humans.  Thank you for taking the time to read it.
-Kate

Kate Beaton is great, her work is great, and the more stuff she makes the better so read this.

beatonna:

Here is a sketch comic I made called Ducks, in five parts.

Part One

Part Two

Part Three

Part Four

Part Five

Ducks is about part of my time working at a mining site in Fort McMurray, the events are from 2008.  It is a complicated place, it is not the same for all, and these are only my own experiences there.  It is a sketch because I want to test how I would tell these stories, and how I feel about sharing them.  A larger work gets talked about from time to time.  It is not a place I could describe in one or two stories.  Ducks is about a lot of things, and among these, it is about environmental destruction in an environment that includes humans.  Thank you for taking the time to read it.

-Kate

Kate Beaton is great, her work is great, and the more stuff she makes the better so read this.

drkarayua:

ereri-riren-survives:

stoned-levi:

shleg:

my friend made an amazing video

IT HAPPENED

I’VE BEEN WAITING FOR THIS FOR SO LONG I S2G

Everybody go home. We’re done here.

THIS IS MY FUCKING JAM so thanks for this

mattjustmatt:

coelasquid:

maggiekarp2:

startrekrenegades:

if you think that labels don’t matter and nobody should use them, then you’ve probably never experienced the huge, indescribable relief of “oh my god there’s a word for how I feel” and “I’m not the only one”

Of course. The problem comes from people using labels as a way to separate themselves from others and make them the only person with certain qualities or problems - a “special snowflake”. Doubly so when they rally together and claim they’re more important or suffer more than other groups - they end up devouring each other instead of helping anyone under the labels grow and love themselves.

It also makes me extremely uncomfortable when people internalize a label so much that they make it a cornerstone of their identity and stunt their ability to grow or change because they’re worried that acting outside of the parameters someone else decided for that label will isolate them from their new community, or they modify their behaviour in ways that are detrimental to themselves to better fit in with other people who share that label.

It’s a very positive thing to use a label to find fellow like-minded people you can share experiences with and relate to in a way you can’t with your usual circle of friends! But I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve seen people on this website have conversations that amount to “If I identify as ____ am I still allowed to feel ______ or enjoy ______?” and it’s like, well, do you feel that way? Because if you do that’s totally valid and the fact that other people are making you feel anxious about being ostracized for potentially drifting outside lines they drew in the sand is a problem. If you’re trying to figure things out for yourself and you have a group of people telling you that you absolutely have to dress a certain way or like a certain type of music or be interested in a certain type of people or have a certain amount of sex or they won’t support you anymore under the guise of helping you validate your identity, you’re going to end up feeling just as miserable and closeted as you did before you met them.

Needed to read this.

Amen to that, man.

I’m not usually one to make work public before I’ve even finished it but my self-absorption won out this time. Also I’m trying out Manga Studio and I am liking what I’m seeing so far. This is the cover page to Chapter 2 of Psychic Mafia. The final version of this is going up in a couple weeks so that latecomers to the comic don’t have the chapter spoiled for them while I work on the actual body of Chapter 2. Until then tho :D ain’t they just the cutest?

I’m not usually one to make work public before I’ve even finished it but my self-absorption won out this time. Also I’m trying out Manga Studio and I am liking what I’m seeing so far. This is the cover page to Chapter 2 of Psychic Mafia. The final version of this is going up in a couple weeks so that latecomers to the comic don’t have the chapter spoiled for them while I work on the actual body of Chapter 2. Until then tho :D ain’t they just the cutest?

anarcho-queer:

WikiLeaks: Obama Administration Pressured Haiti’s President To Lower Minimum Wage
A Wikileaks post published on The Nation shows that the Obama Administration fought to keep Haitian wages at 31 cents an hour.
Contractors for Fruit of the Loom, Hanes and Levi’s worked in close concert with the US Embassy when they aggressively moved to block a minimum wage increase for Haitian assembly zone workers, the lowest-paid in the hemisphere, according to secret State Department cables.
It started when Haiti passed a law two years ago raising its minimum wage to 61 cents an hour. According to an embassy cable:
This infuriated American corporations like Hanes and Levi Strauss that pay Haitians slave wages to sew their clothes. They said they would only fork over a seven-cent-an-hour increase, and they got the State Department involved. The U.S. ambassador put pressure on Haiti’s president, who duly carved out a $3 a day minimum wage for textile companies (the U.S. minimum wage, which itself is very low, works out to $58 a day).
Haiti has about 25,000 garment workers. If you paid each of them $2 a day more, it would cost their employers $50,000 per working day, or about $12.5 million a year … As of last year Hanes had 3,200 Haitians making t-shirts for it. Paying each of them two bucks a day more would cost it about $1.6 million a year. Hanesbrands Incorporated made $211 million on $4.3 billion in sales last year.
Thanks to U.S. intervention, the minimum was raised only to 31 cents.
The revelation of US support for low wages in Haiti’s assembly zones was in a trove of 1,918 cables made available to the Haitian weekly newspaper Haïti Liberté by the transparency group WikiLeaks. As part of a collaboration with Haïti Liberté, The Nation is publishing English-language articles based on those cables.

So its safe to say that we were just screwed in the 2012 elections, right?

anarcho-queer:

WikiLeaks: Obama Administration Pressured Haiti’s President To Lower Minimum Wage

A Wikileaks post published on The Nation shows that the Obama Administration fought to keep Haitian wages at 31 cents an hour.

Contractors for Fruit of the Loom, Hanes and Levi’s worked in close concert with the US Embassy when they aggressively moved to block a minimum wage increase for Haitian assembly zone workers, the lowest-paid in the hemisphere, according to secret State Department cables.

It started when Haiti passed a law two years ago raising its minimum wage to 61 cents an hour. According to an embassy cable:

This infuriated American corporations like Hanes and Levi Strauss that pay Haitians slave wages to sew their clothes. They said they would only fork over a seven-cent-an-hour increase, and they got the State Department involved. The U.S. ambassador put pressure on Haiti’s president, who duly carved out a $3 a day minimum wage for textile companies (the U.S. minimum wage, which itself is very low, works out to $58 a day).

Haiti has about 25,000 garment workers. If you paid each of them $2 a day more, it would cost their employers $50,000 per working day, or about $12.5 million a year … As of last year Hanes had 3,200 Haitians making t-shirts for it. Paying each of them two bucks a day more would cost it about $1.6 million a year. Hanesbrands Incorporated made $211 million on $4.3 billion in sales last year.

Thanks to U.S. intervention, the minimum was raised only to 31 cents.

The revelation of US support for low wages in Haiti’s assembly zones was in a trove of 1,918 cables made available to the Haitian weekly newspaper Haïti Liberté by the transparency group WikiLeaks. As part of a collaboration with Haïti Liberté, The Nation is publishing English-language articles based on those cables.

So its safe to say that we were just screwed in the 2012 elections, right?

dresdencodak:

Dark Science #31 - Escalation
Hey, Seattle! I’ll be at Emerald City Comicon March 28-30! I’ll be at the Topatoco booth, #1102. I’ve got all sorts of books and goodies, and I’ll be doing some dinosaur sketches for anybody who wants one.
I’ve had to overcome some serious behind-the-scenes hurdles, but that’s all behind us now. There’s some exciting news regarding the comic that I can’t wait to share in the near future, so stay tuned! 2014 is the year Dresden Codak takes over the world.

Impressive as always. Daaang

dresdencodak:

Dark Science #31 - Escalation

Hey, Seattle! I’ll be at Emerald City Comicon March 28-30! I’ll be at the Topatoco booth, #1102. I’ve got all sorts of books and goodies, and I’ll be doing some dinosaur sketches for anybody who wants one.

I’ve had to overcome some serious behind-the-scenes hurdles, but that’s all behind us now. There’s some exciting news regarding the comic that I can’t wait to share in the near future, so stay tuned! 2014 is the year Dresden Codak takes over the world.

Impressive as always. Daaang