veck:

This page, and Ray D’s parallel set of panels on the next, is my Favourite Thing of 2011.
Nothing moved me quite as much this year as Jaime Hernandez’s conclusion to his Love & Rockets arc ‘The Love Bunglers’ (and arguably the conclusion to his whole 20-odd year Locas storyline).
It summarised everything that is truly sublime about his work - the characters, the art, the heart and soul of it all.
It fucked me up, frankly, and I loved every minute of it. I can’t think of a better reason for someone to take on the fairly epic task of reading his work knowing that it ends with such of a beautiful, satisfying series of moments. It’s complete now, and I think part of the tears that blinded me for twenty minutes while reading it came from that realisation.

when I saw this page, and the one opposite, my heart broke into a thousand little pieces because it was so perfect and right and beautiful.
you can know from an asthetic sense that this is powerful but to really appreciate that fully you need to read about twenty years of Jaime’s work. That’s when you get to recognize, because you saw each of these yourself, that each panel is a different moment in the whole lifetime of the story that Ray is looking at Maggie. Sometimes for the first (or the last) time in many years. And the next page is the same thing, from Maggie’s perspective, looking at Ray.
It is a truly astonishing moment. And in the context of what happened in the story right before this, it’s a bit like somebody just punched your heart in the guts. 
Nobody does comics better than Jaime Hernandez. Nobody.

veck:

This page, and Ray D’s parallel set of panels on the next, is my Favourite Thing of 2011.

Nothing moved me quite as much this year as Jaime Hernandez’s conclusion to his Love & Rockets arc ‘The Love Bunglers’ (and arguably the conclusion to his whole 20-odd year Locas storyline).

It summarised everything that is truly sublime about his work - the characters, the art, the heart and soul of it all.

It fucked me up, frankly, and I loved every minute of it. I can’t think of a better reason for someone to take on the fairly epic task of reading his work knowing that it ends with such of a beautiful, satisfying series of moments. It’s complete now, and I think part of the tears that blinded me for twenty minutes while reading it came from that realisation.

when I saw this page, and the one opposite, my heart broke into a thousand little pieces because it was so perfect and right and beautiful.

you can know from an asthetic sense that this is powerful but to really appreciate that fully you need to read about twenty years of Jaime’s work. That’s when you get to recognize, because you saw each of these yourself, that each panel is a different moment in the whole lifetime of the story that Ray is looking at Maggie. Sometimes for the first (or the last) time in many years. And the next page is the same thing, from Maggie’s perspective, looking at Ray.

It is a truly astonishing moment. And in the context of what happened in the story right before this, it’s a bit like somebody just punched your heart in the guts. 

Nobody does comics better than Jaime Hernandez. Nobody.


imathers:

DJ Earworm - “United State of Pop 2011 (World Go Boom)” (by djearworm)

Okay, so I sort of agree with Michelle (the 2007-9 editions are kind of unimpeachable, but 2010 was a little weak), but I still really like this. I’m not necessarily the biggest mashup fan (although Earworm’s own “If I Was a Free-Fallin’ Boy” is pretty essential), but I really enjoy these omnibus pop editions every year, and I hope he keeps doing them (not that Michelle or anyone else was saying he shouldn’t!). I feel like these make for a pretty good summing up of the feeling of the year in pop, at least, and I usually laugh a little while listening to it the first time (this year: the initial Foster the People and Adele drops).


If you are like me and go on a massive song-sampling spree at the end of the year using other people’s “Best-Of” lists, here is the resource you need.

Warning: MASSIVE

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pantslessprogressive:

2011 is bursting with memorable lines from members of the Grand Old Party. Here are my 10 favorite, in no particular order:
“Newt and I agreed that the  analogy is December 1941: We have experienced an unexpected set-back,  but we will re-group and re-focus with increased determination,  commitment and positive action.” - Michael Krull,  Newt Gingrich’s  campaign director, on the presidential hopeful failing to qualify for  the VA ballot. (“Also, that time Tiffany’s didn’t have Callista’s  favorite earrings in stock was exactly like Kristallnacht.” - Ilya.)
“We would hope that some consideration be given to repaying the  United  States some of the megadollars we have spent here in the last  eight  years.” - Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA),   suggesting that Iraq should repay the U.S. for the Iraq war. You   remember that war, right? The one we started? The one that killed tens of thousands of Iraqi civilians? Yep, that one.
“You’ll get more out of  me if you treat me with respect.” - Leon Cooperman, billionaire and  former CEO of Goldman Sachs’s money-management unit, on being the 1%. The best #whitepeopleproblems of the year.
“There’s  never been a civilization, ever in history, that has embraced  homosexuality and turned away from traditional fidelity and traditional  marriage, traditional child rearing, and has survived.” - Pat Robertson,  telling us that God will destroy us all for allowing same-sex love to happen.
“Allowing  Muslims to immigrate into the United States, a Christian nation by  origin, history and tradition, without insisting that they drop their  allegiance to Allah, Muhammad, the Qur’an, and sharia law, is to commit  cultural suicide. We believe in freedom of religion for Muslims like we  do for everybody else. But if they insist on clinging to their religion,  they will need to exercise their freedom of religion in a Muslim  country which shares their values: death for those who leave Islam, the  beating of wives by their husbands, and the labeling of Jews as apes and  pigs.” - Bryan Fischer,  spokesman for the American Family Association, pretending to cling to  our Constitution while telling all Muslims to stay the hell out of this  country. Meanwhile, I’m still trying to save up enough money to buy an  island where I can send Bryan Fischer and his xenophobic ilk for  eternity.
“Juarez is reported to be the most dangerous city in America. […] How many more American citizens are going to have to die?” Rick Perry,  showing us that you too can try to lead the United States while having  absolutely no idea that Juarez is located in Mexico, not Texas. I agree  that Perry’s “oops” blunder was hilarious, but I’d argue this gaffe is much, much worse.
“It’s like a derivative of actual pepper. It’s a food product, essentially.” - Megyn Kelly, Fox News anchor, during a discussion with Bill O’Reilly on the infamous UC Davis cop pepper-spraying students. Hey, internet, where are we on getting Kelly to drink pepper spray? Related: the Megyn Kelly “Essentially” meme.
“All the Occupy movement starts with the premise that we all owe them  everything. That is a pretty good symptom of how much the left has  collapsed as a moral system in this country, and why you need to  reassert something as simple as saying to them, ‘Go get a job, right  after you take a bath.’” - Newt Gingrich,  with one of the most gratuitous, shallow attempts to discredit the  Occupy movement. Surely Gingrich would go to the ends of the earth to  pretend that people like my mother, a small-business owner with a Ph.D, would never get anywhere near the movement. Luckily for us, we know he’s far from correct.
“[Planned Parenthood is] the LensCrafters of big abortion.” - Rep. Michele Bachmann.   I know, I know - picking the wackiest Bachmann quote of the year is a   tough job. In the end, I went with the most hilarious analogy I’ve  heard  all year. (Related: Planned Parenthood Opens $8 Billion Abortionplex | The Onion)
“If you want an abortion, you go to Planned Parenthood, and that’s well over 90 percent of what Planned Parenthood does.” - Sen. Jon Kyl (R-AZ). As Jon Huntsman so eloquently put regarding another matter: LOL.
Honorable Mentions:*
“I should tell my story. I’m also unemployed.” - Mitt Romney, probably right before he made a call to the contractors working on quadrupling the size of his $12 million mansion.
“The American people believe English should be the official language of  the government. … We should replace bilingual education with  immersion in English so people learn the common language of the country  and they learn the language of prosperity, not the language of living in  a ghetto.” - Newt Gingrich. Okay, fine, this quote is from 2007, but I  needed an excuse to get in one more Newt quote since all the good ones are pre-2011.
*Sorry, folks, no Herman Cain. I maintain my conviction that he was trolling the whole time.

pantslessprogressive:

2011 is bursting with memorable lines from members of the Grand Old Party. Here are my 10 favorite, in no particular order:

  • “Newt and I agreed that the analogy is December 1941: We have experienced an unexpected set-back, but we will re-group and re-focus with increased determination, commitment and positive action.” - Michael Krull, Newt Gingrich’s campaign director, on the presidential hopeful failing to qualify for the VA ballot. (“Also, that time Tiffany’s didn’t have Callista’s favorite earrings in stock was exactly like Kristallnacht.” - Ilya.)
  • “We would hope that some consideration be given to repaying the United States some of the megadollars we have spent here in the last eight years.” - Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA), suggesting that Iraq should repay the U.S. for the Iraq war. You remember that war, right? The one we started? The one that killed tens of thousands of Iraqi civilians? Yep, that one.
  • “You’ll get more out of me if you treat me with respect.” - Leon Cooperman, billionaire and former CEO of Goldman Sachs’s money-management unit, on being the 1%. The best #whitepeopleproblems of the year.
  • “There’s never been a civilization, ever in history, that has embraced homosexuality and turned away from traditional fidelity and traditional marriage, traditional child rearing, and has survived.” - Pat Robertson, telling us that God will destroy us all for allowing same-sex love to happen.
  • “Allowing Muslims to immigrate into the United States, a Christian nation by origin, history and tradition, without insisting that they drop their allegiance to Allah, Muhammad, the Qur’an, and sharia law, is to commit cultural suicide. We believe in freedom of religion for Muslims like we do for everybody else. But if they insist on clinging to their religion, they will need to exercise their freedom of religion in a Muslim country which shares their values: death for those who leave Islam, the beating of wives by their husbands, and the labeling of Jews as apes and pigs.” - Bryan Fischer, spokesman for the American Family Association, pretending to cling to our Constitution while telling all Muslims to stay the hell out of this country. Meanwhile, I’m still trying to save up enough money to buy an island where I can send Bryan Fischer and his xenophobic ilk for eternity.
  • “Juarez is reported to be the most dangerous city in America. […] How many more American citizens are going to have to die?” Rick Perry, showing us that you too can try to lead the United States while having absolutely no idea that Juarez is located in Mexico, not Texas. I agree that Perry’s “oops” blunder was hilarious, but I’d argue this gaffe is much, much worse.
  • “All the Occupy movement starts with the premise that we all owe them everything. That is a pretty good symptom of how much the left has collapsed as a moral system in this country, and why you need to reassert something as simple as saying to them, ‘Go get a job, right after you take a bath.’” - Newt Gingrich, with one of the most gratuitous, shallow attempts to discredit the Occupy movement. Surely Gingrich would go to the ends of the earth to pretend that people like my mother, a small-business owner with a Ph.D, would never get anywhere near the movement. Luckily for us, we know he’s far from correct.
  • “If you want an abortion, you go to Planned Parenthood, and that’s well over 90 percent of what Planned Parenthood does.” - Sen. Jon Kyl (R-AZ). As Jon Huntsman so eloquently put regarding another matter: LOL.

Honorable Mentions:*

“I should tell my story. I’m also unemployed.” - Mitt Romney, probably right before he made a call to the contractors working on quadrupling the size of his $12 million mansion.

“The American people believe English should be the official language of the government. … We should replace bilingual education with immersion in English so people learn the common language of the country and they learn the language of prosperity, not the language of living in a ghetto.” - Newt Gingrich. Okay, fine, this quote is from 2007, but I needed an excuse to get in one more Newt quote since all the good ones are pre-2011.

*Sorry, folks, no Herman Cain. I maintain my conviction that he was trolling the whole time.


Good Riddance, 2011

What a crapsack year.

In the World

  • East Africa suffers the worst drought in 60 years.
  • A 9.0-magnitude earthquake hits Japan, resulting in a tsunami and a meltdown at the Fukushima nuclear plant. An estimated 20,000 people were killed.
  • Huge earthquake in Turkey killed over 600 people, wrecked everything.
  • Haiti is still a wreck a year after their major earthquake. Nice going, world.
  • Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the leader of the International Monetary Fund, most likely sexually assaulted a Manhattan hotel maid, and got away with it.
  • Radical asshole Anders Behring Breivik detonated a bomb in Oslo, killing eight, and then went on a shooting rampage killing 69.
  • Major flooding in Thailand threatens historical sites in Bangkok, causes lots of evacuations and damage.
  • Egyptians riot, overthrow their corrupt government. Yay! Six months later, things are apparently no better. Dammit.
  • Civil war in Libya, evil asshole Gaddafi kills untold numbers of civilians and rebels before he is finally killed.
  • Heavy monsoon rains in Pakistan killed more than 200 people, left 200,000 homeless and inundated 4.2 million acres of agricultural land.
  • There was also flooding in the Philippines, causing more than 1.5 million people to evacuate. The death toll from floods that swept the south neared 1,000.
  • Flooding and mudslides in Rio de Janeiro killed 903
  • New Zealand has an especially shitty year: first a 6.3 magnitude earthquake shook Christchurch, causing its famous cathedral and many modern buildings to collapse. Almost 200 people died. Then a tornado ripped through part of Auckland. Then rough weather off the North Island coast caused a cargo ship to run aground, resulting in the country’s worst ever maritime environmental disaster. Sorry, NZ.
  • Arctic ice hit record lows, thanks to global climate change
  • The European economy is in the shitter.

In the US

  • A gunman opened fire at a political event in Arizona, killing six and wounding 12; attempted to assasinate Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, who was shot in the head.
  • Governor Walker screwed the state of Wisconsin, despite weeks of protest by Wisconsin citizens.
  • The Southern US was hit by a shitton of tornados, killing over 300 people.
  • Joplin MO was basically leveled by a monstrous tornado, killing more than 160 people and destroying 8,000 homes and businesses.
  • U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner resigned after he got busted sending cell phone pictures of his junk all over the place. Fuck you, Weiner. 
  • Hurricane Irene was not as bad as expected, but still caused a lot of damage up the US East Coast.
  • Record-breaking blizzard hits Chicago, strands hundreds of drivers on Lake Shore Drive
  • Mississippi River floods (AGAIN)
  • The US Congress is full of bickering children who are unable to get anything done regarding the national debt.
  • Consequently, Standard & Poor’s, the credit-rating agency, downgrades the United States’ AAA debt rating.
  • Penn State finally fires football coach Joe Paterno for coddling child abuser Jerry Sandusky.
  • Virginia Tech has another shooting incident, W in TF
  • Troy Davis is executed despite a whole fucking lot of reasonable doubt
  • US Presidential Election campaigns are already irritating, promising to become infuriating in 2012.
  • Republicans and many Democrats declare war on Reproductive Health Services, proposing a record number of national bills restricting access to health care and passing a record number of State laws across the country.
  • Georgia and Utah pass Arizona-style racist anti-immigration bills, are assholes.
  • The US economy is in the shitter.

People died:

  • Amy Winehouse joined the 27 Club.
  • Betty Ford
  • Gil Scott-Heron, who released an awesome album just last year and was generally amazing, goddammit.
  • Elisabeth Sladen, aka Sarah Jane, died from Breast Cancer, goddammit.
  • Peter Falk, Steve Jobs, Elizabeth Taylor, Joe Fraizer, Heavy D, Anne McCaffrey, Dianna Wynne Jones, Harry Morgan, Christopher Hitchens, lots of other people

Also, Thurston Moore and Kim Gordon announced divorce, destroyed everyone’s faith in love.

In my personal life: I had a major health crisis, my dad is suffering from a mysterious ailment that nobody can diagnose, my beloved grandmother died, three friends of mine had their fathers in ICU due to heart attack or stroke. Also, my household economy is in the shitter.

IN SHORT: FUCK YOU , 2011

2012 : YOU WILL BE BETTER. WE GOT ALL THE BAD SHIT OUT OF THE WAY THIS YEAR, SO 2012 WILL BE GOLDEN, SO HELP ME DOG.


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