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Thursday March 27 2008
HOW EP.TC IS UNINTENTIONALLY
CONTRIBUTING TO WORLD PEACE
No, seriously. But yeah, even we're chuckling a bit.
A few days ago I received a press release. It announced that a newly translated edition of the 1957 Martin Luther King comic book, "The Montgomery Story" is now available in Arabic. The press release went on to state:
Several thousand copies were printed in Cairo, as part of an effort spearheaded by AIC-Egypt Director Dalia Ziada. They are being distributed across the Middle East.
Well hot dog. Now, this 1957 comic is an extremely difficult item to acquire. So my first reaction was 'How did they find a copy?' - Then when I saw the actual reprint (available in PDF here) the answer became pretty amusing: 'Ah, they're using my scans!'
Dalia Ziada reads a newly printed arabic translation of the 1957 MLK Comic Book, "The Montgomery Story".
Scans courtesy http://www.ep.tc/
We want to go on the record here saying we're comfortable with the use of our work for this reprinting (our effort includes a four year search for the comic itself, along with about a year spent on restoration) but we do ask that a credit to this site be placed on the HAMSA website at this URL. Thanks.
Still, this is something very much worth celebrating. Full press release:
Martin Luther King and the Montgomery Story
HAMSA, in conjunction with our parent organization AIC, is proud to announce the release of a groundbreaking Arabic edition of a 50-year-old comic book on Martin Luther King and the power of nonviolence. Several thousand copies were printed in Cairo, as part of an effort spearheaded by AIC-Egypt Director Dalia Ziada (right). They are being distributed across the Middle East.
Called “The Montgomery Story,” the comic book was published in 1957 and helped inspire the American civil-rights movement in the 1960s. In 2008, it was translated and designed by young reformers in the Mideast. It features full-color panels depicting the Montgomery Bus Boycott, a campaign to end segregation on buses in the capitol of Alabama. The comic book ends with a section on “how the Montgomery Method works,” outlining essential techniques of nonviolence.
Read the comic online by clicking on the images below or download PDFs of the Arabic version and original English version.
Link to HAMSA press release
Link to expanded press release
I've said it before, but in this instance I really mean it. Ninety Percent of the value found in posting things on the web is finding where they end up.
Link to the MLK Montgomery Story comic book
From January 2006:
Read our original post on the MLK comic, including a link to the virtually unknown re-drawn Spanish translation.
Our best to HAMSA and AIC-Egypt - Ethan
P.S. To show how this is actually an odd blend of two things already of interest to this website, see our previous feature on Superman and Batman in arabic language here.
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Wednesday March 26 2008
THREE NEWS ITEMS
Item Number One:
IN APPRECIATION OF GOAT ISLAND
Goat Island - Photo: Nathan Mandell (more information)
Fifteen years ago Chicago was one of the most exciting cities in the country for sharp and lasting art. I was 18 at the time, and have great memories of the music back then (sort of a revived and less stilted no-wave) the not yet ruined Wicker Park, and other good long-gone experiences. One of the best of these treasures was the deeply psychological and quietly mind-drilling performance art of the group Goat Island, whose "It's Shifting, Hank" is a great memory. (description)
Signaling a sort of final closure on this era, Goat Island has just announced their final performance, entitled, appropriately, THE LAST MAKER. It runs March 27-30, April 2 and 3 and April 5 and 6 at The Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago. More Information.
Of particular note I wish my best to Goat Islander Matthew Goulish.
More About Goat Island
Item Number Two:
EASY DOES IT UPDATE
An anti-cruetly booklet, but for reasons you won't expect!
Comics With Problems #24
Our 24th Issue of COMICS WITH PROBLEMS, which was hastily uploaded as a Breaking News response to the big meat recall of last month, has been buzzing around various vegan and animal rights websites. Hello to anyone visiting here for the first time.
Linked here and here is a pretty entertaining two-part write up from a site entitled Suicide Food -- which is not to be mistaken with Suicide Girls, unless of course you're referring to this post. Anyway, Suicide Food goes as far as to describe our document as 'The Rosetta Stone' for their entire website, handing it (via its rigid rating system) five out of five nooses. Well, bologna on a cracker, we have to say Cheers to that.
Read Suicide Food's two part assessment of Comics With Problems #24: Part One and Part Two.
But what would an update on an animal cruelty document be without some music. Via "I'm Learning To Share" comes this wonderful Esy Morales number entitled, appropriately, EASY DOES IT (listen) We recommend re-experiencing the EASY DOES IT comic with this new EASY DOES IT soundtrack. Shake yer Rhumba!
Image and mp3 via I.L.T.S
Cheers to Quimby's Quimblog, as well
PRANKS.COM IS ONE ON APRIL FIRST
Joey Skaggs' pranks.com
Finally, we end this with a pre-birthday knod to our friend Joey Skaggs, whose PRANKS.COM turns a year old, appropriately on April 1st.
That same day Skaggs and others will march down 5th Avenue, NYC, for the 23rd Annual April Fool's Day Parade.
"The parade will be led by President George Bush and his entire cabinet. They will be given a 60-second lead and then pursued by an outraged lynch mob. This will be followed by a Macy's Day Parade-size helium balloon of a B52 Bomber Equipped with Nuclear Missiles flying overhead as the April Fools' Day Parade Marching Band plays Woody Guthrie's "So Long, It's Been Good to Know You." The Parade's Grand Marshall will be Ralph Nader, appropriately dressed as The Jester ... The public is encouraged to participate."
More Information on the parade Here and Here
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