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OUR WEBSITE'S WORK USED IN WIDE-SPREAD EGYPTIAN PEACE CAMPAIGN
Well, this is kind of wild.
This is a good story about the value of putting things online, waiting 5-10 years, and seeing where they end up.
Note: The Martin Luther King comic book was originally published by the Fellowship of Reconciliation in 1958. There are only 10-20 publicly known copies. The online history of the comic includes our posting of its entire contents in 2006.
If you've been following esoteric details of the Egyptian uprising, one interesting side story is the Martin Luther King Jr comic book, which Rep. John Lewis said on MSNBC "over 200,000 copies have been translated into arabic and distributed through Egypt."
In the article "Egyptians draw inspiration from Civil Rights Movement comic book", David Grio writes:
"With as many as 2 million protesters flooding the streets of Cairo, change seems to be on its way. But did a 50-year old comic book about Martin Luther King help change the course of history in Egypt? Rep. John Lewis thinks so. On MSNBC the congressman and veteran of the civil rights movement told Andrea Mitchell that young Egyptians have been buying a comic book called the The Montgomery Story.
Here's a link to Representative Lewis discussing the comic on MSNBC (video included)
We recognized this story immediately, because there are an extremely low number of existing copies of that original 1950's comic, and, more directly, that our site's scans were the ones used in the translation. We posted about HAMSA's good project in 2008.
Here's a link to HAMSA's arabic translations using our scans
When we posted this comic originally in 2006 on MLK day, we wrote, "Ever wonder how much influence and power a small press or self-produced item can have? This is one of the best examples you'll ever see."
Still seems to ring pretty true.
At left, the arabic translation, and at right, a flipped image of page two from our scans. They overlap identically.
Work done on restoring the MLK comic included expanded margins, a centered image, and, most importantly, a slight proprietary adjustment to each page to account for distortion in the 50 year old newsprint, which expands and contracts. After these adjustments you have a unique scan, and also a perfect item for producing camera-ready artwork for a reprinting.
Our best to Egypt. That was an incredible few weeks to witness, for the whole world, really.
This is just a small story of one document. But one that was for the most part lost, got dug up, and that went a very far distance. It is wonderful how activists in Egypt used everything they could find (online or elsewhere) to help their cause and communicate their message.
To others, hey, if you have any political items just sitting around, put them online, see where they go.
A note about the Martin Luther King comic:
The author of the text and the man who had the idea for the comic was Al Hassler, executive secretary of the Fellowship on Reconciliation. He convinced comic artist Al Capp of the value of the project. Capp's studio did the drawings gratis.
It's thanks to your web site that the comic has played so important a role in recent weeks.
The original comic book is one of the treasures of our home library.
former director of publications for the Fellowship of Reconciliation
Thank you for that.
One cool other postscript: A few years ago The Smithsonian approached us about the spanish version of the comic, which they did not have. Our copy is now housed in the NMAAHC (The National Museum of African American History and Culture).
MLK comic here: http://www.ep.tc/mlk
And in Spanish here
And in Arabic and Farsi here. Thanks — Ethan
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Our thanks to counterpunch.org for making our Sarah Palin (Disco Edit) their 'website of the day' for today (Jan 19) http://www.counterpunch.org/ - We love the writing on counterpunch, so muchas gracias.
New Year, Hello.
happy newd yerr
Monday January 3, 2011
Beginning of the year finds us in a good mood. A lot of good things coming up for you this year. Thanks for visiting.
Here's a few news items from the end of 2010:
Harry's Loft completed
For about ten years we've made noisy records, the best known of these being our 2005 album "Spree: An Escape from Reality"
Since then we've made one eight-second single for Dublab, and have otherwise been working on a four side record, Live at Harry's Loft. We posted the full album near the end of the year. Here's some nice comments we received:
PRESS BLURBS ON LIVE AT HARRY'S LOFT
"JESUS this is fucking OUT there. I love it. I need more drugs."
— Paul Provenza, director of The Aristocrats, co-writer of SATIRISTAS
"A wonderful collection of audio ... dark, creepy and weird." — Boing Boing
Heavy Airplay List — WFMU Radio
And we like these from Livejounal, Twitter and Reddit:
"Live at Harry's Loft - a mixed album, free to you. Play this while you paint @ 2am, you may be visited by Cenobites." — Reddit
"Amazing one of a kind handmade record." — sanin @ Livejournal (translated from Russian)
"A strange, surreal sound trip that takes you to an eerie, acid-saturated place." — Twitter @ Piaroxas
"You may have heard this - if not, hear it. 4 sides of madness." — Twitter @ CaptainEndo
Item two: Realist Archive is complete!
See our notes of thanks on the archive page itself. We're not sure we'll ever attempt something as big as this with regard to not only scanning - but also tracking down - close to 150 issues of a very tough to find magazine. But man what a fun time. It was very validating to see awareness of The Realist grow on the web during postings of the project. Now that it's complete, my thanks to people who followed it from the first post, and we'll be sure to give you another long-term project in the future worth your attention.
Click for The Realist archive.
Item three: A New issue of Evergreen Review
Pleased to announce Issue 125 of Evergreen Review. (which we're the art director) This month features a continuation of the New S.F. Poetry Underground, some excellent reviews (including a screed against Avatar, by Jim Feast) and some good writing by Francis Levy, Valerie Oisteanu, and others.
Click for Evergreen Review Number 125.
More news in this space in a minute - but wanted to update the front page as we hadn't since around October, or so.
Comics and Medicine: The Sequential Art of Illness
News item #1: Call for papers, "Graphic Medicine" conference in Chicago, 2011. Call us a sucker for an academic/medical event that features Amputee Love (one of our best loved comics) in its preview materials (see comics/anthologies section on site) but this event in June looks like a sharp bit of fun. No indication if there's any pharmaceutical giveaways included, but I like very much the idea of the event. Full details here.
Best on a good new year and check back here in a bit for other items. Thanks, Ethan
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