Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Drawing Conclusions: Part One

Alright my friends! Today I’m trying something brand new: man-on-the-street-style comics-reporting with attached audio. It’s a little bit Journal Comic, a little bit editorial, and a little bit mini-Podcast and I don’t know if it will work or not. But as my man Chesterton says "Anything worth doing is worth doing badly."

Here’s the scoop:

Over the last weekend I attended the New York Comic Con (the link leads to an article about my friends Dave and Raina). But I also spent a good chunk of time at the Occupy Wall Street demonstrations in Zuccotti park. I brought a mini audio recorder (thanks Dane!), a camera and a sketchbook and I came away with a couple hours of audio files, songs, conversations ...and a whole lot of experiences that I wanted to share. Better still, bouncing between the Comic Con and the OWS Protests offered interesting points of comparison. For me, each event threw the other into sharp contrast. It made a good story.

So over the next couple weeks I’m going to try to get as much of the story drawn and posted as I am able. This comic is unusual for me because the backdrop is something political. I will eventually draw conclusions and offer some of my own thoughts, but that isn't the point really. Truly my main goal here is to set down, in my own way, some little personal moments.

In other words, the good stuff.

So without further preamble, lets get to the comics:

And for today’s audio, a link to one of my all time favorite travelin’ songs:
I used to listen to this on every long car trip.
(The rest of the audio sections will be from my own tapes. I promise).

Finally, here is a link to some posts by my friend Daniel Nichols: Click here, here and here. This is what touched off the discussion with Andy that lead me to Wall Street.


Tim said...

Very interested to see what you observed Ben. I'll be tuning in to see how this new format plays out.

Internet Peasant said...

As an addendum to my challenge above, I DID see OWS pictures today of a trial lawyer playing with a beach ball, and some protesters scrambling to clean up late one night in order to avoid being kicked out the next morning.

So, flag-burning, insulting signs, and a beach ball. And some brooms.

But in truth, I hope your recorder captured something different. I would like to believe that at least a large minority of the people there have a coherent plan that doesn't involve revolution, legalized theft, or in-vogue immorality.

Report away, brave adventurer. Perhaps we can make Chestertonians of them yet.

Margaret E. Perry said...

already, artistically, I love this. can't wait to see what you see.

Ben Hatke said...

Thanks guys! Feel free to post thoughts in the comments. I'm going to avoid responding to anything specific about the protesters or the comic con because I don't want to accidentally give away parts of the story. There are funny and exciting moments that will be better if they are surprising.

Ben Hatke said...

But Mags, yes! I'm putting a lot into the art for this story. Please pray that I can keep it up! I love ink and ink wash, but it takes quite a chunk of time.

Jeanie W said...

Your drawing here is absolutely brilliant! I can't wait to see more. I'm eager to see your impressions of the protest too.

Jeanie W said...

Your drawing here is absolutely brilliant! I can't wait to see more. I'm eager to see your impressions of the protest too.

Ben Hatke said...

Thanks Jeanie! The entire reason for the drawing style in this story is for the second installment, which I'm working on now. It's something that was really beautiful to see in real life and I'm hoping to catch it as best i can on paper.

sdn said...

Looking forward to following this ...

danightman said...

I also look forward to following you on this.

Good luck and be careful out there.

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