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Sunday, July 31, 2011

My country is better than your country

No doubt there are a lot of things going wrong right now but I'm always amazed at how people snap at the notion of adopting the policies of another country or comparisons to them. Even more amazed when people say it with such disgust on TV, especially about some of our closer allies. "You don't want to be like Canada, do you?"

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

C-SPAN, the original reality TV network

I had to work from home today but one of the advantages to that is I can have the TV on in the background and listen to the news without clogging my bandwidth. I used to watch a lot of CNN and it still tends to be one of the first sites I go to when something goes down but more and more it's becoming unwatchable.

Occasionally I head over to Fox News to see how the world looks from a broken, backwards mirror smeared with grease (I listen to conservative radio on my drive in to work too). But even with my have-an-open-mind-and swap-perspectives cap on I find myself turning away. Then it happened. Like when you suddenly notice the quite geeky girl in the corner is actually kind of cute. I watched C-SPAN.

For those who don't know, C-SPAN is basically a security camera mounted on the wall at all sorts of different meetings, hearings, legislative sessions an...d...zzzzzzzzzzzzzz. But to be honest, it's really refreshing to hear words come straight out of a politician's mouth without it being a sound bite or having some lunatic gaffawing at it. Plus it's completely in context. I even enjoy the odd/uncomfortably long pauses between speakers and how they all call each other "friends". They almost seem human. I especially liked when an expert on terrorism was talking about how to identify and deal with extremist groups in the states and in the background there was some guy who was clearly sent a link to a video of someone barfing on a poodle or something and was giggling.

In this light, government definitely isn't sexy or even divisive. It's just really, really deliberate and process driven and it's full of moments at work that a lot of us probably experience. Like that 2 o'clock felling. No wonder we see so many politicians nodding off during these sessions. And they have great caller feedback.

So, C-SPAN, welcome to my news feed. I look forward to many hours of unbiased inform...a..zzzzzzzzzzz.

Monday, July 25, 2011

Summer's Eve commercials

By now you've seen at least one of Summer's Eve's talking hand puppet vagina ads (a sentence I thought I'd never write...). If you haven't, there are three that represent a white woman, a black woman and a Latina woman. There's some controversy over some of the eye-rolling dialog and accents of the minority vaginas. But, of course, who gets left out again? Asians. And who knew? Do a Google image search for "Asian" and it's clear there are Asian vaginas all over the place! WTF Summer's Eve! I demand a ching-chongy, gong-ridden talking vagina to represent our Asian women! Well...on second thought, thanks for leaving us out of this one.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Victims of Canine Stereotype

People aren't the only ones subject to stereotype. What must it be like being a penguin with everyone wanting you to either dance or serve them food on a platter. How about the poor vegetarian mosquito? Please keep an open mind and remember that the next cute, fuzzy bunny rabbit you see may want to bite your face off.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

HA HA ROAD Gallery Show

Secret Asian Man will be chilling out in the UK from August 12 through October 23 at the QUAD Gallery for the Ha Ha Road exhibition. There's going to be live performances, photography and comics all themed with humor in mind. Opening party August 11 from 6-9pm. rsvp to theoffice@derbyquad.co.uk. Snag a cheap Virgin flight over and see yourself a jolly good show!

Friday, July 15, 2011

ORIGINAL ART SALE!

Until the end of July, I will be selling original Secret Asian Man comic art at a special reduced price. With each purchase you will receive:

• a published, original brush/pen piece of artwork that will be signed
• a color print of the strip as it appeared in print (with dialog)
• Free shipping within the United States. International orders please select "international shipping" option

Mouse over strips to see BW and color versions. Click strips to zoom.

After this I will begin to make the original art for the strips available for purchase like I used to (the art sale at secretasianman.com is wicked outdated!). I'll be updating throughout the sale with new artwork too.


Arizona SB1070 - published 8/1/2010
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2010: the Year in Review - published 12/26/2010
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Asshole War Hero - published 8/29/2010
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Elect SAM pt 1 - published 10/3/2010
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Elect SAM pt 2 - published 10/10/2010
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Elect SAM pt 3 - published 10/17/2010
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Elect SAM pt 4 - published 10/24/2010
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Elect SAM pt 6 - published 11/7/2010
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Dying Fish - published 2/6/2011
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Going to Arizona - published 1/16/2011
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Fred Phelps - published 1/23/2011
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Garbled Japanese - 1/9/2011
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Sunday, July 10, 2011

The Lifecycle of an Artist

An oldie but a goodie. The other group I'd include in the artist-as-colonizers category is gay people. We seem to be some of the few and the proud who will venture into a seemingly crap-hole of a neighborhood and set up shop. Usually because prices are cheap but also these areas tend to have interesting dwelling options like shelled out factories or abandoned churches.

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Moving On

At some point the shock of a loved one going to prison fades and reality resumes its course. Sort of. Happy 4th everyone.