August 13th, 2014

On VICE

For the record, I’m glad for the experience of having written a music column for VICE but I’m now utterly ashamed to have worked for them.

I wrote ‘Recordings for Deviants,’ their weird music review column for about five years and discovered some good music because of it. I also lived all the way across the country from their offices so I had minimal contact with them until I went to New York one time. I started writing for them pretty much pre-internet so there wasn’t the wealth of information about them out there that there is now. They just contacted me and asked if I wanted to write for their paper, so I said sure.

In the decade+ since I stopped writing for VICE there’s been a steady cascade of shame-compounding revelations about them, with each revelation making me feel skeezier and skeezier about our former association. The latest and final straw for me was the transphobic article on Thought Catalog by VICE founder Gavin McInnes (which I’m not linking to).

That’s it. I’m done. I no longer want to publicly connect myself with VICE or the writing I did for them. I’m not ashamed (mostly) of the writing I did, but I’ve done enough other work that I don’t need to emphasize that connection. In future I’ll be dropping VICE from my CV. I’m a better writer now than I was when I wrote for VICE and I’m a better person. I don’t need them in my life anymore.

July 16th, 2014

I’m putting together the Switchblade Queens Kickstarter right now and this piece of gorgeousness just rolled in! So if you want a limited edition print of Emily Shoichet's SQ-inspired tattoo flash, stay tuned! This will be one of the reward levels!

July 11th, 2014

Things I Wrote in My Notebook Yesterday

You can’t save the world.
You can’t write all the books you want.
You can’t read all the books you want.
You have set the bar too high.
You do not have enough time.
So, what do you want to do with your life?
What is actually important to you?

July 3rd, 2014

Recap

So, let me see if I can remember everything that’s happened so far this week. Samantha Allen is forced to quit her job as a gaming critic due to rape/death threats and harassment. David Finch, the new artist on Wonder Woman, claims she’s not a feminist. A video game tournament says it won’t allow women to compete because what if a woman beat a man? (That decision has since been reversed.) Corporations in the States won the right to deny women access to birth control on their health plans. America’s Got Talent aired a transphobic song. Whitney Wolfe, one of the founders of Tinder, filed suit against the company because she received a barrage of sexual harassment and was ultimately forced out of her job because she was a woman. Emily Partridge received rape/death threats for her decision to talk about her harassment/assault within the animation industry. A video of a man viciously beating a trans woman was posted to Vine and it received thousands of likes.

Did I miss anything?

Don’t worry, though. There’s no such thing as sexism anymore. Everyone’s equal. We live in a post-feminist world.

June 27th, 2014

Intros & Updates

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So, it looks like I picked up some new followers recently, presumably because of “Yes, All Men,” which is awesome. Hi! *waves* Sorry I haven’t updated my blog recently, but I’ve been hiding in my writing cave and having mild anxiety attacks trying to get All The Stuff done.

Anyway, let me tell you a bit about myself. My name’s Chris, I’m a writer and I live in Toronto. I’ve written and self-published one book so far (Molotov Hearts). I’m currently working on ZeroWave, the follow-up to Molotov Hearts, which is in the editing stages and will be out this fall. It’s a queer, kink-positive new-adult novel which follows Kettle, a crust punk girl who hides a secret from her best friends: she loves K-pop. When her secret is exposed, she suddenly finds herself free to pursue her interests (musically and romantically) but is forced to make some hard choices about who she wants to be and who she wants to be with.

My other big (okay, HUGE) project is Switchblade Queens, an ongoing serial about a girl gang fighting for their rights in a 1950s metropolis. The preview issue is out now, and I’m currently putting the Kickstarter together, which will launch in July.

Aside from that, I read a lot of comics (though mostly for research), read a lot of books (though mostly for research), and watch a decent amount of movies (though mostly for—er, you get the idea). Yeah, I don’t have a lot of what might be termed “free time” these days, but that’s fine. I’m getting stuff done.

This blog will be more active in the coming months, especially after Switchblade Queens kicks into high gear. I can’t promise that rants against sexism and the patriarchy will come frequently but they will undoubtedly happen. Still, if that’s what you’re into, there’s more day-to-day rage against the kyriarchy on my Twitter account (@the_g33k). If you’re into pics of me, the food I’m eating or the stuff I’m reading, that’s mostly on my Instagram (@hoodieripper).

Thanks for following, everyone! Exciting things are in the works! Talk to you soon!

May 26th, 2014

Yes, All Men

All men. Yes, all men. ALL FUCKING MEN.

Every goddamn one of us is responsible for perpetuating rape culture.

Every one of us was born into a society which holds misogynistic standards aloft as the norm. We were born into that. It surrounded us. It shaped and influenced us whether we want it to or not. All men have absorbed that poison.

Not all men will rape. Not all men will beat their partners. But all men will benefit from their privilege within the patriarchy. All men will. ALL MEN.

To deny your privilege and to work for change is not a one-step process, though. It does not begin and end with you saying Elliot Rodger was wrong. It is a lifetime of work. It is you gauging every action and word to see the effect it has on women. It is you imagining your actions through women’s eyes and seeing the harm they do. It is you fighting against to tear down the toxic structures both in the world and inside yourself.

Any time you stand by silently or say that it’s not your place to get involved when you see a man menacing a woman, you are one of the men you claim you’re not. It is your responsibility to speak up. It is your responsibility to object when your friends say objectionable things. It is not enough to accept their defence that it was “just a joke.” Silence is the weakest and most cowardly answer.

But more than speak up, what men need to do is shut up and listen to women. To the women in their lives. To women on the internet. To women everywhere. Women of colour, trans women, all women. Listen to their stories about how they have to face misogyny on a daily basis. Listen to their stories of rape and abuse from strangers, from loved ones. Listen to how they are forced to live their lives in fear thanks to all men. Read #YesAllWomen without saying anything. We must recognize our place in those stories. We must realize that our inaction in the face of all of their combined trauma makes us complicit. Disbelieving victims and looking for evidence that they may have provoked an attack or searching for ways that their attacker was a human being makes you a part of the problem. The problem is not a single man who had an axe to grind and killed/raped/harassed women. The problem is that our society makes every murder/rape/harassment a special case perpetrated by a single deranged individual. The enemy is not one man; it’s ALL MEN.

And if you fight against sexism in the world and in yourself, you will slip up. There will be moments where YOU will say things that are objectionable, where you will not speak when you should. All men will. ALL MEN. But that is not an encouragement to give up and say there is nothing you can do about it; it is a rallying cry for you to recognize what you’ve done and continue to fight back twice as hard. And when your mistakes are pointed out to you, do not defend yourself, but listen—really LISTEN. Understand what you’ve done and work to ensure it doesn’t happen again.

Not all men? YES, ALL MEN. But it doesn’t have to always be that way. With time and struggle, maybe “not all men” will really be “not all men.” For now, though, it is, and all men must stand up and decry the prejudice that forms one of the most basic cornerstones of our society, the prejudice we benefit from at the expense of 51% of the population. ALL MEN.

YES, ALL MEN.

May 9th, 2014

kelseyatnowhereplace:

Yumi Sakugawa and I are going to TCAF THIS WEEKEND!!!  We’re at table 158 on the 1st floor.  This exhibitor’s list is crazy, guys.  This weekend is going to be really great.

This is where you’ll be able to pick up a copy of Switchblade Queens this weekend! At Kelsey Short’s table! She did nine pages of amazing art for this issue. NINE! So go say hi to Kelsey and buy a copy (as well as all the rest of her stuff)!

Reblogged from Nowhere Place
May 3rd, 2014

Debuting next weekend at Kelsey Short's table at TCAF: the debut issue of my new ’50s girl gang serial, Switchblade Queens! Swing by and pick up a copy (as well as all her other stuff too)!

April 18th, 2014

kelseyatnowhereplace:

Drawing badass girls for @hoodieripper Oh and it’s only three weeks til TCAF. #holyshit #illustration #girlgang #1950s

This is a real thing that’s really happening and a real project that I’m working on and writing and I’m not procrastinating by watching Game of Thrones Season 3 when I need to be working on the other million things that need my immediate attention. I swear. (No, but seriously, Switchblade Queens is debuting at Kelsey Short’s table at TCAF. Come by and pick one up!)

Reblogged from Nowhere Place
April 7th, 2014
So, I’ve been working on a serialized fiction series called ‘Switchblade Queens’ about a 1950s girl gang, and Kelsey Short has been developing some concept art for it. I don’t think it’s unfair to say she’s fucking killing it.

So, I’ve been working on a serialized fiction series called ‘Switchblade Queens’ about a 1950s girl gang, and Kelsey Short has been developing some concept art for it. I don’t think it’s unfair to say she’s fucking killing it.

Writing and life reports and stuff from Chris Eng. He's the one responsible for the HoodieRipper punk romance stories and the 1950s girl gang serial 'Switchblade Queens'.

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