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rest in peace

Wednesday, January 21st, 2009

I was sitting here tonight trying to remember what I wanted to link you guys to or talk about but I am quite honestly wrapped up in misty eyed happiness over the inauguration.  So much so that I am drawing a blank.

So, I looked at the haiku comic I was about to post which touches on the fear of death and thought about how much fear has been crammed down our throats these last 8 years.  I try to keep politics and such out of my tiny slice of the cyberspace, so I’m not going there, but in reflecting on fear and death I got to thinking about life and embracing change and newness despite the circumstances.  That’s when I thought of the perfect book to recommend to you!

life doesn't frighten me

Last Christmas, a close friend mailed me ‘Life Doesn’t Frighten Me‘, a wonderful illustrated book that couples Jean-Michel Basquiat‘s paintings with Maya Angelou‘s poem of the same title.  It reads something like a children’s book where each line is it’s own page with the colorful, whimsical, dreamlike paintings by Basquiat acting as illustrations.  What makes it even more interesting to me is that the two artists did not work on this project together in any way.  Editor, Sara Jane Boyers  just matched the lines of the poem with a selection of Basquiat’s paintings, and not only does it work, it works beautifully.
Come to think of it, I wonder if this comic didn’t spring off of my recent re-reading of ‘Life Doesn’t Frighten me’ and the fact that I watched the film Basquiat for the fourth or fifth time just last week.  Inspiration is funny like that.  Half the time you aren’t even aware it’s happening.

Anyway, I hope you have an inspiring week devoid of fears and filled with hope.

I also hope you buy some Valentine/Anti-Valentine cards here.  😛

<3 Calan

14 Responses to “rest in peace”

  1. Karen Says:

    Naps in the graveyard
    can be quiet and peaceful
    if you’re not afraid!

    I, too, am pleased that you southerners have finally made what appears to be a wise choice … I just hope the expectations aren’t too high to be lived up to!

  2. matthew Says:

    I will have to check that book out. Seems interesting.

    No politics in this place! It matters not who is in the White House anyway. They are all self serving fools. This one will be no different from any other that could have been there. You will see. There, that is my one and ONLY contribution to politics in this forum! Never again.

    My soul is frozen.
    Too many cares with no joy.
    Why not sleep awhile?

    I sleep in my grave.
    The resurrection is here?
    Damn, five more minutes?

    Freedom from all cares?
    I need only kick this bucket?
    Uh, i will pass thanks.

  3. justme Says:

    is a graveyard an
    eternal slumber party?
    shh, don’t wake them up

  4. Seraphine Says:

    death is frightening
    it’s the difference between
    being and not being

  5. joenis Says:

    You know that saying “I’ll sleep when I’m dead”? I totally live by that! This comic made me smile because of that 😀

  6. Gabe Says:

    skulls lolling on silk
    an adventure of essence
    released into dreams

  7. gigi Says:

    Hi. Been lurking and reading your comic for about six months now. I love them, especially this one. Yeah to eternal rest & naps & all that’s needed here is a book or two to wile away the afterlife.

  8. handgunman Says:

    hello, first time posting, found this comic today

    (sorry, no haiku coming from me)

    like the comic, keep up the good work

  9. calan Says:

    welcome handgunman and gigi

    gigi – yes, books! i can eternally read for sure. 🙂

  10. Kevin Says:

    Many words to say
    Not knowing how to express
    The joy I find here.

    This is my first haiku ever. Written for you and because of you, Calan.
    I’ve always had an interest in haiku, but never really understood the concept until I found Gingerdead. The first page I found had the meter and an example, it just all click. An “Aha” moment.
    I hardly ever click banner ads, but as I was reading “Lizzy”, a flash comic, I seen Gingerdead. I had an uncontrollable urge to click. I’m so very glad I did.
    It took me a couple of days to catch up with the comic. Now I need to catch up on the comments. You have great commentors/fans/friends. You have another loyal reader.

  11. calan Says:

    welcome kevin! that’s about the nicest comment i’ve ever received. wow! sunday’s always feel a bit bleak to me for some reason and you definitely brightened mine. many many thanks and kudos on the haiku. it’s beautiful.
    <3 calan

  12. ford Says:

    this is actually really suprising, that this is this weeks comic.
    ive been thinking about death alot lately.

    and not about dying, which i nearly have so im like, whatever, but what happens afterdeath.
    and im just gonna say im really afraid everything just shuts off after death, lik closing a book, or putting out a candle. sure people remember it, but its not there anymore.
    what if my soul isnt carried on, or my mind cant think about myself being dead? and especially, if everybody else can, and it only happens to me…

    so man, shit, its scary to think of that. i want to expierence death, being taken to another world, accompanied by my friends and idols gone as well, but im afraid i wont

    death could be something
    if it was a guarantee
    lets not dwell on it.

    and thats my motto for now.

  13. ford Says:

    I ALMOST FORGOT
    happy chinese new year to everyone. (so loud at night here)
    during my year here, ive learned that people are psychotic on new years.
    on new years night, millions of people, that i could see from the top of my building i visited, setting off store bought fireworks, as far as the eye could see, all by themselves, no control, no sound but explosions.

    fireworks are illegal,
    but i set off nigh eighty
    just today. who cares.

  14. calan Says:

    ford – i know what you mean, but the thing is you’re really not going to know for sure either way ’til your dead. i mean people can have faith and ‘know’ it’s all rainbows or unicorns or whatever, but only the dead know for certain, so why sweat it. if you can choose a belief on the afterlife that gets you through life than go for it, but if you find you are only sure of one thing and that thing is the fact you just don’t know and this worries you, well i’d recommend not thinking about it one way or another.

    life really is for the living. worrying about death is only going to make your life more uncomfortable and it wont change death one bit. if there is nothing than at least you made the most of life. if there is an afterlife than you don’t want to get there with all your friends laughing at you for wasting too much of you life worrying about death which turns out is one great big rockin’ party. hehe. something like that.

    i lean towards the living more than one life belief. that sorta freaked me out for a while. like, what? i’m going to have to go through this crap all over again? hehe. i’ve just had a lot of odd experiences that made me think i’ve been with people, experienced things, etc. in another life so it’s not a religious thing but just a personal hunch. all said and done though, i haven’t a clue. weeeee!

    just going to focus on filling my life with love and art and adventure and such. sounds like you are having some awesome experiences living abroad. i’ve done it a few times ( not china though ) and think it’s about the best thing one can do. really makes you see how big the world is and how different and the same we are.

    thanks for the thoughtful comments and haiku. wishing you peace of mind and happiness and stuff!

    <3 calan

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