07 November 2019
PANNONICA is samizdat Sunday funnies from another dimension
PANNONICA is confessional cut-up prosody for les Beat dessinateurs
PANNONICA is ekphrastic lab notes glitched thru a haunted hard drive
Working in a sketchbook with ink on paper, these zines are an experiment in serialised creative improvisation; a monthly laboratory for aesthetic exploration & expressive self-publishing.
Each month I will write and draw another iteration, printing and assembling only TWENTY-SIX copies by hand & signing them in a limited edition with hand painted/printed covers & each zine assigned its' own letter of the alphabet.
As well as experimenting with form, I also want to experiment with the economic model thru which I make these books available and so the digital pdf - a facsimile edition of the printed zine - is available to download and read completely for free
While the digital download will not cost you anything, if you do want to show your support by tipping me a few quid, that would be fantastic and very much appreciated.
Till next month and PANNONICA 3...
So long Kickstarter, thanks for all the fish...
03 October 2019
After a month of heated back and forth at Kickstarter over the attempt by staff to unionize, which has included the firing of three of the union organising committee as well as public statements by the company's CEO that trade unions are "inherently adversarial", the newly formed Kickstarter United union has now formally requested it be recognised by the company. If, as is expected in the light of recent statements made by the company, this voluntary request is denied then it's likely that further appeals to the National Labor Review Board will be made after an initial complaint was filed against the company for its recent alleged anti-union redundancies.
What does that all mean for me, and why am I writing about it on this blog? Well, for one it puts me as a creator that has enjoyed growing success on the Kickstarter platform in a tight spot. While none of the union organising committee have called for any kind of boycott of Kickstarter, as a member of the largest teaching union in the UK and both a long-time trades unionist and a currently serving workplace union rep it does mean I can't in good conscience continue to use the platform until the situation is resolved. I mean, in under a fortnight I will be joining my union colleagues for the first of three days of industrial strike action to demonstrate against the chronic under-funding of our sector as part of a campaign to improve teaching conditions for students across the country. Such action is part of our right to bargain collectively for improvements to pay and conditions, a right that is currently being denied workers at Kickstarter and across the tech industry in general.
I hope that Kickstarter will reverse their position and agree to recognise the workers of Kickstarter United but until then, I for one will be walking away from the platform; a situation that genuinely saddens me as I have enjoyed both the learning experience of running exciting campaigns and the relationships with brand new readers that have found my work thanks to opportunities offered by crowdfunding.