The sidebar is now full of all the cool stuff I’ve been working on lately for all the cool people I’ve been working for. Our SXSW panel went great — check out the list of resources and links at Graphic Journos. Here’s the little video I made as a proof of concept of my Occupy Oakland reporting — more of these are in the pipeline.
In light of being left off my own goddamn union’s list of arrested journalists this week because I am a freelancer, I have to link again to this piece I wrote a few months ago about why I am a cartoonist — and why I am still a journalist. I’ve kind of given up on people understanding that I can do multiple things, though, so from now on I guess I just have to go with “journalist” for clarity.
But if you’re not, I’ve recently written new Occupy stories for the Awl and the SF Appeal, and I’m contributing morefrequent coverage over at In These Times on the Uprising blog with the inimitable Allison Kilkenny.
Flash mobs, mic checks, port shutdowns, all of it, and so much more in the works.
If you’re reading this, you probably already know that full-time freelance reporting is not an easy life to live. I have no institutional support or colleagues on whom to rely for help, and my expenses are all on me. While I’ve embraced my poverty for the last several years, I’ve been able to supplement my income with various short gigs and well-paid drawing jobs. Covering a popular movement, especially in an economically depressed city, is not nearly so lucrative.
But I don’t really fucking care.
So I’ve started a fund to help me stay on the Occupy beat and not have to take on some less than ideal illustration jobs to make ends. If you can, a couple bucks would help more than you might think. And thanks so much to everyone who has helped already.