Re: Rall under observation

Just to follow up on my recent post on cartoonist Ted Rall, along with a plethora of other “activists”, including a number of hip hop MCs being put under surveillance by the NYPD in the months leading up to the 2003 Republican National Convention in New York, I wanted to link to this instalment of Rall’s syndicated column about the issue. He is convinced that he is under FBI observation and that his phone is being tapped.

Did Hergé die of AIDS?

Strange news at this time of celebration: Philippe Goddin, the editor of the massive ouevre catalogue of Hergé’s that is being published these years and author of an upcoming biography, has just stated in an interview that he is convinced that Hergé died not of leukemia as has hitherto been the belief, but of AIDS. He would have been infected through one of the weekly blood transfusions he was taking for a rare hereditary disease he was suffering from (at the time, transfusions were carried out without checking for HIV infection). “He started being plagued by influenzas, pneumonia and repeated bronchitis, none of which seemed related to the disease he had been suffering from for years,” says Goddin.

Happy Centenary, Hergé!

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Today it is the centenary of Georges Remi, better known as Hergé, the creator of Tintin!

To celebrate here at the Bunker, where we love his work, we have asked a number of Danish cartoonists to contribute drawings commemorating the anniversary. First up is Mårdøn Smet, the virtuoso veteran of Danish comics. Read more about him here, check out this small archive of his old work, and be aware that BLÆK contains some of his very best comics work (in pantomime, so there’s no language barrier!). Also, be sure to check our freewheeling discussion of Hergé’s work here.

Tintin/Appreciation-Conversation

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To mark the centenary of Georges Remi, alias Hergé, and to celebrate his life’s work, T. Thorhauge and I decided to represent one of the many spirited conversations we’ve had about it over the years in writing. The following is our informal back-and-forth appreciation of some of our favourite comics. I asked Thomas the opening question in an email, and away we went!

What do Ted Rall and Jay-Z have in common?

They were both monitored by the NYPD in the months leading up to the immaculate propaganda bonanza that was the 2004 Republican National Convention in New York. Files just released courtesy of the New York Civil Liberties Union, despite attempts to block them by city officials, list hundreds of organizations and individuals put under surveillance due to concerns about their possible actions relating to the convention (the New York Times has an accessible presentation of it here). Of special interest to this site, the list includes both a cartoonist – the infamous Ted Rall – and, as far as I can tell, several hip hop MCs and activists who had participated in Russel Simmons’ Hip-Hop Summit Action Network: Jay-Z, Puff Daddy, LL Cool J (yes, even him!), and Alicia Keys, amongst others. Uh maybe Puffy was right, after all, when he proclaimed himself to be “Public Enemy #1” a few years back… NOT.

Nice one NYPD, I would feel much safer now, were I still in New York.

If nothing else this piece of news gives me an occasion to post this chillingly hilarious edit of the speeches held at the convention. Pretty much says it all:

It can also be seen i slightly better quality here. Check the Ted Rall document here, and the Hip Hip Summit Action one here (warning: PDF!).