The site will be back up late Wednesday night when we post page 21 of Henson ex Machina. In the meantime, here are some SOPA related activities that you may enjoy:
We thought that, living in a hippie city in a hippie state, our representatives would already be doing the right thing on this one. No such luck -- our senators are co-sponsors of PIPA. If you vote in California, let senators Boxer and Feinstein know what you think of the bill (be nice, they've supported a lot of good bills as well).
The basic premise of bills like SOPA and PIPA is that art is created by the few, under the aegis of the RIAA and MPAA, and consumed by the masses, who can not be trusted to consume without paying. We believe that we live in a world of artists, weaving culture through the exchange of our creations, regarding art highly enough to nourish it, intellectually and financially, of our own accord.
So go ahead, put something new into the world.
And, we're back up. There was a massive show of support for the blackout from the webcomics community. If nothing else, that so many could mod their sites on such short notice is a testament to the power of controlling our own means of distribution.
Here's a quick and incomplete list of what we saw: censored comics from Randall Monroe (xkcd) and Joey Comaeu and Emily Horne (A Softer World); blackout pages from Aaron Diaz (Dresden Codak), Zach Weiner (Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal), Matthew Bogart (The Chairs Hiatus), Dirk Tiede (Paradigm Shift), (and a blackout drunk from Ambs Myers (Killer Spoons)); banners from Jeph Jacques (Questionable Content), the gang at Not Invented Here, David Willis (Shortpacked), Dan Shive (El Goonish Shive), Danielle Corsetto (Girls with Slingshots) and Dave Kellet (Sheldon); words of support from Dave Shabet (Dead Winter), Sandy Debreuil (Crowbar Benson), Meredith Gran (Octopus Pie), Joseph Hewitt (Atrexia Theatre), Scott McCloud (Zot!), Jamie Noguchi (Yellow Peril), and Tycho (Penny Arcade) (plus an episode of Penny Arcade TV).
As usual, Otter (A Girl and Her Fed), nailed the commentary:
...Don't spend all your fury on this one fight just because it got a lot of media attention. Recognize that even if (when) these bills fail, the next bill might not roll by with a huge bandwagon attached to it...
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