The T-shirt for today is dictated by my mood.
In my continuing series of providing justifications and rationalizations for wearing certain T-shirts, I want to share a bit about how mood often dictates the shirt. But first a bit about reasoning.
As I have previously addressed, different shirts have different uses. There are "dressy" shirts, which I am wear only when I go out of the house dressed to the "nines." I have mentioned that some shirts are for sleeping, and others are more or less exclusively worn when there's a chance they will get soiled. (I am ashamed to say that yesterday's shirt, T-shirt #37, is one of those shirts. I am so ashamed of this fact that I have "hidden" the fact here rather than in yesterday's entry. It is my logic that those Facebook friends who spot the shirt for Take Back the Night may just click on that post and not this one, and therefore, not be offended by this confession. I could be wrong.) I have described that some shirts fit the season, like my yellow shirts, such as KID FLASH T-SHIRT #30. And back in my media studies teaching days, I often wore a shirt for the musical artist that I was featuring in class that day, such as T-shirt #35: Joy Division. (By the way, I added videos to my former music blog entries, which I should have done in the first place. These can be found at T-shirt #35: Joy Division: Unknown Pleasures, T-shirt #36: Kraftwerk: We are the robots and T-shirt#6: Discipline. I provided the links here as a service to my daily readers, or randomly regular readers, who may want to dial back and watch the videos.)
Today's shirt falls into the category of mood expression. I bought the shirt without reading a single issue of the comic book it advertises: Gødland by Joe Casey and Tom Scioli published by Image Comics. The solicitation for the T-shirt caught my eye when it appeared a few years back in the Previews catalogue, which I use to order my comics and related merchandise each month. I am not sure if I spotted the T-shirt before I bought issues of the comic, or if the issues had stacked up and gone unread until I bought the shirt. These details are fuzzy and not really important. As of this writing, I still have not read all the Gødland issues that I own let alone the entire series run (see comment below). But the tag line of the shirt appeals to me: "Violence is the new black." And slogging through work (for pay - grading) and work (for school - programming - homework) this weekend, I was inspired to put on the shirt. Often I feel like a futuristic gunman with my head in a jar, which is detached and cradled in my arms. Today, if I were to sound my barbaric yawp across the rooftops of the world it would add up to (in nonsensical sounds): "VIOLENCE IS THE NEW BLACK." Hence, the shirt is selected to fit the mood, and the mood fits the T-shirt in color, tag line, and image.
1. I was attracted to Gødland because of its homage to and revival of work by some of my favorite all-time comic creators: Steve Engelhart, Jim Starlin, and above all, the greatest of all time, Jack "The King" Kirby.
2. Gødland features the COSMIC SUPERHERO EPIC, which is one of my favorite comic book genres, found in Jack Kirby's run on Thor, the Eternals (also Jack Kirby, though there is a nifty revival by Neil Gaiman and John Romita, Jr.), The Fourth World series (Kirby again but this time for DC), Dreadstar by Jim Starlin, and much of the work that has featured the Silver Surfer.
3. Gødland ended with issue #36 in 2012, so it's time to own and to read the entire run.
4. I could use a little cosmic intervention by some Celestials today.
And so it goes.
Same as it ever was; Same as it ever was, True Believer.
- chris tower, 1304.28, 14:00