Cartooning Like You Mean It

Cartooning, Teaching & Living – by Tom Hart

To all my friends searching for happiness

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To all my friends searching for happiness, success in love, career, life, listen to Kiki:
Love is a battlefield.

Be arrogant, rather than self-denigrating. Be furious and be disciplined.

Take solace in music. Find music to sing along to. That’s why songs have choruses. Our struggle is your struggle. Love is a battlefield. Nothing is new. Be lovely and typical. Penetrate it. Go through it. (Katabasis.)

Arrogance will get you farther than self-hatred. The darkness will deepen your work, but fight to be rid of it anyway.

You will never be completely free of the anger and resentment and hurt. But try to wrestle it off, anyway, through art and practice.

Life is a battlefield. Art is a battlefield.

Connect with the struggle and the suffering, and deepen your practice. Art is your practice. Like a martial art, like meditation or chanting, like breathing. Breathing is your battlefield. (Just ask Arjuna.)

Cut yourself open, untangle the knots (-Leonard Cohen). Art presents you to the world, opens you for the world. Art gifts you to the world.

You have to commit to it, for a higher purpose- but that’s what you’re here for.

Kiki and Herb: Kiki is a raw, desperate, hurting, somewhat (or mostly) ugly Child of God. She deserves your love. Do you? Don’t you? Oh less ugly ones?

Don’t turn your back on me.
Don’t turn your back on Kiki.
Kiki Loves You!
Kiki Needs You!
Kiki would die for you!

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Written by hutchowen

November 21, 2008 at 4:57 am

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