Blogathon 2009 – Later Comics

Blogathon 2009 Vancouver for Vancouver Public Space NetworkThis blog post is part of Blogathon 2009, in which I am blogging for 24 hours straight in order to raise money for the Vancouver Public Space Network, an entirely volunteer-run organization who do advocacy and education on the public realm in my home of Vancouver, British Columbia. Please consider supporting by sponsoring me with a pledge, leaving a comment or contacting me to contribute a guest post.

At the Northern Voice blogging conference this year, a friend of mine introduced me to a friend of his, as often happens at such gatherings. I shook hands with Darcie.

“I draw a webcomic,” she said.

“Oh, nice. What is it about?” I asked.

She responded, “Post-apocalyptic Vancouver.”

I don’t get to read webcomics much these days (though I refuse to get too far behind on my xkcd), so it wasn’t until a couple of months later I got to actually visiting the website for her comic. It was, as promised, post-apocalyptic. But it was also something else.

own the road

Its resonance, where I’m concerned, comes from the succinct capture, in its visuals and text, of the moments we already feel as people in cities (and perhaps this city, Vancouver, in particular). The post-apocalyptic context renders long-term what many of us feel in isolated moments at least a little bit every day, perhaps as a consequence of urban life more generally.

The webcomic is exquisitely understated and charming, often featuring animals or just ideas and thoughts of the would-be survivors. There’s something about the idea that the end of the world might end up looking very similar to the world we’re already in. I highly recommend it.

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