According to the show's catalogue, one of Kaiser's first inspirations was his work as a teacher of learning-disabled children a decade ago. Watching them doodle, he realized that their artwork was more a performance than a product "The finished drawing was merely the last frame in the movie of its enactment," he writes. With the new show, Riverbed has flipped that process, abstracting the movie of Jones back into drawing. And what are ghosts but shorthand, the suggestion of former selves? As Jones himself later described it to Kaiser, his body is "searching for an acceptable state, trying to perform an impossible task. He is trying on modes of being, knowing that they have to change."
Shower Stalls at the Hall of Justice: A comet streaks by while two lesbians enjoy each other's company (the cartoon bubble reads "Slurp!"). Suddenly, "20% of working mothers, 50% of nuns, and 98% of military women" disappear in "The Great Lesbian Vanishing." Was it the comet? Or the newly elected fundamentalist president? The debut installment of the Queer Nation comic strip (queernation.com), one of the first weekly online gay cartoons, has a warm, goofball mix of same-sex titillation, bullet-nips, and chiseled avengers to make any sci-fi invert proud. It's written by Marvel alum Chris Cooper and the sophistication shows. Heroes include Lucifyr (the "radical gay avenger and resident bad boy"), a "paraplegic gay Jewish astronomer" named Kalgon, and the Fabulons, "shape-shifting she-males for the new millennium." Sure, with basically all the lesbians zapped into oblivion, it's a little heavy on the testosterone. But check the site's well-compiled links for shortcuts to less raucous, gay-friendly cartoons. New episodes of Queer Nation debut every week.