PODSNAPPERS by Al Columbia


From Pim & Francie #6. Al Columbia has the rare gift to suggest an entire story, an entire world with just a single image. He is currently compiling and re-contextualizing hundreds of these images and story fragments from his archives to be published by Fantagraphics Books in THE LAND OF BROKEN HEARTS Volume One – Pim & France (THE GOLDEN BEAR DAYS).

((ed. note — interesting coincidence with the big numbers post earlier today. but really, isn’t everything coincident? isn’t everything happening at exactly the same time? maybe now it’s just more apparent with the scope of the internet.))

March 28th – Vertical Gardens Opening at Exit Art (N.Y.)

Above: A living wall in Paris by Patrick Blanc (left), and “Vertical Garden (Weeds)” by Naomi Reis

Date & Time: Opening Saturday, March 28th, 6-8PM (Closing May 23rd, 2009)
Venue: Exit Art (Go here for map & hours)
Location: 475 Tenth Ave. at 36th St / New York, NY 10018
Price: $5 suggested donation

A “living wall,” a part of a building made entirely of vegetation, is not a fantasy. Just look at these pictures and see for yourself. In cities where arable land is scarce, it makes perfect sense to build vertically oriented “sky farms” for cultivating both food and oxygen, two things all humans need to live. So what’s stopping us? This ingenious method of farming is not only practical; it provides us with a dream-like vision of the future, where cities of glass and metal could possibly be infused with green patches of living, organic architecture.

One of the original plans for a World Trade Center memorial included a glass building with certain floors dedicated to tree nurseries. As the trees matured, the idea was to distribute the trees throughout Manhattan in memory of those who died. Unfortunately, some people were not thrilled with the idea of Manhattan regressing to the forest it once was…but hey, if they’re doing it in Paris, why not New York? Read on:

NEW YORK – A project of SEA (Social Environmental Aesthetics), Vertical Gardens is an exhibition of architectural models, renderings, drawings, photographs and ephemera that depict or imagine a vertical farm, urban garden or green roof. It features over 20 projects, both imaginary and real, by artists and architects that envision solutions for building greener urban environments. The highlight of this exhibition is an eight-foot high living green wall by Edmundo Ortega and Dianne Rohrer.
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Big Numbers #3


In today’s WTF news, Alan Moore scholar Pádraig Ó Méalóid unveils Xerox copies of Big Numbers #3, the unpublished issue of Alan’s abandoned comic book series begun in collaboration with Bill Sienkiewicz in 1989. Artist Al Columbia took over when Sienkiewicz dropped out after the first two issues. Pádraig says:

…everything I know leads me to believe that this is a copy of the unpublished third issue of Big Numbers, and I genuinely didn’t believe it existed, and certainly never expected to actually see a copy, led alone own one. Even Alan Moore doesn’t have a copy, to the very best of my knowledge, which in this case is considerable, as I decided to specifically ask his permission before I posted this here. He is happy for it to be made available to the world, so here it is.

See the whole thing (!) here.

Today's Autonomedia Jubilee Saint: B. TRAVEN


Anarcho-adventure writer, revolutionary, true identity unknown, possibly Ret Marut of Munich Soviet fame.

1827 — German classical composer Ludwig von Beethoven dies, Vienna, Austria.
1892 — Great American poet Walt Whitman dies, age 72, Camden, New Jersey.
1911 — Playwright Tennessee Williams born, Columbus, Mississippi.
1930 — Beat bad-boy poet Gregory Corso born, New York City.
1953 — Dr. Jonas Salk announces polio vaccine, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
1969 — German born revolutionist, writer “B. Traven” dies, Chiapas, Mexico.
1969 — John and Yoko Ono Lennon start seven day bed-in against war.

All info courtesy The 2009 Autonomedia Calendar of Jubilee Saints: Radical Heroes for the New Millennium by James Koehnline and the Autonomedia Collective