Posts tagged: jim munroe
Ten years ago this week, Jim Munroe posted a manifesto on gutter culture and The Cultural Gutter’s been expanding on it ever since.
A few years back I started getting really interested in video games–playing them, making them, talking about them. And I noticed that there were marked similarities in people’s cultural perception of video games and science fiction.
I would talk with my friends about my experiences with video games in the same way that I’d talk about a movie or another piece of art: “In most games, you smash open a crate, you get either weapons or supplies that you can pick up, or it’ll be empty. But in Half-Life, even the empty crates have something–you get this randomized pile of computer parts motherboards or whatever, it’s a great touch.”
My appreciation for a game’s detailing, tone, and visceral engagement would usually get a laugh despite my sincerity. The disparity between applying high art analysis to low art, or even talking sincerely about something so frivolous, was a clear violation of mainstream cultural norms.
And I like violating those norms.
The Cultural Gutter turned ten in May, 2013 and we didn’t make much of a fuss about it. But ten years ago this week, Jim Munroe posted the manifesto that’s guided The Cultural Gutter, even as each subsequent editor has joined the Gutter and added their take on our mission. We thought this would be a good time to celebrate our mission and republish it. (And congratulations to our friends at the…
Page from Sword of My Mouth. Art by Shannon Gerrard. Story by Jim Munroe. It’s one of the Cultural Gutter’s perks for our indiegogo campaign! Help us continue paying writers for their work and get a sweet graphic novel: http://www.indiegogo.com/gutteragogo
More from Sword Of My Mouth via Boing Boing's review of the graphic novel about a dystopia, post-Rapture Detroit.
Jim Munroe and Shannon Gerrard donated copies of Sword Of My Mouth as a perk for Gutter-A-Go-Go, the fundraiser to keep the Cultural Gutter online. To find out more about our fundraiser, go here.
Shannon Gerrard draws Detroit in a panel from Sword of My Mouth, her collaboration with writer Jim Munroe. Jim’s also a Gutter co-founding editor and Sword of My Mouth is one of the perks we’re offering as part of our Gutter-A-Go-Go fundraiser to keep the Cultural Gutter online.
(even fuller disclosure, Carol was an editor on this book)
Torontonians! Tonight’s the first salon for the Lo-Fi Sci-Fi 48 Hour Film Challenge! Meet at the Monarch (12 Clinton) to find out what’s what and enjoy a chat between Jim Munroe and Sci Fi London’s Louis Savy and watch some of the best shorts from Sci Fi London’s 48 hour film challenge. More infomation at: http://48.lofiscifi.com/
The Gutter’s own Jim Munroe on stage at Sci Fi London at the Q & A for his new movie, Ghosts With Shit Jobs. (via @scifilondon)