Aster(ix) Newsletter #3

“I felt powerless to do anything about the murders, but I couldn’t stop imagining that something could make the femicides unignorable.”

I made this mini comic about the femicides in Ciudad Juarez Mexico a few years ago. When we lived near there (2003-2005) it was stunning to hear news about these women and girls being murdered with no discernible follow up. It seems like these deaths were seen as by-products of the “real problems” –drug cartels and corrupt police. After a while, I found myself entering this odd state where I expected women and girls to die–I felt like it was normal! I felt powerless to do anything about the murders, but I couldn’t stop imagining that something could make the femicides unignorable. Las Cuerpas is the result. Someday I’ll add some color.

View or print the powerful mini-graphic novel, Las Cuerpas by Rachel Masilamani, in our FICTION ISSUE 2013.

Las Cuerpas by Rachel Masilamani

Las Cuerpas by Rachel Masilamani

I made this mini comic about the femicides in Ciudad Juarez Mexico a few years ago …

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Asterisms: Unbound and Noteworthy

Aster(ix) Picks: Our Fifteen Favorite Graphic Novels

Aster(ix) Picks: Our Fifteen Favorite Graphic Novels

In honor of our own Las Cuerpas,Aster(ix) is going graphic. Here are our picks right in time for the holiday season.

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In a safe space by Norma E. Cantú

In a safe space by Norma E. Cantú

We ambled onto the river bank
Oblivious of what lay beneath the waters,
Muddy khaki colored waters of the Rio Grande,
What lurked in the shadows
Beyond the mesquite and huisache.
I barely knew you.

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The Naming of Things by Adriana E. Ramirez

The Naming of Things by Adriana E. Ramirez

Click here to watch TEDxHouston video of the author performing this poem

I.

When I was four years old,
The night’s shadows often
Pulled me from my bed to the next room,
Where my brother fought them for me.

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From the Web…

transmissions_003 // teju cole’s capacity mix

When THE STATE asked me to DJ a mix, I asked myself what a soundtrack for the Global War on Terror might look like.”  writer, Teju Cole.

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What is Lawlessness? 

One of ten books made by Paul Chan using loose sheets from hardcover books overprinted with text from the likes of Kant and Erica Jong and images ranging from Don Rickles, erotic dancers, and other trending topics.  

“Who follows the law? Who or what confers authority to law? Who or what confers authority to the authority who confers authority to law? Is authority what makes law feel unlawful? Is law followed or found? What is the nature of law? What is the relationship between human law and the law of nature? Is art bound by law? If so, which one? If not, why not? If one does not know the law, is one still bound by it?”–Paul Chan, artist.

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SAVE THE DATE

JANUARY 16th 2014 in NYC: Kweli Journal and Aster(ix) Journal join forces and hostsDesveladas: a fotonovela by the amazing Macarena Hernandez, Nelly Rosario and Sheila Maldonado.

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