Thursday, October 21, 2021

The Candid Creative Collective by M. Rasheed

 

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“And to celebrate I will create a series of masterpieces showing how wrong-headed and primitive you and your ideologies are, and it is this that will pave the way to the new truth! As the artist, everyone will pay attention to me, while without a body of art to speak for you... no one will ever even remember your name!" ~Muhammad Rasheed; Monsters 101, Book Ten: "Class Dismissed"

I posted the above quote  excerpted from the last title in my Monsters 101 graphic novel series  onto my Goodreads page several years ago and promptly forgot about it. To my amusement, I discovered the quote on a website among quotes from a bunch of other cartoonists. I don't mind this in general; the problem is the context. Whereas all the other quotes are the cartoonists' actual thoughts on the topic of cartooning/art, my quote is from a villain in chapter #59: "Shades of Grey" that looks like it's my personal thought on the topic, too. #Awkward 

lol It's not, but I'll admit the mix up is totally my fault. When I initially posted the quote on Goodreads (which is clearly where the cartoonist quotes site pulled it from) I had only cited the book title, not the name of the character, who wasn't himself named in the story, just the group he was a part of: The Candid Creative Collective.

The Candid Creative Collective were originally inspired by my interest in exploring the concept of an alternate morality dichotomy-axis from the traditional Abrahamic good-evil as shown with characters like Clive Barker's Cenobites.  The concept tickled the back of my mind for years until I joined it with further inspiration from Jack Vance's "green-purple" magic realms. My characters explored the idea from a "creative-noncreative" position, and I used my Monsters 101 co-protagonist Mortise "Mort" Tennon, the boy sorcerer to argue the points with the group:













By the time I got around to making the characters, I found the real life attempts to make alternate moralities among the liberal-left ideologies and the concept now had a more fleshed out political core to anchor it to for my argument.

"... and in the segment involving the Candid Creative Collective we see Rasheed getting carefully preachy where regards overlaps of art and spirituality." ~Richard Caldwell, Lottery Party - Review of Monsters 101, Book Ten by M. Rasheed 

I thought that line by Richard in his review of my story was interesting, since the ancient cave paintings of our prehistoric ancestors are depictions of the altered states of consciousness imagery they experienced while tripping on DMT substances for their shamanic rituals. In the Qur'an, the One God said it was He who taught humankind the use of the Pen, so to me, the connection between "art" and spirituality is total. In a somewhat related vein to Richard's quote, we find this quote from the legendary cartoonist behind the Peanuts gang that I completely agree with as a refutation to all the genuinely stupid "wordswordswordswords" type complaints from my ideological foes:

"Cartooning is preaching. And I think we have a right to do some preaching. I hate shallow humor. I hate shallow religious humor, I hate shallow sports humor, I hate shallowness of any kind." ~Charles M. Schulz

 

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Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Damocles' Blade in the Age of Spin

 

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 CITATION
Rasheed, Muhammad. "Damocles' Blade in the Age of Spin." Cartoon. The Official Website of Cartoonist M. Rasheed 20 Oct 2021. Pen & ink w/Adobe Photoshop color.

ARTIST'S DESCRIPTION
This #MRasheedCartoons image was inspired by all the ignorantly vain-for-nothing comments directed at Black people in general by the white racist aristocracy who project a faux-superiority from their giant pile of stolen money that gives the illusion that they really are of a superior stock if you are stupid while you look at them.








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Self-Imposed Blind Spot of the 'Superior Eye-Cueists'

 

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 CITATION
Rasheed, Muhammad. "Self-Imposed Blind Spot of the 'Superior Eye-Cueists.'" Cartoon. The Official Website of Cartoonist M. Rasheed 20 Oct 2021. Pen & ink w/Adobe Photoshop color.

ARTIST'S DESCRIPTION
This #MRasheedCartoons image was inspired by yet more examples of basic items the middling white racists are supposed to know -- they often complain about these things themselves -- but when I complain about it as an 'artivist' on behalf of my Black American ethnic group, the dumbasses are so busy trying to force that stupid "semi-divine, highly-evolved white people 'racial purity' pagan religion" into being a real thing, they can't connect easy dots and perform basic data analysis and remain looking proudly stupid all the time.








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The Consistent Disrespectful Plain Talk of My Long-Time Foe

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CITATION
Rasheed, Muhammad. "The Consistent Disrespectful Plain Talk of My Long-Time Foe." Cartoon. The Official Website of Cartoonist M. Rasheed 20 Oct 2021. Pen & ink w/Adobe Photoshop color.

ARTIST'S DESCRIPTION
This #MRasheedCartoons image was inspired by the countless foreign white supremacists who hold half the knowledge of U.S. politics as the American white racist, but just as much anti-Black American hatreds for us and our politico-economic goals. This isn't a new thing either. Our battles with immigrants and insanely resentful foreigners against abolitionist movements and the civil rights movements are as old as our 400 year struggle for economic inclusion. The reason for it is obvious, since Black Americans have been the human ATM and meal ticket for pursuit of the American Dream for everyone, which is why the very idea of the #ADOS movement and it's goal of finally getting us out of these people's psychopathic clutches is attacked so fiercely.








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The True Nature of 'White Unity'

 

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CITATION
Rasheed, Muhammad. "The True Nature of 'White Unity.'" Cartoon. The Official Website of Cartoonist M. Rasheed 20 Oct 2021. Pen & ink w/Adobe Photoshop color.

ARTIST'S DESCRIPTION
This #MRasheedCartoons image was inspired by all the silly comments made by the middling white racist about how the Black diaspora hasn't been able to become as successfully unified as the white race has. Meanwhile, the so-called "white unity" is composed of the old money white elite slaughtering their white rivals in the tens and tens of millions (at least!) throughout the 20th century so their little clique can force whatever psychopathic agenda they wanted upon the masses. The middling level white racists themselves represent some of those rival viewpoints, often resentfully b*tchin' about whatever the highest ranking whites are doing, but remaining firmly checked in how they are allowed to b*tch about it.








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[PICK ONE] Red-Pilled Truth or Stupid Partisan Rhetoric

 

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CITATION
Rasheed, Muhammad. "[PICK ONE] Red-Pilled Truth or Stupid Partisan Rhetoric." Cartoon. The Official Website of Cartoonist M. Rasheed 19 Oct 2021. Pen & ink w/Adobe Photoshop color.

ARTIST'S DESCRIPTION
This #MRasheedCartoons image depicts probably the best example of a critique I made in a previous cartoon where the book lists parades about and shared around among the middling white racists are only for over-loud virtue signaling, not to actually absorb information and analyze the facts of history at all. The reason of this is simple and comes in two forms:

1.) The like to pretend they are the hyper-intelligent evolved race of the species, so passing around lists of heavy and obscure books is a sub-cultural trait

2.) Their whole "semi-divine, highly-evolved white people pagan religion of race purity" is a stack of ridiculous lies, so they literally CAN'T! study the facts of history or they will kill themselves en masse. A casual glance at their regular 'chimp-outs' over the #1619Project controversy shows what that looks like.

They enjoy being ignorant, but like to share book lists, so I find myself in the awkward and amusing position of taking my dumbass mortal enemies by the hand and walking them to look at basic sh*t they pretend to already understand.









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Peculiar Inconsistencies Within a Superior Eye-Cueist 'Intellect'

 

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CITATION
Rasheed, Muhammad. "Peculiar Inconsistencies Within a Superior Eye-Cueist 'Intellect.'" Cartoon. The Official Website of Cartoonist M. Rasheed 19 Oct 2021. Pen & ink w/Adobe Photoshop color.

ARTIST'S DESCRIPTION
This #MRasheedCartoons image was inspired by [at least] two 4chan/pol threads I saw where the middling white racists were celebrating the virtues of how awesome violence was and how it was the mark of true advanced evolved coolness or whatever. But I didn't really need those particular threads to recognize white people aren't exactly hiding their pro-violence position (it doesn't matter whatever noise actually come out of their faces about it), but what's relevant from my anti-racism activist perspective is how every other post makes fun of the "black-on-black crime" trope, which is of course an anti-violence stance. Should we unpack this foolishness here, or flesh it out more in a later cartoon?

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United Nations - You gotta admit it, he's got a point.

USA - >the worst person you knew made a great point








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Sharing Your Nonsensical Partisan In-joke With the Woke?

 

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CITATION
Rasheed, Muhammad. "Sharing Your Nonsensical Partisan In-joke With the Woke?" Cartoon. The Official Website of Cartoonist M. Rasheed 19 Oct 2021. Pen & ink w/Adobe Photoshop color.

ARTIST'S DESCRIPTION
This #MRasheedCartoons image was inspired by this silly meme the 4chan/pol goons have been sharing that's literally just a boilerplate Republican political talking point using cobbled together elements of my early cartoons. I'll admit that it probably wasn't originally intended for me to see it, but now that they do know I'm creating content from their responses to my works, why are they sharing this lazy and easily debunked foolishness with me?

To be clear, it's a willfully ignorant racist talking point that pretends the effects of decades of systemic racist policies were already inherent with Black Americans and it's supposed to be "making fun of how we are" according to how white racists portray us among themselves. It's genuinely stupid to share something like this with me. Why would I take something you just made up about me because you are a demonic hater to heart like it's actually real? Do you expect me to convert to your foolishness? Try harder, please.








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Beating On That Living Horse of Racism Hypocrisy Some More

 

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CITATION
Rasheed, Muhammad. "Beating On That Living Horse of Racism Hypocrisy Some More." Cartoon. The Official Website of Cartoonist M. Rasheed 19 Oct 2021. Pen & ink w/Adobe Photoshop color.

ARTIST'S DESCRIPTION
This #MRasheedCartoons image was inspired by the continuously parroted rhetoric of the white racist figure who harps on about the violence in the poor lower class Black American communities while conspicuously ignoring (and even celebrating) the rising hyper-violence in the raggedy white poor communities.








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Planning Your Responses Up-Front

 

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CITATION
Rasheed, Muhammad. "Planning Your Responses Up-Front." Cartoon. The Official Website of Cartoonist M. Rasheed 19 Oct 2021. Pen & ink w/Adobe Photoshop color.

ARTIST'S DESCRIPTION
This #MRasheedCartoons image was inspired by the middling white racist who called me "legit mentally ill" because I preferred to believe the facts of history regarding the behavior of white people in America rather than the carefully redacted media kit they push about themselves.








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