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internet crusader

"ok bye"

Cruzámo-nos na internet com o "Internet Crusader" de George Wylesol, um livro que vai agradar a todos os que gostaram do slow pace e distanciamento emocional ante calamidades extremas do "Sabrina" de Nick Drnaso (ou a despretensão do seu traço), e a quem o combinado techno-retro-kitsch com fim-do-mundo satânico à la nosso Rudolfo também toca em sítios estranhos, e bons.

Pese o facto de não o termos lido – não nos julguem acima de julgar um livro pela sua capa, mesmo se, como no exemplo anterior, espreitámos o preview disponibilizado – podemos adiantar-vos premissas que o tornam candidato à vossa atenção.

Do enredo: o seu protagonista começa a aventura com uma quest por pornografia online mas gradualmente descobre-se num combate contra as forças do mal para impedir o apocalipse, recrutado à tarefa por deus-d-maiúsculo ele (*) O "ele" também maiúsculo? Quem vos escreve é ateu-até-ao-osso, não seguimos essas gramáticas. mesmo.

Sem nunca sair do computador. Um constrangimento que é carregado ao próprio leitor pela mecânica de layout que o autor usa: toda a história decorre numa sucessão de perspectiva única de printscreens do monitor do personagem principal; apenas a sequência dos diferentes estados do monitor no qual se actualizam mensagens escritas, chats, emails, pop-ups, páginas visitadas, etc., nos auxiliam à compreensão dos eventos que se sucedem e pelos quais estabelecemos as diferentes personalidades envolvidas, sem balões de diálogo ou legendas, sem personagens, sem outros dos códigos visuais habituais à bd. So far so artsy.

Agora o kick: a acção decorre "during the dial-up days of the internet between an undefined point between '96 and Iraq War 2" 16 out 2019. Por excelência, o período de coming-of-age da web do qual os nostálgicos de hoje - culpados - suspiram. Seguem-se vários cites selecionados para promover o hype.

it became both a lot darker and a lot funnier than I had anticipated

George Wylesol’s new book Internet Crusader is made up solely of images from 1990s-style computer interfaces, an imaginative story that reflects on anything from Christian webpages with pornographic adverts to God’s incessant emailing.
in "Internet Crusader tells the story of a virus-induced post-apocalyptic world" 16 set 2019

Despite a compelling story, George Wylesol’s biggest accomplishments have to do with his rendering of the early internet itself; he brings the pop-up windows, dial-up modems, and weird things that routinely happened to the screen to life in such a way that, reading it, I remembered things about my teenage years that I never imagined I could forget.

Wylesol’s attention to detail unearths ways in which, even if the graphics and interfaces were rudimentary, the early days of the internet were guided by an almost fully formed ethos of disrupting the way we all understood what was real, true, and human.
in "Rendering the Early Internet Itself: Matt Vadnais on Gnosticism, Demons, and Porn in George Wylesol’s INTERNET CRUSADER" 21 ago 2019

being young and online was thrilling and terrifying

Internet Crusader pokes at these forgotten parts of Internet culture, it does so in an indescribably clever and fun way. Wylesol has captured the late ’90s Internet mood so perfectly. What was so magical about the internet in the late ’90s is that when you were offline, you were really off. It’s difficult to describe how different being online felt when the Internet was new. That was intoxicating freedom.

The way people used fonts, Internet messaging profiles, and screen names to express who they were. It reminds me that we’ve always been looking for outlets. It’s part of the dichotomy of our mediated, connected, always-on reality. We aren’t our real selves online, but we can access and explore some of the most authentic parts of ourselves online.
in "Internet Crusader is a glorious ‘90s internet fever dream" 5 nov 2019

Internet Crusader is a definite period piece. When the internet was starting to get pretty popular, but everyone on it was still anonymous
"well 2day fucking sucked"

If you’re old enough to remember ‘Surfing the web’ (as it were) was such a vastly different experience back then – with a language and subculture all of its own. It was such a unique but short-lived moment in our online history, the likes of which we’ll never see again: everything was new, we were all learning as we went along, and everything felt far more dangerous and raw than anything that’s come since. It’s perhaps for these reasons that those who do remember those days have such strong and vivid nostalgia.
in “200 Pages of Early-Internet Insanity” – George Wylesol Talks “Internet Crusader” 6 nov 2019

Feita a divulgação um pequeno acrescento onde toca às teses com par de take aways finais. No papel vs e digital GW combina ambos para conseguir "that fuzzy, desktop-printer-quality texture on each page". Essas foram desenhadas no Illustrator, impressas, digitalizadas, retocadas no Photoshop.

The first thing you notice when you begin to read Internet Crusader is this: it looks like it was printed out on an HP Deskjet printer. Ah, printing.
in "Internet Crusader is a glorious ‘90s internet fever dream" 5 nov 2019

Segundo, recordar que tudo é politics, comics incluem-se, web também:

Internet Crusader’s real triumph is reminding us exactly how much the internet has changed, changes that have largely been possible because of ways in which the early internet managed to change all of us.
in "Rendering the Early Internet Itself: Matt Vadnais on Gnosticism, Demons, and Porn in George Wylesol’s INTERNET CRUSADER" 21 ago 2019

Those days are gone. Perhaps we pine for them collectively, a loss of innocence as the power of the web stands before us in a startling new form, this big dark influence on all things personal and political in our lives.
in "George Wylesol's new book is a demonic take on '90s internet" 16 out 2019


Post-scriptum a jeito de, bem, OS POSITIVOS: vcs sabem, não íamos parar em duas conclusões, we'd be breaking character. Aquilo dos três, e composto em igual número de cites para autenticidade: i) "at first glance, Internet Crusader might appear to be a mess of early '00s kitsch" 27 ago 2019 e ii) "nearly every reference to his actual life is filtered through terrible spelling and internet slang" e iii) "the world threatened by the stakes of the comic remains entirely filtered through the visual idiom of early attempts at the virtual." 21 ago 2019. E assim se vencem outros cultos diabólicos.

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