[Noisebridge-discuss] Glider Ink - a hackerspace graphic novel

Paweł Chojnacki alxd at alxd.org
Wed Aug 23 09:37:42 UTC 2017


Hey!

I didn't make it a single character on purpose. In some of the story
drafts the cat-herder / single-manager has just left the Space and the
other characters are trying to find balance without them.

I don't want to have a single "resolve all the social conflicts" / "wise
person" character. I want a dynamic relationships between Amanda, Robert
and Adam who try to get in that role, each with their own reputation and
negotiation skills, but also their agendas. I feel that has much more
potential for an interesting story than just a single cat herder. Imagine:

Amanda has just left a squat and has a lot of skills in organizing
people without being an outright "boss". She does what needs to be done,
but expects people to be sensible. She's an outspoken feminist and
doesn't program herself, which gets her little respect from the most
"basementish" people.

Robert has no problem with being "a father" and expects his word to be
last. He is [in most sketches] the official president of the legal
society representing Glider, but due to his work and family has less and
less time to come there. Some people feel that he has betrayed the space
he used to once run.

Adam is great in inspiring and encouraging people, but does way too many
thing and usually doesn't follow on his world. He plays "the popular
guy" and is the face of the Glider in media and among most of the
activists. Even though he tries not to, he quite often takes credit for
others' work.

How about those three being cat-herders and trying to strike a balance
in the Space? Doesn't it sound better than a single person?

Best,

alxd


On 23.08.2017 01:31, Danukeru wrote:
> cat-herder is too real, man... I need my escapism if I'm going to be
> able to read this.
>
> :P
>
> On Tue, Aug 22, 2017 at 7:16 PM, Quinn Norton <quinn at quinnnorton.com
> <mailto:quinn at quinnnorton.com>> wrote:
>
>     Probably far too late to put in the suggestion, but there's a key
>     character missing: the cat-herder, the person who negotiates
>     conflicts, checks up on the door and unlocks it for the open
>     night, takes calls from
>     neighbors, landlord, police (about the tor nodes natch), and very
>     likely either cuts the rent check or reminds the treasurer to do
>     it. The cat-herder is always a little bit tired of the whole
>     thing, but also very attached to keeping the lights on, and see
>     the place and the people producing and arguing and rearranging the
>     furniture.
>
>     Meticulously tapped out with my index fingrr.
>
>     > On 22 Aug 2017, at 9:09 PM, Andy Isaacson <adi at hexapodia.org
>     <mailto:adi at hexapodia.org>> wrote:
>     >
>     > wow, this is a really cool project! Thanks for posting about
>     it.  I especially love Suzanne's custom handless shruggles tshirt!
>     >
>     > Do you have a preferred URL for me to tweet about your artist
>     search?
>     > I could link to the archived copy of this email, but that's
>     maybe not the most friendly presentation to get good responses.   :)
>     >
>     > -andy
>     >
>     >> On Sun, Aug 20, 2017 at 06:30:10PM +0200, Paweł Chojnacki wrote:
>     >> Hey!
>     >>
>     >> Last year I realized that the notion of hackerspace and
>     >> hackers-as-makers, not just blackhat anarchists is totally
>     absent from
>     >> the mainstream culture. Watch Dogs 2 had a huge opportunity to
>     change
>     >> this, but they only presented warring gangs and vigilantes
>     trying to
>     >> bring down evil corporations.
>     >>
>     >> After gathering some stories from European, US and African Spaces I
>     >> decided to create Glider Ink - https://glider.ink/ , a
>     fictional story
>     >> based on real events and characters I met. I have already
>     managed to
>     >> find the most common archetypes and create five main characters
>     based on
>     >> them: Inventor, Activist, Troll, Anarchist and Maker. I'd like
>     to focus
>     >> on the community aspect and how we can create things together, as
>     >> opposed to the Silicon Valley lone genius concept.
>     >>
>     >> Even though I originally wanted to set the story in Poland, I
>     might be
>     >> changing that to some more or less defined European city.
>     Seeing hackers
>     >> from all over the world, especially Kenya or Philippines I
>     really don't
>     >> want to enforce the stereotype that all of them needs to be white.
>     >>
>     >> I'm still working on a script which would be enjoyable both for
>     actual
>     >> hackers and people who haven't heard about them before. All of
>     my work -
>     >> licensed on Creative Commons - is available at
>     https://wiki.glider.ink/
>     >> . You are welcome to comment on it, share your own stories and
>     ideas! If
>     >> you'd like to register on the wiki, just ping me.
>     >>
>     >> Sadly, I found it that very few artists are up to the challenge of
>     >> trying a de-facto new genre, creating a positive outlook on
>     technology
>     >> outside of dark cyberpunk. If you know any graphic novel
>     illustrator who
>     >> might be interested in working on this project (fully paid of
>     course),
>     >> I'll gladly meet them!
>     >>
>     >> Art styles I'm looking for:
>     >>
>     >>
>     https://wiki.glider.ink/_detail/art/characters/suzanne/kimiooon_suzanne_notebook_dark.jpg?id=art
>     <https://wiki.glider.ink/_detail/art/characters/suzanne/kimiooon_suzanne_notebook_dark.jpg?id=art>
>     >>
>     https://wiki.glider.ink/_detail/art/characters/suzanne/kimiooon_suzanne_shrug.jpg?id=art
>     <https://wiki.glider.ink/_detail/art/characters/suzanne/kimiooon_suzanne_shrug.jpg?id=art>
>     >>
>     https://wiki.glider.ink/_detail/art/characters/amanda/caylachicovsky_amanda_face.jpg?id=art
>     <https://wiki.glider.ink/_detail/art/characters/amanda/caylachicovsky_amanda_face.jpg?id=art>
>     >>
>     https://wiki.glider.ink/_detail/art/characters/robert/lhuvik_robert_standing.jpg?id=art
>     <https://wiki.glider.ink/_detail/art/characters/robert/lhuvik_robert_standing.jpg?id=art>
>     >>
>     >> and the full project's moodboards:
>     >>
>     >> https://wiki.glider.ink/project/artstyle/moodboards
>     <https://wiki.glider.ink/project/artstyle/moodboards>
>     >>
>     >> Best,
>     >>
>     >> alxd
>     >>
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