Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt

I’m going to do something a little different for the next week. From today until August 1, this is going to be my only post for the week, because I really want all of you to set aside an hour out of your schedule and watch this video interview. Here’s the link:

Bill Moyers and Chris Hedges: How Whole Regions of America Have Been Destroyed in the Name of Quarterly Profits

They discuss Hedges’ new book Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt. The book is a collaboration between Chris Hedges and comics artist and journalist Joe Sacco. Below is the whole link to page 11 of the transcription of the interview. Just scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on the video.

Moyers/Hedges Interview, page 11, and link to video

Now I know a lot of you are probably going to disagree with some of the things Hedges has to say, and you may even find this interview pretty depressing, upsetting, or even infuriating, but I’d like for you to do me a favor — watch this interview and just think about some of the points Chris Hedges makes.

I realize you could argue this interview is not “Kirby-related,” but I think it is because sometimes I think it’s important to put things in perspective. Obviously Stan Lee and Marvel symbolize the corporate greed Hedges discusses, but more importantly, I think it’s crucial for all of us to sort of stop, take a deep breath once in awhile and realize: we, as citizens of this planet, have very real and very serious life-threatening problems we are all going to have to address in the near future if we truly care about the world we are going to leave our children, our grandchildren, and our great grandchildren. What Moyers and Hedges discuss here are not the types of subjects I usually tackle here at Kirby Dynamics because I want this to be a fun weblog about the life and work of Jack Kirby, but for this one week I want to point out that I believe we have much bigger problems facing our nation and our planet other than arguing about whether Stan Lee ruined Jack’s 60s comic books.

And obviously, I’m posting this here because of the work of comics artist and journalist Joe Sacco. His work reminds me of Jack’s Street Code work.

I wish Jack could have done more work like this, but as we all know, Jack had to crank out superhero books to keep his family afloat.

Make sure you watch the entire 1 hour video. The Moyers interview is about 40 min. Then there’s a 10 min. special segment at the end where Joe Sacco talks a bit about his creative process, they show him at work, and they show a few examples of his photography and his comics-journalism work. Here is some of Sacco’s work from the book:

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So everybody please watch this video. Even if you disagree with everything discussed, I’d just like you all to take a moment out of your week to think about what Chris Hedges has to say and I hope you will reflect on your own future and the future of this planet.

Addendum:

A reader informed me Chris Hedges and Joe Sacco were doing a live chat at billlmoyers.com.

Here’s a link to the chat:

Live Chat with Chris Hedges and Joe Sacco (July 19, 2012)

I had a thousand questions for Chris Hedges, but I figured I’d address a Kirby-related question to Joe Sacco.

As you can see, like an idiot I spelled my first name wrong, and unfortunately we really didn’t learn anything new from his reply, but he answered honestly and was nice enough to respond to the first two questions which I really appreciated. I had hoped maybe he had some thoughts on the Kirby lawsuit since Jack’s treatment by Marvel certainly dovetails into some of the themes in the Hedges interview, but I suppose there are so many important things going on in the world and in people’s lives it’s impossible to follow everything. My questions were actually sort of lame considering the seriousness of the overall discussion, but I figured I’d take a shot at getting something I could use here.

Clearly Chris and Joe are both very passionate about their work and very good at what they do. I plan on picking up a copy of their book. Whether you agree with them or not, I do think you have to respect them for what they have accomplished, especially as war correspondents, and you have to respect them for using their skills to try and bring attention to the uncertain future of our planet.

Here’s a direct link to the Hedges interview at Bill Moyers’ site:

Chris Hedges on Capitalism’s ‘Sacrifice Zones’
July 20, 2012