Do-It-Ourselves, Do-It-Now: Zines & Aloha ʻĀina
by Noʻu Revilla
Materials: paper, color pencils, sharpie, needle, red thread, glue, swann song
Define Swann Song:
On April 2, 31 Kiaʻi Mauna were arrested for peacefully protecting Mauna Kea from desecration by development. Less than three weeks later, Hawaiʻi’s largest go-to daily newspaper published two political cartoons in favor of the TMT, the first cropping up in the editorial section “Views & Voices” while the second appears in the features section “Today.” Dave Swann, a graphic artist at the Honolulu Star-Advertiser since 1994 and creator of the “Trouble in Paradise” cartoon series, is behind both.
Swann Song, continued:
Cartoon one features two panels: “The Past” and “The Future.”
Two tidy squares.
Like, two = them vs. us or
two = natives vs. settlers or
two = tradition vs. science.
And tidy, of course. Like time should be. Like time in its vastness and transformative potential should…
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