Alien ends with two survivors: Ellen Ripley, of course, and
A cropped image from Jonesy by Rory Lucey Image: Alien TM & © 2018 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation. (All rights reserved) Alien ends with two survivors: Ellen Ripley, of course, and the cat, Jonesy. We spend almost all of the movie with Ripley but don’t get too up close and personal with her furry co-star . Until now, that is.
Titan Books has just released Jonesy: Nine Lives on the Nostromo , an illustrated book by Rory Lucey. It tells the story of the classic 1979 Ridley Scott film from Jonesy’s point of view. And, as you’d expect, Jonesy saw things a little differently than everyone else on the ship. Here’s the book’s cover:
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Lucey, an illustrator and art teacher living in New Jersey, came up with the idea for the book after showing Alien to his wife. “She only wanted to know one thing before we began: ‘Does the cat die?’ ,” Lucey told io9 via email. “For a movie that ends with two survivors, one of them being Jonesy the cat, we really don’t get to see much of what the cat is up to throughout the film. As an artist who lives with a goofy orange feline, I started sketching what nine lives on the Nostromo might be like, which is how this book got started.”
The book follows the movie very closely but, instead of scary, it’s playful. “At the scary moments I tried to either diffuse the situation with cat hijinks, like Jonesy licking his butt in the escape pod during the final showdown, or play into the tension and have Jonesy be scared,” Lucey said. “Cats don’t exactly react to situations in human-appropriate ways, so just staying true to that helped bring the humor in naturally.”
Want to see some example? Here are eight pages io9 is delighted to exclusively debut.
A page from the new book Jonesy by Rory Lucey What you doing with that boot, Jonesy? This looks like a nice, cozy place to take a nap. One of the most iconic scenes ever…now seen from a different point of view. What’s that in the dark? Oh, just Jonesy. What’s the saying? Curiosity killed the cat? Oh, that Jonesy. Time for a cat nap. 1 / 8 Though we don’t see it above, one moment Lucey was particularly looking forward to was the death of Brett, played by Harry Dean Stanton . “It’s such an important scene in the film in terms of revealing the real threat of the fully-grown Xenomorph and a moment that hinges on Jonesy,” he said. “I wanted that to be part of the book but I knew that I would need to strike the right balance in tone.”
Which, of course, was the biggest challenge: Telling a terrifying story from the perspective of a cute little cat. Lucey just hopes families who enjoy the book are mindful of the source material. “What I’ve said to my art students is that they should pay attention to the context clues of what is happening around Jonesy in the book,” he said. “And see if they, one, really want to see a movie like that and then two, have a conversation with their parents about if it is the right time.”
If you’d like to grab a copy of Jonesy , it’s out now.
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The New York Times’ Profile Of Gavin McInnes Is Incredibly Tone-Deaf
POLITICS 10/17/2018 12:31 pm ET Updated 1 day ago The New York Times’ Profile Of Gavin McInnes Is Incredibly Tone-Deaf The paper of record calls McInnes a “hipster” and “provocateur.” He’s also a racist, sexist gang leader. By Andy Campbell Vic Berger 410 In a wildly tone-deaf profile of Gavin McInnes this week, The New York Times went to great lengths to avoid calling the Proud Boys founder a racist, sexist, fascist gang leader, even though he could be accurately described as all of these things.
As described in the article, published Tuesday, McInnes ― co-founder of Vice and leader of a punch-happy street gang of self-described “Western chauvinists” ― is a “provocateur” worthy of curious contemplation. The former “Brooklyn hipster” recently made national news , after all! The Times’ headline reads: “ Proud Boys Founder: How He Went From Brooklyn Hipster to Far-Right Provocateur .”
Right off the bat, the Times has glossed over key facts about McInnes ― he’s an anti-Semite; he disparages women, the LGBTQ community and anyone not white and North American; he started a gang that has made a name for itself by committing acts of violence ― in favor of cute descriptors generally set aside for cosmopolitan chefs and singer-songwriters, like “provocateur” and “hipster.”
Some critics of the Times were hoping the paper had learned its lesson after the backlash to its 2,000-word feature on “ the Nazi sympathizer next door .” In that November article, the paper of record allowed a neo-Nazi to deny the Holocaust, demonize Trayvon Martin and “hail victory” after the deadly Unite the Right rallies in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Reader, the Times did not learn its lesson. McInnes’ own words and videos fly in the face of the Times’ glowing feature of him ― he is not the safe-for-work drinking buddy the Times portrays him as. His output, which you’ll see below, includes vile homophobia, sexism, racism, celebrations of violence and even sex acts (with himself) on camera.
By the Times’ lights, McInnes is a rabble-rouser, and his involvement in the Proud Boys’ bicoastal crime spree over the weekend was just Gavin being Gavin (emphasis ours):
With his egghead glasses, pocket-protector and heavy-drinking, angry-nerd aesthetic, Mr. McInnes has in recent years set himself apart from the current crop of professionally outraged right-wing pundits, not only for being able to spout aggressive rhetoric, but also for being willing to get physical at times.
His obsessions seem to be more cultural than political. Mr. McInnes, a fiscal conservative and libertarian, calls himself a champion of Western values and reserves a burning ire for the political correctness of people on the left whom he describes as busybodies who have lost their sense of humor.
Below are some examples of McInnes’ work that reflect his Western values, and that the lefty “busybodies” have lost their sense of humor over. McInnes has spouted these views on multiple platforms, including his YouTube channel, Twitter and various blogs and news sites. He generally has a large following on all the platforms he uses (though he’s been kicked off Twitter several times).
He is a self-described anti-Semite and has flirted with Holocaust denial. He throws up the Nazi salute on his own show .
The Times wrote this: “He also acknowledged being something of a sexist.” McInnes wrote this:
“His obsessions seem to be more cultural than political. Mr. McInnes, a fiscal conservative and libertarian, calls himself a champion of Western values…” pic.twitter.com/DN3jBT52YM
— Andy Campbell (@AndyBCampbell) October 17, 2018 A member of McInnes’ Proud Boys was sent to intimidate a Twitter comedian named Vic Berger , who made this compilation of McInnes saying the n-word repeatedly on camera, throwing up a Nazi salute and using every other slur under the sun. (There is also some pixelated nudity and sex toy use.)
The end of the Proud Boys. @Gavin_McInnes @ProudBoysUSA @CRTV pic.twitter.com/ITAcYvTp0O
— Vic Berger IV (@VicBergerIV) May 2, 2018 He has repeatedly launched into tirades about women and feminism. On HuffPost Live in 2013 , for example, he said:
Women are forced to pretend to be men. They’re feigning this toughness. They’re miserable. Study after study has shown that feminism has made women less happy. They’re not happy in the workforce, for the most part. I would guess 7 percent [of women] like not having kids, they want to be CEOs, they like staying at the office all night working on a proposal, and all power to them. But by enforcing that as the norm, you’re pulling these women away from what they naturally want to do, and you’re making them miserable.
He wrote “Transphobia is Perfectly Natural,” a 2014 blog post for Thought Catalog where he said there are no “normal trannies”:
They sell flowers at the local village and bake pies for their scores of adopted children. They’re non-heteronormative. In fact, the only thing more normal than castrating yourself and taking tons of hormones to grow tits is chopping them off. Women who get double mastectomies and then have their cunts turned inside out are just righting a wrong. They need to have a weird cheese blintz-looking thing sticking out of their previous cooch because it feels way better than wearing a strap-on. Sure, the nerve endings aren’t the same as a real dick, but standing up to go pee pee is something these women were born to do. How dare you have a problem with that?
He has repeatedly called for violence among his Proud Boys and “the Trump people”:
Gavin McInnes: “i cannot recommend violence enough. It is a really effective way to solve problems.” pic.twitter.com/XcWBWBkrh8
— Media Matters (@mmfa) October 15, 2018 The Times profile also goes soft on the Proud Boys, portraying them as a beer-drinking frat whose members simply prefer not to be around women when they’re bro’ing out with their bros:
In its guise as a fraternal organization, the Proud Boys get together in New York and other cities once a month at beery meet-ups that can draw as many as a few hundred participants. Women are not allowed at the group’s formal gatherings (though they are permitted at the “warm up” sessions, Mr. McInnes has written). As a character-building exercise, the Proud Boys forbid both masturbation and the watching of pornography. The group’s initiation rituals include reciting the names of five breakfast cereals while being slugged by other members.
In reality, the Proud Boys are the street gang of the far right . This weekend they assaulted protesters in New York City and Portland, Oregon, making national news and presumably prompting the Times’ SEO-friendly headline about McInnes. When the Proud Boys aren’t singling out antifascists to attack, they often serve as bodyguards for other fascist groups like Patriot Prayer, which has held a series of increasingly violent “freedom rallies” in Portland. New York police are looking to charge several Proud Boys members after an assault in Manhattan on Friday night.
To be fair, the Times does note that the Proud Boys are often seen alongside neo-Nazis:
Sometimes accompanied by skinheads, neo-Nazis, modern-day Confederates and outfits like the Oath Keepers, an association of law-enforcement officers and military veterans, the Proud Boys have scuffled with the left at May Day rallies, so-called free-speech protests and at marches in support of President Trump.
But given that all the anecdotes above are easy to find on Google, the Times’ description of McInnes’ “egghead glasses, pocket-protector and heavy-drinking, angry-nerd aesthetic” is misleading, to say the least.
Reached for comment Wednesday, a spokesperson for The New York Times said via email: “We are always open to criticism, which helps us do better work. On this story though, we disagree with your take.”
“Our story is an unflinching look at Gavin McInnes that directly addresses his racist, sexist and xenophobic comments as well as violence perpetrated by a group he actively leads,” the spokesperson said.
Perhaps understandably, social media users aren’t taking too kindly to the puff piece:
This is absolutely disgusting bullshit lying framework. How fucking dare you take space in your paper to go out of your way to legitimize racial and misogynist hate and violence. Next you’ll profile a wife-beater by saying “Sometimes a man has to take matters into his own hands”
— maura quint (@behindyourback) October 17, 2018 are you fucking kidding me with this fascist soft sell
— Kilgore Trout (@KT_So_It_Goes) October 17, 2018 I’ve been sitting here for five minutes trying to find words to express how hurtful, harmful, and disgusting this profile is, and I can’t summon anything that comes close to the fear and rage I felt as I read this awful piece designed to normalize this evil man.
Shame on you.
— I Never Freeze (@Like_H2O) October 17, 2018 This story has been updated with The New York Times’ comments.
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