After Losing 100,000 Cattle to the Storm of the Century, South Dakota Ranchers Rebuild with Stoic Pride
I recently returned to my home for six years, the beautiful Black Hills of South Dakota. During my visit, the region was struck by a great and powerful blizzard. The storm was massive and dumped over three feet of snow, cut power to thousands for days, and killed over 100,000 cattle on the open range.
I wrote about the experiencing the blizzard and the storm’s ongoing impact on local ranchers on Medium (and to be archived on this site soon).
Here’s the link: medium.com/better-humans/73e2ea86f518.
Illustrator David Lloyd talks with Dan Patterson at the Hazarai booth at NYC Comic Con 2013 about the ideological origins of his classic V For Vendetta, devising the iconic Guy Fawkes mask, and his ongoing anthology of great stories, Aces Weekly.
Learn more at Hazarai.com, and find more interviews like this at http://SoundCloud.com/DanPatterson.
Fall is here and along with pretty trees, sweater weather, and early-season blizzards comes a bevy of new and exciting projects! Here’s what I’ll be working on this fall:
* I’m really excited to continue explorations in to future of non-traditional and anachronistic journalism by writing for Neiman-funded NYC start-up Keepr. Starting with the recent Black Hills Blizzard, I’ll use the app to research a series of interesting stories. We’ll mine the social web for interesting content that correlates with stories and contemporary news themes, and post copy to Medium. More on this project in a few weeks.
A conversation about what the #Occupy movement means today, and what it needs to do to survive.
There’s a hint of nostalgia in crisp September air. As the fall leaves show the first signs age, police, who far outnumber a few singing and chanting protesters, form a continuous ring around lower-Manhattan’s Zuccotti park. Today, #S17, is the second anniversary of events that inspired a season of protest across the country.
Today’s gathering at Zuccotti park was a demographic cross-section of previous years. The morning hours included a smattering of college-age protesters, neo-hippies, musicians, gutter-punks, and union organizers marching between various downtown protests. The General Assembly, a semi-regular meeting conducted as a unified chorus of synchronized shouts, was smaller than previous years, but is still a great spectacle and example of organizational ingenuity. The protests were no more rowdy than in the past, and the police I spoke with all agreed that in spite of a few arrests earlier in the week most demonstrators remained peaceful.