October 17, 2008
This is an illustration I just completed for the 16.11 issue of WIRED. The article it corresponds to explores a devoted and diehard tribe of overseas programmers who add subtitles to U.S. television shows like Gossip Girl into their respective native tongues and post them for downloading on BitTorrent for free.
This is not anyone’s job. There is no money exchanged for this service. It’s just their particular hobby. The sheer blinding spectacularity of Gossip Girl, Everybody Loves Raymond, Prison Break and countless other US TV shows demand that the devoted few translate, compress and upload these suckers quickly in order to satiate the needs and desires of the rabid non-English speaking public outside the U.S.
Service and duty manifest themselves in ways we simply cannot know until devotion like this is demonstrated for us all to see.