May 20, 1990: Calvin and Hobbes creator Bill Watterson’s remarkable Kenyon College commencement address on creative integrity.
Great perspective from Bill Watterson. #CalvinAndHobbes
Hrm, how do I link 2 images from 2 separate links?
Well anyway here’s a sample page and some character designs for my Black Torch comic. if you don’t know what i’m talking about still, here’s a link again!: Black Torch Kickstarter. Support it, we’re down to the last 12 hours! and so close to the 20k!
Commissions will look something similar to the above with color. Not that color style, I have my own. The above page was colored by spiral-ix (she’s awesome).
LAST DAY FOR THE BLACK TORCH KICKSTARTER!!!! we are at 18k!!! @3@ so close to that slipcover I can almost taste it!!! And if we reach that cover it’s completely FREE for everyone who gets their book through the campaign!!!
THANKS FOR ALL THE SUPPORT!!!! WE ARE SO EXCITED TO BE BRINGING THIS BOOK TO COMPLETION AND INTO YOUR HANDS!!!!!! (and this will be the last day of these updates HAHAHAHA @3@b)
Yeah come on, so close to the 20k! Also I’m the first in the $100 tiers for commissions so if that’s something you’re interested in, go get it!
Doing some color editing and final touch-ups for my Black Torch comic. Pretty much the vast majority of the coloring credit - like 99.9% goes to spiral-ix. She’s put crazy hours into this comic so you should check out her stuff as well! You can purchase and support this comic as well as the anthology it belongs to here: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1187578829/black-torch-comic-anthology
edit: whoops, that was the big res version, here’s a more reasonably sized version.
I’ve read a lot of great essays about how fandom is female-majority and creates a female gaze and a safe space for women and etc. But spend five minutes in fandom and you’ll have an unsettling question.
Why does a female-majority, feminist culture hate female characters so much?
It’s not a question of if it happens. You know it does. You can go into any fandom and see it. Some fandoms are worse than others, but it’s always there. Scroll down the Tumblr tag for any show, movie, book, comic, whatever, and you’ll see nothing but love for the men, and a lot of unjustified hate for the women, maybe with a few defenders here and there insisting on their love for the women in the face of all that hate.
To be clear, we’re not talking about female villains. Male villains get just as much hate. It’s fine if you hate Bellatrix Lestrange or Dolores Umbridge, you’re supposed to. (I personally stan for Bella, but I realize that wasn’t the authorial intent.) This is about people hating Hermione, Ginny and Luna, but loving Harry, Ron and Neville. This is about how ambiguous male antiheroes, like Snape, Zuko, or pretty much any male vampire protagonist can get away with walking that fine line between good and evil and not only remain sympathetic, but be even more beloved for how ~tortured~ he is, but when a female character is morally gray that bitch has to die.
So you can’t tell me it’s okay that you hate Sansa because you also hate Joffrey and he’s a dude. They’re not comparable. It isn’t even comparable if you pick a female antihero. Let’s do this apples to apples, here.
We all know that fandom does this. We all know that it’s fucked up and symptomatic of internalized sexism. What’s really fucking weird about it, though, is that the women doing this hating often aren’t ignorant. These are feminists. These are women who can go on meta-analyses of the writing. Some will hide behind pseudo-feminist reasons for their hate—oh, it’s the writing, we just aren’t given strong female characters! (I saw this used for the women of AtLA: Katara, Toph, Azula, et al. This was about when I just backed away slowly because I know a lost cause when I see it.) I’ve seen women who denied being sexist, but couldn’t name a single female character they liked. And it’s always that the female characters aren’t good enough, even when they obviously have a double standard, and they’re measuring women on an impossible scale full of contradictions and no-win binds, while the men are just embraced and loved pretty much for existing.
The reaction nearly every time one of these women is called out is not to say, “Huh, you may have a point, I should examine the way I judge and process women’s actions more closely,” but an insistence of their feminism, followed by a more detailed description of why that particular woman is terrible and she hates her, as if the whole point were not that fandom is already oversaturated with that kind of hate, and as if the person doing the calling out were not already 110% done with that bullshit.
Particularly telling is that male-dominated corners of fandom do not have this problem. They fetishize, they objectify, they ignore. They don’t hate like this.
We know it happens. What I want to know is WHY.
Theories follow below the cut.