Monday, September 1, 2014
Friday, August 29, 2014
The importance of the unseen reach:
I normally would have reserved this for my personal blog, but I thought this was cool to think about and worth sharing!
My boyfriend Casey and I have lived in this neighborhood for almost four years, now, and starting about three years ago he began taking a morning run to get in shape. Today, while coming around our home block, he was stopped by a man walking two dogs, who introduced himself and said he first saw Casey running about two years ago.
As it turns out, he says seeing Casey running inspired him to improve his health, and since then he has lost 60 pounds and was able to reverse his diabetes.
Casey says this, in turn, really cheered him up, and made him feel a lot better about himself, as well as super happy for this (otherwise) complete stranger. His morning run is now a lot more important than just a morning run.
But, if you get to thinking about it, even if he hadn’t been nice enough to come up and tell him so, it wouldn’t have meant the run didn’t significantly impact this person’s life. Going out and doing good things, putting good, productive things out there into the world has the power to reach someone. There is an inevitability to it, really. Sometimes you might never see the ripple effect come back to you, and I know it’s very easy to beat ourselves up and think it isn’t worth-it to sometimes just be good to ourselves and do what makes us feel good… but supporting yourself and doing something positive that you think only benefits you can sometimes benefit others, as well - someone who might really need to see or hear it.
Positivity does not necessarily exist in a vacuum.
After looking over it the other day and feeling really nostalgic
I am going to be active on my Character Ask blog today. It needs some serious revamping, but it’s fun, and good exercise, too. (Mostly it’s fun. I’m not gonna dress up self-indulgent fun as anything toooooo practical.)
If you want to go over there and read up and watch someone other than me make my characters squirm, then PLEASE DO! Also, it might kick me into doing what I need to do - all the pictures and profiles (and even some of the replies) are a little outdated. Perhaps we can shame me into action. It’s worked, before!
Thursday, August 28, 2014
I would like to inform you that along with a new page of The Muse Mentor, I have also updated my links to include some new comics and artists! They are all excellent, and worth a good look-over or six.
The Muse Mentor is a member of Countershot Press.
get some sneak peek bonuses by supporting TMM on Patreon!
I am also going to reblog my webcomic’s update today, with 2 important things:
- You really should check out the new stuff I linked, and I am going to be better in the future about adding more recs. You can never have too many recs (but you can ALWAYS have too few).
- While working on this page, my SO looked at Ashley in the bottom panel and said “she looks like she’s all uchk!” As it turns out, “uchk” is exactly what I had scripted. So, I just want you to know, when I script “uchk”, you are getting “uchk”.
Tuesday, August 26, 2014
I have now been tagged 3 times, so I think I had better Do The Thing.
whoistombombadil, despicableplankton, and thestarsandthepolkadots are all lovely people who tagged me to say 5 nice things about myself and then pass it on to 10 others. I will endeavor to do this thing, because I’ve been feeling kind of crummy (but am back on the upswing) and maybe this will help even more. Thanks, friends. c:
- I generally have a good memory.
- I’m a good cook. AND a good baker. A double kitchen threat!
- I care a lot. I care about causes. I care about people. I try to keep an open mind so that I can care about even more things that I didn’t yet know were available to care about.
- Conversely, I don’t regret or feel guilty about times when I need to stop caring about someone who mistreats me, and I’ve worked out a decent system of self-protection that I used to feel bad about - but not any more.
- I have a lot of ideas. Now, whether or not they are any good is a matter of opinion, but I HAVE a lot, and that’s a start!
I think I’ve seen most people already get tagged, but… well, double-or-triple tagging sometimes needs to occur to make someone do it, example: me. If you don’t want to fill this out, and EVEN IF I DIDN’T TAG YOU, at least THINK 5 nice things to yourself, okay? I’m tagging in here since tumblr only alerts the first five, otherwise.
kayzig, chainsma, juliedillon, heysawbones, amphiaria, cafiffle, mariealbertine, mortalityplays, nightofthelivingfig, stonelions, buttart, dismalditties, geekysideburns, and I need a Bilbo to keep this from being unlucky, so spacekayce!! uhhh this is more than 10… that’s… okay, yes, these are my tags!! I’ll keep going forever if I don’t stop, here.
Preview of #Princeless: Short Stories for Warrior Women from @ActionLab Comics!
I get excited any time I see this. That’s my sis, Kayzig, doing the interior art for Jeremy Whitley’s Princeless! See the comic in the photoset, there - yeah!! (There is also the awesome Jules Rivera's cover!)
Monday, August 25, 2014
It’s time to flush your stereotypes down the drain.
Congratulations, gamer girls—you’re officially at the top of the food chain when it comes to games. A new study released by the Entertainment Software Association has revealed that adult women now occupy the largest demographic in the gaming industry. Women over 18 made up a whopping 36 percent of the gaming population, followed by adult men at 35 percent.
….You know, as a Literature student I find the way the commentary written for this absolutely hilarious. It uses hyperbolic language such as “whopping” to accentuate the figures in the article to make it appear that “adult female gamers” are a massive majority.
Then you look at the statistics. It may debunk stereotypes slightly, but having a margin of 1% is not “whopping” - it’s not even “great”. Especially when you consider than male gamers as a whole are still a majority (52%). This article also doesn’t give numbers, nor the size of the study pools. For all we know, they only had a pool of 1000 people which isn’t a proper scientific study when assessing a national census. It’s nice to see that female gamers are equalling out to male gamers, but let’s not arbitarily make this a war of the sexes. xD
The language in the article is not an “arbitrary war of the sexes.” There is a war of the sexes in gaming, but it’s one that male gamers (as a group) have been waging against women for quite some time, with harassment, death threats, rape threats. (Please read this in particular. You’ll notice they were forced to disable comments. Can you guess why?) Gamers and game companies have been long claiming that women flat out don’t play games at all, and thus don’t count as gamers, are not part of the audience, don’t deserve input, don’t deserve safe gaming spaces, don’t deserve more games that are made with women in mind (or at the very least, games that have more playable women characters and less overall sexualized violence towards women). This has been going on for years. Women who speak out about sexism in games, again, receive rape and death threats.
This study doesn’t prove women are a huge majority over men, but when women are completely dismissed in general, a 1% margin IS a huge deal. It shows numbers well high enough to counter the “girls don’t game” myth. It shows that adult women outnumber teenage males, so gaming companies can no longer act like teen males are the only demographic worth pursuing. When half the overall audience is women, even though male gamers have long insisted that women gamers don’t count at all, that’s huge. That’s a whopping great big huge deal.
Let us also not underestimate the fact that women over 18 had to survive the sneers, scoffs, and derision of teenage boys in order to be an adult female gamer, in some cases. (I know that I did. Being a girl in an arcade or game store was not much different from being a girl in some comic shops… or on a convention floor… or anywhere in the sci-fi/geek/etc. community. Sometimes you are an anomaly, an object of harassment, unwanted, or all three.)
I am all about girls getting even that 1% lead, ANYWHERE in these communities, because it’s 1% closer to not having to “hang in there” and endure being told that we don’t belong someplace in order to continue enjoying… well. What we enjoy.
Sunday, August 24, 2014
As it turns out, I have a lot of intense feelings about Pearl.
Saturday, August 23, 2014
PLATINUM BLACK UPDATE!
New pages ~*~ First Page ~*~ Main Page
Night time rebleb, I’m not used to posting art at a time other than 3AM and for once the Australians didn’t get dibs on something I posted.
Platinum Black is really good, the new pages are really good, and I hope you are reading it. It’s one of my favorites, atm! (Also, check out those full backgrounds and emilykcomicsmith's beauteous coloring. Dreamy sigh.)
What if we all drew parodies of our own character stuff.
A Helia Character, is, of course, a very feminine demon guy with one bird wing and one bat wing, red and purple eyes, tanned skin and white hair. Maybe a scar on his face??
a loren character is just this giant hot pink/black muscular woman covered in scars and prosthetic cyborg parts, with prehensile hair twice as long as herself
shit, that sounds awesome, i’m gonna make her right now
a corny character is a femme androgynous person with hair that curls inwards around their cheek regardless of how long the rest of their hair is
a b character is a big fat lady who is very strong and beautiful, much like myself
a Lily Character (tm) is a black woman with a really ugly face, way too many skin folds in unnecessary places, and pouty full lips (also probably always in 3/4 view)
Basically, does Monster High need a take on Cousin Itt because if they do
For halisia who requested “people drinking coffee”! Anne and Bea belong to verwho and sephiramy, respectively. Both come from excellent webcomics, Meat and Bone and The Muse Mentor.
Aaaaahhh, look!! It’s ALWAYS a good time for cool Bea fan art, and also always a good time for Brian’s art, AAAAAND always a good time for webcomic fan art! This is a triple hit! Thank you, thank you!