The other night I went to a live storytelling event at a bar. It was a fun time with friends.
But one of the storytellers’ tale was about meeting a woman he had met on the internet. She wasn’t “short and petite” how she had described herself, but taller and heavier. “I expected an hourglass figure, but she was more of a pear” he said. The rest of his story had more fat jokes, and more cruelty to this woman, and I got mad. I already had my sketchbook out so I doodled this.
The pear has the most detail because it’s Author Insertion, obviously.
7:31 pm • 18 April 2014 • 28 notes
“I twittered about this earlier, but sometimes it feels as though talking about misogyny in this industry is like dealing with Groundhog Day: there seems to be a continuous reset, a collective male amnesia around the issue. As if, when a woman speaks out, it’s for the first time and everyone is shocked. Just shocked, I tell you. Sexism exists? OH MY GOD.”
— Veteran writer Marjorie Liu on sexual harassment/misogny in the comics industry—and the collective amnesia that hits much of the industry every time the topic ever gets broached. (via robot6)
9:15 am • 17 April 2014 • 3,686 notes
“If I just manage this place but don’t serve dishes, then what’s the point?”
Made Better in Japan - WSJ.com
Basically the philosophy that hamstrings every one of my projects.
3:31 pm • 16 April 2014 • 3 notes
i did a poster for the mountain goats and erin mckeown and i realized i forgot to actually mention it on the thing where i am ostensibly supposed to be posting art
4 colors on white paper, edition of 63
thank you industry print shop in austin texas, who did a truly amazing job on this
thank you alyson west for organizing everything and tolerating all my amateur hour nonsense
thank you john darnielle for the impeccable art direction and for being just the coolest
thank you erin mckeown for also being the coolest and incredibly kind (note the free album download on her website—-IT IS SO GOOD)
and thank you trudy, whose last name i do not know, for doing the actual selling of the posters and for keeping me company before the show!
i have thought about screen printing posters for musicians every day for like 6 years now—-that the first one i did was for my favorite band, and furthermore came out looking pretty okay seems OMINOUS.
anyway since i can’t help but disclose process stuff, here are some links to some of the material/inspiration/reference used in making the poster:
Walton Ford - Der Panterausbruch
Pieter Bruegel the Elder - Hunters in the Snow
tMG - Deuteronomy 2:10
tMG - Sourdoire Valley Song
tMG - Ox Baker Triumphant
Erin McKeown - The Politician
Erin McKeown - Histories
12:57 pm • 16 April 2014 • 73 notes
Radar has a superhero persona, created by my friend Brandi and me: the Scrambler: a well-intentioned hero of incredible strength who bursts on the scene to saves the day but makes a huge mess in the process.
“Help us, Scrambler!” the people cry, on the precipice of some terrible disaster.
This is tremendous, but I also link to it for containing the phrase
“a hand down his humid throat”
Which is the sort of noun and prepositional phrase combo that reminds me there are still wonderful surprises out there if you’re willing to put one word in front of the next.
12:55 pm • 16 April 2014 • 18 notes
"That was when I decided to take seriously the person I actually am rather than try to be a person whom others define as serious. Leaving academia to write fiction for children and teenagers was a return to that person I had been — the one who laughed easily, who liked makeup and baking and dance. I stopped being afraid of being thought silly or weak and instead pushed myself to be more than competent at the things I loved best to do. I am true now to what brings me joy and to what I do well — and most of the time, to hell with the rest."
(via E. Lockhart on embracing the young adult inside her - latimes.com)
More reasons to love E. Lockhart.
Thanks for posting, Rachel. This was from the LA Times, and I wrote it for the Book Festival paper.
I love this piece by E. Lockhart because I used to try so hard to be a serious writer. I thought to write a novel it had to be A Novel. I thought if it wasn’t The Great American Novel, I might as well not bother.
And then I read authors including E. Lockhart who made me realize I wasn’t actually a serious person. I wanted to write girlie books. I wanted to write about boys and kissing and clothes and I still wanted to imbue my work with feminism and joy and love and other big ideas I care a lot about.
Blah blah blah once I did that I finished a book and got an agent. Blah blah blah now those two books that came out of my decision to just be myself are in stores. Blah blah blah just be yourself. You are a great you.
7:26 pm • 15 April 2014 • 207 notes
On average, you have a 1 in 18,989 chance of being murdered
A trans person has a 1 in 12 chance of being murdered
The average life span of a cis person is about 75-90
The average life expectancy of a trans person is 23-30 years old
75% of people killed in anti LGBT hate crimes are poc
Think about this the next time you go crying over “cisphobia” and “reverse racism”
11:07 pm • 14 April 2014 • 33,437 notes
When straight men are like “but if I share a locker room with a gay guy he might look at me!”
Okay leaving aside the fact that gay doesn’t mean attracted to you
And gay doesn’t mean “lacking in any sort of human decency or inability to prevent staring”
DOES THE THOUGHT OF SOMEONE LOOKING AT YOU IN A SEXUAL WAY, EVEN THOUGH YOU’RE NOT TRYING TO BE SEXUAL, MAKE YOU SLIGHTLY UNCOMFORTABLE MY STRAIGHT MALE FRIEND?
8:54 pm • 14 April 2014 • 31,275 notes
Let's talk about how some men talk to women in comics
Last week I wrote this piece for Comic Book Resources about the new Teen Titans #1 cover. The point of the piece was hey, there’s a broad demographic DC *could* be hitting with this book but the cover is certainly not made for that potential demographic. Instead, it’s more of the same-old,…
6:40 pm • 14 April 2014 • 5,758 notes