I am Groot.
Guardians of the Galaxy, vol 3, iss 7
This is the best thing I’ve ever read about women and drinking (or just drinking, period). I think so much things written about drinking (especially aimed at women) are more or less “Don’t do it! Why do you want to do it? Why are you such a terrible person? And I guess if you have to, have like one drink a week otherwise you’re an alcoholic.” There is a lot of shaming involved. It’s nice to see something that says you should enjoy it but just do it smartly.
I’ve got mindful drinking down, but I should be mindful with food…
Hell-aciously busy with work, but I really wanted to draw this comic.
This is what super heroes are all about
My abuse was mostly emotional rather than physical
But it hurt just as much and superheroes were one of the things that gave me a way to escape from how utterly miserable I was all the time, at school and at home. Pretty much all my happy memories of my childhood are thanks to the various stories I had that kept me going…
And even now when I’m feeling unhappy, the fictional heroes that I love are one of the things that help make me feel better…
HUGS YOU TIGHT
I know haw you feel…
It was superheroes that made me feel comfortable with myself for the first Ike in my life…some of my friends think I’m getting too old for it but screw them because these characters were here for me when they weren’t.
HUGS YOU BACK
You are NEVER too old for the things that you love hon…there is nothing wrong with loving superheroes no matter WHAT age you are <3
And I’m so glad that these characters and these stories have such a positive effect on your life and have helped you feel good about yourself and who you are…it is so wonderful that they have been able to do this for you :)
NOBODY WARNED ME THERE WOULD BE FEELINGS.
This comic precisely sums up why I have always identified with The Hulk.
Keep the holiday going by ordering these two fantastic comics!
30-page black and white minicomic written by Sean Frost, drawn by Rafer Roberts and published by Hula Cat Comics.
This is a mad-cap romp with zombies fighting beatniks and bad beat poetry. Inspired by Sean’s love of B-movies.
30 page mini-comic, full color.
Written by Sean Frost, drawn by Rafer Roberts, colored by Wendi Strang-Frost!
Dr. Gravely and Billy don’t like beatniks, zombies, beatnik zombies, or each other! But they’ll have to work together to escape the lair of the Wild Women of the Kitty-Kat Galaxy!
Their out-of-this-world adventure reunites writer Sean Frost and artist Rafer Roberts to continue the adventures of the cantankerous mad scientist and the boy on permanent field trip in this sequel to Hula Cat’s popular Dope Fiends of the Zombie Cafe!
Both are available HERE.
I hear they’re really good. :)
If you’re a boy writer, it’s a simple rule: you’ve gotta get used to the fact that you suck at writing women and that the worst women writer can write a better man than the best male writer can write a good woman. And it’s just the minimum. Because the thing about the sort of heteronormative masculine privilege, whether it’s in Santo Domingo, or the United States, is you grow up your entire life being told that women aren’t human beings, and that women have no independent subjectivity. And because you grow up with this, it’s this huge surprise when you go to college and realize that, “Oh, women aren’t people who does my shit and fucks me.”
And I think that this a huge challenge for boys, because they want to pretend they can write girls. Every time I’m teaching boys to write, I read their women to them, and I’m like, “Yo, you think this is good writing?” These motherfuckers attack each other over cliche lines but they won’t attack each other over these toxic representations of women that they have inherited… their sexist shorthand, they think that is observation. They think that their sexist distortions are insight. And if you’re in a writing program and you say to a guy that their characters are sexist, this guy, it’s like you said they fucking love Hitler. They will fight tooth and nail because they want to preserve this really vicious sexism in the art because that is what they have been taught.
And I think the first step is to admit that you, because of your privilege, have a very distorted sense of women’s subjectivity. And without an enormous amount of assistance, you’re not even going to get a D. I think with male writers the most that you can hope for is a D with an occasional C thrown in. Where the average women writer, when she writes men, she gets a B right off the bat, because they spent their whole life being taught that men have a subjectivity. In fact, part of the whole feminism revolution was saying, “Me too, motherfuckers.” So women come with it built in because of the society.
It’s the same way when people write about race. If you didn’t grow up being a subaltern person in the United States, you might need help writing about race. Motherfuckers are like ‘I got a black boy friend,’ and their shit sounds like Klan Fiction 101.
The most toxic formulas in our cultures are not pass down in political practice, they’re pass down in mundane narratives. It’s our fiction where the toxic virus of sexism, racism, homophobia, where it passes from one generation to the next, and the average artist will kill you before they remove those poisons. And if you want to be a good artist, it means writing, really, about the world. And when you write cliches, whether they are sexist, racist, homophobic, classist, that is a fucking cliche. And motherfuckers will kill you for their cliches about x, but they want their cliches about their race, class, queerness. They want it in there because they feel lost without it. So for me, this has always been the great challenge.
As a writer, if you’re really trying to write something new, you must figure out, with the help of a community, how can you shed these fucking received formulas. They are received. You didn’t come up with them. And why we need fellow artists is because they help us stay on track. They tell you, “You know what? You’re a bit of a fucking homophobe.” You can’t write about the world with these simplistic distortions. They are cliches. People know art, always, because they are uncomfortable. Art discomforts. The trangressiveness of art has to deal with confronting people with the real. And sexism is a way to avoid the real, avoiding the reality of women. Homophobia is to avoid the real, the reality of queerness. All these things are the way we hide from encountering the real. But art, art is just about that.
Garamon is the kaiju all the other ones steal lunch money from. He’s pathetic, and that’s why I made a spot for him on my desk.
Here is a link to the promotion that I’m running which rewards folks for helping me to promote PLASTIC FARM on Comixology.
But, better than that, here are free PDF previews of these two volumes of PLASTIC FARM. (I really should have done this when Sowing Seeds went up, but I forgot.) Both pdfs contain about 20 or pages of comics and give a decent little taste of what the comic is all about. Please feel free to reblog this post and help me out. Thanks!
About PLASTIC FARM: Written and (mostly) drawn by Rafer Roberts, Plastic Farm follows the life of a man named Chester and his slow descent into complete insanity and chronicles how that madness reshapes the world around him. Chester has had a rough childhood, has a magic cowboy that rides a dinosaur living inside of his head, and is now, late in life, sitting in a nameless airport bar during a blizzard telling his life story to a group of people who really couldn’t care less.
Jason Jones talks to Gina Loudon, conservative analyst.
oh my fucking god
THIS ISN’T SKETCH COMEDY
THIS IS AN ACTUAL FUCKING CONSERVATIVE BEING INTERVIEWED
WHO SMILES AND SAYS “YES, THANKS” WHEN TOLD SHE’S BEING CONDESCENDING
AND WHO ACTUALLY BOASTS ABOUT REPUBLICANS NOT BEING ABLE TO UNDERSTAND THE THINGS THEY EXPLAIN
THIS IS THE MOST PERFECT GIFSET ENCAPSULATION OF POE’S LAW I HAVE EVER SEEN
I AM OFFICIALLY 1000% DONE WITH AMERICAN POLITICS
Yes, the free market has been just swell at providing expensive health coverage to low-risk consumers!