I don’t think anything has brought me to tears so consistently as zen pencils.
I’m sort of embarrassed I ever posted this. Enough that it took a few days for me to collect my thoughts and post this.
The recent ‘saga’ of comics are… bad. Really, really bad. Unbelievably self-praising, as childish and trite as the worst of political cartoons… and to top it all off, the creator goes and says, “You know who would agree with me? Miyazaki. I don’t have any sort of quote to prove it, even though that’s the whole point of my comic, but it’s true. Rather than do a proper tribute to his work and ideals, I’m going to make him the star of my comic about how I’m so right — how you disliking anything is a literal monster destroying the world, and the only thing that can save it is the thing that I am doing.”
I remember I started reading the comic because my sister linked it to me, in hopes that it would help me move out of a low point. And it worked. It was like comfort food in art form, like a motivational poster except with meaningful quotes instead of snappy slogans posted on photos of fuzzy critters. It hit the heartstrings just enough that it meant something to me, and it didn’t need to be more than that.
But apparently the artist has gotten the idea in his head that his work is incredibly profound, and now he presents to us his magnum opus, a tribute to himself and his most popular comic. And it’s awful in such a way that it underscores the problem that led to all this, that the artist does not understand what others like and dislike about his work. Rather than try to understand it, he gets defensive about all the haters and trolls that are trying to destroy his immaculate perspective on the world.
I think it’s most telling that there’s not an editor squad on his fantasy A.R.T. team.
Seems like a lot of good comic artists are having downward spirals lately. Weird.
so i know you’ve all been really wanting a new version of tentacles
no? too bad
figured while i’m posting other early sketches from stuckhome syndrome i might as well post this one too
idk if you all know this but RJ is super rad
I was feeling like a worthless piece of shit this morning but then I listened back to the song I made last night and now everything is okay
release stuckhome syndrome already fgt
if I had ten thousand dollars to spare I would give it to RJ to make music with. Honest to god if I won the lottery I would just go around throwing money at artists, ALL THE TIME.
welcome to why I’m perpetually broke
hi! i heard that song Crackshot that you made and it was really cool! so um would you maaaayyybbbe consider doing music for a fanventure? like, you would be on the team and everything and have fun and stuff, too!
Hi, I’m glad you enjoyed the song!
Sorry to disappoint, but I’m kind of at a “been there, done that” stage with regard to Homestuck fan projects. While you’re welcome to ask about using songs I’ve already made in your project (and in most cases I’ll say yes!), I’m not super keen on jumping into another project with a bunch of people I don’t know, largely because I’ve got a few original projects with friends already in the works.
If you’re looking for music to use, my friends and I have put together an absolutely massive collection of Homestuck fan music that’s free to use in any and all not-for-profit projects, including the Sburb OST project that I spearheaded - a comprehensive soundtrack to Sburb that’s not tied to any of the mythos specific to the characters of Homestuck. I’m willing to bet you can find everything you need there!
Today I witnessed something amazing. Almost in stark contrast to yesterday, today I saw tangible impact of lady-representation in comics.
At the bookstore I work at, we have a dedicated Adventure Time section. This family came in and those kids were SO EXCITED to see their favourite characters in comics. I talked them through each OGN and series compilation, explaining what they all were and in what order they should be read, and this little girl’s entire life was changed. You could see it on her face.
The moment I mentioned Kate Leth (and that, yes, she is a girl.) this little girl’s face lit up like Christmas morning. I don’t know if it just never occurred to her that girls can work in comics but the excitement and wonder that left the store in her was a privilege to see. I ended up selling them the Fionna & Cake’s, all the OGN’s, and an AT doodle book. She left begging her dad to help her learn how to draw Marceline comics. (And he was happy to comply!)
Kate Leth has left an everlasting impression on this little girl just by existing and working in the industry. I honestly hope to someday be able to see such an impact on someone from my own work. Ladies in comics is important. The representation on the page, and behind them, is important. Having a reflection of yourself in the content you enjoy is important. I hope that little girl grows up to be a famous comic author someday.
It was a very good day.
This is cute and important.
I have a lot of feelings about this.