Every artist fucks up at one point or another. It’s understandable to get defensive when criticized (who doesn’t?), but when the directed anger comes from the marginalized who have legitimate reasons to be such, surely it has to give some pause? Take from it as a learning experience, to be aware of things taken for granted whether it comes from privilege and/or naivety. Of course it’s gonna sting, but trust me when I say it’s better to stew on it and realize “Fuck, I’m hurting people for the sake of my fun.”, and aim to have more empathy the next time. A little inconvenience and effort in changing one’s own comfort zone is a lot easier than lifetimes of being reminded all the time that you don’t matter.
Have a conscience, please.
Cavalier is a short comic that I’m trying to publish about a young girl dealing with bullying and isolation in her school. I’m trying to make enough funds to publish copies and work on the comic full-time, and I need your help!
Everyone who donates $5 or more will get a copy of the comic, as well as some other nice perks like personalized commissions. Not only that, but because of International Women’s Day, Indiegogo will donate $1 for every $5 I earn up to March 8th! That means this is the perfect time to donate if you can.
Every bit counts, so page views and reblogs are very welcome. Everyone’s been so helpful and kind so far, but we’re still only 12% funded! Lists of all the perks you can get and information about the comic/ where the money is going can be found on the campaign page right here!
Please check it out! And thanks!
24 days left of the campaign and still only 12% funded! Also, today is the last day to take advantage of the Women’s Day bonus!
Okay, so, I’ve always been incredibly confused by the fact that some folks get their knickers in a twist when there are multiple LGBT(and co.)* characters in a piece of media. The notion that, oh my god, you can’t possibly have more than one character (or two if it’s a couple), because that would be ‘unrealistic pandering.’
The thing is, places where LGBT people feel safe are places that LGBT people will gather. Jesus H. Christ, in high school our group of friends was at least 50% people who fell somewhere on that spectrum. Why? Well, it was a space where you could be yourself without facing hate/ridicule, etc. etc. It was certainly a safe space for awkward, teenaged me. This is true of my adult life/friends as well. Scandalous!!
I’m not saying that there aren’t groups of friends with only a single LGBT member, or none, or that all LGBT folks get along and form fucking gangs/tribes/communes and never interact with the outside world… but I think it’s rather silly to get all butthurt when media presents multiple and diverse characters. Have you never looked at the world around you?
*(PS: I generally don’t use the word ‘queer’ unless someone uses it to describe themself, because of reasons. And I’m not forgetting about the other letters, there are just a lot to type and I’m a lazy bastard. ;))
This! Also applies to any minority.
Back when Cop Story wasn’t even called that and I started developing other disabled characters besides Kevin I actually got comments like “Oh, there’s two of them now!” “Do you really need another one in the story?”
I generally think people should be less butthurt over a random number of fictional characters representing random groups not in the percentage they personally find “appropriate”.Exactly!! Hear hear. Because yeah, the human race is ENTIRELY UNIFORM *coughcoughbullshitcough*
I am suddenly reminded of a certain Oglaf comic…… 8C
!! Thank you so much, that means a lot <3 I’m so glad that you think that the world and how the characters fit into it feels real, there’s no greater compliment than that!
I made a comic progress blog! The idea of this blog is not “this is how you do comics, peasants”, quite the opposite. I don’t really know what I’m doing! This is a blog for my thoughts, ideas and brainstorming. I’m even hoping that maybe I can bounce ideas off of you and that we can brainstorm together!
Art will still be posted here on my main, only relevant art will be reblogged to the progress blog.
I have to say, writing out that backstory and posting it in the open is probably one of the more nerve-racking and embarrassing things I’ve ever done. Not that I regret it: it does make things more organized and I think that feedback is very important. It just…also feels like running around outside in my underwear. Possibly dirty underwear. Because I’m not sure if the backstory actually makes as much sense as I think it does, if it is any good, or if I’m going to change large parts of it in the future.
It just makes me feel a bit vulnerable! I’m thinking of making a separate blog for future posts like that: maybe I’ll feel less embarrassed if I shared comic development stuff with a smaller amount of people (who are definitely interested in that kinda thing).
(speaking of feedback though: if you did read through that text-wall and have questions or remarks, please share them with me! That would help a lot)