Hello, out there! As you probably already know, I started a Patreon account about a month ago, and so far it’s been awesome. In fact, it has been so awesome, that I feel I really need to ramp up my efforts.
Starting TOMORROW, I will be posting donator-only content on my Patreon activity stream. This means the good, the bad, and the ugly of how I go about my process from script to thumbnail to inks and finally to color. All it takes is a buck, and then on a weekly basis I’ll be sharing outlines, scripts, thumbnails, inks - the whole process, both sloppy and streamlined. You can literally share my pain, and if that isn’t an authentic comic-making experience, I don’t know what is. Well I mean, THAT, and you’ll be a week ahead of everyone else on knowing what’s happening on the next page… maybe even MORE than that if we get into a good scripting discussion.
Amy has been doing super well with The Muse Mentor, if you haven’t supported it on Patreon already, there is going to be extra reason to up and coming!
From the Arctic to America, artist Leonid Tishkov has travelled the world with his illuminated crescent-shaped moon, bringing a sense of lyricism, and sometimes whimsy, to the places he lands.
Full credits for the Goblin Week Zine. We were extremely overwhelmed by the volume and quality of submissions, and whittling them down to fit in 60 pages was HARD. Emails going out to everybody shortly, but if you want to trawl through this wall of text to figure out its secrets in advance of that, feel free.
Oh my gosh my name is in there. I’m in there! I made it!! Alongside all of these super great people with their fantastic goblins, aaaaa, I’m SO excited for this zine!! Huge huge thanks to everyone who put work into this wonderful thing, and congratulations to everyone else who’s got their name in these credits!
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Thank you so much this is nice to hear!
I would actually say gender is definitely an issue in the comic! How the cultures in Vattu treat gender and other aspects of identity is a big part of what the story is about, but I guess what you mean is that I’ve not let it be conspicuously a part of how the story is told? Like it definitely matters that the characters who are women are women, I’ve just made every effort to not have the narrative treat them in stereotyped ways (even if the world & characters of the narrative do so… it is maybe a nitpicky distinction)
I didn’t really plan for it to be as big an aspect of the story as it’s become in book 2 of Vattu… I think a lot of it is because I am a little more aware & overtly a feminist than I was during previous projects, where I sometimes grabbed indiscriminately from fantasy-story archetypes that have some politically gross shit embedded in them.
A relevant excerpt from a Junot Díaz interview that has stuck with me for a year: http://rare-basement.tumblr.com/post/45545924305/junot-diaz-on-men-who-write-about-women
<3 Evan Dahm and his work so far with Vattu, easily my favorite comic going on the web right now.
Vattu is so quality. Favorite comic.
Those of us in animation always gripe that the rest of Hollywood doesn’t care or know the first thing about animated films. There are tons of anecdotal stories to support this position, but finally, we’ve got some definitive proof. And if you think Hollywood doesn’t understand animation, it’s even worse than you could imagine.
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Chinese sculptor Liu Xue combines a human with an animal, creating a hybrid being. Each being has a human head with animal appendage (or appendages). A man is merged with a pig, a woman with a chicken, a man with a dog, and more.The result is something we haven’t seen before, one that seems non-threatening, but still grotesque at the same time. Xue has honed his craft and painted the sculptures to be so life like that they fall into the uncanny valley.
Xue’s choice to pair a human with an animal seem to be because it’s funny, and the hybrids fit with each other thematically. For instance, a giant, bald man is given the tiny wings of a bat. Another work pits this same man with a seahorse bottom. We know both of these creatures are tiny, and the disparity in size is what makes it humorous. Other sculptures aren’t so amusing. An older man is combined with the body of greyhound dog. The gaunt appearance of the dog’s body and pained look on the man’s face makes this piece somber.
The unnatural combination of Xue’s work explores the notion of what’s considered attractive or glamourous. A naked, conventionally pretty woman, for instance, is given the unwieldy feet of a chicken. Likewise, a young man has the same features. In the artist’s attempt to make both appear seductive, it’s hard to imagine these creatures moving gracefully.
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I’m about to update later on today, but in the meantime I should prrrooobably let people know I made a patreon page that is absolutely going to replace my current paypal beg link.
I’ll be adding more tiers to it soon, like say advance sketches and character info and suchlike. I’ve got a little notepad full of fun ideas.
Anyway my first goal for it is to get to $100 a month whereby I will cheerfully remove ads from my site. So, so cheerfully.
AAH DO IT BACK ONE OF MY FAV COMICS!!!!!!!
String Theory is Grade-A goodstuff and deserves to be backed. Back it!