Went to see “Sleeping Beauty” at the Walt Disney Museum this afternoon, what a gorgeous film!!!

Went to see “Sleeping Beauty” at the Walt Disney Museum this afternoon, what a gorgeous film!!!

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Q:The other day I saw your tweets about how a lot of the female empowerment message is mediated through guys. I agree with this completely, but I'm also concerned. Why? Well, I'm a guy myself and I want to be a writer. For years I've been improving on my writing of female characters and trying to make empowered female characters and spread that message. What are things I should avoid to make the message come out more properly and not filtered?

jackiekashian:

comicsforaborednihilist:

gailsimone:

I often get this nagging feeling that because I am talking about women and female characters and female creators so much, people might think I automatically have something against male creators.

I don’t. Every new writer is a blank slate to me, everyone gets a fair shot. Everyone is capable of doing good work until they show otherwise.

The gender someone calls themselves doesn’t bestow any magic powers or insight or ability. Some of the best writers of female characters identify as male and some of the worst do not. I would rather read a Greg Rucka female than a female by a merely average female author.

The fact that this is a concern to you is a good sign. Hopefully, it’s not JUST women characters that you want to represent well, because there are lots of other groups that have historically been marginalized and stereotyped as well.

It’s just that historically, a lot of the tropes of female characters have been repeated so endlessly that it is painful to the female reader.

Some things I hope people watch out for…

1) The Perfect Everything. Often, we see guys write female characters as without flaws. This isn’t really what we want…look at the books that have huge female audiences. We do not tend to embrace the perfect woman who never makes a mistake. You can make your females have flaws, just be honest about it and avoid making them similar to stereotypes of the past.

2) The Character With No Steering Wheel. Even more often, we see women who have no agency and no direction or motive of their own. These characters are solely dependent on following a man. I am not saying never write this person, but keep in mind if that is a character YOU would enjoy reading about.

3) The Mystery Of Woman is Bullshit. I hate this trope, the woman who is supposed to represent what mysterious, sexy, tantalizing but unknowable creatures women are. It’s a staple of noir fiction, and it always sucks. Women aren’t treasure maps.

There’s a lot more but that may help a bit. Good luck!

WOMEN AREN’T TREASURE MAPS

Interesting. Like.

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2 of my iPad paintings will be included in a British anthology art book called “Hidden Treasures”!

2 of my iPad paintings will be included in a British anthology art book called “Hidden Treasures”!

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I always feel like an alien who doesn’t understand how this planet works. 
I just found this cartoon from 20 years ago, I guess I always felt that way!!
I always feel like an alien who doesn’t understand how this planet works. 
I just found this cartoon from 20 years ago, I guess I always felt that way!!
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thenearsightedmonkey:

Vintage Photobooth pictures c. 1930s-1960s

Dear Making Comics Class,

Extra credit or homework make up assignment. Fold a page into 16 chambers, draw 16 of these photos (your choice) in non-photo blue and then ink them in with a Flair pen. Remember to draw your frame for each picture. What a fun class today! I love the pictures you brought back from the ‘field trip’.

Professor Sluggo

(Source: vintagegal)

thenearsightedmonkey:

Dear Making Comics class,

For extra credit or make-up homework, do a full page non-photo blue drawing of this picture in your comp book. No erasing.
Professor Sluggo

thenearsightedmonkey:

Dear Making Comics class,

For extra credit or make-up homework, do a full page non-photo blue drawing of this picture in your comp book. No erasing.

Professor Sluggo

(Source: monstersinmymind)

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vintageeveryday:

Halloween or Hallowe’en is a yearly celebration observed in a number of countries on October 31, the eve of the Western Christian feast of All Hallows (or All Saints) and the day initiating the triduum of Hallowmas, the time in the liturgical year dedicated to remembering the dead, including saints (hallows), martyrs, and all the faithful departed believers. Here’s a collection of some of amazing vintage Halloween GIFs.

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thenearsightedmonkey:

Dear Making Comics class,

For extra credit or make-up homework, do a full page non-photo blue drawing of this picture in your comp book. No erasing.
Professor Sluggo

thenearsightedmonkey:

Dear Making Comics class,

For extra credit or make-up homework, do a full page non-photo blue drawing of this picture in your comp book. No erasing.

Professor Sluggo

(Source: monstersinmymind)

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indypendent-thinking:

Lady Florence Norman, a suffragette, on her motor-scooter in 1916, travelling to work at offices in London where she was a supervisor. The scooter was a birthday present from her husband, the journalist and Liberal politician Sir Henry Norman.

indypendent-thinking:

Lady Florence Norman, a suffragette, on her motor-scooter in 1916, travelling to work at offices in London where she was a supervisor. The scooter was a birthday present from her husband, the journalist and Liberal politician Sir Henry Norman.

(via vintageeveryday)

I can’t stop watching this.

(Source: colbertnation.com)

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It’s the small accomplishments…

It’s the small accomplishments…

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courtingcomedy:

“Sanfranita Presents: Party Pooper” by Solomon Georgio (Native, Fresno) and Anita Drieseberg

courtingcomedy:

Sanfranita Presents: Party Pooper” by Solomon Georgio (Native, Fresno) and Anita Drieseberg

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