things tumblr needs:
- an option to lock the source, so that no one can change it and steal text posts
- an option to force someone to answer an ask privately when you send it
- hide posts if you’ve already reblogged them
- searching multiple tags
- fix the friggin video player
- notify when someone answers your ask
- get babblr to work
i don’t dress the way i do to please you
oh god i’d heard about the “i won’t commission artists who undercharge for their art” post and now it’s making its rounds on my dash.
please understand that this concept does not actually help anyone. the sensible thing to do if an artist is undercharging is to tip them for what you think their work it worth, and be sure to let them know that. even if this doesn’t cause them to actually change their base prices, at least YOU’RE paying for what it’s worth, and THEY’RE getting business instead of nothing.
by essentially boycotting artists who are already unsure of the value of their own work (and are thus underpricing) you’re not sending any positive message. no one is going to up their commission prices when nobody is buying them. the only thing the artist gets out of it is that people don’t want to buy their art for some reason, and people who’s products aren’t selling aren’t going to say “oh i guess it was because i wasn’t charging enough, i’ll pump up the prices!”
if you want to support a commission artist, please do it by actually SUPPORTING THEM WITH COMMISSIONS rather than by choosing to take your business elsewhere because their prices were too low.
I was reading that post going around, and it bothered me a lot for some reason and THIS IS THE REASON! Like that’s a huge dick move, to just not support someone’s art if they’re undercharging. Isn’t that a better reason to offer more money? Frig.
Where is it that your piece is set that there just aren’t any POC there? I mean, I’m sure there are places like that. Wherever it is that white people fly to when they take white flight comes to mind. Maybe you’re writing a story set in a gated community in the suburbs of Portland (Ranked Whitest city in the US based on census data!) Maybe you’re writing a story with a very limited cast, like a family saga of a white family, or a Protagonists-vs.-nature survivalist story where there just aren’t very many people.
But even if that’s the case?
It is relevant to ask yourself why you chose to set it there.
Because this brings back the argument of ‘It wouldn’t be realistic to have POC there!’
I mean, it’s not TRUE that there were no POC in medieval Europe… But it’s a well-accepted cultural myth. And given that myth, the question still begs: Why are so many people so eager to choose to set their stories there? Why are people deliberately choosing places where the audience will accept ‘POC just don’t exist here’?
Why are the fairies in Ferngully white, when the movie is set in Australia?
Why is it that the only black people in Middle Earth are orcs?
Why are there Chinese words but no Chinese people in Firefly?
Why did Pixar make a movie set in (whitewashed) Medieval Scotland?
What’s the explanation for the overpowering whiteness of LA in Buffy The Vampire Slayer?
Why are white Disney Princesses from ahistorical fantasy-worlds, but POC princesses have to be from quasi-historical locations? Pocahontas is from Virginia. Mulan is from China. Tiana is from New Orleans. Meanwhile Cinderella, Rapunzel, Snow White, and Aurora are from unknown and untagged Kingdoms. Ariel lives in what appears to be a Caribbean reef, but all the humans and mermaids are white. Why do the POC princesses need scaffolding to explain why they’re there? Why are the POC Princesses -not actually Princesses- (unless they marry into it, in Tiana’s case)?
The answer to all of these is, of course, ‘creator choice’. Individual TOTALLY NOT RACIST (tm) people made individual choices.
But these choices aren’t made in a void.
So, yeah. If you don’t have POC characters in a piece with a sizable cast, it’s probably pretty racist. Even if you set it somewhere where GOSH, there just AREN’T any POC and that’s not your fault! They just aren’t there!
Because why are you setting it there?
Does the story REALLY demand that? I mean, some stories do; Downton Abbey is set in WWI Era England among a particular rich, landed family; the story is kind of about how awful that place and time was. The Secret of Roan Inish is set in a remote area of Ireland that hasn’t seen immigration since the vikings stopped showing up, which is relevant because some dude decides to fuck a sealfairy because she’s a slightly different shade of white and that’s kind of a crux of the story. Both of these are good and sense-making narratives where POC are thin on the ground.
They still don’t exist in a void.
The creators chose these stories about white people as the important ones to tell.
That’s worth looking at critically.
Like I said, they just need to come out and say it:
“I deal with you brown people all the fucking time in my real life. I don’t want to see you in my fantasies. My fantasies are white and white only. You are not enjoyable in my fantasies unless you are subservient, being the destroyed evil, or just plain NONEXISTENT”
someone asked to have this reblogable
Honestly when I’m in fantasy fandoms, I like the idea that sexuality just… isn’t a problem for most people. And I really reject the idea that this is “erasure” of real life struggles, or that it’s “unrealistic”.
Look, there are 32843289 works of fiction out there about how being anything but cis and heterosexual sucks. That’s the world I get to live in all the time, too. I think there’s a place for it in fantasy fiction, but I also sometimes want to just be without it for a while.
Maybe that’s “escapist” or whatever, but I don’t see how it’s any worse than other things people “escape” with fiction. So unless there’s a textual instance of It, I’m going to assume there’s not an issue with sexuality or lack thereof in the world.
9 frames out of the 26 Arin Hanson animated here do not make enough justice, but gosh dang, this guy has just gotten better and better in technique.
He does not only use extreme differences in each still but also makes completely different faces in between, and they actually fucking work.
I want to see more people animate like this.
this is why it’s pissing me off so much that people are acting like Pokeawesome 2 was some kind of huge disappointment.
Arin is an incredibly skilled animator and an extremely talented artist, and when average viewers look at web cartoons, they often don’t appreciate the time, effort, and sheer talent it takes to create something like this. All they care about is if “the joke was funny” or not. He did this for FREE, though. He did this because he wanted to, and because he COULD. Not because anyone on the internet was entitled to it. With a webtoon like this, the joke is entirely secondary to the animation. And the animation on this is stunning. It’s a work of art in and of itself.
The world needs more artists like Arin Hanson. And the world needs to appreciate the one we have in the meantime.
Usagi is a great character. We watch her grow from a clumsy, lazy, self-centered teenager into a fearless goddess of justice who takes down the force of chaos itself. But the great thing is? She doesn’t stop being the girl we met back in chapter one. Sure, she’s indomitably powerful and her teardrops turn into the universe’s most potent energy source, but she also likes video games and donuts and napping and she gets crappy grades on tests because instead of studying, she was playing video games and eating donuts and napping. She whines about having to study for high school entrance exams, then stops a Texas-sized asteroid from slamming into Tokyo. Also, she was totally having sex with her star-crossed-reincarnated-prince of a boyfriend.
J.K. Rowling once made a really interesting point about the Narnia books (which I have not read): “There comes a point where Susan, who was the older girl, is lost to Narnia because she becomes interested in lipstick. She’s become irreligious basically because she found sex. I have a big problem with that.” Takeuchi avoided this in Sailor Moon with such deftness and grace that I’m only fully realizing it now, at 22. Usagi and Mamoru were totally boning—there are all kinds of dreamy, gauzy artbook pictures of them together in bed or discreetly covered in feathers, not to mention the penultimate scene of the manga, where they wake up in a (seriously awesome) bed together all naked and cuddly. Moreover, check out the illustrations of Usagi in lingerie and just straight up topless that Takeuchi busted out for her self-published artbook. Usagi is pure-hearted, but she isn’t “pure” in the archaic sense. She’s sexual. And I love that she can be both. She’s the amaranthine avatar of goodness and love and serenity in the universe—she is every cherished ideal we hold of what it means to be a “magical girl.” She stands for truth and freedom and hope. She wears floaty pastel clothes and enormous pigtails and her weapons are covered in hearts and stylized angel wings. She’s often drawn with angel wings herself! And she has sex. It doesn’t make her dirty, or suddenly inappropriate as entertainment for young girls. She doesn’t lose her power or her magic. She is a multifaceted young woman who loves sweets and comics and vanquishes the forces of evil and also has sex.
And the thing is, this kind of attitude in entertainment helps everyone. It’s not just very sexually active girls who need characters like Usagi, or even just girls in general. I was a prudish kid who didn’t have her first kiss until the age of 18 and this particular aspect of the manga has always stuck with me and informed my attitudes about sex. Whoever you are, however you handle your sexuality—it never makes you dirty. You can be queen of the mahou shoujo and have sex and wake up the next day to slaughter the wicked hordes with your bunny-bedecked Magic Rainbow Sparkle Sword. You can do both. You can be both. One does not invalidate the other.
deviantArtist shoomlah created a redesign of Pocahontas for her gorgeous “Historical Disney Princesses” series, in which she took cues from the films as to their probable time periods, researched the dress of those periods, and redrew the Princesses in clothing with a higher (though still stylized) degree of accuracy.
She received honest critique on some elements of her Pocahontas design, from people more familiar with actual 17th century Powhatan dress and history, some of whose ancestry was rooted in that history. And, to her very great credit, she took that critique graciously to heart and chose to create an even lovelier and more historically accurate version of her design which incorporated what she had learned. She also specifically cited her own concerns over misrepresenting a real person, as opposed to a fairy tale character, as part of her explanation for the change.
No hard feelings, no anger or insecurity. Just sensible integrity, an open heart, and a willingness to expand her own horizons.
This is how you do it, guys. ♥
In celebration of International Women’s Day, people are taking to the Internet to complain about Anita Sarkeesian. The first installment of her long-awaited video series about sexism in video games was released yesterday, inspiring an inevitable torrent of backlash. Aside from suggestions that she “stole” the Kickstarter funding for the Women vs. Tropes in Video Games series, much of the criticism is because she disabled comments on the YouTube video.
Leading the charge against Sarkeesian’s decision is Tumblr user amazingatheist, who posted a ten-minute video entitled “Who’s The Damsel Now?“ Arguing that Sarkeesian’s “censorship” of YouTube comments counteracts her message about strong women, and that her TED talk about online harassment amounts to “whining,” amazingatheist says:
“What are you afraid of, Anita? Why can’t people have a discourse about your material? Why can’t people make their opinions towards your content known? I understand that some comments will be abusive in nature — probably most will — but so what?”
Ironically, the existence of this response means by definition that amazingatheist is making his opinion known, as well as participating in a discourse about Sarkeesian’s material. [READ MORE]
The amazingatheist destroyed his own chance at participating in these discussions by being a misogynistic MRA. Just in case, that link needs a trigger/content warning so TW: rape, misogyny, abusive language.
The woman got bombarded with rape and death threats when she talked about the idea of doing this series. And people are up in arms about her not wanting to deal with that during her actual work??
So aside from the misogyny aspect here (and that isn’t to downplay it at all, because holy fucking shit you ASSHOLES,) I would like to point out something that appears to be lost on 95% of the denizens of The Intertubes:
No one is required to let you air your opinion in their space.
This includes the comments section of anything they upload to YouTube.
Seriously, the number of people who think that they are somehow owed the right to comment on things boggles me. You want to bitch about someone’s videos, comment on news articles, disagree with someone’s Facebook post? Go do it in your space. No one owes you shit.
And in particular, no one you are abusive and violent toward owes you shit.
^THIS! THANK YOU!
I think what it is about Paranorman that makes it so under-appreciated is that it is ugly
Beautifully, beautifully ugly, it has character and heart and it’s interesting and new and different and the characters are unlike anything I personally have ever seen in any animated film up to this point
Every millimeter of them was designed, there weren’t facial features on a smooth base, there was form and structure and their proportions were wrong in the best ways and they were impossible in the best ways
The design in Paranorman is absolutely stunning, and is inspiring to me
but when people want to see an animated movie, they don’t want new and different, they don’t want to see their own misshapenness reflected back at them. they want smooth, they want pretty, they want appealing. I believe it was in the director who said this, though I can’t remember, but in the Wreck it Ralph artwook it’s said, “you can’t go wrong with appealing.” And it’s true. You can’t. If you make things visually appealing in the way people expect, then people will want to see it, they’ll want to look at it, it’s something to take in and enjoy like a piece of candy, not particularly lasting in most cases, but a pleasant experience.
The problem with that is, while you can’t go wrong with appealing, you also can’t go particularly right. You won’t push things like you could if you went against those rules of design for making things look nice. You’ll have a lovely movie if you do appealing right, but you won’t have one that adds much to the history of animation. You won’t be changing things, you’ll just be going along with what has worked before.
Paranorman, in going against the appealing, goes with what works in the now, what works for Paranorman. It wasn’t what the audience would want to see, it was what would make the film its best, it was what would make the film what it ought to have been, and was. Paranorman didn’t go for soft curves and pretty faces smiling mischievously at the camera, it went for lopsided heads and different lengths of limbs and people with their waists where knees ought to have been and it was all unified and it was all done purposely and it was incredible
But when the audience looks at a trailer where things are lopsided and different from what they’re expecting, while it would be hoped that they would marvel at how different it is and interesting it is, what they’re going to think is that it looks weird, and not worth the price of admission. Animation, amongst the general public, is not a respected art form. It is considered for children, and children are taken to the movies to be entertained for a few hours and to give their parents a break. And while that’s not how it ought to be, and while animation deserves far greater respect than that, whether or not it pushes the boundaries of what’s expected, that’s how it is. And we can work to change that, but for now, movies like Paranorman, and just animated movies in general, will be seen as children’s films, and while children shouldn’t be looked down upon either, that is going to result in a low level of general respect.
So really, I wasn’t surprised that Paranorman didn’t win, and I wasn’t surprised that it barely made over its budget, and I wasn’t surprised that it didn’t stay in theaters very long. I was disappointed, but not surprised.
Hopefully in the future things will change. Best of luck LAIKA, and all other animated studios who may be suffering hardships right now.
Sometimes I have the time and patience to get from an idea to a fully fleshed-out, penciled, inked and coloured comic.
Sometimes I don’t.