I COULD NOT LOVE THIS MAN OR THIS QUOTE ANY MORE
So much yes.
I COULD NOT LOVE THIS MAN OR THIS QUOTE ANY MORE
So much yes.
This was probably the last year for us at Kumoricon. There are multiple reasons for that and I really don’t want to get into them here.
But I do want to take a moment and remember some of the great stuff that happened this weekend.
We were next to two great artists and friends: Josh, aka “The Panties Guy” and Pete, of DiscoWarp fame. Pete kept the music going and Josh had a stream of impeccably dressed fans cooing over crop tops, so I was entertained all weekend.
As usual, the attendees were awesome. This was our sixth year at Kumoricon, and while I feel the olds come on when I think about it too hard, this does mean I’ve literally watched some of these kids grow up. They were great kids and the newer, updated versions are pretty great too.
Every year, I have a couple of standout moments with a few attendees that just makes the weekend complete. This year, it was mostly bonding over video games. I joined a heated discussion about the evils of “free to play, pay to win” and how scared we were about it creeping into our console gaming.
I got to convince a Mass Effect fan that she was doing herself a disservice by not playing the Citadel DLC in ME3, especially with a Garrus Romance. (We agreed, by the way, that the Garrus romance moments are a little sparse compared to Kaiden’s in ME3.)
Another Bioware devotee and I discussed the pros and cons of a great character arc and what that means for a player romancing Anders in Dragon Age 2. Then she pulled out her phone and shared her personal collection of DA artist commissions. (How great was it that my favorite, a Merrel, was done by our friend Emily?!?)
My favorite long discussion was with a Bioshock fan who really wanted to talk to Dane about the different types of propaganda already present in the different Bioshock worlds and how they’re used to fill out the story and world. Was anything missed that Dane should create? He thought so. That talk spread out to other games and made the time pass really quickly.
Of course, no con wrap up from me is complete without a mention of coffee. The local Starbucks crew was friendly, fast (even given the hoards of costumed customers), and really good. Drinks were consistently made correctly and delivered with a smile. If they weren’t in Vancouver, I’d visit more often. :)
So that was Kumoricon for us. I’ll admit, I’m feeling a little sad right now. Hopefully, our favorite attendees will stop by any of the other PDX area shows and say hello. Because the attendees are what I’ll miss most about Kumoricon.
Ok, let’s try this again.
This has nothing to do with games and is not a matter of legitimate public interest, but is simply a personal matter. I would hope and request that the games press be respectful of what IS a personal matter, and not news, and not about games. This…
It’s no surprise to me that there are any number of arguments going on in the Pop Culture/ Comics/ Anime/ Web Comics/ Nerd Art community right now. Any group worth belonging to is going to have it’s disagreements, and the sheer number of crazy creative people in our world will dictate that we aren’t all going to agree on…well…anything.
I actually think that’s a good thing.
Seriously, it keeps our lives (and probably our art) interesting. Think about it. How many times have you had a discussion with a fellow member of our community that left you excited, energized and ready to go make more art? Did you always agree on everything? Did you share exactly the same thoughts, experiences, and world views? Of course not.
Because that would be boring.
As artists, creatives, and the people who love them, we are many things, but rarely boring. That’s why we choose to live in a world filled with magic and monsters and super heroes. Sure, our community is a mixed bag of different (and often contradictory) ideas. But we are lucky enough to hang out in a place where the very dissonance of those ideas banging off of each other is a kind of music that can (and will) lead to newer and better ideas.
We need to remember that the ongoing arguments and discussions within our community are part of what makes it amazing. We ought to value our differences as much, or even more, than our similarities. And when we forget, when we begin treating people within our community as lesser or diminish their worth, we cause harm, not only to them but to ourselves.
So hey, maybe don’t be a dick.
I’m not suggesting that we all have to like one another. I’m not suggesting that we all have to agree about the meaning of life and the universe, or what “Art” is. That would be boring.
But maybe we can stop making villains of the people we disagree with. Perhaps we don’t have to ascribe malicious intent to those who see the world differently than we do. In fact, lets agree that you and I can disagree sometimes and that it doesn’t make either of us bad, just different.
My dad just came into my room and shouted at me in Klingon.
Am I more embarrassed that he did that or that I know he said I was a disappointment to the empire?
You should be most embarrassed that you’re a disappointment to the empire.
So much love. Also smiles.
Pink Lady, mod geisha
"Today’s shooting in Troutdale, about a half-hour east of Portland, comes just two days after the mass shooting in Las Vegas.
Which came just two days after the shooting at the courthouse in Forsyth County, Georgia.
Which came just four days after the shooting on the campus of Seattle Pacific University.
Which came just a week after the mass shooting near UC Santa Barbara.”
You just wrap your head around that for a couple of minutes, without judgement. Read that quote calmly, logically, without dogma or political leanings.
The fact that our culture allows this to continue is abhorrent. Not from an anti or pro stance, nor from a right or left, but from the simplest form of basic human existence in which one has the right to live.
America, we are doing it wrong and, until we act, we prove that we are not nearly as disturbed by that fact as we should be.
Fuck yeah, Ask Amy.
"I can’t remember where I heard this, but someone once said that defending a position by citing free speech is sort of the ultimate concession; you’re saying that the most compelling thing you can say for your position is that it’s not literally illegal to express."
(via xkcd: Free Speech)
Thank you XKCD! This is so accurate.
William H. Foster III, comic book historian, on representation in comic books. From PBS’s Superheroes: A Never-Ending Battle.
Because a post crossed my dash recently asking why we need to push for more representation in comic books and media in general. 50 years later, this man still tears up because in one panel, Peter Parker spoke to an unnamed black kid. That’s why we need representation.