Posts Tagged ‘sei’
Hey folks! Finally, a new page of Mei Wu – sorry about the delays! It just seems as I get older, the responsibilities pile up… And that’s just work, I can’t imagine how crowded people who actually have, y’know, a partner and family as well as a job cope with pursuing art as well. Total respect to you folks, I know you’re out there!
Speaking of pursuing art, I’m in the process of trying to secure myself a spot at a local Small Press Day event so I can sell my two latest print books – trying for the big one in Glasgow right now, but it’s fairly late on in the process. I’d kick myself if I didn’t at least try, though! Hopefully if I don’t get that, there’ll be other Small Press Day events that I can latch on to locally. Fingers crossed!
Right, have a great weekend, folks, and don’t do anything I wouldn’t! See you Monday for more Mei Wu!
Hey folks! I’ve got a couple of things I want to have a quick natter about today!
First off: Is anyone else watching the Mystery Science Theatre 3000 revival on Netflix? It’s so very good! Unfortunately, I never got to experience MST3K the first time round, I think I was a little too young for it at the time (not to mention that I didn’t have satellite or cable TV back in the day), so this is my first exposure to it. And it’s INCREDIBLY entertaining. The movies are deliciously clichéd, but never truly painful to watch, and the banter is always well-observed and hilarious, never malicious. It really does feel like watching bad movies with your mates and riffing on all the tropes you can feast on. I’d definitely recommend watching it!
Second: GO CAPS! WOO! It’s been a close series vs the Maple Leafs, and they’ve played some good hockey, but after a number of nail-biting games, the Caps have just pushed through. Next up – Pittsburgh! My top mentions for this series: Andersen, Leafs, for being just an absolutely iron-clad goalie; Oshie, Caps, for some awesome teamplay.
Right, time to survive the work week – I’ve got some great ideas for short-ish print comics that I’m hoping to develop relatively quickly, but I’ve gotta get the next Horror Buffet out the way first, and with all the detail I’m putting into it it’s taking a bit longer to get done. Which isn’t necessarily a bad thing!
Cheerio for now!
I’ve really been looking forward to drawing this page! It gives a bit of backstory into Silk Glove, and why she is the way she is. I’m quite enjoying her character, because her violence-by-default nature allows for a bit of catharsis, but it’s not simply that she’s a stereotypical ‘psycho’ – there’s vulnerability and history beneath the tough, painted-on exterior she keeps.
Right, best head off now folks. Have a great weekend, and I’ll see you on Monday for another page of Mei Wu! Ciao!
Hey everyone! Hope you’ve all had a lovely weekend and a wonderful easter, if that’s the kind of thing you celebrate! Me, I had a nice lunch with the family – which took up most of the day, so I’m literally only just finishing today’s page now, and I haven’t actually been to bed… Fortunately, I’ve adapted to sleeping in this chair, so I’ll need to go, have a shower and some breakfast, and tackle a little bit of dayjob work (important people, presentatons, not enough time) before I start doing my own stuff today!
Now, I didn’t create myself a quest list for this weekend, because it’s too short, but I DID get some stuff done that I said I was going to do last Friday!
- Bought pastels and charcoal, had a bash at some charcoal drawing, reasonably pleased with the results and will continue practicing.
- Went to Rishi’s and ordered something different for once, the Onion Rava Dhosa. Was amazing.
- Acquired a new Lego set, the Chicago Skyline architecture set. Might tackle that today, actually.
What do I hope to get done today? Work a little more on Horror Buffet, maybe do a little more musical work since I haven’t touched that in a while.
Anyways, have a great week, everyone, and I’ll see you on Friday for more Mei Wu!
Hey everyone, a bit of bad news – I’m being sent to Luxembourg again this week, so I’ll have no time to deliver a comic on Friday. I was hoping to be able to get it done ahead of time this weekend, but last minute family stuff coupled with the fact that I’m still kind of recovering from Toronto means that, unfortunately, Friday’s entry will most likely be another sketch of some sorts.
I do apologise for this, folks! I’m really, really hoping all this travel calms down very soon – if not, I’m going to have to do something about it, because I’m just not getting enough time to make any advancement on the stuff I want to get done in my own supposedly-free time…
Anyway, cheerio for now! And I hope you all had a great weekend.
Whoever it was who edited and updated the Elf Blood TV Tropes article: Thank you! Life’s been a bit hectic for me recently and I was beginning to lose a bit of faith in my ability to manage my time well enough to create meaningful stories. And then I found the updates on the Elf Blood TVTropes page – I can’t tell you how much it means to me to find out that not only are people enjoying the stories, but they’re invested enough in them to interpret and analyse little details I’ve been sowing in amongst the arcs and share them with others.
It really means a lot
Anyway, have a great weekend everybody! And I’ll catch you on Monday for another page of Mei Wu!
Hey everybody! Unfortunately, I’m going to have to subject you to yet another bit of dayjob disruption to the comic I’ll be in Canada over the next week for work, so there won’t be a Mei Wu page for Monday and Friday. Instead, I thought I’d share some designs I’ve been working on for the Hot Vinyl – Ethical Cheesecake Series 1 vinyl stickers. Do please provide some feedback, as it’s more than welcome!
Anyway, hope you enjoy this page! Normal service will resume a week on Monday!
‘cheerio for now!
I was reflecting the other day upon the Patriarchy, the feminist concept of the inherent societal forces that work against gender equality. I’ve never really much liked the word – I suppose in my mind, it sounds rather too much like ‘paternal hierarchy’, and imparts visions of some grand and complex structure where orders are given and suppression occurs in a planned and calculated manner. It is a phrase that can smack of the conspiracy at times.
Much of the misogyny one encounters on a day-to-day basis isn’t well-ordered, or planned, or controlled. It’s simply a messy soup of blind tribe-minded bigotry and ridiculous assumptions, instances (often repeated in self-reinforcing patterns) of exchanging dignity for power and control. It’s a kind of frothing, ranting madness that infects like-minded individuals and draws them to attack anything they see as attempting to escape the clutches of their lop-sided control.
Hardly a hierarchy. But then, when you get down to thinking about it – how did the conditions for this sort of thought process come about, if not handed down by some superior power? The truth is that it’s so much more sinister than that – it’s not orders imposed on others by a single controlling figure. Rather, it is a self-constructing society, with self reinforcing rules that strive to keep a concept of ‘manliness’ on top and in its own comfort zone of control and familiarity. And it can be unbelievably subtle things that enforce the idea – not all misogyny takes the form of screaming at women to stay in the kitchen.
It can be well-intentioned, but ultimately limiting: “When are going to get around to having children? Clock’s ticking, you know!”
It can be self-defeating and self-reinforcing: “Why bother trying to get the executive role? Everyone knows it’s a boys’ club up there.”
It gets into the fabric of society, through small groups and interactions, that add up and add up and multiply and weave their way into bigger, more destructive and restrictive patterns. It’s an established mindset, caused by years of clinging to masculine power, with rules that have been set by consensus rather than by authority – thus rendering them much harder to break down.
Tearing down the Patriarchy is a cherished goal for many different people, but both the task and the concept are so deep-rooted as to make it difficult. But, I suspect, not impossible – it will just take a good deal of subtlety to unpick the ties that bind it to society, rather than flashy, high-visibility action.
But then, I’m just one person philosophising!
Hooray, it’s almost Halloween! I hope you’ll all be doing something fun for it – I’m planning on some Halloween-themed RPG fun this Saturday myself. My players will be treated to a classic Gothic Horror adventure – Answering a mysterious invitation from a friend near forgotten, our intrepid party approaches his imposing castle high upon the cliffsides. There is nobody present to greet them, and the coachman cannot be bribed to stay a little longer, making good his retreat back to the town nestled snugly in the valley below. The entrance hall, grandiose and finely carved from granite, echoes with their footsteps and the faint sounds of organ music from elsewhere. None of the heavy oaken doors will open – the cogs of the castle’s unique waterwheel system are not turning. Dare they venture down into the basement to set the wheel turning once more, and kick off an adventure filled with madness, obsession, and fear?
Anyway, that’s what I’m doing this Saturday. What’ll you guys be up to? 😀