Because no matter what we do there will always be unevolved cowards among us. and the anonymity of the Internet brings out some people’s worst instincts.
please read my words carefully… I said some people. and its only some people. but those people seem really awful.
truthfully, it is not just female creators. a lot of people take weird, hateful shit from weird people. truthfully, honestly, a lot of us get showered with lovely thoughts all day as well but the sickening stuff stands out because… it just does.
but I think that all of us would hope that we would have gotten to a place as a society where our mothers, sisters, daughters and wives could go on the Internet without having to worry about being called a whore for having an opinion.
I think what rattles most of us in the comic book community is the fact that someone could read a bunch of comic books, with very specific, simple moral themes with highly moral characters, fighting the fight for good, and COMPLETELY MISS THE POINT.
you know what Capt. America would never do? he would never go on the Internet anonymously and slam anyone.
the point of the stories, the good ones :-), is to show us what we could be. not to waddle around in the minutia of comic book science but to enjoy a world were someone is fighting the good fight. a world we hope we could live in one day.
just because you are posting anonymously doesn’t mean that those thoughts are not yours. it is not role-play, it is not a character, that is who you really are. that is the energy you are putting out in the world. this isn’t some mask you are hiding behind… this is who you REALLY ARE.
and if who you really are is a bully, anonymous or not, I truly feel bad for you. I really do. I feel bad that you’re hurting so badly that you think you need to do this.
but there is NO excuse to attempt to punish others under the cloak of anonymous. none.
There are a number of tutorials available, and I’m sure at some point when I have time I’ll put one together. But I should point out that using 3d software like SketchUp is no replacement for learning the fundamentals. Yes, backgrounds are time consuming (hence why I use 3D so much in my work - I’m on a deadline), but this is only after a long period of learning how to do it by hand.
In fact, while I really like building and using 3D models in my work, I also draw a number of them by hand (digitally, but still, from the ground up using perspective). I learned to draw on paper, traditionally, and the transition to digital let me use the skills I had developed to speed up and improve the final results. But you can’t skip to the end, you have to go through the learning process first, build that strong foundation. Learn perspective, observe and draw from life. I recommend David Chelsea’s PERSPECTIVE! as a primer on 1,2 and 3 point perspective.
you betcha! Kate plays a big role in the new Miles Morales: The Ultimate Spider-Man book.
I have a page template based on the specs given to me by the publisher. It’s set up with a perspective grid ready to go, as well as a template for gutters and panels. Just open it up, name it for the current book and page, and start drawing. For covers now I just go straight to drawing on paper, almost always turns out better.
I usually don’t speak up about much online. It’s a combination two things. First, I’m a fairly even-keel sorta guy. While sure I get annoyed by things all the time I rarely get so infuriated that I feel the need to vent publicly. Second, normally by the time I’ve thoroughly collected my thoughts on a matter they’ve already been articulated by someone else and often much more clearly and intelligently than I would have.
Fuck it. I may only be one late-coming voice among many here but I’m happy to add to the chorus.
Like much of the comics internet I read Janelle Asselin’s CBR piece about that Teen Titans cover and I thought she made a number of good points. This backlash against her is absolutely nauseating and repugnant.
I understand how and why people get defensive when they, their friends, or creators they like/admire are criticized. But the virulent misogyny dripping from the mouths and fingers of so many of her attackers is absolutely unforgivable and intolerable. You (and you know who you are) should be ashamed of yourselves.
People disagree all the time. It’s just how things are. I personally find that reasoned, passionate debate can be really enjoyable. But to resort to verbal abuse of any kind, and ESPECIALLY charged with sexual threat, be it implicit or explicit, is the very definition of despicable and it would be irresponsible and immoral for me not to say so.