This fucking woman
praying for the basics
This fucking woman
praying for the basics
Welcome to the latest episode of ComicsAlliance Presents “Kate or Die,” a series of exclusive comic strips created by one of our favorite cartoonists, Kate Leth! In this episode, Kate assuages your fears that your’e being creepy when approaching your
favorite comic book creators at conventions. Don’t worry, you’re not!
Unless you are.
I get a lot of messages from folks after conventions that they were too shy to come talk to me - and it’s heartbreaking! If I’ve traveled all the way across the country (or another), there’s a big chance I won’t be back soon. I know I can be sassy and a little brash online, but I really do LOVE meeting fans. You’re the reason I get brought to these shows, yo!
It’s a scary thing, but don’t let it keep you from having a nice moment. It won’t always be perfect and not every creator (or every fan) will be awesome, but it’s worth the risk.
I like the idea of taking every woman joke from the last season, and turning them into Moffat jokes.
“This is an original fantasy book with no superheroes, two non-white leads and an opening chapter featuring graphic robot sex. I thought we might be cancelled by our third issue.”
- Brian K. Vaughan (x)
Both Brian and Fiona have repeatedly said that their heroes are PoC. And of course it’s clear from Fiona’s illustrations that neither Alana nor Marko are white, but that Alana has darker skin than Marko.
The only featured/recurring character in the Saga universe who actually seems to have white skin is The Stalk.
However, I still come across white-washed Saga fan art and fancasting posts, which never cease to amaze and infuriate me. No matter how pretty the art, I will never repost that shit.
If people genuinely see these characters as white, they need to check their eyesight or their racism. And I doubt the optometrist will find any deficiencies.
Thanks for the ask. I haven’t had a good rant on this subject in a while!
Personal pet peeve is folks who think Marko is white. He ain’t.
Marko is meant to be Asian- more specifically, I combined features from a handful of Japanese models and actors when I was designing him. I can see why people sometimes mistake him for white, because I avoided using exaggerated racial markers (slanted eyes, rounded nose, etc). With simple cartoon drawings like these, a lot is left to the reader’s imagination. So I accept there will be some misidentification because I didn’t draw Marko’s family like Mulan characters, haha.
I see Alana as having mixed heritage. When I drew her father I was envisioning an Indian man. Her mother remains a mystery!
"Badassfully, are you sleeping with my sister?"
"Slumber would be difficult due to the energetic nature of our copulation."
shut up if you don’t love Blasto
Portrait I drew of the lovely Maggie Smith.
I am getting this framed and hung over my fireplace goddamn.
after weeks of traveling, this is now my favorite spot in the universe.
My friend left his laptop unattended so I entered these two IMs to a girl he’s seeing and she had the best possible response.
I HAVE BEEN WAITING YEARS FOR SOMEONE TO ASK ME ABOUT MY HAIR BECAUSE I HAVE A LOT OF DYING EXPERIENCE LET ME TELL YOU ABOUT IT:
1) With dark hair, always bleach first if you want a vibrant color. And always get bleached professionally if you can afford it / are okay with spending that money. Bleaching is super damaging and can be d a n g e r o u s so I never do it myself. If you do bleach it yourself (and I have many friends who do so successfully!), read up on the process as much as you can, and try to get your materials from a professional source.
2) Mix dyes if you can afford more than one tub of the stuff! My current purple is a mix of Manic Panic’s* Purple Haze and Hot Hot Pink. I don’t know what it is about mixing dyes, but it always looks better than using just one color. I mix one part purple to one part pink in a cup and smoosh it on my bleached streaks with gloves at home.
3) Start out small. I’ve had full highlights of purple, half highlights of orange, my entire head blue/purple, etc. But you can get the same feel and effect with less effort and money by doing one big streak or a couple of chunks in your bangs. It’s way easier and cheaper to keep up, and you don’t get all the crappy damage from bleaching all over your dang head.
4) Don’t forget upkeep. Upkeep suuuuuucks and it’s expensive and time-consuming and it’s the biggest barrier to entry for vibrant colors. But if you already put in the time and money to bleach your hair and put the color in the first place, you really should consider taking a little time every few washes to pop in a little more color. For example, I just keep a tub of color and a pair of gloves in my bathroom. When I feel like I could use a little more color, I just pop some on my streaks 20 mins before I shower. If you’ve dyed your whole head, you can even mix color into your conditioner. It’s not like HARD but it is ANNOYING.
BOTTOM LINE: Know what you’re getting into and be prepared. It sucks to go into a salon, get your cool green hair, and then three days later not know why the heck your head looks like a washed out booger. Do some googling! :D
GOOD LUCK HAVE FUN! I HOPE THIS WAS KINDA HELPFUL!
*Manic Panic fades pretty dang easily. Pravana Vibrant shades are better if you want less fade (I mix Orchid and Violet, about 3:1 ratio), but they’re more expensive, and if you’re not a professional, you can only get them on the “gray market” on the internet. Which I have. Because I’m the worst.
This but for the conversation I had a few weeks ago and all the things I should’ve said then