Do you want to have an Otachi scarf? I bet you do. I do. But I already have one claimed. Fortunately for YOU, there will be TWO prototypes! Since my lovely sister (cptairbubbles) is the one putting these together (I did the art, my part is done), the second original scarf was up to her to distribute. That scarf is up for a raffle if you contribute $10 in her GoFundMe campaign!
If you go there and contribute $10 or more, you’ll be put in to a raffle and could win the scarf! We can be scarf buddies. Kaiju groupie scarf buddies.
I’m going to grab some coffee and get comfy and then do an art stream. I’l start around 6PM PST time?
This is entirely dependent on people actually watching though. I tend to sign off and work on my own offline if there’s no one around.
You heard it here first…TUNE IN 6PM TO ALIENFIRST PICARTO ART STREAM! OR IT MIGHT NOT BE UP! Y’ALL LIKE GREAT ART RIGHT? (preview at alienfirst.com or patreon.com/alienfirst)
So it’s Odaiba Day? Which is a Digimon thing? I dunno man, I am so out of touch with Digimon even though it was my THING all throughout high school (and how I met hetamushitama who is still one of my bestest friends).
I have enough old Digimon art to kill… a horse… or something, and I could’ve drawn my fancharacters, but I went ahead and drew Newt with a little Digimon friend instead (as it’s been Newt Week for me on Twitter, and I might make August a Newt-a-Day thing AND geniusbee posted a Hermann with his Digimon). Newt’s lovely little lady is Cilimon (kind of pronounced like “silly-mon”) and she is a shy thing who enjoys eating junk food (which goes straight to her tail and then to her gut).
Anonymous said: whats the low down on ant man? /confused
oh man. oh man. right, so:
ant-man had been in production FOREVER when they finally announced paul rudd and michael douglas for scott and hank, respectively (at the end of last year i think). at this point it became apparent that it wouldn’t be about hank and janet, as i think people had thought it might be. but it was meant to be scott lang’s origin story, which involves a heist.
i, being an obsessive, had already worked this out from old interviews. but there was literally no reason that jan couldn’t still be present in the film. she doesn’t have to be tied to hank. they didn’t announce any women for the film at this point, either actor-wise or character-wise, although various actresses were rumoured (mostly rashida jones for jan, and later on evangeline lilly for just the single female role that there was no name attached to, oh sorry, what’s that, “female lead”). a bit later on they announced that patrick wilson had been cast in an unnamed role, and a handful of other actors were confirmed too.
then edgar wright walked, with whisperings about how marvel had rewritten the script and made it worse.
what does this mean?
i’m a big fan of scott (i really WANT to like this film!), and his origin story in the comics is about him trying to help his ill daughter. he needs to save a specialist doctor who’s been kidnapped, and the ant-man suit (disused at this point) is the best way he can think of doing that. he’s driven to theft from desperation. he’s not a super-genius (he’s smart but he’s not reed richards), he’s not super rich, he’s a guy trying to do what he can. interviews that have been given this week have made it apparent that they’ve kept the part of the plot where he fights darren cross (and he… presumably… he now tries to steal something from him? rather than saving a doctor who’s been kidnapped?) but they have removed:
- scott stealing the ant-man suit (he now gets given it by hank, he becomes his protege)
- cassie (his daughter) being his key motivator. she doesn’t appear to be in the film at all.
- his entire… personality? this is what michael douglas said about the relationship between pym and lang: “I need help, I desperately need help. I need someone who’s a master thief, someone with a brilliant mind, and somebody who can pull off a really great heist.”
also, michael douglas has stated that jan is dead.
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afrodeluxe said: Rob, do you think drawing is a talent?
The issue of talent vs. skill…
So, yeah… I personally don’t really believe in “talent” in its purest form. Every last one of us is “talented”. It’s what makes us human. For example, I’m pretty musically inclined (I’ve produced and created music for a good section of my teenage years, btw) and know how to pick up a guitar and can jam a few chords because my dad showed me the basics years ago but I completely suck at it. Would I say that I just don’t have the talent for it? I don’t think so. I’m sure anyone can pick up the guitar, learn, and understand the basics and jam with simple chords.
The reason why I suck at the guitar is because I haven’t put the time in to learning it like I have when it comes to art. I haven’t surrounded myself with it and swam in it for years and years so, of course, I suck at it. Speaking of swimming, if you throw someone in a pool who can’t swim but can learn with the proper instruction, they WILL learn how to swim. They have the arms, the legs, and the mental capacity to learn how. There’s nothing preventing them from learning how to do it (unless they’re handicapped). If they don’t like water and are scared of it, well, they won’t learn how to swim.
Same with skill vs. talent. If you have the mental capacity to add 2+2 and know when its time to eat because you’re hungry, you can learn to draw. I feel it’s all about application. Now if you’re mentally handicapped, then sure, you’re going to have a bit of a problem. But all of us privileged, normal folk can learn to do anything. The saying “you can do anything if you put your mind to it” is not a joke. You can do anything you want. You just have to take the steps to learn how to do it. If you don’t personally like to do something, you’re not gonna push yourself to learn how to do it~
Now I do believe in how well someone can adapt or take in knowledge and apply it, though. We all learn things at different paces. Some get it faster, some take years to learn a simple thing. But that doesn’t necessarily mean one is more talented than the other.
We talked about that often in the Cryamore dev team. I understand the basics of programming because I’m good with math and the principles are easy enough as I have dabbled many times into making games and game logic, but I just can’t completely wrap my ahead around it easily. It takes me a long time to really make sense of a block of code, but I will eventually get it. On the other hand, our programmers can pretty much take anything I give them an idea of and can just toss it in as easily as someone gives me a written character concept and I can flesh it out in one go. Does that make one of us more talented than the other? Not at all. Skilled? Well, yeah. That’s ‘cuz that’s what we sought out to primarily learn and over time & repetition, that skill becomes second-nature. I’m sure if I went on a 4-month-straight crash course with nothing but programming lessons with applying and playing around, I’d have no problem grasping things then.
So yeah, next time your mom, aunt or a friend tells you how “talented” you are, don’t believe it because it doesn’t really mean much. XD But when someone recognizes you for your skill, that’s different. :)
This probably the best blog that describes why some people can pick things up quicker than others, or why some folks just can’t put the time to be skilled in something, as far as creative activities are concerned
I took a couple of hours out of my day to be on a panel for Young Author’s Day, an event put on by the Pacific Northwest Writer’s Association. I was invited to join by John Lustig, who I feel very lucky to call my friend and mentor. We answered the usual questions about the writing process and how we broke into comics, but I was even more intrigued by the audience. Notice something about them?
Yeah. GIRLS. Very. Young. Girls.
So I asked THEM some questions. “How many of you read comics?”
All hands went up.
"How many of you want to make comics some day?"
Most of the hands went up.
Here’s where it really got interesting. “How many of you BUY comics?”
Only one hand raised. I asked her where she buys her comics. She said, “At the comic book store.”
"Do you have a comic book store you like going to?" I asked.
She hesitated. “It’s complicated.”
That’s 10 year-old speak for “I have to go there to get comics but the store makes me uncomfortable.” The rest of them read webcomics. None of them had heard of Comixology before, but they knew all about it by the time the panel was over. What comic would they like to see most? Minecraft. Only Steve needs to be a girl.
It was a fascinating experience, especially in the wake of this article detailing why girls in the 1980s (like me and one of the moms nodding eagerly in the audience) stopped buying comics for 20 years.
The future of comics is bright indeed.
This is absolutely wonderful.
Nice post… though I’m surprised at the section where OP asserts ‘10 year-old speak for “it’s complicated” is, “I have to go there to get comics but the store makes me uncomfortable.”’. This makes me uncomfortable as she seems to ignore every other, apparently more probable, interpretation such as ‘I have multiple stores’ or ‘I don’t go often’ or perhaps even the ‘my parents buy them for me’… But ya’ know, that’s just me.
There was more discussion with the one girl that actually goes to the comic store that I didn’t include. She doesn’t like going, but being 10, couldn’t fully explain the reason. That she likes the product but doesn’t enjoy where she has to get it is a problem on its own. No assumption was made about why the others don’t go, but if I was to draw a conclusion based on comments from women my own age on all of these reblogs, it’s because they didn’t have mothers in the habit of going to comic book stores because the 1980s stores made THEM uncomfortable. Whatever the reason, the brick and mortar culture has resulted in two generations of girls who don’t go to the stores in significant numbers. The challenge now is to find a way to reach them again, because relying on dads to pick up a couple of issues it seems like their daughters would enjoy while picking up their own orders is under serving the market.
Anonymous said: how often do you read manga?
well I haven’t read any lately, but I try to read some when I get the chance