A couple of my fellow Strip Search contestants have already pretty succinctly summarized my feelings on the latest Q&A incident at PAX: It’s complicated and conflicting. It isn’t a black and white issue for everyone. Those who are upset by it have every right to feel that way, and should do what they feel is best for them.
But I don’t feel that severing my ties with Penny Arcade is the right move for me.
While the hurtful things that have been said are at odds with the positive acts they’ve performed, they don’t undo them. While some of their actions—or lack of action, in some cases—have been bitterly disappointing, and their apologies imperfect, I still believe in the sincerity of their remorse and efforts to learn from their mistakes. And with this latest slip, it was the vocal subset of the audience that cheered and vied for the offending shirt’s return that really disturbed me, not the lapse in judgement surrounding Mike’s answer. It turned a gaffe into an utterly toxic moment that polluted what I’ve found to be an otherwise welcoming and safe environment.
These people do not belong at PAX.
But in the case of the creators, I don’t believe that repeatedly stumbling over a contentious issue they clearly struggle with is proof of some deep-seeded malice. Some minds simply cannot be changed quickly. Their life experiences have shaped them, just as ours have shaped us, and it may take several more years and several more fuck-ups for them to fully understand what they’re doing wrong and how to fix it.
This blindness is a symptom of privilege. It’s something born of social grooming and ignorance; something they need help to overcome, and they aren’t going to get that help if they’re abandoned by their friends. And they are my friends. My relationship with Penny Arcade is personal as well as professional, and I feel I can play a much more constructive role by forgiving their mistakes and encouraging them to do better. If I never forgave my friends for fucking up (or they never forgave me), I’d be friendless.
I completely respect the fact that for some of you, your patience is far beyond spent. Your comfort and safety is of the utmost importance, and no convention is worth compromising that. But I’d like to stick around and, at the very least, occupy one person’s worth of space at PAX so the real assholes can’t have it.
I know I’m speaking in fairly general terms here, and haven’t covered every transgression or facet of the issue. For an in-depth critique of the situation by someone far more eloquent than me, I highly recommend MC Frontalot’s recent essay. It is constructive in its criticism, and comes from someone much closer to the source, with much more experience in this environment.
The colors are a little rough yet, but here’s another peek at page 7-in-progress!
Next stop: PAX!
One down, one to go!
PAX is THIS WEEKEND, and you’ll be able to find me in the Bandland area at the Strip Search table! I’ll have the usual selection of prints, plus my elimination comics, PTL art, a special Strip Search mini-poster, and b-b-b-bonus swaaaaaaag.
Cloud Factory launch buttons and bookmarks are free, but if you want one of the limited edition Strip Search pins from me, you’re going to have to correctly answer a piece of Strip Search trivia! You’ve still got a few days to brush up on the deets, so get on that.
All 12 contestants will also be on the Strip Search Megapanel on Sunday from 3:30 to 5:30 in the Main Theater, where we’ll be showing never before seen footage from the show and taking questions from the audience.
Hope to see you there!
Today’s the last day you can get free worldwide shipping on all my FRESH PRINTS!! And not-so-fresh prints, cos some of that art is a few years old. And most other products also, not just prints.
Not always! Warm-ups generally serve one of two purposes for me: to help me get over art block, or to simulate starting a new drawing when I have to return to an ongoing piece. I generally pick a subject that sounds fun and try to keep it under two hours, though they do get away from me sometimes.
When I’m art blocked, or just haven’t drawn in a few days, I’ll do a warm-up before working on anything consequential. Sometimes I do warm-ups for a few days before getting to the actual work I’m supposed to be doing, but as long as I’m not on a tight deadline, I like to take the time I need to work the kinks out and get myself properly motivated. Even if I only have time for one, though, I find it’s generally better than throwing myself into a commission or large project cold.
When I’m ready to go, but am coming back to a piece that’s already in progress, I use warm-ups to simulate the beginning of a new drawing. The sketching phase is usually sufficient to get me warmed up for what will eventually be redrawn several times and then painted, but I don’t have that benefit if I’ve already gone through that part of the process, so I do something fast to help me get mentally and physically prepared for more polished work.
Earlier this evening, my friends and I were talking about all the fan characters they roleplayed in chat rooms back in the day, and thus today’s warm-up drawing’s fate was sealed.
This is my rebuild of Iris from MMX4. She’s been through several redesigns since I first started playing as her in 1998, and although I really like her last iteration (2006), I couldn’t help but want to breathe some contemporary sci-fi aesthetic into her design and focus a bit more on the Original part of Original Character.
I’ve added seven illustrations to my society6 print shop, and from now thru Sunday the 25th you can get FREE worldwide shipping! If I ran out of the print you wanted at GenCon, or you won’t be able to make it out to PAX next weekend, now’s the perfect time to grab some of these bad boys.
lulles asked: Hi! Could you tell me where you got the texture you used here? /post/58922304444/so-i-watched-ergo-proxy-and Thanks!
I made my own, which you’re welcome to use! You can download the full-size texture here.
So I watched Ergo Proxy and
I’ve had a few questions about which prints I’ll have available at conventions this month, so here’s the full selection!
I have several new pieces debuting, as well as a few that have been online-only so far. There will also be the usual suspects, and some that I’ll be retiring after this year to make room for new work.
No space on your walls? I’ve got buttons, bookmarks, and other swag too!
8/10 Edit: For more details about my convention appearances, check out my info post.
ONLY THREE MORE SLEEPS TILL GENCON!!!