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Crackpot Comics

A world of silliness, non sequiturs, and oh yeah, there's art!
Oct 18 '14

A small but vital chunk of my latest comic, “In This Way, The Garden Is Growing” (viewable in full as a PDF on deviantART or as individual page files on my portfolio site).  It’s certainly rough around the edges, but this story has been very close to my heart.

I’d been hoping to offer print versions for sale in addition to the free online viewing, but technical difficulties have been getting in my way on that point.  I’d still definitely appreciate commissions or purchases from my Paypal store or my Etsy store if you’d like to help support me.

Thanks for reading!

Oct 17 '14
If there’s an afterlife but it doesn’t involve trading jokes with this big blue doofus, I’m going to demand a refund

If there’s an afterlife but it doesn’t involve trading jokes with this big blue doofus, I’m going to demand a refund

Oct 16 '14
Throughout the entire series, my favorite thing about Korra’s character has been that she’s allowed to feel weakness.  To see such a confident, headstrong character sob with terror and frustration has been very meaningful for me, especially since her pain is never trivialized as “Oh, she’s just weak”, or written off and forgotten after a single episode.  To see a strong character at their most vulnerable and to watch them struggle back onto their feet isn’t just a rewarding experience, it’s an inspirational one.  I thought that the episode “Korra Alone” was especially powerful, and I look forward to seeing our Avatar find herself again, no matter how long it takes.

Throughout the entire series, my favorite thing about Korra’s character has been that she’s allowed to feel weakness.  To see such a confident, headstrong character sob with terror and frustration has been very meaningful for me, especially since her pain is never trivialized as “Oh, she’s just weak”, or written off and forgotten after a single episode.  To see a strong character at their most vulnerable and to watch them struggle back onto their feet isn’t just a rewarding experience, it’s an inspirational one.  I thought that the episode “Korra Alone” was especially powerful, and I look forward to seeing our Avatar find herself again, no matter how long it takes.

Oct 11 '14
That weird moment where you’re annoyed that you have to go to New York Comicon tomorrow instead of staying home and finishing this fanart

That weird moment where you’re annoyed that you have to go to New York Comicon tomorrow instead of staying home and finishing this fanart

Oct 8 '14
Frantically sprinting through the home stretch!!

Frantically sprinting through the home stretch!!

Oct 6 '14
As winter approaches, my true form is revealed

As winter approaches, my true form is revealed

Oct 4 '14
destiny-smasher:

So far, Steven’s powers have been:A bright pink shieldA bright pink bubbleMagical healing saliva
And he is always STOPPING fights, usually peacefully and in nonviolent ways, trying to get both sides to get along and understand each other. Suffice it to say, he is not your typical superhero. In fact, he’s really not that super yet. He’s still on training wheels. And yet he often manages to end conflicts WITHOUT powers or weapons that destroy others.
And I love what this show is doing with him and all of his friends. Especially in a pop culture that is overpopulated these days with “save the world” shenanigans and focusing on powers and shock value instead of being “strong in the real way.”
I’m already proud of this little guy and the small steps he’s made. His journey isn’t one of leaps and bounds but baby steps, like real people.
This week’s wonderful two-parter has set up what the show has been foreshadowing for some while: that Steven, being half Human and half Gem, will forge a path that unites both kinds of beings — a path paved by acts of non-violence, understanding, and compassion. Where his merit and strength as a hero isn’t defined by his powers (which, BTW, completely fly in the face of typical superhero and gender role BS), but instead by HIS CHOICES.
And THAT is the kind of hero story we need these days, IMO.
I’m sick of watching characters save the world from evil.
I want to see characters saving themselves, saving each other — personal journeys about making choices and resolving conflicts, not just slapping “evil” around. Even SU’s plot twists don’t feel cheap. They feel rewarding, because they are always foreshadowed and always recontextualize earlier events that maybe didn’t make sense. They feel planned, thought out, CARED for, just like the characters who populate the world.
Steven’s story, especially given the moral ambiguities brought to the table recently, really has a lot of potential to do these things — to be a personal journey more than typical “destroy evil” stuff — and in many ways, it has already.
I believe in Steven.

Not only is Steven Universe a great, entertaining show, all of the above makes it very important.  I love that so many modern cartoons aren’t afraid to tackle moral ambiguity (Legend Of Korra, anyone?) or to present pacifism and kindness as better solutions than violence and anger (like Wander Over Yonder).  And all while still remaining consistently enthralling rather than outright preachy.

destiny-smasher:

So far, Steven’s powers have been:
A bright pink shield
A bright pink bubble
Magical healing saliva

And he is always STOPPING fights, usually peacefully and in nonviolent ways, trying to get both sides to get along and understand each other. Suffice it to say, he is not your typical superhero. In fact, he’s really not that super yet. He’s still on training wheels. And yet he often manages to end conflicts WITHOUT powers or weapons that destroy others.

And I love what this show is doing with him and all of his friends. Especially in a pop culture that is overpopulated these days with “save the world” shenanigans and focusing on powers and shock value instead of being “strong in the real way.”

I’m already proud of this little guy and the small steps he’s made. His journey isn’t one of leaps and bounds but baby steps, like real people.

This week’s wonderful two-parter has set up what the show has been foreshadowing for some while: that Steven, being half Human and half Gem, will forge a path that unites both kinds of beings — a path paved by acts of non-violence, understanding, and compassion. Where his merit and strength as a hero isn’t defined by his powers (which, BTW, completely fly in the face of typical superhero and gender role BS), but instead by HIS CHOICES.

And THAT is the kind of hero story we need these days, IMO.

I’m sick of watching characters save the world from evil.

I want to see characters saving themselves, saving each other — personal journeys about making choices and resolving conflicts, not just slapping “evil” around. Even SU’s plot twists don’t feel cheap. They feel rewarding, because they are always foreshadowed and always recontextualize earlier events that maybe didn’t make sense. They feel planned, thought out, CARED for, just like the characters who populate the world.

Steven’s story, especially given the moral ambiguities brought to the table recently, really has a lot of potential to do these things — to be a personal journey more than typical “destroy evil” stuff — and in many ways, it has already.

I believe in Steven.

Not only is Steven Universe a great, entertaining show, all of the above makes it very important. I love that so many modern cartoons aren’t afraid to tackle moral ambiguity (Legend Of Korra, anyone?) or to present pacifism and kindness as better solutions than violence and anger (like Wander Over Yonder). And all while still remaining consistently enthralling rather than outright preachy.
Oct 2 '14

Eventually I will post things other than progress shots of this one comic.  I promise.

Oct 2 '14
I put off thumbnailing this one page for weeks, but clearly it was worth the wait.

I put off thumbnailing this one page for weeks, but clearly it was worth the wait.

Oct 2 '14

I’m inking and it’s October, so I say it counts.

Sep 30 '14

While going through some files I found an old prose piece I’d started writing almost two years ago and completely forgotten about.  It was sort of an origin story for my “Heroina: Robot Detective” series, done up in prose rather than sketches/comics so I could get a quick feel for the universe and set down some solid facts without having to worry too much about the visual design.

It’s pretty clunky, definitely in need of editing, but since I didn’t finish it and have no plans to, I figured I’d just post it as-is in case it piqued anyone’s interest.

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Sep 29 '14

Random recent progress shots. (If I can manage finishing two pages every day this week, I’ll be in good shape!)