A friend asked me to draw Dave Bautista. Everyone knows and loves him as Drax the Destroyer now, but he will always hold a special place in my heart as Brass Body from the Man With the Iron Fists.
Almost forgot to draw something for Inktober today, so here’s M.O.D.O.K.!!
Out of the house today and without my scanner or tablet so here’s something I drew yesterday! If you want a simple digital av like this, they’re available for $20 apiece, send me an email at email@example.com!
Needless to say, as somebody who played games, and was vocal and enthusiastic about games from a really early age (the first game I played was “Parsec” on a borrowed Commodore 64), I’ve run into plenty of challenges. And “challenges” is a nice, vague word, so I’ll be specific and say that growing up as a girl meant encountering misogyny and gender role assumptions as part and parcel of the experience. Since I was a girl who wanted to assimilate into boy’s culture - or failing that share some portion of what boys enjoyed - there was heavy gating, implicit and explicit, on my degree of participation.
One thing that strikes me, looking back, is that I was excluded no matter what. Whether I stayed quiet and lurked in the background, or stepped up and tried to out-boast or out-play everyone else, my options were either to adopt a proper, passive role, or to have no place whatsoever. No amount of expertise would win me access. My achievements were either a lie, or something I’d cheated to obtain. And while most boys didn’t act like this towards me one-on-one, as soon as they joined the pack it was an immediate dissolve into girls vs. them.
Of course, nobody can be blamed at that age. Kids are just doing what they’re taught, and mimicking what’s around them. I had many (many) moments of idiocy and jerkiness, myself. It’s water under the bridge, at this point. But adults are a different matter. Adults can be expected to acknowledge and consider perspectives beyond their own. Adults can be expected to not shut down an argument as soon as it no longer favours or pleases them. Adults can be expected to act graciously - or at least not with harassment and aggression - when disagreement persists. And when all else fails, adults can be expected to not invent a cast of fictional enemies when they feel threatened by something they aren’t even willing to examine closely.
And those are some of my thoughts about “gamergate”.
As far as comics culture goes, I think there are some similarities and some differences. Certainly there’s a similar pressure to maintain the status quo, and not go around tipping over rocks to see what’s underneath.
Marian is the smart one.
|—||Warren Ellis. This will be sticking in my head for a while.|
some of Mike Mignola’s ALIENS and Predator artwork for Dark Horse.
OOSA artist Andrew MacLean drew the cast of Alien this weekend.
Natalia Vodianova and Benjamin Millepied take over the Paris Opera House for our November issue! Photographed by Annie Leibovitz. Click here to see the whole story on Vogue.com.
The legendary Hiroshi Miyauchi (center) joining forces with his famous hero roles!
From left to right: Aoranger from SECRET TASKFORCE GORANGER, Kamen Rider V3, Big One from JAKQ, and The Magnificent Zubat.