A new piano refrain. As I wrote back to the commissioner:
“The title Taking Down comes from seeing a festival after it has come to an end, packing up wares and deconstructing temporary buildings. An empty fairground evokes a quiet melancholy, and that’s something I’ve seen personally.”
Yay! It’s my commissioned song!
vethica replied to your post: im really scared that questionablecontent is about…
Can I ask what its doing that is gross? Just wondering. @_@
i have a lot of problems with questionable content that i’ve discussed at length before
generally any artist who thinks it is…
I mean, you’re basically asking a self-absorbed white guy to not write about self-absorbed white people being self-absorbed. Pretty sure that most of the plot points he’s covered has been clumsy *at best*, and without doing even a cursory glance at his community’s reactions, he’s just kinda swimming around writing what he thinks he knows. It’s not that it would be impossible for him to write a more diverse cast, but… He’s already proven that he’s not willing to put in the time to research much of anything.
The problem with a lot of the older era webcomic authors is that they get…not lazy per se, but complacent. They’re basically treating it like a 9-5 and don’t really have the spark of creativity that they used to. In QC’s case, I feel like he’s writing this arc because trans issues seem to be “in vogue,” and he wants to prove that he can be progressive. Honestly, had he left it at Claire saying she was trans and that’s it, it would’ve been the best thing he could have done.
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HOLY CRAP?!?! I think that’s the only thing I can muster to say in light of how many of you actually like my work, and to thank you guys I’ll be giving away 5 signed prints of the drawers of wrath poster! Yay!
- One like, one reblog!
- You need to be following the Ava’s Demon tumblr
- Contest ends January 3rd at 8pm PST (11pm EST)!
- I’ll be doing the drawing that night with a random number generator and contacting the five winners afterwards
- GOOD LUCK!
How can someone stand behind abortion, when you have a life inside of you that God created for you? How can you say that this life isn’t worth it? If you can’t take care of the baby for whatever circumstances than there is always adoption available to couples who can’t conceive, but still want the joy of being parents. OPEN YOUR EYES! God has bigger plans for us all that we don’t even realize the picture.
Excuse me but it appears your baby is actually upside down
Did you take Sex Ed freshman year because babies come out headfirst
Hi, OP! As someone who was given up for adoption, allow me to call bullshit on your little post there! You see, when I was adopted, I was a white-skinned, healthy, neurotypical infant, which basically put me at the top of the list, right underneath white-skinned, healthy, neurotypical MALE infants! There’s only one kind of infant people wanted to adopt more than me! I was SOOO lucky! But if you actually bothered to look at the information readily available on the interwebs, you would be aware that the majority of people who are forced to rely on abortion for family planning are poor people and people of color. Of course, those two demographics intersect, thanks to the institutionalized racism of our society! Neat huh?!
Of course, even babies of color are not in high demand with couples looking to adopt. Many who do want to adopt outside their race choose to go outside the country, where laws are less strict and the process is often less expensive. Of course, most of the infants adopted this way are obtained in unscrupulous fashion, but who cares about that when you’re saving a little Korean or African baby from the horrible fate of growing up in Korea or Africa??? And all those children who have birth defects, are born with diseases or disabilities, or have other issues… WELL. Who wants to invest that kind of expense and time? Why would you adopt someone broken, LOLOL?!
Granted, there are some wonderful people who understand the system a little better, and make it a point to try and give POC and disabled children a good home. But they make up a very small fraction of potential adopters! This difference in supply and demand leaves a lot of children stuck in the foster system, where their chances of being adopted diminish with every passing year, and their chances of being physically or sexually abused INCREASE! Isn’t that wonderful?
And of course, we haven’t even talked about the person who is giving birth to the baby! I know you probably think pregnancy is a wonderful, happy time, and for some people it is, but it is also one of the greatest health risks a person can take. I love my son very much, and from the day I found out I was pregnant with him, I wanted him! But I also nearly died giving birth to him. You see, I had pre-eclampsia, the most commonly fatal birth complication in the world. My blood pressure was 180 over 130! At twenty-two years old, I was actually headed for a stroke, hah hah! How funny is that? And all it took was missing a single pre-natal appointment during which my blood pressure rose to dangerous levels and my body tried to kill both me and my son. Those seizures sure were fun, as was the emergency c-section performed without anesthetic! And being chained down while the operation was performed, because I was delirious and wouldn’t stop trying to fight off the doctors, that was a BLAST! It was great for my husband too, since he almost lost his wife and child in just forty-five minutes. You can imagine how thrilled he is at the prospect of me ever getting pregnant again. Babies are certainly cute, but pregnancy can have massive health complications, and I know it’s such a bummer, but they are PERMANENT. :( My abdominal muscles never recovered from being hacked through with a scalpel, and the flood of hormones caused by late pregnancy have changed things from heartburn (never used to have it, now, all the time!) to my emotional reactions (I cry when I see pictures of kittens now. I used to be tough). These are changes I did not ask for, cannot control, and cannot fix! And many people go through worse! I know, right? Unbelievable, but go look up the word ‘episiotomy’ and then look up ‘birth rape’ and I’m afraid you’ll find some stuff that just isn’t very shiny. Plus, the studies actually show that people who carry a baby to term, give birth, then give it up for adoption suffer HIGHER rates of post-pregnancy complications like post-partum depression and post-partum psychosis, general depression, and other mental health issues. Adoption actually isn’t good for the person giving birth at all!
I’m afraid the picture you chose to use there is also pretty disingenuous. I know, I know, it seems like nitpicking. I’m not trying to be mean! :( But that picture shows a fully developed, viable infant, and most abortions are performed when the fetus isn’t even a fetus - it’s a blastocyst. That’s just a clump of cells. Seriously! You can totally find pictures on the interwebs and they’re not even gross, LOLOL! Later-term abortions are usually performed because of health complications, though some of our intrepid state legislators are trying to change all that! They care so much about people who are pregnant, you see, that they want to force them to carry dead or dying fetuses inside them until their body either becomes infected while it rots in their tummies (this is called sepsis, and it makes people very sick, and can even kill them!), or forces it out naturally in a gush of blood and fluids! Isn’t that so caring of them? I’m so glad they’re around to make those decisions for me! And if a pregnant person is not allowed to terminate an unviable fetus, in some states, they have to carry the child to term, give birth to it, and then watch it die in their arms because its lungs weren’t developed, or its brain formed outside its skull, or any of a million possible birth defects that will kill you just as quick as lickity-split! Isn’t that wild?! Of course, these people go through terrible grief, and as I mentioned, some of them may get sick and die from not being able to abort dead or dying fetuses. But I guess that’s just A-okay with you, huh?
Basically, I think before you suggest adoption as a universal alternative, you should actually go do some research on adoption. And before you condemn abortion, you should do some research on abortions - not the stuff your church is giving you, the stuff the real doctors are saying. Go to Planned Parenthood (if they haven’t all been closed down, ROFLMAO!) and request whatever information they have on the process, the statistics of who has abortions and why… and actually, all of that is on the interwebs! Isn’t technology AMAZING?
And in closing, since I’ve been asked this question many times and I know it’s coming? Yes, I realize I am here talking to you because I was not aborted. But the thing is, if my mother had chosen abortion, I wouldn’t know the difference, so it wouldn’t matter to me. And if she decided that choice was best for her, then that choice would have been best for her, and I would never want to take that choice away from her. As it is, since I was given up for adoption, and since I have seen the statistics on how badly people who give their children up for adoption suffer, I have spent much of my adult life worrying about her, whether she’s healthy, whether she’s okay, and feeling that if she did suffer from any of the common post-birth symptoms, it is at least partially my fault, even though she made that decision on her own. Which is silly, I know, but at some point, all children have to stare down the consequences of their parents’ having them. For some, that’s poverty. For others, a life-time of their parents struggling to treat and care for a severe illness or disability. For others, it’s wondering if their mother ever got over giving them away, and wishing you could reach out and assure her that it’s okay, she doesn’t have to be haunted.
May your birth control never fail!
Damn. Well put.
The Right has done a fantastically consistent job at telling America what this election was going to be ALL ABOUT - the INDISPUTABLE FACT that Barack Obama was SOMEHOW the worst president ever elected.
Over the past four years, the news has basically revolved around this enormous rumor with conservatives inventing new spins weekly and the rest of the media simply reacting to it like a highway slowing down to look at a car crash. Obama made some weighty promises in 2008 and his inability to fulfill all of them has made liberals less pro-active and more reactive.
The problem is that the majority of the electorate goes into the booth to vote on issues they already have firm opinions about, such as gay marriage, health care, gun control - stuff that’s been color-coded in advance. So long as the proportion of liberals to conservatives remains the same, elections will always have the same handicaps starting out. What’s more, each successively younger demographic votes increasingly liberal, meaning the nation as a whole is moving left.
The rumor of Obama being a TOTAL FAILURE was really meant for the middle - people who don’t have a handful of key issues and would truly listen to both candidates’ narratives about the state of the country before picking their American Idol. Those people went to the polling booth and saw the choice like this:
- I believe Obama really is a total failure and anything would be better.
- I believe Obama wasn’t so bad so why trust Romney who I know so little about?
We already know which option was more popular. Why couldn’t the Republicans convince the middle that Obama sucked when nearly all of the political discourse in the country revolved around that idea?
Really insightful write-up on the driving force of this election.
hey wow i really love that new homestuck tarot card deck
it’s really cool to see how this fandom can come together and have all these different artists create like fifty beautiful pieces of individual artwork
Omg people bringing race into a fucking webcomic, this is ridiculous. They’re CHARACTERS, calm your tits, seriously. As for ‘official’ every single art rendering is by fan artists, if you’re so upset, submit art yourself and stop whining. Race doesn’t fucking matter, the characters do. I think it’s time people realize this. Those of you complaining about blacks not being in it are just as bad as the people that say that all the characters are white. It’s FAN ART, if you’re a FAN and you want your idea of what a character is like to be known, MAKE FAN ART. I’ve seen plenty of fan art of all the kids where they’re black. If you’re really concerned about race to the point where it’s ruining a fandom for it, then actually contribute instead of saying other people should change their personal ideas to fit yours. Stop.
OH HOLY SHIT DUDE YOU’RE RIGHT
I SHOULD TRY MAKING SOME FUCKING FANART
BECAUSE IT’S TOTALLY RUDE AND INAPPROPRIATE FOR ME TO BE UPSET THAT I DON’T GET TO SEE ANY REPRESENTATION IN THE OFFICIAL ART FOR ONE OF MY FAVORITE COMICS
AND IT IS ALSO MY FAULT THAT SAID REPRESENTATION ISN’T THERE
LET ME DO
YOU WERE JUST TELLING ME ABOUT
AND THAT I GET SO MUCH VENOM FOR
TO THE POINT WHERE I’M NOT EVEN SURE
WHO I’M DOING THIS FOR ANYMORE
BECAUSE IT’S CERTAINLY BEYOND THE POINT WHERE I GET ANY ENJOYMENT OUT OF IT
AND AT THIS POINT IT’S LIKE I’M DOING THIS OUT OF SPITE
JUST TO PROVE A POINT
JUST TO PROVE WE’RE HERE
AND WE WANT TO PLAY TOO
AND THAT WE’RE NOT GOING AWAY JUST BECAUSE YOU WANT US TO SIT DOWN AND BE QUIET
I FUCKING CONTRIBUTED
NOW WHAT, YOU GLORIOUS BEACON OF FUCKING TOLERANCE
Art that good can never be out of spite. Black Bro is now canon to me.