so many fans
So over the weekend I got a chance to meet Larry Hama, the writer who created the file cards for nearly all of the 1980s-1990s G.I. Joe figures as well as wrote the 155-issue Marvel comic. Considering that he is an action figure deity, he was quite approachable and seemed happy to sign large stacks of comics that people were bringing him.
He hosted a Q&A panel, where I learned that his attitude about the Joe universe could be summed up as, “Yeah, I did that,” although he demonstrated a great attachment to the characters. He’s never watched any of the animated versions and expressed strong distaste for other writers changing the motives and backgrounds of characters he created.
Notably, he mentioned that he was a consultant on the first Joe movie, and mostly he served to constantly remind the writers that Snake Eyes doesn’t talk. (No wonder that one was so bad…) He also said he liked the second movie better, which I did too.
I chose Chuckles because I’ve used his file name as a pen name, and he is the G.I. Joe from Little Rock. (Hama told me that Chuckles’ file name is based on a person he knew, much like many of the other Joe file names.)
Instead of trying to come up with an alternate history, I’d suggest reading this article, with informative links, that debunk the idea that JFK was some sort of liberal messiah who would have changed the world has he not been killed.
- JFK respected Nixon, and preferred him to liberal members of his own party.
- Both Bobby and John were friends with, and politically supported, Joe McCarthy.
- John and Bobby were suspicious of, and sometimes downright contemptuous of, the “effeminate” progressive Adlai Stevenson.
- Kennedy was stand-offish toward the Civil Rights movement and cut the capital gains tax.
- Kennedy was a Cold Warrior and anti-communist.
I wanted to make 4 pages this week, but I’ve only managed this so far. :p So here’s Friday’s update an hour earlier.
The Taliban have seen too many Hollywood movies. They set their AKs to full-auto and aim badly as a result. Or so I’ve heard.
Thank the gods for Google image search. I don’t think I could have found an extreme close-up of a Chinese Type 56 ten years ago. Man, I’m gonna have proportion problems drawing kids and adults holding the same objects… @_@
If that Arizona instructor had followed Eva’s advice he wouldn’t have got shot through the head by a 9 year old.
Miss AMERICA is back online at http://missdynamite.com
Hommage to Herb Trimpe’s GI Joe #1 cover.
Any profiles on these Loli Commandoes?
I was supposed to work on something else today, but now I’ve got some procrastination to do.
Please restore my faith a little.
I do NOT mean excusing the wrongs and abuse that goes on within these industries. I mean supporting sex workers and their agency, and supporting them in their choices.
I don’t have anyone IRL to name drop.
One time I did a panel with the guy who draws Least I Could Do.
I don’t have anyone IRL I can name drop.
Seeing Aaron Diaz recently deal with criticism quite badly reminded me of the times in my life where I did the same thing…
Throughout my life, taking criticism really badly has always been a huge problem.
One of my earliest internet memories is from 1997, when someone on the Anime Fan Art Mailing List told me my art style was “hard to get used to” but “interesting”. It wasn’t even a mean-spirited comment… yet I totally went off on him.
When I think back on it, I’m kinda surprised that mailing list tolerated my presence since then.
Bryan O’Malley was also on that mailing list. I am name-dropping him because I am a name-dropper. But also he was pretty nice to me and I appreciate it.
As the years went by, my ways of dealing with criticism became kinda weird. Inasmuch that I would always be dismissive of it, if not outright hostile toward it, at FIRST, but afterward, as the months would go by, I would very gradually and begrudgingly follow that advice.
The most recent example would have to be when I was doing Chapter 12 of Girly. While I was doing it, I got no end of complaints about how sloppy my art style became. And my response was invariably to tell people to fuck off. I’d argue with my readers in my own forums and even post on 4chan on more than one occasion to tell people off.
Then I spent the next three years working pretty hard on cleaning up my linework.
And now the quality of my art on You Suck compared to Girly Chapter 12 should be pretty obvious. Of course, I still get the occasional comment that my work is sloppy, only this time when I tell these critics to fuck off, I feel completely justified.
I’m not sure what my point is… Aside from the fact that you shouldn’t feel apprehensive about criticizing your favorite cartoonists. Because even if we seem to be dicks about it at first, as long as we have some semblance of self-awareness, we’ll EVENTUALLY take your advice to heart.
And I’m hoping that will eventually be the case with Diaz.
I mean, it SEEMS like he’ll eventually figure stuff out.
He’s certainly not as horribly dense as Mike Terricano anyway
I think getting taken to task by teachers in college helped. That doesn’t mean I always take criticism into account. I actually ignore it most of the time. The easier it is to correct the more interested I am. Like grammar. But otherwise it’s kinda hard for me to take it personally. And in advertising I had to make corrections that often made no fucking sense and even sometimes made the art worse. You just roll your eyes and do it (as long as the pay is not shit). I’m sure if I had been on DeviantArt as a teenager I would have made a total ass of myself. Just thinking about it gives me anxiety…
I did pretty good, mom. I got second place!
- There were only two of you.
True story a_a
The Grimm Bros just took stories that already existed and killed all the girl characters. They were the first edgy fan artists.