NEW COMIC! Vacation sketch diary day 2: http://hijinksensue.com/comic/vacation-sketch-diary-2014-galveston-tx-day-2/
In which David Willis invents something even better than the Bechdel Test.
LESLIE IS ACTUALLY ME
I NEED EITHER CANON LESBIANISM OR ENOUGH FEMSLASH FUEL THAT I CAN TOTALLY CREATE HEADCANON LESBIANISM
David Willis didn’t invent anything new. The Bechdel Test is suppossed to show whether a lesbian could enjoy a piece of entertainment or not. Straight feminists just hijacked it. Don’t give credit to a man for something lesbians have come up with and is a tool most of us use to navigate through mainstream tv/movies.
Not only that but isn’t the entire purpose of that questionable piece of art up there to make fun of fan girls?
And note that the two words he uses to describe the ship are “tragic” and “hot” like we’re only allowed to be tragic victims of homophobia or hot objects for guys to look at. Not like there are any other sorts of romance stories you could tell about lesbians…
I am very confused.
I don’t understand how this comic is “making fun of fan girls,” or how Leslie’s preferences speak for all story possibilities ever, rather than being only Leslie’s preferences.
Let me talk about Leslie by talking about myself a bit. I was raised in a very strictly fundamentalist Christian home. Sex was simultaneously put on a pedestal and demonized. While trying to navigate these feelings as a teenager, I would come up with insanely unhealthy sexual fantasies in which I would concoct scenarios in which expressing my sexuality honestly would be okay. Stuff like “oh man, me and my sexual partner did some stuff that means we’re definitely going to Hell, point of no return, guess we get to have sex a lot now without worrying ‘cuz it’s too late for us, OH WELL.” You know, a bunch of teenaged angsty fatalistic crap. Some of that still pokes around in my brain as an adult. It’s dumb and it’s stupid and I know better now, but it’s still a part of myself inside.
This is one of the attributes I gave to Leslie as a character. She too was raised in a fundamentalist home, though her problems are like a million fold worse than mine since she’s into girls and her parents kicked her out of the family when they found out. Part of her brain is still hooked on fatalistic, doomed romantic couplings she fantasized about as a teenager because that’s the only thing her twisted upbringing would allow. I have done a strip or two about this, and in today’s strip she’s actually full-out admitting this is a thing she has. I liked to think she was finally embracing it as a part of her, while simultaneously understanding the problematic parts of it. But, well, she’s a person, not a series of perfect ideals, and so she tries not to beat herself up over it.
This is a … kink? that I have noticed is shared by some lesbian friends of mine, and I get positive reactions to these strips from them when I do them. It is something we share together as human beings. That’s why I was extremely happy Rosalarian reblogged this comic, because I often have trouble connecting with people, and so this positive reaction from her was a very important day-lifting win for me. It meant I got something right!
But I see these comments in response to this strip about how it “hates fangirls” or is about how the comic is explicitly about how “tragic” is the only kind of lesbian story that can be told, and I don’t even know how to respond to this because it is absolutely so far from what I thought I was saying. I have spent a good portion of the past week in this stupid pit of despair, this dumb existential crisis that I should be too smart to be stuck in, that usually I can ignore as a simple misunderstanding and move on, but…
I think the difference here is how personal I’ve constructed Leslie’s brainpatterns, how dear they are to me. I put a lot of myself into her, and I am seeing this pile of responses from strangers telling me how awful everything here is, finding this narrative I don’t know from where and using it to describe me as the people who traumatized me so as a child. And I’m hesitant to even say that, because I’m a straight dude so my life is probably way better than most people’s anyway, and I don’t wanna bully anyone else, but… I don’t know. I really wanted to speak up about what I thought this strip was about. It wasn’t about making fun of fan girls. It was actually really personal.
So just ignore me.
I’ll probably delete this in a few minutes when I think better of it anyway.
Hey, David. You’re the best and you’re also the best at comics. You are giving these comments WAY more attention than their author’s gave them. Be nicer to yourself and own what a badass you are at creating complex characters, dummy.
NEW COMIC! “Vacation Sketch Diary 2014: Galveston, TX Day 1” http://hijinksensue.com/comic/vacation-sketch-diary-2014-galveston-tx-day-1/
We’re moving in a month! This will be my new office.
I was using the earlier (non-IPS display) version of the MVP10uHD for a few months before I replaced it with the updated version. The difference in screen quality is astounding. This is less of a testament to the quality of the current version (which is high), and more of an admonishment of the previous version. The non IPS display had the most minimal viable viewing angle of any monitor of any size that I’ve ever used. You had to get exactly in the right spot when working on it. Any deviation to the right, left, top or bottom and the colors would shift until they became inverted. I was able to pencil and ink with the old one, but color work was impossible due to the color accuracy being non existent.
I am happy to say that the new IPS version has solved essentially all of these problems. The image and resolution is MUCH sharper, the viewing angles are respectable, and the color accuracy is workable. I can’t speak for those that need custom color profiles, but I am able to do color work in my illustrations and comics using my predefined color palettes with no issues.
As for the general PROS:
-Cursor tracking, lag, responsiveness, etc are all on par with the Wacom Cintiq 21UX I use for my non-travel work
-2048 levels of pressure sensitivity
-The 8 hotkeys are great for speeding up your workflow. They are user assignable to basically any key or combination you could think of.
-The stylus is comfortable and the battery lasts forever.
-The detachable USB cable can be routed to either the left or the right of the device through channels in the back of the case
-The left and right flip out feet on the back allow the tablet to rest on a desk at a comfortable drawing angle. They’re tall enough that I can get my left hand under the tablet while still operating the hot keys with my thumb.
-Little to no lag
-Little to no parallax effect
-No power brick required. 1 double ended USB cable connects to your laptop and you’re good to go.
-Dual mode. Can function as a tabet monitor or a regular drawing tablet with the monitor portion powered off.
-Build quality is sub par. It’s very plastic-y and creaks/flexes when you hold it. The buttons do have a nice solid click, but the housing seems like it needs more connections between the top and bottom. Maybe some kind of bracing in the middle as well. There is nothing sleek or stylish about the design. Very utilitarian. Well made, but not extremely well made.
- Pressure sensitivity is fine, but I find the curve to be weighted a little too light at the low end. You blow past the first 50% of the pressure curve with little to no applied pressure, then the real variation is in the upper half of the curve. I found that sliding the pressure settings from light to hard in the drivers had little to no effect on the actual pressure performance.
-The hot keys are not “in numerical order” in the drivers. Going down the side of the device, from top to bottom, the keys are labeled 7,1,2,5,6,4,3,8 as far as the drivers and set up software is concerned. This makes button set up difficult. I actually ran a strip of tape down the device next to the buttons so I could label their number and their intended function. The buttons are permanently labeled with little graphics of what they expect you to use them for (zoom in, zoom out, enter, etc) which adds to the confusion.
-There’s a driver issue (which Yiynova has confirmed to me) that after you press a hotkey, you lose stylus connectivity for a half a second or longer. If you are someone like me who uses “space” and “undo” constantly while drawing, this requires a bit of an adjustment. I usually have to pick the stylus up from the monitor while pressing a hotkey to negate this effect.
-I did not care for the included draw string carry bag. It’s not form fitting, and the material is very rough to the touch. I replaced it with a neoprene generic tablet zip case with a pocket on the front to hold the stylus and cable. More padding, and it holds the device much more securely.
-In order to fit the tablet into the new case I had to remove the stylus holder from the right side. Not really a con, just had to lose it so everything fit. I thought I would hate the stylus holder because it stuck out and seemed like it would get in the way but it’s actually quite useful.
-There’s a 3rd flip out foot on the back of the device, in the center. If you try to use this to stand up the tablet while drawing, it will just fall over. Perhaps it’s for displaying the tablet like a picture frame if you are just using it as a secondary monitor.
The screen is about 2” to 3” too small to really make this a killer device. I would love to see a 12” or 13” version of this tablet in a 4:3 aspect ratio instead of 16:9, so I didn’t feel so cramped when I had all of my Photoshop tools and menus on the screen.
If you are a traveling digital artist and you need a set up for working in a hotel or on an airplane (and you don’t want to put up $1000-$2500 for a Surface Pro 3 or a Cintiq Companion… ESPECIALLY if you are a Mac user like me), it’s hard to argue with the utility and capability of the MVP10uHD + IPS. I take my 11” Macbook pro and this tablet in a tiny bag and I can literally do my job from anywhere in the world. There is certainly room for improvement, but if you need a light, portable, very functional tablet monitor for digital art WITH MINIMAL CABLES, I can definitely recommend this tablet.
I would note that if you are just looking for a digital tablet monitor for art and you DO NOT intend to travel, I do not consider this a stepping stone towards larger tablet monitors. Save your money for a Yiynova 19” or 22” stationary model. The 10uHD really only makes sense for the traveling artist, or someone that is more comfortable working in their lap as opposed to a desk.
Some of you may know that I occasionally issue comic dares to my friend Joel, based on dumb things that make us laugh.
Over the holiday weekend, this happened on Twitter with our friend Josh:
Joel accepted the challenge, and produced the following bit of mirth, for our enjoyment.
Drawing Josh Cagan was my favorite part.
New FANEURYSM comic! “The Dark Knight In The Bright Light” http://hijinksensue.com/comic/the-dark-knight-in-the-bright-light/
New comic! “Pantalones En Fuego” http://hijinksensue.com/comic/pantalones-en-fuego/
New comic! “Persons Of Interest”
So, uh, with more and more of my favorite webcomic creators getting themselves Patreon accounts I decided to go over and check it out.
And look who was on the front page.
Damnit, I think I have no choice now. Time to budget out a whole new type of utilities.
BUT it does feel good to finally be able to support these creators who have been entertaining me for so long (in some cases almost 10 years) in some way other than just buying their books.
support joel’s giant beardo face
Perhaps my beard should have its own Patreon.