Button-Up Scribbles.

Drawings and thoughts, plus a dabbling of schemes that may or may not be available elsewere.
*I draw lots of this, so please follow if you like!*
I love these two sooooo much.  They, oddly enough, are a straightforward and yet not-pandering lesbian couple.  No creepy moe crap.
It is also neat that in their world, nobody treats it like a big deal.  No gay angst.  They are just a couple because they make each other happy. It is well established through both subtle and direct actions/dialogue that they balance each other and have built up their relationship gradually from friendship to something more.
They are not moe blobs going through a phase.
They are not pining with unrequited feelings.
They are not the token creepy lech lesbian.
They seem like a real, fleshed out couple of crazy PEOPLE and I am so happy with Trigger for surprising us with some really solid representation. 
Anyway, this was done in Art Rage, as usual.

*I draw lots of this, so please follow if you like!*

I love these two sooooo much.  They, oddly enough, are a straightforward and yet not-pandering lesbian couple.  No creepy moe crap.

It is also neat that in their world, nobody treats it like a big deal.  No gay angst.  They are just a couple because they make each other happy. It is well established through both subtle and direct actions/dialogue that they balance each other and have built up their relationship gradually from friendship to something more.

They are not moe blobs going through a phase.

They are not pining with unrequited feelings.

They are not the token creepy lech lesbian.

They seem like a real, fleshed out couple of crazy PEOPLE and I am so happy with Trigger for surprising us with some really solid representation. 

Anyway, this was done in Art Rage, as usual.

So I’m taking the bus home from jury duty on a perfectly normal Wednesday afternoon, and I realize that Mikasa is standing next to me.

And then this happened.  (Sorry notsorry.)

((Anyway, lovely cosplayer with a cute tumblr.  Go check her stuff out.))

the42towels asked: Hello, my name is Liz. I was told to come ask you about ArtRage by Yamino. I hope this sort of random dropping in is ok? I want to use ArtRage for doing digital arts/webcomics, do you suppose ArtRage would be just as good a Photoshop for what I want to use it for? Is it userfriendly for a newbie to digiarts like I am? I am just not sure where to turn for advice so if you are willing to help, I would greatly appreciate it.

Hi Liz!

I personally find Art Rage to be an excellent drawing and painting program.  If you are going for a look that mimics traditional media, this is the program for you.  I think that in terms of illustration, it far out performs photoshop.

I also think that it has a more intuitive user interface.  That is, the basics are all very obvious and easy to figure out.

Editing is not Art Rage’s strong suit. While you can put text in art rage, I’m not aware of a good way to make perfectly straight lines or geometric shapes, other than by drawing them out with the polygonal lasso and then filling them in.   

I usually get around that by just not doing linear boxes around my panels.  Instead, I just use the lasso or rectangular selector to cut off messy edges and allow my panels to be lineless.

This comic uses lineless panels.    It’s not a good comic (old, embarrassing thing that shows little understanding of panel  story flow…go back to Yamino for good panel flow!), but it shows at least what I mean about lineless panels, I think.

I hope that helps!

juudisu:

Just reminding all of you to go buy a 100 boxes of Teddy Grahams right now


This is probably the best thing a national company has done for lgbt families. Watch this.

デート - Deito - Does Not Translate As Platonic Outing

druidofhibernia:

Ryumako ship war stuff under the break feel free to ignore

(Gammako shoppers, sorry for tagging you, but it seems that this argument is primarilly coming from your side, this is not meant as an argument against your ship, and I am not attempting to ship-hate, simply clear up this linguistic mishap, feel free to ignore)

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Beautiful work.  Loved that you provided sources.  Lemme just add to your source list:

The original post claiming “date” was often contextually platonic used the wrong spelling!

  •  Here are Google Image searches of the デイト the OP used
  • VS. the correct spelling デート

Lastly, anecdotal evidence:  

  • My two friends who lived in Japan, one in highschool and the other teaching, never heard any real person use the word date in any context other than romantic.  
  • My first friend mentioned that the word is used for platonic outings sometimes in Shoujo manga, but that it was always in a sort of, “Screw the boys, let’s go on a date” or “We don’t need him, I’ll take you out. That’ll cheer you up.”  Basically, it was only being called a date because it referenced romantic disappointment with boys.  Neither Mako nor Ryuko have the context of romantic problems (or even interest) in dating any boys, so the context doesn’t match up.
  • She went on to say that given all the nosebleeds and groping and saving Ryuko from Junketsu/brainwash wedding and whatnot…the context is more than there for the usual romantic definition.

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IDK do you talk about your regular friends that way? If so, that’s weird.

Tumblr, I know you wanna have some vaguely educated-sounding arguments to support your gay erasure, but without sources, your argument really falls apart.  Don’t reblog un-sourced claims just because you want it to be true.  When it comes to light that it isn’t true, it rather underscores that the gay erasure motivation outweighed pursuit of the truth.

And just a disclaimer, supporting Gamamako does not have to mean gay erasure! Gamamako is cool.  I like it.  It is there also and it is very cute the way he blushes over Mako. That doesn’t stop the rest of this gay stuff from existing. You can support Gamamako while acknowledging gay representation is a thing.    Let it exist.  

Guysguysguys lets make kamui and goku uniform designs.  Guys.  Guys.

So I was gonna post this yesterday and I was originally gonna say:

"I’m so into and pleased with the progressive lesbian representation on Kill la Kill that I’m going to redesign my bridal attire for my June wedding. I thought it would be cute to play with/subvert the whole ‘kamui is your wedding dress’ thing into a positive statement.  It will be way easier to deal with the heat like this too! <3

100% Synchronized, FLEUR DE-KETSU”

And then I would have been all, HAHA OBVIOUS APRIL FOOLS my mom would dieeeee if I wore that.  ( I am getting married, for real)

bbbbut then I didn’t finish in time cuz I actually had a lot of fun designing this. So yeah.  I think y’all would have fun doing this too, and I’m surprised I haven’t seen people designing kill la kill outfits much already. Can’t we make this a thing?

I wanna see YOUR kamui or goku uniform designs for yourself or your OCs.   Go draw!

Generalizations vs. Individuals: Toxic side-effects of Tumblr’s Social Justice Scene

If you’re white, and aware of your privilege and ignorance of POC cultures, and wanna do something about it, that’s awesome. Do that. Do the hell out of that. There is a lot of inequality and lack of understanding causing real injustice, and it is our responsibility as decent humans to make choices that are mindful of the rest of the world.

But don’t let tumblr’s wackadoodle cultural generalizations fuck you up. Tumblr is not the authority on Social Justice.

Tumblr says, “Black people own Hiphop so white people shouldn’t touch it, because that would be cultural appropriation,” while simultaneously shouting, “You don’t like hiphop because you are an ignorant white person stuck in your white bubble. You should try to understand it. Ask POCs about how their culture sees it. Educate yourself.”

Cuz when you ask POCs about it in the real world, they will be insulted that you assumed they (as individuals) culturally understood hiphop. They will be insulted at the idea that hip-hop is only for Black people. They will be be insulted that you assumed that they would think hip-hop could not be enjoyed or performed by white people.

I asked a Black coworker if she knew what a lyric in a hiphop song meant, and admitted shamefully that as a white girl in my white bubble, I did not know and wanted to expand my understanding. She gaped at me and asked me if I thought hiphop belonged only to Black people, or if I thought that all Black people liked it. She neither liked it nor knew much about it. I sputtered and said that I’d been reading a lot about cultural appropriation and white ignorance, and that since hiphop is considered closely culturally tied to Black culture it seemed good to ask her, and that I was a very stereotypical white person with little knowledge of it. That I asked out of wanting to be more sensitive. She told me to be careful how I ask things because it came off as me thinking of her as some avatar for BLACK PEOPLE rather than as an individual.

She also thought my question meant that I thought she would agree in the idea that white people couldn’t touch hip-hop. I put myself in a tumblr box, and I put her in a tumblr box, and I made it seem like I thought she wanted us in those boxes. She hated those boxes. She thought people should be free to enjoy whatever they want, uncategorized.

So I fucked up.

I just accidentally insulted a real person because I was trying to fit in the contradictory white guilt box Tumblr made for me, and was putting her in a black spokesperson box. I feel awful about it, because I should always value understanding somebody as an individual over worrying what Tumblr will think about me. I’m sorry, and I don’t feel like that appology is enough.

People are people, and don’t let a couple of very loud, hypersensitive vigilantes categorize the world into contradiction boxes.

Social justice is important. We need it. Let’s not warp it into something that causes individuals to be generalized or categorized. Social Justice will lose momentum if it becomes associated with that crap. It is because social justice is important that we need to be careful not to let it get warped.

We should therefore never assume anything about any individual, no matter what the loudest tumblrites say.

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Just because I acknowledge and apperciate that Mako+Ryuko is canonically reciprocated does not mean that I dislike Gamagori or Gamagori + Mako.  

I LOVE Gamagori and enjoy Gamamako!  I look at a lot of Gamamako art and enjoy it.  I can enjoy ships that are based on a canon crush, like Gamamako.  I can have fun imagining and building on what canon laid out for Gamamako.  I can also really really enjoy utterly non canon ships like Satsuki/Kaneo (Satsurada). I can have fun interpreting the hell out of whatever and so can you!  

My last reblogs were only to express that straining to deny that something is canon just because it is gay is gay erasure and perpetuates lesbian invisibility as status quo.  

You can prefer whatever ship you want, but please don’t try so hard to rob the lesbian community of rare non-moe representation by painstakingly constructing narratives (or untrue and un-sourced Japanese language claims) in an attempt to dismantle something with canon backing. Just let canon be and enjoy shipping!