…but when you hack the planet, well then everyone loses their mind!
Today I witnessed something amazing. Almost in stark contrast to yesterday, today I saw tangible impact of lady-representation in comics.
At the bookstore I work at, we have a dedicated Adventure Time section. This family came in and those kids were SO EXCITED to see their favourite characters in comics. I talked them through each OGN and series compilation, explaining what they all were and in what order they should be read, and this little girl’s entire life was changed. You could see it on her face.
The moment I mentioned Kate Leth (and that, yes, she is a girl.) this little girl’s face lit up like Christmas morning. I don’t know if it just never occurred to her that girls can work in comics but the excitement and wonder that left the store in her was a privilege to see. I ended up selling them the Fionna & Cake’s, all the OGN’s, and an AT doodle book. She left begging her dad to help her learn how to draw Marceline comics. (And he was happy to comply!)
Kate Leth has left an everlasting impression on this little girl just by existing and working in the industry. I honestly hope to someday be able to see such an impact on someone from my own work. Ladies in comics is important. The representation on the page, and behind them, is important. Having a reflection of yourself in the content you enjoy is important. I hope that little girl grows up to be a famous comic author someday.
It was a very good day.
I love stories like this!
My brother Adrian (pictured here looking very handsome) has written a novel, and is selling the ebook on Amazon. He describes it (accurately, I think) like this: “Demonic possession, Countless cinematic references, vomit filled pillowcases, the intention to love, and the intention to be loved. Sometimes those voices in our heads tell us to do all the wrong things, but in all the right ways.The story is split into two perspectives and follows “I” and “She” in a post punk comedy/horror/romance novella with a price tag akin to a pumpkin spiced latte.”
Adrian and I are different in a lot of ways, (some of which we touched on in this interview we did a few years ago) and you’ll find that we have very different styles, but we share a lot of the same obsessions. (he, too, has a tattoo of a Kirkbride mental institution floorplan.) It’s exciting to me that he’s writing. This is his first novel, and I really hope it does well.
Screenshots from Ultima Ratio Regum, a roguelike game under construction. It has an interesting aesthetics, mashing up ANSI, ASCII and trixels. The text characters used are inspired by many ancient written languages.
More info and downloads here.
That map at the top is beautiful.
Technology at it’s cutest — The Bipedal Cycling Robot
In 2011, robot creator Masahiko Yamaguchi demonstrated a robot which can balance, steer and correct itself while riding a fixed-gear bike.
Full video with more information here.