Tuesday, September 23, 2014

scotthowls:

I want to know more about the pop culture aspect of jaegar pilots and kaijus.

I’m sure kids grow up pretending to be pilots, but like do teens refer to their gfs/bfs as being drift compatible? do kids write rpf about jaegar pilots? have social media accounts with names like ‘@thebecketbrosbutts’? and chuck’s “I’ll drop u like a second kaiju shit’, I bet there’s whole slews of regional kaiju relates swears and insults.

important things that I need to know

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But seriously if you don’t love Drake & Josh there’s something wrong with you, I mean

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Anonymous said: I saw your response to yamino on their queer Muslim comic character, and I wanted to thank you very much for the insight. I have been working on a story that involves characters of cultures I do not belong to, and I've been wondering the best way to go about it, so reading your post was really enlightening. My question is, would it be a better option to privately message a person to ask about a certain experience of theirs if they share the culture you seek for your character? (1/2)

dyemelikeasunset:

(2/2) Because somehow, I feel like just following somebody’s life and blog and borrowing inspiration from that is a little voyeuristic and they should probably at least know that their writing is being used as inspiration for a story. Correct me if I am wrong though, I am only here to learn.

You’re absolutely right that it can be voyeuristic, and I didn’t mean for my commentary to come across that way haha, thank you for catching me.
I wasn’t trying to suggest you model a character after a blogger, no. I meant that there’s a sponging period that is absolutely necessary for learning. And when we write, we need to do a LOT of learning. That’s the most important thing.

I don’t think there’s a sure-fire way to go about writing characters that are part of cultures you don’t belong to though, and honestly I think asking someone permission is awkward? Again, the goal is to learn from them. If part of that learning process inspires you, cool, but don’t use them and their experiences so directly. People don’t exist as cliff-notes for you, and our experiences are all different.

Assuming you can use one person as a model for your character doesn’t speak to the diversity of that culture, it assumes a monolithic experience that is much simpler than the reality.

Follow a LOT of different sources. Read a LOT of things about that culture. Learn the multi-faceted ways they exist, learn about their unique humanity. You will make mistakes, but eventually your character and story will come from your own heart.

dyemelikeasunset:

yamino:

We’re up all night to draw comix

I’m sorry, but this reblog is not entirely in support of how you’re going about this.
Earlier, a fan of mine linked me your inquiry to Muslim followers about how you and your wife want to write a queer Muslim for your comic. I didn’t have time to look into it, but then I see that you’ve followed me and immediately sent a message asking me to send you links for “some insight/advice.”
I’m not offended that you want to write a queer Muslim (obviously, I am one), but I am annoyed at how you’re going about this. Whether or not you intended to, you are essentially demanding help from queer Muslims instead of doing a simple Tumblr search, reading the thoughts and experiences of queer Muslims, and learning through exposure. I’m sorry, but that is lazy writing and advocacy, it is not solidarity. It is asking people to offer their experiences TO YOU as inspiration, rather than your active engagement listening to their voice and wanting to bring that voice to life. It is objectifying. It’s asking a marginalized group that is already struggling, to do more work for your convenience.
And to be honest? Seeing that you have already started the comic… what was the point in asking? If you really wanted to write this story, why did you feel you needed permission anyway? At this point, are you even open to changes? Are you asking out of paranoia? To cover all bases?Maybe I’m making a lot of assumptions here, but I really can’t understand the reason for asking for opinions when there’s already work being done. It’s like walking into someone’s house and sitting on the couch, THEN asking if it was cool for you to do so.
Also, as a fellow artist, I know what it’s like for people to take a snippet of a story out of context, so forgive me if I’m misreading this. But I am tired of “good Muslim” vs “bad, judgemental, close-minded Muslims” set-ups. Is that what’s going on in these two panels? I hope you know how that feels to me, to see a non-Muslim polarize people who share my religion in such a drastic way. It’s a common story theme, I realize, but in the context of how my religion is percieved, it’s much more harmful than usual, and requires a lot of understanding of Muslim oppression and media representation. Might be something to think about a little more.
I’m not trying to be hostile, and I’m not asking you to stop work on this comic. I think it’s very sweet of you and your wife to want to write this kind of story. But in the future, I hope you aren’t so obtuse about the way you go about this. If you’re already set on doing it, just do it and own up to the critiques after the fact. Don’t feign interest in the actual voices when you’ve already got your heart set on something.
Other than that, good luck on the comic.

dyemelikeasunset:

yamino:

We’re up all night to draw comix

I’m sorry, but this reblog is not entirely in support of how you’re going about this.

Earlier, a fan of mine linked me your inquiry to Muslim followers about how you and your wife want to write a queer Muslim for your comic. I didn’t have time to look into it, but then I see that you’ve followed me and immediately sent a message asking me to send you links for “some insight/advice.”

I’m not offended that you want to write a queer Muslim (obviously, I am one), but I am annoyed at how you’re going about this. Whether or not you intended to, you are essentially demanding help from queer Muslims instead of doing a simple Tumblr search, reading the thoughts and experiences of queer Muslims, and learning through exposure. I’m sorry, but that is lazy writing and advocacy, it is not solidarity. It is asking people to offer their experiences TO YOU as inspiration, rather than your active engagement listening to their voice and wanting to bring that voice to life. It is objectifying. It’s asking a marginalized group that is already struggling, to do more work for your convenience.

And to be honest? Seeing that you have already started the comic… what was the point in asking? If you really wanted to write this story, why did you feel you needed permission anyway? At this point, are you even open to changes? Are you asking out of paranoia? To cover all bases?
Maybe I’m making a lot of assumptions here, but I really can’t understand the reason for asking for opinions when there’s already work being done. It’s like walking into someone’s house and sitting on the couch, THEN asking if it was cool for you to do so.

Also, as a fellow artist, I know what it’s like for people to take a snippet of a story out of context, so forgive me if I’m misreading this. But I am tired of “good Muslim” vs “bad, judgemental, close-minded Muslims” set-ups. Is that what’s going on in these two panels? I hope you know how that feels to me, to see a non-Muslim polarize people who share my religion in such a drastic way. It’s a common story theme, I realize, but in the context of how my religion is percieved, it’s much more harmful than usual, and requires a lot of understanding of Muslim oppression and media representation. Might be something to think about a little more.

I’m not trying to be hostile, and I’m not asking you to stop work on this comic. I think it’s very sweet of you and your wife to want to write this kind of story. But in the future, I hope you aren’t so obtuse about the way you go about this. If you’re already set on doing it, just do it and own up to the critiques after the fact. Don’t feign interest in the actual voices when you’ve already got your heart set on something.

Other than that, good luck on the comic.

Monday, September 22, 2014
 I think our 
meekness is misunderstood to be weakness. We are full of self­control, compassion and devoted to the welfare of all beings: and yet these virtues have 
become as good as vices in us now. 

Book 3 of the Ramayana of Valmiki, translated by Venkatesananda, Swam

best description of meekness I’ve ever read

Sunday, September 21, 2014

tonystahp:

Iron Man Trivia Part 1/Part 2 click on pictures to read captions with more trivia

Wait, so

Repost this anywhere

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