DC Hero Profiles: The Series
This is the full DC Hero Profiles series thus far. There are a ton of characters I still want to include… Doctor Fate, Robin, Batgirl, Blue Devil, the Atom, etc. I love the #DCU and have really enjoyed building this series! If you have a character suggestion, I’d love to hear from you.
DC Hero Profiles: The Series
Art is ALWAYS better
I heard recently that Muppet writer Jerry Juhl used to keep a note at his desk reminding himself that “Writing is always better.” Better than what? Better than the tempting reasons NOT to write. I find it encouraging to know that an artist as accomplished as Juhl still needed that “push” to make the art he loved to make. No matter how you look at it, creation is work. It’s an output of your heart, mind, energies and a gift of your time. When the days or weeks are long it can be tempting to forego making art for the seductions of sleep or relaxation. No matter how alluring these are, I am always, always, ALWAYS more rewarded when I push through the pain and go draw, finish the song, write the story, etc. For me “Art is ALWAYS better.”
I posted my first piece on Patreon yesterday! The Lady And The Hawk!
Patreon is helping me build a fan base who is willing to “tip” me each time I create a new piece of art. It’s a way for me as an artist to support myself and do more of the work I love! If you enjoy my work, please consider joining my team! The more you tip, the more rewards you get!
The New 52: Futures End, Aquaman Backups from Action Comics #s 517/518 & Your Listener Feedback - Episode 89
On the latest FIRE & WATER PODCAST Shag and Rob discuss DC Comics’ new year-long weekly series, THE NEW 52: FUTURES END featuring Firestorm. Next we present our second installment in a new reoccurring feature covering backup stories of our favorite heroes! This time we’re covering the…
A few years ago, Internet users, democracy activists, and entrepreneurs got wind of a proposed law, SOPA, that would have changed the Web’s basic architecture to the benefit of a few media giants. So they organized protests for several months to oppose the law. Faced with this opposition, some senators…
There is very scary stuff brewing in Washington right now about Net Neutrality. Here’s a good article that articulates it pretty awesomely, please read, even if the subject makes you glass over, you will wake up as you read it, even if it’s not a GIF of Benedict Cumberbatch, haha. The repercussions of changes like these will affect you personally if you enjoy the internet as it is now.
Sadly, the general response I get from posting this online is apathy and/or hopelessness, that we can’t do anything as individuals to influence the policies of government or big businesses, that takeover is inevitable, and why bother fighting? Ugh, how depressing to hear.
Well, I guess on a basic level we aren’t motivated to act until policy makes things uncomfortable for us, and I get that. But if we anticipate the problems, act in whatever way we can to prevent things that will alter out life for the worse BEFORE it happens, we won’t have to wait until doors are closed to us, and paywalls are erected between us and things we take for granted so that big business can profit more off of us as individuals, subsidized by the government. We can STOP IT BEFORE IT HAPPENS!
I know it’s hard to get outraged at theoretical scenarios, but I promise, more and more, we will watch how theory becomes reality in this area, especially if we don’t stand for what we believe in. Our online world and our personal data is literally the currency of the future. We have to dig our heels in and not give it away easily so a few big companies can raise their already huge profits farther into the stratosphere, with the purchased support of the government by lobbyists.
Strangely today, I also read an article on Kent State (the anniversary is tomorrow) and how after that incident, 4 MILLION STUDENTS went on a student strike against the government. In looking at photos of protests, and in general the era of advocacy in the 60’s, I was kind of blown away, because I hadn’t thought about what happened back then in a while. The change those movements back then created impacts literally EVERYTHING in our lives today from civil rights to military policy, to women’s rights etc etc. Things we take completely for granted were truly created by individuals coming together back then and forcing change. Because they BELIEVED in something, and DID something about it, the government was forced to listen and change.
It makes me sad that, even with that not-so-long-ago historical precedent, people feel completely disempowered to advocate for what they believe because they feel it’s “hopeless”. I get the feeling, but what’s the point of living in a democracy then, if you don’t draw the line somewhere? The more you stand for what you believe in, the more ready you are to stand together when it counts, with people who think as you do when the problems reach critical mass. So, even though signing a petition feels like a drop in the bucket, every action counts a bit!
Anyway, the two petitions I link below have a ton of support, but can use more. Lend your voice below if you wanna help in small ways:
PART FOUR: I was extremely glad to meet artists/writers Jeff Parker and Dan Jurgens. Both were incredibly gracious with the time and are really wonderful people. The Aquaman fan in me was doing cartwheels! Go read Parker’s Aquaman and Jurgen’s Aquaman and the Others!