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Possibly a failsafe personality.

6th February 2014

Question reblogged from Postcards from Space with 181 notes

Anonymous asked: Thank you! Er, same Anon. I was actually looking more for a Code of Conduct that Fans could follow. I appreciate all of the earlier advice, but it would be nice to have a resource that wasn't just "Be on the Defense" and instead one to show to comic creators' fans that's essentially "How to Behave." I know my boundaries/strengths, but I'm pretty certain a lot of fans don't know how to behave towards creators in a way that's respectful. Thanks again!

postcardsfromspace:

kayemarrh:

postcardsfromspace:

Oh, okay, cool! Thank you for clarifying!!

In that case, fans, here’s one for you:

  • Be respectful of creators’ time. Don’t assume that because they’re not on the convention floor, they want to or are free to hang out. This is a professional event: in addition to facing the public for ten hours, signing books and trying to sell enough to justify the cost of travel, there is a whole back end of meetings and networking—and, hell, seeing friends—that you are not necessarily privy to. Deal with it. When someone is at their table, they are available. When they’re not? They’re not. (There is an anecdote that I 100% believe about a fan asking Frank Miller for an autograph while he was peeing at a urinal. DON’T DO THAT. EVER. WHY WOULD YOU DO THAT?)
  • Don’t table-lurk. It’s creepy, and it blocks potential customers. It’s fine to stop to chat briefly, ask questions, or tell a creator you like their work without buying something, but be gracious and mindful of time and space, and don’t block potential or actual customers. Seriously. This is how people earn a living.
  • Don’t hug without asking. Ever.
  • NEVER go behind someone’s table without an explicit invitation to do so.
  • Don’t mistake familiarity with someone’s work and online persona for close personal friendship and all that entails. This goes double for creators who make autobiographical or journal comics, and triple for creators who make comics about sex (theirs or otherwise).
  • Respect boundaries—personal, professional, and commercial. Don’t try to wheedle free drawings or books out of people. As a rule, don’t haggle.
  • Be polite. Don’t insult people or their work. Don’t talk shit about other creators. The money you paid for your badge entitles you to be in the con and con-connected events during con hours, and to a reasonable degree of access to the people and things that go with that. It does not make you King of Comics or license you to be a dick.
  • Say “thank you.”
  • Respect “no.”
  • Don’t assume that every rule is universal. Oh, did fan Y in front of you get a hug? Is she now behind the table? Maybe she’s a fellow creator, or an old friend, or a family member. Are you her? No? Then that is irrelevant to you.
  • Shower and wear clean clothes. Be the person you want to be stuck in a packed space with 10,000 clones of. Cons are crowded and sweaty and gross. Wear deodorant. Wear clean socks.
  • Politely help other attendees to understand this basic social-compact stuff. Encourage them to be good patrons and good fans.
  • Treat fellow attendees with the benefit of the doubt: that they, like you, are there to celebrate media and creators they care about. Don’t challenge anyone’s geek cred unless you are at a trivia contest.
  • Don’t hit on people on the con floor. Don’t harass anyone.
  • Don’t fucking wear costumes with huge wings or pauldrons or enormous fake weapons on a crowded con floor. Please.

Can I add: 

  • Respect the convention staff at all times. They’re volunteers, most of the time, and do it because they love comics just as much as you. There’s a reason they’re asking you to get into line.

YES. This, 100%. Also, booth staff. Also, don’t touch anyone without their permission unless you are rescuing them from imminent physical harm, like, they’ll catch fire unless they move immediately. Wanting someone’s attention RIGHT NOW does not make it okay to come up behind them and grab them.

:)

YES YES YES. No touching unless Fire/Bullets/Enemy Drones are imminent! 

6th February 2014

Question reblogged from Postcards from Space with 25 notes

Anonymous asked: Hi Rachel! I really love your work and how honest, inclusive and intelligent you are. My question is a bit of a doozy: Do you have any tips for fans of creators, esp. female creators? With Con Season, I'm seeing a lot of scary situations female creators get into, both online and off. As a comic creator myself, it makes me nervous. People seem *entitled* to my time, even if I've already answered their questions/been cordial to them, and I also have to agree 100% or be labelled a bitch. Advice?

postcardsfromspace:

Anon, I’m a little confused as to whether you’re looking for tips for fans or creators, but I’ll try to cover both bases.

Withdrawing yourself from a situation—even (and maybe especially) one that’s not overtly uncomfortable or negative—is a skill, one that takes practice to do gracefully. 

It depends on the circumstances—obviously panels, tabling, bars, &c. all have different etiquette, but in general, here’s what I recommend:

  • Remember that your time is valuable, and practice ways to claim it politely but firmly. Note the “practice” in there—I am not good at asserting myself when I’m caught off guard, so I find it really helpful to run through a few stock ways to graciously extract myself from tangly situations ahead of time.
  • If you’re concerned about alienating people if you do anything but smile and nod, practice civil and friendly ways to disagree. See above re: practicing and having some stock phrasing and inflection ready to go in your tool kit.
  • Assert your boundaries, and hang out with people who will not only respect them but actively back you up. Develop a con posse of people you not only like but trust to have your back and watch your drinks—and who will be enough on the ball to back you up on the fly if you need to come up with a quick excuse to split. You can also do things like set up text check-ins if you need an “emergency” to rush off to attend to.
  • Be straightforward and keep it minimal. I am a big fan of “I’ve got to go,” “I have plans,” and plain old “excuse me,” because I am pretty private and I think that offering excuses basically gives people something to latch on to and try to argue you out of, especially when they are genuinely friendly and want to keep spending time with you (which is lovely of them! but sometimes not what you want or need). Present your departure as if it is simply the impersonal State of Things, as much as the existence of gravity or the passage of time.
  • Asking for cards can soften an abrupt exist—it signals that you’re at least potentially interested in continuing the conversation but puts control over that contact in your hands.
  • Accept that some people will still be pissed off and offended by those things, because some people will be pissed off and offended by anything but your unwavering and endless attention. On the upside, those are not people with whom you want to cultivate long-term personal and working relationships.

There’s other advice that I’m reluctant to give, because, while it’s practical, it’s not surefire (not that the above is, either), and it’s easy to interpret as placing responsibility on the targets of harassment and aggression rather than the perpetrators. With that disclaimer, here are some things I do, safety-wise, at cons; based on a mix of personal experience and advice from friends and mentors:

  • At cons, I don’t go to parties or bars alone or with very new acquaintances. I am lucky: I have an AWESOME circle of friends in and tangential to the comics industry. The odds of my being able to find buddies for whatever I want to do are pretty high, and I know that if I need to, there are a lot of people I trust implicitly whom I can call or text in a pinch.
  • I try to plan for impairment ahead of time. If I’m going out and I really, really want to drink more than a little or stay out until I’m too tired to see straight, I’ll talk to the friends I’m going with ahead of time and see how well that dovetails with their plans; and if it doesn’t, I don’t. (That’s a safety thing, but it’s also straight-up not being an asshole. No matter how much you know your friends love you, assuming they are cool with spending the evening babysitting your blackout-drunk ass without asking first is first-class dick move.)
  • When I can, I schedule meetings for a) con hours, b) in public places. My main reasons for that are benign: I like being free to do whatever the hell I want after-hours, and it’s a way to force myself to take a break from the chaos of a con midday. But it’s also a safety move.
  • I wear clothes and shoes I can move in. Again, my main reason for this is practical (and, I mean, that’s just how I generally dress). But still.
  • I try not to be a starfucker. Not literally—well, literally, too, I guess, since I don’t hook up at cons, but that’s not really relevant—but in terms of trying to compartmentalize my comfort around and willingness to go out on a limb for individuals from my relationship to or admiration of their creative work. And I try to remember that odds of one person who feels vaguely slighted ending my comics career are slim to none.

Friends, readers, con attendees, and comics pros: do you have any advice to add to this? Please drop me a line!

6th February 2014

Question reblogged from Postcards from Space with 181 notes

Anonymous asked: Thank you! Er, same Anon. I was actually looking more for a Code of Conduct that Fans could follow. I appreciate all of the earlier advice, but it would be nice to have a resource that wasn't just "Be on the Defense" and instead one to show to comic creators' fans that's essentially "How to Behave." I know my boundaries/strengths, but I'm pretty certain a lot of fans don't know how to behave towards creators in a way that's respectful. Thanks again!

postcardsfromspace:

Oh, okay, cool! Thank you for clarifying!!

In that case, fans, here’s one for you:

  • Be respectful of creators’ time. Don’t assume that because they’re not on the convention floor, they want to or are free to hang out. This is a professional event: in addition to facing the public for ten hours, signing books and trying to sell enough to justify the cost of travel, there is a whole back end of meetings and networking—and, hell, seeing friends—that you are not necessarily privy to. Deal with it. When someone is at their table, they are available. When they’re not? They’re not. (There is an anecdote that I 100% believe about a fan asking Frank Miller for an autograph while he was peeing at a urinal. DON’T DO THAT. EVER. WHY WOULD YOU DO THAT?)
  • Don’t table-lurk. It’s creepy, and it blocks potential customers. It’s fine to stop to chat briefly, ask questions, or tell a creator you like their work without buying something, but be gracious and mindful of time and space, and don’t block potential or actual customers. Seriously. This is how people earn a living.
  • Don’t hug without asking. Ever.
  • NEVER go behind someone’s table without an explicit invitation to do so.
  • Don’t mistake familiarity with someone’s work and online persona for close personal friendship and all that entails. This goes double for creators who make autobiographical or journal comics, and triple for creators who make comics about sex (theirs or otherwise).
  • Respect boundaries—personal, professional, and commercial. Don’t try to wheedle free drawings or books out of people. As a rule, don’t haggle.
  • Be polite. Don’t insult people or their work. Don’t talk shit about other creators. The money you paid for your badge entitles you to be in the con and con-connected events during con hours, and to a reasonable degree of access to the people and things that go with that. It does not make you King of Comics or license you to be a dick.
  • Say “thank you.”
  • Respect “no.”
  • Don’t assume that every rule is universal. Oh, did fan Y in front of you get a hug? Is she now behind the table? Maybe she’s a fellow creator, or an old friend, or a family member. Are you her? No? Then that is irrelevant to you.
  • Shower and wear clean clothes. Be the person you want to be stuck in a packed space with 10,000 clones of. Cons are crowded and sweaty and gross. Wear deodorant. Wear clean socks.
  • Politely help other attendees to understand this basic social-compact stuff. Encourage them to be good patrons and good fans.
  • Treat fellow attendees with the benefit of the doubt: that they, like you, are there to celebrate media and creators they care about. Don’t challenge anyone’s geek cred unless you are at a trivia contest.
  • Don’t hit on people on the con floor. Don’t harass anyone.
  • Don’t fucking wear costumes with huge wings or pauldrons or enormous fake weapons on a crowded con floor. Please.

Can I add: 

  • Respect the convention staff at all times. They’re volunteers, most of the time, and do it because they love comics just as much as you. There’s a reason they’re asking you to get into line.

23rd April 2013

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superfist:

Truth.

superfist:

Truth.

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23rd April 2013

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inventrix:

beeishappy:

TDS | TCR 2013.04.22 [x]

oh geez

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23rd April 2013

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monkeyminionpress:

My Little Piggy - Bacon is Magic T-shirt NOW AVAILABLE at REDBUBBLE & MySOTI!

Hey, minions! Wanna see a t-shirt I designed yesterday? I’ve been watching the new MLP:FiM series on Netflix, and as much as I hate to admit it, it’s REALLY good.

This shirt is inspired by my admiration of MLP and my LOVE of bacon! (Who DOESN’T love bacon?!)

This has been automatically queued into my To Buy List.

Tagged: baconmy little ponybacon is magic

23rd April 2013

Post reblogged from Mighty Hunter in the 21st Century with 9 notes

Time for a Long Shot (TL;DR Version: I’m Looking for a Job and Would Love Your Help.)

mightyhunter:

Hi.

So.

My latest contract in a long series of contracts is ending in two weeks, which means that I’m going through the “looking for work” dance again. (A point can be made that I’ve ALWAYS been going through the “looking for work” dance, and that I’ll simply be ramping up my efforts in this regard, but that’s not entirely accurate, and anyway, I’m digressing from my point.)

So….

If anyone who reads this has a line on a job, I’d be grateful for the opportunity to chat.

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Heyyyyyy friends. Need passion AND competence? Check his resume out and send him an email.

27th March 2013

Photoset reblogged from Either Madness or Brilliance. with 181,387 notes

wolfstar-thunderfrost:

morrissarty:

theumbrellaseller:

bofurthebrodwarf:

onamelancholyhill:

Two households, both alike in dignity,
in Middle Earth, where we lay our scene
From ancient grudge break to new mutiny,
Where civil blood makes civil hands unclean.
From forth the fatal realms of these two foes
A pair of star-cross’d brothers make their life
Whose misadventure Sauron overthrows,
And with his death, end their people’s strife.
Their fearful passage, that shall death mark’d prove
And the continuance of their parents’ rage
Which but The One Ring’s end, naught could remove,
Is now, like, twelve hours’ traffic of our stage;
The which of you with patient ears attend,
What here shall miss, our toil shall strive to mend.

did you just rewrite shakespeare for lord of the rings and make it work better than the original

ENGLISH LITERATURE NERDGASM OF EPIC PROPORTION!

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26th March 2013

Photo reblogged from I Love Charts with 13,083 notes

It’s like Duck, Duck, Goose.

Only depressing.

It’s like Duck, Duck, Goose.

Only depressing.

18th March 2013

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GPOY for the day.

GPOY for the day.

Source: loveahale

21st February 2013

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clinicallyinanepod:

patrickcotnoir:

MY HEAD JUST EXPLODED

Holy. Fucking. Shit.

LOL. http://wiki.tarantino.info/index.php/Universes 

Enjoy.

Source: fiftyshadesoftheresamay

20th February 2013

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finnemores:

“Star Trek was an attempt to say that humanity will reach maturity and wisdom on the day that it begins not just to tolerate, but take a special delight in differences in ideas and differences in life forms. […] If we cannot learn to actually enjoy those small differences, to take a positive delight in those small differences between our own kind, here on this planet, then we do not deserve to go out into space and meet the diversity that is almost certainly out there.”

finnemores:

Star Trek was an attempt to say that humanity will reach maturity and wisdom on the day that it begins not just to tolerate, but take a special delight in differences in ideas and differences in life forms. […] If we cannot learn to actually enjoy those small differences, to take a positive delight in those small differences between our own kind, here on this planet, then we do not deserve to go out into space and meet the diversity that is almost certainly out there.”

Source: yagamie

20th February 2013

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crashwasplayingbadeverything:

swaggaraptor:

diarrheaworldstarhiphop:

chiefkeeffanfiction:

amydentata:

At this rate, Colbert might actually be held accountable in the near future for making transphobic jokes.

Go trigger warn some shit

Lol
Turtle
Maximum
Velocity

That’s not transphobic, though. He’s making a point that because the LGBT agenda is “barreling forward at full-speed” that the B and T of LGBT is being left behind. Everyone is focusing on the L and the G that there are people who have no idea what the B and T even stand for. He’s not being transphobic or making a slight meant to make fun of or harm the bi and trans* community. He’s making a point that no one is focusing on them because they’re focusing on the lesbian and gay community.

Mother. Fucking. This.

People really need to realize that EVERYTHING Colbert says while on camera is satire.

Satire: The use of humor, irony, exaggeration, or ridicule to expose and criticize people’s stupidity or vices, particularly in the cotext of a play, novel, fiilm or other works.

He is not making a transphobic joke. He is not honestly saying that bi and trans people do not count/matter/exist. He is making humor in order to shed light on the fact that they are forgotten.

He is doing this to raise fucking awareness that there is more to LGBT than LG. He is raising a big flag that says “Hey, don’t forget about these guys. They count. They matter. Why aren’t you doing anything about them? Why aren’t they discussed?” He is not trying to say “They don’t matter.”

So please stop with the self righteous, self pity, “social justice” comments unless you know what you are talking about.

Source: havelogicwilltravel

4th February 2013

Photoset reblogged from tall dark and handsome with 7 notes

protagonistes:

So ECCC happens to be running a burlesque show this year, because they’re awesome that way, and I was recruited to draw the poster girl. In the spirit of the pun with which we named the show, I figured I’d post the various variants we went through before everybody decided hard light construct fans were too cool to turn down. I do especially regret Harley Quinn and Psylocke never seeing the light of day, though, I really liked how they both came out.

Just for the record, it is amazing how many little-used Photoshop tricks you remember when you’re working on a surprise assignment for a surprise deadline. 

Anyway, sexy ladies! Comic books! An excellent way to spend your post-con evening! Come check it out! <3

My bad-ass roomie drew some bad-ass ladies for us at ECCC.

She LOVED the surprise deadline, don’t let her fool you. LOVED IT.

Tagged: ECCCprotagonistes is the best

30th January 2013

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hijinksensue:

NEW PRINT!!! “TESLA UNCOILED”
GAH! My store (and everything else hosted on Blind Ferret’s servers) got massively hacked! Every day the store is down means money (that I depend on to meet my monthly obligations) out of my pocket. Since I have no ETA on when the main HE store will be back up, I am offering the a new “TESLA UNCOILED” print (signed by me) for sale here in this store.
It’ll be on presale for about a week, and ship before I leave for JoCo Cruise Crazy 3 on Feb 9th.
http://hijinksensue.com/tesla-uncoiled-print/
You can also grab some of my most popular large prints for only $15 while you’re at it!

hijinksensue:

NEW PRINT!!! “TESLA UNCOILED”

GAH! My store (and everything else hosted on Blind Ferret’s servers) got massively hacked! Every day the store is down means money (that I depend on to meet my monthly obligations) out of my pocket. Since I have no ETA on when the main HE store will be back up, I am offering the a new “TESLA UNCOILED” print (signed by me) for sale here in this store.

It’ll be on presale for about a week, and ship before I leave for JoCo Cruise Crazy 3 on Feb 9th.

http://hijinksensue.com/tesla-uncoiled-print/

You can also grab some of my most popular large prints for only $15 while you’re at it!