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.
Ok, that’s pretty awesome.
An amazing fuck-ton of jumping references.
Note that there are several types of jumps. There’s the “proper” way to jump, where you keep a straight back and a bunch of other anatomical alignment junk that physical therapists tell you to do. There’s the “Wholly shit the building’s gonna blow up!” jump where the limbs are flailing, circling, doing whatever (you see this kind in action movies). There’s the “clearing an oncoming object in a very ninja-like way” kind of jump where the goal is to get as high as possible and tuck the legs in tight to the body. There’s the “I can touch the ceiling ‘cause I’m tall and you’re not” jump where you’re simply trying to reach something, so the legs are typically straight and the arms are stretching upward (also a slam-dunk jump). And there are athletic hurtle jumps, trampoline jumps, volleyball jumps, and the tackling your pursuee jumps. Many many jumps. What I’m leading in to is that you ought to know what the character is jumping for. When you identify the jump type, it’s a great idea to find video clips of it in many different situations (or for a specific situation, depending on how precise you want it for the scene), as this is an action you’re drawing, so the best way to grasp the concept of the movement is to see the movement.
O, and I found this after posting everything (if anybody’s interested):
[From various sources]
Soo, umm, recently due to some of my comics and the picture I’ve drawn of The two best friends, I’ve gotten alotta new watchers! So to all of you, Howdy! Thought I’d also take some time to plug my DA account as well heh: http://mrslackerjaw.deviantart.com/
♫ “People let me tell ya bout my beeeest friend..” ♫
Admit it, we all know someone like this, and if you don’t, bad news.. It’s you.
This strip introduces Michael in to the mix.
Characters/Art (C) Jake A.W.
Is there such a thing as too much love? I sometimes wonder.
Characters/Art (C) Jake A.W.