You're doing so much artistically, even just going off of visual media and not counting burlesque. How do you manage your time? Is a disciplined "do x at this time" method useful, for instance?
I always have a to-do list, and put the things with the closest deadlines at the top. It is ever-changing. I am always doing something. I never really relax, because I find it boring. I typically work on a few different things on my to-do list every day. A typical day has me working on a couple pages of comics, sewing a costume piece, and practicing a dance. I work as efficiently as I can, and I have programs on my computer that keep distraction in check. It really helps that I love everything I do. While sometimes I get frustrated because I’m super exhausted, I generally enjoy working on whatever it is that I’m doing. I also stopped doing drugs and very rarely drink.
It also helps that I don’t have any relationships going right now. Comics is my wife and burlesque is my girlfriend and we’re all having a very nice thing going on.
Hiii! Just wanted to say how much I've grown to love your art. I am classically trained artist, and I used to be a bit of an art-snob - unless proportions of the character were perfect in the given universe, I'd consider it inferior(7 years of artistic education and artist mom made me that way). But now you're one of my favorite artists and I love elongated Moira and proportions of characters changing slightly with mood and movement. And an actual question - any chance of comic stripper PDFs?
I used to strive for realism, but got bored, and eventually developed what I have now. It’s often just as challenging and time consuming to get things juuuuuust how I want them to look, except I have way more fun doing it this way.
I’ve been waiting until I have enough pages to justify doing a PDF of Comic Stripper. I have over 300 pages sketched, but only a handful inked. It’s gonna be my winter project, I think. Then I’ll release a whole bunch, including ebooks.
Hi! I'm grace and I'm a big fan. I got your books in the mail from your kickstarter and WOW that made my day! They look SO beautiful and I'm super excited to read them. Idk if this is weird coming from a fan but? I'm really proud of you!!!! Seeing how your art has grown (not just stylistically but.. businessily? i guess?) is really awesome and my heart swells with pride for you! It's a big inspiration to me as an artist too, so I wanted to let you know that you inspire me not to give up. Thanks!
One of my favorite things while packing up these books was seeing all these names on the packages that I recognized from little interactions over the years, yours being one of them. It’s so cool that so many of you have followed my work for so long that even my clunky broken memory has a space for you. It’s a fantastic little pickmeup as I’m neck deep in packages. <3
I have a college workshop all about how people who are uptight about sex are a minority, but yet have a lot of political power. Whether that’s getting books about sex banned, nude statues covered, sex toy shops run out of town (ahem), or making birth control pills a hot button issue again, their uptight ideals about sexuality have been successful in terms of laws and governance in diminishing other people’s sexual freedom. I’m renaming said workshop. Which do you think best captures the essence while being catchy on a marketing flyer:
The Politics of Sex-Negativity
The Politics of Sex-Phobia
The Politics of Sexual Oppression
Politics and the Sex Police
… or something else?
Politics and the Sex Police sounds like a thrilling action porno that I kinda want to make now. I don’t know if that makes it the best or the worst for your purposes.
“Human beings took our animal need for palatable food … and turned it into chocolate souffles with salted caramel cream. We took our ability to co-operate as a social species … and turned it into craft circles and bowling leagues and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. We took our capacity to make and use tools … and turned it into the Apollo moon landing. We took our uniquely precise ability to communicate through language … and turned it into King Lear.
None of these things are necessary for survival and reproduction. That is exactly what makes them so splendid. When we take our basic evolutionary wiring and transform it into something far beyond any prosaic matters of survival and reproduction … that’s when humanity is at its best. That’s when we show ourselves to be capable of creating meaning and joy, for ourselves and for one another. That’s when we’re most uniquely human.
And the same is true for sex. Human beings have a deep, hard-wired urge to replicate our DNA, instilled in us by millions of years of evolution. And we’ve turned it into an intense and delightful form of communication, intimacy, creativity, community, personal expression, transcendence, joy, pleasure, and love. Regardless of whether any DNA gets replicated in the process.
“Because we live in such a monogamy-centered society, it makes sense that many people can only conceive of non-monogamy in what ultimately still amounts to monogamous terms. There is a common misconception that a polyamorous relationship is really no different from an open-relationship agreement: one committed couple, with some lighthearted fun on the side. But the word “polyamory,” by definition, means loving more than one. Many of us have deeply committed relationships with more than one partner, with no hierarchy among them and no core “couple” at the heart of it all. To me, this notion that there must be one more important relationship, one true love, feels a lot like people looking at same-sex couples and thinking that one person must be the “man” in the relationship and the other must be the “woman.” After all, both of these misunderstandings result from people trying to graft their normative conceptions of love and relationships onto people who are partnering in non-normative ways. It seems that it is somewhat easy for many people to acknowledge that humans are capable of loving one person and still enjoying sex with others (assuming, of course, that the terms of their relationship make such behavior acceptable). But it is much harder for people to think outside the fairy-tale notion of “the one” and imagine that it might be possible to actually romantically love more than one person simultaneously.”—
Filthy Figments is a project that Gina Biggs initiated and many female artists helped realize: a site dedicated to erotic content (comics and pinups) by ladies, primarily for ladies.
Peeking into its world one can feel comfortable and cozy to enjoy oneself naughtily and to explore erotic fantasies. There’s much passion and joy into this project that is evident in the art, in the neat way…
are you ever so involved in your own little world you actually forget most people are actually offended by things like nudity and certain clothes and body types and sexual orientations
I have taken off my pants in so many inappropriate situations because I forget most people do that exclusively in private.
Ditto. Also with the salty language and graphic descriptions of Weird Body Stuff. Also with the baseline assumption that it’s completely reasonable to live on a bus and sleep on the floors of strangers’ houses.
Oh my god I always forget people hate hearing about gross body stuff, especially when they’re eating. My dad always told the grossest stories at the dinner table, so if I let myself lose my appetite over stuff like that, I’d’ve starved to death by age 7. So I’ll just tell the absolute worst stories until people plead with me to stop.
If you plan to sell your book on Amazon.com, don’t make the ISBN or Library of Congress number publicly available beforehand. This enables other parties to file with Amazon before you do, in effect “claiming” your spot and preventing you from selling your own book until you…
Since kickstarter books have started shipping, I can’t promise that any address change you give me at this point will be effective, as it might have already gone out. I’ll do my best to find your package and change it before I send it, but there’s a good chance you’ve missed the boat on address changes. Still, it doesn’t hurt to try, so if you need to change your address, send me a message through kickstarter, and only through kickstarter. (Go to the project page and click “contact me”). If you live outside the United States, your package has definitely not been shipped yet, as I’m working on domestic orders first, so please definitely update me with any address changes right away.
Americans: if you’ve moved, please make arrangements with your previous address to be able to get your package. Be aware that registering a change of address with USPS does not apply to packages. Packages do not get forwarded. So again, make arrangements with whoever lives at your old place.
As I’ve stated before, if the package comes back to me because you didn’t change your address, you’ll need to re-pay for shipping if you want me to re-send it.
My girlfriend was buying a wig fir the Brony convention she’s going to with a friend and the guy behind the counter asked “What are girl bronies called?” And before I could stop myself I blurted out: “The intended Audience?”
Sorry, I have to throw my 2 cents in on Refashionista because I've been following her for a very long time now and seen a LOT of her outfits. She uses dresses in all sizes as starting points but the main thing is that she looks for clothes that nobody else wants (whether it's their size or not). As a big girl myself I've never seen a before dress that I think 'yeah, I'd wear that'. Problem isn't her being fatphobic, it's 'fashion' making ugly dresses for fat people in the first place.
I’ve gotten a lot of messages to this effect! Sounds like we didn’t have the whole story in that photoset. But I think it sparked a lot of good dialogue today, even if it stemmed out of misunderstanding!
just wanted to thanks for taking the concern about fat-phobia seriously. i don't think she means to body-shame, but as a fat girl, i know sometimes things hurt nonetheless. however, i'm glad you shared that blog! more companies try to cater to plus sized customers lately, but most still believe that fat women are only allowed hideous sacks that hide their bodies. i'm not good enough to MAKE clothes, but now i have great ideas how to give those hideous sacks in my own closet a 2nd chance! thanks!
Yeah, I think there’s definitely some room in there for fat women to take the ugly, paltry fashion offerings and turn them into cool things that are more to your taste. I’m glad people are finding some inspiration. :D
People see fashion as so frivolous, but it’s really Important Stuff! There are so many huge issues tied to clothing. I think it often gets dismissed because it’s seen as a girly thing, but women aren’t the only ones who participate in fashion (though we may have a lot more issues as far as our participation goes.) The phrase “fashion is a feminist issue” gets used a lot, but it’s not just a feminist issue. It relates to so many aspects of who we are. It informs not size and body type, gender, race, ethnicity, sexuality, ability, class… I mean, everything! Fashion is tied to basically everything! We can’t dismiss it. There’s so much intellectual stuff to go through here. We gotta talk it out.
What do you think is the proper amount of cheese to spread on a piece of bread/cracker/ect? I've been to a few parties with really nice cheeses that people seemed to just slather on an inch thick, whereas I tend to go 1/8-1/4 inch depending on the cheese so I'm wondering if there's a cheesemonger etiquette regarding it?
It’s like cocktail shrimp. You don’t wanna be that tacky person at the party just chowing down on all the shrimp leaving none for anybody else. If it gets toward the end of the night and there’s some left and you’ve got someone like “please eat this, I don’t want to deal with leftovers,” then you help them out by filling your plate with shrimp, or cheese, to your heart’s desire.
That being said, I am always that person at a party with half the shrimp in my gut and a fistfull of Brie. So much for my advice.
Hi! Regarding the other refasionista ask, I just wanted to point out something that I've read before. She doesn't just go hunting for plus-sized dresses to remake them smaller, she purposely goes looking for dresses that she thinks are unlikely to be worn by anyone. On her blog, she doesn't make fun of the dresses for their size or shame large women, it's all about making ugly dresses into something desirable.
I think there’s definitely still gonna be some issues as far as what constitutes “ugly,” and how thin women always feel free to make that call, but I also know that it’s important to recycle garments to stop relying so much on the fashion industry whose demands for new clothing place a lot of trauma on other countries. If she’s really taking things nobody seems to want, like, noticing this same thing hanging on a rack for a long long long time, I don’t think it’s bad to save it from the trash pile. But then, I’m thin. This issue doesn’t really effect me.
So if you are recycling a garment, in order to do so, you usually need to start with something bigger than what you started with. You can’t uncut fabric. Sometimes you can combine two smaller garments to make a larger one, though. Oh man, I used to have a link to a girl who did that, basically the opposite of refashionista, taking smaller garments and recycling them into larger garments. I think both are valid ways to re/upcycle.
I recycle and upcycle a lot of clothing myself. Sometimes, I’m too poor to buy fabric but need something specific for a show. A $3 dress might contain $50 of fabric if I had to buy that fabric new. Sometimes, people have given me clothes they don’t want anymore. Oftentimes those things are really damaged to the point where the only way it can be worn again is to chop half of it off. Sometimes, I’m combining two smaller things into a larger thing. Sometimes a larger thing into a smaller thing.
Today, I saw an old building get demolished downtown, on a street that’s been going through a lot of gentrification that’s been displacing a lot of people who’ve been there for years, so that rich people can put boutiques and condos in. This building that was torn down today was torn down because it was leaning at around a 20 degree angle, pieces falling off, whose foundation was soaked in sewage due to a septic problem. It was a health and safety issue and that’s why it was torn down. But it’s going to be replaced by a boutique or condos in that space, which is going to effect the trajectory of the whole neighborhood.
Fashion is notoriously terrible to anyone over size 12, and stuff like refashionista can be seen as a sort of gentrification. At the very least, it’s good to remain aware of how this sort of thing fits into a larger picture. There’s a larger context to it all.
re: that refashionista post you reblogged earlier: someone else has said it better but the post is fatphobic. The conceit of taking away the few resources that plus-sized poor women have for clothes (when dresses that are a couple sizes too large would likely work as well), combined with the "haha look how huge this dress is isn't it funny to think about who would wear it???" poses and expressions in the before pictures make for an insulting post (at least to me, as a plus-sized woman, & others)
That’s a pretty good point! I saw it as more of “look how tacky the 80’s were” kind of thing since some of those were definitely like old old thrift store finds, but upon closer inspection, many were just normal up to date clothes that happened to be big, and that’s not really funny.
I noticed that the YU+ME volumes/books are gone from your online store. Have you sold out?
No, I just took them down for right now because I’m trying to fill current orders and get them shipped before taking any new ones. I still have some, and I’ll make a big huge announcement when people can buy them!
Hey! I'm going to a New Members meeting of a local DC burlesque troop this week, mostly because it scares me and I feel like it'll do good things for my self esteem. Any tips for people just getting into it/advice on choosing a good name?
Remember that you’re doing this to have fun. Focus on that. It’s not scary, it’s thrilling, like a roller coaster. You might feel a bit sick, but you’re not gonna die, and you’ll get to do all kinds of amazing cool things. Don’t compare yourself to people who’ve been doing it for a long time. Be prepared. Plan an act, but be willing to listen to critique for how it could be better. Eat proper meals; you’ll need lots of energy. Don’t be afraid to look foolish. Don’t be afraid to look ugly. But mostly, have fun.
You’re not gonna gain self esteem from doing burlesque. That only comes from within. Burlesque girls aren’t confident because they’re doing burlesque. They’re doing burlesque because they’re confident. Which isn’t to say you have to be fully confident when you start out, but know that this self esteem is gonna be found in those introspective moments by yourself more than onstage.
As far as a name goes, be unique. I’ve met so many Bellas and Kittys and Scarlettes and La Rues and St Cyrs and Aphrodites that I truly cannot keep them all straight. Think of a name that describes YOU, not some vague idea of a 1930’s French woman. Check the Burlesquepedia to see how many people share your taste in names. Google it to see if it’s taken. Check tumblr, even. If you want to go anywhere with this as a longterm thing, fans need to be able to find you and remember you. (And girl, while we’re on the subject, you need a new tumblr name. I always get you confused with Jennie Breeden’s comic.)
So, good luck! May you go as far as your rhinestoned heels can take you! <3