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
My Least Favorite Trope (and this post will include spoilers for The Lego Movie, Guardians of the Galaxy, The Matrix, Western Civilization, and—cod help me—Bulletproof Monk*.) is the thing where there’s an awesome, smart, wonderful, powerful female character who by all rights ought to be the Chosen One and the hero of the movie, who is tasked with taking care of some generally ineffectual male character who is, for reasons of wish fulfillment, actually the person the film focuses on. She mentors him, she teaches him, and she inevitably becomes his girlfriend… and he gets the job she wanted: he gets to be the Chosen One even though she’s obviously far more qualified. And all he has to do to get it and deserve it is Man Up and Take Responsibility.
And that’s it. Every god-damned time. The mere fact of naming the films above and naming the trope gives away the entire plot and character arc of every single movie.
My house is a maze of boxes and packages. All the kickstarters orders are nestled safely in their packages, but I still have to print off the shipping and then get them to the post office, which, when dealing with over 500 packages, means it’ll still be some time before I get them all out. That’s where things are right now.
If you’re one of the higher tiers that are getting a physical commission sent to you, or any original pages, those will be coming in a separate package, and I’m still working on those, so when you get your stuff and those things aren’t there, know that it’s coming. I just wanted to make sure people got their books as soon as possible.
It’s so close to being done, you guys! And then I’ll open things up for new orders, which will be exciting. I’d best get back to it.
I post something like this about once a year, because I get a lot of messages from people who enjoy my art but feel guilty about not buying things from my store or subscribing on Patreon or getting things from my wishlist, etc. You really don’t need to do ANY of those things to help us out! Eyeballs on artwork is what we want, and just that is really helpful. But there are lots of other, free things you can do, if you want to, that will help us.
You can reblog our work, with credit! Tumblr, Pinterest, Twitter, Facebook, showing people next to you in class or at the library, whatever. The more you reblog our stuff, any kind of stuff, and especially if it has a name and/or link attached, the more followers we get, the happier we are, and the easier we can sell art and pay rent. This is such a vital part of our continued existence and it is difficult to overstate how grateful we are when it happens.
You can like, comment, subscribe on Youtube, reply on Twitter, and generally make our little numbers go up. Even if you don’t want a drawing on your blog, hitting “Like” helps. If people are browsing your liked posts (if you have this option available in your sidebar or in a separate page) they will see our work. Additionally, higher note counts translate instantly to “more worthy of being looked at” when parsed by an idle, browsing brain. That’s the price of being a member of a social species, and it stinks because it doesn’t reflect “quality” or “innate value” of art, whatever that is, but a post with 4 digit notes is going to get more positive regard than a post with a 2 digit notecount. And really, it makes sense. If lots of people like a thing, it is likely, if only statistically, that you will too.
You can talk about your favorite artists to your friends. A lot of us idle on skype and irc all day, talking about new album releases and games and twitter beef. It doesn’t occur to a lot of us to talk about how so-and-so just did a cartoon of a fat bird that is making our day slightly better, but that URL pastes just as easily into the chat as any other. Don’t be annoying about it, but like Homeland Security always says, if you see something, say something!
You can look at/click the ads on our websites. You can disable AdBlock on our websites, too. I have two little Project Wonderful boxes at the top of my blog. They pay me very little per day, but when I need $20 to stop an overdraft fee or buy a food, Project Wonderful has my back. This has happened about a dozen times, enough to teach me the value of having that last, tiny bit of cash just slowly snowballing in the background.
There is probably other stuff that I’m forgetting, so please feel free to reblog and add them.
also personally I am nuts about getting comments on the site because people talking about the comic is the actual BEST
in the tumblr tagging system, unsourced artwork is considered especially heinous. on this blogging platform, the users who source these felonies are part of an elite task force called the source your fucking artwork unit. these are their stories.
Yooo, I need a photo of an artist for my art project, and I love your art and yeah. So I was wondering if I could get permission to use a photo of you, like it won't be shown to anyone. So could I have a selfie?? Please?
I did promise to someday make this my official promotional photo:
Every single fantasy series eventually has a fan theory about how it was all REALLY just a hallucination by the main character, because they ACTUALLY in a mental hospital and just DREAMING their adventures because they’re totes crazy n’ stuff. Like, okay dude, thanks for the reminder that magic and monsters aren’t real, but your theory is neither unique nor interesting.
If you like reading Meaty Yogurt in full-chapter chunks, or just want to catch up, the latest chapter is up on facebook now. It’s a great, easy way to read it because the pages load quickly and you can move between pages with the arrow keys. I scripted this chapter for each page to make sense on its own, but more sense when read all together.
Something I've always wondered: did Sadako "seduce" Lia because she reminded her of that girl from her childhood that she kissed? Or was it because she saw how lonely she was?
Lia reminded Sadako of herself. She connected with her on that level of being a lonely outcast at school (which is also what drew Fiona and Lia together), and Sadako also recognized that evil streak in Lia, which came out as Mara, another thing they had in common. It was really just good old fashioned compatibility with those two.
Two YU+ME questions: What is the average lifespan of a denizen of Nod? Such as people like Lucy or Don. I think those two are the ones I'm most confused about. Also, at the end with Fi, could what happened to her at the portal been successfully done by anyone or was Don the only person who could do it? Thanks! :D
Different types of people age at different rates, but how old they look is often effected by their will, much like everything else. Take this page:
Sadako starts out feeling very old and depressed, but she gets younger as she perks up at the end. As Queen of Nod, she especially is able to affect how she looks depending on her mood, as she has the power to affect everything.
Lucy looks old at the very end, but she can change her head, so that was a choice she made. I imagined that her kind of people, the headless ones, had a sort of culture where it got to be kind of gauche to continue wearing the same kind of young head forever, or they’ll have phases where they look old for a while before returning to a younger look later. Or maybe old face is sometimes fashionable.
Nod also has thousands of sentient humanoid species, and they all have various quirks about them. Don was the closest thing to a Nodian human that the story had, but he still wasn’t human. So some of these species will live a few days, some will live millennia.
Don pushed her through the portal because he was the one Fiona most trusted, but also, Nod itself has a bit of sentience, and it has ways of influencing events so that the one it wants to rule it ends up in that position. I’d actually love to explore more of that someday.
May I just say that the very first page of your story in Smut Peddler had me howling with laughter already <3 The fuck bell is ingenious!
I really thought about subtitling the story “For Whom the Fuckbell Tolls”
Glad you’re enjoying it. It’s nice to get feedback on my smut that doesn’t just tell me how many fl oz of semen were produced as a result, which happens more than I ever want it to. This was a genuine compliment on my porn! My day is made! :D