freeglassart said: I actually think there's a healthier middle than just siding with one of those, tbh.
As there usually is with the Goofus and Gallant strips it was inspired by.
The difference between "Goofus bosses his friends!" and “Gallant asks what his friends would like to do next!” has a whole spectrum of behaviors on it which might or might not not be acceptable based on the situation. Maybe the right thing to do is take charge of the group and show your friends a better activity that they’ll really enjoy, for instance.
That being said, it’s a comic strip meant to allude to caricatures of certain points of view. We know the kind of people each side is referring to, and which we feel is in the correct (general) spirit.
gunwildversuseverything said: Ya find time to get back into Boardwalk Empire, dude?
It pairs well with Ken Burns’ Prohibition, a documentary which is on Netflix (for now).
Anonymous said: don't you hate how misogynistic and horrible it is that they gave samus high heels in smash bros? it doesnt make sense and it is impractical as fuck
anon is actually right, why should samus’s design include high heels? Pretty illogical choice for someone who is in combat.
But no, let’s celebrate this so-called witty use of this gif above.
this is bullshit
Sorry no. Until there are men in speedos, or something equally sexist and ridiculous on the other side, “it’s a fucking video game” is the worst cop-out in history. The same dudebros who hide behind “it’s a video game” would be the first ones complaining if there was something even vaguely homosexual or if the men were in something emasculating. Samus in armor is fine. Samus in the hyper-sexualized “zero” suit is sexism, plain and simple, I don’t give a damn how you rationalize it.
final-vent-card said: Gunwild, how well does Gumroad work as a publication platform? Are there any odd pricing schemes that one should be aware of before using them? I've got something I want to publish, and I'm considering Gumroad (if only because you and Psu use it.)
Right up front I should mention that I’ve found Gumroad very useful as a platform for pretty much giving my work away (remember, everything I’ve put on there is pay-what-you-want so far). People don’t have to enter payment information if they don’t want, and they don’t even have to give a real email address (although they should, of course).
That being said, one time out of ten or something, people are generous and toss me a buck or two when they’d like a PDF of a sexy story. When that happens the pricing structure is really simple: when money changes hands, Gumroad takes $.25, plus five percent.
Now, if someone wants to sell something that costs a dollar, that’s obviously gonna be a huge segment of their potential earnings taken away. Thirty percent gone from every sale, right off the bat! But once you get in the two dollar range, you’re only out thirty-five cents of the transaction, which is more attractive, and it gets better from there.
I’ve never felt like I was getting screwed by Gumroad and plan to use it as a digital storefront again in the future. The only tricky part is getting people to understand that it’s safe, and that you don’t actually need to give them a bunch of personal info.
(Well, okay, there’s one other tricky part; they can be a little weird about their terms of service. They’ve taken down some porny things that had NSFW covers and stuff - it’s a little vague what they think violates that rule and doesn’t. Couldn’t hurt to check around before you decide to set up something yourself.)
californiapants said: it makes sense to want to tackle those things, but given the general video game community's already extremely poor response to women (proven by gamergate) it doesnt seem like the best place to put your political commentary. maybe when things have changed. plus nothing on the box says anything about sexual violence and wandering into that can be quite jarring. just makes me uncomfortable that you guys passed is off as "real life" and moved on. didnt mean to start a thing but i shoulve expectedit
Well, Kojima has been making games for 25 years, and I’ve loved pretty much all of them. And if he wants to make a statement and raise awareness for certain issues, I don’t see why he’s not allowed to. These types of subjects do make people uncomfortable, no one’s disputing that, but I’m not sure why I can’t enjoy a piece of fiction that is well made, and also has a message about particular subjects. Past Metal Gears have had very strong anti-nuke and anti-war statements, and constantly present real life problems to people who might not be aware of them. If anything, I think that’s a good thing.
If anyone is giving you a hard time about this, I’m sorry to hear that. :( Certainly was not my intention.
Not to be pushy, but “nothing on the box says anything about sexual violence” is untrue.
maverick-the-insane said: ya know, the Kenny hate is really starting to get out of hand, and im not saying that because i want Kenny to brown nose me. sure Kenny is a huge ass hole and probely should of stayed dead in session one. but when you start insulting some one when he is trying to defend you. you kind just have to step back and say think who the real ass hole is.
Or you don’t have to do that at all, because it’s just a made-up video game character and there’s no real reason why everyone should be taking this so seriously.
Sometimes I worry that tumblr’s insular communities of hyper-focused fandoms (many of whom consider their favorite stories to be the most important things in their worlds) really believe that fictional people need to have their rights respected, as if the characters were actual human beings with lives and egos.
They don’t have those, though. They have no rights. They don’t need respect. No one needs to defend their dignity. The only way they matter is in what they mean to real people.
spaceleech said: If Quinn had a voice, what would it sound like?
Psu and I have actually had really serious conversations about this (because we’re silly, silly people)!
We decided on Janet Varney, who you may know as the voice of Korra, but not for the reasons you might think. We like her cheery, comedic voice, the one she uses when doing a purely comedic role, or in her Rifftraxes. It’s distinctive, it’s boisterous, it can jump between kindly and zany in the space of a sentence. Just right.
Now, obviously, one of the cool things about comics is that you can imagine whatever voice for the characters works best for you. Still, please feel free to be influenced by this choice when you read Cassiopeia Quinn if it enhances your experience at all. Or tell us what your ideas are! This kinda thing is fun.
I need a shardblade to cut bagels.
Yeah, that’s not a bad idea… but you’ll still be screwed when you hit plastic blister packaging. That stuff’s indestructible.