As someone who would love to read The Bravest Warriors comics but is on a student budget, do you know of any places to get used or discounted copies? Half priced books never seems to have it. I guess they're to good to get rid of!
You can maybe find the first volumes at your local library. For the ones I’ve worked on, I mean, they’re only $4 an issue. And only once a month. That’s like, a fancy coffee. It’s not so bad.
As someone who deals with unspecified aspects of anxiety/depression stuff, how the hell do you cope with sharing your work online? People are so cruel and even when they are not cruel, the possibility is just hanging there. And it's so easy to "not give a fuck" until you get hate mail and then it's too easy to cry and not get out of bed. I just put out my first little self published poetry book and no one has said anything negative AT ALL but I'm still a ball of awful nerves.
Secondly: It’s hard.
I’ve had a lot of negative feedback. Some of it was justified, a lot of it was not. I used to get so up in my head about every single negative comment I got, until I got so many comments (both positive and negative) that I had to be able to move past it or I couldn’t live my life.
It’s really scary, being open to criticism. The thing you have to learn - and it only comes with time and experience - is realizing the difference between a legitimate concern and people being hateful idiots. I’ve done things before that I’ve seen people get SO angry about and thought “well that’s ridiculous,” and I’ve also done things and seen people get hurt by my words and though “oh fuck, why did I ever, ever write that?” I used to be bad for that. Not knowing the difference. I’m learning. Always learning.
You have to get past that fear of rejection. I’ve had a lot of nights curled up in a ball in my room ready to pull the plug on comics, had to have my friends talk me down, had to shut off the internet for a day and go outside to get a reality check, because some teenager in Iowa sent me a 5-page email about all the ways I should kill myself because she disagreed with the way I defined bisexuality.
(Which, let’s be real, those comics are pretty cringeworthy to look back on, but they don’t deserve death threats.)
AN Y WAY, I’m so tired and rambling, but the thing is you just have to steel yourself and be brave. You can’t avoid criticism. Someone will always hate what you do. You live for the people who get something from it. If you’re lucky, you find people who love it.
"same three white faces" comment is definitely an appreciated acknowledgement of the fact that white seems to be the default race for characters in comics (read: everything). I follow a lot of illustrators who draw only white people and it just gets ridiculous after a while, especially since it's rarely acknowledged.
Well hey, just doing what I can to
A) Be more representative in my silly little comics and
B) Draw more interesting people
I live in a very white city, on the East Coast of Canada. We’re not really known for our diversity. So when I draw, I draw my friends and the people I know. But, after awhile, I get that that’s not really enough, y’know?
My comics are short one-offs, so the idea of representation admittedly doesn’t always occur to me because they don’t include “characters,” so to speak. That’s my fault. But, to be fair, If I were working on an ongoing series - and hey, I am writing several, and working to diversify them where I can - it would be a priority.
Mostly, I just want all my characters to stop looking the same, and I want to draw interesting people.
(I’m well aware that this is one of those “you don’t deserve acclaim for doing the thing everyone should be doing” situations. Just acknowledging a long-overdue shift in how I make my art.)
I just wanted to let you know how amazing it is to follow your art and your blog and then hear your name get mentioned by Not-Joseph Fink for all the great work you do for Night Vale. Fan-art so often gets written off as the last refuge of loser fanatics and your work is a great example of legitimizing it for everyone.
Thank you! And yes, while I very much appreciate all this, the work I do for Night Vale is not fan art. It’s commissioned art by the creators of a property. I am a fan, and I do make the art, but the badges and tattoos are not fan art. If that makes any sense?
I am a fan of fan art, though, and think it’s pompous to look down on it. Who doesn’t like enthusiasm? I think fan art is the greatest.
Hey Kate! I have a (hopefully) NON-creepy ask for you: Do you have any tips on wearing black lipstick besides what you covered in your lipstick comic/tutorial? I've heard black lipstick can be finicky, so I've been a bit hesitant to try it.
I never use actual black lipstick. I find it gets everywhere, and never stays dark enough. I don’t wear it often because my teeth are pretty yellow, and it tends to REALLY exaggerate that fact.
That being said, I use eyeliner as a lipliner. Liquid or waterproof black. Then I usually fill it in with wet black eyeshadow. If it needs moistening, I use a bit of chapstick, but not much. It almost works better to use lip balm beforehand.
Honest. Only way it stays on my lips without getting all up in my teeth.
Honestly I'd like to thank you for shutting these people down so hard. It /was/ creepy and its super uncomfortable when people act like that. I'd much rather they get the message that it's not okay to be a weird creep.
I get really weirded out when I see people responding to gross, inappropro asks with encouraging sentiments.
"Oh, you make me blush!"
“Come off anon! ;)”
“Oh, stop! I’m not even cute!”
Cut that out! I know it can be hard to shut people down IRL when they get forward, but this is the wild west of the internet and your blog is your space. No reason to take crap from strangers.
Just saying your response to that comment was bitchy, if they said hey you look like a good fuck or let's do anal yea that's creepy, but you look like someone who would be nice to cuddly with, kinda sweet.
Yeah, it is “bitchy,” I guess. But a comment from a complete stranger about how they want to cuddle and kiss me - BUT NOT SEXUALLY, as if that’s a thing - is creepy, unwarranted and unwelcome. I responded to it publicly, as I do from time to time, to remind the general public that that shit does not fly with me. I usually just delete those messages, and I get a surprising number of them for someone who has anonymous comments turned off.
Maybe I’m “bitchy,” but it’s a hell of a lot better than acting like being fifty shades of creepy is a compliment.