Yesterday I found out that I received the highest amount of public nominations for a Shorty Award for favourite actress.
When I initially discovered that someone had even nominated me in the first place, I was already blown away. So needless to say, writing this post is the very least I can do to express my gratitude.
Huge thanks goes out to everyone who took the time to nominate me. Although I don’t expect to win, nor do I think I deserve to at this stage in my career (especially when my idiotic tweets are up against those of nominees who do such important social work) I am still honoured to be a finalist.
Of course, I may have to trade in a kidney to pay for a ticket to the awards ceremony or viewing party, but I will figure out a way to be there, because I would love to share the experience with my fans. I would not be privy to this kind of event without your support and generosity, so this one’s for you!
Photos from Peter’s trip to Malawi to film a report for Comic Relief
Capaldi – who is currently filming series nine of the BBC1 sci-fi series – reveals he flew to the south-west African country after the Comic Relief co-founder said, “in that gentle way of his, that as the current Doctor Who it was essentially my duty to show people what their extraordinary generosity can achieve.”
“The essence of generosity is letting go. Pain is always a sign that we are holding on to something—usually ourselves. When we feel unhappy, when we feel inadequate, we get stingy; we hold on tight. Generosity is an activity that looses us up. By offering whatever we can—a dollar, a flower, a word of encouragement—we are training in letting go. As Suzuki Roshi put it: “To give is nonattachment, just not to attach to anything is to give.””
“Wisdom is something you walk in. Wisdom can only come from God, but you must walk in it by faith. How else will you know whether you have wisdom unless you make a decision to walk in it? Wisdom is not some arbitrary or wispy spiritual jargon. Proverbs is clear that the tangible ways wisdom manifests is in obedience, love, trust, humility, generosity, and discipline. Now that you know the rituals, routines, and rhythms of wisdom, walk in them.”
I love this photo of my dad watching the aurora on the Mackenzie River near Tulit’a, Northwest Territories, Canada. How lucky am I to have a dad who is willing to drive over 3000 miles just to visit! So thankful for his generosity.
Rana is probably the most loving and kind person I know in the fandom. I don’t know if you realize how foolish you look as you claim that her kindness and generosity is a bad thing. When I’m feeling down, she’s the one person who I KNOW will immediately be sending me the kindest messages. She seems to always put other people first and goes out of her way to try to lift them up. And for the record, no matter how appreciated she already is for what she does, she’s still under-appreciated.
Since WHEN is being loving, selfless, kind, and generous a bad thing. I do not comprehend that on any level. Please o please take your bullshit as far away as possible~~
It’s like lying in bed before dawn and hearing rain on the roof. This simple sound can be disappointing because we were planning a picnic. It can be pleasing because our garden is so dry. But the flexible mind of prajna doesn’t draw conclusions of good or bad. It perceives the sound without adding anything extra, without judgments of happy or sad.
It is with this unfixated mind of prajna that we practice generosity, discipline, enthusiasm, patience, and meditation, moving from narrow-mindedness to flexibility and fearlessness.
Gigi: “I feel so lucky to have had the pleasure of working with and getting to know @peter_dundas during his time at @emiliopucci. So many evenings, all it took was slipping on one of his pieces to feel ready to take on the night. ✨ Thank you, PD, for your kindness & generosity always, and for including me in your [stunning] final Pucci show. I can’t wait to see what you’ve got for us next. xx”
“There remains an experience of incomparable value. We have for once learnt to see the great events of world history from below, from the perspective of the outcast, the suspects, the maltreated, the powerless, the oppressed, the reviled – in short, from the perspective of those who suffer. The important thing is neither that bitterness nor envy should have gnawed at the heart during this time, that we should have come to look with new eyes at matters great and small, sorrow and joy, strength and weakness, that our perception of generosity, humanity, justice and mercy should have become clearer, freer, less corruptible. We have to learn that personal suffering is a more effective key, a more rewarding principle for exploring the world in thought and action than personal good fortune. This perspective from below must not become the partisan possession of those who are eternally dissatisfied; rather, we must do justice to life in all its dimensions from a higher satisfaction, whose foundation is beyond any talk of ‘from below’ or ‘from above’. This is the way in which we may affirm it.”
Last week I went to visit an artist called Simone Lia in her studio, she is an artist who paints and makes comics. She is also my agent. It was really exciting visiting a real life artist in it’s environment because there were loads of pictures on the wall and boxes of felt pens and other stuff that you don’t expect an adult to have.
The reason for my visit was because Simone Lia painted two portraits of me dressed as my heroes. These paintings are not for the National Portrait Gallery but are actually available for you! They’re not free but if you buy one then you are giving all of your money to a charity that helps homeless people with drug and alcohol problems. The charity is called Kairos Community Trust
So if you ever walked past a homeless person and didn’t know how to help and have a spare at least £100, then you can now be really helpful. For your kindness and generosity, you will get a beautiful portrait of me (it’s size is A4) and one day if I become famous then it will be worth a lot more. It’s a bit like buying shares, but less evil. Another also, I will write you a handwritten letter to say thank you because apart from posing in itchy costumes, I haven’t done anything to be helpful for the homeless yet.
Here are the paintings. This is me dressed as my all time favourite xylophonist, Teddy Brown. If you ever are feeling troubled, go onto youtube and listen to his melodies. You will feel better.
This is a painting of me dressed as Marty Mc Fly on his hover board in Back To The Future ll. This obviously is a brilliant film. I’m sad that no one did invent a hover board but I am happy with my penny board.
Please help the homeless and bring a painting of me to your home. Donation minimum £100 please for one of these A4 paintings. Please get in touch with my agent
Another also. My best friends dad works as a shoemaker in a shop called Merrifield’s. I’ll be there with friends selling cakes that we made on the 28th of March. My agent will be there too, I will let you know more about this.
Amazing speech by Richard Davidson on Neuroplasticity, Epigenetics, The bidirectional highway between body and brain, and Basic Goodness. Also, how experienced meditators and non-meditators handle torture in the lab.
At the 20 minute mark, he discusses the four constituents of well being:
1. Resilience - rapid recovery from adversity
2. A background glow of positive emotion - Continually remembering basic goodness.
Danielle Lavigne, Irish comic creator, on personhood, comic creation and taking care of yourself
Danielle Lavigne creates deeply personal, political and observational comics.
Her willingness to communicate her own story, no matter how difficult
the subject matter, is impressive and shows her generosity as a storyteller. Being
so open about tough topics, such as mental illness, undoubtedly
increases awareness and hopefully reaches someone that might be going
through a similar situation. Never underestimate the healing power in
finding someones’ story out there and saying ‘Me too’.
1. Would you tell me a little bit about yourself, your background and how you got into making comics?
my name’s Danielle as you may have gathered, and I’m a disabled, queer,
and often-femme activist from the west of Dublin originally. I spent
my teenage years involved in lesbian, gay,bisexual,
trans, and queer activist spaces, and I was frequently asked to make
comics for particular causes, given my knowledge of the medium. I cringe
at the politics of them now, but those were amongst my first works published.
I had self-published before that, but never under my own name as far as
I can recall. I had this idea that I’d make a series of comics where
the protagonists would be the ones writing themselves. The first time I
completed a comic was for this schools
competition where we’d make a book to give to another school to
evaluate. I had made things before that but rarely got further than six
pages. I didn’t win, but I remember our teacher
bringing in another teacher to read it because he was so excited by it!
They were such nerds. My art was never considered any good when I
self-published, though, so people tended to tell me to give up on
drawing my own comics and focus on
the writing, which was generally considered my strength. This is more
or less what I did, but this tended to mean that no matter how many
scripts I’d write, I never ended up finishing a comic.
Comic artists willing to work on other
people’s stuff were hard to come by. I pretty much gave up on trying to
make comics after a while. The itch to make them never went away,
however, and one night after reading a copy of Erika Moen’s
DAR! which a friend had brought home from a trip for me, I felt so
inspired to make something for myself that I just did it and posted to
Tumblr. It was a single panel comic about closeness
in the physical distance of an online relationship. It wasn’t much, but
I liked some of the details in it, like the body language. I
kept up those single panels until I felt ready to do multi-panel work
again. I started with things like Jenny Owen Youngs playing guitar, and
moved onto telling jokes and stories. I’m now making multi-page pieces
at times. How much effort I can put into a
comic often depends on how well I’m feeling, and ongoing physical and
mental illnesses, I can take a long time between creative bursts.
2. Your work seems to cover a wide range of subjects - where do you get your ideas and inspiration for your comic strips?
depends on the subject matter to a large extent, but I tend to be
highly self-aware, which tends to lend itself to auto bio comics. I can
when something I’m doing is A Bit Weird, and I often make note of it,
such as how I make a lot of sound effects as I walk about in Autumn, and
see if I can express that me-ness somehow. It tends to be those things
that have been left unexpressed by anyone
before, and I find people say “me too!” much more frequently, because my comic might have been the first place they had a thing inside their head come out.
In terms of jokes, my brain
finds the humour in everything. Sometimes
a joke will be a thing I can express through the medium of comics,
sometimes it’s just something I tweet or Facebook. It depends on how
much the joke relies on time and facial
expression and so forth. And for
politics, it’s usually something I feel I need to do something about, so
I spend time doing tonnes and tonnes of research, and see how I can
condense a subject down into a few panels.
It’s really easy to miss nuance in a
comic, so I’ll often write something underneath just to be sure, but I
try to fit everything I can into a small space. I think people can read a
comic on a subject a lot more readily than an article, as a comic looks like a more accomplishable goal.
3. Do you have any favourite comics or comic artists? In particular, online comics?
At the moment, my favourite physical comics are Red Sonja
by Gail Simone,
who I get every comic from instantly, and Walter Geovani,
who manages to draw Sonja without objectifying her, Ms. Marvel
and Adrian Alphona,
et al. On Hawkeye, I have spent so many hours pouring over David Aja, Annie Wu,
and Chris Eliopoulos’s
work. Aja can manipulate the reader’s perception of time with his
layouts like nobody else, and Wu does so much great visual comedy.
Eliopoulos, aside from one particularly great holiday
special he drew on that book, knows what
colours to use to set a tone and he always compliments and lifts up the
line artists. In the realms of online comics, xkcd
by Randall Munroe has been a favourite for a
very long time. We have a lot of overlap in our desire to be more
understanding and to practice mindfulness. Erica Moen’s Oh Joy, Sex Toy
has a level of openness I try to bring to my work,
as well as a level of diversity. I have a rule for myself that I need
to make the representations in my comics, when I’m not drawing actual
people specifically, as diverse as I can. I ask myself “Does this person need
to be white? Why can’t they be visibly disabled? Why not fat?” I think
Erica Moen does similar, and seems to be willing to learn from their
mistakes. Noelle Stevenson,
who has recently been writing
Lumberjanes, has a really recognisable style. Their colours are
really beautiful. They have some great art tutorials on their site, too.
Vicky Stonebridge makes phenomenal autobio work about subjects I tend to care very much
about. I kinda love how recognisable the wavy panels are. I’m sure there
are others, but those are the best I can think of right now! Oh,
aside from The Unbeatable Squirrel-Girl.That comic is amaze.
Your comics venture into the political sphere– LGBTQ
Rights/Abortion/Direct Provision - what messages would you like your
work to convey?
political comics are usually about conveying a perspective that having a
certain privilege will easily make you ignorant of. I research in-depth
so that I can write and draw from a position of having almost too much
knowledge on a topic, and then I try to empathise. Well, I find it
difficult not to empathise but I try to write down what those feelings
might be like in a way people can understand. I’ve
been through a great deal of horrible stuff in my life, and I draw on
that to consider what another’s horrible experiences might be like. I
read a lot of individual perspectives so that I’m not just using how I
would react as a basis for what I’m saying,
though. I don’t want to assume. Some political comics
are about something I’ve been through, but when it’s not I feel the
weight of the responsibility of communicating someone else’s story. When
I make a call to action, that’s usually my attempt at making my anger constructive.
I tend to hope my readers get angry, too, when they read about children
being left without citizenship, or people being denied access to
recognition of their genders. But I’d love it if a group of people who
given consideration before in someone’s head now had it. One person
more who cares can make a huge difference.
5. Who or what inspires you?
close friends and chosen family often do. I write some comics just for
them, even if they don’t know it. I think about how it might speak to
them or make them smile. The creators I’ve mentioned above, for sure,
too. Aja’s page layouts are always so clever.
Some of your work deals with topics such as coping with mental
illness, abuse, intolerance and bullying. How does it feel to discuss
these topics and visualise them in your art?
can be really difficult to create those pieces, but cathartic to
finish. Even if I don’t get relief immediately from finishing them, I
a touchstone to remember in tough times. After creating a comic on
letting myself feel emotions a few months ago, I’ve thought back on it
when I find myself suppressing them instinctively. I have a reminder to
embrace the horrible feelings in all their messed
up glory because I made a story about how important that is to my
7. Have you had much feedback from people that may be going through similar situations?
have. I get occasional “thank you”s and “me too”s, and those can be so
lovely. I appreciate it every time somebody reaches out like that. I do
remember one time I posted a comic which was just me expressing
something really dark because I needed to get it out of my head, and it
got shared way more than I expected. Every time somebody shared it I
wanted to reach out and hug them, because I knew that
act of sharing was a “me too” each time. I wished nobody else had those
8. What was the best advice you ever got?
I’m not sure. I’ve gotten a lot of great advice from a lot of kind people. Michael Carroll,
who is one of the Judge Dredd writers at the moment, used to give me a
lot of great writing advice all the time. He’s got some great
writing advice on his website. I’ve gotten a lot of great writing and
drawing and otherwise creative advice from creative
friends over the years, but the most important advice I try to take on board is to take care of myself. I have friends who say this very sincerely to me and that always means a lot.
I love that your comics deviate from the highly personal to
comedic to observational to political. There is a real mix of serious
and light-hearted ones – do you have a preference for any themes or
you for saying so! The stuff that comes easiest is usually the more
light-hearted stuff, although that can be difficult some days. The stuff
that involves research is usually a slog, at least at first, but it can
be sooo satisfying to complete. I hope that I’ll always be remembered
for my reasons for not becoming a gynecologist, though! I’m pretty sure I
You seem comfortable discussing things that some people might have a
hard time talking to their friends and family about. Has your openness
been an on-going process?
It gets harder as more people read my stuff, because that openness
requires me to believe that my friends and I are the only ones who’s
ever going to read my work a good chunk of the time. When I find out
thousands of people have checked out a comic, I want to hide and tear
down my online presence forever. But I push on. Usually. Eventually.
Reading back through your comics, there is a post from a couple of
years ago that says: ‘I wish I could tell my story without it defining
me’ – can you tell me a little more about that? Has documenting your
thoughts and life in comics over the past two years changed how you
feel about that statement?
had a pretty dark life for the most part, and I know that there are a
lot of people who will hear about certain parts of it and put an
before my personhood. That’s pretty scary for me, and it applies to a
number of parts of my past and present. That adjective will always make
people put a story around me that’s probably false in many ways,
even if there’s a grain of truth in it. There are
some parts of my life that require trigger warnings, and obviously
those are always going to make it inevitable that that part of my story
gets a large bump above my personhood. That doesn’t mean those labels
are bad or that I’m not going to tell more and
more of my story, but I’m always keenly aware of how limiting that can
be. Like right now, I’m talking a lot about being disabled on social
media, and I can see people putting me in that category in their heads.
It makes people treat you differently, and
it’s not always conscious. I’m more likely to embrace labels around
people who aren’t going> to do that with me, and it’s a matter of
trust. Even when I know people know what categories I’m in, it can take
me a long time to let them use those words to describe
me. The ones I used for myself at the beginning of this interview for
example, will have coloured everything I’ve said for many people. Some
words I’m less ready to embrace yet, but I get closer to not caring what
others think every day. Well, not every day.
Some days what everyone thinks of me is the most important thing ever.
But the trend is in a good direction.*
…that day when Daryl Hannah told me my tail was prettier than her tail from the film ‘Splash’….!!! (All my 9 year old dreams came true) Lol.. i don’t believe it for a second, but i appreciate her sweetness and generosity;-)
Her performance in that film was formative for my life’s work and passion!
…we remember you. Didn’t we divert water for you at some point or something like that?
Well. We would usually coldly refuse this sort of generosity. But it seems it was your birthday recently. So. Have some of this ice cream.
There may be a few more insects than usual, and it may be slightly freezer-burnt after being stored, untouched, since October of 2013. But it should still taste pretty good, probably. Just… be careful of the insects. We assume you don’t want insect flavor.
I would be heartbroken to see Simlicious’ site go down and all her content and tutorials go offline. Trust me, I…
I don’t know what to say! Thank you, your post means so much to me! I am so glad to hear you found bits of my tutorials :) I even forgot I wrote that. I myself have profited from the generosity of others, from tutorials and one-on-one help in forums. I want to give back as much as I can to the community, and it really warms my heart ♥ you create such wonderful things and this is the best gift ever - knowing that I helped you somewhere along the way :) Please don’t worry about a donation. With your signal boost and your kind words, you helped me more than enough! ♥