Recently I moved out on my own- no parents, no support, just me to take care of myself. I don’t have a conventional job anymore, my workplace let me go for being transgender (long story short, lease don’t ask). So right now I am living on my art and commissions.




So I haven’t had a lot of money recently but I’ve been able to pay rent with commissions, which is super great! But it doesn’t pay for groceries.

  • In the last month and a half alone I have lost over ten pounds just by malnutrition. I am literally a starving artist. 

Please, anyone, I am nearly underweight and I’ve never been underweight in my life. I need to buy groceries. I need things like bread, sandwich meant, vegetables, potatoes, and fruit. Having a full cabinet of that small list of food would save me from all of the fatigue I’ve been suffering from, the aches and pains because my body cant take care of itself, and how sickly I’ve been feeling. Please, please, If you can, please donate towards my groceries. Literally anything will help. Three dollars will buy me a bag f fresh vegetables that will last me a few days to snack over, ten dollars will buy me a sack of potatoes that will last me over a week, five dollars will buy me enough lunch meat to last the next two weeks, so on. 

I am taking commissions, though they largely pay for rent, I am worried that I just wont be able to take enough by the end of the month to pay for both my rent AND my groceries. 

If you have a paypal account please consider donating 10$ to a 19 year old artist living in Sacramento trying to make my dream come true. I just cant fulfill my dreams if I’m too weak to pic up a pencil.

My paypal is under GoldNuggetComics@Gmail.com so please consider! If you want to commission me, then you can email me at the same address.

anonymous said:

If you had to eat only one food for the rest of your life, what do you choose?*

Well, hell. I’d want to pick something that wasn’t going to cause me to die of malnutrition. I think what you’re asking is what would I eat a shit ton of if I could. Oysters. Scallops. Brazilian pageant winners. 

memoryserved said:

hey brogan talk about the physicality of erik's mutation!!!


erik lehnsherr who suffered malnutrition in the ghetto?? who suffered from severe illness in the camps that affected the development of his mutation/his growth?? who was weak from shaw’s “treatment” which we can guess involved intense physical torture and experimentation while restrained???

how the physicality of his mutation developed to be something very rooted in his hands, his arms, all of his body language making him bigger and bigger when he’s using his powers (because this is the most crucial thing about him! and all of his worth is tied in how wide his hands are splayed, how big the turning satellite is, how his outstretched arm can drag a whole submarine towards him). nothing in his physicality represents a boy who, in the most important stages of his development, was restrained and told his strength lay in deflecting scalpels while he was tied down!!!! how he rejects the idea that his mutation has to be secretive with big, dramatic gestures!! how he rejects the idea that his mutation is not wholly and absolutely tied to the strength of his recovered and healthy body!

erik lehnsherr refusing to be anything less than proud of his physical strength and his v physical mutation! erik lehnsherr the anti-victim! his physicality showing how much he loves himself and his mutation despite everything! his physicality actually being representative of a healthy mindset towards himself!!


Where In The World Is The Best Place For Healthy Eating?

The Dutch are known for their lax drug laws, tall statures and proficient language skills.

Perhaps we should add stellar eating habits to that list, as well.

The Netherlands ranked as the easiest country in the world to find a balanced, nutritious diet, the advocacy group Oxfam reported Tuesday.

France and Switzerland shared the second slot. And Western Europe nearly swept the top 20 positions, with Australia just edging into a tie for 8th.

Where did the U.S. land?

We tied with Japan for 21st place, despite the fact that we have the most cheap food available worldwide. Our friendly neighbors to the north, Canada, took the 25th position out of 125 countries.

A group of researchers at Oxfam, an anti-poverty nonprofit based in Oxford, England, concocted the ranking scheme to measure the best and worst places to eat around the world.

The team’s conclusion?

"Basically, if you arrive from Mars, and design a food system, you probably couldn’t design a worse one than what we have today on Earth," Oxfam’s Max Lawson tells The Salt. “There is enough food overall in the world to feed everyone. But 900 million people still don’t have enough to eat, and 1 billion people are obese. It’s a crazy situation.”

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Photograph: I could get my daily servings of fruit and vegetables at this food court in the middle of Amsterdam. All the dishes are freshly prepared right in front of you. (Werner Kunz/Flickr.com under a CC BY-NC-SA license).

The actual people who work with our children care a lot more about them than the superintendents and city officials too busy firing people and closing schools to even notice them.


Bus driver Johnny Cook believed he was doing the right thing when he took to his personal Facebook page to recount the story of a middle school student who approached him to complain about having to go without lunch because he was 40 cents short on his pre-paid cafeteria account.

"This child is already on reduced lunch and we can’t let him eat. Are you kidding me?" Cook wrote in the post. “I’m certain there was leftover food thrown away today.”

Many agreed with Cook’s position, sharing his words tens thousands of times.

But his message also struck a negative chord with officials at Georgia’s Haralson County Middle School, who promptly let him go after he refused to take down the post and apologize.

 … Meanwhile, Cook says he’s been receiving messages of support from parents all around the country who say the same thing happened to their child.

In the Starved for Attention film “Why Do We Have To Wait For A Crisis?” photojournalist Lynsey Addario documents the food crisis in Somalia and northeastern Kenya. All children have the same nutritional needs to grow and thrive. It shouldn’t take a war or famine to occur before vulnerable children have access to a healthy diet.

This is one of 195 million stories of malnutrition. Sign the petition and donate your profile to help us rewrite the story.

Photo: © Lynsey Addario/VII


The Battle of Stalingrad and the Deadly “Meat Paste”

Being a German soldier trapped in Stalingrad was certainly bad. Not only did one have to deal with bullets and bombs, but also frostbite, hypothermia, disease, and vermin.  As Soviet soldiers tightened the noose around the German 6th Army, the food situation grew especially desperate.  German soldiers were reduced to 1/3 rations. At its worse, bread rations were reduced to 75g (about a slice) a day. It was not uncommon for soldiers to slaughter horses, dogs, or cats for sustenance. Over time soldiers began to suffer the effects of malnutrition with fighting ability greatly diminished due to the lack of energy and nutrition.  Sympathizing with the soldiers of Stalingrad, the staff officer Gen. Kurt Zeitzler reduced his own rations to their level.  He lost over 26 pounds in two weeks and began to suffer from illness and fatigue.  Eventually Adolf Hitler personally ordered Zeitzler to end the diet.

To make up for the lack of calories ingested by the German soldiers at Stalingrad, high command ordered a new type of ration to be airlifted to the troops.  Canned meat was a common ration for German soldiers, however a new “meat paste” was developed to give soldiers a great boost of caloric energy.  What provided this concentrated energy was a ridiculously high fat content.  Sounds appetizing!

As soon as the new rations were distributed, a new phenomenon began to occur.  German soldiers began to collapse and die inexplicably.  One minute a soldier could be on sentry duty, the next moment he would be found dead with no apparent wounds or trauma.  The rising number of these strange deaths baffled German commanders. To investigate the phenomenon, the German Army flew in a pathologist named Dr. Hans Girgensohn.  Under very difficult conditions, Dr. Girgensohn performed autopsies on 50 men who had died of the strange occurrence.  After much investigation Dr. Girgensohn pinned the cause of the strange deaths on one culprit; the high fat tinned mystery meat that was being airlifted to the troops.  As it turns out, adding a high fat content to the meat was a terrible mistake.  Due to the effects of malnutrition, German soldiers at Stalingrad were unable to metabolize the high concentrations of fat within the meat paste.  As they continued to consume the meat, vital organs such as the liver, kidneys, and pancreas suffered damage.  Eventually, soldiers would collapse and succumb to shock, not unlike a diabetic suffering from hyperglycemia.  

The meat paste rations were immediately recalled.  However the situation in Stalingrad grew even worse.  Eventually the Soviet Army prevented all rations from entering the city.  On February 2nd, 1943, 110,000 German soldiers surrendered.  Most were sent to labor camps all over the Soviet Union.  Only 6,000 would ever return home.

Would it not be better if [poor people] spent more money on wholesome things like oranges and wholemeal bread or if they even…saved on fuel and ate their carrots raw? Yes, it would, but the point is that no ordinary human being is ever going to do such a thing. The ordinary human being would sooner starve than live on brown bread and raw carrots. And the peculiar evil is this, that the less money you have, the less inclined you feel to spend it on wholesome food. A millionaire may enjoy breakfasting off orange juice and Ryvita biscuits; an unemployed man doesn’t…When you are unemployed, which is to say when you are underfed, harassed, bored, and miserable, you don’t want to eat dull wholesome food. You want something a little bit ‘tasty’. There is always some cheaply pleasant thing to tempt you…White bread-and-marg and sugared tea don’t nourish you to any extent, but they are nicer (at least most people think so) than brown bread-and-dripping and cold water. Unemployment is an endless misery that has got to be constantly palliated.

George Orwell, The Road to Wigan Pier (1937), in response to the moralizing foodies of his time.


Especially relevant in light of mean-spirited politicians calling for a ban on food stamps being used to buy soda and candy and the like …

For the better part of the last six months to ten months it’s been clear that there has been a problem with rainfall in the Horn of Africa. In the Starved for Attention film “Why Do We Have To Wait For A Crisis?” photojournalist Lynsey Addario documents the food crisis in Somalia and northeastern Kenya. All children have the same nutritional needs to grow and thrive. It shouldn’t take a war or famine to occur before vulnerable children have access to a healthy diet.

This is one of 195 million stories of malnutrition. Sign the petition and donate your profile to help us rewrite the story.

Photo: © Lynsey Addario/VII

Somalia: Aid to Displaced People in Mogadishu Still Insufficient

Ravaged by 20 years of civil war, Mogadishu, Somalia’s capital, has experienced an influx of displaced persons in the last three months. Providing aid to people who have fled hunger and fighting is a constant challenge in this chaotic urban setting. Read more

Somalia 2011 © Yann Libessart/MSF


Palestinians receive food distribution from the Kafaf charitable foundation in the besieged refugee camp of Yarmouk, south of Damascus, March 12, 2014. There is widespread malnutrition within the camp as a result of Bashar al-Assad’s forces using starvation as a weapon of war - with some families having to resort to eating cats and dogs [PDF].

Residents have been without electricity since April 2013 and most of the hospitals have closed after running out of even the most basic medical supplies. Foraging for food in the streets is not an option as civilians are attacked by snipers loyal to Assad.

(Photos: Mohamad Mohamad / Reuters)