queer superheroes r us

the other day i surprised (scared?) a fangirl at the local comic shop by mildly talking about my queer DCU ships (Jason/Tim, Steph/Cass)… it was kind of sad, really, in the end, that talking about Tim shacking up with anyone but Steph was a Problem. (it wasn’t even an OTP thing— it was clearly something that made her uncomfortable— and she sort of recovered by saying “oh well i could see [Tim] with Kon, if it had to be [another boy].” she did not make a mention at all about Steph and Cass.)

and i mean, it wasn’t malicious queerphobia. but it’s still definitely smacked of “phobia”, lemme tell you.

we talked briefly about Bruce & Selina, and i voiced my problems with Talia (w/r/t to Damian’s conception), etc, and we agreed on them… however, had i’d mentioned the fact i ship Bruce with Dick and Selina at the same time, i’m sure that would have bothered her too.

people always complain about fanfolk “making everyone gay”. well, i don’t make everyone gay: i make everyone slide up and down the kinsey scale. there are no absolute 0s or 6s in my world. (and some people aren’t even on the scale, like my Arthur Curry.) they have multiple partners, romantic/sexual/otherwise, and the can still save the fucking universe when they need to regardless of whatever they’re doing personally.

i guess i like to live in a little internet bubble where the only problems i come across are conflicting OTPs, not raging against the queerness inherent in the pairing. i dunno. 

anyway, what i’m saying is: i can no longer imagine a fictional universe that isn’t a little (lot) bit queer. it just doesn’t make sense to me. and it seems to scare people that it’s my first thought on the matter.

Between CAB and Expozine, I’ve occasionally had to draw my Dailies in public over the past two weeks. I’d much rather do this in private but, like public urination, sometimes you don’t get a choice.

I thought I’d take this chance to answer some of the questions that come up when people see me drawing these things. I hope this is helpful, or at least mildly distracting to someone: 

Those are small. Why are they so small? 
The Dailies are currently drawn at approximately 11.7cm x 4.6cm. When I still used Moleskine notebooks, the comics were slightly smaller. I went with a small size partially because I figured if I was going to carry a sketchbook everywhere for the rest of my life, I wanted it to be a convenient size. Also, the thought of drawing a small daily comic with little room for extraneous details seemed much less intimidating. 

The nice side benefit of this is that it forced me to learn how to draw clearer comics. With such limited space, only the important details will fit in the panel, usually. 

Why don’t you post new comics as soon as you finish them instead of uploading them to your site once a week?
I find it easier to scan and colour a week’s worth of comics at once. This project started as an exercise to force myself to draw comics every day, and I’ve tried to maintain that mentality even though the readership has grown to be more than just me and my wife. If I’ve at least pushed ink around in four little boxes, I’m happy. 

Of course, with tumblr, I post a strip from the previous week every day, so I guess that’s a good compromise.

Have you thought about releasing The Dailies in book form?
Yes, though the economics are a little overwhelming. If there’s a publisher out there who would be willing to spend the money to print a 470 page full-colour book of content that can be found online for free, I’m game. That said, shopping this around isn’t a priority for me right now. Maybe there will be some kind of special edition when I’m ninety years old and homeless. 

I don’t get some of these?
Not all of them have something to get. Don’t worry. You’ll be okay. 

If there’s anything you’ve been wondering about that I didn’t cover here, please don’t hesitate to ask.

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and you can save that dust for cleaning up puke later. everyone wins!

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When I talk about handmade books, I mean handmade. In my little living room bindery, I don’t have much on the way of machines or technology, so I have to rely on basic hand tools and my own skills.

I cut my paper and boards with an x-acto knife and a ruler. I sew with needle and thread. I glue up my materials with my fingers or a glue brush. I hand-sand textblocks if they need evening. I press my books in a DIY press that I built from MDF board and carriage bolts. It’s very much 18th century style bookbinding here. And I love it.

This work is so different from my day jobs—it engages my mind and my body, and I can throw myself into it with a zen-like focus.

Yep. I’m a bookbinding nerd.

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I’ve been on a woodland kick lately and these are a few of my latest pieces :) They’re largely inspired by my time spent in northern Ontario earlier this summer, where spotting any of these animals would have been a treat (although I would prefer to be far far away when I spot a bear).

I’m going to add a few more similarly themed items (although probably not necklaces) and see where they go. To see more detailed shots, feel free to head over to my etsy.

anonymous said:

would you consider putting prints of the other dragons you've been commissioned to do (like the hoard of pastries or your others) up on your store envy? please excuse me if this is a common thing I'm oblivious of/an unspoken commission rule!!

YEAH eventually im going to try to put up all the hoards (or at least most of them) along with some other things, like comic prints and MAYBE HOPEFULLY stickers/buttons in the future ?? im in charge of printing and package everything myself, so im trying to take it slow, but im definitely putting at least four new hoards up next time i restock, which should be within a week or so !

Mort Numbers and page layout.

So i’ve mainly seen Alan Moore throw around this method for figuring out how many words fit on a page or in a panel. He attributes it to Mort Weisenger, a former editor of DC Comics.

Basically it breaks down like this. He proposes that you can comfortably fit 210 words on a comics page without it looking too text heavy. So if you have a six panel grid you’ve got 35 words per panel.

I think this is a great tool for writing comics where it’s important to say as much as possible with as few words as possible as space is limited and the word/picture ration is important as far as being pleasing to the eye. Another way to put it: If it’s too long for a tweet it’s too long for a word balloon.

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