So, I’m sure the story is out there, but for those that haven’t heard it, the absolute best, funniest, laughing-so-hard-I-can’t-breathe moment of the con was in Mark Sheppard’s last panel.
He’d been harassing people, like he does, and he’d just teased a girl who had called Castiel the sexiest angel in the garrison, so he was complaining about Cas, per usual. Then a little girl (dressed as gym teacher!Dean) comes up to the microphone. She called him Mr. Shepard, so he was already happy with her. Then she said she liked Crowley better than Castiel, so he said she was two for two. Then she said that he was her idol. So, he’s all like, “Three for three, you lot take notes!” We establish that her name is Piper and that she is eleven years old.
So, then she asks her question. And she says, “What did Crowley sell his soul for?”
Now. As you can imagine, the room breaks into hysterical and slightly awkward laughing. Mark has to stand up and walk away because you can see on his face that he knows it’s a legitimate question, but how on Earth is he going to explain it to a little girl? The laughing goes on for quite a bit, and when we settle down a little bit, all of a sudden she says, “I’m just kidding; I know what is was.”
The room is howling at this point. Mark is speechless and crying because he’s laughing so hard. I mean, I laughed so hard I started coughing. And the girl says, “My real question is, if Crowley had a pet, what would it be, and it can’t be an H-E-double hockey stick hound.”
And Mark, who would normally be snarky for a question like that, can’t do anything more than say he’d have a pet hamster.
It was seriously one of the funniest things I’ve ever witnessed at a convention. Possibly my life. ^_^
I’m a Psychology major with Asperger’s syndrome and I’ve always wondered why I related so much to Kankri Vantas, of all characters. I haven’t been as much of an ass as he is since about 8th-9th grade, so I’m kind of wondering “what’s up with that”, and then it hits me. He shows strong signs of having Asperger’s Syndrome, if not one of various similar autism spectrum disorders.
Let me review the symptoms, with examples to help the point along. Children and teens with Asperger’s Syndrome may:
1) Fail to pick up on social cues, lack inborn social skills, have difficulty starting and maintaining conversations, and/or show difficulty taking turns while talking
2) Express little emotion, make insensitive remarks, and appear to lack empathy for others unless corrected
3) Fail to comprehend tone in others speech; this may lead to them taking a joke or sarcastic comment literally and become the butt of a joke to others
4) Develop and overly formal manner of speech, both in writing and in spoken dialogue
5) Avoid eye contact, stare at others, or closely observe others without knowledge of a social taboo tied to watching others; may make things awkward with people they are fond of as a result
6) Make unusual expressions or have odd posture
7) Preoccupy themselves with specific topics which they are particularly knowledgeable about
8) Have heightened physical or auditory sensitivity
9) Wear specific items for comfort and/or dress in an unusual or eccentric manner
10) Have little understanding or regard for social conventions, such as joining in on closed conversations
Also, after running his infamous “rant” through a tone analyzer, I found something quite interesting that most people overlook.
Shown above is a full analysis of the word choice he used in the speech. Most of it was of course in social tone, despite the length of it that makes it seem like a book, so it is certain that he is in fact trying to talk to Karkat. However, he displays some distinct traits in the divisions of his speech.
Like most people with Autism Spectrum Disorders, Kankri displays little to no emotion in his speech while talking, accounting for only 4% of his total word mass, and most of that 4% is allotted to cheerful points in an attempt to make his speech seem more interesting. This shows that he is aware that people become bored with him but can do little to change his behavior, a telltale sign of mental illness and disorder.
His social tone is divided into three parts, agreeableness, conscientiousness, and openness. Agreeableness is almost entirely positive, which shows his attempt at persuasion in his speech, while his conscientiousness and openness are mostly negative. High focus on negativity in the conscience is often due to experiencing numerous instances of being ignored or subjected to negative stimuli, which is elaborated upon in his explanation of his experience (though indirectly) with the Beforan culling system.
His writing tone that pops up in his speech dusts his monologue with analytical and tentative points as he gives his take on Beforan and Alternian cultures. This is typical of speech with a topic and is not an abnormality unlike the other two categories.
Sorry for making this so long, but I felt as though I should elaborate on every point that I could think to do so, and mind you there are many more symptoms and qualifying factors for Asperger’s Syndrome than what is listed above; I merely presented what I did as strong evidence in favor of the likelihood of him possessing such a disorder and did not intend to present such information in a way that it could be taken to self-diagnose (please do not self-diagnose mental illness outside of simple disorders such as GAD or MDD).
So over the weekend some enterprising 4channer decided to try to create some mayhem and make a few quick bucks by concocting a fake feminist conference, and selling tickets to it.
He — I’m pretty sure it was a he — headed to /b/ to round up some accomplices. (more…)
this guy trolled the hell out of AT&T when they called him during dinner. as an insurance agent that makes appointments by cold calling at times, I feel the pain of the AT&T reps who dealt with this… but it IS really funny.
A last bit of UPD8 art before the pause. I’ll be drawing a lot still anyways but this is the last opportunity for this for awhile. Have some precious children. This is totally what happened next and no one can convince me otherwise. Enjoy as always. ~ Kera.