all about the lumps

The Company You Keep…

For a long while I had second thoughts about doing this comic. I mean, it’s harsh and was written in a moment when I was really mad at ALL tr*mp supporters (to be fair, I am still really mad). I wrote it a week after the election when there was a huge uptick in hate crimes across the country, including incidents targeting kids in school. I wrote it down just to get my emotions out on paper while they were still fresh. But after letting it stew in my sketchbook for a few months I started to have second thoughts about lumping in ALL tr*mp supporters with racists, neo-Nazis, and the KKK.

But then I went and drew it anyways.

Because honestly, maybe you, the tr*mp supporter, aren’t racist. But you sure as hell voted for one. You voted for a man who on DAY ONE of his campaign called Mexicans “rapists and murderers.” Called for a ban AND registry on Muslims. A man who when endorsed by David Duke and the KKK would not immediately disavow said endorsement. A man who thinks all black people are poor and live in the inner city. A man who could only say a meager and timid “Cut it out” on 60 Minutes when asked about all the hate crimes a few days after the election before quickly moving on to the next topic. And this is just the race stuff. Let’s not even get started on all the sexist stuff (there might be a comic about down the road, we’ll see).

So you may not be racist yourself, tr*mp voter, but you are sure okay with voting for one.

Now if you voted for this man and you are offended by me calling you a racist: prove me wrong. Please. Go out there in the world and actually do some good through actions and not just words. Until you do, just remember: You voted for the same man that the KKK did. And that blood on your hands might never fully wash off.

(Sorry for drawing all the KKK robes and swastikas, everyone. I felt really gross doing it.)

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please stop assuming all asian musicians are naturally talented prodigies!!! there is no such thing as ~~natural talent~~ and we all work our butts off to get good at what we do, so please learn to accept that!!!!

Nico loves black coffee. Will often jokes it’s a reflection of his soul. Nico just rolls his eyes because he gets this all the time and as far as he’s concerned, Will doesn’t know what a proper mug of coffee is all about. ‘C’mon, Will! You can’t just dump sixteen sugar lumps into a mug and call that coffee!’

If you think about it, the ace and aro spectrums are more of a venn diagram than two separate spheres. Yes, not all asexual people are aromantic, but some of us are.

Please don’t forget that.

Whatever you do, don’t even think about Dean singing Hey Jude to his baby girl for the first time in her life. 

Don’t think about how he’d hold her close - even though she’s fussy - cradled in his big stong arms and stare down into her watery eyes with all the love in his heart. 

Don’t think about the lump that would form in his throat as he rocks her, only humming the tune at first because actually singing the words is too much. But then the levee breaks, something about the way his baby girl stares up at him like he’s the whole world, and he finally begins to sing the words. Voice cracking and hands shaking. 

He hasn’t listened to the song since his mom died, couldn’t ever bring himself to, but now, singing the words to his little girl makes him feel closer to Mary than he has in over thirty years. 

Don’t think about the baby’s tiny fingers coming to curl around Dean’s pointer finger, her eyelids drooping and her little rosebud lips parting as the tension eases out of her. 

Don’t think about a single tear rolling down Dean’s cheek as he smiles down at her sleeping form. 

And absolutely do not think about Cas watching it all from the doorway, quiet, and aching, and proud. 

 Just. Don’t.

On Criticism

I’m making this post because of so many things. Mostly, it’s because of the monumental issue that Eisuke has become within the fandom. Eisuke for the fandom is what religion and politics is for the universal populace.

I’m making this post from a non-Eisuke fan’s point of view and, like all of my rant posts, I’m going to do my best to be civil and and respectful. I know that not all Eisuke fans are “crazy” about him, so know that I’m not lumping all of his fans together. That’s my disclaimer. This post isn’t going to be why I don’t like Eisuke. It’s going to be about the Great Divide that the fandom has become when Eisuke gets involved. Will my terminology be slightly over dramatic? Probably. At the same time, things have gotten so dramatic at times that a little melodrama can be excused.

My thesis: It’s not so much Eisuke himself that non-Eisuke members of the fandom have a problem with. It’s the ATTITUDE of SOME of his fans that’s the real issue.

Whenever a game is released by Voltage, for the majority of the time, it is well-anticipated and generates a lot of excitement. This isn’t always the case, but most of the time, it is. KBTBB was no exception. At the time, I think the only thing we really made fun of was the title of the game. We thought it was a little odd, but we rolled with it. After all, Voltage was releasing more games and that was a good thing.

So, KBTBB was released and we got to enjoy the characters. The first one, of course, was Eisuke. He’s the mascot of the game, the first taste of the universe you’re about to immerse yourself into. For many, Eisuke was a great character and became an instant favorite. For others, however, they didn’t like him and they wanted to give their reasons why.

Criticism, provided that it is actually founded (aka the person played the route) is allowed for any medium. Otome games are no exception. For the people who played Eisuke and didn’t like him (and this includes me), we wanted to share our reasons for why. They were acceptable criticisms and, for the most part, they weren’t straight out bashing him without having any basis for saying so. The problem arose when some of Eisuke’s fans began to attack the people who criticized Eisuke. People got hate mail for stating their opinion, something that they are well within their rights to express. Anyone who tried to criticize Eisuke was silenced. This was the first “crack” so to speak within the fandom. No one is allowed to criticize Eisuke, not even if their criticisms have merit. If you want to keep your followers and you don’t want hate mail, don’t talk about him if you don’t like him.

Here’s the problem with that: People are allowed to critique what they don’t like. If you have a problem with a game or a character, you are allowed to express your opinion. For some Eisuke fans, this is unacceptable. They tell you that you shouldn’t criticize him because 1) It makes people who like him upset and 2) How would you like it if someone criticized your bias?

For Point 1, I’m going to be brutally honest. You need a thicker skin. If people criticize or bash a favorite tv show or book to your face, are you going to tell them to shut up? I’m guessing no. People are going to feel how they feel and, for the majority, they probably won’t change their minds. They’re allowed to have an opinion and if you don’t like it, that’s too bad. You need to be respectful of the other person, regardless of what he or she thinks of your favorite thing. Are you going to ruin a friendship of a familial relationship because he or she doesn’t like the same things as you? I’m hoping no.

For Point 2, I can’t answer for everyone, but I can answer for myself. If you criticize my bias, I’m not going to tell you to stop. If you bash my bias, I’m not going to tell you to stop. I can disagree with you, but I’m not going to silence you. I have read many critiques and bashings of BMP and characters of BMP. Some are warranted, some are ones I don’t agree with. For a brief example, a lot of people bash Keith because they don’t like his attitude. I will be the first to admit that Keith has an attitude problem. He gets better as time goes on though, but if people don’t want to pursue him further, I’m not going to force them. People bash BMP because they think it’s cliche and unrealistic. Is it cliche? Yeahhhhhhh. Is it unrealistic? Most definitely! But it doesn’t stop me from enjoying it and I’m not going to let other people ruin my experience.

As time has gone on, and more people who don’t like Eisuke were silenced, a kind of, for lack of better word, underground resistance has been building up. Almost like a secret society, the people who don’t like Eisuke have met others and shared their experiences and their grievances. Occasional break-outs would happen where an anti-Eisuke fan would share his or her experience publicly and the post would immediately be seized by both Eisuke fans and non-Eiskuke fans. All posts of this nature would blow over eventually and both sides would return to their respective camps.

Then, the Voltage Election happened. I don’t need to go into detail. Everyone knows that happened. The feelings between the anti-Eisuke fans and the “aggressive” Eisuke fans exploded and a huge, gaping wound was exposed to the fandom as a whole. It’s very clear to everyone now that this is a huge problem. In spite of this exposure, absolutely nothing changed. The “aggressive/crazy” Eisuke fans continued attack whoever criticized or bashed Eisuke openly and the anti-Eisuke fans continued to build their discontent together.

Now, this post by @bella-vita-caro comes into play. I won’t deny that I took part and added my own two cents. In hindsight, it would’ve been better if her name had been blurred out or cropped so that no one could message her. I hope no one has and, if this is the case, I’m sorry you got those kinds of messages.

Here’s why I took part: Because I felt like I wasn’t alone. I’m so tired of being silenced and told to keep my opinions to myself. I’m allowed to have a voice, even if it’s one you don’t want to hear. My criticisms of Eisuke are valid and they’re allowed to be recognized. I’m assuming a lot of others who added their own words feel the same way. You can’t say anything bad about Eisuke unless you want to face hate mail and a kind of excommunication from the fandom. That’s not right and that needs to be changed. For many, I’m assuming it was a kind of release, a way to express ourselves without fear or care of what others thought.

I meant no offense to Bella. I’m sure she made the post in good faith and it was meant to be a light-hearted post. The problem is that it also ran the risk of becoming a center piece for a new “debate” between some Eisuke fans and non-Eisuke fans. And that’s exactly what happened. I’m sorry if my words hurt and I’m sorry you had to see this conflict on your post.

It’s one thing to bash a character, it’s another to criticize one. There is a difference and it’s best that everyone learn it. Bashing is completely ripping apart a character for personal reasons with no actual experience of the character. Criticizing is experiencing a character and disliking the character for reasons presented within the experience of said character. Some of these reasons can be personal, but if they come after that character has been played, that’s a criticism, not a bashing.

Eisuke’s popularity and mascot status for Voltage is a point of contention for many and it’s undeniable that it is. Telling people to suck it up and deal with it doesn’t help things either. For some, it’s not so much that it’s Eisuke that’s the problem. The problem is that Voltage hasn’t promoted other games and characters as much as Eisuke and KBTBB. This has slowly changed recently, but Eisuke and KBTBB’s popularity is still very high for overseas users and that can be a frustrating reminder for some people. We understand that it’s marketing. We understand that it’s Voltage making business decisions. The point is that some of Eisuke’s fans use this as a reason that we should be quiet and we’re not allowed to speak our minds. Well, we’re paying customers too and we’re allowed to have our say. The few don’t speak for the many.

If you want to talk about this in private, I’d be more than happy to, provided it is a civil discussion. If you attack me or belittle me, I’m going to ignore and delete any messages you send to me. I won’t be participating in a screaming contest.

That’s my evaluation on this and I hope it can provide some clarity into this business. I’ve said my piece. I have nothing more to say after this.

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Take Out The Trash Day (1.13)
  • Donna: What's 'Take Out the Trash Day'?
  • Josh: Friday.
  • Donna: I mean, what is it?
  • Josh: Any stories we have to give the press that we're not wild about we give all in a lump on Friday.
  • Donna: Why do you do it in a lump?
  • Josh: Instead of one at a time?
  • Donna: I'd think you'd want to spread them out.
  • Josh: They've got X column inches to fill, right? They're gonna fill them no matter what.
  • Donna: Yes.
  • Josh: So if we give them one story, that story's X column inches.
  • Donna: And if we give them 5 stories -
  • Josh: They're a fifth the size.
  • Donna: Why do you do it on Friday?
  • Josh: Because no one reads the paper on Saturday.
  • Donna: You guys are real populists, aren't you?