and steve then creates a tumblr for his art

wintersrchild  asked:

Imagine Steve discovering Twitter and how much influence Captain America has, so he starts twitting about stuff like LGBT rights and campaigns to rise awareness and social justice and it actually helps a lot of people.

Contrary to popular belief, while Steve Rogers may have been 95 years old, he was not incompetent with technology. Very much the opposite, actually. SHIELD cooped him up for a considerably long time. When they finally allow Steve to explore the digital world for himself, he takes advantage of his super-serum in arguably the least glamorous way possible: staying up for 72 hours attempting to learn everything about the internet. Which, Steve learns, after skimming over the history of cronuts on Wikipedia at 5 o’ clock in the morning, is impossible.

However, what catches his attention is the social networking site Twitter, and his strangely overwhelmingly large influence on it. He’d thought that Tony Stark / Iron Man would be the reigning Avenger there, considering his technological power, but he’s been reliably informed that ever since the Chitauri Invasion of New York, Tony has been solidly billed down to number two on the Twitter popularity scale, and the hashtag #whatwouldcapdo is always trending.   

When he delves into the tag, he finds out a lot of people are using his image to promote their own beliefs; some he’s completely horrified by (He fought the Nazis, for god’s sake, why was a Neo-Nazi organization trying to affiliate with him), some he agrees with (vaccination is wonderful), and some he doesn’t quite understand. Sam tells him briefly about social justice, about trans struggles, feminism, racism, the LGBTIA+ movement, and Steve spends another few days looking everything up and absorbing the histories and developments behind them (in the process, also finding out a new acronym, MOGII, was a much more inclusive term than LGBTIA+).         

Sam helps him make a twitter, and Natasha makes sure that the person who took the original Captain America handle hands the url over, even though Steve tells her it’s fine. Steve later sends his condolences. Nat was brutal.

Steve uses his privileges to promote awareness for these issues, but never speaks on their behalf, instead rallying support for campaigns, petitions, talk shows and more, concisely in his 140 character word limit. He also begins to dismantle the tweets that use his name to bolster their oppressive views.

Within a few days, #CAPSMACKDOWN is trending worldwide.   

(Twitter’s servers almost overload a year after when Steve comes out as bisexual at one of the MOGII campaigns he’s supporting. #bisexualrogers2k15)

Los Angeles based artist Steve Kim creates haunting, colorful digital and ink illustrations mostly inspired by his virtual experiences. The majority of his pieces focus on a variety of modern themes, some sounding straight out of science fiction, including body possession to portraits of users that catch his eye on Tumblr. His interest in this type of subject matter undoubtedly rubs off of his professional work for clients such as tech blog Polygon and the Verge.

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Bill Sienkiewicz 1974: Newton High School Art Exhibit newspaper article from the New Jersey Herald.

Longtime friend and collaborator Steve Niles (of 30 Days of Night fame) shared this old newspaper article on his Tumblr blog.

Sienkiewicz talks about art and his youth:

I went to art school and studied all the basic art essentials: painting, art history, composition, drawing, sculpture, played with airbrushing and mixed media, etc., so I had a broad palette to draw upon. 

But before art school, I drew, painted, and studied all through childhood and high school, so I’d consider myself self-taught. I spent a lot of time alone as a kid and comics let me create worlds where I was in control. I would draw things for my friends. The thing I love most about cartooning is that, through distortions and simplifications, you can reveal more of the truth. It’s basically limitless in terms of creativity and can be a lot more fun and dynamic than trying to capture absolute reality.

— Interview from Photoshop Spotlight

The interest in comics has been there ever since I was very young —I loved comics. I used to read Curt Swan’s Superman and a lot of the Batman stories and everything else like that. I wasn’t that big into the Marvel superheroes. I used to read the newspaper strips, and I liked reading them and drawing them, because I liked the fact that you could create a whole world and tell stories. It was just the idea that I was in infinity immediately, like a connection to storytelling through comics that I just had, right from the beginning — it felt like I had found my niche. 

When I was seven years old, I told my father I was going to draw comic books for a living, which upset him greatly — he wanted me to be an electrician. Which is why, later on, when I would do posters using wiring and that kind of stuff, it was a little tip of the hat to some of the pieces I had done working with him. 

— Interview with Katherine Keller of Sequential Tart