Never afraid to speak and/or draw her mind, Los Angeles based artist and illustrator, Hellen Jo and her characters can be described as rough, vulgar, tough, jaded, powerful, bratty and bad-ass - AKA her own brand of femininity. Known for her comic Jin & Jam, and her work as an illustrator and storyboard artist for shows such as Steven Universe and Regular Show, Hellen’s rebellious, and sometimes grotesque artwork and illustrations are redefining Asian American women and women of color in comics. In fact, that’s why Hellen Jo was a must-interviewee for our latest Sketchy Behavior where we talk to her about her love of comics and zines, her antiheroines, and redefining what Asian American women identity is or can be; and what her ultimate dream project realized would be.
How did you become a Reaper76 shipper? Was it someone's influence or you thought "Wow, they're HOT together!" by yourself?
Gather around children and let me tell you with the help of an unnecessary long post and answer, of how I came to be a reaper76 shipper…
(I honestly had to think long and hard on this ask bc I was also curious on how this came to be.)
During the Overwatch “beta” - or pre-beta so to speak (this was before I even drew or even new the lore of the game. Tumblr wasn’t even on my mind then) I immediately fell in love with the character Reaper bc he was mysterious and scary and all that good stuff, and I’m sure I’m not the only one that felt the same. I didn’t really ship him with anyone at that point. But after getting more involved in the development of the game I actually started shipping him with Mercy, and at some point Widow (mind you that Soldier:76 wasn’t even announced yet.)
But I got kind of bored of it, of the game in general. And it wasn’t even out yet! So I took a break from it. Until the day when new characters came out that rekindled my interest once more. Soldier: 76 was one of the new heroes, plus I think at that point they’ve told us all the hero’s backstories. That’s when I got to know that Reaper was ones Gabriel Reyes and Soldier: 76 was Jack Morrison, and they where ones good friends through the SEP and during the early days of Overwatch, where Gabe was the one leading the team that won the first omnic war.
I didn’t really think much about their past relationship after that. I was still fond of Reaper and I wanted to know more of his backstory. So I watched a lot of Overwatch gameplays and news channels about the game during my spare time. Hoping for some more lore or news about our favorite edge lord or the game in general. And that’s when I heard a lot of talk about Tumblr. So I checked it out. And I found a lot of art in the Overwatch tag that showed people shipping Reaper and Soldier together. I was like “hm, I haven’t really thought about that”. I started thinking about their backstories and I saw reasons why people shipped them. That’s when I grew more fond of them both. There was a lot of angst and fluff I went through, and I fell more and more in love with their story and the characters and the possibility that they could be a pair. And since I had a fondness to making comics I started to make some of my own.
And so I ended up here on Tumblr. And I don’t regret it. ❤
I chose 5 of my favourite images that I’ve taken in the past few months to sell in my print shop. They’re up now! (andrewknapp.com/prints) Each print is pawtographed and packed with a Momo sticker. I’ve decided that the first 50 sold will receive a one-of-a-kind polaroid of Momo!
It was hard to choose the photos. It’s like answering a question I get asked often “what’s your favourite place you’ve been”. I probably give a different answer every time. Different places hold a different meaning for me. I might tell you that I miss the desert - specifically Santa Rosa, New Mexico - because I absolutely love the history. I’m curious about the stories of people who have seen the city change from its hay days to its dusty present. Or I might be missing friends in the city that raised me and recall the incomparable feeling of community that embodied me while I was there. Hope you’re staying weird, Sudbury. Right now, I’m thinking about the Baja Peninsula in Mexico.
YO THEY CALL COOKIES COOKIES BECAUSE WAY BACK IN THE 1600’S THE ENGLISH AND DUTCH CAME TO THE COLONIES LIKE “YO CHECK THESE TASTY TREATS OUT” AND THE ENGLISH CALLED THEM BISCUITS BUT THE DUTCH CALLED THEM KOEKJES AND ONCE THE REVOLUTIONARY WAR HAPPENED AMERICA WAS LIKE “FUCK ENGLAND AND THEIR BISCUITS” AND THEY AMERICANIZED KOEKJE TO COOKIE (OR COOKEY)
WE CALL THEM COOKIES BECAUSE OF THE REVOLUTIONARY WAR, NOT BECAUSE OF THE WAY THEY ARE MADE
Can someone link me to any articles about scientific research behind gender identity/ sexuality?
(What in our biology affects these things/ what is different in individuals that creates different gender identities and sexualities)
The central and highest stone (voussoirs) in an arch. It cannot fall out of place because it is wedge-shaped, with the widest part of the wedge at the top. It is the last stone to be set in place during the construction of an arch. It presses equally on either side, locking the arch together.
Art History Glossary: A helpful list of art and architecture terms to support curious rookies.
hi! My name is Ani (Ah-Nee) and I’m really passionate about physics,
computer science, electronics, architecture, and European history. I
love DIY and journaling. I love learning and I’m hella cuirious and
hella bi. I also love music and sketching buildings and structures. I’m a
fan of Vampire Diaries, Supernatural and PJO. I tolerate all viewpoints
as long as they are reasonable and not violating anyone’s rights. I
wanna attend MIT and become a scientist. Currently learning how to hack.
I also enjoy conspiracies and scary things. I also write sometimes and
read a lot. Memes are good.
An early photographic process invented by Louis-Jacques-Mandé Daguerre in 1839 employing an iodine-sensitized silvered plate and mercury vapor. The image is formed when the light-sensitive plate is exposed to light through a camera lens. A daguerreotype was a unique, direct positive image that could not produce copies.
Art History Glossary: A helpful list of art and architecture terms to support curious rookies.
YoooooOOo I love your blog, you're badass and take shit from no-one, And Uh, i be needing some tips .3. See, i'm about 5 years into my Pagan craft and loving it, but most of the time i don't feel very witchy. I've lost my flair. Any,, advice?? I'm just not as inspired as i used to be.
I hear this a lot. More than you’d expect, really. I ran into a similar problem five or six years into my own practice, and I’ve gotten similar messages from other witches at around the same general period in their own journeys.
(I think The Fifth-Year Slump might be a thing, but really it can happen anytime.)
We all get to a point where we feel like we’ve stalled somehow. We’ve learnt the basics, we’ve run out of Witchcraft 101 books to read, we’re looking for the next step and not finding it, we haven’t had a reason to cast a spell in a while…it could be any number of things. And it’s very frustrating. Makes a witch want to hang up their boots.
For those of us with mentors or a local witchy community to offer guidance, it’s a little easier. There are extra resources and knowledgeable people to turn to, and that can help buoy things along until the slump passes.
For solitary practitioners, even with an online support system, we can be left feeling like, “Well….now what?”
What I’ve found to be helpful is getting back to my roots. By this I don’t necessarily mean starting over, but instead, going back to the things that made me want to be a witch in the first place, the things that made me turn my face to the autumn wind and wonder if I could fly.
Here’s a short list of suggestions to help you work through your slump:
Try something new. If your current line of study isn’t doing anything for you, branch out! Curious about the history of magical practices?
Always wanted to try divination?
Go for it! There are lots of places like Sacred Texts and Project Gutenberg were you can read books for free. See if something new grabs your interest. Nothing revitalizes a practice like having something new to explore.
Play in the dirt. For witches whose practice revolves around plants, getting into the garden and working the soil can make a world of difference. Go out and pull weeds for a bit, or plant something new, or just sit and soak up the sun with your plants. Pick up a potted plant or some kitchen herbs that are easy to grow. Tend them and harvest them. Seeing little bundles of drying herbs and flowers hanging about always makes me feel better.
Get out of the house (if you can). Stir things up with a little fresh air and a mini road trip. Go visit a local park. Take a stroll through the woods. Visit a sacred site. Is there a particular spot within easy travel distance that makes you feel witchy and powerful? Go pay it a visit and see how you feel.
Attend a gathering. If time and energy and finances allow, see if there’s a pagan (or at least pagan-friendly) festival in your area. The largest concentration of gatherings usually happens in spring and fall, so these might be the best times to go looking. It doesn’t have to be a full-on rite or anything elaborate; it can be as simple as a local street fair. Sometimes just seeing and interacting with other practitioners, even on a momentary basis, can give us a helpful and refreshing boost.
Curl up with an old favorite. This one is going to sound silly to some folks, but I swear to you, this is probably the most effective method on the list. If you’ve hit a slump and nothing else is helping, pull out the books and movies and music that make you feel witchy.
Doesn’t matter what month it is, it’s always a good time for The Worst Witch or Halloweentown. Loved Practical Magic or The Craft? Watch them again. (Don’t be ashamed, I love them too.) Reread that book that made you want to cackle over a cauldron. Harry Potter? The Abhorsen Series? The Enchanted Forest Chronicles? The Discworld Witches? The Black Jewels? Do it. Put on a playlist with a witchy feel while you’re running errands or cleaning or chilling on the computer. Anything that floats your broomstick. There are plenty of them to be found on Spotify.
Whether it was hearing “Seven Wonders” at just the right time, or a poignant remark from Granny Weatherwax that really hit home, or that one episode of AHS: Coven, these things affected you in a profound way for a reason. Revisit them. Say hello. Don’t be surprised if the magic is still there. Because it’s still in you too.