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Silent Voices

The industrial country Citelle has been locked in a fierce battle with the military country Martasco for centuries. In order to combat the fighting advantage that Martasco had, Citelle invented the HASBER project, an experiment that genetically alters physical abilities.

Follow the story of individuals who struggle to get back on their feet after being hurt by society, in a world where prejudice reigns strong, failure is unacceptable, and the HASBER project governs all

Hello! I’m making a visual novel right now. It’s a psychological otome and it’s planned for a free release assuming the Kickstarter gets funded. The Kickstarter will go up at 5/4/2017 at 12PM EST. If you can’t donate then, please help spread the word! I’d really appreciate it. I will edit this post with the Kickstarter link once the time comes, but if you want more reliable updates, please follow the TUMBLR or the TWITTER account. Thanks!

Mother Has Arrived: A Review of Hurricane Bianca

For most Drag Race divas, their winnings are quickly spent on a dance single, a garish video, and a clusterfuck with a gaggle of rent boys. Thankfully Bianca Del Rio is not your typical queen.  Vying for legendary status, Bianca has ditched the usual disco orgies and taken a completely different tack to post-Drag Race success.  Enter Hurricane Bianca, her cinematic debut.

Most gays know Bianca Del Rio from her dominating win on Drag Race season 6, but Bianca was a star long before she set foot in the Interior Illusions Lounge.  Bianca had begun crowdfunding for Hurricane Bianca years ago, even before she ever auditioned for the great race.  After a plethora of fundraising campaigns, and a hefty paycheck from Mother Ru, Hurricane Bianca has finally arrived and it’s every bit the campy spectacle we hoped it to be.  Equal parts To Wong Foo,Tootsie and Mrs. Doubtfire, Hurricane Bianca is an ultra-campy, feather light satire of employment discrimination and small town homophobia.  

Del Rio plays the deliciously nerdy Richard Martinez, a NYC school teacher who moves to Texas for a teaching gig, only to be promptly fired when he’s outed as a homo. Enraged, Martinez teams up with a local trans woman to exact revenge on the town who wronged him.  Martinez returns to school disguised as Bianca and naturally hilarity ensues and hijinks commence.  There are gags, satire, drama, intrigue, and even a bit of skin via co-star Denton Blane Everett’s smooth twunk body.

In short, it’s good.

While there’s no doubt that Bianca is hilarious, I wondered, is she glamorous enough to be a movie star? Visually Bianca is best known for serving Mrs. Potato Head realness in a 90’s ball gown, so when I heard that she was going to star in a gay version of Mrs. Doubtfire, I had doubts that she could ever be that passable.  I’m glad to say I was wrong.  Though I didn’t think it possible, through the magic of dedicated hair, make up and wardrobe, Bianca looks the best she ever has.  She almost looks good!

Speaking of fashion disasters, Rachel Dratch is a sight to behold as the Kim Davis-esque tyrant Deborah Ward.  Dratch’s constipated, authoritarian pearl-clutching is one of the best parts of the movie. She is the perfect overdrawn villain and she has a wardrobe to match.   It’s astonishing that the filmmakers ever managed to find such a thorough collection of tacky, dated selections of Sears’s formalwear.  They must have raided Lady Bunny’s closet.  The costumers deserve an Oscar, or at least a Grabby, for Dratch’s incredible ensembles.

Del Rio is joined by Drag Race alums Willam, Shangela, Joslyn Fox, and Alyssa Edwards in the film.  I have to say, Bianca put these queens to work: Willam plays a slutty himbo, Shangela plays a sassy drag queen, Joslyn plays a bar queen named Joslyn, and Alyssa Edwards plays a drawling southern chanteuse.  Astonishing.  I’ve never seen such range.  Fuck Meryl Streep; these queens are redefining versatility.  Someone better get a Golden Globe out of this or I’m rioting.

Look, this isn’t Annie Hall or The Royal Tenebaums, but it is better than White Chicks, and that’s the standard by which I judge drag queen comedies.  The film doesn’t tell you anything you don’t already know about homophobia or employment discrimination, but it’s funny and hopefully it will reignite a conversation about ENDA in the complacent, post-marriage equality gay community.

It’s good to see a queen broaden the scope of what Drag Race girls can do.  Hopefully her example will encourage other Drag Race winners to create their own productions.  While I won’t hold my breath for Tyra Sanchez’ film debut (sorry, a webcam show doesn’t count as a movie), it’ll be interesting to see how other Drag Race winners up their game following Bianca’s success.  Hurricane Bianca was almost entirely crowdfunded and it shows what can be accomplished when the drag community comes together to support a project.  This is only the beginning.  Picture it: Bob the Drag Queen in B.A.P.S. 2, Sharon Needles in Bathhouse of Horror, Kim Chi in The Joy Fuck Club.  Get those Kickstarter drives going ladies and make it happen!

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July Progress Post!

Things have picked up pretty rapidly and I am (raspberry) JAM-PACKED with projects at the moment! So instead of just sobbing in front of my computer, I thought I’d put together an early progress post!

- Snippet of a super rough color sketch for a Super Mario 2 print I’m doing for Hero Complex gallery. I’ve been studying Raku-fired pottery and traditional matsu patterns. Plus reading up on all of the different styles of ramen!

- Thumbnails for the splash screen I’m doing for the Dream Arcade project! Probably gonna do it more as a pattern than an illustration, but I had fun playing around with perspective and looking at Adventure Time title cards and old NES title screens for inspiration.

- Trying to whip up a cover for A Midsummer Night’s Dream to accompany the previous illustrations and get that Kickstarter going as soon as possible!

- Sarah Mimo (who cut my Mistletoe Stag) and I are working on something super cool at the moment. We’ve settled on the Night-Blooming Cereus (sometimes known as the Queen of the Night cactus) as our primary motif. 

- I’m actually in two of the three Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles shows that I know about, so I’m gonna do some special slices of pizza!

- I have two more sketches to go along with my Kiki’s Delivery Service print that I’d like to finish eventually - eggs and bacon for Howl’s Moving Castle, nikuman for Spirited Away. I’ve gotten feedback on my Japanese and Swedish, but does anyone read/speak Welsh? Message me if so!

- Close-up of a large commission I just finished after wayyy too long. Portrait of a resident firehouse’s dog, Murphy.

- Sketch of lettering I’m doing to finish up the wedding invitation to go with the Save the Date magnets I made for my friends’s wedding!

- I’m working on my piece for the Green Zine, being put together by foxingquarterly!

- I’m also putting together a project to pitch as a Children’s book. I’d like it to be about global mythology, and at the moment I’m focusing on creation myths. I love how certain visuals crop up across the globe (the world egg, the cosmic turtle, blood, the ocean) and will hopefully be able to show how similar and beautiful they all are. 

Also on the books

- Annie Stoll and I are putting together a project called One Thousand and One Knights. It’s gonna be flipping awesome. More details to follow. 

- Secret tiny zine that I’ll be giving someone at SPX! It might be die-cut!

- Finally getting around to my Bartkira pages!

- Sketched out some bookmark designs to potentially make and sell. I wanna test it out first before showing them!

I dunno, there’s probably a lot more in there too, haha. Thanks for reading if you’ve made it this far!

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YOU GUYS. For the first time ever I’ve made custom medium and extra large tentacle necklaces available in my shop! I’ve been investing a lot of time and money into getting my Kickstarter going and am running behind on my bills so please share with your tentacle/art/jewelry/sculpture loving pals~ 

https://www.etsy.com/shop/WalkingSquid

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Seed shop model. Town building in progress.

We’re going ahead and we’re working on setting up the town, 
the town is going to be pretty big, but don’t worry no load times. 
I really hate the road I modeled I’m going to see if I’m going to make it a texture on the ground. 

We need to add more things around it like signs and flower pots etc. but that will come a little later. The town is going to be a big task, it would be neat if we had it done by the Kickstarter. We have about 21 houses to make and then a couple of outdoor stuff like the cemetery and the town square. So yeah, first step towards a massive task. 

BUT.. BUT.. If we get successfully funded and we move into Beta, the town will be done and that will be one less thing we have to work on going into open Beta. Some game projects only start start when they get Kickstartered, we’re trying to go as far as we can on our own until we get to Kickstarter. We’ll be working on this until the Mid-late June. So another 2.5 months wish us luck! :D

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