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Why Adventure Time is a Groundbreaking show in Animation

If you are familiar with modern cartoons from this decade, starting from 2010 and currently, chances are you’ve come across a show called “Adventure Time”.

Adventure Time is a show about the adventures of a boy named “Finn” with his dog “Jake” that has magical powers to shape-shift at anytime!

The show takes place in the “Land of Ooo”, which is set in a post-apocalyptic future where humans are near to extinction and Finn is believed to be the last human.

As the show has progressed throughout its 8 seasons, almost near its end with a ninth and final season, we have learned a lot of back-story and history about the origin of Ooo and various characters.

Here is where I think this show was a huge game-changer for Cartoon Network and animated shows, in general!

If we go back to 2007 and on another channel being “Nickelodeon, Adventure Time’s creator, Pendleton Ward created a 7 minute pilot simply titled “Adventure Time” that was just a basic premise of Finn and Jake rescuing Princess Bubblegum from the villainous Ice King.

The pilot then later became viral over the Internet and became a huge success, where Frederator Studios pitched the pilot as a series to Nickelodeon, but they passed on the series twice!

Later on, the studio pitched the series to Cartoon Network and they allowed them to make a whole show, if it meant to keep all of the elements and characters from the pilot.

And then from then on, the show and the creators have expanded upon the pilot and have created a huge and impactful series that have influenced a wide range of creators, academics, gender and orientation!

People have described the show as being trippy, bizarre and silly on the outside, but on the inside, the show can get dark, thoughtful and even makes you question about philosophy, life and the world, in general.

A great example of this show that has led a lot of underground and freelance artists to pursue their own projects is people like Rebecca Sugar for creating Steven Universe, Patrick McHale for creating Over the Garden Wall and Skyler Page for creating Clarence!

It’s not to say that artists were limited to just shows, as well! Many writers were previously independent comic artists including Jesse Moynihan, Seo Kim, Tom Herpich and Steve Wolfhard, just to name a few! Here is an example of Jesse Moynihan’s work called “Forming”!

Lastly, Adventure Time’s impact on gender and orientation comes from how there is a diverse mix of characters! BMO, for example switches genders back and forth depending on certain episodes! There are also some episodes that feature a gender-swapped world of the show which are called “Fionna and Cake” and these episodes tend to be favourites among the fandom!

Characters like Princess Bubblegum, Marceline and Susan Strong are all shown to be tough characters, but deal with their own sets of flaws and insecurities.

Fans of the show often pair PB and Marceline as a ship called “Bubbline”, as it’s believed that they have been in a past relationship and are trying to work out their problems as the show progresses.

There are many various examples of topics that the show that the series represents like loss and memory disorders in “I Remember You”, sexuality and depression in “Breezy” or isolation in “The Music Hole” and that’s just only a few to list.

This episode is considered one of the most saddest in the entire series, thanks to Rebecca Sugar’s amazing song-writing!

What I always admire about the series is that not only has it been consistently strong over the course of 8 seasons, but the show actually has their characters age and grow physically and mentally in real-time.

Season 1 may be considered the most juvenile of the series, whereas the most recent seasons, especially Season 6 and 7 are some of the most poignant and philosophical the show has seen yet and for the better, in my opinion!

Adventure Time has remained and still is widely considered a ground-breaking show in the history of television animation and pushed the boundaries of what could be shown on a kid’s network, similar to Avatar: The Last Airbender did for Nickelodeon, but that’s another topic for another day!

I will miss Adventure Time when it comes to a close, but what will remain is a modern classic in the history of animation and we will always have fun going on adventures with Finn the Human and Jake the Dog!

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Just got my new prints order in! Printed some that have been waiting in queue for a while and refilled two that I used for promotion at Emerald City con!

These can be purchased here and are currently 25% off -> alphaghuleh.storenvy.com

Prints are the best way to support my art and get me front and center at conventions!

Hoy my guys! I’m setting up another commission post. I gotta.

Examples are the £7 waist sketch, £12 waist lines and £13 bust.
Note: More complicated designs will incur a minor increase in price depending on amount of detail. Additional characters are + £6 in most cases
PRICES ARE:

SKETCHES
BUST: £4
WAIST: £7
FULL BODY: £10

PART COLOUR/LINES             PART COLOUR:
LINES:                                       BUST: £9
BUST: £6                                   WAIST: £15
WAIST: £12                               FULL BODY: £17
FULL BODY: £15  

FULL COLOUR
BUST: £12
WAIST: £20
FULL BODY: £25

GIFS, COMICS AND OTHER THINGS OF THAT CALIBUR, PLEASE GET IN CONTACT FOR A QUOTE!

Message/Email me for a quote!
charliewoodham@gmail.com

THINGS I WON’T DO:

  • extreme nsfw (tasteful is fine)
  • excessive gore
  • hatespeech/hate images/ propganda

but anything other than that i’m pretty much game unless stated otherwise and i’ll probably tell you i straight up won’t do it

Please signal boost!!

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I wanted to create a short comic very much in the vein of Moebius and the early issues of Heavy Metal Magazine and its French equivalent, Metal Hurlant. My challenge was to create a full story without any dialogue or exposition. 

So that’s where my proposition starts. I want to create a kind of anthology magazine, but one that’s totally made of wordless comics. So please, REBLOG and get this spread around, as I want to start gathering talent in the independent comic realm to help contribute to this idea. If it gets big enough, I may even start some kind of kickstarter and propose the idea to bigger publishers!

When I was three years old, I told my mom that I didn’t want to have kids. 20 years later, I haven’t changed my mind. As I’ve gotten older, I’ve heard this question more often. When I say that no, I don’t want kids, the response is usually: “Why not!? You’d be a great mom!” or “Really??” or my least favorite, “Oh, you’ll change your mind!” I understand that many of these people are coming from a caring place, but it’s frustrating when people think they know better than I do what I want to do with my life and body. I have never felt the desire to be a mom, even when I try to force it. It’s just not in me. I think it would be much worse to become a mother to a child that I do not want than to disappoint people who expect motherhood of me.

I feel I can make an impact in the world without raising another human into it. I love kids, and I hope to work with them some how in my career. My mom is a preschool teacher and I grew up volunteering at her school whenever I had time off from my own classes. I loved to do art projects with them and see how the smallest things could amaze them.  

Being a mother is an incredible thing, and I consider my mom one of my best friends. I feel lucky to have her in my life. She taught me to think for myself and be honest about my thoughts, and I appreciate more than anything that she doesn’t pressure me to have children. I will continue to explain my choice as best as I can, and hopefully people will eventually stop asking this very personal question.

(These thoughts have been on my mind for years, but I finally came up with a comic to explain them.)

Artful Hypothesis Commissions

Basic Information
-Payment is via PayPal only.
-Commissions must be paid for upfront; once payment is made, I will start working on your commission.
-Additional characters are half price.
-Prices listed are an estimate: depending upon the complexity of your commission, price may fluctuate (I will give you a firm quote once you email)
-Progress shots available upon request; I typically will send a sketch for approval before starting finishing work.
-Simple backgrounds can be added; please ask for more information.
-These commissions are for personal use ONLY; you may not use your commission for profit in anyway.
-If there is a style you’re looking for that doesn’t fit one of these categories, send an email and we can discuss it!

If you are interested in a commission, send me an email at artfulhypothesis [at] gmail.com with the subject “Commission”, and we’ll talk shop!

I am also available for freelance work (full illustrations, images that would be used in for-profit work, branding/identity design, character design and model sheets, etc). If you are interested in that, please email me to discuss your project (rates for freelance are different than commission rates).

I also sell original art, overflow/clearance con merchandise, and crafty things over on my Etsy (also named Artful Hypothesis). Check it out!

If you can’t commission, a signal boost would be greatly appreciated! Thank you for your support!

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