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Sketchy Behavior | Hellen Jo 

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.  

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anonymous asked:

Hey, I hope I am not bothering you, but can you give me tips on how to run an ask blog? I am currently trying to open one, and also, how do you make like your blog the way it is? Like with the music and the texts everything. Because you gave me some inspiration to create my own ask blog, and I came to you for help.

(* I’m somewhat alive today so i’m gonna give this one a go!)

(* If yer gonna start an ask blog, especially one you draw art for, start off simple. Go easy on yourself cause if your bust out the door with all the stops, you’re gonna burn out quickly.)

(* For folks who’ve been around from the beginning, my art was super simple and easy.)

(* At that point, i had started the blog for pure fun and just to play with folks, it had no real plot and Rose/Lycoris’ designs came from the NarraChara post i did since i rather liked how they came out.)
(* As i started getting more into it, i started building them up more to be more their own people, and eventually it grew into its own AU and completely separate world from the original undertale)

(* So taking your time to see how you best wanna go about things is something i fully endorse. Also for cool themes and such, i tend to go for Yukoki’s stuff!)

(* They have some super clever and inventive themes like my rpg style theme.)

(* My biggest tip, if it isnt fun, don’t do it. If you aren’t enjoying yourself, either change it up or drop it entirely. Ask blogs are for funsies after all!!)

Dilraj Mann & Tessa Black Interview (Each Other)

Tessa Black: Who would you say are some artists that have influenced your work the most?

Dilraj Mann: I really love Katsuhiro Otomo and Taiyo Matsumoto. Their story telling and panel transitions are revelatory. Cleon Peterson, Keiichi Tanaami, Jaime Hernandez, Chris Ware, Lucian Freud,  Jose Munoz, Zaha Hadid, Ralph Bakshi. David Mazzuchelli’s work in Batman Year One is something I read annually to show me economy in art and panel layout. I tend to find that I fall in love with someone’s work early on and then fall in love with something else. So new inspiration is Marie Jacotey, Aisha Franz  and Hattie Stewart, Jillian Tamaki. I find music incredibly inspiring and something that influences my work, currently  stuff like Jlin, Philip Glass, Dirty Beaches, Clark and Jai Paul and I’m hoping to do a comic based on his lyrics soon. How about you?

TB: I’m pretty all over the place with artists, mainly as a function of how little time I give myself outside of work. I draw from a lot of artists such as Otto Von Todd, Gulliaume Singelin, Anna Cattish, and Asiey Barbie. I go through a lot of different artists but those are generally the folks I come back to I admire artists with a lot of versatility or at least a body of work that stretches far back. It’s interesting to see what they learned or tried with different approaches, and helps me get a better sense of what I like about their style.

I don’t think I can draw without music, and I usually look to artists such as Tettix, Goose or Lorn for focus. Something about their tone really tunes out my surroundings and helps get work done, though I look to Swans, Tycho, or Joanna Newsome for pure inspiration.

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A quickie Ponn doodle to take a break from some other stuff I have to work on, as well as getting prepared for the big move back to LA… There were some delays and another hiccup, but things are finally back on track! (actually a major hiccup that derailed my move to be in APRIL, but luckily we pulled ourselves together and were able to find a new, really nice place to move into!)

Anyway, I really wanted to do a west coast Spider-Man set in Long BEach, (Like I want like 95% of my heroes to be from haha. I’m biased,) But I was talking to my friends about how it’d be horrible for a Spider-Man to be centered in Long Beach because the architecture doesn’t really condone web-swinging. So I made a joke he’d bus it to LA where all the big action was, full costume…. Kami said he could play it off as Cosplay. All the time. 

Also before I go (for a while too,) I just wanted to say thank you to everyone who’s been super cool and excited about my silly West Coast Spider-Man Designs! It’s really fun and I feel like I do this all the time haha (I did it with Batman  briefly as well,) But it’s really fun to make characters based on the people and places I grew up in, not to mention my dream of having a khmer Super hero… one day! (And shout out to all the khmer folks messaging me as well!  One day we’ll have our mainstream hero!!)

anonymous asked:

As someone who’s a big SW fan and whose brother & family members are big SW fans but also are in the military, can I just interject a little bit of what I see from my family members in regards to arts programs in the military? I don't think a cause like AITAF would be mocked. Most in the service know about how the military budget lacks for want when it comes to recreation. Driver really has his finger on the pulse when it comes to what soldiers are not getting and what is needed for morale.(pt.1

(pt.2) Most soldiers are not the macho s-heads that you see portrayed in the movies but normal folks who grew up watching movies, TV, videogames – many are popculture nuts and actually went to the theatre, majored philosophy/literature/biology. Many would really appreciate what an org like AITAF does because it’s sorely needed for morale. But sadly enough when they are at their job, they are at their job 24 hours/day and don’t always have time for the entertainment that is offered on base.

(pt.3) Adam is right - What the USO puts out is kind of insulting to the modern day service member (many of whom are not young hot heads anymore but many reserve members whose average age is 30– yes, the US military is aging). Yes – there maybe a little hesitation about this AITIF. Some maybe a little resentful of a bunch of actors coming in and performing when they might see those same performers as privileged and out of touch with what service members have to go through.

(pt.4)That’s why Adam’s group would be appealing to servicemembers. They don’t put on airs, their founder was a member of the military, some of the staff members of AITAF are former military. There are members of the troupe who are older, have a little bit more knowledge of US military history, have friends who are vets and have worked with disabled vets. No need to worry about AITAF. Most intelligent servicemembers would appreciate the effort and empathy that comes from this org. Thanks SWN!

I’m not going to add much of a commentary to this, since it really stands well on its own as a great explanation of why Arts in the Armed Forces is a great charity with a valid and worthwhile cause. Thank you very much for getting in touch, and offering the kind of well-informed perspective I could not.

Tiny Spy Assassin Steve X

Earlier parts here.

New Tiny Spy installment – there is porn beneath the cut, also tailors, booty shaking, the first sighting of the Rage Duckling in nature, and a thickening plot…


Tony woke in the dark, or as dark as the world around him got, these days. The arc reactor was throwing blue light on the sheets, sheets on a real bed. For a minute he thought he was having one of the dreams he’d had in the caves – dreams where he was home, in Malibu or his penthouse or in Steve’s studio – and he wanted to cry. Those were the worst dreams, where everything was okay again, and then he’d wake up cold and miserable and starving.

But memory flooded back, hazily, and this felt real. He was in Malibu. The surf crashed softly outside. He could smell sex on the sheets, and the lingering scent of Steve, even if he wasn’t in the bed.

He found clothes neatly folded at the foot of the bed, and he could smell food cooking. When he walked out of the bedroom, Steve was in a light-flooded kitchen, frying something on the stove. JARVIS had Coldplay on the speakers (so fired) and Steve was butt-wiggling, dancing more dorkily than should be humanly possible. Tony leaned in the doorway, watching him fondly.

I hear Jerusalem bells are ringing
Roman cavalry choirs are singing
Be my mirror, my sword and shield – 

Steve must have seen the light of the reactor out of the corner of his eye; he stopped mid-booty-shake, turning, and then smiled when he saw Tony in the doorway.

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My name is Morgana, and I’m a 24 year old Italian-American feminist woman living in New England.  I got into comics via anime; I used to come home every day after kindergarten to watch Sailor Moon.  My father collected comics, and though I had browsed through his copies of various titles (ElfQuest is one I remember particularly well), I didn’t truthfully read them regularly until later in life.  My first manga was, of course, Sailor Moon at the age of seven, but it was around the age of 12, with a rising interest in Gundam Wing especially, that I began to be interested in drawing.

I had always been a voracious reader, and for a short span of pre-adolescent prentention, I decided that comic books were not “real” literature, whatever that means.  But I came around real fast, and I now I write about animanga extensively, trying to unpack some of its problems as well as celebrate its strengths, all the while trying to find the time to work on my own art-and-comic-related projects.  I worry a lot that my gender will influence what opportunities I have in the larger comic book community, and sometimes this prevents me from working as hard as I could.

Like many folks who grew up in the 90s, I was inundated with various comic-based cartoons.  Regardless, I don’t really read cape titles; when I’m not reading manga, I tend to prefer lesser-known titles, both in fiction and non-fiction genres.  In general, I enjoy shonen, horror, slice-of-life, josei, shonen ai/yaoi, and a little bit of shojo for good measure (especially magical girls, obviously).  I love the webcomic community, especially since it encourages many unheard stories to be told.  I have my own little webcomic, The Retail Vampire (, which is somewhat autobiographical.  Somewhat.

I believe that comics are an extremely effective form of media, perhaps even more so now than ever before.  I love that there has been an immense push for diversity in content, particularly since the fan base has always been diverse.


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Destiny seems to have had designs on Britney Tokyo. The Tokyo-born master manicurist not only grew up in the nail art capitol of the world, but in a family that immersed her in creativity: her grandfather was an artist, her father an antique collector, and her mother an enthusiast of tole-painting, the folk art of painting on everyday objects. “I was always surrounded by art!” says Tokyo. For Valentine’s Day, the sought-after nail artist—who now resides in the entertainment capitol of the world—tailored a custom nail look for The Sephora Glossy that puts her stellar creativity and signature style of cute to good use. MELISSA LANE

Step One: Prep nail base by eliminating residue with Formula X Nail Cleanser. Lightly brush over nail bed.

Step Two: Prime with Formula X Base Coat to ensure nail color adhesion. Apply one coat, completely covering the nail.

Step Three: Brush on one coat of Formula X Translucents in Wondrous. Let it dry for two to three minutes. Then, add another coat and let dry three to five minutes.

Step Four: Apply Formula X Top Coat in Demolition creating a gradation effect.

Step Five: Dab a small amount of Formula X New Classics in Curiosity onto aluminum foil. Using a toothpick, draw a heart.

Step Six: Finish the look with one coat of Formula X Top Coat.



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Formula X / Top Coat in Demolition

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Formula X / Nail Cleanser

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Formula X / Base Coat

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Formula X / Translucents in Wondrous

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Formula X / New Classics in Curiosity

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Formula X / Top Coat