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love-and-smiles:

sicknymph:

sailorscoutsays:

[Photoset of Sailor Moon winking. Texts read: Made a phone call, Ordered the food you really wanted,  Asked a question in class, Cooked yourself a good meal, Got out of bed today, Calmed yourself down from a panic attack, Didn’t overwork yourself, Practiced self-care.]

Sometimes we get so focused on the big things that it’s easy to forget our small accomplishments, so I made the Sailor Moon Award! Celebrate the little accomplishments you make throughout the day, you deserve it!

Feel free to print these out and use them if you want, or make your own!

http://memegenerator.net/instance/47386842

-Miss Usagi

spot on

krelllabs:

Here’s the next page of “The Exile of Natalie Rios”. Mostly brush and ink on Bristol board. I don’t think I used pens for much of this. I should be finishing this project up pretty soon. I hope. This is another relatively safe-for-work page. This is getting to be a habit. This page is considerably different from what Katie wrote for me. It’s one of the pages I re-wrote in order to draw it more easily. As always, the master post for this story is here if you need to catch up.


I’m trying out Patreon as a means of funding my blogs. They don’t have a widget yet, so this link will just have to do. If you like my writing and art and if you’d like to support Krell Laboratories and Christianne’s Art and Comics, please come on over and pledge. Thanks. (via Christianne’s Art and Comics: Exile page 13)

Dear me, two pages in a row with no sex! I don’t have the script in front of me, but I’m going to pretend I didn’t script it that way and blame Christi. ;)

Doesn’t everyone look fantastic in their 40’s? Alyx has aged terribly well I think, and Wayne has turned out adorably dapper in a radically different way than I imagined him.

Almost certainly lots of hot sex on the next page, I think. Promises, promises!

Songs For A Lost Cosmopolitan

Because I love you, I made you a mix CD. Yay!

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SONGS FOR A LOST COSMOPOLITAN

OK, I mostly made it because I really like making mixes. Given my weird, scattered taste in music, it’s kind of fascinating seeing what comes next in sequence when I put a mix together. Plus, I really do love sharing good music.

In case you’re curious, here’s what’s inside:

  1. Etsuko Yakushimaru - Boys Come Back To Me
  2. Marlena Shaw - California Soul
  3. Ruth Brown - Hello Little Boy
  4. Björk - Oceania (Radio Mix feat. Kelis)
  5. Artie Shaw - Summertime
  6. The Paris Sisters - Lonely Girl
  7. Natacha Atlas - Bahlam
  8. Evelyn Glennie - Battle Cry
  9. Coaltar Of The Deepers - Wipeout (retake)
  10. THEESatisfaction - Queen County (4 Women) (feat. Gift Uh Gab & JusMoni)
  11. Smoke City - Devil Mood
  12. Jane Siberry - All The Candles in The World
  13. Toni Fisher - The Big Hurt
  14. Lush - Lovelife
  15. Maple Rabbit - Standing In Doorways
  16. The Walker Brothers - Nite Flights
  17. Kate Bush - The Big Sky (Meteorological Mix)
  18. Max Richter - Last Days
  19. David Bowie - Heat

spaceykate:

The Exile & Happy Landing Of Natalie Ríos, Page 12 is go!

And uncharacteristically worksafe as the final act begins! (Don’t worry, that won’t be a trend.)

You should really click through to see the full-size version and take in the breahtaking linework on that first panel there!

Also, I really want Dayanara’s entire outfit. I know I co-created her, but Dayanara has become sort of a style icon for me throughout this project.

Christianne significantly reworked this scene from my script so that it would actually look nice on the page, because she is the world’s most patient collaborator and will tolerate tidying up the work of an amateur.

So excited to see this comic approach completion! As ever, you can read the previous pages at http://is.gd/ExileNR

Self-reblog for morning people because that hat is too fantastic to miss!

The Exile & Happy Landing Of Natalie Ríos, Page 12 is go!

And uncharacteristically worksafe as the final act begins! (Don’t worry, that won’t be a trend.)

You should really click through to see the full-size version and take in the breahtaking linework on that first panel there!

Also, I really want Dayanara’s entire outfit. I know I co-created her, but Dayanara has become sort of a style icon for me throughout this project.

Christianne significantly reworked this scene from my script so that it would actually look nice on the page, because she is the world’s most patient collaborator and will tolerate tidying up the work of an amateur.

So excited to see this comic approach completion! As ever, you can read the previous pages at http://is.gd/ExileNR

life-in-neon:

Madoka X Utena

[Spoilers]

Anime Timeline 1:

Anthy was a magical girl whose one wish was to save the life of the Prince, Dios. Her wish was corrupted almost immediately by the villagers attacking out of fear that she had stolen him away, and she realized that so long as people depended upon him they could never be together. Her fall into despair gave birth to the witch known as The Rose Bride, and the labyrinth Ohtori Academy. Rather than drain the life of the people who enter, she has created a facsimile of the real world filled with people too weak to take her Prince away from her, so they may live forever together.

But in her despair the witch has forgotten why she had once wanted all of this, as Dios has been corrupted into the abusive, lecherous Akio.

The shreds of the witch’s memory and humanity have become entangled with her familiars, the Shadow Girls. They cannot be said to understand the world they are in, but by their very nature they communicate truths about it that cannot be seen when looked at directly, the truths the Rose Bride wishes to forget.

Magical girls Juri and Nanami, and would-be Princes Touga, Saionji, Mikki, and Mikage arrive, hoping to find and defeat the witch at the heart of the labyrinth, only to fall into competition with one another for the right to claim her power. As they, too, fall victim to the labyrinth’s effects, all they remember of soul gems is that they look like eggs, and to hold on to their purpose the only way they can, they remind themselves that they have come to this place to “Crack the world’s shell” for the “power to revolutionize the world.” Never do they realize that it is Akio orchestrating it all, for he alone knows that Anthy’s grief seed may be powerful enough to free him, if only he could defeat her.

Decades, perhaps centuries later, Utena Tenjou makes a contract wishing to “become a Prince, like the one who saved her from despair”, whereupon she gains a ring that houses her soul gem. This ring leads her to The Rose Bride’s labyrinth, where—by the power of her wish—she finds herself able to duel with Dios’s own sword and with skills she has never previously possessed. But without any true guidance as a magical girl, even Utena doesn’t realize she is in a labyrinth. Castles float, interiors are larger than exteriors, the dueling arena can’t be seen from outside the forest, Nemuro hall still stands, and no one seeks to explain any of it.

Because of her wish to be like her prince, Utena begins to fall in love with the witch she never knew she was supposed to destroy. But when The Rose Bride betrays her, Utena’s resolve falters, and she slides dangerously close to becoming a witch herself. Instead, she abandons her magical girl duty and casts aside her wish to be a prince, breaking the contract. The energy released allows her to break free of Ohtori Academy. This act shows Anthy that contracts can be broken, that there is hope for freedom. 

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Anime Timeline 2: 

Anthy, trapped in the house with a mortally wounded Dios, wishes for his salvation. Chu Chu grants the wish. The villagers burst down the door just in time to see Madoka disappear with Anthy.

Utena, waiting to die in her coffin, is rescued from her despair by a Prince. She contracts to become a Prince just like him someday. But with Anthy gone from existence, Utena cannot fall in love with her the way Dios had and cannot become a prince just like him. This time paradox propels Utena out of the timestream.

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"Someday, Together, We’ll Shine"

Utena, now outside of time, sees all the timelines in which they met, in which they didn’t, in which her parents lived, in which they died, in which she fell in love with Akio, in which she watched Touga die as a child, in which Anthy killed Akio, in which she went to the castle in the sky, in which the castle in the sky had wheels, and she saw that every time Anthy wished to save the Prince, and every time she wished to be a Prince to save Anthy, the world drove them apart with disastrous consequences. They couldn’t save each other that way. She had to find a timeline where neither got caught up in idealizing princes and brides. And if one didn’t exist, she would have to make one.

Utena woke up as the lecture came to an end. Anthy was already packing up her notebook.

oh golly

odofemi:

Can we deal with the fact that ACT (AIDS Committee of Toronto — the largest ASO in Toronto, and one of the oldest in the world, I think) has ABSOLUTELY NO PROGRAMMING for trans women but is starting a Trans Men’s Group?

Just a reminder, 27% of trans women in Canada are HIV-positive, and by what statistics are currently available we can estimate that less than 3% of trans men are.

This is what transmisogyny looks likes.

skullvomit:

heyanniemok:

An excerpt from “Pictures of Candy,” from in my latest comic Screentests, which runs along with another story, “Body Language,” and an essay, “Candy + Me.” 

Screentests is available for sale as a PDF in:

  • New Work, 2013 ($3, 71 pages), compiled along with Blue Blue Blues starring “Sonic” and some short pieces from Comics Workbook and elsewhere, including “To all the Johnny Ryans”
  • Screentests on its own ($1, 32 pages)
  • or in Annie Mok: Collected 2008-2013 ($9, 158 pages), with all of the above plus Stitching Together (“the Jim Henson one”), Annie Mok Draws James Joyce, B-Sides: Uncollected Anthology Stories, Chris Ware: Paper Musician, and Decorum.

All of the PDFs includes photos of the comics by Maggie Eighteen. You can see everything available at my Gumroad site.

You can read a thoughtful piece on Screentests by Mey Rude at Autostraddle

Thanks to everyone who helped, supported, collaborated, and talked  this year. I’m glad I got to share it with you.

John Darnielle from the Mountain Goats said some words this time last year that he addressed “to my fellow abuse survivors” that I thought of many times since I read them.

Staying alive is an active choice, a verb. I hope you hold yourself close this year and the next. 

<3

Annie Mok,

West Philly, 2013

!!!!!!!!!!!!!   This is so great! Annie’s work is always awesome.

NEW EXILE PAGES! It’s a late Christmas gift. :D

I believe I posted the first page of scene 4, but things got hazy from there: poor Christianne accidentally drew an entire page from an earlier version of the strip, and then my life, as it so often is, was in chaos when the new version of page 10 was posted to her blog and… well, here’s all of scene 4 in case you missed anything! (If you want to see the rest of the story, you can always go to http://is.gd/ExileNR)

In this scene I attempted to do both melodrama and Spanish and hopefully only botched one. There’s just one more scene to go after this, and we’re also working on a short comic called “Peril On Planet Cis!” about which I’ll tell you nothing yet except that it involves pretty girls in space suits.

Also, goddamn but Christianne’s been doing some magnificent art this winter. That last page of scene 4 might be the prettiest page in the whole comic so far (in my highly biased opinion). You should go check out her blog, and then give her money so she makes more art!

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