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For reference. A helpful little diagram I threw together years ago. I got the idea originally from a training course I took. I don’t remember much else about the course, but this point always stuck with me.

PROTIP: You don’t convince the 80% to agree with you by yelling in their face and wishing they would die.
I know this might seem obvious, but…

Let’s get a bit more detailed…
The 10% Who Love You No Matter What, still need some care and attention. Because they might start speaking for you to the 80%, and sometimes, well… they can be idiots. Have you ever had someone come to your defence, in a way that made you look like an utter idiot, or entirely mis-stated your position? Yeah, that can happen, and god-bless them but the people who love you can be idiots. So do try to keep them educated just as much as the 80%.
The 80% Who You Need To Convince, will be hanging around listening all the time. Well, not all of them, but there’s bound to be one or two people out there you can convince or sway, all the time. Think about that when you’re drunk tweeting at 3am. And as odd as it may seem, they’re not likely going to be the ones you do end up arguing with, they’re just going to be in the audience for your arguments. You can usually tell the difference between someone from the 80% who is asking honest questions, and someone who is trying to rile you or using their questions as accusations. If not, it’s really important to learn.
The 10% Who Hate You No Matter What, are actually slightly more likely to be the ones coming at you with argumentative points. And if you’re 100% certain you will never convince them… Well, then you don’t have to try. Just remember that the 80% might be watching, and it might not hurt if you let the hater make themselves look like an idiot. Giving someone enough rope can be a very good idea sometimes…
And finally, the same person can both be in the 10% that love everything you say about one issue and in the 10% that hate everything you say about another. People are complicated. Some can even swing around from hating what you said on one issue, to being your strongest defender on another. Even after you berated them for something else. I don’t think a friendship can ever really be very deep if you’ve never had a heated argument about something, because that means they never actually care about your opinion. Know in yourself which things you hold as important are principles that define behaviour you can tolerate in others, and preferences you can accept people disagree with.

xydexx:

xydexx:

For reference. A helpful little diagram I threw together years ago. I got the idea originally from a training course I took. I don’t remember much else about the course, but this point always stuck with me.

PROTIP: You don’t convince the 80% to agree with you by yelling in their face and wishing they would die.

I know this might seem obvious, but…

Let’s get a bit more detailed…

The 10% Who Love You No Matter What, still need some care and attention. Because they might start speaking for you to the 80%, and sometimes, well… they can be idiots. Have you ever had someone come to your defence, in a way that made you look like an utter idiot, or entirely mis-stated your position? Yeah, that can happen, and god-bless them but the people who love you can be idiots. So do try to keep them educated just as much as the 80%.

The 80% Who You Need To Convince, will be hanging around listening all the time. Well, not all of them, but there’s bound to be one or two people out there you can convince or sway, all the time. Think about that when you’re drunk tweeting at 3am. And as odd as it may seem, they’re not likely going to be the ones you do end up arguing with, they’re just going to be in the audience for your arguments. You can usually tell the difference between someone from the 80% who is asking honest questions, and someone who is trying to rile you or using their questions as accusations. If not, it’s really important to learn.

The 10% Who Hate You No Matter What, are actually slightly more likely to be the ones coming at you with argumentative points. And if you’re 100% certain you will never convince them… Well, then you don’t have to try. Just remember that the 80% might be watching, and it might not hurt if you let the hater make themselves look like an idiot. Giving someone enough rope can be a very good idea sometimes…

And finally, the same person can both be in the 10% that love everything you say about one issue and in the 10% that hate everything you say about another. People are complicated. Some can even swing around from hating what you said on one issue, to being your strongest defender on another. Even after you berated them for something else. I don’t think a friendship can ever really be very deep if you’ve never had a heated argument about something, because that means they never actually care about your opinion. Know in yourself which things you hold as important are principles that define behaviour you can tolerate in others, and preferences you can accept people disagree with.

diarrheaworldstarhiphop:

I decided to make a comic just like all those ultra cool ones i see on tumblr nowadays!!

"New 3DS the same as what happened with the DSi"

danshive:

It is my understanding that the DSi did not create a scenario in which games were exclusive to the DSi outside of games requiring the use of a camera or download-only titles.

The New 3DS, on the other hand, adds two shoulder buttons, an additional analog stick, and will have games that will not work on the old 3DS. It’s entirely possible one will need to upgrade if they want to play new games for the 3DS past a certain point, and it wouldn’t be limited to indie downloadables or camera-centric titles. This could mean “buy the New 3DS or don’t play the new Mario game” given enough time.

I can understand why people are making the comparison, but that’s an important distinction.

What I understand the situation is based on the marketing details, is that “New 3DS” is a totally new handheld console that just happens to be backwards compatible with the 3DS. It is not a new design for the 3DS, but a different console.

Then why is it called “New 3DS”? Because it’s a Japanese company, where the product names are developed by people who are not native English speakers. You may have noticed that there were a lot of Nintendo games with “New” in the title recently. They’re not using the word for its actual english meaning. They’re using it as a ‘cool foreign language superlative’ for their Japanese market. Just the same way they did with ‘Super’ back in the day.

Will this cause, and is this already causing, horrible marketing problems for Nintendo in the West? Well, yeah. And they should already have learned this from the Wii U. Should Nintendo America perhaps be a bit more robust in directing product naming and marketing to avoid this? Probably. Is it a reason to suspect that Nintendo still haven’t fixed the marketing and development problems that led to the Wii U’s poor western sales? Quite so.

Time will tell if the issue is as bad to sales as the “Is the Wii U just a new controller?” thing was. And we really need to remember the Wii U, where low-information purchasers (aka, ‘The Parents’) kept buying the cheaper Wii because they thought they could upgrade it to a Wii U by buying the new controller. A fair percentage of sales might be lost to people who don’t know that the “New 3DS” is not just a minor cosmetic change and better controller. 

krisstraub:

plus, the comic he linked to was fully pornographic. a gross human being.

krisstraub:

plus, the comic he linked to was fully pornographic. a gross human being.

I think I’m going to coin the term Baldwination, to describe the effect that any thread discussing negative male behaviour in video game culture will be near instantly derailed by someone criticising Anita Sarkeesian’s videos.

ie. “Adam Baldwin has really gone off the rails with his twitter rants about Feminist Gamers.” “Yes, but I don’t like Anita Sarkeesian’s tone of voice.”

nateswinehart:

Being good to each other is so important, guys.

It’s the last days of August and summer are drawing to a close. Soon it will be my Birthday and I must mark another cycle of the years. So you know what that means… It’s Time To Snarkily Comment On American TV Fall Previews!

The Flash. Oh no, poor Uncle Ben! Wait, wrong comic book. Wow, they’re really trying to make this show look like it’s a Christian Bale movie. I mean, not that I’ve seen the leaked pilot that’s actually much more light hearted and geeky appealing. At least this time they have real super powers in the Arrow spin-off. Is it right to call this a spin off from The Arrow? I mean, doesn’t The Flash pre-date the Arrow in the comic books. But hey, first episode cameo! Which maybe they shouldn’t have spoiled in the trailer?

Opinion: Will watch. Still not admitting that I might already have watched.

Gotham. Oh no, poor Uncle Ben! Wait, wrong comic book. Wow, they’re really trying to make this show look like it’s a Christian Bale movie. Uh… Whoa, Deja Vu. It’s a Batman TV show but Batman is only a kid, so it’s all about the Cops, but actually it’s all about the kid who isn’t Batman yet we’re not sure how we were supposed to focus this hey look at all the future villains who are not yet villains either… What time period is this set in? The Depresion-Era-Only-It’s-The-80s-But-With-Airships? That’s a cohesive time period right? Wait, is the older version of not yet Batman going to show up in Arrow and The Flash now? I’m not sure if I want that! But I want that!

Opinion: Will watch. Will kvetch. Will point fingers of blame for the smallest of issues.

Constantine. Oh no, poor Uncle B… OH FOR CRYING OUT LOUD SERIOUSLY? Basically, this is Supernatural, but there’s only one of them and he doesn’t have a car of his own. Also it’s actually based on the comic that Supernatural et al have been cribbing from for years. Note for people not British, that accent is a Welshman putting on an oddly generalised accent that includes some regional tones but for which the Amerians won’t need subtitles.

Opinion: Sure, okay, put it on the pile with the other Comic Book adaptations.

State of Affairs. Finally, something that isn’t a Comic Book adaptation I will be obliged to watch. Sad Music over Sad Introduction Sequence. Which then segues into a weird mix of Grey’s Anatomy and Zero Dark Thirty. In fact, I’m pretty sure that’s how this was pitched. And there’s a TWEEEEEEST! A TWEEEEST! OOOOO THE CONSPIRACIES!

Opinion: Pass. Do not care. So much do not care.

Utopia, the only Reality TV show of the Previews. And it’s A TOTALLY NEW CONCEPT NEVER BEEN DONE BEFORE that they are telling us about by using footage from the Dutch version that ran last year. In the TOTALLY NEW CONCEPT a bunch of people are put in the wilderness for real and have to build a community, kind of like the BBC did with Castaway 2000, only with Americans and it’s not an freezing cold Island in the north sea, and they get a hot tub for sexy times instead of a herd of sheep.

Opinion: TOTALY NEW CONCEPT!!!

Talking of new TV shows, Gracepoint is the american version of Broadchurch. You even have David Tenant in it again. But he has an american accent now. Is it really that hard just to watch Broadchurch. It’s actually in english you know. It’s not even like it’s a weird thing like Dr Who, it’s about a Murder Mystery. Is the presence of cups of tea instead of coffee too alien? Also, ‘Gracepoint’ sounds like an iOS app.

Opinion: Uh… You know, I really should get around to watching Broadchurch.

Redband Society: Real Issues. Real Problems. Real Humour. Fake Children’s Hospital. Not at all mawkish exploitation of easily emotive presentation of critically ill children. Based on what a TV executive heard someone else explaining about that movie based on a John Green book. Narrated by a boy in a coma. That last part is not me making a snarky joke.

Opinion: This is where I put the tacky joke about it being taken off life support.

John Mulaney has a sitcom. I’ve never heard of him. He’s been on SNL I guess? It’s also a self-referential one about being a Comedy Writer doing the quip lines for a gameshow. Can I have “Pretty lazy premises” for 100 dollars?

Opinion: Lorne Michaels is a producer. Which means nothing. Wait and see.

I hear that there was a TV show titled STALKER, and man I was so ready for a show based on the Soviet Science Fiction work “Roadside Picnic”. But no, it’s a police procedural about a made up law enforcement office with an acronym that focuses on one particular kind of crime. There’s a female lead, and a male lead. They have quirks.

Opinion: Sorry, I fell asleep. Forgotten the premise of this show already. Move along Stalker.

Super-Geek "Scorpion" leads an elite team of hackers and thieves get forced to become Homeland Security Agents to stop a threat that… blah blah blah. You know the drill. There’s probably an over-arching conspiracy of some kind that’ll come out at the end of the season. Hah hah, OCD people are funny. Also episode premise is based on the idea that if you deleted a single airport’s server software, all the planes trying to land there would crash.

Opinion: Last TV show I refused to watch any more of because the writers DID NOT KNOW HOW AIRCRAFT WORK was Revolution. It got two seasons, so what do I know?

NCIS opens their new franchise in New Orleans. Come on down for the comfort food and old-timely charm. All your favourite recipes, plus the new flavour of TV’s Scott Bakula.

Opinion: Dwayne Pride? Seriously, Dwayne Pride? You seriously named your lead character Dwayne Pride?

Madam Secretary is probably the heavy gravitas TV show that State of Afairs was cobbled together to mimic. Or, or, it might be the other way around. Who knows with the way the creative business works. So, this TV show examines the possible future where we might see a female Secretary of State. How will she balance running the US’s State Department with her fashion choices, kids and being a Lady.

Opinion: Actually might watch this one, assuming that the trailer/pilot was just forced into being kinda sexist by having to do the ‘establish the entire character premise up-front’ thing and thus loading all the “Oooo, she has a family” stuff in.

I don’t know what’s more awkward about The McCarthys, the show premise of a gay-guy who doesn’t understand sports living next door to his Boston parents and siblings who are all about sports and have attitude but they love him, or the canned laughter.

Opinion: I decided they’re both equally awkward.

The Mysteries of Laura. Based on Spanish series. Someone explain to me why a Women cop with kids has to juggle life and profession on TV shows, but a Guy cop has kids so they can be moments of pathos at the end of  a hard day’s work.

Opinion: You did no favours to your show by TELLING ME WHO DID IT IN THE TRAILER.

Marry Me is clearly being placed as the spiritual successor to HIMYM, but… uh, actually it’s quite possible they could make the premise here work. Or it could be awful. But there’s no laugh track, and they play it as a straight presentation of comedic situations which is really rare to see on US TV.

Opinion: Yeah, you know what, sure, I’ll watch this one to see how it works out. And not just because of the guilty secret weakness for romantic comedies I Do Not Have.

A to Z is all about the stereotypical meet cute of a non-threatening male figure and the manic pixie girl who… I do not have a guilty secret weakness for played straight romantic comedies, I do not, I Do Not. Damn You. JUST PUT IT INTO MY EYES NOW.

Opinion: Damn you.

Manhattan Love Story… Ah ha, no, not even the secret guilty weakness I do not have can convince me that I will enjoy watching horrible stereotypes including “Girls are super interested in handbags” and Men are horn-dogs; wedged into a “Comedic Premise” that their thoughts are all narrated.

Opinion: Pass.

Okay, I’ll give you this Forever, having your quirky intuitive-detective’s quirk be that he is a secret immortal, is a pretty quirky quirk! 

Opinion: Yes. Of course. Of course I want to see what they do with this idea!

Selfie is… I don’t know. I see that it’s an updated version of Pygmalion, but seems to kind of miss the point of Pygmalion by doing it in reverse. Can the audience care enough about the vapid obnoxious lead long enough that they care when she transforms into… What we may as well assume is going to be a geeky manic pixie girl.

Opinion: Pass. At least Karen Gillan has a movie career instead.

Ladies and gentleman, with “Virgin accidentally inseminated by gynocologist”Jane The Virgin wins “Most Awkward Premise 2014”.

Opinion: Pass.

Bad Judge is like Night Court. Only with a sexy female judge. And more raunchy jokes. And that’s basically it. Isn’t sexy female lawyer work place shenanigans a kind of tired premise, and I’m not seeing the laughs in the promo.

Opinion: But then I also passed on watching Parks and Rec for a long time because I thought the premise was tired and didn’t see the humour in the promo clips. So I’m not a good judge here. Get it. Haw.

COURT IS ADJOURNED!

So, I’m slowly recovering from the LonCon3 plague, and I guess I should write up my time… Except I think I missed my window of being able to recall stuff freshly enough due to the concrud. It was a really bad concrud.

I arrived Thursday. I should probably have arrived Wednesday, because I did not realise how far the hotel I was in was from the Excel, and how that distance was doubled by a curve around and poorly laid out pathways. I ended up having to make a one-stop trip on the DLR quite often just to cut down on amount of walking. A wave of the walking stick got me to the Accessibility pass and short-cut through registration, for which I was very thankful. LonCon3 really really put the effort in to make sure we got actual helpful reservation of a set of lifts, as well as seats and queue-skipping.

I don’t recall much of anything at all from Thursday. I did go around and talked to the WorldCon bid tabl… tents. Because at LonCon, the Fan area was a wonderful tent-city inside the ICC hall, including a large felt-turfed playing green. I’m pretty sure I’m a pre-supporting member of something, possibly multiple somethings. The panel I remember from Thursday was the Digital Comics panel, which I sort of kind of ended up taking over from the back of the room. It’s not my fault that I knew the answers to other people’s questions! But the Foglio’s were nice about it.

Friday was my ‘working’ day as there were a string of panels I wanted to attend and take notes from. Mainly around Young Adult writing, and in particular the “Killing the Parents” panel on how and why writers get rid of the parents and what they substitute the parents with. (If people really want, I could post my notes from that one as it’s the most comprehensive and meaningful of what I took notes down of.)

I ended up bumping into, and talking quite a lot with Max Gladstone and his wife (I’m really really sorry but I’ve forgotten your name!) about being a Red Sox fan, and what Americans are supposed to do if they discover they are Football (Soccer, or as the rest of the world knows it, the real Football) fans. And maybe being a bit gossipy about the whole weird thing between Tor and Tor UK. Later Max did not have any books with him because of the weird thing between Tor and Tory UK, so I asked him to sign a copy of “The Deaths of Tao”. Wesley Chu was sitting next to him, so it was only polite to ask him to sign it as well.

I briefly looked like an idiot with social issues to Charlie Stross. Twice. And got really confused and caused disarray at a panel by thinking I had said “Futuretrack 5” when I had actually said “Neuromancer”, and then repeating that several times because at no point did I register that I was saying the wrong title. (Confession, I have tried to read Neuromancer in the past. Once. don’t want to try again.)

You can almost certainly read about the awesome events of the Hugo Awards elsewhere. But I’ll say that John Chu is a wonderful and entirely deserving person, who truly thought he wasn’t going to get and did not deserve a Hugo. You can read his Hugo Award winning short story here.

There was a wonderful little get together, fan party and remembrance of Diana Wynne Jones, as it would have been her 80th birthday that weekend. Coincidentally hosted by the wonderful Goldeen Ogawa who was our Fursuit demonstrator at the Furry Fandom Panel. (Which I ended up being microphone wrangler and minor participant in. Because you all know how ‘I am not volunteering at this convention’ works with me.) 

I’m pretty sure that lots of other stuff happened to, and I should be name checking lots of other people I met. But I’m not entirely recovered from the concrud… But to sum up, LonCon3, Wonderful.

Breaking news. The internet is currently bemused by the idea that Hello Kitty is not a cat, and is in fact a young british girl. Film at 11.

Sanrio’s official line on this: Cats walk on all fours. Hello Kitty does not walk on all fours, she is not a cat, she is a little girl. She’s Kitty White, a little girl who lives in London with her parents, George and Martha, and her twin sister Mimmy. And there’s nothing you can do about it because Sanrio have more lawyers than you do!

Bad Badtz-Maru is still a penguin, and was unavailable for comment.

An Open Letter to Aaron Diaz

cubewatermelon:

magnoliapearl:

Dear Aaron Diaz,

Over the past few days we’ve already exchanged some words about this. I reblogged Mary’s comic lampooning your comic (and others like it), expressing my approval of its message. I also subtweeted your work fairly obviously. We are friendly acquaintances and my behavior was inappropriate and rude. I apologized to you via email for being passive-aggressive and thoughtless, and you graciously accepted my apology. I admit: what I did was hurtful, and the wrong way to go about it. With that in mind, I want to try to address the problems I have with your work in a direct, honest, and hopefully respectful way. No passive-aggression, no rudeness, no vague-tweeting. 

Aaron, I have a real problem with the way you write and draw female characters. It is sexually objectifying and sexist.

I do not have a problem with artists writing and drawing objectified female characters. I do have a problem with characters I consider sexist, but ultimately it’s something I can ignore. There’s a place for everything, and an artist has the right to create whatever they want to create, for whatever ends they choose. What I have a problem with is that your comic is not presented as a science fiction comic with a dash of sexy thrills, but rather as a feminist narrative in support of powerful independent women. You’ve made it clear on many occasions that you don’t consider your work to be objectifying or sexist. I have a problem with cheesecake-style art being presented as something feminist, empowering, enlightened- something made “for women”, when it’s clearly made for men.

You’re allowed to make art with male gaze. But please call a spade a spade.

I think you are a nice person who does good things. I think you’re a good artist and a good writer. But I consider writing and drawing women to be one of your weaknesses, and it’s hard to imagine that you don’t know that. If you do, I haven’t heard you say so.

I know Mary’s comic stung. I’m not going to deny there was meanness there, although I saw it more as humorously exaggerated satire than a personal attack.  I understand that it sucks to see your work roasted in such a way. But the criticism it made of your work resonated with a lot of people. They can’t all be idiots, crazy people, or “SJWs”, or people with a personal grudge against you. To paraphrase a saying, “If lots of people are telling you it’s raining, get an umbrella.” Aaron, many people have this problem with your work. The problem exists. And since you seem to be very much invested in feminism and positive, non-sexualized portrayals of women in media, you need to take a long hard look at your own output. You need to get an umbrella.

I don’t think I’ve seen a single page of Dresden Codak that doesn’t feature a woman posed in a male-gazey way, with loving focus on her ass or cleavage, or wearing a sexual costume, or in some situation that puts her in a compromising position (like the most recent page in which Kimiko’s clothing is burned off of her body, which has happened at least twice in the series’ run.) I have a very hard time believing that these details are accidental. Not to mention the pinups you posted a few days ago. Instead of saying something like, “Here’s some sexy drawings of Kimiko I did” you said they were about “agency” and “celebration of the female form”. It’s hard not to see language like that as dishonest and sort of insulting.

The following images are a few examples of what I’m referring to. I tried to only find examples from the current arc in the comic, or from merchandise you currently sell. I understand that there is a larger context to these images, but the fact that you continually write situations in which these presentations of women would be contextually appropriate is part of the problem. For the sake of fairness, there is ONE female character in Dresden Codak who is not presented sexually, but to me, that doesn’t do much to make up for the rest of it, especially since she is the only female character with a speaking role in the history of the comic who is not presented this way.

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Aaron, you can do whatever you want with your own comic. However, if you really do care about female characters in media, or care to know why so many people seem to be angry with you about it, I would do one of two things. If you don’t want your comic to present its female characters in a borderline-erotic light, then stop doing that. If you don’t mind that, then by all means continue, but please just admit that you like drawing t&a and that it’s not particularly empowering, or feminist, or a celebration of personal agency. As a woman, I resent being told that men’s eye candy is actually meant to uplift me and that I should celebrate it.

I’m not trying to attack you or slander you. I’m certainly not doing this to stir up drama. I think you are a good person. And I think that you make a good comic. It’s obvious that a lot of people really love it and support it, and will continue to love and support it no matter what. There’s a lot you are doing right. But your work is not perfect, and I want to talk about it directly, honestly, and respectfully.

Thank you for listening.

-Magnolia Porter

A super good post from Magnolia! Much like Mags, I 100% think that Aaron is a talented creator, and I used to really enjoy Dresden Codak. I think it’s perfectly possible to have a good and interesting female character while also sexualizing them (though I do enjoy when we get an unsexualized one, just for variety). I still love a lot about Major Kusaragi from Ghost in the Shell; but if Shirow tried to tell me he drew orgy porn pages of Kusaragi for the sake of empowering women, I would want to kick him in the dick.

A really important thing to remember is that, as a creator, your characters can ONLY choose to do things that you make them do. Every bit of agency your characters have ultimately rests on your decisions. Even if a female character enjoys being sexualized, it is only because you, the creator, decided to make them that way for a specific purpose. And if you are a guy who happens to enjoy looking at boobs and butts, then it’s going to be very hard to convince me that those two things are unrelated.

And as Magnolia pointed out, Kim did not choose to show us her underwear while changing, or to point the camera at her butt, or to have her clothes burned off multiple times. Only one person, real or fictional, made that choice.

I don’t think Aaron is by any means the worst offender of this kind of thing. He himself pointed out (through parody, I might add) some of the problems with mainstream comics’ relationship with women and justifying the things their male creators make them do.

I don’t know if or how Aaron would change anything he does, but I hope this whole situation at least has some lessons in it for other current and future creators who care about this kind of thing.