onewonderfulbug asked: Bug here again! You're so gosh darn active, with the cycling and the skiing and SWORDS (seriously, that exists?!) but was there anything you tried that just didn't click with you?
Hello Bug! That’s nice of you to say, I don’t think I’m that active but I try. That being said there are lots of things that don’t click with me! I’m not naturally that athletic/coordinated, so I didn’t really get into sports until later in life.
So yeah there are LOTS of things out there that are not for me. They are great things! Just not for me.
Oh! Uh, I would probably wish for something ‘lame’ but important - such as an end for poverty or teleportation or … something like that. I can’t think of anything in my own life that I would really wish for… maybe a coffee. MAYBE I would wish to just fix all the dumb problems in my body like my stomach and sleep problems. yeahhhh….
engineeringpoodles asked: Do you think a practical anti-gravity device (perhaps w/sound) can be achieved in the next 20 years?
I don’t really think so.
To me ‘practical’ means ‘widely commercially available.’
Assuming you mean ‘anti-gravity’ as a type of levitation - a force that counter-acts gravity, all of the viable mechanisms that we currently have available today are really energy intensive. We’re getting closer in the sense that we’re discovering more efficient energy storage systems, but I don’t think we’ll achieve practical application in 20 years. I think it’s entirely possible that within 20 years we’ll start seeing limited application of devices like that (read: very expensive R&D demonstrations and/or military), but not ‘practical’.
If you meant anti-gravity in the sense of something that is actually ‘turning off’ gravitational force, then that’s even less likely (within 20 years).
Alas, no, that card was just for the joke. In high school my group of friends consisted of either those who drew comics and those who played magic. I have friends who are *really* into Magic (as in, they compete in international tournaments), but I have never played it myself.
It’s totes magotes!
In light of recent nonsense that I was dragged into because I’m “a girl” and I make comics for a living, I thought this older comic was worth re-posting.
Women make and read comics, and we’re doing so in ever-increasing numbers.
(Oh, and the “Comics are a man’s world” quote was taken from the comments section of an article on Wired. That is literally what a dude said, “comics are a man’s world.” I mean, what?)
I thought the journalist who reported that story did an EXCELLENT job of calmly pointing out the irony of talking about Faith as a “girl who makes girl comics” when she also makes Superhero Girl, exactly the type of comic Todd McFarlane and Friends think women don’t make and aren’t interested in.
Often when I’m teaching I’ll bring whatever comic I happen to be reading at home to school to read to myself during silent reading (I’m pretty transparently trying to model behaviours I want the kids to emulate). A few months back the book I had was Superhero Girl, and probably because of its bold cover and shiny insides, it generated interest in the classes I brought it into- among both boys and girls. One girl immediately commented on how “most superheroes are men. Spiderman, Batman, Superman…” Her tone made it clear that she had opinions on that trend. “Yup,” I responded, holding in my hands the evidence that it didn’t have to be that way.
Hey, Todd McFarlane and Friends, there are seven year old girls who have caught on to your game, and they’re coming for your job.
Progress! Things have been quiet because I’ve been making the bonus content for the upcoming third Wasted Talent collection.
These are the “Olympic” comics and the “job” comics. I kept the same limited pallete theme going from book 2, especially because these are more story driven pages. I don’t want people hunting for punchlines that don’t exist!
Many more of these to do still, work never stops around here…
Waterlogged is here! I got my comp copy today and all I can really say is WOW. All our contributors really stepped up to the plate for the Nautical-themed challenge. Jeff and the whole Cloudscape team knocked the design out of the park.
I’m so pumped to get this book into the excited hands of our Indiegogo supporters — You all made this happen! The stretch goal rewards are on their way to Cloudscape HQ so backers should see their rewards going out very soon. Watch for a launch party in the fall!
miyaa999 asked: Have you found ways to use your artistic talent in engineering, and vice-versa?
Oh, for sure! Sketching is actually a very useful skill in engineering, Mechanical Design in particular. Being able to quickly mock something up in 3D on a whiteboard and describe the forces acting upon it is one of the better ways to communicate the types of problems we deal with. It’s also very useful for communicating issues or concepts to clients.
The reverse is also true… other than the organizational skills, having a good knowledge of how things work is useful in comics. I can draw plausible mechanisms, or things that look like they are properly supported. I think it helps in writing, too, because technical writing is all about clarity and brevity.
Congratulations! My survival guide (available in the sponsor zone as a download) has some more detailed tips, but in general it’s very difficult. Design jobs in particular are very competitive. Even if you have the abilities employers are looking for, you need a way to “prove” it. While you’re looking for work, start a personal project that you can use to demonstrate the skills you have. It also helps keep you from being bored while you don’t have work. Good luck!
Thanks so much for writing back, and I’m very glad that you found a resolution that works for your situation. Just please remember that you deserve the chance to improve the world through engineering, just as much as anyone else. You do not deserve to put up with crap on the basis of your gender. I had to take a social elective as part of my undergrad, if that’s the same for you I would recommend some kind of gender psychology. It’s really helpful to get a deeper understanding of how these issues affect society at large and your life in particular as a woman in a ‘male dominated’ field.
I would recommend gender psychology as a topic of study for anyone, incidentally.
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Woo Hoo! Page 15
Well that was completely unexpected. (To Jolee, at least.)
At least that mushroom crystal cave looks like a rockin’ place to eat.
Also, keep note of some of the characters in the last panel, they may become Woo Hoo! regulars later on! ;D
Loving Jak’s new comic, and I totally wish Craves were a real thing :’(
scottritchings asked: What's your home studio environment like? Not in a what's-your-desk-look-like sense, but all the things around it! Do you listen to music? What kind? Is the TV on instead in the background? Natural light? Lamp light with blackout curtains? That kind of thing!
It depends on what I’m doing, and I have a few different setups that I can switch between if I’m feeling stuck.