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  1. midlandiania

    Stan Lee accused of sexual misconduct

    Is there a better source available? The paper version is bad enough, but the online version of The Daily Mail is notorious for its 'Sidebar of Shame' - a horrid, crypto-mysogynist, clickbait-ey pile of awful, that is at odds with the idea of them ever trying to be taken seriously on any issue...
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    New Apartment Advice

    Just one little warning... anybody who lives by their own rules becomes either a beast or a god. Be sure to let others in, and if you do not live in fear of landlords, bang plenty of nails in the walls. Sincerely, A. Beast
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    Working For Free

    Well said. Increasingly, as robots take over, I very much hope that all the pointless toil melts away, and people will come to value the raw ideas that drive the entertainment industries. Or, they just come to value a notion of truth and beauty as an end in itself.
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    Working For Free

    OK, so unpaid work in the indie world... One thing I don't like about the idea of pay is to do with equality. If I collaborate, I want to think that there isn't a writer who is paying, is the source of the idea, and is directing a paid artist to work like a bricklayer to fulfil a brief. I guess...
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    Working For Free

    I think there's something some of you here are missing, if you were ever hoping to work for a publisher (I think some of you wouldn't want that). Having a good portfolio and regularly updated webcomic are fine, but I really don't know that publishers ever come to you, you probably have to go to...
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    Working For Free

    From glancing through some of that thread, I think he is trying to talk about the scenario where someone has finished a degree, and then has to put together a submission to an open call for submissions. This may or may not be successful, but then if the work is rejected, it would remain the...
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    tell me your background hates...

    I wonder if you might do better by aiming this not at artists, but at writers. I know artists like to moan on Twitter that they are swamped with having to draw a really difficult scene... but in a way they are often merely telling the world that they are working on something - it's a form of...
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    tell me your background hates...

    This reminds me a bit of the idea of the Draperyman. Old Master paintings should really be 'from the studio of' rather than by a single artist. Comics usually chop tasks down, so why not add a Drapery credit? Writer: Robin Wright Pencils/Inks: Des Lynam Colours: James Brown Letters: Kiki Dee...
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    The new forum design is looking sharp and smart!

    The new forum design is looking sharp and smart!
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    Sexualisation within comics

    From grabbing my copy of Watchmen, and having a quick flick through to find the Silhouette character, it seems it is done more as a backstory - blink and you will miss it - mainly mentioned by Hollis Mason (the original Nite Owl) in excerpts from his autobiography. Not depicted graphically...
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    Artist for OCTRTA

    Do you have an email address?
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    Sexualisation within comics

    They often say all philosophy is just footnotes to Plato. South Park, with a much shorter memory, had an episode where whatever Butters tried to do, The Simpsons had already done it. Part of me looks at Doctor Manhattan, and sees a bit of The Silver Surfer in him (I'm not too familiar with The...
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    Sexualisation within comics

    I always kid myself that I will learn French that way, but I understand that sometimes you can pick up some very Belgian quirks, such as their words for the numbers 70 and 80 being something like septante, and huitante, rather than the clunky French sixty-ten and four-twenties. I wasn't aware...
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    Sexualisation within comics

    OK, I can agree, it does change your perspective. A bit like the phrase 'credo ut intelligam' - you have to reproduce in order to understand how you change when you do. Or, maybe that means I just have to take your word for it(!) As I say though, I can understand *a little* by comparing who I am...
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    Sexualisation within comics

    @SpaceTurtleArt - I wasn't denying the problems, but I didn't read the articles, largely because the way you put it, you just said the internet is full of stuff like this (I don't doubt it) so sorry for not taking the time to read those specific articles. I tend to get my information on such...
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    Sexualisation within comics

    - asked Andrea Leadsom of Theresa May... I think 'Sexualisation in Comics with reference to the ideas of Michel Foucault' would make for a very interesting assignment. Foucault is hard to explain briefly on an internet forum, kudos to @Shaneoid for attempting to do so - I once got a poor mark...
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    Sexualisation within comics

    To be fair to @Bencomicgraphics - Batman wouldn't need muscle to be Batman. Various portrayals of Batman don't care all that much about his body. One of the main virtues of Batman is that he isn't Superman. Batman is all padding if he appears muscle-ey. Batman is the night, he is illusion. He is...
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    Sexualisation within comics

    Some of my earliest ways into comics as a reader were things like The Beano/Dandy and then Tintin - some of the least sexualised comics there are. I don't generally like unnecessary sexualised depictions of characters, but then I've never delved into Manga, and I barely read any superhero stuff...
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    Patreon service fee, your thoughts?

    I think ultimately that something along the lines of non-profit will be the true way forward. Things are changing all the time with regards to how technology, the internet etc are impacting on economics and work. I hear lots of talk on the radio of us being right in the middle of something like...
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    Giving back to the community (DONE)

    I do not have any way of receiving tips, but anyone can go to my pinned tweet on Twitter ( here ) and help me with some 'important' market research. Expires in less than 48hrs. Also, anybody want a follow on twitter? Finally, in the unlikely event that a benevolent eccentric millionaire is...