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A feminism comic I did for my uni’s newspaper. I wish I had a bit more time to work on it, but I’m pleased with how it came out considering the tight deadline!

My friend Jason was telling me that, one day, on a train, he went to change his infant’s diaper. On the way to the bathroom he was told, three times, that he was a great dad. 

To be clear…for ensuring that his child wasn’t sitting in her own shit for hours, he was congratulated on how awesome he was. The patriarchy is weird…

And if women get and angry and passionate about issues like these (or anything else for that matter), we are asked if we are on our periods.




just a bit of a warm up today. 

i drew gingerhazing’s superhero guy

and remember, you always gotta make sure he has a good butt, fierce eyes, and some man-fur.




(Here’s the original drawing, in case you don’t follow me on twitter)






Hyperbole and a Half posted again, and everyone needs to read it because:

  • If you are depressed, it will resonate with you like whoa.
  • If you are not depressed, it will clarify some stereotypes about depression that need to be said. An explanation like this has been needed for a LONG time.
  • If you know someone who is depressed, you’ll be better at interacting with them after reading this.

Reblogging another link to this because everyone has to see it.

What maya said

alt text: “I had a hard time with Ayn Rand because I found myself enthusiastically agreeing with the first 90% of every sentence, but getting lost at ‘therefore, be a huge asshole to everyone.”

My third Ordinary Superpowers comic is done! This one features my friend, who trust me, you don’t want to mess with.

It’s actually the front of a card, and colored with pencil crayon!

Previous comics here: 1, 2, 3

Um, could an ordinary superpower be loving books? I usually have a book with me everywhere I go. I enjoy sniffing old books. Bookstores make me happy.

Yes, definitely!

When I got the idea for drawing Ordinary Superpower comics it was really a combination of two ideas. One was something I read a long time ago, that I don’t even remember the source of, about a boy who wrote stories about people with, well, ordinary superpowers. An example would be having a pinky finger that could turn invisible or was really strong. I honestly don’t even remember if his characters made use of the abilities or if they were sort of useless. The second idea was really just the belief that people are more significant than they realize. That the little things matter. I think that there are two very prevalent viewpoints in our society. One that there are so many people, and that they are so small in the course of everything that they don’t matter, that nothing really matters.

The other is that size, and durability are not really the measures of worth. That small actions can have huge impact or that changing a single life is of huge value. The butterfly effect would be considered a real world example of this phenomenon. I prefer this viewpoint, in which consciousness and life and creativity is considered beautiful and precious despite the abundance of people that have been and will be and I’ll tell you why. I don’t think it’s a question that we’ll ever really have an answer for, and instead of fretting about what is right in cases such as these, I think we should believe what makes us the most inspired, productive, happy human beings possible. After all, even if we’re wrong, we stand more to gain by believing, and trying, and being than we do fretting about the inevitable. I think this makes an incredibly strong argument both for optimism, and against fate.

However, back to your original question, I think loving books is a valid and valuable attribute to celebrate. And my comic really does come down to celebrating things that may be overlooked (in a lighthearted and visually pleasing way.) Reading can open up a world of possibilities, and help create more thoughtful, understanding and empathetic people. It’s really an incredible thing humans have created, that allows not only the passage of information efficiently from person to person through the passage of time, but for many of us to feel slightly more understood, and less alone in this infinite universe.

I just wanted to talk a little more about my comic making process. I’m learning how to use Photoshop, but I’m not super comfortable with it, so I mostly draw things on paper. I do my drawings in pencil first, and then use pen to draw over the lines once I have things roughly how I like them. I use Staedtler triplus fineliners, but sharpie fineliners also work pretty well. The reason I use felt tip pens instead of ballpoint is that I find ballpoint pens catch more often and have problems with any previous grooves in the paper. I scan and take pictures of my work at various stages. The Ordinary Superpower comics I’ve been making required an additional step. I used Photoshop to colour them in. I mostly used the paint bucket and brush tool, although I’m sure someone with more expertise (or me when I have had more practice) could use more tools for more advanced effects.

The finished comics of my boyfriend, and John Green are also on my blog, in case you want to check them out 🙂

P.S. Tell me about your ordinary superpower and I may just use it in my next comic!

This is my second Ordinary Superhero comic! The first one also features arms, if you’re interested in checking it out.

So a bit about the comic. I forget where I first read about ordinary superpowers, but I loved the idea. I think everyone should consider what their ordinary superpowers are and celebrate them. Don’t forget to be awesome, you know? For example, an ordinary superpower of giraffes’ could be loving one another so so much, and one of my ordinary superpowers could be resisting reblogging every cute cat video I see. John Green probably has a multitude of ordinary superpowers, but signing is surely one of them.

I also made a post talking a bit more about how I make these types of comics, which can be found here.

P.S. Tell me about your ordinary superpower and I may just use it in my next comic!