2005 07 08
And the comic for today is a tiny pixel version of Iris, sent to me by Celine! I emailed back to ask for more so that Iris could walk around in her own RPG or something, but as yet no reply has come for that!
To my left is a picture I drew of a cervine asura. She is named Eshana Quasar, and those are both Hindi names, I discovered. Asuras are Indian demons or demi-gods, often depicted with three faces on one head and six arms. Although this one, beeing very deer-like, has hooves instead of hands, so what normally would be an advantage becomes completely absurd and pointless. Just like LIFE!!!
To my right is a drawing sent to my from my friend Victoria. She started a new comic called Lola, and it's totally adorable so I'll link to it again.
Also, I read this fascinating article the other day about a proposed relationship between American innovation and entrepreneurship with hypomania, a personality trait that runs in families with manic-depressive disorder. Hypomania seems to be a bit like manic-depressive, except you're in the manic phase all the time. It is characterized by being full of ideas, feeling destined for greatness, irrational optimism, even euphoria, risk-taking, etc. The idea is, this trait seems very common among successful entrepreneurs. This is as one might expect since starting a business is a considerable risk, and one must usually fail several times at entrepreneurship before hitting on something big. Thus, one must be very prone to risk-taking to be successful. The article doesn't mention alcoholism, which would also be more common among entrepreneurs.
More importantly, the article draws a possible connection between hypomania and the basic individualism of American culture. America grew by immigration, and it is reasonable to think that hypomania would be more common among immigrants. This could explain why millionaires in America are more likely to be immigrants than the general population, why Americans have such a penchant for entrepreneurship (and consequently account for 31% of all economic activity with only 5% of the population), the idealism in so much of American history... anyway, it was a very interesting article.
Oh, and I suppose you're wondering when the next actual comic will be. Well. It won't be too long!
2005 12 02
Dragonfly Needs Help!!!
Are there any string theorists in the audience? I am in desperate need for help with my homework! I have some problems relating to current algebras in conformal field theory. Anyone who can help me understand this please contact me!. I'll be happy to make some nice artwork in exchange.
Above is some fan art sent to me by Bill. Thanks Bill! His website is here!. Here's some more pixel art by Celine. I'm going to decorite the site with them once I get the chance to redo the site in the manner of the new website I'm working on. I designed a kick-ass site for my new comic that I'm doing with galago, and once that website gets working properly I'll make something similar for Latex Blue.
I'm planning to make some new comics around Christmas time during my break. In addition, I'm haping to be able to unveil a new comic I'm working on with my friend Galago. It's going to be really good, trust me. It's also a lot more fun for me to make because we split up the work. Basically, I get all the ideas, and then he does the writing and drawing. It works really well because he's a very good writer and he turns my ideas into things that are much funnier than they would be if I tried to write them.
2006 03 03
The above link works now!!! It leads to my new comic that I'm doing with Galago!
FURTHER NOTICE: Now the link works AND the comic actually works. Before something was wrong with MySQL and this caused the comic not to work properly. Dammit.
Another freaking further notice!!! ARARRGH!!!! Yeah, MySQL stopped working again. But now as I write this it is is actually working. HOPEFULLY MySQL will automatically restart itself next time the computer loads.
On this new comic, mainly I get the ideas but Galago does the actual writing and drawing; I do a much better job on things when I'm in charge but I leave the details to other people.
We're including a book reccomendation with every comic of this new comic--so go and click on the books and buy them so that we get commissions!
Fan Art: Two new fan arts! On the left is "a tribute piece to one of the first webcomics I really got addicted to" by Jared Hindman of Head Injury Theatre. To the right is a picture by Brentos, whose art can be found here.
And now here's some topical humor!!
In case you don't know, a few weeks ago some Muslims started rioting all over Europe because they were pretending to be offended over a bunch of Danish Cartoons. The idea that one could be so offended over a newspaper cartoon as to commit crimes over it, especially cartoons as tame as these, is clearly absurd. The real point behind the riots seems to be an attempt to threaten Europe into submission. Never be critical of Muslums ever again or Europe goes into anarchy.
A large proportion of the Muslims who have emmigrated to Europe seem to have brought with them a culture of criminality. Culture, by the way, is the key word here. Muslims, obviously, are not born with criminal tendancies, but their native culture teaches it to them. These criminals have been threatening Europe for some time now, although only with the most recent riots have many people here awakened to this threat. In 2004, a Dutch filmmaker named Van Gogh who made a documentary about Muslim violence against women and, after recieving many death threats for it, was then gunned down. Last year, there were some Muslim riots in France which, though not as bad as the most recent ones, caused a lot of property damage. Prior to that it seems, there had been plenty of French neighborhoods, largely inhabited by Muslims, in which the police dared not go.
I think a lot of the basis for the problems Europeans are having with muslmims has to do with the incorrect idea that tolerance breeds tolerance, that is, if you tolerat me, than that means I am going to tolerate you. This also has to do with the idea that conflicts are caused by misunderstandings, rather than that one or both sides being evil. As a consequence of believing something like this, Europe has alowed a criminal culture inside, one that seems quite willing to take over peace-loving Europeans, no matter how tolerantly they are being treated.
The real trick here is to be tolerant of tolerant people and intolerant of intolerant people. This may seem obvious, but it is a point apparently lost on both the left and the right, the former desiring intolerance of whole classes of society, such as the wealthy, the white males, and the religious, yet tolerance of both common criminals and mad dictators such as Saddam Hussein, and the latter desiring intolerance of entierly peaceful classes, such as homosexuals and potheads.