You really know this didn’t happen because no one can truly comprehend the mysteries of hammer-space.
I have to talk about feminism one more time. I promise this will be the last time I bring up the topic.
So let me just start out with an apology. I little while back I flipped out about about criticism of astrophysicist Matt Taylor shirt that was made for him by Elly PriZeMaN. And while I still believe the criticizing of him was just wrong logically and morally , my reaction was:
- A completely unreasonable response on my part.
- Not the correct time or place to bring up the topic at all.
- Dead wrong, applying the actions of a few bad apples to “Feminists”
The people at the center of the controversy were complete morons and asses. But the problem is that horrible people are everywhere, in every group and belief system. If we start attributing the actions of horrible people to what ever group they may have membership in, well that just make the world a worse place. Really, it all comes down to the problem of Nazi Cows
It was a failure in my thinking, applying the actions of a bad actors to the whole of a group that just wants to make the world better. Not that I don’t find the bad actors very irksome. It’s the smugness of their stupidity that gets me. There is an innate unfairness in someone being an ass and then sleeping the sleep of the just.
But there were better way I could have dealt with the issue. Better ways to show the idiocy of the situation. For example I could have commissioned a wallpaper like this:
(click image for high rez)
Now normally when I post a free wallpaper I remind you that you can support the comic through various mean. Not this time. Instead I am going to ask you to support someone else comic.
Gynostar is a very funny feminist webcomic. I realized that if I don’t like the bad actors in the feminist community then the best solution is to promote the good actors. Granted I don’t exactly agree with Rebecca Cohen on all things I am glad that she is out there. Also, I do refute her claim that Gynostar is the world’s favorite feminist superhero. But I can forgive anyone for a little hyperbole given that I am so much like Jesus but cooler, like a sexy rock-star Jesus.
Please send a few buck here way on the patreon link below. In fact I have a little challenge; I would like anonymously raise the value of her Patreon by $100 over the next week. If we can do that I will release another free wallpaper.
And that is all I have to say on that. I was wrong, angry and dumb. I am often wrong, angry and dumb. But at least I admit that I am wrong and dumb once I calm down. That’s something.
I have been reading some great books featuring superheroes lately. And more specifically supervillains. Jim Bernheimer’s Confessions of a D-List Supervillain and Origins of a D-List Supervillain are some bloody amusing books. They are written in a memoir format and resemble Andy Weir’s The Martian (also a great book) in the writing style and format. The books feature Cal Stringel’s adventures at being a villain and sometimes a hero. There is not so much a story arch as a series of events in the Cal’s life. The thing that makes the books great is that Cal is so amusing and just a genuinely interesting guy that you really enjoy spending time with him. It’s definitely something worth checking out.
You can check out the rest of his work at jimbernheimer.com. I have not read his other series but he is a very fun writer, they’ll probably be worth your time. If you tell him I sent you… um… nothing will happen I don’t really know the guy. I guess he will like me better in the abstract. And isn’t that we all strive for in life? To have strangers to have a higher hypothetical opinion of us. I know that’s my goal, not making the world a better place or any of that nonsense, but reducing the number of people who are actively indifferent to my existence. Truly, it is a noble path. After all this could all be a computer program simulating reality or some such and then won’t you feel silly for all the wasted time feeding the homeless and crusading for social justice.
I guess what I am trying to say is Gandhi was a chump.
And you should check out Jim Bernheimer’s books because they are very entertaining.
A week ago I was taking a short hike in the woods near my house and mulling over the plot for the upcoming Blade Bunny. Or lack of plot as the case may be. Granted I had ideas but they were all just sort of variations on things that I had already done in the comic. It all felt stale. Like I was putting a new paint job on the same product and calling it “new and improved”. And that’s when I realized I was done with Bunny.
Now I could just end the comic at this point, but we are making enough money to keep it running*, and this comic is pretty fun when you get right down to it. So I figure why let someone else have a shot. After all the whole point of this, of making comic online, is to have fun. I could stay on as an managing editor to coordinate things and look over the scripts to insure a smooth transition of story and just let someone else have a hand at writing this comic. Hopefully they could bring in new ideas and directions that I didn’t even think of.
Thus I am seeking a new writer for the comic. It will be a paid position, although only marginally so (I’m thinking $5 a page but I am willing to negotiate), with other benefits such as 24 comic pages drawn by Erwin to be used on your own personal projects and profit sharing if they ever materialize.
If you are interested send a copy of some writing you have done, preferably humorous writing, to firstname.lastname@example.org with the Title “Writer for Blade Bunny”.
Some of you may be wondering what will happen to me if I stop writing Blade Bunny and the honest truth is I will be taking probably a year off from writing just to recharge. I have been writing comics non-stop for 9 years now and I just need a bit of a break. I have some ideas but I really haven’t had any time to work on them. So I’m going to just be taking a bit of a sabbatical, I’ll still be around but in a more administrative role. I’ll talk a bit more about it when it’s time to transfer over the reigns.
* Technically we are running at a loss but I am hoping the finances will turn around
Normally I space out these rewards to have one update a month. After all, it cost money to make these silly wallpapers. If I post to many at once I eat all the possible profits. The whole point of the wallpapers it to try an make enough money to support the comic. Posting two back to back, and right before a “spend all your money on stuff” holiday, is not the best way to make money, even if we are currently running in the red.
And then A Gray Phantom had to say this:
“Dargh-blargh argh!!! JUST KISS DAMMIT!!! (º□º)”
Gahhh! Must resist urge to taunt… Even though he used capital letters and everything. Inner internet troll coming to surface… Must resit natural wise-ass nature… MUST… STAY… STRONG!
AHHHHHHH!!! No I can’t. I just can’t. So here you are. A wallpaper of exactly what A Gray Phantom ask for. Bunny and Kyoto just KISS, damnit!
As always these free wallpapers are a way to ask for support of the comic (and, perhaps, in this case , to also be a bit of an ass). As I said money is really tight right now and any support you can give is very much appreciated. Hell if we raise enough money to keep the lights on, one day, we might see Bunny and Kyoto kiss as well as KISS.
Thanks for you support.