Ash McButts!

Ash McButts!

Hi Hello, how are you? Your hair looks great today.

miserableoptimistblog:

This is my new blog! Weee! Pretty exciting right? Nothing posted yet, the crippling anxiety of the infinite number of things I could post racking every keystroke. It’s horribly overwhelming….

Anyway, to get the ball rolling I’ll post some old pieces I enjoy, and then some things I’m working on now, and planning for the next two or three months,

So please, bear with me over the next few weeks while I drum up some comics and art pieces to show off.

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From he handsome new blog which you  should go and follow.

Goodbye Blog! Hello new blog…. and site? For reals this time!

Hey guys,

It’s that time again where I decide to call it quits with this blog and move on over somewhere else for a fresh start, this way I can start from scratch and try to be a little more tactile with my content, ad am for I to be a bit better

This time my blog is going to document the potentially hilarious struggle I go through to setup a website from scratch and actually focus on making some good content, a couple short stories and some regular comics.

So look for me over at http://miserableoptimistblog.tumblr.com/ and have a look at some photos of my upcoming projects, art pieces and a few comics for prosperity.

So thanks for reading and look out for my ne stuff elsewhere.

New drawing of cookiesmcsnugglebottom

New drawing of cookiesmcsnugglebottom

altcomix:

Altcomix Comic Challenge Round 1
This is a comic experiment.  If this is successful, we’ll do more, and if it’s not, probably we won’t.  For the first round, the script has been donated to us by bobschofield.  Just draw this as a page of comics.  You can use text, or not.  Up to you how you want to communicate it.  If you have any questions, ask them and I’ll amend this post with answers.
“It is nighttime. There are trees.Trees filled with eyes, and dying men.A kind of bird, hiding its face behind white gloves.Something falls from a great height.And puts a smile on the moon.”

Definitely going to give this a crack.

altcomix:

Altcomix Comic Challenge Round 1

This is a comic experiment.  If this is successful, we’ll do more, and if it’s not, probably we won’t.  For the first round, the script has been donated to us by bobschofield.  Just draw this as a page of comics.  You can use text, or not.  Up to you how you want to communicate it.  If you have any questions, ask them and I’ll amend this post with answers.

“It is nighttime. There are trees.
Trees filled with eyes, and dying men.
A kind of bird, hiding its face behind white gloves.
Something falls from a great height.
And puts a smile on the moon.”

Definitely going to give this a crack.

What about our fans? Are they privileged? Let me tell you about Anders. He was one of two male love interests in Dragon Age II, and the only one of the two that would actually make his intentions known to the player without the player expressing interest first. If you were nice to him, he would make a pass at you, and you could turn him down, and that would be the end of it. And some fans REALLY did not like that.

Some of them asked for a gay toggle; because in a game where there’s mature themes, slavery, death, and none of which we offer toggles for, encountering a gay character? OOH, beyond the pale. They didn’t want to be exposed to homosexuality.

And this one fan on our forums posted that he felt too much attention had been spent on women and gays and not enough on straight male gamers. For all of whom he personally spoke, of course. ‘It’s ridiculous that I even have to use a term like Straight Male Gamers, when in the past I would only have to say fans.’ The purpose of the romances in Dragon Age II was to give each type of fan an equal content. Two romances whether you’re male or female, straight or gay.

How upsetting for this particular Straight Male Gamer to realize he wasn’t being catered to. This was not equality to him, but an imbalance; an imbalance of the natural order. He did not want equality, he’s not interested in equality. To him, from his perspective, equality means he’s getting less. Less options? Actually, no, the number of options we had in that game was actually the same number of options that he would have received earlier. What was his issue was the idea that there was attention being spent on other groups, which SHOULD have rightly gone to him.

Do ALL straight male gamers feel exactly the same as he does? Absolutely not. In the thread where this came up in fact, there was quite a few guys who came in and identified themselves as straight male gamers and said ‘I actually don’t have an issue with that, as long as I receive an experience I enjoy, I think other people should be able to enjoy that too.’ But if you think that Straight Male Gamer Dude is an outlier among our fanbase, you were not paying attention.

This is Anita Sarkeesian, she’s the author of the Feminist Frequency, a blog which examines tropes in the depiction of women in popular culture. You’ve probably all heard about this, it’s a matter of public record, she announced a Kickstarter to start a web series to look at the tropes in video games and she was subjected to a campaign of vicious abuse and harassment by male gamers. Why? Well, because she represents to these guys the loss of their coveted place in the gaming audience. Never mind that well all know Goddamn well that they’re still at the top of the totem pole. What they see themselves losing is sole proprietorship over their domain. That’s what it is.

Everything that is changing about the gaming industry to accommodate these players, to them, is diluting the purity of gaming which has belonged solely to them. That’s what this is all about. And here’s the thing, I’m pretty certain that our industry fears the scrutiny of those guys way more than the scrutiny of everyone else. Because those are the guys that scream at the top of their lungs, they spend their time on every internet forum, they spend their time making Metacritic reviews. Infuriate them, and you become a target. It’s so much easier to say “Well, that’s what our fans are like. There’s nothing we can do.” And that’s bullshit.

They didn’t set the tone, did they? We set the tone. What we put out there, what we permit, whether it’s on our forums, whether it’s on Xbox Live, the things that we permit we are in effect condoning. What happened to Anita, we the industry, are partly responsible for. We’re in part to blame. And if the idea of moral responsibility doesn’t phase you, consider the idea that the time will probably soon come that this will also amount to legal responsibility.

fuckyeahsexcriminals:

God is real.

I giggled like an idiot when I read this,
fuckyeahsexcriminals:

God is real.

I giggled like an idiot when I read this,

fuckyeahsexcriminals:

God is real.

I giggled like an idiot when I read this,

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Here’s a cartoon of a lady doing magics. Click here for a bigger version.

Here’s a cartoon of a lady doing magics. Click here for a bigger version.

mixtapecomics:

I’m in the midst of penciling a 9-page story written by Ion O’Clast for Ninth Art Press’ Subcultures anthology. I’m about 5 pages in right now, planning to finish the pencils up on Tuesday and head into inks throughout the rest of the week. Here’s a tiny preview of pages 1-3.

Looking excellent!

mixtapecomics:

I’m in the midst of penciling a 9-page story written by Ion O’Clast for Ninth Art Press’ Subcultures anthology. I’m about 5 pages in right now, planning to finish the pencils up on Tuesday and head into inks throughout the rest of the week. Here’s a tiny preview of pages 1-3.

Looking excellent!