My Life Has Become A Boring Pop Song

Life through the lens of fandom

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jakewyattriot:

I apologize if this comes off as disrespectful to Michael Brown or Trayvon Martin. Or their families. Or YOU, the reader. I’m not about that. That’s not why I drew this.

I am just really freaked out that 40% of Americans (and 47% of White Americans) do not think that the killings and violence in Ferguson ‘raise any racial issues.’ Fellow White Persons, this is our chance to learn. This is our chance to change.

When Trayvon Martin was murdered because Full Grown Men in America are frightened to violence by the presence black children, the dialogue turned very quickly into a conversation about gun control.

And gun control is an issue that deserves our attention.

But it won’t change the massive poverty in Black America. The arrest rate. The education statistics. The institutional, systemic, casual, and passive racism that plagues our country.

And it wouldn’t have saved Michael Brown.

Anyway. I’m sorry if this comes off as disrespectful or insincere or preachy. I’m sorry if my execution (or personality) gets in the way of what I’m trying to say. I am an imperfect artist, an imperfect person, and I am, undoubtedly, blinded to a million things by my own glaring whiteness. So this might be… Lord, this might be awful. I’m so sorry if it’s awful. Really.

But. I just keep thinking… Look, my wife is pregnant with our first child. A boy. We’re nervous, we’re excited, we’re SO ANXIOUS because what the hell do you do with babies? WE don’t know. But if we were a black family… in this country… we would be so terrified. Because we live in a nation that murders the children of black parents, puts it on the news WITH RIOTS AND TEAR GAS as decoration, and still half of us don’t even see it as a problem. Can you imagine that? Can you imagine bringing a child into that reality, to face the odds we lay out for black kids?

That would break me. I’ve never known anything like that. No one should ever know anything like that.

So let’s talk to our friends about race. Lets talk to our families. And when actual victims of racism try to tell us what’s going on in, say, a peaceful community protest as they are being gassed and shot at by cops WE SHOULD LISTEN TO AND BELIEVE THEM. Let’s talk to each other about this until we are all on the same page.

And then let’s turn the damn page.

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Robin Williams didn’t die from suicide. I only just heard the sad, sad news of Robin Williams’s death. My wife sent me a message to tell me he had died, and, when I asked her what he died from, she told me something that nobody in the news seems to be talking about.

When people die from cancer, their cause of death can be various horrible things – seizure, stroke, pneumonia – and when someone dies after battling cancer, and people ask “How did they die?”, you never hear anyone say “pulmonary embolism”, the answer is always “cancer”. A Pulmonary Embolism can be the final cause of death with some cancers, but when a friend of mine died from cancer, he died from cancer. That was it. And when I asked my wife what Robin Williams died from, she, very wisely, replied “Depression”.

The word “suicide” gives many people the impression that “it was his own decision,” or “he chose to die, whereas most people with cancer fight to live.” And, because Depression is still such a misunderstood condition, you can hardly blame people for not really understanding. Just a quick search on Twitter will show how many people have little sympathy for those who commit suicide…

But, just as a Pulmonary Embolism is a fatal symptom of cancer, suicide is a fatal symptom of Depression. Depression is an illness, not a choice of lifestyle. You can’t just “cheer up” with depression, just as you can’t choose not to have cancer. When someone commits suicide as a result of Depression, they die from Depression – an illness that kills millions each year. It is hard to know exactly how many people actually die from Depression each year because the figures and statistics only seem to show how many people die from “suicide” each year (and you don’t necessarily have to suffer Depression to commit suicide, it’s usually just implied). But considering that one person commits suicide every 14 minutes in the US alone, we clearly need to do more to battle this illness, and the stigmas that continue to surround it. Perhaps Depression might lose some its “it was his own fault” stigma, if we start focussing on the illness, rather than the symptom. Robin Williams didn’t die from suicide. He died from Depression*. It wasn’t his choice to suffer that.

Tom Clempsom (via mollyfamous)

FINALLY PEOPLE ARE STARTING TO TALK ABOUT WHAT DEPRESSION REALLY IS.

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THIS IS THE BEST THING I HAVE EVER READ

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And you’re finally out
As you draw your first
And the air was cold but
You will never know

And I tried to find
The heart to hold
But my arm was tired
Had to let you go

But I hope I made you well
I hope I made you well

So I wish you well
As you’re on your own
And I hope you find
Wherever is your home

William Fitzsimmons - “Well Enough”

Very few things in my life feel as true as these lyrics right now.

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kristaferanka:

kristaferanka:

my Marvel Now series - updated -

about a year of drawing

Cyclops - Scarlet Witch - Invisible Woman - Spider-man

She-Hulk - Iron Man - Deadpool - Red She-Hulk

Thor - Rogue - Cable - Captain America

Lady Sif - Hulk - Hawkeye - Broo

Noh Varr - Iron Man Stealth - Elektra - Nova

Gamora - Iron Man Godkiller - Starlord - Drax the Destroyer

Angela - Beta Ray Bill - Valkyrie - Magneto

Beast - Wasp - Dazzler - Magik

Banshee - Daken - Grim Reaper - Sentry

Monet - Medusa - Loki - America Chavez

Ghost Rider - Ms. Marvel - Cyclops - Spider-Woman

Moon Knight - Tigra - the Vision - Falcon

Psylocke - Corsair - X-23 - Quicksilver

Venom - Punisher - the Thing - Black Cat

updated with the new batch

Big fan of this.

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gkambadais:

Some of the commissions i did so far!

If you want a commission from me, read this!

Hey my commission is up there! George does incredible work and is fairly inexpensive. I am so so happy with how mine turned out. You should email him and get some sweet art!

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laurabeaird asked: I have always been a reader, but comic books are a newer medium to me. I was wondering if you have any that you'd recommend to a new kid on the block?

This is always a hard question to answer because there are SO MANY books out there and everyone has different tastes. Something that I may love and worship might not be your cup of tea. That being said, here are some books that I’m really loving right now and I think are good ways to test the waters of comicdom:

1. HAWKEYE - Matt Fraction, David Aja, and Annie Wu

I am obsessed with this series. A lot of people hype this book and it’s easy to see why once you’ve read it. It’s essentially about what Hawkeye does in his downtime when he’s not busy saving the world with the Avengers. It’s a good character study and it’s incredibly witty and charming. But that doesn’t mean it’s not suspenseful or shocking. It definitely is! A good superhero book to start with.

2. SAGA - Brian K. Vaughn and Fiona Staples

This is a scifi series about two people in love who come from different warring worlds who have a baby together. And because of this, they are on the run. This book feels incredibly real and personal even though it’s about aliens and magic.

3. EAST OF WEST - Jonathan Hickman and Nick Dragotta

This is the closest thing to Game of Thrones in the comic medium. It’s an apocalyptic scifi/western set in an alternate America where the Civil War ended with division rather than reunification. It’s incredibly dense and meaty. It might be my favorite series being published right now.

4. Anything by Rick Remender (UNCANNY X-FORCE, UNCANNY AVENGERS, BLACK SCIENCE, DEADLY CLASS, FEAR AGENT, etc.)

Rick is my favorite writer so I will never pass up an opportunity to give him a shoutout. His work tends to be a little darker and he really enjoys putting his characters through their paces but it all happens for the sake of character growth and furthering the story. Everything matters in a Remender story. There are no wasted pages. He’s crafting some of the best stories in comics right now, both superhero and otherwise.

5. CYCLOPS - Greg Rucka and Russell Dauterman

CYCLOPS is probably the biggest risk on this list. Not because it’s bad but because it’s still so new. Only two issues have been published so far so I guess there’s a chance that it could go downhill. If you ask me, though, that won’t happen. I recently wrote about it and I think it’s going to be something special. Be sure to jump on this bandwagon early!

I hope this helps! There are so many more I could have named but I think this might be a good place to start!