— Senator Leticia Van De Putte (via god-thats-good)
while we’re on the topic of wendy davis
can we also talk about representatives gonzalez, allen, thompson, wu, and all the other amazing folks who tried their hardest in the house earlier this week
they didn’t have the chance to filibuster, but instead introduced amendment after amendment and started so many discussion on the house floor encouraging education for teens and adults, better safety for clinics while not shutting them down, and just all around trying to stall for as long as possible so that sen. davis didn’t have to filibuster for as long. they were continually shut down by the republicans who were pretty much all fucking around on their phones at this point and just not paying attention, and routinely ignored by the author of the bill who refused to answer any questions
so major fucking kudos to rep. mary gonzalez, rep. alma allen, rep. senfronia thompson (who hung a wire hanger on the podium while she spoke), and all the other house members who fought this shit as best as they could
why would she sell sea shells by a sea shore when you can just pick them off of the ground for free that’s not how you run a business
She’s sold sea shells by the seashore since shapely seashore seashells stay scarce. Since she sells superior shells searchers spend centuries searching for, seldom selling simple shells, she still sustains solid savings.
“She sells seashells by the seashore” actually refers to Mary Anning, a paleontologist and fossil collector and dealer who lived from 1799 to 1847. Being both lower class and a woman, she was not able to fully participate in the British scientific community, but she still managed to become one of the most influential scientists in the area of prehistoric life of her time — but not without enduring a ton of crap from stolen/uncredited work to general sexist asshattery that left her jaded and weary. You’re right wonder how one could make money selling seashells, which are pretty easy to find and free for those who do, especially right by the seashore. But the seashells in question were in fact ammonites. And collecting them required at least some skill, knowledge, and the taking-on of quite a bit of risk, since they were found in dangerously unstable seaside cliffs, and because the landslides that made being on/near those cliffs during winter months extra-risky also exposed new fossils. Anning made money selling these and other relatively common fossils to tourists, since she lived in what was at the time a popular beach resort. (Lol at anywhere in England being considered a “beach resort” tho)
1) Robot fight scenes are the hardest things to draw ever.
Over the past five years of working fulltime in comics, I’ve drawn a wide variety of things. Summer camps, creepy alien birds, graveyards, ships, ghosts, schools, ponies …. but nothing is as difficult to draw as two killer robots fighting to the death. Robots are hard enough to draw when they’re standing still, but drawing them flying through the air to do battle? I may have broken down weeping over my drawing desk a few times.
2) It’s important to escape the drawing desk every now and then.
I really love my job of making comics. I probably love it a little too much, because when I’m away from my drawing desk and not making comics, I’m mostly thinking about all the comics I’m going to make when I get back to the studio. This is kind of terrible and unhealthy! I got serious about running while drawing Nothing Can Possibly Go Wrong, and can now jog 8 kilometers at a pretty good clip. I’d like to jog 10 kilometers at some point this summer. I hate jogging in the winter (I live in the often freezing cold Canadian city of Halifax), but in the summer it’s wonderful to get outside and spend some time with things that aren’t comics. Like the sun, and grass, and the ocean and even other people! Then I can go back to making comics.
3) I need to do better with diversity in my comics.
I was on a panel at a recent comic festival about diversity in comic books, which is a huge issue. Comics struggle a lot with representing different people, different ethnicities, different sexualities, and it’s something I want to do better. One thing that was brought up at the panel was the idea that diversity shouldn’t mean just making sure that “your group” is represented, it should be that all people are represented. I thought that was really important and useful. I’ve been very focused on women in comics (we are pretty underrepresented), and I feel I’ve been successful in making lots of comics with women and girls in them, and encouraging my fellow Lady Cartoonists. Now I need to look beyond that, and do a better job of representing the diversity of the world around me.
4) Collaborating is great fun.
Nothing Can Possibly Go Wrong is the first adaptation I’ve done of someone else’s story. It was really fun to dive into a fully formed story where I didn’t have to do too much reshaping, and just start drawing. Prudence did most of the heavy lifting for me already! All I had to do was beat her story into graphic novel shape.
5) I am a sucker for a cute boy and a geeky girl.
So, spoilers, but two characters in Nothing Can Possibly Go Wrong get together in the end. That was not in Prudence’s original story, but I snuck it in at the end because I am a geeky girl, and I like seeing the geeky girl get the cute boy. Also I may secretly want Prudence to write a Nothing Can Possibly Go Wrong fanfiction (can you do fanfic of your own book?) about Nate and Holly dating. Because that would be hilarious.
Find out more about the graphic novel at the official website for Nothing Can Possibly Go Wrong.