Ellery, September 2014.

Ellery, September 2014.

New outfit, September of 2014.

asker

niauropsaka asked: A big evergreen, maybe a spruce.

thelatestkate:

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In which I encourage Kate to draw more trees. It’s a good thing she seems to like drawing trees.

We love you, Kate.

staff:

Today’s the day. The day you help save the internet from being ruined.

Ready? 

Yes, you are, and we’re ready to help you.

(Long story short: The FCC is about to make a critical decision as to whether or not internet service providers have to treat all traffic equally. If they choose wrong, then the internet where anyone could start a website for any reason at all, the internet that’s been so momentous, funny, weird, and surprising—that internet could cease to exist. Here’s your chance to preserve a beautiful thing.)

Yes, you’ve probably already seen this. I’m telling you, if you’re in the USA, watch this now if you haven’t yet.

Also, the narrator is Mark Ruffalo.

How to help out your favorite artists when you don’t have any money

tokitoide:

3liza:

I post something like this about once a year, because I get a lot of messages from people who enjoy my art but feel guilty about not buying things from my store or subscribing on Patreon or getting things from my wishlist, etc. You really don’t need to do ANY of those things to help us out! Eyeballs on artwork is what we want, and just that is really helpful. But there are lots of other, free things you can do, if you want to, that will help us.

  • You can reblog our work, with credit! Tumblr, Pinterest, Twitter, Facebook, showing people next to you in class or at the library, whatever. The more you reblog our stuff, any kind of stuff, and especially if it has a name and/or link attached, the more followers we get, the happier we are, and the easier we can sell art and pay rent. This is such a vital part of our continued existence and it is difficult to overstate how grateful we are when it happens.

  • You can like, comment, subscribe on Youtube, reply on Twitter, and generally make our little numbers go up. Even if you don’t want a drawing on your blog, hitting “Like” helps. If people are browsing your liked posts (if you have this option available in your sidebar or in a separate page) they will see our work. Additionally, higher note counts translate instantly to “more worthy of being looked at” when parsed by an idle, browsing brain. That’s the price of being a member of a social species, and it stinks because it doesn’t reflect “quality” or “innate value” of art, whatever that is, but a post with 4 digit notes is going to get more positive regard than a post with a 2 digit notecount. And really, it makes sense. If lots of people like a thing, it is likely, if only statistically, that you will too. 

  • You can talk about your favorite artists to your friends. A lot of us idle on skype and irc all day, talking about new album releases and games and twitter beef. It doesn’t occur to a lot of us to talk about how so-and-so just did a cartoon of a fat bird that is making our day slightly better, but that URL pastes just as easily into the chat as any other. Don’t be annoying about it, but like Homeland Security always says, if you see something, say something!

  • You can look at/click the ads on our websites. You can disable AdBlock on our websites, too. I have two little Project Wonderful boxes at the top of my blog. They pay me very little per day, but when I need $20 to stop an overdraft fee or buy a food, Project Wonderful has my back. This has happened about a dozen times, enough to teach me the value of having that last, tiny bit of cash just slowly snowballing in the background.

There is probably other stuff that I’m forgetting, so please feel free to reblog and add them.

IMPORTANT

(via cookingpeach)

gastrophobia:

rosalarian:

Every single fantasy series eventually has a fan theory about how it was all REALLY just a hallucination by the main character, because they ACTUALLY in a mental hospital and just DREAMING their adventures because they’re totes crazy n’ stuff. Like, okay dude, thanks for the reminder that magic and monsters aren’t real, but your theory is neither unique nor interesting.

What I really want to see is a mundane realistic series have a twist where it’s really a coma dream from a space wizard living in a land of talking teddy bears and dragons.

I kind of thought of doing that with my comic? I mean, it’s mostly very mundane, honestly, because I couldn’t be bothered with sci-fi tropes and all that, but I started rendering a version of myself that was part snake, and for a while the joke in my head was that I was from a land of snake people and I dreamt up this word of bipeds as a form of escapism.

Which doesn’t really fit the rest of the comic, I guess.

So, I have been looking back through the old posts on this blog. I got to August 2012. Wow, that was a low point. But when I remember that year, I think maybe the posts on the blog don’t show just how much I was thinking about where to go with the strip in between getting online and talking myself down. Thinking, not working, maybe…and maybe I’m remembering September, when I was actually more productive.

Oh, well. I really have been doing better over the last year. But I have had three rough Augusts in a row. This year I considered just calling August a loss—my holiday month.

niauropsaka:

Anyone else on Patreon? My September 1 payments should have gone through and they haven’t. Did I mess something up, or are they being slow?

They now say it should clear in the next 72 hours. OK.

niauropsaka:

Hey, fellow tumblrers, I have a favor to ask. Replies and reposts will be appreciated.
My character Steff here is a bassist in a rock band. I don’t know a whole lot about music, and I know even less about bass. So when I was trying to flesh the characters out, I realized I don’t know who her heroes are. John Entwistle? Flea? Sting? Who do bassists talk about?
So I guess I have to spend more time on music sites—such a pain ;).
But I want to know what bassists have caught your ear. I don’t really care what genre of music—jazz, rock, ambient, whatever—double bass or electric bass—classic or current.
Anyone heard some really good stuff on bass lately?
And so I’m not just referencing stuff from last century, can you point me to recent songs with good bass lines?

I’m going back through my tumblr and ran across this post. I got some answers, but I still kind of wonder about bass.

niauropsaka:

Hey, fellow tumblrers, I have a favor to ask. Replies and reposts will be appreciated.

My character Steff here is a bassist in a rock band. I don’t know a whole lot about music, and I know even less about bass. So when I was trying to flesh the characters out, I realized I don’t know who her heroes are. John Entwistle? Flea? Sting? Who do bassists talk about?

So I guess I have to spend more time on music sites—such a pain ;).

But I want to know what bassists have caught your ear. I don’t really care what genre of music—jazz, rock, ambient, whatever—double bass or electric bass—classic or current.

Anyone heard some really good stuff on bass lately?

And so I’m not just referencing stuff from last century, can you point me to recent songs with good bass lines?

I’m going back through my tumblr and ran across this post. I got some answers, but I still kind of wonder about bass.

tmistories:

fuelingit:

strugglingtobeheard:

tatterhood:

Save the viking goats!!!

Johanna Thorvaldsdóttir’s Icelandic goat farm (Háafell) is facing foreclosure in September, resulting in the entire goat flock being butchered - unless enough funds are raised to save it!

There are less than 820 Icelandic goats in the entire world - they are an endangered species. Almost half of them will be lost if this farm is not saved. I visited Háafell 2 years ago and every goat I draw is rooted in this place. Any little bit helps :)

This gets me so mad. Capitalism is extinction. This isn’t ok.

SIGNAL BOOST

Terribly sorry for exploiting this blog for purposes of goats but I’m actually not because I want the goats to live

raspberryraincomic:

comixwarriors:

Sorry, I’m just grumbling. How are you doing, other Comix Warriors?

I still have some bugs to work out, but I am going to try to get that Patreon page up and working. I mean, it’s there now, it’s just…I’m going to have to rewrite it, probably. Maybe several times.

raspberryraincomic:

comixwarriors:

Sorry, I’m just grumbling. How are you doing, other Comix Warriors?

I still have some bugs to work out, but I am going to try to get that Patreon page up and working. I mean, it’s there now, it’s just…I’m going to have to rewrite it, probably. Maybe several times.