hey guys! i’ve been working on a full-length night vale text adventure for some time, but since i’m busy with other projects right now i thought i’d release a short, fun demo version!
you play as a new NVCR intern, working your first day at the station. the whole game can be played to conclusion in under fifteen minutes, right in your browser, no download or previous experience with text adventures necessary. if you give it a go, please send me an ask about what you liked, or any problems you encountered- i love feedback!
Cartoonists of Color Database
What is a Cartoonist of Color?
Cartoonists of Color (COC) is a play off of the acronym “POC.” POC stands for “person of color.” A POC is anyone who identifies as non-Caucasian (non-white). In these forthcoming pages, you’ll find comics creators of various ethnicities: African American, Korean Canadian, Indian Singaporian, Turkish American, Iranian British, Japanese American and so many more.
Why a Cartoonists of Color Database?
For visibility. For academia. For inspiration. For community building.
How can I submit my info to this database?
To submit a creator (yourself or anyone), please fill out this form.
When will you share this list with the public?
I’m hoping for the site to go live by Winter 2014 (but no promises!).
Who are you and what are you getting out of this?
My name is MariNaomi and I’m a half-Japanese indie comics creator. I’ve been makingautobiographical comics since the nineties. I started this list for my own purposes, intending to reach out to other POC creators for an article I’m writing. As the list grew, I was amazed at how many of us there are. I knew of about thirty offhand, and was shocked as the numbers climbed into the hundreds (700+ at the moment!). I found this both inspiring and disparaging, having heard the sentence “What POC cartoonists?” so many times over the years.
What can I do to help?
If you’re a POC comic book creator, please fill out this form to submit your information to add to the database. If you’ve got experience doing data entry (and have access to Dreamweaver) and you want to volunteer your time to help update the database, please send me an email.
This is a labor of necessity (I’m reluctant to call it a labor of love, since that’s what my comics are—this is important, but data entry is less fun than drawing), so forgive me if I’m unable to respond to your requests right away. My main prerogative is to create my comics, and help my publisher promote my new book. Even so, I’ve spent hours researching and compiling this list, and will continue to do so.
Thanks for reading, and I hope you’re as excited as I am about this list!
Spread like wildfire.
Foodie’s Feed / Death to the Stock / Jay Mantri / Little Visuals
Picjumbo / New Old Stock / Refe / Unsplash / Gratisography
I get quite a few questions about where I find my stock images that are used in live previews so here’s a list of my favourite (all can be found on the resources page). Most of these are free to use on personal and commercial projects but double check the licenses before use.
(not a top 5 but: did a lot of reading on Woody Guthrie today and shortly before he left for the Merchant Marines, he had an integrated band called the Headline Singers. one time after a gig in Baltimore, the hosts were like, "the black members of your band aren't allowed to sit with everyone else, they have to go sit over there" and Woody was so angry, he quietly suggested to his friends they leave and then LITERALLY FLIPPED A TABLE.)
SUPER IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT FOR EVERYONE TO KNOW
Pink Fairy Armadillo
Known as the smallest species of armadillo, the pink fairy armadillo has a body that is approximately 90-115 millimeters in length, excluding the tail. It is called pink fairy armadillo because its body is pale rose or pink in color. What makes this animal special is that it can bury itself completely in just a few seconds when it is scared.
Think about it: Most people back then had limited interactions with people from China and other Asian countries. So playwrights and writers had to come up with a shorthand way of saying, “This is Chinese; this is Asian.” This building of a viewpoint — a viewpoint that in many ways is still with us, that people of Asian descent are intrinsically foreign — is echoed time and time again in various cartoons from the early 1900s that feature the riff: Someone, somewhere decided that this short musical phrase — and others like it — could represent an entire region or identity. And it stuck.
This is FANTASTIC.
Yes!! I found this story so interesting this morning. I did a project in film music class in college on Aladdin, and it was pretty notable that Aladdin the character was given themes clearly marked out as Western—and how many of the minor characters, particularly those marked as bad guys, were given the kind of Arab shorthand equivalent of the “Kung Fu Fighting” music. While Disney was being called out for explicit racism in the lyrics, most people weren’t bothering to comment on the much more subtle game they were playing with the score—one that was likely just upholding old prejudiced musical cues that developed in a similar way to this “Asian” theme.
Also I just tried to listen to the Aladdin soundtrack and heard Robin Williams and had to turn it off before I started crying in public.
The use of musical shorthand to signify entire cultures goes back to the classical era. Different cultures over time have been the “go-to” foreign sound. In Mozart’s era it was “Turkish” music and a vague, undefined east that was used - see for example his famous “rondo a la turk” and the Opera “The Escape from the Saraglio.”
In the late nineteenth century the new fashion was “Orientalism” which you saw in many extremely popular Operas of the day with varying success - such a Gilbert and Sullivan’s “The Mikado” and Puccini “Madame Butterfly.” Both these opera were set in Japan, but either had western protagonists as well or were a send up of European culture.
Puccini china-set final Opera “Turandot” is a perfect example of a western composer integrating what he thought was “asian” sounds into his music and using specific musical short hard to do it.
To understand this, you have to know that most western music is based on what’s a scale with seven notes in it (do re mi fa so la ti). Most eratern music is not and is instead based on a Pentatonic scale (do re so la ti). You can play one easily yourself by just playing the black keys on a piano.
In Turandot, Puccini used Penatonic scales all over the place, and the result is beautiful and still not so overly “oriental” that it becomes an offensive pastiche.
Composers all over use short hand in the forms of certain scales, keys, chords and intervals to communicate certain cultures - but it often requires the listener to recognize the “code.” For instance, the opening lines of “Blue Skies” by Irving Berlin were written in a way that was meant to sound “Jewish” (Given that Irving Berlin was a Russian Jew, this is understandable) and the listeners back in the 1920s would have known and heard that.
All in all a fascinating subject!
remember that one time during ww2 where woody guthrie was in a ship that was getting bombed and instead of making sure he could safely leave, he and his friends stayed belowdecks to cheer up the men via music, presumably by trying to make them square dance?
Tumblr’s love affair with comic sans and stars.
just adding a few to the collection
reblogging for reference.
adding some more
look at the stars
look how they shine for you
This is the most incredible post on tumblr…
So, once upon a time I said, “If you can’t tell Captain America what you’re doing, you probably shouldn’t be doing it” and it inspired a poem by Catt Kingsgrave (aka theactualcluegirl) which eventually led to this pre-release rough-draft single, The Ballad Of Captain America’s Disapproving Face (also available for listening here on SoundCloud).
I guarantee you will never laugh this hard at any other song that opens with a riff on the Star Spangled Banner. Also there is, if I’m not mistaken, a kazoo cover of Star Spangled Man involved.
Anyhow, Murder Ballads is working on an album, and if you like the song, consider throwing a few bucks their way to help get their album made.
(The accompanying image up there is by the astonishing Frogbillgo, but is not associated officially with the album.)