Pencil, digital, silver and handmade paper with oil emulsion.
I can’t get into details, but I was having to research WWII era VD posters (like you do,) and ran across this Australian poster featuring Donald Duck. I’m pretty sure this is not official, but for those who don’t know (and before this project, I did not) a “pro” is a prophylactic. Back in the day, soldiers went to “pro stations” to get their rations of, you know, pro.
The hardcover edition of the graphic novel adaptation of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast which I drew for the long-defunct Disney Comics. I bought this at the Books Kinokuniya store in Tokyo, and Takayuki Matsutani, president of Tezuka Productions, bought one for his daughter as well, since she was a Disney fan.
In this picture, Jeff Smith, creator of BONE and RASL, and his wife/manager Vijaya Iyer and me (in the hat) pose in front of the Tezuka Productions entrance.
Here is Takayuki Matsutani of Tezuka Productions, Fred Schodt, author of MANGA! MANGA! The world of Japanese Comics, Oscar and Pulitzer Prize winning cartoonist Jules Feiffer, Cartoonist Denys Cowan, and Jeff Smith at the Shueisha publishing offices.
In the final photo, we pose at The Golden Temple with a really wonderful Japanese comic strip artist who was absolutely delightful and funny, and I am deeply embarrassed to say that all these years later, his name escapes me. But he was super cute.
I’ve lived with chronic pain for years. Last month I had surgery. Since then, no chronic pain.
Chronic pain is something other people may never know you have because they cannot see it. They may see you as an unhappy person. Perhaps someone who complains too much, or isn’t as productive.
Maybe you have to moderate the things you do. Since other people can’t see those internal limits that cause you to make those choices, those limits can’t exist. So, you must be a lesser person.
You don’t party, so people think you’re a buzzkill.
You’re unreliable, flaky.
What other people don’t experience can’t possibly exist for you. Any limitations you have they assume are failures on your part.
Living with sexism or racism is like that.
It is a chronic condition that people cannot see unless it directly affects them. They don’t experience the daily assaults, so those assaults don’t happen. The choices women make and the lives they lead must be due to their internal limitations, not external boundaries. And if women can’t break through those boundaries, women are to blame, because the boundaries do not exist to people who cannot see them.
A black woman gets the double whammy of sexism and racism, her body parts used against her in regular assaults on her psyche. Ugly assumptions are made about her character as she walks down the street. Her word is less valuable, less reliable. She’s a welfare sponge on sight.
Since my family became a multi-racial family, I’ve seen far more of this than I would like. Slurs about Asians, jokes about Hiroshima, comments about eating dogs. I see this effect on a little boy who has absolutely no idea what this stuff is, why he’s getting it, and he has no clue how to deal with it.
And I see people who tell the recipients of this torment to just brush it off because they have the luxury of not living with the chronic abuse that goes along with being the target of sexist and racist hate.
Imagine if you can that nagging awful pain for which there is no cure. Cancer that eats the heart of the world.
That’s what sexism and racism is.
And because it’s not about you, that doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist.
Just because you aren’t feeling it, that doesn’t mean it’s not hurting people.
Flaws in thinking about the new wave of women’s comics:
1) Believing that books with a majority of male characters or creators are the default, therefore books with a majority of female characters or creators must be an anomaly.
2) The creations of men are the point of origin of quality, but the creations of women are the point of origin of novelty.
3) Because the male work is the default and women are not the natural audience for the medium, the women’s work can only be a marketing ploy to ride a fad.
This is a medium for which there are no limits to content or audience or type of creator. Therefore, all of the above are fallacies.
1) Getting organized.
Except for original art and some older non-essential paperwork, my files and current works are in very good order. Twenty years ago, I probably blew an hour a day or more shuffling papers around looking for something. If I lost a page of script, that was it. All work came to a halt. Especially when there wasn’t a copy on the computer I could call up! Now, I rarely take more than a few minutes a day to look for things. It is amazing how much of a stress relief being organized is.
I don’t get paid by the hour. I get paid for what I produce. I probably put in eight hours a week back in the day just to shuffling papers. Now those eight hours go to producing art.
2) Keeping solid personal boundaries.
I used to think I had to get along with anyone, and I subscribed to the Geek Logical Fallacy that Ostracizers are Evil. Now I don’t. If I don’t enjoy someone’s company, I simply spend time with people I like instead. That’s it. I don’t have to be friendly with everyone. It’s OK to pick and choose who you want to be in your life. It doesn’t mean the people you don’t pick are evil, they’re just not for you. And that’s OK.
Limiting relationships to people whose company I prefer is a major stress reliever.
3) Saying No.
Saying no is always hard for people pleasers, and women are socialized to be considerate and to not hurt people’s feelings. But you have to say no sometimes. You have to say no to jobs you simply don’t have time to do, playdates with friends, a movie out when you have a deadline to meet, no to things you simply can’t afford to buy.
It’s harder than it seems sometimes. I remember having friends who would always say things like “Oh, go ahead, you deserve a treat! Buy that! See that movie! Take the day off!”
Whether I deserve a treat or not is not the issue. Sometimes I can’t afford it. And it’s not just a matter of what I want for me, it’s also a matter of trying not to disappoint people by saying yes to things I really don’t want to do, only to feel taken advantage of later.
Saying no is good for you. You deprive no one of anything when you don’t give them something of you they are not entitled to in the first place.