I really had to think long and hard what Tank was going to wear in the last Supercakes comic. These are the concepts I went through!
Hamburger earmuffs came a close second.
..and this is why Supercakes is one of my favorite webcomics..
..on one hand, it’s a well-written & amazingly drawn story about how two super-powered women learn to navigate & balance their budding romance with their new superhero partnership (which can be challenging given their with contrasting family dynamics, personal backgrounds & oh, dealing with the usual chaos from lots of roaming assorted vigilantes/official heroes/villains/monsters et al.)..
..on the other, it goes beyond the usual polished poses of superhero bravado by adding these little details that allow the unique & endearingly human personalities of these characters to shine through just a bit more..
..which is important because someday I, too, would like to be able to coolly rip an ice monster’s arm off while wearing a cupcake hat/hamburger earmuff/polka dot snow pants ensemble (although yes, having some superpower or a plasma cannon might be helpful)..
Commentary. A long time ago I posted a link here about the difficulty black men have with depression, suicide, and receiving treatment and I always wanted to do a strip about it. Recent events motivated me to find a way. Before drawing, I did research this topic and yes, black sufferers of depression have had this reaction from therapists. The third leading cause of death of young black men is suicide, the first is homicide (again, think recent events). The lives of young POC are grim and it’s very VERY important that we recognize this so that something can be done.
On the regretful front, I had a chance to do a more interesting character design for this character and I didn’t and he looks more like depressed character #3’s husband, I may have to redraw this strip because not drawing more diverse is not a cool thing to do by any means.
..it’s hard for me to find the right words for verbalize my sadness in hearing about his death because he wasn’t just that funny man I’d watch when I’m feeling down, he was also just another person, like me, doing his best to smile in spite of his battles with his personal demons..
..unfortunately, depression can affect anyone..
..could be you, could be the friend sitting next you, could be the waiter who’s just taken your order, could be the complete stranger standing next to you on the bus..
..& one of the most painful things about depression is how it makes you feel like you’re running a one person show that’s falling apart; no matter if you’re Aladdin’s Genie or Mrs. Doubtfire or a really successful actor/comedian or just someone trying to get by a day at a time..
..what’s worse is when you don’t know what to say or do when you see someone you care about or admire go through so much turmoil inside..
thank you for being such a source of laughter & inspiration, O Captain..
.. may you finally find better shores that bring you the peace you were looking for & may strength be with your family at this time..
If I didn’t define myself for myself, I would be crunched into other people’s fantasies for me and eaten alive.
Commentary. This was inspired when I had read some responses to people who were contemplating suicide, and I thought that describing the future to a suicidal person must be like trying to describe colors to the colorblind — it’s something that they just can’t see or comprehend. When one is caught in the fog that makes one contemplate the end there is a lot of talk that just can’t penetrate it. One can hear about things will get better but it doesn’t register, like people are talking about someone else’s life rather than one’s own. The experience of depression does not allow hope, and appealing to hope is not as effective as one thinks it should be.
Victoria Crowe（British, b.1945）
Considered Silence oil on linen
Moonlit oil on board
Echo Trace oil on linen
Green Gladioli oil on board
Quince and Hydrangea oil on board
Thoughts on the City mixed media on conservation board 2012
Flora-Pompeii mixed media on conservation board
Attraction oil on board 2011/2012
yes but let’s be real, we’re never going to “end” bullying, even with laws. there was already anti-bullying legislation in place in my state when i was in middle school, and yet all authority figures just stood by and watched, even after i had reported the people who bullied me.
and the worst part is, victims are unlikely to actually report it, because the truth is reporting does absolutely nothing for the victim, and just further angers the bully. i’d thought it was bad before i’d reported it, but after that i was tortured to the point where i attempted suicide, repeatedly.
all this “end bullying” stuff is just talk with no substance behind it, and it’s never going to get any substance behind it because it’s already been proven that the laws don’t fucking work.
Translation: “Because we can’t stop 100% of bullying, let’s give up and let the bullies run the earth.”
I am very sorry about what happened to you, but just because we can’t stop all bullying doesn’t mean we can’t try to stop as much as we can.
What I do is try to highlight research, because the best anti-bullying programs are going to come out of solid research, and research will test their effectiveness and build better programs. Here is an example of said research. And mind you, this isn’t just about laws, this is building programs that try to prevent bullying in the first place, not merely punishing bullying. This is research to try to ascertain the causes, to figure out how to induce empathy is children, to find out what is effective and what is not.
Because even if we manage to spare just one child from bullying, isn’t it worthwhile doing? Especially to that child?
Because you know, I would want that.