Saturday, June 30, 2012

Cartoon Closet Part 2

Part 2: They Totally Exist (but not officially)

First published in 1953, Seduction of the Innocent by Fredric Wertham discusses the negative influence (in the form of violence and sexual perversion) of comic books on children. Chapter Seven, I want to be a Sex Maniac, deals with the sexualizing of children, child prostitution, and homosexuality. While the section of the chapter focusing on homosexuality is only a handful of pages long, it is famous for the outing of Batman and Robin. Wertham was not the first to suggest the Dynamic Duo could be seen as a gay couple, but he was the first to so publicly proclaim it:

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Cartoon Closet Part 1

Part 1: Being Straight Doesn't Count as Sexual

Until 2012 (when ParaNorman featured the first out character in a western animated children's cartoon) children's cartoon characters didn't just default straight, they couldn't be LGBTQ. Their options were straight, or asexual/non-sexual.
Because homosexuality was compared to the act of sex, instead of “relationships” or “love” it was considered inappropriate for children in a way straight relationships were not. This was very apparent in the  Sugartime episode of Postcards From Buster.
Controversy arose when Buster visited two family in Vermont that had lesbian parents. The focus of the show was not on the parents, but on the children and on the making of maple syrup. The words lesbian and homosexual were never used, and the only time the episode focused on the parents being in a same-sex relationship was when Buster looked at family photos with one of the families daughters. He asked her “So Gillian’s your mom too?” “She’s my stepmom,” said the daughter, to which Buster replied “Boy, that’s a lot of moms.”

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Sherlock Holmes: Game of Shadows

In the ballroom scene where Watson and Sherlock dance through a crowded room, you can see the other party guests deep in conversation with eachother, or dancing also. There is only one background person who actually notices them. His reaction: single eyebrow raise.

Best extra ever.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

What's in Your Hot Dog ; )

...also, the mooscles mom has the same set of ikea knives I do.

Friday, June 8, 2012

Fennec Fox and Art Update

I just discovered that some one had left a testamonial at GCU about one of my cards. Woot! Sales have been pretty consistent but not great, about one or two cards a month, so I've been trying to add new designs to widen the types of cards available in my shop.
I also got my first sale at Etsy. Which seems crazy, since I just opened the store a week ago, and I've only had like 30 store views...but I guess all it takes is having the right person see your stuff. I'm quite excited, and made a new dream journal to fill the empty place of the one that sold.

This one has a little fennec fox on the girls shoulder, for no other reason than that they are too adorable for words. Apparently it is legal to keep them as pets here.They are super friendly but really smart and high energy. I may have been watching a silly amount of youtube videos about them right before I painted the new journal.

...and I thought my kitty was a handful.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Even More Etsy Journals

More Etsy. Now to give it a few weeks and gauge whats getting hits and if any sales come : )

Friday, June 1, 2012

Upcycled DVD Journals

Upcycled journals made from DVD backers that I bought when Blockbuster went out of business here. They turned out really fun. But Etsy has a large selection of upcycled journals so it will be interesting to see how these fare. On the Kiki's journal I tried lining it with scrapbook paper, and it turned out really nice, I wish I had thought to to do that on all of them, I guess I'll have to on the next batch.