Thursday, February 24, 2011

Curvy: A Sci-Fi/Fantasy Sex Comic (NSFW)

I started Curvy by "Mary Magdalene" recently, and I find it hilarious, adorable and, often quite sexy.

The adventure begins when Anais, a normal human teen, is literally run into by a mysterious woman dressed in strange clothes. Anais helps the woman after she is hit by a car, putting herself in danger.
But Anais is herself saved by the woman, who, it turns out, is the Princess of Candy World.

Soon Anais is swept up in adventure! The Princess takes her to Candy World (a parallel universe that considers our world "Boring World"), and Anais begins to have some crazy adventures, including some of the sexual nature. First, she makes it with the princess and her maid who has peppermint tentacles...

...then with a mermaid wearing a strap-on!
There's more to the story than what I'm saying, including inter-dimensional travel, pirates, royal weddings and whatnot, but it's more fun if you discover it on your own. Curvy is funny, unique and weird-as-hell in the best possible way. I recommend you read it.

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Tuesday, February 22, 2011

I Feel Pretty/Lazy

I don't really have the energy/interest to blog today & my computer is being a pain in the arse. So here's a picture of me in the sexiest thigh-highs I've ever worn (from Seduzione Leggs, of course!), instead of the comic post I promised you.

I figure no one's really gonna complain...

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Thursday, February 17, 2011

2 Steampunk Web Comics You Should Read

When I said I had been remiss in keeping you up-to-date about the fabulous web comics I've been reading, I meant it, my darlings! Today I'm going to tell you about the fun steampunk-y comics I like, and next time you'll find out about a fun sexy NSFW comic my friend recently introduced me to.

For now, on to the steamy goodness!

Monster Commute
Daniel Davis, author and artist of Monster Commute created a comic about a never-ending commute in a world of monsters. How can you not love that?

At first, the story is fairly simple, Beastio and Chad Worth, the two main characters, drive about snarkily in their SteamCrow auto, stopping for food now and then and trying, unsuccessfully, to stay out of trouble. But things get more complicated when The Authority (the totalitarian "government" headed by an insane Lincolnstien and enforced by crowbots) puts a bounty on our friends' heads, and they have to run underground to get away.

The further our heroes adventure, the more we learn about the crazy world they live in, and the more friends & enemies they meet along the way!

This has been such a fun read. Y'all just have to get into it.

Girl Genius

Girl Genius is created by a husband and wife (?)* team, Phil and Kaja Foglio. Set in a world of its own, part Victorian-era inspired, part Medieval-seeming, with lots and lots and lots of crazy science including robots of various sizes and types, airships, reanimated corpses and much, much more. In this world, "sparks" are science geniuses who are gathered by those in power to spend their entire lives making new discoveries and inventing things.

Agatha is a young woman working for a scientist, but never able to make things on her own... until the scientist she works for gets in trouble with the ruling Count and Agatha is taken on board his flying castle. The same day a locket she was given is stolen, and suddenly she starts being able to build things...

Eventually, Agatha discovers that her true identity has been secret for many years to protect her, but when she finds out, she wants to claim her inheritance as ruler of the land! All she has to do to prove herself is take over a crazed, self-aware castle that her ancestors built to destroy all visitors.

I'm not a huge fan of the art style in this comic, but the story has been one hell of a ride! It's definitely worth reading from the start.

*Their site isn't very user-friendly for anything other than reading the comic, so I'm not sure if that's their relationship, but my impression is that they're a married couple.

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Tuesday, February 15, 2011

2 Fantasy-Filled Web Comics

Man, it is so much easier to think of things to blog with this 2x-a-week posting schedule! I finally realized that I've been reading 2 great web comics that I completely forgot to tell you about!

Sister Claire

Sister Claire, drawn and written by "Yamino" AKA Elena Barbarich, a freelance artist. Her drawing style is adorable and fun, and I'm really enjoying the story. Sister Claire was an orphan, raised by nuns, who one day received a visit from a sexy blue angel who popped out of her toilet and told Claire that she was going to have a baby.

Then, Claire's mentor is possessed by some sort of evil cat demon who attacks her and then leaves the convent, so Claire is left to learn to take care of herself with "nun-fu" training and a little extra help from a couple of twin Sisters.

It's a fun story full of whimsy and I totally love it. You should check it out from the beginning.

Namesake is a collaboration between artist Isabelle Melançon and writer Megan Lavey. Basically, the story so far involves a girl named Emma being accidentally whisked away to the Land of Oz, where everyone keeps calling her Dorothy, and where she accidentally kills a Wicked Witch.

Meanwhile, in our world, Emma's sister follows a mysterious stranger who seems to be involved in Emma's disappearance and is told that many "namesakes," people all with the same names such as Alice or Dorothy, travel to magical worlds to take part in stories that keep re-telling themselves. Since no one's ever heard of an Emma being a namesake, they have no idea where she is!

This is another story you should read from the beginning. It's well worth it!

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Thursday, February 10, 2011

Inky Cat's Sock Obsession

My cats are all up in my business. When I sleep, they're there wanting to sleep on top of me; when I wake up to use the bathroom and brush my teeth, they're there wanting to sit on my lap and/or leap on my back and/or have me turn on the bathtub water for them to drink; and when I'm trying to get stuff done, they're there, begging for attention or playtime or cuddles. And sometimes, they all want to cuddle with me at once:

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I totally love them, but sometimes they drive me crazy! Currently, Inky is in a phase where he likes to get into Matt's underwear & socks, especially his socks, carry them one-by-one or two-by-two in his mouth from the bedroom into one of the other rooms in the house. Usually, he takes them to the two front rooms, but sometimes he'll take them to the kitchen or my studio.

He usually does his sock-carrying in the evening. He'll start slowly skulking around, depositing socks, and keep it up - off and on - for hours if he's in the right mood. By the time we wake up in the morning, Inky's left piles of socks everywhere that we have to gather up and put back away. But since the door of the wardrobe where Matt's socks are kept doesn't latch properly & Inky can always get back in, it's only a temporary measure.

Inky brought out a couple socks and dropped them into a bowl of water today.
Only then did he start drinking from the water. X_x

It's odd to me that he's doing this now. A couple years ago, he would do the same thing, but only with my scarf, at first. I even wrote a poem about it:

Short, sheening obsidian fur, interrupted simply by
tuxedo shirt and gloves, my small kitten bounds in-
to the room, trilling a high octave bugle-run around
the thin gray-and-mauve scarf in his mouth,
trailing proudly behind him like a string of sausages
dearly earned, instead of my winter throat-warmer.

I don't know why he loves my scarf, is driven to
search it out, to parade it from room to room so
I'm constantly surprised upon waking
to observe its seeming teleportation. When I leave
our Midtown walk-up, it is triple-wrapped around my throat,
knotted ends bobbing like an over sized bow tie.

I steel myself against the cold as I close the glass-paneled door
and march purposefully down the sidewalk.
the knifing wind cuts swiftly into me, carrying your sweet scent
(that strangely smells of clover warm in the sun)
into my nostrils. Carrying the blessing of your breath,
olfactored purr, you
stay with me through the cold - patron saint of traveling.
He stopped doing it after a while, and since we moved into this apartment, he hadn't done it at all... until a few weeks ago when he started his obsession with Matt's socks.

Does anyone else have a cat who does stuff like this?

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Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Trans Persons Encounter "Injustice at Every Turn"

Last week the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force released "Injustice At Every Turn: A Report of the National Transgender Discrimination Survey," [PDF] which was based on the responses of 6,450 trans persons and is the first large-scale national survey of its kind. According to the Executive Summary:

This study brings to light what is both patently obvious and far too often dismissed from the human rights agenda. Transgender and gender non-conforming people face injustice at every turn: in childhood homes, in school systems that promise to shelter and educate, in harsh and exclusionary workplaces, at the grocery store, the hotel front desk, in doctors’ offices and emergency rooms, before judges and at the hands of landlords, police officers, health care workers and other service providers.
Some of the chilling statistics include:
  • 41% of participants had attempted suicide, versus 1.6% of the general population
  • participants were 4x more likely than the general population to live in poverty, with an annual income of less than $10,000
  • 78% of participants reported being harassed in school
  • 35% reported being physically assaulted in school
  • 12% reported being subjected to sexual violence in school (we're talking K-12 for all these)
  • respondents experienced double the rate of unemployment verses the general population
  • 90% of respondents reported being harassed or discriminated against at work
  • 53% experienced verbal harassment or disrespect in public places such as airports, hotels, restaurants and buses
  • 22% of respondents experience harassment from police officers when interacting with them
  • 46% reported feeling uncomfortable with seeking help from the police
I could go on and on, but you can read it for yourself.

Are gender roles that change from century to century and from culture to culture, really worth creating so much misery over? It seems so absurd to me. It would be laughable if it wasn't so deadly serious.

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Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Thing A Day 2011: Day 1

For those of you who were wondering why I didn't post yesterday according to my regular M-W-F schedule... it's because I've decided to cut back a bit on the time I spend on this blog. I'm now going to be posting here just on Tuesdays & Thursdays. That way I can still post regularly but give myself a bit more time for more projects.

Projects like Thing a Day! My friend Esther told me about this yesterday, just in time for me to sign up! Thing a Day 2011 is a collective of creative persons making and posting some thing every day for the month of February. Today was the first day, so I decided to do something I've had on my mental to-do list for a while...

Convert this dress into a skirt:
I also used the belt that came with the shirt I used for the flask-holding garter I made.

First I had to get rid of the side zipper.

Then I cut the top of the dress off.

Next, I cut the seam of the skirt that was holding the pleats in place off as I pinned down the new waist.

My tiny sewing machine helped me sew to seams into the waist:

Then, I threaded the belt through the waist and gathered it.
And finally my skirt was done!
Maybe after all this snow, I'll finally get out of the house and wear it!

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