Website of the Week: Feminist Frequency
by Owen (Odmo) MacRae


I've always wanted to find something on the Internet that involves something in the lines of feminist criticisms against the modeling industry. I haven't quite found it yet, but I have found something worth mentioning.

Feminist Frequency, run by Anita Sarkeesian, is a really inspiring and thought provoking series of YouTube videos that questions the representations of women in popular culture. There's so much to look at, but right now, Anita is currently working towards producing a new set of vids, Tropes vs Women in Video Games. She could really do with our support though, because as much support as she's getting, there is a huge backlash of misogynist losers giving her a hard time when it's absolutely unnecessary.

One video that I managed to look into so far is The Oscars and the Bechdel Test. It's really ironic that the Hollywood film directors automatically assume that all women ever talk about are men. Or are those directors just talking about themselves and sex?

Anyway, you should check it out. It's really helping me think about how I should present my webcomic in the right tone.

Other websites:

Adrastus: A webcomic by Elizabeth Staley. I haven't read much of this yet. All I can say is that it has a giant robot in it

Her Majesty No More: Another webcomic by Eve Z. Meadow Heller, the only child of a noble family who has been home schooled all her life, has a tough time at her college in Rossen-burg.

Weapons of Choice
by Owen (Odmo) MacRae


So I felt like writing about what tools I use when I produce pages for this webcomic. I'll tell you now, I favor watercolour pencils and fine-liners (as well as pencils as a pre-production means of course). There was once a time when I constantly used pencil crayons as a means of expressing myself, but at one point I came to terms with watercolour pencils for their versatility. If you knew how to use them, you could achieve anything from covering in large areas to painting in small intricate details. I prefer traditional mediums to digital ones (even though I do occasionally practice with digital mediums just in case they come in handy later on), I believe that they give my work a strong sense of nostalgia, which is something I want to strive for  in my artwork. But I need to become a more versatile warrior (if you get my gist); all I know right now is how to use coloured pencils, watercolour pencils and fineliners. What I'd really like to get into is spray-painting. That would certainly give this webcomic that nostalgic kick I'm striving for.

But what will be, will be. I guess I can't do everything at once. I said enough now, gotta get back to work!


Website of the Week: The gendered Advertising Remixer
by Owen (Odmo) MacRae


In addition to uploading a new page to the webcomic every Friday, I'll be also writing something in my blog, whether it maybe about what's happening with life or something about a good website I discovered, every tuesday.

A few months back now, I conveniently stumbled upon this really inspiring and playful web application while browsing Flipboard one day. The Gendered Advertising Remixer, put simply gives you a selection of toy commercials, one set aimed for boys and another set aimed for girls, and requires you to take one clip from each set and mash it together. So you have the video of one advert playing with the audio of another, or vice versa

(Oh yeah, no pun was intended when I said this application was 'playful')

Thanks to Jonathan McIntosh for developing this application, this Gendered Advertising Remixer proves, in a very hilarious and informative way,  just how biased these toy commercials are (which big corporations invest billions on!) and what little they do to dispel the primitive fantasies of obsolete gender roles.

So be sure to check it out. You'll be quite pleasantly surprised. On the sideline, be sure to check out this video by Feminist Frequency, which also debates the gender stereotyping issue in toy commercials.


Oh no! Region Block!
by Owen (Odmo) MacRae


Hi there, faithful readers. I'm just writing this entry out of minor dismay since this afternoon, while it's still fresh in my mind...

A few weeks back when I attended Amecon 2012, I no doubt bought as much merchandise as my budget of 200 pounds could carry, anime DVD's included. Only I found that after I returned from the con, I discovered I bought a region 1 DVD boxset by mistake ('Eden's Bowy' is the name of the series, for those who desperately wanted to know). Being that I live in the UK (which is within DVD region 2), I had to use up one 'region compatibility change' option on my Macbook to play it (now I'm on three left), which is rather a nuisance. Luckily, I downloaded VLC for my mac so I can watch DVD's regardless of the region from now on.

Which (finally) brings me to the point. In this day in age, people are better connected to one another regardless of distance and the time it takes to get in contact with them, we have access to more content and more choice of entertainment, and most of us are starting to tolerate the most obscure of quirks. All thanks to the Internet! So why is it that some forms of entertainment are restricted by region? Besides the paranoid assumption that it reduces piracy?

I might have a long, philosophical answer for that, but... Never mind. I guess that's why I'm working on this webcomic for everyone around the globe to read. At least that's not region blocked.

The other week at Amecon
by Owen (Odmo) MacRae


I've just returned from the 2012 amecon last night and here I am, back at my 'typing terminal', writing this blog entry about how great the weekend has been.


I'll apologize now for the pictures presented here. I took these using the in-built camera on my iPad 2, which absolutely isn't of the best quality.

It's been so long since I got back in touch with my geeky senses after all these years, watching anime screenings (Lucky Star, Tiger and Bunny), playing fighting games such as 'BlazBlue' and 'Persona 4 arena' in the games room (which I felt didn't have as much games on offer as I hoped it would) and virtually blowing over 200 quids worth of anime merchandise in the process of things! Incidentally, (pardon me bragging) I also met the anime artist, Destiny Blue at the artist dealers section for the second time now, since Thought Bubble 2011. And I must say, she's really talented, too.

There were a lot of interesting panels that took place at the event, too. Like how to write fan fiction, how to start a webcomic, the history of the magical girl sub-genre, how to 'Itasha' - the art of decorating your car with anime characters, and there was even a cel painting workshop. The materials we were given may have been terrible, but god, did it feel so nostalgic.

But the highlight of the convention, I reckon, is the screening of Anime Forever, a documentary of anime fan culture and how proud and ecstatic it can be. I was very moved by how this film showed us how much fandom has grown, it was inspiring to see convention attendees expressing themselves without fear of being judged by other people. There probably isn't a full version on Youtube yet, but you can see a trailer for it here.


I'll close now with one final thought of the matter. Gundam robot model kits are really good fun!

And now it's back to work on my webcomic with renewed vigor. Don't miss the next update on Friday.