What female characters do you think are good sources for aspiring writers to look at for making a good, feminist story? I saw the post you replied to with Bayonetta, and wondered if there're others you'd suggest.


Most of the women from Joss Whedon, Xena the Warrior Princess, Ripley from Alien, Princess Bubblegum from Adventure Time, Starbuck, The Bride from Kill Bill, Juno MacGuff from Juno (fuck you all, I love her character), Faye Valentine from Cowboy Bebop, Revy from Black Lagoon, Olivier Armstrong, Izumi Curtis, and Riza Hawkeye from FMA, any of the main female characters in Miyazaki movies.

The biggest thing to remember about these characters is that they’re all flawed, in one way or the other, but they also have traits that make them uniquely strong and interesting. They’re human, but fascinating and you want to root for them, see them do well, on their own merits. Some of them embrace their femininity, their sexuality, make them part of their identity, while others don’t let it play into their character at all, or even actively try to exclude it.


"Are you afraid that people will say that you’re doing this play to battle the impression that you’re a washed-up comic strip character?"

Birdman stars Michael Keaton and Edward Norton will be at New York Comic Con this Friday! Let us know you’re there by adding #Birdmanmovie to your posts!





Writing with Color has received several asks on this topic.

Everything from “how do I describe my character’s skin tone without being offensive?” and “what’s the problem with comparing my character to chocolate and coffee?”

I’m hoping to address all these and likewise questions in this guide on describing POC skin color, from light, dark and all that’s in between.

The Food Thing: So what’s the big deal?

So exactly what is the problem with comparing POC skin tone to cocoa, coffee, caramel, brown sugar and other sweets and goods? Well, there’s several potential problems you come across when you pull out the old Hershey’s bar comparison for your dark-skinned character, even if offense is not your intention.

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This is excellent.

Really glad there will be a part II offering alternatives, because I see a lot of people get frustrated, along the lines of “So what SHOULD I use?” and while the flippant answer — “Your IMAGINATION!” — would be easiest, and actual discussion about alternatives will be much more useful.

I look forward to reading it very much.


From the Studio Ghibli (The Wind Rises) documentary, "The Kingdom of Dreams & Madness."

"Otaku" in Japan is a derogatory term used to describe Japanese people with obsessive interests. Particularly (but not limited to) anime & manga. 

Many Americans glorify this term as a badge of honor.

I’m glad I brought your father’s belt, mine would be way too short.





Notice only 20 shades of gray

It’s been proven that women actually have an acute ability to pick up subtle differences in colors

In response to that last comment^^

Yes. It comes from the Hunter-Gatherer days.

Women were the gatherers. They had to be able to discern between the different shades of colors to know which plants were poisonous and which were not.

Men were out hunting, so they didn’t have to worry about that.

Which is why women see “Blood orange” and “crimson” and “scarlet” etc while guys just see “red”.


Heather’s Handy Dandy Guide to Legal Anime Streaming



Who is this guide for?

Lately I’ve seen quite a few people that were streaming anime from shady illegal websites that were completely unaware they were illegal sites and wanted to find legal means to view anime. If you Google “anime streaming” or “Attack on Titan stream” “SOA stream” etc. unfortunately the top results will likely be on shady illegal websites. So it’s completely understandable that a lot of people might end up viewing anime from these websites without being aware they’re illegal.

Oh no! I look at shady illegal sites/download fansubs, does that make me a bad person?!

No. Honestly everyone on the planet that has the internet has probably pirated something knowingly or unknowingly at some point in their lives. Even politicians are downloading Game of Thrones. I work on comics, comics that get pirated (I know who you are, pony comic sites), so I personally try to avoid pirating unless there is absolutely no legal way of obtaining something/supporting the creator. (ie something is out of print) I don’t look down on people that do because come on, high speed internet became a thing when I was a freshman year in college and that was the same time digital fansubs became a thing so yeah, I used to pirate a lot.

Will this list be handy if I’m outside the US?

Region blocking isn’t an issue if you’re tech savvy enough to download an addon for Chrome/Firefox. I won’t list the various addons here, but there are many that will allow you to set the region for your browser. Probably not the most legal of things, but more legal than viewing shady anime sites.

But I want to pirate because I demand 500 MB+ .mkv 1080p subbed files for free.

Well, this list isn’t for you. This list is for people that actually want to support the industry but might not know how.

Legal Streaming Sites for Anime

Some are free, some require a subscription!  Most do offer some series for free, even if they have a premium option too. This isn’t all of them, but it hits the main ones that offer the most content. If you’re in the US and want a paid subscription, you get the most bang for your buck with a Hulu or Crunchyroll subscrption. Hulu has an incredible catalog for new and old anime, whereas Crunchyroll is best if you’re looking for just new stuff.











I have buckets of money and want to purchase anime DVDs/BDs but don’t want to end up with bootlegs from HK on Ebay!

While there’s obviously places like Amazon or Best Buy, I highly recommend everyone that wants to support the industry to throw their money at http://righstuf.com They’re a smaller company that both licenses and sells anime and you’re guaranteed to get legal/non bootleg copies. They also have an epic holiday sale every December for the cheap people. (seriously, I get at least 10-15 DVDs for under $200 from them every year during that sale)

Hope this helps!


Author Chuck Palahniuk first came up with the idea for the novel after being beaten up on a camping trip when he complained to some nearby campers about the noise of their radio. When he returned to work, he was fascinated to find that nobody would mention or acknowledge his injuries, instead saying such commonplace things as “How was your weekend?” Palahniuk concluded that the reason people reacted this way was because if they asked him what had happened, a degree of personal interaction would be necessary, and his workmates simply didn’t care enough to connect with him on a personal level. It was his fascination with this societal ‘blocking’ which became the foundation for the novel. 



When it comes to creating characters, sometimes it’s easy to let them slip into the same old stock standard set of body types. Basically clones with a few props, hairdos and make up to spice things up a bit. After a while, having the same actor play dress up for every character gets kinda boring…

It’s tough to break the habit too, especially when you’re taught a single set way to draw. Not to say having a solid construction method is ever a bad thing, as long as it doesn’t confine your creativity.

Check out these nifty tips and pointers by jeinu to give each of your comic book characters their own a unique flavour of memorable originality.

(To download these at full res simply hit the options menu and click download, otherwise head on over to jeinu’s DeviantArt Tutorial Gallery at http://jeinu.deviantart.com/gallery/25335623/Tutorials )

This is important, and something I super need to improve on. All these tips and stuff for drawing are crazy useful and very, very appreciated.