So after the last batch of comics about women's rights in video games and comics, a distressing amount of people seem to think that any form of criticism against something automatically means you want to outright censor it. As an artist myself I can't help but feel really depressed that so many people think in such stark black and white terms.
When I made a comic being critical of MGS's new "Quiet" character, I was not asking for her design to be changed. I was not demanding Kojima alter his work. I was not asking gamers to not support the game. Yet to read all the defensive comments that seems to be what a LOT of people think I was aiming for.
Let me be VERY clear here: Criticism is NEVER censorship. As much as I don't like a lot of the criticism that's been lobbied against my work, I've never considered people's criticism to be a form of censorship. I've never felt "oppressed" by people's harsh words, and in those rare instances where I have made changes to my work as a direct response to criticism, it's because I was growing as a person and changing my views accordingly. That is not, and never has been, censorship.
Being critical of content put out by video game publishers is not censorship, and it seems to me that the people who want to SILENCE the criticisms are actively practicing censorship more than those who are simply offering an opinion on work presented to them. I don't like Quiet's design and I feel that, despite Kojima's stated remark that there's more to her than her "sexy" looks, it's in bad taste and pandering to the lowest common denominator. BUT... I do not want to actively FORCE Kojima to change things if he feels it's right for his product. I'd like him to reconsider shallow pandering for future products, just like I would anyone who produces content like that, but I would not dream of actively FORCING him to make changes. That would be censorship.
This is why I primarily disagreed with the "retake mass effect" campaign. I felt that WAS an active form of censorship by having the fans demand the ending be changed. I agreed that the ending sucked and that fans were right to complain and be critical of the ending, but the line stopped for me when it crossed into outright trying to FORCE EA to change the ending to suite the fan's wills. That's not just being critical, that's outright censorship.
I hope I made that clear enough for people, though I won't doubt there will be people trying to tell me otherwise...
Justin Beiber as Robin
Personally, I've never really cared one way or the other about Beiber. Like the whole Ben Affleck Batman thing, I can't help but feel like people just WANT to be angry over nothing. I don't think he can act, and I think he's an odd choice for the role, but overall I never had much faith in DC and Warner Bros in the first place so... bring on the train wreck.
THIS WAS A TROLLING, PLEASE IGNORE
Alex Ze Pirate
I said that my goal with Alex Ze Pirate was to try and get up to 2 comics a week. That was 2 weeks ago and so far only one new strip has gone up. I would like to apologize for that, though I am trying. Part of the delay was due to the Harley Quinn thing that happened, something I wanted SYAC to pick on to stay topical. But the other part of that is that I've just been going through a very bad art rut lately. SYAC is quick and I can churn those out easily (that's how they're designed after all), but Alex Ze Pirate takes a lot more planning and finding the energy and passion while in this rut is proving to be difficult.
Worse still, I am trying to make sure I keep producing quality artwork for it and the pencil sketches for the next strip weren't up to snuff and I've had to go back to the drawing board to try again, further pushing things back. I'd just like to let everyone know it's coming... It just might be a bit.
I want to start taking commissions again, but at the moment I'm still working on a commission that I started several months ago. It's a fairly large commission and I've only been able to work on it intermittently between all the things that have been happening this summer, but I want to finish it before I start asking to take others. To the person who commissioned me, I am very sorry it's taken this long for me to get through it. I'm gonna try to work on it any chance I get because I want to get it done and open myself up to taking other commissions.
So look forward to a commissions journal in the future.