Do you need gift ideas this Holiday Season? Want to give someone a smile? Here's a list of comic books sure to delight!
CALVIN & HOBBES is a classic series and is just as relevant today as it was when it was in the daily paper. Watterson is a master of childhood and deftly delving right into the deep stuff. This is a mighty shiny collection. Heck, I even want it for myself!
YOTSUBA &! is series that manages to capture the wonder of childhood, the exploration, and the newess of the world to a four year old. Yotsuba's energy and enthusiasm is infectious and I always walk away from a book feeling better.
Just need to do a little shoutout post to the modern ladies of sci-fi (Star Wars, Ghostbusters, you know I'm talking to you). They are shaping and encouraging the young children (of all genders) of today to be smart and brave, to stand up for yourself and what you believe, to help others, to step up.
Passing on some holiday gift reccomendations for the little ones. These are a few family favorites for the kids!
Interstellar Cinderella - Once upon a planetoid, amid her tools and sprockets, a girl named Cinderella dreamed of fixing fancy rockets.
Rose Revere, Engineer - Rosie may seem quiet during the day, but at night she's a brilliant inventor of gizmos and gadgets who dreams of becoming a great engineer.
The Most Magnificent Thing - She is going to make the most MAGNIFICENT thing! She knows just how it will look. She knows just how it will work. All she has to do is make it, and she makes things all the time. Easy-peasy!?
I've been reading the Princess Jellyfish omnibus books recently. It's such a cute series. I am so glad they are releasing it since the anime ends abruptly with no conclusion. I find that the characters are easy to relate to for so many reasons (they are shy, geeky girls).
One of my favorite little details about this series is that the main character wears glasses and when she takes them off she can't magically see (which is a nice change of pace). I love the dress and costumes in this series (folks who like the clothes from Love Not Found will probably dig them as well).
The thing that I really liked while reading the second Omnibus was when the crossdressing younger brother has the realization that he is feeling entitled to the main character (a nice guy). He realizes what he's feeling and addresses it. Very impressive for a shoujo manga series!
Looking for a good inking brush pen? The one I use and recommend is the Zebra Brush pen! It is pretty slick. While I've found that the Pitt brush pens fray quickly and look a little faded in color, the Zebra is dark and the tip has never frayed on me! It can get dulled a bit after a whole chapter of inking which makes it harder to get in find details, but it takes a lot of use to get there. Overall, a very nice pen. It made me fall in love with hand-inking again.
Ask: What is the general life expectancy in LNF's time? Or, if it is the same, do people tend to keep their youthful looks longer?
Answer: The life expectancy of humans is longer than today’s average of around 70 years. It’s closer to 110. With the advances in medicine and healthcare, diets without cancer-causing chemicals, and genetic breakthroughs in Humaforming, humans can expect much longer, more comfortable lives.
And, I do see them keeping their youthful looks longer, though no amount of Humaforming would keep them looking young forever. The cells eventually break down, just at a slower pace. ^_^
Ask: How do people know the correct pronouns for Aster without being told? Is there something visible, a gendered difference in something ze wears, or is it tech based, that people glance at the IDs of others or something? Or are neutral pronouns the default when unsure? Given that complete strangers have used the correct pronouns for zir I'm very curious!
Answer: I always had it in my head that it was tech based. Everyone carries around those little FREQ devices (small holographic smart phones that connect to the frequency) as well as the ImageGlass (tablet type devices) and use those before approaching someone they don’t know or aren’t introduced to formally first. All genders are accepted, so there would be no fear of putting their gender or pronouns on paperwork. I figure the tech they carry could give the person approaching the appropriate pronouns. Just a quick click of the device. Of course, it won’t give out TOO much information to a stranger!
The Erstwhile Vol.3 kickstarter was a success! Thank you everyone who backed and/or spread the word about the project! If you didn't get a chance to back the KS while it was live, don't worry! We'll definitely have plenty of extra copies on hand (as well as some of the other rewards) available after the KS orders are fulfilled!