Sunday, August 23, 2015

Millennials: The most aborted generation in human history

It's been awhile since I've shown my blog some love, and even longer since I spoke on an issue, but the recent videos on Planned Parenthood has spurred me to answer a frequent question as to why I, a millennial, am pro-life.  It's a real easy answer: I am pro-life because my generation is the most aborted generation in human history - some estimates have at least a third of our brothers and sisters never having made it out of the womb.

It's also easy to explain how this happened.  Our parents, the baby boomers, were at their most fertile time during our origins, roughly the late 1970s and into the early 1990s, and they were also awash in the ideology of "my body, my choice", and flush with the "If it feels good, do it" philosophy that was going on at the time.  "Doing it", for the most part, translated into "lots and lots of sex", because holding back on your sexual urges meant that you were repressed and you needed to be free, so you just went nuts on the copulation.  They were, of course, also supposed to be using birth control, and many did, but many did not, because you know - passion of the moment often got in the way.  Also, it's theoretically possible to get pregnant despite the use of some birth controls.  So with the largest generation in human history going nutzo with the promiscuity, the logical outcome would be many, many unplanned pregnancies.  

And those "unplanned pregnancies" were us, the
millennials.  Well, they were pregnant, but thanks to the new attitudes about pregnancy and motherhood, they didn't have to stay that way, and a good third of them did not!  So our generation was the recipient - more accurately, the victim - of this new way of thinking, and we are missing brothers and sisters that we should be growing up with right now.  So this is why I am pro-life - for my brothers and sisters that couldn't be here with me right here and right now.  Having to explain all this is mind-boggling to me, but I apparently need to, because many of my generation seem to think that we all should be "down" with this line of thinking as well.  Many of my generation also seem to be "down" with socialism, and that really boggles my mind, because socialism is the greatest inhibitor and destroyer of human rights in human history, so why would I be "down" with that?

Also puzzling to me is the belief that millennials should view that aborting their own children shows that they've "arrived".  Given how extensively our parents aborted our generation, why would it be a point of pride that we abort our own children?  If anything, this makes us worse than our parents, and not better, because rather than learn from our own victimization, we instead continue it with our own children.  But it's said that patterns of abuse in one generation usually continue into the next generation, so this really shouldn't be surprising. 

So I will be pro-life, for the reasons I listed above, because I think it's the best way to break the cycle of abuse begun by our parents.  If I must stand alone in this belief, then so be it.  I'd rather stand alone and be right than be in a crowd and be wrong.  I am very much a people person, but I'm not afraid to be alone if it comes to that. 

This is why I, a
millennial, am pro-life.

Oh, one last note: Those unborn children that you're seeing in those PP videos?  Those aren't the children of baby boomers - they're the children of millennials!  We have become our parents!




Saturday, May 2, 2015

It's Free Comic Book Day! And you get a free comic from me! Sort of!

Hello, my little nerdlings!

In the spirit of Free Comic Book Day, at the suggestion of one of our FB BFFs (Scott Markley, creator of Unconscious), the boss has approved the release of the first chapter (of a total of four) of the upcoming The Mighty Andromeda #1 (still scheduled to come out this year) to my blog!

The chapter below comes at a time before everyone's favorite busty superhero comic nerd became The Mighty One, which means that it precedes the superhuman uprising from five years ago, a landmark event in TMO's universe that ultimately led her to donning the costume and the role of a superhero. 

So read on and enjoy, and know that much more is to come when the book comes out.  A special thank-you to Martheus Wade the artist, to the colorist Andrew Chandler, and to the letterer, Justin Carmona, who along with the boss (the writer) put together the pages that you see below. 

And hey, don't forget to visit your local participating comic shop for your free comics!  And other comics!  That you'll have to buy if you want them!  But you'll buy them because you love comics!  I hope you enjoy this sneak preview, and I hope you'll be ready, willing, and able to buy the book when it comes out!

Thank you, and have a great day reading your free comics!  ^.^







Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Andi's back, yes she is! News and notes

Aaaaaaand….. I am back!

Hi, everyone! Well, it’s been a very restful sabbatical, but now I’m ready to hit the ground running and get back into the thick of things! I’m going to just rattle off a list of things in no particular order, just to get my creative juices flowing again. So here goes!

The Comic

Is making progress! We are nearly three chapters (of four) into completion, with only the last chapter to go! If all goes well, then we should be looking at mid-summer for when the book is ready (after a hopefully successful Kickstarter campaign, of course!). Yes, I know that this has taken longer than expected, but this is the first go-round for the boss in making a comic, so he had to learn everything from scratch. The good news is that, once he’s gotten one book out of the way, then he’ll have the benefit of experience for when it comes to future issues, which should speed things up a bit. I know that he’s gotten the script for the second issue near completion, so he’s already gotten a head start on that, and he’s also gotten one artist lined up to do one of the chapters for the second book.

From discussions we’ve had, I know that he’s gotten the storylines set up for the books after that, building up to the completion of the first story arc at around issue 5 or 6, after which, if we’re still fortunate to be up and publishing, he should be ready for the big announcement! I can’t reveal that right now, because other things need to happen first, but know that if all goes well, I shall be letting you all know what that big news is when the time comes. Just consider this my little blurb to encourage you all to help us out by buying the book when it's available, so that we can get to that end of the first story arc, and I’ll do my best to help prod the boss into making a quality product worth your hard-earned money! As for me, I am just bouncing around in excitement as the book gets closer and closer to reality! Dare to chase your dreams, my friends!

Andi the Blogger webcomic

During my sabbatical, I had discussions with the boss about what we could do to fill the time in between issues of The Mighty One, and the one idea that seemed to appeal to both of us is a semi-regular comic feature here on my blog called “Andi the Blogger (ATB)”, which will be a cartoony version of TMO (so as to be distinct from TMO as she will be represented in the book). What ATB will consist of is “illustrated” blog posts; that is, my usual blog posts written by me, and as illustrated by the boss.  This will also be a way to show my blog some love.  I've really cut back on my blogging in recent years, and I'd like to get back to it, because it was here that it all began. 


For a blog post to be made into an ATB comic, it will need to written in such a way as to inspire an illustration to go with it. We’re still working out the criteria for that, but basically, something about the blog post under consideration to be illustrated will need to justify the extra work for the boss to illustrate it.  In other words, the blog post would need to make its point better as a comic strip than if I had just written it as the usual written blog post. More details to come on that, but I like the idea a lot, and I hope you will, too.  One idea for a ATB comic page is Andi meeting and introducing various new comics by independent comic creators, but first things first - we are going to try the webcomic first, before we decide to have something like guest appearances and guest strips (especially for when I take my annual Lenten sabbaticals). 

Moar awesum pin-upz!

Also while I was away, the boss was hard at work getting more pin-ups of everyone’s favorite busty superhero comic nerd! Friends, I KNOW that you will love them! Gah! I can’t wait for you to see them! One of them will be made into a t-shirt that you will want to wear to show off to all your nerdy little friends. That t-shirt is planned to be part of an online fundraiser to help the boss learn what’s involved in running an online fundraiser, so as to help him with getting the Kickstarter set up later. I think the art for the t-shirt will be worth the price for buying the shirt, and once you see the art, I truly believe that you’ll agree. And of course, there’s other awesome pin-up artwork to show, but I don’t want to get ahead of myself by blurting out something that needs my usual build-ups as I introduce them. Patience, friends – it WILL be worth the wait!

Book reviews

I haven’t done a book review in quite some time, so it’s time for me to get back to that. First up will be Stuart Black’s 4Horsefemmes, followed afterwards by Scott Markley’s Unconscious (called “Uncy” for short). While I was away, the boss handed me a pile of their books to go through – like I needed a lot of persuasion to read comics! I won’t give away my opinions of the book yet, other than to say that I enjoyed reading them all. Plus, I always enjoy doing my part to help the independent comic creator cause.

Yes, I'm still a right-wing nutjob

The political season for the 2016 presidential election is officially under way, with two candidates having announced.  As has been the case for nearly the entire time that I've had a blog, I will be making the occasional post on topics and news stories of the day.  It's just how I roll, Sunshine, as most of you know.  :-)

I will say, though, that I think Hillary Clinton should just retire.  In fact, I think all baby boomer politicians should just step down and stop pretending that it's still the 1960s.  The 60s were fifty years ago!  That's half a century!  The world has changed since their happy hippie heydays!  Go home - you're drunk!  Getting back to Hillary, seriously man - her lies suck so bad it's not even funny.  THIS is what the Dems want as their candidate?  There's truly no one better?  Honestly?  The very idea of a Hillary presidency horrifies me to no end.  All the more reason that the GOP needs to pick a quality candidate, and not the usual "Democrat-Lite" that we've been getting ever since I came of age to vote.  Damn, I want a candidate to vote for that's a better reason than "better than having a Democrat in office!"  I'm really tired of "hold your nose" voting.  Please GOP, give me something to look forward to! 

More to come, folks.

Superheroes and Comics on TV

My current favorite superhero on TV is The Flash!  I just love it!  I haven't really kept up with the others, like Arrow, or iZombie.  Those really haven't excited me like The Flash.  I kept up loyally with The Walking Dead for a time, but I stopped watching it sometime this season.  I'm not sure what caused me to lose interest - I suppose it's because there's only so much watching of the shooting up of walking corpses that I could take.  I mean, how many ways can they show the destroying of zombies before it gets repetitive?  I think the zombie fad has kinda died off for me.  I'll discuss The Flash some more at another time.

And that's it for now, friends.  I will do my best to be more diligent about posting to my blog on a regular basis - in fact, that's what we hope ATB will encourage me to do - to post more regularly.  In the meantime, see you all on Facebook! 

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Time once again for AFK for 40 Days

Yes, friends - the first post on my blog this year, and it's just to let you know that it's time for my annual AFK for 40 Days. :-P

I have not shown my poor blog much love since I've been on Facebook, but hey - at least you hear more from me there, right?  And it's not like I don't have anything to write about here; it's just not enough time!  SO much to do, so little time!  Ain't that how it always goes? 

Anywhoo...

If you're new to the world of The Mighty Andromeda, then welcome!  The Mighty One's very first comic is progressing nicely, and when I come back from my Lenten sabbatical, I should be much closer to a completed comic!  YEEEAAAAHH!!!

I know it's frustrating to not have the comic out yet, but these things take time, especially if the first one off the block is going to be amazing enough for you all to want the second one off the block.  And the third.  And the fifth.  And so on.  You get the idea - the first one needs to be as best as we can make it, because if you aren't impressed with the first book, then why should you buy the second book?  And truth be told, I think we made the first book even better because of this delay than had we rushed it to production just because we wanted to have the book out sooner rather than later. 

But yeah, like I'm sure it is with the rest of you, I'm ready for this book to come out!  :-D

Coming up soon will be the boss' "trial run" online fundraiser, which will occur while I'm away (if all goes according to plan, that is).  This test run is to help the boss to understand what is involved in putting out an online fundraiser, so that he has some experience in doing one before we put out the Kickstarter for the book.  Makes sense, yes?  Anyway, I've given him the okay to put the promotion for the test run fundraiser on my own FB wall rather than the TMA FB group, because my own wall gets more eyeballs than the FB group does - and if the fundraiser is going to work as planned, then it needs to be posted where most people will see it.  Marketing, people!

I have already given him the "blurb" to promote the test run fundraiser, so he'll have it when he's good to go on it.  So when it hits, help him out!  :-)

Okay, one last thing: Unlike in the past AFK for 40 Days, in which I was gone the whole time, this time around I will be checking my FB mail on Sundays, but ONLY VERY BRIEFLY.  With the coming of the comic being so close now, we thought that it would be best for me to check my mail at least once a week in case anything important related to the comic came up, and if it did, then I would forward it to him to handle.  So if you have anything to say to me while I'm away, go ahead and mail me there; just understand that it may be a week before I respond.  Again, the plan is to be on FB on Sundays very briefly - long enough to check my mail - and then log back off.  I won't engage in any chats or discussion threads or so forth, because I want to stay consistent with my sabbatical as much as possible, so please understand when I don't respond as usual. 

I think that's it, friends.  Please be excellent to one another while I'm away.  I hope to have happy news when I get back.  Bye, my little nerdlings!  :-)

Andi

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

The Mighty One's first printed appearance EVER!!!!

Hello, friends! 

Sorry that I haven't been on my blog very much for - well, pretty much all year!  But I should be posting more next year, because my very first comic is scheduled to come out!  :-D

Anyway, as the title of this post hints at, you can still purchase the VERY FIRST printed appearance of The Mighty One EVER!  Yes, friends!  This will be a collectors' item for that very reason!  Just click on this link to buy the 2015 Creators United calendar!

Regular readers to my blog will remember this artwork from a couple of years ago.  Just so that the artist gets his much-deserved credit, his name is Chris Butler, and the link is to his FB group.  Show him some love, people!

But it's not just TMO contained within it's pages; you can also meet many of her superhero friends that she's come to know ever since she's joined a FB group called Creator United.  It's through this great group that this calendar even exists, so please share the love by purchasing their products and helping the many awesome independent comic creators out there.  You want alternatives to Marvel and DC?  Here's where you look! 

My thanks to you all for your support over the years as the boss and I have worked on putting out my first comic.  It's getting close, friends!  WHOOHOO!!!  Here's a sneak preview to TMO's appearance in the calendar.  She is on the page for January.  :-)

So what are you waiting for?  Go buy the calendar today!  Heck, buy a hundred!  LOL 


Hey, and while I have you, I would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! The new year is coming, and so much to look forward to! I can't wait! GLEEEE!!!

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Coming in November: A bunch of art of The Mighty One! (and Lucky Shot, too!)

Alright, it's been almost two months since I've shown my blog some love, so come November, I am going to post some recent and almost recent artworks of The Mighty One and Lucky Shot that has been appearing on my Facebook page. 

It's been great - awesome, even - to see so much new art on my FB site, but the artists who made these spectacular illustrations should also be shown here, where the online adventures of TMO started: the BSC blog.  So if you haven't seen these artworks yet, then you're in for a real treat.  Prepare to be amazed, my friends.  :-)

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Today begins "Laugh at the Odds" Independent Comics Awareness Month!

Hello, friends!  :-D

As of today, we begin what I hope will become an annual tradition!  I call it "Laugh at the Odds" Independent Comics Awareness Month (LatOICAM)!  In short, all participants will join in the promoting of awareness of all the great independent comics out there, whether they are print comics, webcomics, or otherwise!  Unlike the "Big Boys" of Marvel and DC, the indies totally depend on their readership to survive in the brutal comics industry!  I hope to make each September the month to help show the love for indie creators!  Here's what you do!

Everyone:

* Find or make yourself a Robin Hood hat, and shoot a video of yourself "laughing" at the virtually insurmountable odds that independent comic creators face! What you'll say leading up to the moment that you laugh out loud will depend upon if you are doing this as an independent creator, or as one of his or her fans!

Independent comic creators:


* For you guys and gals, you will start by saying something like: "I am (name), and I am the creator of (comic or webcomic), and I join my laughter at the odds with my fellow comic creators for September's "Laugh at the Odds Independent Comics Awareness Month!  Please show the love to (other creators and their comics), because we all need your love!  And I invite all my fans to join me in laughing at the odds, so please shoot a video of yourself laughing at the odds along with me!  Know that I love and appreciate each and every one of you!"

Then put on your hat, put your hands on your hips, and let out a hearty laugh!

Fans of independent comic creators:

* For the fans of indies, your job in a very real sense is the most important of all, because you will be showing the love for your favorite independent comic creators!  You will start by saying something like "Hello!  I am participating in September's Laugh at the Odds Independent Comics Awareness Month by showing my love for (creator's name), creator of (comic or webcomic)!  (creator's name), I love you!  Please keep at it!  I will be with your ALL. THE. WAY!  I join my laughter at the odds with yours to show you my support, and I invite all the fans of (creator's name)'s work to join me in sharing our love and support for him/her!  Here we go!"

Then put on your hat, put your hands on your hips, and let out a hearty laugh!

All professional, semi-pro, and novice cosplayers:

Yes, cosplayers are invited, because they share a very common love for comics, but in a different way, and for you guys, you can go all the way in decking out in a Robin Hood costume, just for the chance to show off your skillz!  :-D

When you shoot your video, say something like: "Hello!  I'm (name or cosplayer name), and I'm a cosplayer who joins my laughter at the odds with those of independent comic creators, because I know what it's like to labor for what you love!  So for you indies, here's my contribution to Laugh at the Odds Independent Comics Awareness Month!  Good luck indies!  You got my support!  Here we go!"

Then put your hands on your hips and let out a hearty laugh!

Feel free to cut and paste!
Yes, I'm aware that some of you out there won't be keen on linking to the blog post of a conservative right-wing nutjob, so feel free to cut-and-paste the above info to your Facebook wall or blog.  I'm not out for personal credit or glory here, I just want to help spread the awareness of all the hard-working independent comic creators, because those guys and gals deserve it.  This is bigger than me, so feel free to cut-and-paste to spread the word! 

HAVE FUN, EVERYONE!  ^.^


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Monday, August 25, 2014

September is "Laugh at the Odds" Independent Comics Awareness Month!

Yes, that's right, my friends! I am officially declaring September to be "Laugh at the Odds" Independent Comics Awareness Month (LatOICAM)!  I hope to make this an annual event, because independent comic creators need your love!  I've developed what I hope will be a great way to raise awareness of independent comics and their creators, but more on that in a moment. 

First, let me explain how I came up with the idea of LatOICAM.  Recently on a Facebook group that I belong to named Creators United, the subject of independent comics came up and what each individual creator does to promote their respective works.  The commentator related the difficulty of bringing about awareness given the amount of indie comics out there, and the odds of success (that is, profitability) given that most indie creators work by themselves with limited funding and limited exposure.  My response was most brutal, especially giving that I usually try to stay positive when discussing the efforts of independent comic creators (especially the one I work for!). 

Here basically is what I said: "When you get down to it; when you take into consideration all that needs to happen in order for your dream to become something profitable, then the odds are overwhelmingly against you.  The odds are so bad that failure is virtually guaranteed.  The vast majority of you will never get out of the red and you will fail, with debt as the only thing that you have to look forward to.  As brutal and ugly as this sounds, you might as well face it, here and now.  If you venture into this, then do it with your eyes open and your mind aware that failure is what awaits you.  I'm saying all this not so much to discourage you, but so that you will go into it with no delusions; face the facts with the full knowledge that the odds are that you aren't going to make it, and that you will leave this experience with your dream unfulfilled."

Pretty depressing, huh?  And yet, if you're going to pursue your dream of creating an independent comic to the point of profitability, then you will first have to face this most important fact of your odds, which are slim to none, and leaning heavily towards none. And yet.

And yet.

What are your odds of success if you DON'T try at all?  NONE.  Zero, zip, nada.  If you never try, you will never find out if your comic is one of the ones that beats the odds and becomes an actual profit venture for you.  And most importantly, by trying you will be saving yourself a lifetime of "What if I had tried?"  By trying - even by trying and failing - you will have at least answered that all-important question.  So what if you failed?  At least you ventured out, and even though the following is a small comfort, at least you will have plenty of company of those who likewise ventured out in pursuit of their dream and met a mound of debt rather than success.  


“A coward dies a thousand times before his death, but the valiant taste of death but once. It seems to me most strange that men should fear, seeing that death, a necessary end, will come when it will come.” - William Shakespeare 
  
Okay, enough of the inspirational yet still depressing talk!  LOL

So the odds are against you.  So what?  I say, "eff" the odds! 


Now we come to the whole point of LatOICAM.  :-)

For the entire month of September, I invite all independent comic creators to make a video of themselves wearing a Robin Hood hat, state that they are participating in the "Laugh at the Odds Independent Comic Creators" event, and that they will continue pursuing their dream of making a comic, despite the odds.  They will then place their hands on their hips, throw their heads back, and let out a hearty laugh!  And then they will invite other independent comic creators to join along with them.  After that, they will encourage their fans to also make videos of themselves wearing a Robin Hood hat and to laugh at the odds!

If all goes as I hope, then videos of independent comic creators laughing at the odds (as well as their fans joining them in laughing at the odds) will crop up like those "ice bucket challenges" did in August. So if you are interested in participating in LatOICAM, here are your instructions:

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Independent Comic Creators:
* Mention your name and your work, and then state that you are participating in the Laugh at the Odds Independent Comics Awareness event to help bring awareness to the independent comics industry, which needs your help and your love.  Then state that you encourage other independent creators to do the same.  You can mention specific creators and their works, or you can speak in general, but it would mean more if you could mention other creators specifically, because you guys all need each other.  And then encourage your fans to join in the event to show their support for the independent comics industry.  Finally, finish by saying something like, "So join me in laughing at the odds!"  At this point, you will put your hands on your hips and let out a hearty laugh like in the old Errol Flynn "Robin Hood" movies!

Fans of independent comic creators:


* Your job is just as important, maybe even more important, because you are showing your favorite independent creators your love for their works!  Just remember, you AREN'T showing your love for the characters of the major comic companies, because they get plenty of love!  It's the the indies that need you, so show them your love!  What you will do is wear a Robin Hood hat, state that you are showing your love for your favorite creator and his or her work by participating in the "Laugh at the Odds Independent Comics Awareness event" and joining them in laughing at the odds.  Then say something like, "(Creator), I love you!  Keep on keeping on, and I'll be right there with you!  Keep the faith!  I believe in you!"  Then at this point, say "I join you in laughing at the odds!"  Then put your hands on your hips, throw your head back, and let out a hearty laugh!

Cosplayers:


* Yes, I am including cosplayers, because they show their love for comics in a different way!  So if you're a professional, semiprofessional, or even a casual cosplayer working your way up, then this event is for you!  You might even take advantage of this event by dressing even more in the Robin Hood look!  Bring it on, Sunshine, and show your stuff!  For you, when you make your video, say something along the lines of "My name is (real name or cosplay name), and I join my brothers and sisters in the independent comics industry by showing my support for their works!"  If you have specific creators to mention, do so here.  Then continue with, "I too, understand what it means to labor for your love and for your dream, so I stand with you by participating in the Laugh at the Odds Independent Comics Awareness event by uniting my laughter with yours!  Let our laughter be heard around the world!"  Then end with your hands on your hips, throwing your head back, and letting out a hearty laugh!  If you wish, you can challenge your fellow cosplayers to do the same, and ask your fans to show their love for you and their support for the LatOICAM event.

Fans of cosplayers:


* You'll be doing basically the same as the fans of indie creators, but mentioning your favorite cosplayers instead.  Just make sure when you make the video to wear the Robin Hood hat, mention "Laugh at the Odds Independent Comics Awareness Month" somewhere in your video, and then finish by putting your hands on your hips, throwing your head back, and let out a hearty laugh.
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So there you have it, friends!  It all begins on September 1st, and it will go on for the whole month!  That means that you have a whole month to make your video awesome, so take your time!  Also, feel free to make more than one video.  Like I said, if this works, then we can try to make this an anuual event, because indie comic creators need your love for more than just one month!  :-D

An independent comic creator named Scott Markley (Time for Hugs) once stated something in regards to indie comic creators working together that I think will be a great motto for this event:  "Alone we create worlds.  Together we are a universe."

Let's do that.  Let's make a universe together, and let our laughter at the odds be heard around the world.




Well?!? Why are you still  just sitting there?  Go out there and get that hat and make that video, because it all starts on September 1st!  There's independent comic creators out there waiting to feel your love! 

Here's the url to this blog post with all the info on LatOICAM:
http://bustysuperherochick.blogspot.com/2014/08/september-is-laugh-at-odds-independent.html